Despite graduating from the university with a degree in Information Technology, Johnson Martey Junior branched into tailoring.
However, what urged the talented fashion brain to become an exceptional stylist is the months of frustration, owing to being unemployed.
The CEO of Ohene-Mantse Couture, sat in an interview with YEN.com.gh to detail how the journey to becoming a global fashion brand began.
After six months of staying home unemployed, the ‘thorns of frustration and depression’ would compel a talented young Ghanaian to clutch unto his passion which would years later become a powerhouse fashion brand.
Born in Accra, Johnson Martey Junior comes from a large family of thirteen with seven sisters, three brothers, his mother, and father.
While a toddler, Martey Junior, completed Calvary International Primary School and later got admission to study a 4-year General Arts program at Tema Methodist Secondary school after completing junior secondary school at Ford.
For Martey, while acquiring a university degree became necessary, his passion to establish himself as a fashion designer captured the best part of his teenage dreams.
He would later enroll as a student at the Methodist University to study a diploma program in Information Technology (IT) and graduate with certification in IT.
Despite having parents who thought of becoming a doctor or a lawyer was the best for him, Martey didn’t relent on developing his creative skills to establish himself as a global fashion brand.
However, his strong determination to become a tailor became more eminent even after passing out from a Fire Service Youth Employment Programme.
Martey Junior defines true resilience, he reveals that he had to borrow a colleague designer’s tailoring machine to enable him to sew the first outfit from an order he received when he started out as a fashion designer.
Despite having parents who thought of becoming a doctor or a lawyer was the best for him, Martey, didn’t relent on developing his creative skills to establish himself as a global fashion brand.
While at home for six months as an unemployed graduate, he undertook online sewing courses to acquire the needed skills.
currently, Martey Junior has become a notable brand with revered personalities like Okyeame Kwame, John Dumelo and Don Jazzy as some of his clients.
Below is a full video of the interview: