1. Tell us about yourself.
Popularly known as Oj John Oballa, 25 years old, from Nairobi, Kenya.
I am a digital manager at #TeamTrinc, a digital agency that handles Social Media Campaigns for numerous companies in East Africa. Besides being a social media guru, I organize events in the UAE.
I am all about the good life and positive vibes. I spend my free time traveling, partying and shopping. I do not mind splashing some money from time to time.
3. Who is favorite designer? Local or International.
Locally, John Kaveke and my international must have designer outfits are from Versace.
4. Which fashion magazines, websites, blogs, and catalogs do you read most often?
I read a couple of fashion Magazines but these are my favorite ; Numero Homme (France) ,Hercules (Spain) , VMAN (United States), 10 Men (England and Vogue..
Being a social media expert, I love being online and my top three fashion websites are :
1. Boohoo.com 2. Fashionbeans.com 3. Topman.com
5. What’s your fashion mantra?
Simple, stylish and Classy goes a long way.
6. How do you take care of your face and nails?
Once in a while I do a simple scrub and facial when I visit my barber and yes I get manicures and pedicures.
Nairobi’s fashion is unique. Nairobi residents don’t really copy what the outside world is doing but rather come up their own styles and trends.
8. What should men throw out of their closets?
Men should do away with baggy jeans and baggy t-shirts. That’s so 1990’s.
9. What is your fashion must have in 2015?
10. Have you ever attended a fashion show?
Yes I do attend fashion events.The last event I attended was the annual Nairobi Fashion Week.
11. Who are some of your favorite fashion photographers?
One of my favorite is probably Mario Testino. He has shot numerous magazine covers for high-profile glossies like Vogue and Vanity Fair
Another favorite is Annie Leibovitz. In more recent times, she has done some stunning work for Vanity Fair including the pregnant cover shot of Demi Moore, unforgettable shots of Lady Gaga for both Vogue and Vanity fair, and she also photographed President Barack Obama and the first family at the White House.
12. How has fashion changed other aspects of your life?
Wearing stylish, yet clean-cut tailored enables me to do my day to day job with ease since clients and colleagues take me more seriously in the office. Having a personal style that is unique, yet fashionable can give a person more confidence. Being trendily dressed tends to attract more positive attention and dressing age appropriately causes people to respect me more.
13. What advice do you have for aspiring designers, photographers and bloggers?
To fashion bloggers, develop your own voice.
To photographers, be in the industry for the right reasons. If you’re in photography for money and recognition, you’re going to be sorely disappointed, especially when starting out. Some people shoot great pictures for years and are only “discovered” after they die. If you’re in it to make the world a better place by photographing and documenting important subjects, making people happy with your images, and making others see the world in a different way, chances are you’ll enjoy yourself a lot more along the way.
To designers, put a lot of emphasis on your talent. Be eccentric and memorable.
14. How can our readers find you?