The creativity and energy of Nigerian youths is just fabulous. A lot of extraordinary youths are out there championing different causes that seeks to uplift the face of this great Nation and also their livelihood. We had an exciting interview with an upcoming fashion designer and CEO of HAFMAR Designs. This lady is filled with extra vigor and has a keen spirit for excellence. Here is some excerpt from our chat;
The Northerner: Can we meet you?
Safiya: I am Safiya Umar Ambursa; the CEO of HAFMAR DESIGNS a female clothing brand. A self taught fashion designer. An indigene of Kebbi State. I was born on the 13th of August 1990. I started my Primary education in Lapan nursery/primary schools in Kaduna and later proceeded to FGC KWALI Abuja. I later got an admission into University of Maiduguri for my Bsc. Degree in Chemistry. Served my dear Country (NYSC) in 2013, Kaduna. Currently working in my company as the creative director and also a tailor. Ohhh less I forget I am single but not searching....
The Northerner: What made you choose a career in fashion Design?
Safiya: One doesn't choose a career but BUILD a career. I got fashion flair from my mum, while growing up I noticed she was very fashionable and always making real dresses for my two sisters and I. I have always wanted to be like her as I tried to make dresses for my Barbie as a little girl. When I was in school I always fantasized about making real dresses for myself and my friends. Then the opportunity came when I had an annoying encounter with a tailor that disappointed me. That was when I made it mandatory upon myself to perfect my skills since I have had the passion for it all along. And that is where it all started.
The Northerner: Did you do any interesting project in the past?
The Northerner: You are a Founder of a growing fashion company, can you tell us about it and your aim?
Safiya: Yes I am the founder of HAFMAR DESIGNS.HAFMAR DESIGNS is a female clothing brand, that produces female clothing such as ready-to-wear dresses (jalbab, evening gowns, cooperate wears etc) and made-to-measure (traditional wears, bridal dresses etc). Starting from where the name originated from, HAFMAR is actually a prefix and suffix of my Parent's name which is HAFSAT and UMAR. I made it so because they are the two beautiful people that have ever happened to me, they are the reason why I am here, and they are irreplaceable. HAFMAR was created way back in 2013 when I realised I really wanted to go into the fashion line for real and have so decided to put all I have in it to see the success of the company. HAFMAR is currently into 3 sections now, we have the fragrances and the catering services then the clothing aspect. And we wish to have more coming your way insha Allah. Our aim is to change the game in the fashion industry, by letting everyone get to wear what they desire at a very affordable price irrespective of their status in life.
The Northerner: How have you used the internet to promote your business?