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2012 Arise Magazine Fashion Week: Madam Wokie



Print is Prince… or King, in this show stopping collection by Madam Wokie from Sierra Leone.

All looks were knee-length – from dresses to separates – and accentuated the models’ figures to a T. The folder-sized envelope clutches were nice additions – also striped in bold colours – very zesty, summery and fun.


Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi

Ink Eze is the Founder of, a platform for sharing African traditional styles. She Modern Culture and Media at the Ivy League Brown University. She honed her skills in advertising and digital media at one of America’s leading tech companies in marketing. She became BellaNaija Weddings editor in 2013, and Assistant Editor of BellaNaija, heading the lifestyle section - Style, Beauty and Living until January 2017. Under her leadership, BN Weddings gained international prominence and became Africa’s foremost wedding media brand with millions of followers across several platforms and coverage on BuzzFeed, BBC & more. #AsoEbiBella became’s top feature, with over 1.8 million followers on Instagram. She conceived of BBN Wonderland, Nigeria’s top bridal event since 2015 with Baileys Nigeria. Now she spends her time on AsoEbiBella, and has executed marketing campaigns with local and international brands including HP Nigeria, Orijin and Sunlight Detergent. and sharing her insights with the world. For more Ink, join her on @Ink.Eze | @AsoEbiBella


  1. Joy

    March 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

  2. ami

    March 11, 2012 at 12:27 am


  3. Bex

    March 11, 2012 at 12:40 am


  4. Jania

    March 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    people are not putting their best foot forward. Arise needs to focus on quality not quantity.

    • Jimmy

      March 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Thank you! Jah bless!!!

  5. Juwon

    March 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Nothing new…AGAIN my tailor TISBOD would do a far better job.

    • Jenifa

      March 11, 2012 at 1:22 am

      you and your tailor TISBOD can go for arise next year

    • Addy

      March 11, 2012 at 3:36 am


    • kachi

      March 11, 2012 at 6:52 am


    • Jimmy

      March 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Sweetie,with a lil politics,dey will make it to showcase in arise!

    • Juwon

      March 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      We sure will…..

    • fokasibe

      March 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Ha! You had me rotflmao!!!

  6. Linda

    March 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

    simple..typical next door tailor kinda stuff…will def wear

  7. sam

    March 11, 2012 at 12:53 am

    very modern use of African print

  8. Dee-USA

    March 11, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Maybe I should take up designing too. I can’t sketch or sew, but I’ve got a great sense of fabric choice and can get someone to sketch my design concept. Cos, it seems everyone can be a designer.

    • non professional opinion

      March 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Please do!!! Cant sketch and dont sew. You sound over qualified for the position! Hopefully you will show at Arise next year so we can make passive-aggressive comments about your “great sense of fabric choice”. Best of luck!

  9. Tikka Masala

    March 11, 2012 at 5:25 am


  10. ashi

    March 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

    love it…my best so far!

  11. fabulous_guy

    March 11, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Smooth clean lines and elegant tailoring! No creativity tho! Pls Next years Arise shouldn’t be just about the amount of designers that turn up, we want to see quality. Just a handfull have impressed me

  12. Jimmy

    March 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Erm ok

  13. ms pretty

    March 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    d dress in the 12th picture must be copied by my Iya chinedu d tailor as i no fit afford madam wokie lmao

  14. marvel

    March 11, 2012 at 9:50 am


  15. moiself

    March 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

    No creativity.they are just all plain styles…boooriiiing!!

  16. Me2me

    March 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    DOn’t hate truth was told. Regular naija tailors do far better

    • Juwon

      March 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      THANK YOU!!

  17. faith

    March 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    nothing new!

  18. ak

    March 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    gorgeous. really outstanding

  19. Turayo

    March 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I like the prints

  20. Ivy

    March 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I like all of em

  21. stepho blaize

    March 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    singing to my tailor “iya niyi” lol

  22. Amy

    March 12, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Nigerians can kill with their mouth lmao. but in d midst of what is often classified as “Hating” is d truth. Dare to do more. Kudos

  23. Beny

    March 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

    some people needs to apply the saying “if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say it at all” in their life…this is someone’s hard work and i think she did a great job….

  24. Remie

    March 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Really enjoyed dis collection o! From d 1st one. I think aside from begin creative, a designer shd strive for designs da can actually be worn by many. And, dis designer made it very well…anyone can pull d design out and wear it out tomorrow.

  25. Eggy*Posh

    March 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Good finishing though not too much creativity…bt pictures 2, 6, 11 n 12 did stand out for me…

  26. InCotonou

    March 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Boring. All the dresses have the same silhouettes, no interesting or bold forms or shapes. The designer is relying a lot on ankara to do the job. The fabrics already have interesting motifs, but for the rest, i can’t see much in-put from the designer

  27. love

    March 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    model 4 was really boning, werin happen?

  28. Mena Oudha

    March 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Nice collection but not fashion week worthy for me.

  29. PK- SA

    March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm


  30. pynk

    March 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm


  31. Diane

    March 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    nothing new……

  32. Slim

    March 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

    It is sad, the amount of criticism people will easily throw around and how people trivialize someone’s hard work. Can be guilty of it too. I can assure you, though, that the threading designs on this clothes CANNOT be reproduced by just any tailor. The ‘print’ design (‘print’ being a specific design style worn by the Creoles of Sierra Leone rather than the ankara designs the word refers to in Nigeria) is exclusive to Sierra Leoneans. And even then it is not done by every Sierra Leonean tailor. Instead, those who work at it are like those who do specialised embroidery work in Nigeria. Personally, knowing how boring the original use of that design can be in the ‘Creole Cabaslot’, I feel this is ingenious and a refreshing collection. Enough said!

    • moff

      March 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! u might need to watch london fashion week. like earlier said ARISE needs to screen the designers and have people with actual talent come up here, not regurgitated work. all most designers do is copy “ready made” clothes and put an “african” twist to it i.e ankara, which my tailor can easily do, just show him the outfit.

  33. Yeah I said It!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I like a couple of the pieces. and I love the fabrics.

  34. mach

    May 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    nothing baba shukura can’t do

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