Every sector has persons or organisations that highly influence them or are highly influential. As the year draws to an end, it’s specifically a time to talk about our various achievements for the year, taking note of persons who have actually contributed to our lives.
In the fashion sector or industry, there are equally different persons and organisations that have hugely influenced this sector this year. To that effect, Cosmopolitan Nigeria released a list of ‘Top 8 Nigerian Fashion Power Brokers of 2016’ ; those who influence the fashion industry in Nigeria. They are as follows;
1. EMMANUEL OYELEKE:
Emmanuel Oyeleke has some of the glossiest lookbooks and campaigns to his credit. He 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.
2 .IJEOMA NDEKWU:
Ijeoma Indekwu the PR Girl 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. Ijeoma ensures the success of Nigeria’s foremost fashion week seamlessly without a hitch among the many other fashion clients she represents, for the four days of Lagos Fashion and Design Week and many weeks before and after the week.
3. JANE MICHAEL EKANEM:
The foremost stylists and fashion taste maker in Nigeria, Jane Michael Ekanem, wields a considerable influence in celebrity and editorial placements. Kudos to her many magazine and celebrity clients who pay her to make them look good. Jane has indeed placed herself at the top of the industry’s power brokers.
4. LATASHA NGWUBE:
It is said that “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 aboutthatcurvylife.com 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.
5. OMOYEMI AKERELE:
Omoyemi is presently to Nigerian Fashion, what Anna Wintour is to American fashion industry. Her initiatives have created platforms to celebrate and showcase Nigerian fashion, while setting the pace for others to emulate. She has positioned Nigerian fashion industry right in the center of the global spotlight which she continues to do annually.
6. RICHARD AKUSON:
Richard Akuson at 22, is the youngest on this list, as 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. He has founded his PR firm;The PR Boy, where he successfully launched designer brands such as Style Temple to critical industry acclaim.
7. TOSIN OGUNDADEGBE:
Tosin of The Style Infidel in 2016, cemented his position as Nigeria’s go-to editorial stylist. Many brands during the course of 2016 put together some of the most successful editorial campaigns of the year through him. He also capped all that up with a role in this year’s GTBank Fashion Weekend where he curated an entire exhibition during the fashion weekend.
8. BELLA NAIJA:
Bella Naija fondly referred to by its many readers as BN, 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.
Together, these Nigerian Fashion Power Brokers have in one way or the other, influenced the vast majority of the Nigerian Fashion industry this year. These industry players have worked tirelessly at making and impact in 2016!
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