We introduce the first of our Black History Makers – one of the inventors of Soul Cap. Two friends Toks and Michael learned to swim later on in life and were surprised at how few black people were swimming. They learned one of the main reasons that the products on the market weren’t suitable for those who are “blessed with voluminous hair”. Once the hats were available, the boys then had a battle on their hands with FINA the swimming governing body, who didn’t recognize the caps as official swimwear – which was later overturned.
Inventor of the Soul Cap Tokunbo Ahmed on Its Impact and Response From FINA | Good Morning Britain