Magdalene Afia Sakyi was born in the Brong Ahafo Region of the West African nation, Ghana.
While studying Business Administration at the Regent University of Ghana, Aphia decided to switch to her long time passion of designing clothes when she was unable to finance her education. A decision she has no regrets for.
Starting out as a sales agent for a school uniform tailor in her vicinity, Aphia’s undying desire to improve her craftsmanship pushed her to acquire knowledge in Fashion and Design.
Magdalene Sakyi, now a thriving fashion entrepreneur, manages her own design school and fashion label established in Labone, a suburb of Accra.
Afia’s outstanding accessory designs have gained recognition across the globe with her latest collection “50 SHADES OF PRINT”. A piece from the collection was featured by music icon Janet Jackson in her first instagram video in honour of her brother, Michael Jackson, which has since promoted the brand worldwide. Aphia Sakyi has also been recognised by Her Royal Highness Princess Haifa Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Leddy Young, Tarana J. Burke, Tiffany Haddish, Ciara, Lika Osipova, Maye Musk, Yvonne Okoro, En Vogue, The Lion King musical, and many other celebrities who have taken Ghanaian and African products across the globe.
Today, Afia encourages skill acquisition through apprenticeship and has so far groomed 50 aspiring fashion designers through her Creative Design School. Her ambition is to expand the school to accommodate more talented designers from Africa.
Afia’s success is no surprise, as her brand was awarded the Accessory Brand of the Year at the 2018 Fashion GHANA Honours and Awards. Aphia Sakyi has also been featured on the runways of AFI Cape Town Fashion Week, Accra Fashion Week, Passion for Fashion Showcase and the Africa Fashion Week, London.