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Paper Magazine Lists Eku Edewor, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Zara Okpara, Maki Oh & More as the “Beautiful People of Lagos”

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Paper Magazine, a New York-based pop culture magazine that focuses on fashion, music etc in conjunction with Blay Digital Media (founded by HELLO! Nigeria Editor and Journalism Professor, Zandile Blay), has created a list of the movers and shakers of the Entertainment and Fashion Industry in Lagos, Nigeria. The three-part photo feature is the first African version of the feature after being launched 17 years ago.

The Beautiful People is an anticipated round up of their Editor’s favorite up and coming, of-the-moment talents and cultural movers and shakers.

Making the list in Entertainment are Eku Edewor, Don T, Blink, Chin Okeke and Re Olunuga. In Fashion they featured Zara Okpara, Maki Oh, Lanre Masha, Adebayo Oke Lawal, Nana Serwaa Kankam, Zainab Ashadu, and Yegwa Ukpo.

In a press release Blay stated that finding the talent was a breeze. “No other country on the continent has such a concentrated level of dynamic, brilliant – and stylish – creatives.

According to the magazine,

From the UN to the World Bank, hundreds of global institutions have released reports heralding Nigeria as one of the fastest consumer markets in the world. Chief among their desires? Fashion, music and…champagne! This past October we visited Lagos to meet the key personalities behind these industries, setting up at the site of Lagos Fashion & Design Week, held at Eko Hotel in Victoria Island. Between backstage fittings, front row shows and cocktail parties, we gathered a list of Lagos’ glitterati and commissioned three of the city’s most dynamic photographers — the veteran Kelechi Amadi-Obi, the new kid Lakin Ogunbanwo and Detroit boy-turned-Lagos regular, Nick Hagen — to shoot ’em all. And although Nigeria has been in the news lately for its oppressive anti-gay legislation passed in the months following our visit and photo shoots, politics shouldn’t overshadow the fact that the capital city is home to fabulous young people working to change, influence and impact the future of their country. In Part II of our Beautiful People: Lagos feature, meet five people making waves in Lagos’ entertainment industry, which includes a thriving music scene and the third largest film market, known as Nollywood.

On a recent trip to the “Centre of Excellence”, the magazine met with “Lagos Gliterrati” for a brief one-on-one chat about their career, what the best thing about Lagos is and of course what’s next for them. Ace Lagos Photographers Kelechi Amadi Obi, Lakin Ogunbanwo and Nick Hagen were also commissioned to take exclusive shots of the entertainment and fashion personalities.

Check it out.

Entertainment

Eku Edewor – Model/Actor/TV presenter

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Photo by Nick Hagen

Don T – Music Manager

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Photo by Kelechi Amadi-Obi

Blink – Music Artist

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Photo by Nick Hagen

Chin Okeke – CEO Eclipse West Africa

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Photo by Lakin Ogunbanwo

Re Olunuga – Conductor, Lagos Philharmonic

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Photo by Lakin Ogunbanwo

Fashion

Zara Okpara – Brand Director, Jewel By Lisa

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Photo by Nick Hagen

Maki Oh  – Designer, Maki Oh

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Photo by Lakin Ogunbanwo

Lanre Masha – Brand Manager, Coca Goods

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Photo by Kelechi Amadi-Obi

Adebayo Oke Lawal – Designer, Orange Culture

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Photo by Nick Hagen

Nana Serwaa Kankam – Founder, 5th & Quansah

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Photo by Lakin Ogunbanwo

Zainab Ashadu – Founder, Zashadu

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Photo by Lakin Ogunbanwo

Yegwa Ukpo – Owner, Stranger

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Lakin Ogunbanwo

Click here to read the Entertainment interviews | Click here for the Fashion Interviews.

What do you guys think? Are these the movers and shakers of Lagos and who do you think should have been added to the list?

Photo Credit: Papermag.com

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of BellaNaija.com. Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at)bellanaija.com or style(at)bellanaija.com | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle

30 Comments

  1. yostic

    January 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    ?

    • Troll

      January 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Honestly

    • Blossom

      January 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      My thoughts exactly.

  2. http://www.anemistyle.com

    January 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I think a lot more people should have been added to the list and don’t know some people on the list. Me thinks whoever made the list just added people he knew not the real movers and shakers .

  3. no heart to hate

    January 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Beautiful People of Lagos?

  4. Chum chum

    January 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    How????

  5. http://www.thelmathinks.blogspot.com/

    January 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Looooooooooool for days. And I’m not even sure why I’m laughing.

    thelmathinks.blogspot.com

    • Dee

      March 26, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Lmaooooooo! Your comment is hilarious! I have no idea why I find it so funny… I think maybe it’s because I was thinking the same thing…

  6. yes

    January 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    PDP!!!

  7. Meanwhile...

    January 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Una don dey crase. Beautiful people my foot. What is the criteria for beauty here? It is definitely not outward appearance cos some of these cats are straight up not cute in my honestly yet completely accurate opinion. Could it be inward? I doubt it cos i don’t believe anybody here has any charity or foundation or anything to do with inspiring or helping others. So Bellanaija kindly furnish me with the criteria used for this selection biko. Ingredience. That’s how they came with the Moneyed List and populated it with learners. Mschewww

    • olori Tari

      January 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Lmfaoooooo @una don dey crase, lol what a way to start a statement..I died. **Now let me go back to read the main body of your comment.

  8. Abana

    January 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    When would all these frivolities cease? Eku is fast becoming the face of vanity in Lagos.

  9. tish

    January 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Hahahahaha Kai! Wetin we no go hear?

  10. Ibinabo

    January 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    what matrix did they use, biko?

  11. CO

    January 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Huh? They referred to Lagos as the capital city!

  12. Hannah

    January 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    This is a circle / clique of friends. who are these people and how have they helped Lagos moved forward? all i see are friends who hang around at fancy parties, having fancy drinks and wearing fancy clothes.
    These people have no charity or any motivation speech i can hold on to. What have they given to our nation ? and who have they made successful ?

    THE ONLY names i can pick out are Eku, Mr Amadi and little of Adebayo because he has good PR. as for the rest …….. am speechless. please this is a dumb list.

  13. Meanwhile...

    January 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Memo to Eku’s PR handlers: All publicity is not good publicity. How do you go from being the media’s darling to this over-exposed frivolous vacuous person?

  14. talia

    January 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    good for them!. but wait; what was the criteria used in the selection? if i may ask.

  15. elise

    January 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    This has to be the most irrelevant list of people. beautiful people and what do they contribute to the community to make them beautiful, what role do they play? do people actually look uo to them? can the average nigeian relate with them? to me this list looks like a bunch of people in the entertainment industry, were are the lreall movers and shakers of young lagos our young lawyers, authors, artist, bankers… none listed Nigerians need to focus more on other thins other than fashion and entertainment we already seem to be excelling in that area!!!! lets not neglect other aspect!!

  16. Geane Chukwuma

    January 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I had to laugh, but seriously are you joking, I could understand chin and emu, but the rest don’t make sense, like where is toke, toolz etc,

  17. AVID BLOG READER

    January 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    So plus size people are not beautiful?????

  18. myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com

    January 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Do people not read before they comment?

    “On a recent trip to the “Centre of Excellence”, the magazine met with “Lagos Gliterrati” for a brief one-on-one chat about their career, what the best thing about Lagos is and of course what’s next for them.”

    The featured people ARE some of the recognized personalities behind the Fashion, Music, and Art industry in Nigeria.
    This is something to Celebrate not criticize.
    If you do not agree with the list, contact the Paper magazine editor.

  19. LadyID

    January 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I didn’t know there was a Lagos Philarmonic but I would love to check them out.

  20. Me

    January 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    You said chin, what has he done and all of them intact……..slow news day I guess

  21. Me

    January 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Infact I meant to say

  22. pynk

    January 24, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Lol Nigeria another list about absolutely nothing

  23. Modella

    January 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Eku is pweety!

  24. SOOZIE

    January 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    HIAAAAAN!!! Cant believe i clicked on this link

  25. Stella Kashmoney

    January 26, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Lol @ some comments here. Hmmmm.

  26. Agatha

    January 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Where is toke makinwa?

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