Growing up I was encompassed by the sights and smells of my Nigerian roots. The bright colored wax prints, the rich language, the delicious food, the fantastic tales and the great history all fascinated me and my sisters and gave me childhood a special light. My family hails from the Annang nation in Nigeria. From a city called Ikot Ekpene located in the southern part of the country. Our vibrant town is known as 'Raffia City.' The Raffia palm line the city's landscape and is a tree that bears many fruits. I remember being a kid on my grandfather's compound watching people make palm wine and drink to their heart's content! Raffia fiber also doubles as sturdy equipment for the local fishing industry, fashion, toys, and just about every nook and cranny of society. It's such a fun material.
Koko Celeste is about celebrating the growth of Africa through pieces that have a story that can be cherished for life. I hope you will join me on this journey. Every piece matters.
Most of all we want to bring out the bright spots in life!