Chimamanda remains steadfast in project wear Nigerian
Not just because of her literary prowess, but also for her stand and advocacy on feminism and equality. When she’s not at home either in the USA or in Nigeria drinking tea and reading poetry, the award-winning writer is attending one event or the other around the world.
The most exciting thing about this is that she walks into these events representing her home country Nigeria and even outfits from other African designers, in her fashion and style.
In 2017, inspired by Nigeria’s economic challenges, Chimamanda Adichie started the Wear Nigerian project. In a statement made via her Facebook account, she said: “If we are to grasp for a silver lining, then the “Buy Nigerian to Grow The Naira” rhetoric is one. In that spirit, I recently decided to wear mostly Nigerian brands for my public appearances.” She wrote at the time.
She decided that she would attend every event in outfits made by Nigerians and she hasn’t faltered. Take a trip to her Instagram page (managed by her nieces Chisom and Amaka) and enjoy the beautiful display of Nigerian and African fashion.
The multiple award-winning writer and global speaker has worn outfits from regular to local print fabrics and also accessories.
In an interview with I-D’s Candice Carter-Williams, she revealed the purpose of embarking on this journey, which can be narrowed down to empowerment. Chimamanda says she chose to wear Nigerian-made pieces because she wants to do her own quota by supporting our super talented designers and also make a case for how fashion can tell a story.
How does she do it you ask? She posts pictures of her in these outfits, tags the designers and adds the hashtag #MadeinNigeria and sometimes #MadeInKenya (depending on the country of design) or #WearNigerian #WearAfrican as the case may be. We are sure she also gets complimented at these events for her unique style.
To celebrate her birthday tomorrow 15th September, we present some of the favourite looks worn recently by the iconic writer and style star.
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