We had the good fortune of connecting with Taiye Omokore and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taiye, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting KLAT Magazine stemmed from recognizing a significant gap in the market and a lack of representation for the vibrant youth community in Wales. I initiated KLAT Magazine in November 2023 with the aim of creating a platform where everyone could have a voice. Coming from Lagos, Nigeria, and relocating to the UK in February 2022 for a master’s in International Business Management, I initially established myself as a photographer, using my craft to build connections in a new city where I knew nobody. The inspiration to launch KLAT Magazine arose from my desire to fill the void of a magazine specifically dedicated to celebrating the achievements of young and talented creatives in Wales. Focused on Music, Art, Culture, and Fashion, our magazine is committed to sharing diverse stories of impactful individuals globally through compelling narratives and visuals. The mission is rooted in fostering pride, empowerment, and community connection.
Having previously worked solely as a photographer, my journey evolved as I actively engaged with various projects, emphasizing sustainable fashion and advocating for often overlooked issues within the industry as a climate enthusiast. My artistic vision centers around celebrating beauty and identity, a perspective that has garnered recognition, including features in prestigious publications like Vogue, Dazed, and others. Notably, my project “Into the Unknown” was shortlisted by the World Photography Organisation for the Sony Photography Awards in 2023.
I have collaborated with organizations such as Bad wolf Studios, BBC, Race Council, and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, among others.
Witnessing the lack of platforms for Welsh creatives to share their stories, I decided to establish KLAT Magazine, leveraging my experience as a photographer. I proudly serve as the Editorial Director, surrounded by an incredible team both in Wales and internationally. The core motivation behind this venture is to create a vibrant and inclusive space, empower communities, and spotlight remarkable talents.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My photography is a reflection of my deep passion for portraiture and editorial work, with a focus on evoking emotions and narrating personal experiences. The essence of my portrait pieces lies in creating impactful narratives, delving into subjects ranging from mental health and alopecia to sustainability. I strive to tell powerful stories that resonate with people, exemplified by projects such as the one with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, launched in February 2024. This project celebrates the contributions of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic individuals in health and care, ensuring representation in artworks displayed across Aneurin Bevan University Health Board sites.

In the editorial sphere,I’ve been dedicated to promoting sustainability, collaborating with The Sustainable Studio for an exhibition showcasing Welsh sustainable fashion brands in 2023. Additionally, my work on body positivity was featured in Vogue Greece, further amplifying my commitment to addressing important social issues and contributing to meaningful conversations within the community.

I am really proud to be the Visual Arts Winner at Black History Wales Awards 2023 and also Nominated in The Art and Creative Category at the upcoming Cardiff Life awards.

I started my artistic journey with photography without having my own camera. I frequently borrowed from friends until I managed to save up and buy one in 2015. The challenges continued in my first year of university when I didn’t have a laptop for image editing, and financial constraints were a reality. Despite these difficulties, I kept going, always learning and producing work with deep significance.

Relocating to the UK alone, without family and connections, presented its own set of challenges. However, I overcame these hurdles by reaching out to people, building connections, and meeting amazing collaborators. Over the past two years in the UK, I’ve learned that persistent effort, combined with genuine intentions, yields results. This journey, from someone who knew nothing about photography to achieving substantial growth through hard work and daily practice as the Owner and Editorial Director of KLAT Magazine has been transformative.

At 24 years old, I am proud of what I’ve accomplished but recognize that I am just getting started. My brand aims to be a platform where people can have a voice, make an impact, and be etched into history books. The lessons I’ve learned include the power of consistency, resilience in the face of challenges, and the importance of fostering meaningful connections. I want the world to know that there’s much more to come, and I am driven to leave a lasting imprint on the creative landscape.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
During a week-long visit with my best friend in Cardiff/Wales, I’d curate an unforgettable experience that embodies the city’s essence. Our mornings would kick off with coffee at Bute and Co, followed by exploring Cardiff Castle for a delightful sightseeing adventure. Lunch would be a culinary journey, savoring Jamaican or African delights from Madela or Afro Lounge. Our afternoons would be immersed in the National Museum, appreciating its remarkable art collection. For the evening, we’d opt for a classy dining experience at Gaucho or Ivy Asia. To unwind, Turtle Bay or Lyalena Lounge would provide a laid-back atmosphere for drinks before diving into the night scene at Ten Mill Lane or an OTID Entertainment party, if available.
Throughout the week, I’d capture precious memories through pictures, ensuring laughter, exploration, and the vibrant spirit of Cardiff are embraced. And not to be missed, I’d make sure my friend experiences the beautiful beaches of Wales, with a special visit to Barry Island, a personal favorite.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
“A Genius is the man who can do the average thing when everyone else around him is losing his mind” –Napoleon

This quote resonates deeply with me, and it reflects a philosophy I strive to embody. I firmly believe that opportunities abound everywhere; it’s a matter of looking closely and approaching life with intentionality. Drawing inspiration from Deuteronomy 28:12 in The Holy Bible, which speaks of divine blessings on one’s endeavors, I hold the conviction that diligence and purposeful actions lead to abundance.

Expressing gratitude is a significant part of my journey. I extend heartfelt thanks to God, my unwavering family, and my supportive friends. Special recognition goes to The Sustainable Studios and The Creative Plug Cymru for providing a space for the execution of my creative endeavors.

Lastly, immense appreciation to the dedicated members of the Klat Team who consistently contribute their efforts.

Website: https://www.taiyeomokore.com and https://klatmag.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taiye_omokore/ & https://www.instagram.com/klatmag/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taiye-omokore-070a2b1a5/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Taiye_omokore

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@klatmag

Other: My personal photo was photogrpahed by Noah Bakour

Image Credits
Personal Photo by Noah Bakour Klat Mag Dinner Photo by Joe Andrews All other Images by me: Taiye Omokore

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