Ejiro Amos Tafiri, 28 is a fast rising fashion designer whose works have become a regular on the runway show of the annual Lagos Fashion and Design Week. The event has become a launch pad for Nigerian designers like Ejiro into the international Market. For four days each year, emerging designers mingle with jet-setting foreign buyers and fashion editors at A-list events that draw the cream of Lagos society. Raised by a family of civil servants, in Ikotun, a working class neighborhood of Lagos, Ejiro did not get the nods when she informed her parents of the intension to become fashion designer. In spite of the skepticism and disapproval from her parent she followed her fashion dream with determination and passion. Today, having won several laurels and taking part in various local and international fashion events she now enjoys the support of her parents. With the opening of her flagship store this September in the upscale Ikoyi neighborhood of Lagos, she now makes dresses for the top and rich Nigeria. Yet, she caters the young and upcoming women. As Ejiro puts it “They’re the ones who want to get what the actress is wearing,” she said. “They’re working hard and they want to treat themselves at the end of the month.”