"There is no barrier, if you believe in your talent and take the next step. I want to encourage and create beauty, where people don't expect." - Avido
From Kibra to the world
David Avido Ochieng was born and raised in Kibera, Nairobi. As the firstborn in a family raised by a single mum, he had to take responsibility early. Dropping out of school, because money was short, he started to work long hours - without any hope that his paycheck will ever be enough to support his three siblings and mother the way they deserve.
Nothing to be Sorry for
Kibra inspired him
Frustrated, he quit his jobs and reflected on what he wants from life and what is holding him back. Was it Kibra? People have strong opinions on this place, but most of them have never come here. Avido never felt that coming from Kibra was something to be sorry for. The opposite was the case. Kibra inspired him.
This awareness is what started the Lookslike Avido story in 2017, when Avido decided to sew stage-outfits for his dance crew himself. Through finishing his fashion & design diploma at Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts, he developed a solid skill set to grow as a designer. He took it from there and started expressing his message through crafting handmade pieces in Kibera.