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“I Learnt From My Father”: Burn Survivor Opens Up on Fashion Designing, Styling Mercy Aigbe

More often than not, the will to achieve one’s dream and succeed is often stronger than whatever curveball life throws at us. This is reflected in the story of Charles Richard Aghedo, a burn survivor who runs a thriving fashion empire.

At age 27, Charles Richard Aghedo has dressed some Nigerian celebrities Kim Oprah and most recently, Mercy Aigbe.

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Photos of Ahedo, Mercy Aigbe, Kim Oprah.
Credit: @kaalonluxury_women
Source: Instagram

The Kogi State University graduate of Philosophy who runs the fashion brand, Kaalon Luxury, makes beautiful designs for both fashionable men and women and has a combined Instagram following of over 14,000.

In a chat with’s Kumashe Yaakugh, the talented Abuja-based designer opened up about his love for designer and styling celebrities.

Growing up, Aghedo watched his father design dresses and soon grew a love for the art of dress-making when he was in primary school.

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Aghedo’s passion for sewing and a scarring incident from childhood

“I would go to his shop after closing hours at school,” he recounts.

Interestingly, his zeal for fashion designer grew despite an an encounter that left him permanently scarred.

“I got accidentally scalded with hot water on my hands when I was one year and 6 months. Back then, there was no funds to provide me with adequate treatment so I had some of the tissues on the right hand joined together and I grew up that way.”

But despite growing up with scarred hands, it did not stop Aghedo from chasing his dreams of becoming a top fashion designer.

So, he put in the work required in building his brand. However, it came at a price as in 2018, he experienced

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