MEDIA PERSONALITY Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD) has been nominated in the Male Fashion Celebrity Icon of the Year at the 2016 Ghana Fashion Awards.
The 2016 Glitz Style Awards Most Stylist Radio Personality winner will compete against Okyeame Kwame and Stephen Appiah.
The awards scheme, organisers say, is to essentially help build the fashion brand in Ghana which celebrates photographers, fashion designers, accessory makers, stylists, models and celebrities among others.
Judges will select winners for the main event on Saturday, November 19, at the Mercedes Benz Showroom at the Silver Star Towers, Airport City in Accra.
KOD has in the last 20 years been prominent in the entertainment industry and arguably the most sought-after event host in Ghana, having hosted events like the Ghana Music Awards (and served on the planning committee for 3 years), Nescafé African Revelations (in West and Central Africa), Miss Malaika, Miss Ghana and Miss Ghana UK, the UN WAIPA convention in Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah’s centenary celebrations, TV3 Mentor and Hanging Out With KOD on GHOne TV, to mention but a few.
He is presently the Events and Marketing Manager with Live FM, and Creative President at Nineteen57 (his clothing line).
KOD has over the years also been very active in the music industry, having managed and produced a cream of Ghana’s best like Wutah, Praye, Daasebre Gyamena, Ofori Amponsah, Tinny and Big Brother House mate Eazzy under his record label Kapricorn, which he established before his 24th birthday.
KOD, as he’s affectionately called, has no formal education in fashion designing. He is a gifted artist who did fine arts in secondary school and studied Communication at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. Like most people in the fashion industry, he sketched designs for tailors and his designer friends like Mawuli Kofi Okudzeto to make for him. KOD made his debut design on the continental platform when he designed an outfit for Kwaku T when he represented Ghana at Big Brother Africa in 2007.
A fashionista himself, KOD recently won the the Most Stylist Radio Personality at the recently held Glitz Africa Style Awards. He always had the urge to get into the fashion industry and after years of being behind the scenes, NINETEEN57BYKOD was launched five years ago.
Notable personalities like President Rawlings, late President Atta Mills, former Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah, Michael Essien, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jamaican Reggae Star Buju Banton and international Gospel music star Sonnie Badu are part of his tall list of clientele.