A fast-rising favourite of Nigerian celebrities from Samantha Dinka to Adeola Ariyo, Kamokini is a Nigeria-based swimsuit line that aims to make women look and feel good. On the inspiration behind Kamokini, founder Kambili Ngozi Ofili-Okonkwo says, “I needed a swimsuit that catered to my African body proportions in terms of adequate coverage, comfort and support without compromising my fashion and style. Once other women who felt the same way started tracking me for my pieces, I realised there was a gap in the market and I rose quickly to fill it.”

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Investors clearly agree. Kamokini was the second place winner at She Leads Africa’s second annual pitch competition where Ofili-Okonkwo walked away with a $5,000 USD prize, as well as access to mentorship opportunities and branding and tech support. Ofili-Okonkwo believes that support for Kamokini is driven by Nigerian’s growing health and beauty consciousness.

Ngozi Ofili celebrates SLA pitch win

Kambili celebrates 3rd-place win at SLA pitch competition

Like the other entrepreneurs featured in the pitch competition, Kambili draws from a wide and diverse skillset. Her background in materials science and engineering, as well as supply chain management, has helped her innovate and create highly functional and aesthetic pieces.

Her advice to budding entrepreneurs? “You must know your product and do your homework.”