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Every sale helps us renovate schools in rural villages in Africa. We create cutting edge designs by accenting our clothing with African Prints.
Every sale helps us renovate schools in rural villages in Africa. We create cutting edge designs by accenting our clothing with African Prints.
233 backers pledged $46,371 to help bring this project to life.

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NaSo: Contemporary Clothing that Empowers Africa

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My name is Uyi Omorogbe, I'm a first-generation Nigerian-American and a senior at Colgate University.  I started NaSo two years ago to create African-inspired clothing that can be worn everyday. The problem is that all African-inspired clothing that exists today is saturated with West African prints. Although these prints are beautiful, their overuse tends to limit the versatility of the clothing. NaSo solves this problem.

 At NaSo, we have taken a minimalistic approach by focusing on the details, designing clothing that can be worn to any event and every party. We create products that bring the talent of African communities to the global stage, showing that African-inspired clothing has a place in the world of fashion. 

Imagine going to school and having no chairs to sit on and no place to write. When it rains, water leaks through the ceiling. When you need to use the restroom you have to go in the forest outside because there are no bathrooms at your school. Imagine experiencing these things and still having the willingness and determination to dream of something better. This is the situation that students in rural villages in Africa face everyday. Simply put:

Consider Okuosa Primary School (OPS) - where my father attended when he was 8 years old. Located in Urhokuosa Village, Nigeria, OPS provides education to over 400 students between the ages of 5-13. This past summer, I had the opportunity to visit OPS and learn first hand the struggles that the teachers and students face. I quickly realized that NaSo could make a difference. 

At NaSo, we believe that the future of Africa is the youth and if we invest in their education, we can empower them to one day change the world. 

We renovate schools in Africa's rural villages so that students can learn in a safe and comfortable environment.  My father was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to leave OPS and attend a private boarding school in Nigeria that provided the much needed resources. Because of this, he was able to achieve his dream and become an engineer. We believe that every child in Africa deserves this opportunity. 

Okuosa Primary School
Okuosa Primary School
Uyi addressing the student's at Okuosa Primary School
Uyi addressing the student's at Okuosa Primary School
Founder Uyi Omorogbe (left) and student Odion (right)
Founder Uyi Omorogbe (left) and student Odion (right)

A successful kickstarter campaign means:

  • The introduction of our first line 
  • The employment of local tailors in Nigeria to manufacture our clothing
  •  The launch of a community effort by employing local carpenters and construction workers to renovate our first school 
  • Students and teacher will have desks, chairs, proper roofing and bathrooms  
  • If we exceed our goal, we will renovate the secondary school in Urhokuosa as well, allowing us to have an even greater impact on the community. 

Size Chart: Men

Size Chart: Women

Risks and challenges

We will be sending out surveys regarding the size and the color of the shirts following the end of the campaign. We are confident in our ability to fulfill the orders on time for the amount of product we are aiming to sell. Although if our campaign is extremely successful and we are funded far more than we are expecting, our delivery times may be delayed due to the high volume of orders.

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    Join our mailing list!

    We will add you to our mailing list and keep you updated on the latest news with NaSo. You will receive a picture of the finished school after it's renovated.

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    Early Bird! - "The Edo" shirt

    Early Bird Discount! Get "The Edo" Mandarin Collar Shirt at 40% off! (MSRP $90). We will send you a survey at the end of our campaign to get your choice of color-way and size. You will be added to our mailing list and also receive a picture of Okuosa Primary School after it's renovated.

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    Early Bird! - "The Oba" NaSo Denim Shirt

    Early Bird Discount! Get a tailor-made NaSo Mandarin Collar Denim Shirt (Men's), at 30% off! (MSRP $100). We will send you a survey at the end of our campaign to get your choice of color-way and size. You will be added to our mailing list and also receive a picture of Okuosa Primary School after it's renovated.

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    "The Edo" Shirt + 1 School Desk!

    Get "The Edo" Mandarin Collar shirt and give a student a place to sit and learn! We will send you a survey at the end of our campaign to get your choice of color-way and size. A desk will be made by a local carpenter for Okuosa Primary School with your name engraved on it and you will also receive a photo of your desk in the school. You will be added to our mailing list and also receive a picture of Okuosa Primary School after it's renovated.

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    "The Omose" Jumpsuit + 1 School Desk

    Get "The Omose" jumpsuit and give a student a place to sit and learn! We will send you a survey at the end of our campaign to get your choice of color-way and size. A desk will be made by a local carpenter for Okuosa Primary School with your name engraved on it. We will add you to our mailing list and you will receive a photo of a student sitting in your desk and a photo of the finished school!

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    2 "The Edo" Shirts + 1 School Desk!

    Get 2 "The Edo" shirts and give a student a place to sit and learn! We will send you a survey at the end of our campaign to get your choice of color-way and size. A desk will be made by a local carpenter for Okuosa Primary School with your name engraved on it. We will add you to our mailing list and you will receive a photo of a student sitting in your desk and a photo of the finished school! A desk will be made by a local carpenter for Okuosa Primary School with your name engraved on it.

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    "The Iyoba" Dress + 1 School Desk

    Get "The Iyoba" Dress of your choice and give a student a place to sit and learn! We will send you a survey at the end of our campaign to get your choice of color-way and size. A desk will be made by a local carpenter for Okuosa Primary School with your name engraved on it. We will add you to our mailing list and you will receive a photo of a student sitting in your desk and a photo of the finished school!

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    The Empowerment Pack

    Design 2 "The Edo" shirts yourself! We send you a survey at the end fo the campaign with a variety of fabrics and prints to choose from, giving you complete control over the look that you're going for. A desk will be made by a local carpenter for Okuosa Primary School with your name engraved on it. We will add you to our mailing list and you will receive a photo of a student sitting in your desk and a photo of the finished school!

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    • 1 School Desk
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    "The Oga" Custom Suit + 1 School Desk

    Get 1 "The Oga" custom suit tailor made for you. We will send you a survey where you will choose your materials (wool, polyester, etc), color and fit (classic, slim-fit, etc). We will contact you after the campaign is over to get your measurements. We will add you to our mailing list and you will receive a personal thank you video from a student and a desk will be made by a local carpenter for Okuosa Primary School with your name engraved on it. You will also receive a photo of the finished school!

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    The Impact Pack

    Design 3 custom "The Edo" mandarin collar shirts and select either "The Oga" tailor-made suit or both "The Iyoba" dress and "The Omose" jumpsuit . We will send you a survey at the end of the campaign to get your measurements. We will also send a variety of fabrics and prints for you to choose from, giving you complete control over the look that you're going for. You will have your name put o the head of the classroom in Okuosa Primary School. A desk will be made by a local carpenter for Okuosa Primary School with your name engraved on it. We will add you to our mailing list and you will receive a special thank you video from the students, a photo of a student sitting in your desk, and a photo of the finished school.

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Funding period

- (30 days)