The BN Hot List! BellaNaija Presents 11 Young, Fabulous & Talented Designers to Watch in 2011

Posted on Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 9:30 AM

By Ijeoma Ndekwu

It’s a New Year, and for Nigerian Fashion, I am looking forward to being blown away by amazing, fresh and groundbreaking talent. Last year, here on Bella Naija Style, we featured quite a few emerging designers – not just that, many of their designs rocked the red carpets as we saw on BN Red Carpet Fab. While we look into the future for brand new design talent, we hope the current players continue to push the style boundaries to propel the development of the African Fashion Industry.

Over the last few years, we have seen a crop of young designers make their way into Nigerian Fashion, and for the designers who made our LIST, we hope for  accelerated growth in 2011.  In the midst of an industry saturated with talent, there are those who stand out.

Putting together this list was an exciting experience for me, there has  been an explosion of talent in the industry for the past few years and I am immensely proud of this! Maki Oh, Phunk Afrique, Zebra, Okunoren Twins, Eniola David and so many more have made a commendable impact.

I am glad to introduce this crop of designers to you; many have not released their first ‘official’ collections yet have caught out attention. It is a mixed bag – From  Port Harcourt to Lagos and over to Abuja – These designers are definitely worth knowing and it is our hope that they will contribute towards making 2011 a wonderful year for Nigerian fashion.

The designers listed on this feature were picked based  on design talent, the strength of their brand, our interest in what their brand has to offer in the future, and also PR , Marketing , Visibility and Identification of the brand. We considered how they are pushing their brand to the consumers and also the response from the target consumers – the fabulous fashion loving African stylistas and trend setters.

It should be an exciting year for Nigerian Fashion!

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BABUSHKA

Simi Osinubi

Babushka is a young label headed by Simi Osinubi. The label which launched in 2010, set alarms across the Nigerian fashion scene towards the end of the year with a constant flow of designs gracing the big events.

Simi initially started out sketching her designs and then over time she started making some of the designs for herself, and opened up a small studio at her home where she currently runs Babushka.

This hands-on designer, who considers herself the muse of her label,  favours simple clothing – clean lines and great attention to detail which she reflects in Babushka creations.

The Babushka woman is one who is self-assured. She understands her own style and is never a fashion victim. When asked to describe my label I always say ‘wearable is the new couture’. I like to think our pieces are all very special but at the same time fit into the Babushka woman’s existing wardrobe and she can mix and match our pieces with items she already has in her wardrobe.”- Simi Osinubi

What I get from Babushka is this young, sexy, elevated modern spirit. It is well crafted, detail-oriented pieces, but they leave room for flexibility and for an individual’s personality to shine through, allowing the wearer to tell their own story through their deigns. The brand presents itself as very youthful, but with a deep sense of maturity and confidence in who they are and their style.

During a short period of time, Simi has managed to generate interest in the brand, and I am personally looking forward to what the brand has to offer and to Babushka continually validating its spot in Nigerian Fashion Industry as a hot newcomer.

Adaku Ufere (left), Kike Soyede (middle) & Ezinne Alfa (right) in Babushka

Follow @simibabushka on twitter
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TOJU FOYEH

Designer Toju Foyeh is not exactly a newcomer to Nigerian Fashion. She’s been featured here on BellaNaija.com and MyAsho.com stocks her designs, so she’s been able to lay some ground on her label.

What I hope for all designers as they establish their brands in the midst of competing ones, is growth in their visual narratives, in the execution and presentation of their collections. I hope to watch them evolve, especially the young ones, and see how their personal growth transitions to their creative.

Toju Foyeh is one of those designers who started out young, her intrigue for the creative art of high fashion, compelled her to start putting her ideas on paper at the age of nine, and then she launched her label as an undergraduate student.

Earlier in 2010, the label seemed to have taken a back seat, but obtained revived interest with Tiwa Savage, who has been seen gracing event  red carpets wearing Toju Foyeh. What we’ve seen from the brand is definitely an evolution, as we can see she’s become more confident as a designer. She’s discovering more of herself as a designer and she is using her label as a means of expression. We see bolder pieces form the brand, in colour and cut, and the brand expands beyond  sleek cocktail dresses and is now more embracing of volume.

The Toju Foyeh label has managed to extend itself to a more mature audience, it still remains girly, but we an added appeal to its designs that is more likely to resonate with an older audience than  previous designs did.  I’ve seen two pieces and I’m already raving, hopefully she’ll continue the trend in 2011, if she does, I predict an amazing year for the brand.

Tiwa Savage in Toju Foyeh

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RE BAHIA

Orire Omatsola

Re Bahia is a brand conceived by 20 year old student of Art History at the University Of Manchester, Orire Omatsola. Re Bahia, which she describes as a mother-daughter brand, as her mum is greatly involved in executing the vision for the brand, got its name from her infusion of her love for Brazilian culture and the last bit of her name.

Orire though new to the Fashion Industry, got the conviction that this was the right path to follow at 17 after her experience at a summer fashion programme in Milan, thus, taking the plunge to start her label at an age most would consider quite young.

Re Bahia got thrown into the fashion spotlight after Orire took part in the FAB Night Out event which was in partnership with Vlisco. Her appearance at the show led to Eku Edewor and Dolapo Oni of Studio 53 Extra along with Silverbird’s Yvonne Ekwere showing up to the to the 2010 MAMA’s glamed up in Re Bahia creations.

In an interview with HauteFashionAfrica.com, when asked about the aesthetic of Re Bahia, Orire says: “The brand’s aesthetic is all about Simplicity. I love fabrics and I believe when you’ve got an amazing piece of fabric, keep the designing to the minimum. I commend people that can create new species of birds with their designs but that’s not me”.

Although a new label, the brand has already released two collections: ‘Non’ and ‘Lola’. When I saw both collections, I was genuinely excited, the work speaks for itself and Orire is definitely a talent. I love the colours, Re Bahia is a vibrant, engaging brand. I love how she uses textures, fabrics and prints. Re Bahia happens to have gotten the basics; cut, finish, aesthetic, brand personality right from the start, and as someone young in fashion,  continuous improvement in her craft is key to keep her label in the spotlight. The question for Re Bahia becomes where do they go from here as a brand, how would she beat her last collections, and show growth in her vision and the brand’s style power. I can’t wait to see how she achieves that  this year!

For someone whose inspiration comes from dreams, she’s definitely presented quite a few pieces which I’m sure will be haunting my dreams as they make their way on my wishlists.

Studio 53 extra girls: Eku Edewor & Dolapo Oni in Re Bahia

http://www.rebahia.com/
Follow @Re_Bahia on twitter
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BRIDGET AWOSIKA

Bridget Awosika

In December 2008, Bridget Awosika launched her brand in her home country, Nigeria with the preview of her Spring/Summer 2009 collection titled “art nouveau”, a collection I described as “ a breath of fresh fine air” because she was bringing something new to the Industry.

Bridget Awosika brings experience, she’s worked with Donna Karen and Giorgio Armani. Over the years, she’s nurtured her talent, which has developed into a refined and assured sense of who she is as a designer and what her label has to offer.

Bridget is one of those designers whom you can relate with their personal style, and she uses it to express her point of view as a designer. While she’s taking her time to bring out her collection, her red carpet style has kept us all entertained and her brand in the loop as she is constantly in her own creations.

My expectations are quite high for the next collection from the brand, I was blown away by the first I had seen from her and I am hoping for a similar reaction when I’m confronted with the next.

Bridget Awosika is a brand I see emerging as a major player in the Nigerian fashion Industry. What I would hope for the brand, is consistency in delivery. 2011 will be a big year for the brand, as we look forward to an official collection from the brand, I expect to be dazzled.

Adaure Achumba (left) in Bridget Awosika

http://www.bridgetawosika.com

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EJIRO AMOS TAFIRI

Ejiro Amos Tafiri

Ejiro Amos Tafiri is an emerging brand in Nigerian Fashion. Her road to fashion began with a choice to take a clothing and textile class, which transformed this young lady from a  wannabe doctor to a fashion designer.

Her interest in the industry led her to study fashion at YABATECH, and intern at Zizi Ethnic Clothing and then transition to a role with iconic Nigerian label, Tiffany Amber. Ejiro still has a few buns in the figurative oven, with plans to launch a menswear collection later in the future, though last year, Ejiro Amos Tarifi’s modern, stylish and chic ready-to-wear pieces was what got people talking.

We pride ourselves in our production of wearable clothing and accessories inspired by the vibrant, fun loving, joie de vivre culture of the Lagos people and the cultural diversity of its populace which spans the globe. Creativity and excellent craftsmanship are our watchword.”- Ejiro Amos Tafiri

One of the reasons I love this brand, is because it is truly home grown and she proves that the development in Nigerian Fashion Industry is hitting at the grassroots, with fashion courses available, and internships with established designers.

With monthly appearances at Le Petite Marche, Ejiro Amos Tafiri is pushing her brand to fashion enthusiasts which has seen her pieces worn at major events and I predict that this will be a continuing trend in 2011.

Omawumi (left) & Gbemi Phillips (right) in Ejiro Amos Tafiri

www.ejiroamostafiri.com/

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MARIAM ILAKA

Mariam Ilaka

Mariam Ilaka is a fashion brand owned by Istituto Marangoni trained designer Mariam Ilaka. Mariam Ilaka sells well tailored clothes for women as well as leather accessories. Her style of designing is “chic and original”.

Prior to starting her fashion company,  Mariam Ilaka who is a CIPD certified HR professional worked in several blue chip organisations but decided to make a career of what come to her naturally….making women look good. She says “I have always created fashionable clothes right from my days in the University of Lagos where I graduated with a Second Class Upper in Geography”. She recently graduated from Istituto Marangoni in Milan and has returned to Nigeria in to make women feel and look beautiful in her pieces.

Mariam Ilaka’s debut collection put her on the BN watch list.  The collection boasts of simple, structured pieces, some dabbed in embroidery and others with intense layers of tulle. She presented contemporary pieces, and long gowns with a vintage flair.

I see more pieces  from the collection being worn in 2011, and they do deserve an  audience, they are immaculately designed and are standout pieces in their own right.

Adora Oleh (left) & Model (right) in Mariam Ilaka

www.mariamilaka.com
Follow @Mariamilaka on twitter

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OBSIDIAN

Isoken Ogiemwonyi

Isoken Ogeimwonyi is the talented brain behind Obsidian - “An independent fashion line for the discerning lady with a flair for the bold and unusual but with her own individual style.

Sexy, fun and spunky, an Obsidian girl sets herself apart and is the epitome of all that is chic and elegant. A bold use of colour and attention to detail in all the garments ensures that when you wear Obsidian you STAND OUT”.

Last year, the label set a standard for creativeness and innovation in the Nigerian Fashion Industry, with the launch of  a short film for the “Control” collection.

We’ve spotted Obsidian designs at events, and on Model & Muse of the brand, Nicole Chukwueke.

The brand has already done a tremendous job in positioning itself as a pacesetter for young upcoming designers. This year, I hope to see them take more steps forward in establishing their brand as a creative powerhouse in design and the mediums in which they choose to push their brand  either to encourage individuals to buy Nigerian or to gain the  attention of Nigerian fashion enthusiasts.

Nicole Chukwueke (left) and Onyinye Onwugbenu (right) in Obsidian


Check out a sneak peek of Obsidian’s new mini-collection courtesy HauTe Fashion Africa

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APRIL BY Kunbi

Olakunbi Oyelese

APRIL by Kunbi is a fashion label that specialises in bespoke and ready-to-wear fashion for women who place a premium on the principles of fashion, fit, and functionality.

Founded in the spring of 2010, the brand is the brain-child of Olakunbi Oyelese, a graduate of the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Inspired by the month of April – the start of the Spring season, APRIL by Kunbi has been built on the philosophies of “newness, freshness and colour”.

With an ever-growing portfolio of prêt-a-porter and custom-made fashion items, APRIL aims to be a one stop source, a lifestyle brand for everything from Evening and Cocktail dresses to Casual/Active wear, Sleepwear, footwear,Accessories, and lingerie. The company aspires to be in a position to boldly assert; “You name it, APRIL by Kunbi has it”!

Kunbi Oyelese is a fortunate newcomer, as she is undoubtedly one of the most sought after young designers at the moment. The later part of 2010, saw numerous APRIL by Kunbi designs grace the red carpet,  for one, we’ve seen Mo’ Cheddah in their designs for two major events; Channel O Awards and the MAMAs.

APRIL by Kunbi pieces ooze  fun, flirty, and girly. Her pieces will continue to be embraced by young Nigeria and I look forward to official debut collection from the brand.

Mo'Cheddah (left), Agani Darego (middle) & Oreka Godis (right) in APRIL by Kunbi

Follow @ Ola_kunbi on twitter

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SIDI BESPOKE

Alhassan Mohammed of Sidi Bespoke

Self trained designer,  Alhassan Mohammed is the man behind Sidi Bespoke – A menswear label based in Abuja. His understanding of the  perfect execution of a finely tailored suit can amazingly be attributed to  lessons from Saville Row via Youtube and Google – Talk about the power of the internet!

Sidi Bespoke has gathered  some press since its inception: The label was featured in Mode Men Magazine’s Black Night 2009 fashion show, Sidi Bespoke styled MI for the album cover of  ‘Talk About It’. He also dressed and styled Jesse Jagz for the just concluded Dynamics awards.

In 2011, plans are already on the way to launch a ready to wear line that will feature, suits, jackets, pants, shirts, tunics, polos and leather products. The brand is also working on a flagship store in Abuja and another in Lagos to launch during the last quarter of 2011.

MI (left) & Jesse Jagz (right) in Sidi Bespoke

Follow @sidibespoke on twitter

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AKPOS OKUDU

Akpos Okudu

Akpos Okudu is a promising young designer based in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Her label: Akpos Okudu delivers “ romantic, flirty, feminine dresses in lots of bright colours; for the woman who wants to be elegant and confident without losing her soft feminine side”.

For Akpos, the interest in fashion runs in her family, with her grand mother as a dressmaker and her aunt a designer based in the Caribbeans.

In a recent interview, Akpos said, “I’m very inspired by colors and fabrics, especially bright colors. I also love pastels and warm colors, so I usually have a mix of bright and muted tones when designing a collection.” Celebrities including Omowunmi Akinnifesi and Joke Silva have been spotted in Akpos Okudu pieces and we envision even more to come from the Akpos Okudu label in 2011.

Model Uchay (left) in Akpos Okudu

www.akposokudu.com

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GREY

Rukky Ladoja & Obi Obi of Grey with Tola Ayanwale

Grey was formed by the talented duo – Rukky Ladoja and Obi Obi in September 2008 by thoughwas not fully operational until 2009.

Rukky had design and styling experience prior to the start of Grey, and in choosing to start a line in Nigeria Obi Obi proved to be the perfect partner. Currently, Rukky handles the designing of their collections and Obi deals with all the the PR, the finance and customer relationships.

The label burst into the Nigerian Fashion Industry to satisfy a gap in the emerging market; the need for everyday pieces. The casual staples that occupy the most bits of the average woman’s closet. Focusing on classic style and the playful personality of the brand and affordable pricing, the duo have been able to build a seemingly sustainable brand.

Their pieces cut across a variety of individuals, and have a place in every woman’s closet. Grey is very “get-up-and-go” – to work, to lunch, on a date, and to a formal event and that’s the major attraction to the brand- the easiness and wearability of the pieces.

I love that they have identified a market for themselves, and one that they are excelling at. This year, all I want is more from Grey...I think I can do with no colours as far as there is some touch of Grey.

Uchenna Ezenna (left), Dolapo Oni (middle) & Dammie Amolegbe (right) in Grey

http://www.begrey.com/

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  • 65 Comments on “The BN Hot List! BellaNaija Presents 11 Young, Fabulous & Talented Designers to Watch in 2011”

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    • mbabazi January 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      good looking bella .these designers are all amazing.

    • THE AMAKA January 10, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      woah! im loving this feature on BN.
      will def be watching for all of their designs on the naija red carpets.
      its about time we start showing love to our own designers.
      all that talk of wearing European designer dresses will just die out….
      NAIJA, ON ITS WAY TO THE TOP!

    • THE AMAKA January 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM

      oh yeah… the fashion lines that seem the most promising are April and Grey…they have been some of my favorite looks as of late 2010…

      • lalala January 11, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        True, but you can judge from just a few pictures.

        Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Babushka and Akpos Akudu are as well are very promising. You’ll need to look for pictures of their other designs.

        in fact all of them have been in magazines, blogs, etc

        • lalala January 11, 2011 at 9:43 AM

          *cannot judge

    • cheaster January 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      woah, BN, am amazed at this list, to add to this i would also suggest uju offiah! and so many young emerging ones, may their good works keep us glued to red carpet moments and premieres….

      • Golddigger January 10, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        @ cheaster, i second that, where is uju offiah bella naija?

    • Bisi BusyBee! January 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      lovely stuff. am proud Bella Naija is celebrating young entreprenuers and giving them a platform. Bella naija, pls do same for the Events Management Industry too. Regards, BusyBee!

    • French Paris aaliyah January 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      i think Tojuh Foyeh n Grey are good more courage to these designer Africa Needs ya!

    • Fran January 10, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      They are all really nice – but, the winner goes to…… APRIL BY KUNBI!!!

    • fokasibe January 10, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Wow…Good job guys…but are you affordable?

    • hotmama January 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      Wow!!! You go naija

    • Moigal January 10, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      this isnt complete, 1407 should be there….that guy’s designs are out of this world

    • glo January 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      i think ild watch out for grey…

    • Me January 10, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Love April by Kumbi

    • Pepe January 10, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      Wonderful list
      Marayah O should be on the list too!
      Her designs are lovely!!
      Oreka and Tosyn bucknor have worn her pieces too!

    • Ready January 10, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Hot! Hot! Hot! Hot! Just amazing stuff…I want pretty much every piece except the second dress from Obsidian. I am so excited about home!
      http://livingetlearning.blogspot.com/

      • Dami January 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        haha. yes that second obsidian dress is questionable.

        n I wish i got the GREY idea before those guys..*sigh* sounds like a winner

    • gemma January 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      Wow! Very promising designers with lovely designs! Proudly Nigerian! Akpos has more beautiful designs than the ones put up here.

    • tatafo! January 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      wow Ejiro is a QC girl o! very nice :)
      my fave has been taken over by April by Kunbi it used to be Toju Foyeh.

    • Timma January 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Am very proud to be a Nigerian, we have enough talents here, we should just be proud of our own and patronize them! Good work BN

    • zinni January 10, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      Ejiro Amos Tafiri and Bridget Awosika seem to be the only designers who have had experience working with big designers both international and local…experience triumphs any day.

    • Anya January 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      APRIL by KUNBI is doing it for me…I like that her styles and fabrics are elegant, feminine and classy!

    • odior January 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      nice my guy @sidibespoke made d list…proud of u dear

    • Say the truth January 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      Woohooo!!! Lets all be fashion designers! And bloggers! And photographers! And wear funny hats with geek glasses! Before the “in” thing was to be a rapper, now its shifted a bit. *Yawn*

      • Dami January 10, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        lol. don’t hate..appreciate! you can go n design your own clothes if you want to, or make your own blog. but oh they got there first so you’ll have to come up with something really special

        n i think kinda still in to be a rapper/singer

      • lalala January 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

        hahahahaha. its the male ‘stylists’ with funny hats and geek glasses and toms shoes

    • Bruno January 10, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      sidibespoke is the way forward.

    • tezy January 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM

      love april by kunbi.. hey designs are really exquisite..

    • disbade January 10, 2011 at 6:36 PM

      April by Kunbi love d newness of her designs..Fabric choice is unbelievable

    • Dami January 10, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      lastly obsidian should please invest in better fabric..her designs are fab but…

      n agbani is so prettyyyyy…almost forgot

    • Gbemi January 10, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      I love I love I love :-)
      As a designer, I know that running a successful fashion business in Nigeria is no mean feat. I have met lots of really talented people, who in spite of Nigeria’s issues are doing the best they can. Features like this one contribute to growth, so please BN, keep ‘em coming :-) These designers really do stand out. Keep up the good work!

      http://www.gbemisoke.blogspot.com

      • ikeze January 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        why aren t you on this list or you trying to get publicity. Just joking!!!!!!!!!!!! we cant wait to see your next collection

        • Gbemi January 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

          Ijeoma did say that her parameters for choosing the designers who made the list were:
          “design talent, the strength of their brand, our interest in what their brand has to offer in the future, and also PR , Marketing , Visibility and Identification of the brand.”

          The designers on this list are obviously doing something right with regards to visibility and PR. There’s so much more to running a successful fashion label than being talented, so YES Ikeze, I’m not passing up any opportunity to get publicity *batting eyelashes* Next collection coming soon :-)

          http://www.gbemisoke.blogspot.com

    • D.O.T.M.H January 10, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      Ahn ahn all the people in April by Kunbis are lepas. Any hope for the rest of us?

      • nana January 10, 2011 at 9:11 PM

        My thoughts exactly, Pls ooo i am a size 10 which designer will be best suitable for my size and shape???/

    • Titi January 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM

      The one I’m feeling most is April by Kunbi. Best by a mile!!!

    • Fatima January 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      I am really excited for Bridget Awosika’s work. It looks like it can belong on any runway around the world. And it is actually different, not the same thing over and over again.

    • Fatima January 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM

      Oh forgot to add. I love Grey, everyone needs simple pieces that doesn’t cost a fortune.

    • Bombchell in Atl January 10, 2011 at 9:03 PM

      wow these people definitely killed it, so much talent!! loving it.

    • Nneka January 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM

      Great article Ijeoma, I always look forward to your fashion/designer reviews or otherwise.

      Good luck to all these budding brands! A HUGE shout out to Mariam Ilaka!!! Girl, don’t you think it’s funny that you and Muyiwa are in the same business after all.lol. i used to root for you two back in the days!

      Oh also, I think Ejiro Amos Tafiri is BEAUTIFUL.

    • Gbemi January 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM

      I don’t understand the unnecessary hype for April by kunbi, nice fabrics yes but her outfits are too simple and show very little creativity, yes not all pieces have to be ‘wow’ but at the same time there should be something interesting or different that goes beyond what a tailor in baba can sew with good fabrics…I’m sorry but shes not the best. Obsidian as dam seed really needs better quality fabrics haba babe! Re Bahia on the list seriously? Based on…? The most promising are Bridget, Mariam ilaka and toju foyer in my opinion but very well done to everyone, not knocking anyone o but na true I talk to me sha..make ulna no vex o

    • Ti January 10, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      Nice work everyone

    • Temiloluwa Adebayo January 11, 2011 at 12:13 AM

      My Naija ppl are doing big things mehn! Nice…Gbemisoke will soon be on that list :D

      http://temiville.wordpress.com/

    • Judith O. January 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM

      Apkos Okudu is definitely “THE” designer to watch.
      What I love most about her clothes is the elegance and chicness it exudes.
      Her long dresses are ethereal and soft, and-
      Even her extremely short dresses don’t necessarily, when finished, come across as “sexy”(which I think a LADY- properly so called- ought not to look…. My opinion.) but as chic, classy, tasteful but, devilish ;).
      I definitely and ABSOLUTELY LOVE! love! Love! her style and creativity.
      Try wearing them with pearls and see what I mean-
      Class to boot!
      Go Akpos Okudu!!!!
      Keep up the with the “class” girl!

      • binta January 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

        Akpos is that you? giving yourself praise ? lol

    • Jenifa January 11, 2011 at 2:58 AM

      Very nice designs but I could have sworn the same person made all of them

    • myopinionishonest January 11, 2011 at 5:58 AM

      AMAZING!!!

    • olarposh January 11, 2011 at 7:08 AM

      i love april by kunbi….very elegant designer

    • Acmayy January 11, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      My faves have to be APRIL by Kunbi, Akpos Okudu and Re Bahia. Lovie-LY!

    • ADEOLA SAYS January 11, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      Err budding designers thier websites dont work,mariam ilaka has notin on it,akpos how do i buy with no prices or contact info?

    • onyema January 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM

      There is no unnecessary hype around April by Kunbi. It’s probably just her friends singing praises on here. Not saying her stuff isn’t nice, but that’s as far as it goes for now. It’s all rather mediocre. Good effort all the same compared to the likes of Obsidian! Jezos! That lady should not quit her day job (not being mean o but COME ON! What is that black outfit on Ms Onwugbenu?) Loving Grey, Akpos Okudu (dead pictures sha), and Babushka! Own outfits from all of them already! I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing more from Bridget Awosika, Mariam Ilaka, Toju Foyeh and Re Bahia. Those are the real forces to be reckoned with on this list!

    • Rona January 11, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      great job everyone.
      most especially my top 2 designers ; sidibespoke and toju foyeh!! i knw they ve a whole lot to show… great work guys!!!!! cheering all d way…

    • Taiwo January 11, 2011 at 10:50 PM

      I think April by Kunbi is great! Simplicity with elegance! Exquisite choice of fabrics too.

    • Ms Tamara January 12, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      Yaaay! for Simi……I see lots of talent.
      Good work people.

    • Ginika January 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      good to be back- i am loving this feature; i love Re Bahia’s designs

    • peps from Ebox January 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Toms up 2 u bella naija. Its high time we put dis young fabulous designers on our TV screen. Watch Ebox on superscreen at 6:30 on wednesday,STV @ 9:30 on thursdays
      And on HITV, u will see the pix of this designers during the gossip news.if you knw this designers let them knw so they can watch. For more info follow us on twitter @E
      _@E_boxonline.

    • Esteri Ayaaba January 13, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      BN you no do well o ! What about my correct designer based in london ASAKEOGE. she even won an award for Best Female Fashion Designer, in the UK…
      Mmba! I no gree o…..I no gree at all at all!

    • MissLicious January 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      “The designers listed on this feature were picked based on design talent, the strength of their brand, our interest in what their brand has to offer in the future, and also PR , Marketing , Visibility and Identification of the brand. We considered how they are pushing their brand to the consumers and also the response from the target consumers – the fabulous fashion loving African stylistas and trend setters.”

      BN where you paid to do this ? If so then I understand.
      If not you need to go do your research properly if indeed this is you list of ones to watch then am afraid of the future of Nigerian fashion!
      No website, No contact links, Nothing!
      KMT!!!!

    • Jadesola January 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

      BN you do Ojoro o! I agree with Miss Licious
      Where is my designer toh bad ASAKEOGE ?
      check out http://www.asakeoge.com

    • kumzy January 13, 2011 at 11:42 PM

      love april by kunbi..maybe biased as she bears my name ;O) and its not a common name. also love babushka

    • Miss Prada January 14, 2011 at 8:05 AM

      Sigh im happy about the current “fashion movement” or growth in the Nigerian fashion industry its about time, but it would be nice if some of these designers could work on standards of their garments, especially their choice of fabric and finishing not all of these designs are original but i guess its ok for a start, that being said i really like GREY, April by Kunbi and Briget Awosika! for me they have the most impressive work on this list xx

    • Moi January 16, 2011 at 8:28 PM

      Go Akpos!!! Yay!!!

    • Ade B June 4, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      April by Kunbi Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!