All Images via Instagram/@chimamanda_adichie & Facebook/Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If there’s one thing Chimamanda loves as much as writing and activism, it is fashion. Her fashion sense is elegant, sophisticated, authentic and oh so interesting.

In May, 2017, Chimamanda started her Project ‘Wear Nigerian’ on Instagram, for which she opened her Instagram account – @chimamanda_adichie, managed by her nieces Chisom and Amaka.

The project is Adichie’s way of supporting the ‘Buy Nigerian to Grow The Naira’ movement by wearing mostly Nigerian brands for my public appearances. (And there are a lot of them)

According to Adichie, “I have bought more Nigerian brands than I ever have in the past. I’ve discovered new names. I’ve been filled with admiration for the women and men running their businesses despite the many challenges they face. I’m particularly interested in ‘inward-looking’ brands, those for whom dressing Nigerian women is as important as other goals.”

To celebrate CNA’s birthday, take a look at 5 times she slayed wearing Nigerian designers, while being a badass!

As the Lead Narrator for the Malaria Summit held on April 18, 2018 in a Green Ankara top by The Ladymaker and a Blue and Red pencil skirt with fringe detail designed by Ego Maduekwe.

CNA looking absolutely stunning at the 2018 Chatham House London Conference Dinner in a burnt orange luxury silk and emerald Aso Oke set with gold embellishments, 3D crystals and sequins trim designed by Ibby Styles.

On The Trevor Noah show in a white dress with Cut out detail designed by Lola Baej.

Printastic! In a Pant suit by Mae Otti at The Stockholm forum on Gender Equality in Sweden.

In White Cotton shirt with illustrations by Popartii, paired with Mustard Trousers made from Akwete by Emmy Kasbit to attend the Igbo Conference (organized in partnership with the Centre for African studies, SOAS, University of London)

“I’ve changed quite a few dodgy zippers, been disappointed by some poor quality fabrics, and been impressed by some detail-oriented finishing. Overall, I love the clothes, their cut, their whimsy, their color, their flair, their ability to make me feel like myself. Their makers, from designer to tailor to button-fixer to okada-delivery-person, deserve to be supported.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on Nigerian made pieces.

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