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First Lady of U.S.A. Michelle Obama spotted in Maki Oh at the “Connecting Continents” Seminar in South Africa | Photos & Video from the Event



Michelle Obama

On Saturday 29th June 2013, the first lady of the United States of America (FLOTUS) Michelle Obama was spotted in South Africa in a hand printed chiffon blouse by Nigerian design label Maki Oh.

The world’s most powerful first lady who was in Johannesburg for a seminar tagged Connecting Continents: A Conversation with U.S First Lady Michelle Obama, styled the blouse from the label’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection with a printed green A-line skirt.

Her look was completed with gold hoop earrings, a black belt and orange heels.

Michelle Obama in Maki Oh - June 2013 - BellaNaija

Check out more photos from the event.Michelle Obama - 02Michelle Obama in South AfricaMichelle Obama - 01Michelle Obama - 04Michelle Obama - 03

Watch the Connecting Continents: A Conversation with U.S First Lady Michelle Obama seminar

Photo Credit: White House Blog | Style


  1. Berry Dakara

    July 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Great job and publicity for Maki Oh.

  2. halleloo

    July 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

    WOW WOW WOW WOW maki is the biscuit! ahhh so all these other designers she met in the nigerian industry all have what to say for themselves. #havealookatyourselves. wohoo

    • True

      July 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      I concur, and some people claim to be the best designers in naija without exposure behind the tailor room, well done maki oh, GO GURL

  3. lara

    July 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    great speech by the first lady, love the interview

  4. comment awaiting moderation

    July 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    It must be the highest peak for the designer…But I still feel some cunninness* in what she did,to please the Africans. …Ofcourse she can’t wear any of our design in the US!

    • Fray

      July 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Errrr, she wears Duro Olowu often enough.

    • 'Mide

      July 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      @comment awaiting moderation : Cunningness ? Not really . It is the idea of when you are in Rome, you behave like the Romans? It is being sensitive to the Africa’s cultural and fashion aspirational environment. That has always been America’s way of signifying cultural understanding. Her choice of designer or dress was not in anyway patronizing , but rather done in solidarity to our aspirations as Africans.

  5. Retrochic

    July 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I knew there was going to be a negative comment, human’s !!!

  6. ginaunn

    July 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    nice one there.

  7. T

    July 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Wow welcome Hun! God will keep taking you higher! @makioh

  8. Yemy

    July 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Good job maki O!

  9. Non professional opinion

    July 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Yay!! I’m really happy for her. She is the real deal and proof that hard work pays off. More blessings!

  10. ade

    July 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Patience i hope you can see

  11. Joan

    July 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Ever since I learned that designers actually have this thing they can do – whereby they pay the celebrities’ PR or so? to get them to wear their design, I don’t get too excited anymore. But good publicity for Maki anyway….

    • Non professional opinion

      July 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      Many designers do that, however Michelle Obama doesn’t fall into that category, so feel free to get excited.


    July 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    This is HUGE!

  13. Mz Socially Awkward....

    July 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you Michelle! Picked up a cue for work outfit tomorrow… hehehehe

  14. mujer casada

    July 2, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for celebrating Africans but you get an F for color and pattern riot even in a color blocking and pattern mixing age

  15. NNENNE

    July 2, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Be nice people! She can only wear an outfit at a time. She has a history of uplifting nobodies,too. Jason Wu is a typical example.

  16. mrs. a

    July 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Nice she is patronizing our designs but wish she’d done it in a fab way because the actual outfit is rather horrible.

  17. AJ

    July 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Great convo i feel inspired

  18. Obi

    July 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Maki Oh, God has blessed you with lot of creativity and there is nothing any human can do to bring u down because the sky is your starting point, Michelle Obama will always remain the best and i thank her immensely for the recognition. God blessings..

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