Ademola Mandela, pronounced Ade-moll–a Man-dell-a, born Byll Lester (September 10, 1945) is an innovator of the natural hair care industry. He is a native Floridian, and a Vietnam veteran (US Air Force). After graduating from The Warner School of Design (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), he started his professional career as a New York fashion designer in 1971. He customized modern African fusion clothing for private clients. He also designed two lines a year for high-end New York City stores.