54 Kingdoms’ roots can be traced to 2006, when founder & CEO, Nana Poku developed the concept in the fall semester of his senior year at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). A colleague brought to Nana’s attention a website that specialized in selling Nigerian themed apparel, consisting of men and women t-shirts and tank tops. Although the apparels had beautiful designs, he later realized a trend of several websites that served the same purpose with similar clothing articles for sale. What if there was a company that told Pan-African stories through fashion? Nana questioned
This thought of using Africa and the Diaspora as a source of inspiration to design clothes and accessories helped in developing the company’s name, 54 Kingdoms. The number ‘54’ symbolized the total number of countries in Africa at the time of the company’s establishment, and ‘Kingdoms,’ signifies that each and every African country is a part of a larger kingdom spanning overseas to form the Diaspora.
Pamela explores the journey of 54 Kingdoms to present and the impact it is making globally.