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International Women’s Society presents “Celebrating Fashion Today” – A Coffee Table Book Inspired by Nigerian Fashion for Charity



The Nigerian Fashion industry achieved a major milestone on the 9th of November 2010. A new coffee table book, “Celebrating Fashion Today” was launched by the International Women’s Society (IWS). The IWS was founded in 1957 and since inception the organization has made a significant societal impact through their non-profit work including the  establishment of the IWS Home for Abandoned Children and the IWS Skills Acquisition Centre for Young Men & Women.

“Celebrating Fashion Today” is a coffee table book which showcases Nigerian fashion with a focus on the contemporary Nigerian  clothing and accessories designers including Duro Olowu, Samantha Cole, Tiffany Amber, Ituen Basi, Deola Sagoe, Jewel by Lisa, Eva Sonaike and Chris Aire. Pioneer design houses – Shade Fahm (Shade Stores), Abba Folawiyo (Labanella), Betty Okuboyejo (Betty O), Supreme Fashions and Folorunsho Alakija (Rose of Sharon) are also profiled and celebrated in the book. All proceeds from the limited edition book will be donated to the IWS Home for Abandoned Children.

The launch event which took place at the Muson Centre in Lagos was monumental as it brought together different ‘generations’ of Nigerian fashion. According to IWS President, Ekua Abudu, “The book – Celebrating Fashion Today – challenges stereotypes by revealing the elegance, beauty, diverse philosophy and the commercial chic that now defines Nigeria‘s fashion.”

Fashion Pioneers - Folorunsho Alakija, Abba Folawiyo, Betty Okuboyejo and Shade Fahm with Ekua Abudu

Daisy Danjuma commended the initiative

Editor, Flair Magazine - Bola Atta reviewed the book

Feting generations of African fashion


President of IWS - Ekua Abudu

President of IWS - Ekua Abudu

Folake Folarin-Coker

Folake Folarin-Coker

Reni Folawiyo

Reni Folawiyo

Marylee Martucci

Lisa Folawiyo

Lisa Folawiyo

Nike Ogunlesi

Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi

Emma Balogun

Femi Atilade

Femi Atilade

Folorunsho Alakija

Folorunsho Alakija

Colette Osibo

Colette Osibo

Remi Tinubu

Remi Tinubu

Arinola Adeniyi

Arinola Adeniyi

Ego Boyo

Ego Boyo

Nimi Akinkugbe

Nimi Akinkugbe

Femi Ogunjobi

Femi Ogunjobi

Zara Okpara

Zara Okpara

Ibiwunmi Akinola

Ibiwunmi Akinola

Valerie Dawodu

Valerie Dawodu

Oyin George-O'Brien

Ruby Dabbour

Ruby Dabbour

Funmi St Matthew Daniels

Funmi St Matthew Daniels

Remi Tinubu, Ekua Abudu, Daiy Danjuma & Nkiru Anumudu

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Photo Credit: | Kola Oshalusi


  1. Temiloluwa Adebayo

    November 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Funmi St Matthews Daniel really strikes me. Very nice. Ego Boyo has changed mehn! I’m loving the second to the last photo-girl is rocking her different shades of blue. Really chic.

  2. lola

    November 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Everybody looked so great. Really lovely pictures.

  3. Miss ATL

    November 24, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Wow, Ego Boyo!

  4. Blithe

    November 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    i love the woman in the white pants and top with the multicoloured jacket/blazer…

    rita dominic remains a trainwreck!

  5. Peperempeliscious

    November 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Lisa Folawiyo is H……O……T!!!!! aHN AHN. eFFORTLESSLY FABULOUS!!!!!

  6. toya

    November 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    can someone pls tell me wat in heavens name is remi tinubu wearing ? and Ruby Dabbour must think its time to go clubbing

  7. The sentinel

    November 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Sorry but am I the only one that notices that Zara okpara wears the same thing over and over. The look is so tired and also very boring. Please you are a stylist and you work for jewel by lisa so you have access to numerous clothes. be more creative, don’t you see ezinne, always looks interesting. Smh.

    • Glossy

      November 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      Because she has access she should steal. Shut your trap

    • Steph

      November 24, 2010 at 11:57 pm

      That’s the same shirt Eku wore at the house of Nwoacha.and what the heck was Eku wearing???for a fashion event??seriously??

    • proenza's cooler

      November 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      Um, please don’t compare Zara’s style to Ezinne’s. It’s like comparing Celine to Vivienne Westwood. Very different ideals and directions. Zara’s is way better in my opinion. Effortless chic 24/7. True style mavens have a certain fashion vocabulary that they adhere to. It’s ok if you think it’s a tired look, she doesn’t have to please everyone. I’m still a fan.

  8. nene

    November 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    haaaaaaaa bella naija i know its not a competition but how could you allow namywedding to upload the pics of the Maryam Tukur and Sheriff Shagaya wedding b4 you now
    neways i still love ur website though even though i was looking forward to seeing it here first

  9. Oma

    November 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Ego Boyo looking different,Lisa makes me go stand near the AC every time HOT.
    when does fashion cross the line of morality?


    November 24, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    classy event…free from nollywood stars and their distasteful dressing habits! lol
    i noticed LDA in that video for the upcoming HauTe thingy…
    Lanre is actually beautiful. she looks a lot better on video than she does in still photos. i guess she just isn’t photogenic cause i hardly recognized her in the HauTe video thing.
    overall, classy event. loves it.

  11. NNENNE

    November 25, 2010 at 12:16 am


  12. Jenifa

    November 25, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Thanks Bella for you never fail to keep us entertained.
    Most of the ladies repped, and looked classy all in their own rights. Shout out to JBL, TAN, DS and LDA. they look like a million buck

    Hmmmm, Ego Boyo Ankara Dress ontop of those Sergio Rossi caged booties …hmmm, the dress is lovely. The booties are lovely too but they obviously don’t go together. i reserve my comments sha 🙂
    Femi Atilade, i love you girl, but one size up and that dress would have looked fabulous on ya velvet skin
    Nkiru looks fierce
    MAdam Tinubu must have made a detour to this event from the sunday house fellowship ♫ gba gbogbo ogo ♫ o olorun mi ti mo gboju le♫

    Collette Osibo you make my heart go ling-a-ling…lovely appearance there sweety

    Oyin GeorgeO’Brien…that dress hmmmm

  13. Ginika

    November 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Nigerian women are powerful women. I can safely say that compared to the rest of Africa we are one of the most powerful people in terms of our individual capacity. It is unfortunate that as a Nation we are not making a stronger and positive impression on the continent as we can.

    I do love the 2nd to the last picture. Her body structure is alot like mine so I do love the combo and see that looking pas-mal on me… hehe, maybe I should jack her style.

  14. Ms. Jayee

    November 25, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Lisa Folawiyo knows that a smile completes every look! my best looking celeb at the event!

  15. Valentine blacksmith

    November 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    nigerian women dont just define style but put a full stop to timeless style. didnt want to stop scrolling down. they moved from JETSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS…even if they aint wearing ol them oscar de la rentas n micheal kors,this pieces can still rock the grammies,oscars n a host of other red carpet events…loved almost ol the pieces…wat was remi tinubu wearing?shes alot more sophiosticated than that piece,it just didnt work. dont have a favorite really but loved lanre da silvas look…absolutely stunning and age appropriate…love it and the lady on the purple n turquoise blue skirt,u rocked the casbar with my favoryt colour combo(not too sure bout the shoes tho,but chic is the word for you darling)

  16. Pinky

    November 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Aunty Folorunsho…. *cough*

  17. Blossom

    November 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I just love Deola Sagoe! Her elegance and sophistication is just divine!

  18. beegirl

    November 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    please bellanaija where can i get this book.i need a copy badly please.thank you.

    • nuella

      November 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      you can get it at Temple Muse, VI

    • Nike Etiebet

      December 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      The IWS coffee table book should be a must have for all ladies.
      It’s fresh. rich and versatile. I’m getting ideas from it for my
      new wardrobe. Nike etiebet

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