Olorunyomi Omoniyi Makun, often known as Yomi Casual, is a Nigerian fashion designer and fashion brand. He has received more than 30 honors, including the Lagos @50 Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. He is the younger brother of well-known comedian AY.
Early Life and Education
Yomi Casual was born in Lagos, Nigeria on January 25, 1985. He is the seventh and final kid of the Makun family. He is from Ifon in Nigeria’s Ondo State. He also attended primary and secondary school in Lagos State. He earned a diploma in fashion design and clothing technology from Auchi Polytechnic in Edo State, Nigeria.
Yomi Casual is the company’s founder and CEO, Omoniyi Makun. When his fashion line first debuted in 2007, he quickly rose to the ranks of top fashion designers due to his daring and avant-garde designs, which made him a favorite among African and Nigerian celebrities. Yomi Casual is an African design label that specializes in cut-to-fit African designs that are intricately textured and designed to make their clients stand out in style.
He has an excellent track record of drawing industry titans, businessmen, socialites, and politicians from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and other African countries. Celebrities who wear Yomi Casual Polish designs include Alibaba, 9ice, AY, Desmond Elliot, Majid Mitchell, JJ Okocha, Sammie Okposo, Timaya, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka, Seyi Law, Bovi, Uti, Alex Ekubo, Ramsey Nouah, Zack Orji, Uti Nwachukwu, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Ebube N
The clothing was featured in the award-winning film 30 Days in Atlanta, which was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, and Lagos, Nigeria. Yomi Casual’s official clothing partners are AY Live Comedy & Music Concerts and Shift Celebrity Prayse, a yearly Thanksgiving event for all Nigerian celebrities.
Yomi Casual has been featured in fashion exhibitions in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, including Native Vogue International Fashion Week in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Yomi Casual, an award-winning African fashion firm, has been featured in fashion events in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Yomi Casual was featured at Native Vogue International Fashion Week in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, as well as the Arise fashion show, the AFD fashion show in Atlanta, and the Glitz Africa fashion week in Ghana.
Grace Makun, nee Onuoha, married Yomi Casual. She is the CEO of Fab Jewels and has been his long-term girlfriend. On July 9, 2017, they got engaged at the Funnybone Untamed II comedy show at Eko Hotel & Suites. As his longtime friend and Nollywood actor Gbenro Ajibade handed him the ring, he had the DJ play the Styl Plus hit song “Olufunmi” as he knelt down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend.
The couple married in October of the same year, and they have a child together, Kahley Makun, who was born in January 2018 in Atlanta, United States of America.
Yomi was involved in a baby mama incident a few years back. Yomi’s ex-girlfriend was believed to have supported him during his formative years as a designer, but she was left behind when he rose to fame.
It was also disclosed that Yomi twice caused her to become pregnant. He tricked her by purchasing her a car and pledging to marry her when the baby was born, but he never did, after she lost her first pregnancy twice.
Awards and Nominations
Yomi Casual has won over 30 awards, which include the Lagos @50 Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. Some of the awards Yomi Casual has received are the following:
- In the year 2014, Yomi Casual was recognised as the winner of the Inspiration Excellent Award.
- In 2011, he won fashion designer of the year at the Nigerian Youth Merit Awards.
- In 2011, he was honoured as the City People’s Hottest designer for the year.
- Also being recognized with the Effizzy Awards newest designer of the year
- In 2012, the Dynamix All Youth Awards also recognised him as the designer of the year.
- Vconnect Award of Merit, 2012.
- Cynosure magazine’s acknowledgement award in the year 2013.
- Exclusive impact magazine fashion designer of the year, 2014.
- Peace ambassador nomination for the year 2014.
- The award for inspiration for excellent service, 2014.
Yomi Casual has influenced top brands like Tecno mobile, Heineken, Belaire champagne, South African tourism, and Dubai tourism. He is estimated to be worth around $5 million.