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Edwin Okolo

4 Sep 2019
Today, Africa’s fashion big names such as Mai Atafo, Idia Aisien, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and more were all at Eko Hotels, Lagos for the unveiling of Design Fashion Africa’s maiden edition. The DFA initiative which is set to change the future of fashion design in Africa, is starting a hunt for someone who could become the…
21 Oct 2018
I have been in the Nigerian fashion industry informally since 2009, and formally since 2013. I worked every gig there is; styled and directed editorial shoots, collaborated with major Nigerian designers, working behind the shadows and sometimes front and centre with them. I have worked as an independent fashion blogger and contribute for Guardian Life,…
5 Sep 2018
Contrary to the summer vibe, which is a perfect excuse to travel and shop outside the country, we are doing something different this year. We are packing our bags and travelling around Nigeria, ticking off our shopping bucket list our country’s most treasured traditional fashion finds. Not sure where to start? The Nike Art Gallery…
19 Jun 2018
Our fathers are the first people we look to protect us. Their advice becomes the compass with which we order our lives. Their dad jokes are our first taste of humour in an often humourless world. They are there from the moment we are born, so it is easy to forget that they had vibrant,…
8 May 2018
Our fashion industry is so obsessed with clothing that we forget that every good outfit cannot stand without the right accessory. Until recently, we had to depend on foreign brands like Bata Shoes and imported alternatives to meet our need for accessories. But that era has passed and these vibrant young accessory designers are wading…
26 Mar 2018
Another Mother's Day is rolling by and, with it, all the angst and anxiety that comes with the season. Mothers, after all, are priceless and the mother in your life is probably completely done with the conventional flowers and roses. Time to ditch all your ideas and turn to presents that are fun, fashionable and…
12 Mar 2018
It is especially important here in Nigeria to do some celebrating, particularly during this International Women's Month, because our culture has the propensity to whitewash and overlook the contributions of women to different disciplines, especially in fashion. Nigerian fashion designers have been on the cutting edge of transforming the industry to the multi-billion naira industry…
12 Feb 2018
After a January that seemed to drag on forever, we're finally in February, the unofficial month of love. We've ditched our dowdy monochromes for some vibrant reds and white and have spent all weekend looking through Instagram boutiques for that perfect present that says "I love you" with just the right amount of subtlety as…
5 Feb 2018
Traditionally, fashion has always been dismissed as a frivolous pastime, completely downplaying the complex work that goes into a garment and how cuts and silhouettes can inform how a person is perceived and identified. But, as more men and women in the field deconstruct their ideas and encourage the average person to understand the power…
22 Jan 2018
2017 was a great year for fashion. Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) stepped it up by drawing a constellation of South African mega designers and bringing the world's press to see the best of African fashion. The GTBank Fashion Weekend (GT Fshn Wknd) reminded us that Nigerians will support brands if they are…
8 Jan 2018
In spite of all the odds and more than a few fashion faux pas, we all made it into 2018. There are many opportunities a new year brings, but few are as daunting as the opportunity to reinvent yourself and up your fashion game. Inspiration is often hard to come by so we have done…

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