Nigerian to the World: 5 talented designers whose creations are internationally recognized Nigeria news


Nigeria has produced some of the best talent in the world and it continues to do so in various fields of activity.

Having a dream is one thing, but making an effort to make it a reality is something that not everyone has been able to do successfully.

However, there are those whose continuous efforts have earned them praise and worldwide recognition.

These designers have gone a long way in their careers. Photo credit: @deola_sagoe, @adebayojones
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Among the best internationally recognized fashion designers in the world is Nigeria.

In this article, highlights five designers who have made Nigeria proud and continue to do so.

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Check them out below:

1. Folake Folarin-Coker

The designer is the mastermind behind popular fashion brand, Tiffany Amber.

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In 2008, she made history when she became the first African-based fashion designer to twice perform at New York Fashion Week.

Folarin-Coker was on the Forbes Power Women in Africa list, and Beyonce, Kelis, Tasha Smith and Eve are just a few of its celebrities.

2. Déola Sagoe

The first Nigerian to have her own show at New York Fashion Week in September 2014, Deola continues to lead the way in pioneering Nigeria on the global fashion map.

She won the 2000 MNET Anglo Gold African Design Award (New York) and it was a defining moment for her career as a designer.

Her work has earned her some recognition from American celebrities such as Will Smith and Oprah Winfrey.

3. Frank Oshodi

The talented designer has been in the fashion industry for 32 years, but his brand, House of Bunor, started over a decade ago and has dressed Nigeria’s most prominent personalities.

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He started his career as a model for fashion houses like Dakova, Supreme Stitches, Nikki Africanna among others.

4. Lisa Folawiyo

Lisa Folawiyo started her label, Jewel by Lisa, in 2005 from her home, with an initial investment of 20k N. She bought 12 yards of fabric and made the first pieces with her mother.

American actress, Issa Rae wore her clothes. In 2012, she was featured in Vogue Italia.

5. Adebayo Jones

The fashion maestro is considered the godfather of African fashion in the UK as he has made a name for himself at home and abroad.

After obtaining his first degree in Humanities at the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1985, Adebayo continued his studies at a fashion school in London to acquire formal training.

Known as the King of Couture, Jones has worked for a variety of brands in the past, including a company that lines up the biggest Hollywood celebrities on their books, from Tina Turner, Diana Ross to Shirley Bassey. He also worked with British Katherine Hamnett CBE, twice British Designer of the Year.

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Everything about Oluwagbemisola Okunlola

If you think we have a lot of Nigerian creatives in the country, wait and see how many Nigerians in the diaspora are conquering the world one design at a time.

One of those talents is UK-based fashion designer Oluwagbemisola Okunlola, whose specialty in making stunning wedding dresses is slowly gaining her pride of place in the fashion industry.

Oluwagbemisola, under her fashion brand, Alonuko Bespoke, recently released their latest bridal range labeled “The Freedom Collection”.


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