Akeem Akway used to cut hair for his Fridley high school pals at $5 a pop. Now he owns three barber shops and crafts $100 fades for some of the biggest names in Minnesota sports.

Making It in Minnesota: Since going viral on social media in 2013, Akeem Akway has built a loyal following and counts Timberwolves stars Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, and D’Angelo Russell among his regulars. The immigrant from Ethiopia runs three barber shops across the Twin Cities. He told Sahan Journal how he’s built his success—starting with getting fired from his first haircutting job.