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GEJ-Inspired? Rising Singer Tonye in Pin-Striped Shirt Dress by MAI




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Rising singer/songwriter Tonye has been making her fashion rounds lately. From rocking various Nigerian designers such as ReBahia, Wana Sambo, Kiki Kamanu, Sisiano, Iamisigo and more, the act is definitely showing her patriotism for Nigerian brands.

Speaking of patriotism, her latest fashion statement has got people talking. While in DC, Tonye stepped out in a black pin-striped Mai Atafo shift dress that has a striking resemblance to a certain President’s regular attire. The interesting piece is from the fashion brand’s 2014 collection which was showcased at the 2014 GTBank Lagos Fashion & Design Week.

The South-South-inspired shirt dress features a gold chain & button detail and puffy sleeves all constructed on a pin-striped fabric.

She clearly loves her look and shared a couple of photos on her Instagram page. She commented on her photos saying – “One of my favourite people and favourite designers!!!!! Wearing @Maiatafoinspired I never have to try too hard!!! Everything he makes is already a STATEMENT. Heading out to DC…“. She also added hashtags like #GEJ #southsouthrepping  #southsouthprincess.

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She paired her dress with tribal print-inspired shoes, her signature pixie and a black Chanel clutch with gold chain detailing.

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We think her look is different and is definitely on with the traditional menswear-inspired womenswear trend. But we have to ask, are you loving her look?

Photo Credit: @WhoIsTonye (Instagram)

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  1. Ada_ugo

    April 24, 2015 at 10:45 am

    gotta give it to this chic, she knows how to make a statement. and she knows what works for her.

    • Seriously

      April 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      She just oozes out beauty from every angle. She’s gorgeous. Can someone please link her songs?


    April 24, 2015 at 10:48 am


  3. Fabulicious

    April 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Hilarious………….This “Alabo” material that has reigned since the name Rivers State.That is what Mai is using to rip people off.It is well.

  4. Ebony

    April 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

    “GEJ inspired” though?
    The look is originally and traditionally worn by Ijaws in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
    Just like someone wearing Buba and Iro and you go “Abimbola Fashola inspired”.

    • Philip

      April 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Shut it! Do women wear it before ? The designer got his inspiration from GEJ, cos he consistently wears that. Over sabi. May be he got the inspiration from you

  5. Miss_Flygerian

    April 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Tonye slays everything.

  6. Sarah

    April 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I am just wowed by her hair. How did she get it this curly?

  7. Ibiene

    April 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    kai!!! I’m so blown by this girl!!! Her hair, her looks, her style, her music!!! All rounder Abeg!!! ARIBELEMA is my FAVORITE song right now!!!!!

  8. Sophie

    April 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    people can be so dumb. Someone comes up with something creative and we find ways to insult it!! Mai Atafo is a genius for creating this line. Tonye looks amazing in it. I met her at lfdw and she is sweet and cute as a button. The girl dey try. Now I just need to here more of her music. I am in love with her songs but I want to see a video!!! Video!!!!

  9. Anon

    April 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    She reminds me of Elohor. Pretty women.

  10. Frances

    April 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    bony and Fabulicious! Can both of you think first before you write nonsense. This is a menswear inspired look that Tonye pulled of beautifully. She is just Repping her state.

  11. Tosin

    April 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    A perfect dress and the right model. Yeah, Baby!


    May 7, 2015 at 8:28 am

    this is really beautiful

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