Kunle Afolayan denies coping Mudi’s designs, says “I’m doing a modernised Yoruba traditional kembe”

Ademola Olonilua and Timileyin Akindahunsi

Some people were shocked when popular filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, announced that he was venturing into fashion. While many still believe that it would just be a flash in the pan, the ace actor seems to have taken his new found love seriously.

However, one cannot help but notice the similarity between ace designer, Mudi Africa’s Drop Crotch Pants, and Kunle Afolayan’s Kembe. Some people have therefore been accusing the actor of stealing the ace fashion designer’s idea.

Kunle Afolayan’s Kembe pants

But in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, the filmmaker stated that he did not steal anyone’s idea. He said, “If you look at Mudi’s designs, you can compare it with mine and see the difference. Richard Mofe-Damijo was one of the people who wore Mudi’s own and I can categorically tell you that RMD has bought more than 10 pairs of Kunle’s Kembe because it is different.

“Mudi did plain harem pants; I am doing a modernised Yoruba traditional kembe, using local fabrics so they are two different things. Are you saying that the agbada that Ebuka Obi-Uchendu wore during Banky W’s wedding is not the normal agbada? Anybody can claim ownership to something as long as you can defend it and people also see the essence of it.”

He further told Saturday Beats the rationale behind the name of his clothing line, Ire Clothing. “Ire is my signature and it is also a way of prophesying positivity into the lives of my customers. I want everything I do to prophesy goodness, good luck and my best wishes to people that I come in contact with,” he said.


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