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Style Profiles Lagos Fashionistas Nike Oshinowo, Oluchi Orlandi & More in “Lagos Rising” Feature


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Nike Oshinowo & Oluchi Orlandi is one of the world’s most revered resources when it comes to fashion information. From the runway to the hottest trends and industry scoop, they’ve got an eye on what’s hot. With Lagos Fashion & Design Week, visits to the White House and international shows, Nigerian designers, fashion entrepreneurs & fanatics are definitely proving to be the ones to watch.

Recently,photographer Nick Waplington traveled to Lagos to shoot some of Lagos’ most stylish women. From Designers/Entrepreneurs and Executive Directors of GE like Reni Folawiyo & Adesuwa Dozie to TV Stars/Actresses and Singers like Eku Edewor & Temi Dollface,  Nick captured a broad spectrum of women who love African and International fashion wearing pieces from Duro Olowu, Stella Jean, Simone Rocha, Dries and more.

Accompanying his stunning photos was a brief interview with CEO & Founder of soon-to-be-opened retail store Alara; Reni Folawiyo. Writer, Uzoamaka Maduka sat with Reni to talk about Alara and the women in Nick’s photo shoot.

See excerts from Reni’s interview below and a few photos we loved from the photo shoot. Be sure to check out for more images and rest of the interview. Lagos Rising - Bellanaija - November2014

Reni Folawiyo – Founder & CEO Alara

Nana Otedola -  Managing Drector & CEO of Garment Care

Nana Otedola –
Managing Drector & CEO of Garment Care

Eku Edewor

Eku Edewor

Temi Dollface

Temi Dollface

Tokini Peterside (Brand Consultant) & Dedun Peterside (Psychologist & Executive Coach)

Tokini Peterside (Brand Consultant) & Dedun Peterside (Psychologist & Executive Coach)

Adesuwa Dozie - Executive Counsel, West Africa, GE

Adesuwa Dozie – Executive Counsel, West Africa, GE

Read excerpts from the interview;

On if there is a “Lagos Style” women adopt stating the diverse looks of the women photographed
I’m not sure if I can put it in words. As a people we’re very expressive, and so therefore we’re quite embellished. And so Lagos style, it is quite adorned, and most of the designers here, you find that going through their work. We wear a lot of color, a lot of beading. That’s why Duro does so well here—he’s from Nigeria originally, of course, and I think you see that expressiveness in his clothes. And the Alara woman, she connects with that.

On how Lagos being an international capital for commerce and culture, affects younger women
Well, when I look at my generation—and let me say, our mothers worked, too, although of course they weren’t hopping on planes all the time—what I think is, in a way, we had to go away, and then come back and see what we could do. Whereas this new generation, they seem to want to grow from here. They’re very connected to Lagos, to their heritage. You see that in people like Temi DollFace and Eku [Edewor], creative girls who are really the face of young Lagos. It’s a very creative generation—I think that’s what they’ve added, especially, a sense of creativity. And they want to create here and explode—let the rest of the world discover them, rather than the other way around. I think they feel like it’s their time.

 Be sure to check out for more images and rest of the interview.

Photo Credit: Style. com


  1. Nefertiti

    November 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Lovely Nike…Iyabeji

  2. jane

    November 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Nike Oshinowo is all I see…. Shes just graceful.

  3. jane

    November 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Adesuwa dozie is gorgeous

  4. Hmmm

    November 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    What is Adesuwa Dozie doing on this list for starters? Trying hard much. There’s nothing money won’t buy in this Nigeria e jo.

    • Osogagba

      November 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Luckily,’s photographer Nick Waplington thinks otherwise. And it’s his views on these things that really matter, not yours, alas!

  5. Anon

    November 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Love the loafers Eku has on.

  6. sum1special

    November 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    noticed how they are all dressed smart and for their various ages. still looking gorgeous..

  7. Nino

    November 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I am only here for mama perterside who has never had a bad day…never ever ever…I am obsessed with her style and hot body …
    Temi doll face looks really nice…
    Mama cups posing is distracting me…like caught in the middle of a break dance…just like reni’s facial expression…not very flattering pictures imo
    Nike and her face…#nowords

    • Susan

      November 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Is her name Dedun Peterside or Dudun? I just watched living it now and she was referred to as Dudun.

  8. ME

    November 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    NICE and FRESH.

  9. Lovette

    November 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I agree with Hmm. Theres nothing money wont buy in Nigeria. Mrs. Folawiyo should smile more often please…

  10. Joygirl

    November 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Mama Peterside and Daughter look good! Classy and Smart. You can tell they are Intelligent and bright.

  11. Taipan!

    November 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I love the peterside”s

  12. Neil

    November 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    The Petersides any day!
    Reni’s facial expression is not appealing Gosh!!!11…. She appears to me as standoffish.. Just an honest opinion……

  13. ola

    November 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Nana’s look not too flattering… It seems Mama, Papa and DJ just love the media…lol

  14. *Real* Nice Anon

    November 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Temi Dollface looks great! Dedun Peterside is gorgeous.

  15. Curius

    November 11, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Does Reni Folawiyo have any connection with Lisa Folawiyo? Just noticed they have the same last name…

  16. LILO

    November 11, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Too much juviderm and rental yen for Nike Oshinowo

    • LILO

      November 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm


  17. Zainab G

    November 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    How did they miss Nkiru Anamuhdu? Abi a stand alone feature on her’s coming soon?

  18. Debbie

    November 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Exactly my thoughts how could they forget Madam Anumudu… Shes a real style icon. Unbeatable fashionista. never dull a moment. love her style.

  19. Susan

    November 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Wearing designer brands head to toe, that are most times not properly put together doesn’t make you a style icon. Wearing hideous make up doesn’t make you a style icon. Mrs. Anumudu wears expensive things, no doubt, she is however NOT a style icon.

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