I was first introduced to the guest of this feature, Prince Adjepong by Kobby Adu, the creative director for this shoot. The coolest dude with one leg! He showed up to set, up beat and ready to shoot.
Prince was an avid motor bike rider until his accident in 2016. On a usual commute from one point to another, a taxi driver crossed into his lane. In Prince's attempt to dodge the collision, he landed into a gutter. His right leg got stuck in his bike. He broke his right thighbone, which in turn destroyed a major artery.
“After 5 weeks of being bedridden, numerous surgeries to save my leg, I had to go with the option of getting an amputation to save my life.”
After the sad reality that he would have to live with one leg for the rest of his life, Prince took to Instagram in search of other amputees and the “beautiful things they were doing”. It was then that it hit him. His new disability would not be so bad after all.
“After my final surgery which was an above the knee amputation, except for the excruciating pain, I was good to move on and start life again.”
It is this positivity that drew Kobby and I to Prince to guest star in our street style shoot with the young street brand, Daniks Peters. The streets and life served him but he was still the happiest person to be alive!
Daniks Peters is a Ghanaian unisex street wear brand that embodies the retro urban culture of the youth in Ghana. In the brand’s quest to contribute to solving societal issues through their art, their first collection, “ The Junkyard” is a streetwear collection inspired by a junk yard or broken down vehicles in Kokompe, Accra. This collection was used to raise awareness to road safety, to help prevent avoidable accidents and deaths. Ghana had a high rate of deaths 2017. 20,775 people died due to traffic accidents. 20,000 vehicles were involved in these accidents.
The aim for this collection, is to make road safety trendy! It consisted of a few customized pieces with the safety road signs in the most disruptive way. Most of the fabrics for the collection are hand painted to represent the rust effects from a real junkyard, and to give the garment a grunge feel. Distressed denim which represents the damaged interior of the cars was also used.
I am personally enjoying the entry of more street wear fashion into space usually filled with luxury feminine brands. Imagine the amazing stylish looks one could create mixing both worlds!!!.... Just a suggestion. :)
Prince incorporates his prosthetic leg into his style. It has effortlessly become one of the coolest fashion accessories on his Instagram.
"When I was having my prosthetic made, I had an option of having it camouflaged to my skin color to make it look ‘normal’. I wasn’t interested in that. I’ve developed some sleeves in different colors and prints which I switch when I want. I usually wear shorts because I like to show them off. Some even have my name embroidered on it. I also have my crutches personalized with favorite camouflage print, had to make it mine."
If you thought Prince couldn't exude any more positive vibes, he is on mission to help include the involvement of persons with disabilities in fashion and interment through the "H" foundation which will launch soon. his foundation will be batting many misconceptions about those with disabilities, encourage them in their dreams and campaign for the right kind of prosthetics needed. It is going to be lifestyle movement.
In the year 2020, Prince hopes to compete as a the first Ghanaian blade runner from West Africa. We wish him all the best! God bless you Prince, We are rooting for you!
Street wear | DANIKS PETERS
Creative Direction & Styling | KOBBY ADU (@iktschy)
Photography | APAG STUDIOS (@apagstudios)
Special Guest | PRINCE ADJEPONG (@princeadjepong_)
Female Model | KAREN (@karenabiba)
Motor Bike Riders | SHAIBU (@shaibu11) & KWABENA OSEI- BONSU (@halfco)