Eighteen-year-old student of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Fateemah Garba has aptly answered the name of her university, “Hikmah” (wisdom) by designing a fashionable scarf (Hijab) endeared by both Muslims and Christians.
A hijab is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest.
When Miss Garba launched a hijab making brand labelled “Pink Dust Hijab” from the little startup capital she go from her mother, little did she know that her ingenuity would project her to limelight.
The 200-Level student who also trains and empowers young teenage girls in the art of hijab making for all occasions, said she designs georgettes Hijabs both plain and patterned.
Speaking to Youths’ Digest on what motivated her to design Hijab for both Muslims and Christians, she said, ‘’I see Hijab from different perspectives, while others strictly see it as a symbol of a particular religion.”
“Hijab can be worn not only for religious purposes but also for fashion. There is beauty, prestige and responsibility attached to it,” she added.
She said what inspired her was the fact that one could cover up and still look good.
Miss Garba said it is not all about profit-making but fulfilling dreams. “Designing Hijab to be accepted worldwide is my ambition. So I don’t bother giving reasonable discounts to my clients,” she said.
The teenager said her future plan is to produce different types of Hijabs and own the best hijab selling company.
She said with adequate publicity for her work, creating awareness and removing stereotype about Hijab, her labels can become global hit.
She attracts her customers through social media and referrals.