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‘I Am Woman’- Wana Sambo presents Pre-A/W 2012 Collection



We’ve seen two collections from the label, Wana Sambo since its debut. The most recent collection from the brand- ‘I Am Woman’ marks the labels transition to womanhood. It’s very different from what we’ve seen from Wana Sambo, as playful cuts have been substituted for refined glamour. The designer’s maturity is evident as the label  re-establishes its aesthetic and the Wana Sambo woman.

Designer Wana Sambo speaks on the ‘I Am Woman’ Collection:

When I was thinking of the ‘I Am Woman’ Collection I thought- Sorority girl meets Women’s prison, Grunge Chic, Metals and Wires, Power, Life Struggles. In the light of these thoughts, one woman came to my mind: Bianca Jagger. Bianca Jagger of the 70’s inspired this collection. Her passion for expressing herself through her style, power dressing, ‘jet set’ lifestyle and marriage to Rolling Stones lead singer, Mick Jagger made her a force to reckon with.She was truly a ‘wild’ one who ran Studio54 and dared to do anything within and outside the realm of conventional. This is a woman who arrived at a nightclub on a white horse just because it was her birthday! Today, she has blossomed into a great woman with several awards sitting on her shelf, mostly for her humanitarian deeds and exceptional works on defending the rights of women.

Applying the Bianca Jagger life story to the modern day Nigerian woman and what she can become allowed me name each outfit according to some of the states and local government areas in Nigeria, thus emphasizing the nearness of each piece to home.

I believe women should be able to take a stand, make mistakes and eventually learn that it is okay to be yourself and know it will only turn out right. Most people are only concerned with what the society deems ‘right and acceptable’ and as such never really appreciate or know their true selves until the day they die… I think it is really sad, and because I have and will continue to do me, I dare say; I Am Woman.

View ‘I Am Woman’ Collection below:

Shop the collection at the Wana Sambo studio: No 11 Augustine Anozie Street, Off Prince Adelowo Adedeji, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Call: +2348153131533


Photography: Temi Adebayo (
Styling: Karen Young
Hair & Make-up: Wana Sambo team
Model: Jade McMaster
Art Directors: Temi Adebayo, Ikeobi Daniel Ekwevi, Wana Sambo and Andra Wibisono

Ex-Style Editor at Large - , Now Founder/CEO Redrick Public Relations Limited. @ijeomabalogun


  1. ucylo

    February 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Nice pieces….but certainly not my taste

  2. Cho22

    February 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Very Bland

  3. Dazzle

    February 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

    the model could do with a tan! so pale

    • Food for thought

      February 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      How would you feel if someone told u you were too black and you needed to bleach ?

    • TeeTee

      February 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      LMAO sooo true love you answer lol

    • Joey

      February 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Menn I can’t stop laffing at food for thought’s comment. Very true.

  4. no dignity

    February 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Wana I must say, u did it dis time…kudos babe…

  5. Triangle

    February 14, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Love just the white dress. The rest aren’t wearable for me.

  6. eesha

    February 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

    nahhhhh! Mba.

  7. trich

    February 14, 2012 at 11:48 am


  8. PD

    February 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

    lovely!!!! different from our ankara designs!!!!

  9. chinwe

    February 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Are dis stuffs even wearable?

  10. Dee

    February 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    She’s done very well. I love!

  11. Oma

    February 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Very feminine.
    Loads of sheer. hmmm

  12. Nollywood

    February 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    It does not look finished

  13. BukiOni

    February 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    There are some lovely pieces here. Sheer fabric can be tricky to wear but with the right undergarments (vests, long bandeau tops) it can look really nice and you can always underline the pieces with a flesh coloured fabric, that’s what I do.

  14. Tinu Ade

    February 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Amazing photography!! to think that it was by a 16yr old? KUDOS

  15. modupe

    February 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    i like only d white dress

  16. Joy

    February 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    These are some lovely pieces, i would love to buy them 😀 the model is gorgeous, her pale skin and hair are perfect! i need to get me some of the dresses

  17. Merciful

    February 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    u lost me o, i dont knw if its d models or d collection name or dat after such shoot u r located in lekki!

  18. Zara

    February 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    So, this was shot in Nigeria? A country with probably 95% black people! But the designer ignored the black models everywhere and chose a white model instead. Na wa oh!

    • Joy

      February 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      What you just said right now, is the same thing that white designers say and think! don’t be ignorant like them pls!

    • Cray

      February 17, 2012 at 5:53 am

      @ Joy…no you are the ignorant one….it is simply marketing in hell do you market to a nation of 95% blacks and use a white model? Black models have been complaining for years that they are out of work and major white designers will not use them…yet this black designer an African for that matter, whose core audience is probably black…goes and find a white model her design…where they do that at? oh…i know…self esteem deprived Africans do that..hogwash

  19. them

    February 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    yes her pale skin is just like a lot of african womens skin since her collection is “I AM WOMAN” all african women(her people) can relate to this stunning woman

  20. theresa

    February 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    i love these peices will totally wear all of them….a breath of fresh air from the cookie cut ankara designs we see from a lot of african designers….not that i dont love ankara….but i feel like everyone is on the same boat in the nigerian fashion industry which makes it boring and predictable….kudos to the designer….

  21. Dee-USA

    February 15, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Yes to the first…naaaaa to the rest.

  22. tunde

    February 15, 2012 at 5:39 am

    well done wana sambo, very glad to see all your hardwork come out in your craft, sky is the limit baby!!!

  23. mma

    February 15, 2012 at 5:43 am

    ia mixture of black and white models would have bee ideal esp for that white dresss i really do not understand why african designers wont accept that there differences is what makes them unique and stop trying too hard would it have killed you to get a african model seriously would it have made your designes less appealling mschewww

  24. segzy

    February 15, 2012 at 7:03 am

    one word. . . WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. fabulous_guy

    February 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

    this is brillant! very little going on here…….i like!!! and guys everythin mustnt be about race! what is it with black people?

  26. Jasmin

    February 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I think its a great collection, i’m not too sure about number three, even as a lightskinned black women, that nude would not work on me…but very wearable pieces, just not for everyday where!

  27. Priscy

    February 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Only the white dress dat looks good and wearable

  28. eye

    February 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Wana was my sch mate. She has always kept her style simple and classy!!! Go on girl…am loving everything here…

  29. Legallybee

    February 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    nice pieces.keep it up wana

  30. ally

    February 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    oh dear if bianca jagger was the inspiration behind all this she’d be sorely disappointed! BLAND does not even describe it.

  31. segzy

    February 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    sexy wana sambo!

  32. chacha

    February 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I dont think it looks particulary flatering on the model and in the setting

  33. pynk

    February 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    not so sure.

  34. Lola

    February 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Trying too hard to be edgy, got completely lost in the process. Better luck next time.

  35. UsaveOne

    February 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    For some reasons i like the 3rd photo from top…

  36. hauwa dauda

    February 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Is this a joke?

  37. Francesca

    February 18, 2012 at 4:46 am

    These dresses are absolutely stunning

  38. Peperempe

    February 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

    No, just no!!!

  39. Designo

    February 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    PLEASE YALL STOP spitting HATE! Oh my GOD, she’s on to something great here. From the perspective of someone who graduated from a TOP Fashion School, I feel she’s talented and I’ll wear all the pieces. Who cares if its not finished? The designs are C-O-O-L. Please support your own when you know they’re doing something great!! Up Wana Sambo! 😉

    • Peperempe

      February 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      “Who cares if its finished?”, “Top fashion school”……something just doesn’t add up. If anyone should care about details it is a supposed elite fashion school graduate. Please stop washing us on BN.

  40. Joy

    February 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    @cray, i am a person who does not stand racism in the fashion industry, but let me tell you something, in arise fashion week, what do you mostly see? black models! what about on the magazines in nigeria? black models, so just because one designer decides to use a white model and you all are complaining, what exactly is the meaning of that? what if the girl modeling is the designers friend?? and she decided to use her because it will cost less? when will everyone in this stupid fashion industry realize that is you choose to do what another nation is doing, then you are no better! God wants equality and i am pretty sure this designer will use a black model for her other designs, please we need to stop this ignorance, there is beauty every were, so stop complaining about a white model, it is nothing but her skin color! it is just a color, it is not her, if you want to promote black models, then create a modeling agency that has the best black models that can actually sell and stop complaining ! if you don’t like something, make a change and stop complaining! that is my own opinion. I am not ignorant, you are !

    • biola

      February 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      God bless you!

  41. Designo

    February 20, 2012 at 6:03 am

    @JOY – You’re dope. Well said – Nobody cares about black/white models or appealing to any race in this industry. Its cut throat and is essentially about who makes your collection look the best. You make a collection, you market it – PERIOD

  42. Mak Nisy CEO

    February 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    so how one comment not well taught out can start a frenzy… the dresses are lovely and kudos to the the white one and the 3 one too.

  43. Anita Oranusi Castle

    February 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm


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