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Ezinne Chinkata: How I Styled Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde & Her Daughter, Meraiah for Knorr’s Campaign



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Hello everyone! I recently had the great opportuntiy of styling the one and only Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and her pretty daughter Meraiah as the new ambassadors for Knorr’s stock cube brand; and I just had to share all the fun from the shoot. And hopefully this can help you if you are a rising stylist.

Check it out!


Styling a shoot is usually aimed at producing photos for a particular purpose. This should be of foremost concern to the Stylist as they prepare for the photoshoot at hand.

Having beautiful clothes is one thing, but what use is it if it tilts in a totally different direction from the client’s brief? The brief should serve as your guide as you create a mood board for your shoot.

I absolutely love styling Omotola. She has a really awesome figure, is a beauty, and it is always exciting to put her in really “out there” pieces. Plus Meraiah is totally adorable – I can’t believe she’s 15 already!

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The client gave a very clear brief;

1. A shoot in the kitchen
2. Mother and daughter bonding
3. Omotola in head gear
4. Green should be the primary colour to represent the brand
5. Traditional attire

My first move was to do some research. Omotola has quite a sexy personality and brand, and the challenge was to ensure that I keep her true essence while adhering to the brief at hand. I researched and viewed loads of images of photoshoots of women cooking from various eras and finally got the inspiration for the shoot.

I pulled and put together looks I felt would work – The idea was to project Omotola as a beautiful mom, grounded in her traditional roots yet totally global. We also decided her daughter, Meraiah (her “mini-me”), would portray a younger version of her, learning the ropes from Omotola with a  strong & close mother-daughter bond/ambiance.

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It was quite easy to pull this off to be honest as this is basically what Omotola stands for and oozes naturally. I loved it!

Photo Credit
Photography: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (Instagram: @KelechiAmadiObi)
Styling: Ezinne Chinkata (Instagram: @Zinkata1)
Makeup: Bimpe Onakoya (Instagram: @BimpeOnakoya)


  1. cheeoorr

    May 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I love the contrasting greens on mother and daughter…brought out the colour concept excellently rather than clashing or screaming it. Your styling intelligence sure showed off.

  2. april

    May 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Totally amazing…. I love ezinne chinkata’s creativity…. So unique and chic, but is this woman really 15?

    • Pat

      May 20, 2015 at 2:00 am

      I hope u get psychological help so u don’t remain in your misery.

    • Pat

      May 20, 2015 at 2:05 am

      @ April my above comments is for AAA not you, mistakenly wrote under your comment

  3. aaa

    May 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    ezinne is soooooo ugly….. omotola and her daughter so beautiful

    • Homa

      May 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Smh… Bellanaija please we need a dislike button as well

    • Anon

      May 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      When you can create someone, you can call them ugly. I know your type…

    • nnnn

      May 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      and you are quite nasty. and ugly on the inside.

    • iferola

      May 20, 2015 at 1:49 am

      And you’re sooooooo small……….get over ur inferiority complex…………..tiny you.

    • daena

      May 20, 2015 at 1:50 am


    • mpoita

      May 20, 2015 at 8:12 am

      i pray for your sad sad soul…

    • tini

      May 20, 2015 at 8:15 am

      you need jesus

    • jummai

      May 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Hanhan, u are evil

  4. Nina

    May 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    This is so beautiful! Omotola and her daughter are beautiful. Lucky and blessed woman at just 37

  5. bruno FIERCE

    May 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I think knorr should have used a man and his son. abi feminists what do u think.

    • falalal

      May 20, 2015 at 4:09 am

      Agreed! Omotola and her son would have been progressive.

    • tunmi

      May 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm


    • tiny colored miracle

      May 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Lol,yimu,bruno z making jest of y”all,u r shouting yas

  6. ...just saying

    May 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I have dream, that one day Omotola will be back on our screens as an actress and not a ‘model” as we’ve seen in the past year

    • jummai

      May 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

      keep dreaming

  7. Celine

    May 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I actually noticed Ezinne for the first time when she styled Omotola for then, Élan . Omotola did that shoot I think with her last son. I was wowed. This just gave me a dejavu nice feeling. Kudos. Makeup also on point. Omotola and Meraiah are just bae. Meraiah is so beautiful and Yes I love knorr too. Win…win.

  8. Leah

    May 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I would love to get my hands on those aprons, and I’m not even talking about cooking with them.

    • Sky

      May 20, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Girrrllll…*3 finger-snaps*

    • enkay

      May 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

      And what will you be doing with them? Partying?

  9. Olori Tari

    May 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Gorgeous mum and daughter. Omotola’s daughter is oh so pretty. Whoosh….what a beauty.

  10. She

    May 19, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    How come the gas burner isn’t on!!!

    • Ifunanya

      May 20, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Na true o. lol

    • Fashionista

      May 20, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Haha! So observant of you!

  11. Pat

    May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Ezinne u did a great job!

  12. tracey

    May 19, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    They look great. Awesome shoot

  13. Zainab Bawa Mamush

    May 19, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Awww! Beautiful …Merariah really look like her mada and her height too ! Omotola has inspired me to get married early. Ezinne u did a great Job

    • Self-Sufficient

      May 19, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Inspiration to get married early? I laugh in Hebrew. On the other hand, Kudos to women like Kerry Washington, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana…. To each her/his own.

    • Bruness

      May 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      @ self-sufficient I second your post!

    • falalal

      May 20, 2015 at 4:12 am

      Not a smart reason to get married boo

  14. mrs chidukane

    May 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm


  15. tralala

    May 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Really beautiful. Really would love to see Genny do a mummy and daughter shoot like this. I guess one day she will be ready to air that side of her. Ezinne well done on this shoot!

  16. Blazyfashion

    May 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Creatively executed! They look great! Well done, Ezinne. Now I have to go and make a nice ankara apron for myself. 😀

  17. CEOchrissamuel

    May 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    The sophistry of their beauty is so fitting with the ambient.Nice concept .Thumbs up!!!

  18. doris

    May 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    This is beautiful.

  19. hello

    May 19, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    well the father better get a gun (maybe a couple) cos whether he likes he or not , the boys are coming.

  20. teetols

    May 19, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Very pretty daughter. Muah!

  21. always happy

    May 19, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Great execution Ezinne Chinkata, you definitely brought this brief to life and I didn’t feel lost or like the stylist was playing rock paper scissors

  22. bells

    May 20, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Wait oo, how a girl who is following up with her mum, not also cover her hair??abi na DAT one omotola dey teach her for house???ezi be warned BTW why is der no light in the cooker?? And they said they are cooking for me?? Taaaaa!!!!

    • Goldmine

      May 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Do you cover your hair while you cook in your kitchen? Omotola’s a head scarf not hair net.

  23. jessie

    May 20, 2015 at 1:42 am

    I can’t see them holding knob cube and why is the fire not buring . rubbish execution.. Not impressed.

    • just me

      May 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Maybe u need time to chill so as to be able to see the last pic where the daughter held the brand and the mum squeezed it in the pot….Fish.

    • tom

      May 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      @just me , if that was a good execution we dont need to stress our eyes to see the knob cube. or have to ever not seen a coca cola logo clearly on its brand.? ezinne needs to work better on that.

  24. ada

    May 20, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I love the styling. am I the only one that is not a fan of Kelechi Amadi’s over photoshopped photography???. I mean Omotola looks so photoshopped and I find that alot of his work is always too photoshopped.

  25. prewwty

    May 20, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Ow come they r cooking n d burner aint working,naija wit fake adverts sha….

  26. Amaka

    May 20, 2015 at 8:16 am

    That’s an electric burner.You guys, take a chill pills. The gal isn’t wearing a head cover because she just walked into the kitchen to know what’s cooking.Her mum is the main cook.I love the ankara apron. Gon’ go make me a sexy one.My fiance must stare

    • Yes?

      May 20, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Please its not an electric burner. We are not dummies here you know!

    • Fashionista

      May 20, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Where did you see the electric burner? is your eye paining you? Even if there is, it is not captured in the shot, so the people asking have a valid point.

  27. SaynotoHate

    May 20, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Hater Alert @ aaa.5:5 2pm. Note that Hating drains blood and dries bone.Its not a healthy option, pls have a rethink

  28. jummai

    May 20, 2015 at 9:24 am

    ……and what would you do with the apron? wear them to a party?

  29. Nelly

    May 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Beautiful concept of mother and daughter. However, I think the 15 year old should have been made to look her age. At 15 she’s still in secondary school ( I suppose). So how many school girls have weaves this long on an average day?

    • Tao

      June 13, 2015 at 8:29 am

      or maybe you need to visit more private schools. Girls use extensions even in primary schools.

  30. [email protected]

    May 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Just beautiful.

    Also, I’m going to make Ankara aprons.

    • tunmi

      May 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Omg do make them, and then send BN a link to purchase. Also, abeg make them with pockets please?

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