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WATCH: The Man Behind The Trims

21 February 2018

Nikky Okyere owns and operates a highly thought of barbershop in south London, serving the locals and the capital's famous faces in equal measure.

He has a long list of high-profile clients, including several of the Eagles' first team, and has even spent time with the Ghanaian national team providing his services.

The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako swear by his skills and even invite him into their homes to keep them looking sharp, something which is explored in a BBC Africa piece on the follicle oracle himself.

"Before a game I like to have a fresh trim for my confidence," says Zaha.

"Barbers are so important. It's not just anyone that you would let come to your house and cut your hair. A haircut will take me from a 5 to a 10, trust me," he laughs. "A fade will make you a different person."

The video also explores Nikky's background, his roots in Accra and the promise he made his mother to become the biggest barber in the UK.

Bakary Sako discusses his relationship with Okyere and he reveals the big footballing names in his contact book, including other Eagles Christian Benteke and Mamadou Sakho.

Watch the videos below to hear more from the Palace boys and to find out more about Nikky.

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