By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Happy women’s day!
International women’s day round off yesterday, but we celebrate our women everyday. Today we are celebrating all women doing exploits in their various industries both here in Nigeria and abroad. These 5 women have gone to lengths to fly the flag, revolutionizing and uplifting their fields.
Be it designing, styling or facilitating, every one of these women has provided an important platform upon which to show the dynamic creative capabilities of Nigerians. These Ladies are worth celebrating as they represent pillars without boundaries who are doing all they can to cultivate and sustain the Nigerian creative space.
- OMOYEMI AKERELE
Founder and artistic director of Style House Files, a creative development agency for Nigerian and African designers, Omoyemi Akerele is widely regarded as a driving force behind the burgeoning Nigerian Fashion industry. A pioneering agency in image consultancy and creative direction within the West African countries.
Omoyemi and her team of experts drive a living legacy of producing one of the biggest Fashion events, Lagos Fashion and Design week, which runs for four days and has become Lagos’ answer to New York Fashion Week with a whole host of local and international designers showcasing their work. LFDW become better each year with exponential growth over the last few years and has transformed into one of the most sought after Fashion week or event of the year with industry insiders, influencers, stylist and celebrities flocking to be spotted in the front row.
- NIKKI OGUNNAIKE.
She is the Senior Fashion Editor of Elle.com and has become the go-to-style expert for the 25 million + users, fans and followers of what is now the largest fashion and beauty magazine website. She also represents the brand on television and in ELLE.com videos. Anytime you need a mix of fashion that is equal parts accessible and forward-thinking, ELLE’s Ogunnaike is your Fashion Bible.
The Nigerian-American started out at Instyle magazine as an assistant editor, Vanity Fair as a fashion assistant before taking giant strides moving to Glamour.com as their Senior Fashion Editor. She joined ELLE.COM team in 2015.
She has become one of the most important voices in fashion publications. She’s amongst a select group of other editors, controlling the narratives at some of the world’s biggest magazines. Her personality is described as vibrant with a quirky style in her fashion sense to make up the figure of she has become in the Fashion space.
- RENI FOLAWIYO.
Reni Folawiyo is a devout Nigerian businesswoman. Founder of Alara, a concept store in the heart of Victoria Island, Lagos that seeks to redefine luxury fashion for Nigerians. Meaning ‘Wonderous performer’ in Yoruba, Alara is rapidly becoming a Fashion destination for Nigerians and westerners alike. It offers a wide mix of fashion, art and design in a similar style to famous concept stores like Paris, Colette, London’s Dover street Market and Milan’s 10 Corso Como.
Reni has not relented in showing her deep affections for the Nigerian Fashion industry. She has provided an important platform for young Nigerian creatives to display their work. Not leaving out international designers, the focus of Alara is to celebrate home grown talents and supporting the designers and artisans that reside right here in Africa. From trunk shows to presentations, Alara is a hub of activity and so much more than a retail store, it’s a home away from home for the Nigerian creative community.
- LISA FOLAWIYO.
Lisa Folawiyo is a multi-faceted global womenswear and accessories collection designer. The very stylish designer perfected the art of wearing Ankara (local West African cloth) through the use of ornate embellishment. By incorporating texture with this culturally established traditional textile, Lisa Folawiyo transformed the textile and created a globally coveted print. This conceptual and global design hybrid has been the Key to Lisa Folawiyo’s success.
Since starting her label in 2005, Lisa has spearheaded the movement of Nigerian designers achieving international recognition for their work.
The lawyer turned designer has also become a style icon in her own right having featured in Vogue and Elle. She has show rooms in both Nigeria and New York and her collections are stocked worldwide. Lisa has an Instagram amassed with a following of 79k is full of stylish outfit of the days and an insight into her jet-set-life.
- ADE SAMUEL.
Ade Samuel, started out as an intern at Teen Vogue, and has gone on to become a shoe designer and highly-sought after celebrity stylist. She made a transition from being a stylist to a designer and she has successfully. Ade has worked with a whole host of celebrities including top names like Jhene Aiko, Kelly Rowland and Big Sean whilst building her name in the styling world.
Ade’s Voice and aesthetic is also important as diversity and representation for women of color become necessary in every aspect of fashion. Ade Samuel is the very embodiment of #BlackGirlMagic, a young , independent black woman constantly breaking barriers and coming for everything they said she could not have.
Ade continues to scale new heights as she recently styled the Black Panther Essence magazine cover which broke the internet. Working in relative silence and letting her achievements do the talking, Ade Samuel is making moves both here and abroad. On a recent trip to Nigeria she unveils plans for the New Nigeria which will be the new frontier for Nigerian creatives and we cannot wait to see just how it all plays out.
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