He was glamorous! He drove the most expensive cars with customised number plates that boldly displayed the brand name of his modelling business empire and he dined with the crème de la crème, ranging from politicians, entrepreneurs to Hollywood celebrities. The cost of his perfume could pay a year’s tuition fee for a needy student in a government senior high school.
His arrival onto the fashion scene in 2005 resurrected Ghana’s ailing
modelling and fashion industry and gave opportunity to Ghanaian fashion designers to showcase their creativity beyond the shores of Kwame Nkrumah’s Gold Coast.
He instituted the Ghana Fashion Week which saw super models from Europe and the United States, with Hollywood TV Star Boris Kodjoe attending one of his events. That was how renowned model and business mogul and fashion icon, Ibrahim Sima, popularly known as Exopa rose to fame.
On Tuesday, December 9, however, his body was wrapped in a white calico and buried at the Tema Community Nine Muslim cemetery.
Ibrahim Sima, 48, reportedly died from injuries he sustained during a football match in prison where he was serving a 15year jail term at Ghana’s Nsawam Medium Security Prison for unlawful possession of, and attempting to export narcotic drugs.
It was highly anticipated that some Ghanaian celebrities who were rumoured to have benefited largely from Sima’s generosity prior to his incarceration would be there to grace his grave side and bid him farewell.
In fact, one would have even expected a heavy representation of fashion designers, radio and television personalities among other groupings of people he had worked with in the past to visit the late model’s family home to commiserate with the family.
The situation however was different as not even a single individual from Ghana’s entertainment industry was there to show love for the departed fashion icon.
Only models who trained under the tutelage of Sima’s Exopa Modelling Agency trouped to the burial grounds to bid farewell to a man they consider their role model. Student models from the agency were also not left out, as they represented in their numbers.
Donning skimpy black attires with matching high heels, female models turned the funeral grounds into a mini fashion parade. In a solemn mood, they discussed events that had led to the rise and fall of a man credited to have revolutionised Ghana’s fashion industry.
Sima was imprisoned in 20011, after being convicted for concealing narcotic drugs in a tuber of yam being exported to Germany.
Curated from www.dellarussel.com