Wekulom may run the most beautiful social media presence in town, if her 66,000 Instagram followers are any indication. The 24-year-old studied nursing at Georgia State but recently has been assisting emerging brands with their creative direction. A native of Nigeria, Wekulom especially wants to help small companies based in Africa gain a broader audience. “My dream,” she says, “is to start a fashion brand employing the artisans from my hometown.”
Abua Rivers State, Nigeria. We moved to Henry County when I was 12. There were people from our community in Nigeria who lived here.
Cabbagetown made me fall in love with Atlanta. It’s full of creative, like-minded people.
Where you shop
I like to go into Ann Mashburn and daydream. But I love mixing things from Zara and Madewell with finds from Value Village and Goodwill.
Best thrift find
A vintage Dooney & Bourke bag, the boxy kind. It was at the Goodwill on Roswell Road in Buckhead.
I wash my face twice a day with Cetaphil. And I get facials at least once a month with Petra-Ann at Ulta.
Trend you’re loving
Bohemian-chic off-the-shoulder tops, palazzo pants, and crochet textures.
Trend you’re over
Body-con dresses. I’m tired of women dressing like Kim Kardashian.
In the genes
My mom’s headscarf always matched her skirt. And my aunt taught me how to do hair; that’s how I made money in high school.
When you do your best work
I’m a night owl! I didn’t go to sleep until six this morning. It’s quiet and peaceful; the creativity just flows.
Photograph by Ben Rollins
Out of Africa: Raffia fancy
“This is the perfect summer bag,” says Wekulom. The brand, AAKS, is based in Ghana, where bags are woven using traditional techniques.
This article originally appeared in our July 2016 issue.