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BN Style Presents Emerging Fashion Talent Week – Day 5 – MEENA – “Silver Shadow” Spring/Summer 2011

Day 5 of our BN Emerging Fashion Talent Week, it is the final day of our fashion week and we have selected upcoming fashion label, MEENA by Uju Offiah.



BN Style kicked off 2011 with a special feature on the “11 Young, Fabulous & Talented Designers to Watch in 2011″ – Click to Read.
Starting things off with that feature was no accident.
One of BellaNaija’s major goals for 2011 is to promote the next generation of talent across all fields – from fashion to music, movies, science, entrepreneurship and everything in between.
The BN Style team is pushing forward with this mandate, this week, we will be celebrating the “BN Emerging Fashion Talent Week“.
Everyday of the week, we will feature a lookbook from a promising design label. Some were included in our “11 for 2011″ list and some were not, however they are all immensely talented and breaking boundaries in their own unique ways.
Day 5 of our BN Emerging Fashion Talent Week, it is the final day of our fashion week and we have selected upcoming fashion label, MEENA by Uju Offiah.

Uju Offiah, a protege of Nigerian designer Ituen Basi is the creative director behind the label – Meena. Meena which launched in December 2010 focuses on Ready-to-Wear womenswear though the label also offers made to measure services. Nigerian star, Genevieve Nnaji wore a Meena jumpsuit at the 2011 Future Awards and Ini Edo was exclusively styled in Meena pieces for her WOW! Magazine cover feature.

The collection “Silver Shadow” is inspired by the 70s. The designer, Uju describes the pieces as  minimalist “neoclassics” because they infuse the classics with a modern twist.

According to the designer, “The Meena lady can be defined as adventurous and conservative. Conservative because she does not want her femininity to be portrayed wrongly. Adventurous because she refuses to follow trends but rather carves out a stylish niche for herself which she exudes confidently“.

Photography: Kola Oshalusi
Styling: Uju Offiah
Models: Chantelle Unachukwu | Oghogho
Location: De Marquee

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Items will be available for purchase at Mobos Fashion Stores soon


  1. LaSola

    February 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    She uses silk fabric really well!

    • Anya

      February 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      From what I see, most of that is actually Satin and not silk.

    • Ready

      February 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Some of it looks like silk, and some look like spandex..maybe jersey; I could be wrong. Satin doesn’t look lightweight like those fabrics….anyhoo, these dresses are super body-conscious so even though some pieces are beautiful, I can see myself rocking them only on my good (flat belle) days.

  2. Ngozi

    February 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    oh d last gown is killin me….wow

  3. lafisco

    February 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    yummy black maxi dress!!!

  4. Efe

    February 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Lovely…can definetly see myself in some of these pieces…me likey

  5. Omogekofo

    February 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The model must be 8ft5inches tall. what? see height. lol

  6. nnenna

    February 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    So beautiful….pls where is her store located

  7. kenora

    February 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    l love this

  8. marvel

    February 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Great choice of models who carried the designs nicely. No complaints whatsoever…

  9. maryjane

    February 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    wow!i m feeling dis outfits!


    February 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    they’re cool/weable. her style doesn’t really stick in my mind though, meaning its not that unique to me. I feel i’ve seen her designs in various other places.

  11. bims

    February 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    i like d outfits, models, make-up……………

  12. keke

    February 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    yummy…is all i can say, she makes silk look like cadbury choclate…

  13. Eheuu!

    February 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    i am kinda getting sick and tired of every tom dick and harry in naija calling themselves designers these days. Isnt there other creative things apart from clothes that yall can make – Na wa oooh – So who is buying whose clothes if the market is so damn saturated. I want to see other creative ppl like artist, interior designer something – I am sick of the rubbish clothes – Fashion Designer ko fashion designer ni.

    • tatafo!

      February 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      please allow them, if it is putting bread on their table instead of being runs girls, is it not better?

    • Bee

      February 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

      plss stop commenting, leave them to design, is it your money they are using, its what they are passionate about, let them enjoy

    • Sincere

      February 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

      And the whole rant was totally pointless…if you want other creatives please go out and do something!!! People are doing what they know how too stop drinking so much hateride (Shior)

    • Fresha Ade-Johns

      February 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      So quick to judge, I bet you don’t have a single creative bone in your body. Or do you have an interior design project you are running? I don’t think so!

  14. Lenny

    February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    these designs are so on!!!

  15. Miss ATL

    February 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I like the floor-length dresses!

  16. NG MAAMA

    February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm


  17. Jade

    February 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    omg these are hot!!!!

  18. ruchylicious

    February 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Kai!!! Dis is soooooooooo wondaful. Ahhhh. Dis uju offiah is hot ohh. Na wa.

  19. Dmz

    February 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Wow…………..this is beyond amazing!!!!!!!! I want ’em, ppl need to stop hating for real, find your talent and invest 🙂

  20. Tiki

    February 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Fabulous…Genevieve Nnaji wore the purple jumpsuit at an event recently right? it was magnificent! More please…do you do sizes 14 and up? in the black floorlength dress 😀

    • 1 naira

      February 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      I thot so too

    • eMJOY Mayowa

      February 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      was about to point that out: Genevieve repping. JOY

    • Toriola

      February 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Size 14 and “up” ke? Is the “up” part for human beings as well?

    • B

      February 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      Toriola this is a very narrow minded and extremely inconsiderate statement to make. It is funny how women with many insecurities are the ones to constantly put others down as a means of masking their insecurities. The question was directed at the designer so next time i suggest that you keep your irrelevant comments to yourself.

    • Ready

      February 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

      I definitely concur with B. That was a very tactless comment. Many size 14 women look gorgeous and healthy, and many Nigerian women who lead happy lives are above a size 16 or 18. And that’s American sizing, I know U.K. sizing has higher numbers.

  21. meee now

    February 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    oghogho gooooooo gurl,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,nd chantelle u are georgious

  22. Tomisin

    February 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I stared at the first outfit for about 5 minutes. I don’t know if it’s the model or the design but wow. The last two are also amazing.

  23. q

    February 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    lwkmd @ ‘runs girls’

  24. Toriola

    February 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    She pulled of the silk fabric. i love love love this…matter of fact, it’s amazing how these designers are doing great, yet the “over hyped” ones are rather embrassing when they unveil their long awaited/hyped collection. Great work MEENA!

  25. davis kolawole

    February 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    @Eheuu! u jst proved u r nt a productive/positive minded person…i’m sure u r jobless/searching!!!as a man i really love d designs….they r absolutely fabulous. we r getting foreign [email protected]

  26. BelleS

    February 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Mehn! these designs are ELEGANT n CHIC.

  27. sco-sco

    February 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    OKAY!!! These clothes are WOW!!!!!!! Love it! The first purple dress…. crazy!

  28. Temi

    February 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Im LOVING the last gown!!! Hot!

  29. Mrs Biggs

    February 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    wow !!! love love love the last two especially ! well done !

  30. eznira

    February 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Loooooove the clothes especially the purple peplum dress n the black maxi one. Errm the basic requirements 4 every human being are Food, shelter n CLOTHING n there are over 10million ppl in Nigeria so how can the market be saturated?

  31. Tokyo

    February 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    the black dress is off the hook


    February 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I would really love Genny to wear either the purple dress or especially the black dress (with a nice updo) to the AMAAs coming up in Nairobi. i hope she will be attending.
    those dresses are so fabulous, and def red carpet material.
    as opposed to those other “movie stars” aka Nollywood actresses that show up to important red carpet events wearing short “club-like” dresses.

    • ochella

      February 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      you just had to go there abi?


      February 28, 2011 at 12:52 am

      yes, i did. 🙂

    • engymarc

      February 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Genny wore the blue jumpsuitlike number to the future awards,looked great in it.

  33. allen

    February 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Oghogho looking great – Benin stand up!!!! Meena, great designs 🙂

  34. Naa

    February 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Pix no. 9. Perfect legs. Pretty gal

  35. semsii

    February 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    the last two dresses? breath taking!!!!

  36. Angela

    February 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

  37. ihy

    February 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    The last dress is GORGEOUS. Chantelle doesnt’ come off to me as a model….not at all. Oghogho, now that’s a model, she doesn’t even have to try.

  38. desiresuzy

    February 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    lovely and very creative,welldone uju.

  39. mary007

    February 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    So slippers-wearing-girl is really a model! as for the designs thet are nice, it shows somebody went to the drawing board

    • ohkpele

      February 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      I was wondering the same thing, lol she’s pretty though, I prefer the other girl, she has more of a model look

  40. Chizy

    February 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    The last two dresses are awesome, and the last one in particular is a must have for me

  41. Miss J

    February 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Lovely dressing. The black dress in the last picture is gorgeous. The shots were styled very nicely,job well done

  42. TRINAH

    February 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Nice dresses, very beautiful,,,,,,,,,Would live to see Genny in the 1st, 9th and the last out fits, ma sure she’s gonna rock ’em…….. TG

  43. B

    February 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm


  44. NwanyiOma

    February 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Beautiful pieces! Good going Uju! I’m glad I know you! (This is me attaching)

  45. Zara

    February 26, 2011 at 1:04 am

    The last dress killed it! Gorgeous!

  46. El Bee

    February 26, 2011 at 2:43 am

    ooohh the last dress is GORGE!

  47. i like i like

    February 26, 2011 at 2:47 am

    the last dress is ohhhh soooo CHIC!!! and only someone with the height of that model can pull it off! wow!

  48. pamhe

    February 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

    choi!…the darker model has a rack and booteeeey for days man! I luv it..I heart her..yes homo o! *salacious grin*

  49. indomie

    February 26, 2011 at 3:49 am

    omo this designer TOH BAD!
    I am def going to buy stuff from her when next i am in naija!
    I am going to dream about that last dress tonight! Haba!

  50. onyema

    February 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Where do you guys see silk. Don’t know what most of that material is actually called but it aint silk people. Its that “shiny stretchy jersey” stuff lol! I hope someone can help me out. She gets extra props for working with such difficult material…not the ankara ankara ankare they want to suffocate us with. Great job Meena!

    • cheasterike

      February 28, 2011 at 1:48 am

      there is nothing wrong in ankara fabric, its uniquely ours and is rocking the international market. alot of high earn designers are trying hard to copy or vamp our trends. aldo,river island,just to mention a few, and even gwen stephani and beyonce too have been caught copying our designs and trends thanks to ituen bassey and jewel by lisa, so if you dont know how to be patriotic pls keep quite!

  51. bobbydox

    February 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Meena is good no doubts about that and she delivered in the the finished designs and trust me the photographer and models brought the outfits to life

  52. ty

    February 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    dang that models body is banging!!!

  53. belzi

    February 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    o ma deiz see proud of u gurllllllllllllll

  54. debbbbb.

    February 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    WOOOOOW!hot,hot,hot.need i say any more?u go girl!im happy to be naija.

  55. adeola

    February 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    splendid outfits. luv to have them 4 myself

  56. Ujubaby

    February 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Heeeee, my name sake is doing wonders! Dat last black gown, OMG!!!

  57. StayWithME

    February 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Say no to satin and bubbly sewing.

  58. P

    February 27, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Ohlawdyyyy that black dress….gotta have it!

  59. Banks

    February 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    My cousin(Oghogho) is fabulous!!! and the other girls too!! Love it!

  60. adaigbo

    February 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    amazing!!!! i have seen her other designs apart from the ones she posted here, they are a breath of fresh air!!!! simple, sexy and sophisticated……and to think the designer is actually a Lawyer!! Well done Meena….. And i have some of her designs too 😉 lol

  61. The ville

    February 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    For the most part the dresses are pretty, but lose the scarves. What is this? Deeper life gone wild?

  62. superdupgirl

    February 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Well she obviously didn’t learn anything form ituen basi, like being original. The collection looks like those Yaba dresses Unilag girls wear to class.

  63. cheasterike

    February 28, 2011 at 1:43 am

    pls BN readers, stop all the hate and appreciate your very own, great job uju, am personally proud of you, i hope BN and other media agents promote talented individuals by their creativity and not who wore what, even an average girl can still look good on any of these outfits and am sure there are very affordable too!, i would also love BN to do a close up interview on uju, her story would inspire alot of young graduates who dont know how to achieve their dreams and break all barriers, to all the haters just watch out for meena cos it might just be ur best piece in your wardrope.

  64. alvinsparks

    February 28, 2011 at 6:41 am

    nice one…love the first ensemble…the purple dress towards the end and the black gown with train.(a grammy/oscar winner anytime!)

  65. Obi

    February 28, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Ok, I hear some Genny do this Genny do that … this is not about Genny. I am a Genny fan too but this is obsession. Oh by the way, best modelling so far. The outfits … not so gorg by themselves though creative. But the models sold them 500%

  66. Oma

    February 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

  67. mbabazi

    February 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    beautifull pieces.lovely

  68. Tayo

    February 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Don’t mind them Obi. They want Genny to wear the long black gown. If she does now they will come here still and – about the “black”!

  69. moi

    February 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Everytin is perfect and beautiful. Make up.models but one of gowns looks like a copyright

  70. kerosene

    February 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

    That’s really beautiful…

  71. Mousepad

    February 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    my goodness!!!! am loving these outfits! totally mind blowing!!!!

  72. Ify

    February 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    who is oghogo? She is hot.

  73. Folake

    February 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I saw oghogho at the Elite model look show last year. I think she is signed on with Beth Modelling agency. She looks great. I love the black dress on her.

  74. Tinu

    March 1, 2011 at 12:23 am

    The 2nd model really resembles Kimberly Elise in some of her poses!!!

  75. jennietobbie

    March 1, 2011 at 6:44 am

    that model is ON POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. lol

    March 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm


  77. zinni

    March 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    looks too generic

  78. aghie jeanne

    March 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    kul outfits

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