DHABRI-KHENCHY Bags The Prestigious LIST Awards In USA As “African Best Designer of the Year”… Speaks On The Long Journey So Far & The Oscars Dream

  • The globally revered style merchant, Emperor Giogio Armani once said of the effects of picking up a new award thus
    “The perfect expression of receiving an award is to be working, even when they are handing it out, more work is effects of new award”.

And such is no doubt the story of Amb Kelechi Emenyonu, the Imo State, Nigerian multitalented Fashion Executive domiciled in USA who is the Force, behind the International
Fashion brand ‘DHABRI- KHENCHY’
Recently he was decorated with a new award called List as the Best African Designer in America.

The international magazine brand called RichList, tracked him down from busy schedule for a lengthy telephone conversation. Enjoy the excerpt

Q: Big ups on your new award, please tell us about the process leading to the award proper?

A: Thanks to RichList Magazine crew
It was not an easy ride. When the Nomination was announced it wasn’t a surprise that I will win the prestigious award. Infact, i look at myself from the unbeatable track records I have set in the African fashion scene, having been consistent and creating mind blowing crafts over the years.

My innovations from the angle of not just being a clothing designer but a prolific painter/Artist turned designer, my recognition at the New York fashion terrain and laurels, my wardrobe support services in the communities and my creative craft benevolence and donations which accorded me a great acceptance and spotlight by the city Mayor of East Orange Council of New Jersey, which landed my brand to be known all over the states.

Having achieved all this and more, I realized that my counterparts are yet to get there though every one is good in their various capacities. I strongly believe my brand can compete in any fashion stage in the world and will not be left not carrying shoulder high.

My style of rendition in initiating the Afro-denim Culture have kept the fashion world wondering on where I should be heading to in the nearest future and that has helped build my confidence in believing I am the best. The List award is a statement of that fact and I am honored.

Q: How did you feel when you won the award?

A:When I won the award, it was not just about winning, but with a loud wide margin, I knew it was a moment of preparations for me for the Oscar Awards, which I have been eyeing. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy buy yet I still believed that I am a gifted soul with high level of intuition in fashion craft.

It is a victory for the art world because Conquering Art is conquering the needle and everything around it. I see every competitive fashion stage as a win for me for in this active period because I See my Art as Spiritual. I believing in the healing that Art brings and would dedicate my message of Winning for healing and Peace to the Victims of the ongoing Isreal war.

Q: Who was the award dedicated to ?
A:My mother of course because growing up under the watchful eyes of my mom who was a school teacher, was fun to me, Owerri was known to be an administrative hub in my childhood days and not quite a large number of people believed in Art and entertainment even most parent would discourage their wards to embrace the sciences or become a Doctor, Pilot, or Engineer. In my case, my mother discovered my gift early, watching me sew and playing around her shade with leftovers of fabric, putting them together in colour hues and making wearable toy pieces induced my mom who insisted I must be enrolled in Art concentrated schools at age 5, different from what other parents believed.
I was processed in every thing around Art and through my growing up, majored in Applied Arts and clothing in the University, in Imo which announced me in the media, while I left to compete in Lagos fashion Scene and had my debut outing at graduation from University with the Nigeria Fashion Week, and recorded an amazing impact that caught the interest of the international Fashion reporters and likes of Mike Osagie the wonder Style image king, cum writer who followed up my ingenuity and exceptional craft and the rest is history.

In years to come, I was invited to South Africa for S.A fashion indaba and expository outings, witnessed the fashion week, and held solo and group exhibitions in Capetown , StellenBosch and wynberg where I took the Nigeria style of fashion to the street. From there I participated at the International trade Show in USA, down to Europe the Fashion Capital of France Paris, Facilitated and featured at the Monterpanasse Fashion show and All Africa women development conference . Returned back to Nigeria, signed up to facilitate the California Iron & Sole clothing label before permanently relocating to the US in 2018 and established the official Dhabri-Khenchy Clothing LLC.

Q: Deep insightful story Ambassador. Please let us have your message for the global youths of Today

A: To the youths worldwide. My message is for them Is to remain resolute, consistent in any thing you believe. Consistency is the secret of success and they should also believe that there is dignity in labour and everything means something and nothing is a waste. Only believe and dig deep. You will see Gold. And chief of all they must reverence their maker, God.

  • Dhabri-Khenchy: A Brief profile.

Amb Kelechi Emenyonu, Imo State, Nigerian multitalented Fashion Executive, brain behind the International
Fashion brand ‘DHABRI- KHENCHY’ – a full- sized Craft & Fashion designing Firm engaged in the Promotion of high Profile Fashion Shows for the development of Culture, Lifestyle and Tourism in
Africa & Diaspora.

Inspired with the expansion of his International Fashion brand to a Talent Consult with the goals of
grooming & representing Fashion Models to work for the Fashion Industry in Africa & Diaspora for
maximum growth, promotion and more favorable business relationships along different spheres of the

DHABRI –KHENCHY embarked on his first International Fashion Exposition Tour in (2006),
covering South Africa in (2011) and subsequently, Europe and the United States of America.
Since then his brand DHABRI-KHENCHY has become one of the notable Nigeria leading Fashion brands
dealing with Men, Women and Kiddies high-end Clothing.

His consistency and ambitions had him listed for the Nigeria’s biggest Fashion Exposition (EXPO).

THE NIGERIA FASHION SHOW (UFS) in (2013) “, with his DHABRI-KHENCHY ” label
showcasing numerous Afro-Centric designs alongside Zizi Cardow, Steve Ray, Blokes & Divas etc, to
the admiration of International Fashion buffs and the Mass Media.

“KHENCHY Facilitated the All African Women Development Conference Fashion Show (2013) in
Montparnasse (Paris). Also facilitated and featured at the Simpli International Tourism and Fashion
Show, (Nigeria), (Malta) and (Amsterdam) (2016).

Among other ventures, “KHENCHY took the Centre Stage at the (2021) New York City Fashion Week
(NYCFW) featuring Maritza Guevara & Ysabel Borden.

Professionalism favored his consistency. With a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A) from the department of
Fine & Applied Arts, he emerges as one of the few African entrepreneurs who have immensely
contributed to the City of (East Orange council of New Jersey), United States of America.

“KHENCHY has facilitated, featured and organized so many local and International Fashion Shows ,
Exhibitions, Workshops and Conferences & so many other business activities, including providing
wardrobe Consultancy service to many reputable individuals such as; “Kanu Nwankwo”, “Miss Aso
Rock”, “Mayor Ted Green of East Orange N. Jersey USA”, Jennifer Oguzie, (Former Min External
Affairs-Dubem Onyia), Tony Okoroji”, “Chief. Martin Agbaso” etc.

“KHENCHY As a Fashion Executive is keen to creating Jobs, providing quality clothing and designs,
achieving the largest market share in Afro-Centric attires and also providing continual reinvestment
through participation in community activities and financial benefactors as has shown in his current
roles, ultimate goals & various achievements in the Fashion Industry.

KHENCHY (Ambassador Kelechi Emenyonu) is a monumental/ phenomenal Artist whose extraordinary
ingenuity in Art reflects in his tailoring skills, He’s a cutting edge eclectic Artist who extraordinarily
turned a Designer (DHABRI-KHENCHY)

1) Official designer ‘Nigeria Breweries Plc’.
2) Official designer ‘Nigeria Music Award’ (NMA.
3) Founder of the Uwenjah Fashion Show’ (UFS).
4) Featured at the (2004) ‘Cadbury TV Show Interactive Session’.
5) Official Designer, Ada Ndigbo Cultural Pageant (2007), (2008), (2009).
6) Most Creative Designer Sparkles International Magazine Award (2008).
7) Winner, ‘Port Harcourt Fashion Show’ (2010).
8) Participated at the ‘International Manufacturers Trade Show’ (2012) (Chicago USA).
9) Facilitated the ‘All African Women Development Conference Fashion Show’ (2013) in
Montparnasse (Paris).
10) Best Designer; Models Guild of Nigeria (2015).
11) Facilitated and featured at the ‘Simpli International Tourism and Fashion Show’, (Nigeria),
(MALTA) and (Amsterdam) (2016).
12) Official Designer ‘Miss Coal City Fashion Show’ (2017).
13) Official Designer at the (2017) Miss Coal City Pageant.
14) Best Designer; Most Beautiful Girl in Imo State (2019).
15) Official Designer ‘Face of Abuja beauty Pageant’.
16) Official Designer ‘Miss Imo State.
17) Official Designer ‘Miss Igbo America’.
18) Founded ‘Ada- Ekwemarugo Fashion and Beauty Pageant’.
19) Outstanding Designer ‘Black Disc Magic Awards’.
20) Founder ‘Loud in Abuja Fashion Show’.
21) Most Creative Designer ‘Ankara Awards’.
22) Participated at the New York Fashion Week .
23) Participated at the Runway International Shows 2022 in Boltimore USA.
24) Official designer/USA facilitator Miss Miss Ecowas beauty pageant , Senegale 2021, Paris 2022.
25) Organised the Afro-Denim fashion show (USA)2022.
26) Organised the Imfadef fashion show 2021.
Contact Information: +1 (862) 253-9856,
FACEBOOK: Facebook/IG : dhabrikhenchyClothing.
KELECHI EMENYONU (DHABRI- KHENCHY) < dhabrikhenchy@gmail.com

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