Day 1: Lagos Fashion Week Street Style & Impressions

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Sponsored by Heineken and produced by StyleHouseFiles, Lagos fashion Week 2018 officially started on October 24th with a Fashion Business Series Dinner titled “The Gathering” with participants in the likes of Nigerian fashion prominent figures such as Tamu Mcpherson, Trevor Stuurman and Daniel Hatton on “The role of Platforms in Fashion’s value chain”.

The best we believe was the kick off of the shows and the amazing street styles we had the opportunity to capture the following day. From leather, prints, stripes to colorful outfits, the attendees surely gave us a run for our money and we just could not keep them to ourselves.

Let us open the festivities with the picture we decide to call “Stripes Heaven” picturing King Nonso Duke, Ijaware Tobiloba, and Radoutfittersofficial. Not only do they achieve perfect colors blend between them but also added a personal twist to each outfit with the sneakers, headbands and scarfs. A+! ( Above Picture ).

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Loving this over the knee ruffle dress and white sandals by Leyi Ush. She gave us just enough to spike our imagination and we could not stop staring at!

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Dénola Grey Came, Slayed and Conquered the streets of Lagos! Pairing the grey suit with all the unexpected yet oh so avant-garde accessories was a win in our book!

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Stledbyfg bright suit ensemble did not disappoint. The Burgundy bustier and hair worn down added a dose of sexiness made for fashion shows.

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Prints Madness with The Flatlay King! The black and white design was surely as classy as his pose and added a certain “je ne sais quoi to the decor”— We Approve!

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Gorgeous model Eki Ogunbor opted for warm colors in a green ensemble and orange turban paired with a lighter orange shade of sandals. Now, that is STYLE!

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This belted number by Providence Ozichukwu was a conversation starter! Pairing the lengthy brown coat with sandals soften the whole look while keeping the focus on the upper body.

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Which look is your favorite?

Pictures by Halimah Sucre

Letter to Grandma

Mbobo, do you remember the first time you held me?


Do you remember my first bath as mom was laying down looking at me in awe and counting every breaths I was taking?

Do you remember my running after you and hiding under your robe when playing hide and seek with Philomene?

I do remember all those moments but allow me to tell you about my favorites…

I vividly remember our first talk together where you looked at me, wiped my nose and while cutting some okok leaves, you told me all about being a woman. I remember my confused expression as my 8 years old could not make sense of them and was expecting one of your stories to tie them up together...

Grandma, the stories never followed but I grew fonder of our time spent together by the fire wood and the endless discussions about your childhood, your relationship with Grandpa and your perception of mom which were honestly my favorites.

As I aged and started looking for you in every woman in my life - because your strength, compassion and kindness couldn't find anywhere else-, I realized how deep your absence has been affecting me. You did not live long enough to guide me through my first period, my first kiss, my first altercation with mom, my first heartbreak… I also teared up when I walked on stage at Queens College knowing that you were physically not present. Teared up when I took mom out with my first paycheck. Teared up when mom spent her first night in my apartment….

Grandma, I made our dreams come through. I graduated High-school, got my Bachelor degree in The United States of America ( could you have dreamed that ? ), stood up for the weaker ones, launched my platform The African Blueprint and working on so much more.

I think you would have been proud of me. You would have loved the woman I ended up becoming. You would have however frowned upon my hairstyle ( I can almost picture your facial expression ), my talking too much and laughing too loud as I remember you constantly saying: “Stop it, a woman doesn't speak so much”. Now that I am mentioning the things you would have reprimanded me for, a couple just came to my head so let me just laid them out for you:

  • I enjoy having wine for dinner ( No, I am not an alcoholic )

  • I usually wear beads around my ankles ( Please do not roll your eyes )

  • I do not believe in the purgatory ( That is a conversation I look forward to having with you )...

Have you met my best friend Grandma?

You actually have and she is the most loving, trusting and kind person I have ever been around besides you of course. I love her so much the thought of not having her in my life keeps me awake at night sometimes…

She makes me laugh. She wipes my eyes. She makes me stronger. She reminds me of you.

Her name is mom and I love her!

I miss you mbobo and I can not wait to be reunited with you to tell you all about me.

*** Grand-mothers are called Mbobo in the Bassa tribe in Cameroon ***

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Below are some extracts written by our community to their grandmothers… Read through them and feel free to drop yours in the comment section or directly under the post on Instagram

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Get to know Michelle Ngome

We are very happy to announce that our very first guest in this section is Cameroon’s own Michelle Ngome. Cameroonian American and Connection strategist located in Houston, TX, Michelle is the founder of Line 25 consulting, a marketing firm which focuses on content and social media marketing. In order to help create more meaningful connections between different influencers, Michelle wrote multiple books such as the highly acclaimed Success redefined and also hosts a weekly podcast, Networking with Michelle, during which she interviews leaders of different fields on a myriad of topics

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We had the pleasure of talking to Michelle, and we must say that she is as genuine as they come. We discussed her journey to entrepreneurship and the reasons behind her drive being her hunger for excellence and love for her family. When asked about her legacy, she said: "I would like to be remembered as an advocate, a woman advocate about entrepreneurship". Also very dear to her heart are conversations that are not easily talked about in the African American community, such as the stigmatization of certain health related issues and the path in eradicating them.

Success is about happiness, gratitude and being mindful of people because you never know when you are entertaining angels
If I could solve world hunger with a meal it would be Fufu and Eru
The most African thing about me is my name
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