September 29, 2022


Sports Really Satisfies

In the chair with Akeem Akway, barber to Minnesota’s sports stars

When Akeem Akway was a reserve guard for the then-undefeated Fridley High School varsity basketball squad in 2009, The Star Tribune ran a story about his unusual role as the team’s de facto team barber. 

At the time, Akway regarded his routine of cutting his pals’ hair as little more than a fun hobby, a good way to contribute to team chemistry, and a means to earn pocket change. He usually charged $5 per cut.

But some people who read the story about the talented amateur teen barber had a different take: Akway ought to turn pro. He  took the suggestion to heart.

“That’s when I started dreaming,” Akway recalled. “I thought if I go to barber school and save my money, I could open my own barbershop. I could make a decent amount of money.”