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Ngo Okafor

Ngo Okafor and James Andrew - photo by Matthew Dean

Some of you may know the story of how WIJW came to be – the cat calls I’d receive at the gym for my usual (slightly over the top?) outfits – I’d come in with my citron yellow jeans or a dusty rose suede safari jacket and there’d always be a “Hey Jimmy – whatcha got on today?” Of course I’d be tickled by the response I was getting, but I didn’t really see the opportunity I had until I started fitness training with the amazing Ngo Okafor. It was in fact Okafor who, with huge foresight, suggested I make a blog based on my fashion sense. It did take some friendly insistence from him over the next month or so, but I eventually called on Alex Scott to help create what we now know as What is James Wearing?! Tonight’s post is a tribute to Okafor’s persistence and the push he gave me to get this all to happen!

He is a two-time heavyweight champion winning back-to-back Golden Gloves (and yes we saw him knock a fellow out at The Garden not long ago).

As a model, Okafor has worked with major superstars like Gisele, and Mary J. Blige, and he’s currently featured in a huge Under Armour campaign. Okafor has acted in several TV shows as well, including Six Degrees, The Rebound with Catherine Zeta-Jones, and he has just finished work on an upcoming feature film, “Jeremy Fink and the meaning of life.” Okafor is currently at work on a feature-length documentary, which chronicles his journey from Nigeria to the top of the boxing world. “I really want the film to inspire people to dream big and work hard,” says Okafor. “That’s always been my mantra and so far so good.”

Be looking for his 2011 calendar which will be out soon, with proceeds going to raise funds for up-and-coming boxing stars in Nigeria.

So to my dear friend Ngo – thank you for pushing me to become a better version of myself and for being so completely inspirational to us all – may your star continue to rise!

I’m photographed in the ring sporting a Gucci cotton, wool and silk white and black window pane plaid jacket, silk black and white hounds tooth pant, black patent belt with silver leather trim and grommets and black and white silk bow tie, Turnbull and Asser shirt in red and white cotton stripes with contrast white collar and french cuffs and grey and black silk polka dot pocket square, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Tom Ford black and saddle leather loafer, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram and my fragrance is Creed Aventus.

15 Comments

  1. The post, itself, is a knockout!

  2. DeanFarris says:

    J,

    Wow ! I loved your post today. At first, due to the amazing photography, I thought that Ngo was a realist sculpture… I enjoyed the personal nature of your text today as well. Thanks for sharing !

    D

  3. Paper Doll says:

    Wow both of you look beautiful! Great post!

  4. Christian Fuchs says:

    I am glad to know the story of WIJW, you have such great friends!

  5. Simpática says:

    James luces guapísimo, me encanta la combinación de la chaqueta con la camisa, es sencillamente fantástica. Tu amigo esté muy guapo también.

  6. Travis says:

    Thank you so much Ngo, now we can enjoy lots of posts of this amazing blog!

  7. robin says:

    James!!
    Amazing images and OF COURSE you look FABULOUS!

  8. Brian Cook says:

    James! Great pics and great story! Isn’t funny when you look back at how you got to where you are? One small conversation can open doors you never thought possible.

    All my best to you!

    Brian

  9. Pink Cinnamon says:

    It´s a lovely story, I am sure you never imagine how famous WIJW would be!

  10. Lola Montes says:

    Para eso están los amigos para ayudarnos a hacer nuestros sueños realidad, hermosa historia mi querido James, todos nosotros tus admiradores estamos muy agradecidos con Ngo también!

    cariños,

    Lola

  11. Dagmar von Schwarzenberg says:

    Es ist schön die Geschichte von WIJW zu kennen, ich bin mir sicher dass Du Dich sehr gut an diesem Tag erinnern kannst…….

  12. jon stone says:

    Ngo inspired you, and now you are inspiring me and everyone else with your unique, clever and classical style! Keep it going and BTW love the pants! hugs 🙂

  13. Very cool ensemble. Great post James.

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