Connect with us


Cosmopolitan Nigeria shares List of ‘Top 8 Nigerian Fashion Power Brokers of 2016’ with BellaNaija, Omoyemi Akerele, Latasha Ngwube & others



Omoyemi Akerele (Founder, Style House Files and Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week)

Omoyemi Akerele (Founder, Style House Files and Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week)

Today, Cosmopolitan Nigeria released a list of ‘Top 8 Nigerian Fashion Power Brokers of 2016’ saying, “Together they influence the vast majority of the Nigerian Fashion industry. ” On this list were BellaNaija Style, Omoyemi Akerele, Latasha Ngwube and other industry players that have worked tirelessly at making and impact in 2016.

See the list below

Omoyemi Akerele

Right now, Omoyemi is to Nigerian Fashion what Anna Wintour is to American fashion industry. There is no escaping the fashion stalwart who courtesy her initiatives – the Lagos Fashion and Design Week and Style House Files she has positioned Nigerian fashion industry right in the center of the global spotlight which she continues to do annually. Omeyemi’s initiatives have created platforms to celebrate and showcase Nigerian fashion while setting the pace for others to emulate.


BN, as fondly referred to by its many readers is to Nigerian fashion industry what Vogue is to the global industry. Nigerian industry insiders look forward to making a feature or mention on the brand’s website or Instagram, and when they do, it is always with pride that they post about it and redirect their fans to read it, but beyond having such power, BellaNaija continues to use such influence positively in covering and celebrating Nigerian fashion.

Latasha Ngwube

atcl_Latasha Ngwube Addressing The Press_bellanaija

Latasha Ngwube (Founder, About That Curvy Life)

Indeed, it is true what they say; “the bigger, the better”, especially in the case of Latasha Ngwube who used 2016 to begin a disruptively body positive movement in the Nigerian fashion industry, first with her first of it’s kind blog then her About That Curvy Life Collective that for the first time brought plus size fashion to the runway of a major fashion week in Africa. During the course of this year, she’s used her voice and likeness to push for body diversity and inclusion in the Nigerian fashion industry.

Richard Akuson

At 22, Richard Akuson is the youngest on this list. He is an accomplished fashion writer with writing credits for respected titles such as Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and BellaNaija where he manned the fashion section. At BellaNaija, Richard’s words were decree for the rest of the industry. In 2016, he has singly written some of the most polarizing and hotly debated fashion reviews and articles of the year which have earned him an Abryanz Style and Fashion Award nomination for the Best Fashion Writer in Africa. Since BellaNaija, he has founded his PR firm – The PR Boy where he successfully launched designer brands such as Style Temple to critical industry acclaim.

Tosin Ogundadegbe

In 2016, Tosin of The Style Infidel cemented his position as Nigeria’s go-to editorial stylist. Through him, many brands during the course of 2016 put together some of the most successful editorial campaigns of the year, what’s more, he capped all that up with a role in this year’s GTBank Fashion Weekend where he curated an entire exhibition during the fashion weekend.

Ijeoma Ndekwu (Head Press Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week)

Ijeoma Ndekwu (Head Press Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week)

Emmanuel Oyeleke

With some of the glossiest lookbooks and campaigns to his credit, Emmanuel Oyeleke continues to rise in his art as a photographer, but it is in 2016 that his star shone the brightest with powerful campaigns and a highly coveted role as the official photographer of GTBank Fashion Weekend where he was saddled with the responsibility of capturing the best of the weekend to which he did great justice to.

Ijeoma Ndekwu

PR Girl Ijeoma Indekwu continues to define the image of the Nigerian fashion industry through her work as the Press Liaison and Communications head of Lagos Fashion and Design Week. For the four days of Lagos Fashion and Design Week and many weeks before and after the week, Ijeoma ensures the success of Nigeria’s foremost fashion week seamlessly without a hitch among the many other fashion clients she represents.

Jane Michael Ekanem

As one of the foremost stylists and fashion tastemakers in Nigeria, Jane Michael Ekanem wields a considerable influence in celebrity and editorial placements courtesy her many magazine and celebrity clients who pay her to make them look good. From the cover of Complete Fashion’s November issue featuring Lanre Da Silva to her work with Project Fame West Africa 2016, and many more projects in- between, Jane has indeed placed herself at the top of the industry’s power brokers.

Source: Cosmopolitan Nigeria


  1. bruno

    December 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    richard akuson? LOOOOOOOL. once I saw ur name, I just stopped reading. what a joke. u don’t know anything about fashion.

    • Baby gurl

      December 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      No, you don’t know anything about fashion.

    • Titi

      December 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Funny how you have just shown your ignorance. Richard Akuson is one of the most sensible fashion writers in Nigeria, without mincing words, I used to enjoy his articles and reviews on bellanaija. Hope he wins the African fashion writer of the year award.

    • Oloye

      December 6, 2016 at 8:15 am

      What is your problem with this young man biko? Anytime his name comes up, you are always the first to hate….Shame on you! The boy is growing…

  2. GY Online NG

    December 5, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Kudos to BN Style..

  3. mickie

    December 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    What about Style vitae and Noble. I don’t agree completely with this list. Due regard should be given.

  4. Abominable snow girl

    December 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Yes, stylevitae or at least Noble Igwe should be on the list. I think he has a huge influence on men’s fashion in Nigeria.

  5. Letty

    December 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Latasha needs to shed a lot of weight. I understand promoting healthy eating habits and good self esteem for bigger women but lets not glorify being over5diabetes, hbp, heart disease are real and prevailing problems that should be more in the fore.

  6. Tea-nisha

    February 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

    “Richard’s words were decree for the rest of the industry” LOOOOOOOOOOOL. You know damn well that’s a lie. I admire his youth and doing “big” things but don’t make him out to be something he’s not.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Star Features