ABOUT THE ARTIST
You are welcomed, you are welcomed *Cameroonian accent*!
My name is Nyorh Agwe. As you can see from the virtual accent, I am Cameroonian… well Cameroonian-American actually. You see, I was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon in 1993 but moved to America with my family when I was 6. Ask any Gen X African and they would say that I am basically American (though I beg to differ). So I decided that Cameroonian-American described me best.
But because of my parents’ careers, our family’s nomadic lifestyle didn’t just stop there. At every new place we moved to I had to retell the complex story of who I am and how I got here. Though it did bring about interesting opportunities for new plot twists and dramatic beginnings, I was getting tired of retelling my story! No, I was getting tired of having to explain why I am the way I am through the perspective of someone else other than myself so that I could be accepted in their eyes. (Meaning I took full advantage of the African safari princess stereotypes when I was little...don’t judge me.) It was obvious that moving had its many ups and downs. At times I got lost in the chaos of it all, but in that same chaos I found my voice as an artist.
There was something about art that was able to combine my afropolitan experience into something that made sense. Most importantly, it was the best way I could communicate my story to others in the way I wanted to tell it. So I continued to study art all through high school and went on to study Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design. Fashion became a 3D ultra chic intimate diary for me. It was (and still is) my greatest tool for self-reflection. But there were still some things about myself I could not find in fashion.
For example...why my love life was not working out! In search of answers for my crumbling relationship, I found myself on a church retreat with my amazing sisters. Little did I know that I was going to leave with more than just answers but with a whole new outlook on my identity straight from the mouth of the one who created me. In 2016, I accepted Jesus Christ into my life and was set free from all the labels that I put on myself and that others put on me.
I am a new creation! But...what did this mean? I needed to know my identity in Christ. And the best way for me to explore this is through conversation and, like mentioned before, I converse through art. Thus, this site was born (or re-born should I say)! Honestly, it was birthed out of a myriad of multiple different trials, errors, brand names, and successes, but here it is- also as a new creation! It is a live journal of all that I love- Jesus, fashion, and black culture. As God continues to build it up, I wish to share the journey with you along the way. I hope you will join me!
ABOUT THE BRAND
NYORH AGWE is a unique lifestyle brand offering exceptionally made works of art that spark the playful and exploratory side of its consumers, nurture experiences that enable creativity, and celebrate individualism.
to provide products that liberate the wearer’s creative spirit to explore his/her identity and embrace the power of the creator within.
To reengage and actively practice the true nature and purpose of being human; love.