HIS STYLE: Unveiling a pastor’s fashion world

Pastor Abby BDP, real name Abraham Joseph Nganga, is the country representative of Ipsos Rwanda, a media monitoring firm. A pastor at Hope Restoration Church International, Nganga is also a gospel singer and an emcee. He spoke to Society Magazine’s Stephen Kalimba about his fashion sense.

Pastor Abby BDP, real name Abraham Joseph Nganga, is the country representative of Ipsos Rwanda, a media monitoring firm. A pastor at Hope Restoration Church International, Nganga is also a gospel singer and an emcee. He spoke to Society Magazine’s Stephen Kalimba about his fashion sense. Excerpts;

As a person who wants to influence the youth, what determines your style?

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Pastor Abby BDP

I do many things that influence my style but I have to stay true to who I am. I meet corporate clients so I can’t go with a hat and chain, even though I like them. I want to give people the respect they deserve and I want to be respected too so I go for suits. I dress to connect with the youth in tight tops and sneakers. I like visible chains and caps when I go to emcee.

How do you reach out to the youth with your style?

Young people will open up to a person who looks like them. I dress like them, but not the young and crazy outfits. I want to be comfortable around them and vice versa.

For the suits, do you have a designer?

Not exactly.I like navy blue, black, gray or chocolate brown suits.I like the fitting type because I work out and I feel that they bring that out. I am a fan of Italian suits, if I were to get a lot of money I would go for Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss.

What accessories do you recommend men to wear?

If you’re meeting a corporate client, a watch is important. A subtle chain can also do the trick.

What are your favourite accessories?

I like big face watches with leather straps. I have several bottles of cologne like Burberry, Stacy Adams and Polo. I also like lip balm, like Chap Stick. Lots of people say I’m like a girl because I pay attention to detail.

What fashion trends do you think men should avoid?

I have seen some men holding a purse, but no, get a wallet! Then there are Kitenge trousers,for an entertainer, they are okay but a regular guy, no. You need to be an entertainer to pull that look off.

Fashion tips to live by?

Let your identity influence your style if you’re a moral and principled person, don’t let culture or circumstances dictate. Dress according to your budget, a style you can maintain. Be tidy and presentable, whatever you wear will look worth a million. Wear the clothes, don’t let them wear you, clothes shouldn’t determine what you are, if you are a pastor, be a pastor in a suit, jeans or shorts.

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