PRINCESS KELECHI OGHENE is the Executive Director of GMYT FASHION ACADEMY, a foremost fashion institution well-known for its giant strides in the fashion industry evidenced by the training and creation of new generation of fashion entrepreneurs. The optimistic philosophy that she has adopted has been much solace to her in her journey towards achieving her goals and being a big reader with a strong appetite for learning which prompted her to attend several workshops and training. Today, we are proud to say that she has bagged several degrees and qualifications from notable institutions; She is an alumnus of Lagos State University, Lagos Business School, London School of Fashion, Harvard Business School, STC Training Centre and Modus Academy Dubai just to mention but a few; these have made her more structured and exceptional in her business dealings. She has also bagged several awards some of which are: Ecowas Designer of The Year, Nigerian Entrepreneurs Award for Most Enterprise Personality of The Year, Symbol of Hope Awards for African Woman of Impact, Double humanitarian award from D & K Suomi Humanitarian Award 2018. Nigerian British Award for Supporting the Fashion Industry.
GMYT Fashion Academy under the able leadership and care of her unrelenting E.D, has graduated over a thousand women and youths that are now skilled in the business world of fashion. These Alumni have made significant strides in the fashion scenes and now own their respective brands in the sector. Some are Ready to wear brands, Fashion academies, Bespoke tailoring, Bridal, Couture, etc. Her vision is to create millions of entrepreneurs who will become great ambassadors and tomorrow’s leaders. Her greatest ambition is keeping with her commitment to eradicating poverty by training and empowering women and youths with the necessary skill-set to thrive and become financially independent. Because of the academy and the necessity to expand and help more people, she founded the Gmyt Foundation, a nongovernmental organization set aside to help women and youths.
Over the years, she and her team have been able to conduct free entrepreneurial sessions, seminars and workshops for women and youths on fashion design with scholarships worth over 200 million naira and she has also empowered over 300 women and youths with an Industrial Sewing Machine each through her proclaimed Initiative. Because she knows she can contribute more to societal growth, her passion has motivated her to set a goal that on or before 5 years, she will train over 10,000 women and youths; God willing. She also has another initiative which is the Gmyt SME support scheme that encourages women and youths with brilliant ideas that are struggling with their businesses of which she has supported this movement with millions of naira. The reason being that she is a philanthropist in nature. Leading by example, she wants to encourage everyone to use their positions to help because she believes it starts with individuals.
Being described as a revolutionary in some circles, she stated that, “The reason for all these initiatives is that the economic system in Nigeria is not only relentlessly harsh; it is sadistically cruel. Society has deemed that your school degrees do not guarantee you job opportunities. Most of these beneficiaries during the course of their training are also provided with accommodation by GMYT Fashion Academy in order to ease the accommodation challenges often faced in Lagos, Nigeria.
She is an epitome of Beauty and Brain. Her avid love for fashion coupled with her passion for humanity propelled her
create the Gmyt African Humanitarian Awards & Fashion Show, an Award ceremony that recognizes and celebrates philanthropist like herself because it is important to recognize and appreciate their efforts, as you can see it’s not an easy task. It is also a platform that celebrates our students who are indeed the “Best Fashion Designers”.
Princess Kelechi Oghene has flare for golf game and has won several competitions and over 20 trophies even business class flight tickets to different countries of her choice. She loves being on the pitch competing with professionals.
In conclusion, she is indescribably glad to have helped to reduce unemployment through empowering youths who can become ambassadors and future leaders.