Kamokini, the Swimwear for the African Woman

October 29, 2015
KAMOKINI is an African swimwear & accessories brand dedicated to creating fashionable items that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also flattering to the wide range of African body types.
The swimwear are made of durable materials that cover problematic areas. They come in a variety of colours and bigger cups for bustier girls.

Kambili Ngozi Ofili-Okonkwo is the creator of the brand.

She began creating swimwear for herself due to her longing for swimsuits that reflected her style and reservations about body exposure simultaneously. The opportunity to turn it into a brand came when there was a high demand for her swimwear.

KAMOKINI means “child of Kambili & Ofili”.

KAMOKINI was formed from the acronym of the words “Kambili” (KAM) and “Ofili” (O), which her mother and father’s names respectively. The KINI comes from biKINI, monoKINI, tanKINI and also represents “pikin”, which means “child” in Nigerian pidgin English.

Prior to her entrepreneurial pursuit, Kambili had a career in Oil and Gas and currently has a consultancy job in addition to running KAMOKINI.

She worked as a Procurement Expeditor in Total Nigeria. Prior to that, she worked as a New Product Development Project Manager for Heinz Continental Europe in the Netherlands. In addition to working on KAMOKINI, she works as a Business Consultant for Ethnic Heritage Centre.
Kambili obtained a BSc. and MSc. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Imperial College and another MSc degree in Supply Chain & Logistics Management from Cranfield University, Milton Keynes.

Kambili faced challenges when she started out, but was able to find ways to deal with them.

From customs clearance, to deciding when to quit her day job, to deciding what styles to create for African woman. Nevertheless, KAMOKINI has established over 15 distribution channels across Africa and the US, been spotted on celebrities such as Seyi Shay, Toke Makinwa and Victoria Kimani, as well as a feature in Davido’s music video “Owo-ni-koko”. Over 300 units have been sold and the brand has a following of over 2000+ people on social media.
KAMOKINI’s target in the next five years is to be a household name for all sun-seekers on the African continent and provide not only a wide range of swimsuits that will cater to all body types, but the accessories and equipment that will ensure time in the sun and by the waterside is enjoyable and well spent.
KAMOKINI will love to see Toolzo, Trayciee and YOU in their swimwear (no matter what your shape is). This post was adapted from an interview with KAMOKINI’s founder, Kambili Ngozi Ofili-Okonkwo.

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