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April by Kunbi opens up its first Retail Space! Sasha, Tiwa Savage, Linda Ikeji, Ebuka, Mai Atafo, Noble Igwe & Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi at the Official Store Launch in Lekki



Nigerian designer Olakunbi Oyelese of April by Kunbi launched the first retail space for the brand. The store which is located in Lekki, Lagos is the hub for all April by Kunbi goodies! Ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and for made-to-order pieces (as seen on celebrity clients Tiwa Savage and Mo’Cheddah), customers and prospective customers can drop by for the deluxe shopping experience.

Olakunbi Oyelese is a graduate of the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)  in New York. The April by Kunbi brand celebrates the fun and youthfulness of fashion. The brand is renowned for its signature show-stopping sequined red carpet pieces. Check out photos from the store launch event which took place yesterday, Sunday 1st April 2012.

Jennifer Olize

Tiwa Savage

Valerie Obaze

Veronica Ebie-Odeka

Toju Foyeh


Chichi Iyiegbuniwe

Toke Makinwa

Linda Ikeji

Mai Atafo

Estanola Oyelese

Kunbi & Bobo Omotayo

Noble Igwe, Kunbi & Ebuka Obi-Uchedu

Kunbi & Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi

Inside the April by Kunbi Store

Store Information
Address – Davida Plaza, 31A Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lekki, Lagos
Opening Days & Time – Weekdays 10 AM – 7 PM | Sunday 12 Noon – 7 PM
Contact – For more info and general enquiries, send an E-mail to [email protected]

Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi for Insigna


  1. Lekan

    April 2, 2012 at 11:41 am


  2. Ron

    April 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

    A big well done to Kunbi.She must have worked really hard to put all of this together. I wish her the best. I love what I see and cant wait to shop at April by Kunbi.

  3. Dami_blinks

    April 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Good to know Kunbi is going places + I love Tiwa’s citrus yellow blouse and cobalt blue pants,so pretty…

  4. LPS

    April 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Nice I enjoyed viewing the pics.

  5. Chidimma

    April 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful. Thumbs up!

  6. kurukere

    April 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    lovely pics!but what is Linda Ikeji wearing, those shoes are horrid!

  7. Hillary Nnoruka

    April 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Beautiful store. Beautiful people. Fine photography.

  8. Theodora

    April 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Very very nice, but why does Gbemi of beat Fm look that way, like she has given up on life, babe you never marry oooo, pack yourself together abeg…..Kunbi, well done, where exactly is the store?

    • Dee

      April 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Davida Plaza, 31A Admiralty way, Lekki phase 1,Lagos

  9. meku

    April 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Wow looks nice …. and she actually went to design school pretty impressive, because a lot of Nigerians seem to be starting fashion businesses without any education, she will definitely go far.

  10. Omolola

    April 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Ebuka!!!!!!! You are too HAWT. Marry me please By fire

  11. mekhi phifa

    April 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Nice pics I must say.
    Must seriously wats ds hype abt opening a boutique n u tro a red “rug” outside?
    By d way who is buyin all ds? Abi na all ds peeps who “supposedly ” do their shoppin abroad…..? *still wondering*

    • tiga

      April 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      ok, pls lets be real. I was seriously looking to see her designes, then i relised they are all store-bought cloths from abroad, nothing spectacular.
      Truth is, she has spent alot of money setting up, that i ggive to her, but what else….??? i dont see, many people are doing same.. openong cloths store.

    • April By Kunbi

      April 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Tiga, all the clothing items featured in the store are from the debut April By Kunbi ready to wear collection which i exclusively designed and produced locally for the retail outlet. Please stop by the store at Davida Plaza, 31A Admiralty way, Lekki phase 1,Lagos to check out the collection and other accessories! Thanks. Kunbi ([email protected])

    • Gidi

      April 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Such accusations without proof leave you in a very bad light.

    • Ayoola

      April 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      “Must seriously wats ds hype abt opening a boutique n u tro a red “rug” outside?” Mekhi phifa, it’s called ‘promotion’. And it’s a necessary part of doing business these days. Opening a store and running a business generally is not an easy feat and Kunbi has been at this for quite some time, so kudos to her and if she wants to invite her friends and the public to her store opening, why is that something to be criticized? Kunbi, don’t mind the haters jare. You’ve done well. Looking forward to visiting your store soon.

  12. disbabe

    April 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    hot hot hot thumbs up to my girl Kunbs love the look of the store you rock!

  13. bundle

    April 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    linda ikeji i see you ohhhh…

  14. lenny

    April 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    congrats Kunbi……

  15. Taiwo

    April 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Wow!!! Congrats Kunbi!!! You continue to inspire me! Very hard working, Creative and Focused! I cant wait to see what you will pull off next!!!

  16. Kim K

    April 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Linda pls leave mango bags for us nw.make i yab u

  17. OGO

    April 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Everyone is looking pretty! I see my friend, Baby harley! Drop dead Gorgeous!! Nioce*kisses*

    • minasek

      April 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

      i agree with you nothing more to say;

  18. Princess zee

    April 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm


  19. Funmi SMD

    April 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Missed the opening, but it all looks fab, looking forward to rummaging through the rails tomorrow! So proud of you!

  20. sunshine

    April 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Lovely outfits by April, the pieces look wearable! Digression: too many ‘mammy water’ weaves though, we ladies need to relax on the inches!

  21. abimbola oki

    April 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Pls gbemi olateru olagbegi to get a stylist. Her fashion sense is a NO NO. She jst knws hw to abuse others.pls learn from ur colleague tolu oniru who is even bigger than u bt alwaz luking good. Bella naija post my comment

  22. Aj

    April 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Pls wat is the address of this store. I need to start patronizing Nigerian designers. And stop hoping on planes

  23. Nonnie

    April 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I love the colours. beautiful.!

  24. new bride

    April 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Bella naija, pls can you tell us where the store is? i’d have thought it’d be a part of the write up!

  25. fokasibe

    April 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Well done girl!! Way to go!!!

  26. Damilare Aiki

    April 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    The store is located at Davida Plaza, 31 A Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lekki, Lagos

  27. miss sarcasm

    April 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Linda,that ur shoe no try at all

  28. luvlyn

    April 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    She cud have gotten a store wr d front display window doesn’t face a wall. Dats wr she went absolutely wrong. Beautiful display mannequins but wrong choice of store.
    Ps.. Kunbi’s outfit looks horrible…d guests lookd way better dan she did. No sense of styl watsoeva.

    • baby girl

      April 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      luvlyn haba!!!! u are horrible. please cut her some slack. looks like a good event, shop looks super tiny though, I wonder how big it is, her designs are good and the look similar to “grey” (clean cut colour blocking theme)they probably drink from the same “fountain of inspiration”

    • Mini D !

      April 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Stop the negativity…Haba.. What have u opened in the 20 something years of ur life? at tin of milk ? or better still the case of a mac powder? Appreciate a good work when u see one and correct nicely when u see a flaw!!!

    • dunni

      April 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Why don’t you open up your own store and make your own outfits instead of talking down at a young woman who has done well for herself, its people like you that should be banned from making senseless and unproductive comments that adds no value to humanity…get a life!

      Well done Kunbi we are all proud of you!

    • itsekiri's finest

      April 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Luvlyn, you might have been too harsh in saying she looks horrible – but Kunbi I am disappointed. You are your #1 marketing machine. That was a poor outfit choice. Also, I prefer your aesthetic from your earlier collections: very girly, flirty – I understand you must grow as an artist but constructive criticism: revisit your initial collections and see how you can improve on them. The commentor who likened your pieces to Grey is spot on. Grey already owns that niche so it will be hard to stand out. The girly, flirty April by Kunbi is my preferred aesthetic! All the same, good job girl! Your business acumen and entrepreneurial undertakings are inspiring! More grease to your elbow darling *smooch*

  29. miss pepeye

    April 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Bella, i dropped a comment praising u small about featuring the store itself and not just the guests and then also mentioned Gbemi just like Theodora did above. Why didnt u post my comment?

  30. olufemi Imoemiye

    April 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Nice one Kunbi. Am impressed

  31. christy

    April 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    True talk,openin a fashion outlet nd put on dat stuff? Common,u re pretty nd can do betta dan dat,pls put on a highter heel 2 accentuate ur hight.d guest all luk fab,simpl bt classic.I luv d middle gown n d 1st pix,is it jst one? As am comin 2 lag ds wkend,wil luv 2 hav it.hope d price s affordable.dat weddin gown behind sasha sucks,such weddin gown n ds 21st century?

  32. nike

    April 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    peeps please lets learn to appreciate good things . congrats kunbi beautiful pieces too

  33. amethyst

    April 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    ahhh Gbemi did not try at all i am tryna find the strengths of that picture but its not possible from bra fitting to choice of out fit to make up(if any) i love her but no way.the shaky babe who just opened a lace store i love the colour on you and simplicity is perfect i wlda carried a different hand bag tho,nikky balogun i love your look.theres something charming about lucy love so simple but theres just something.kunbi’s outfit is a big no. nice pics tho

  34. konnie

    April 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    dresses on mannequins look lovely. I don’t know about what she was where. Looks promising. a lot of potential and fresh approach to fashion there.
    Somebody save me from these awful wigs/weave on that our women have taken to. If you like these extensions so much at least bother to get yourself/the wigs styled and fresh looking.. Always ruins the looks

  35. inmyhumbleopinon

    April 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Na wa for this luvlyn sha! make u find another shop give am nau… soso talk talk

  36. Omogidi

    April 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Great how Nigerian designers support one another. I see Mai, Toju, etc

  37. Aya MKO

    April 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Babcock gehs doing things..thumbs up!

  38. modupe

    April 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    very lovely idea. wish u all d best in your endeavours.

  39. Jamike

    April 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I luv chichi ! Girl knows how to rock her African hair! Funky style ,it’s gud to see designers supportn eachother: toju/mai/rouge. Gbemi no comment! Luv u tho ! Btw I see pple buyn more accessories than clothes , all d same congrats!

  40. Nkem

    April 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm


  41. Ngozi

    April 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Anyone who was there would know how hard gbemi was working. Bad picture. Big deal. Half of u here criticizing Kunbi and co have not accomplished what they have ……Say something nice and move on. SMH

  42. Otis

    April 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Chai! Nigerians can so hate! I dont like alot of things, have reservations about some of our so called celebrities, but whats my feelings got to do with anything? The likes of Tiga need to start doing more constructive things with their lives as opposed to simply bashing people who are actually making an attempt at something positive and successful. Damn haters! its why we are still shrouded in a veil of retatdedness in this country!

  43. Partyrider

    April 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Very Fresh ..
    Weldone,you’ve done really well for yourself thus far and I wish u more success.bless!

  44. Dee

    April 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Well done Kunbi! This wasn’t overnight, and it wasn’t accidental! You put a lot of hard work into your brand and into this store. God will continue to reward your hard-work with more success. Congratulations darl!

  45. dammy

    April 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    na wa o,nigerians,cant u just appreciate instead of hating, make una dey dere dey dull,whyl April by kunbi dey make wave…..congrats kunbi,i wish u all d best jare

  46. dobz

    April 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    hope i can find something under 10k to buy oh!! thats d fear we have with all these desoinaz. Kunbi i hope the clothes are affordable, we should be able to get a 5k top or a 10k dress. 20k for a top isnt affordable for a working class girl

    well done and i wish u well

  47. anon

    April 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    i see nmy beautiful ‘yellow’ YML, you smacked it fine girl……… 🙂

  48. Fatima

    April 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    All I just have to say is witches (Nigerian girls that comment on blogs) have ruined tiwa savage’s brand.
    Did you see how she dressed for her 9ice album launch performance?
    Ever since her interview with BN, she’s been dressing like a mama. So unfair! We miss sexy siren Tiwa and need her back!

  49. Edith Nkwocha

    April 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Well done. It takes guts to launch a business!

  50. Moses

    April 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm


  51. Juliet

    April 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Nice event. Please checkout my blog. Just started but it willbe fun!

  52. keri

    April 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    the pregnant lady is gorgeous
    Looks good:) congrats kunbi

  53. Miss T

    April 3, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Very well done! I really love the colors. The clothes look like those types that just make you wish u had more money to buy every single thing hehe. Tres cheek, they look well sewn aswell, no wonder some commentors above think it the were bght from shops abroad lol. I like the red door and the simple ‘april’. One thing thou, not a fan of Kunbi’s outfit. Dunno if its the green flaps at the side or the overall structure, but its not ‘WOW’!

  54. Anon

    April 3, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Nice! I hope the pieces are AFFORDABLE as Nigerian Made stuff are usually overpriced! I wont buy a dress for 20k sef when i can buy a nice one for $50 at Nordstrom Rack/BCF…

  55. Aduke.Luv

    April 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Soo fresh n soo beautiful!! Great pics!! Congrats Kunbi n u’r stunning!!!

  56. Bolanle

    April 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    i love that shiny black and white striped skirt looks nice. shame im in london! 🙁

  57. Gidi

    April 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Dem use weave swear for Nigerian women??
    Blood of God!!!!

  58. Beebee

    April 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Thot Kunbi wld come bak here to reply to the other comments?! u go just tire…LMAO!!!

  59. Fabade Toppy

    April 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    April by Kunbi
    Highly recommended for like minds who understands the essence of simplicity and fashion as a lifestyle.
    I feel your collection.
    Keep up the fabulous designs.

  60. munachi

    April 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    good to see my girl omonigho looking fly as always.

  61. victoria

    April 4, 2012 at 10:46 am


  62. NiolaR

    April 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Shout-out to my home girl!!!

  63. annie

    April 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Kunbi, congrats! Really nice venture. The store looks nicely put together and I was especially happy to read in the comments that the clothes are from your own line, not ‘imported’. Nothing wrong with imported but we have enough talent here (like you, you studied at FIT) and materials. God bless the work of your hands.

  64. chaos

    April 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    April I think you’re doing a great job. Well done! But please please, don’t wear that orange with green ‘3/4 peplum’ dress again. that is all!

  65. Olivia

    April 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I dont think the outfit is that bad, she had to stand out from everyone else. I met her at her store yesterday, shes sooo pleasant and much prettier than these pictures

  66. Chic

    April 8, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Congrats girl. Am so happy for u! Hope u read all the comments and use the feedbacks in a positive way – to thrust u way foward. The lord will continue to see you through. All d best darling.

  67. omotoye oluwatosin

    April 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Wow, this is awesome, I can belt it with you that kunbi made all this by her self. This is wonderful, keep it going girl.

  68. Toya

    April 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    was at the place bu the crazy security guard told me to leave because i had a baby with me….. how stupid? people really need to talk to their staffs so as not spoil their businesses….. anyways congratulations kunbi and God bless….x

  69. Toya

    April 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    jokes>>>>> ;P

  70. Nike Apata

    April 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    This is a job welldone. congrts darling. I can see u der already

  71. Lola

    April 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    LOVE. LOVE LOVE!! I love everything about it, I love the layout f the store, the fresh colors and the fact that Kunbi actually went to Fashion School.. Cuz nowadays, folks are just calling themselves stylists and fashion designers all willy nilly without having a solid education in Fashion. Respect, She’s got my Attention. I wish you all the best chicka 🙂

  72. Martin

    December 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I love the look. Style does not depend on price. It has to be original and express your personality.
    I would gladly put the Marc by Marc Jacobs purse on my X-mas wish list!

  73. Nawti

    January 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I love your designs a lot and I get to see them very well on your instagram page. You are without doubt, a very talented designer and I wish you all the best. For someone who isn’t in Lagos, how can one get to see more of your pieces and place orders if possible. Thanks.

  74. Allen Mainta Anudar

    January 7, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I pray God continues to bless and increase you business in Abundance even as this new year have approached ma……I’m highly impressed by all your designs ……very special!!!

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