Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh Just Made BOF’s 500 2016 List !



Amaka Osakwe is one hell of a fashion force to reckon with !

Brought up in Lagos and studied fashion at the Arts University College in Bournemouth, UK, Amaka made a grand return to Nigeria where she launched her label “Maki Oh” with autumn/winter 2010/11 ” titled “Everything In Proportion”.

With time, Amaka’s label has become pretty distinct making it one of the biggest fashion brands in Africa even. The Maki Oh brand boasts a very high profile clientele with the likes of First Lady Of America; Michelle Obama, Solange Knowles, Leelee Sobeiski, Lupita Nyong’o, Anika Noni Rose, Asa and very recently one of her peculiar designs got featured in Beyoncé’s visual album ‘Lemonade’ as spotted on Amandla Sternberg .

The Nigerian fashion designer and founder of ready-to-wear label Maki Oh, whose work has been recognised by the likes of Vogue and, has recently been added to The Business of Fashion (BOF) exclusive BOF 500 List joining a cast of passionate, diverse and interesting characters who are redefining the global fashion industry.

Having previously earned herself an LVMH Prize nomination and grown into one of the biggest success stories to come out of Nigeria’s burgeoning fashion scene, her pieces have been described as a « sensual reinvention of traditional textiles » and « a lush mix of fabrications, incorporating traditional Yoruban adire dyeing techniques » which proves that her knack for continuously delivering dateless offering could make you think of her as a vogue enigma.

The Creative Director joins other Nigerian designers such as Reni Folawiyo of Alara, Omorele Akerele of StyleHouse Files and Tayo & Ayo Amusan of Perisians Group on this « professional index of the people shaping the global fashion industry », also alongside international gurus such as alongside Donatella Versace, Eva Chen, Michael Preysman and more.

That’s not all !

The Nigerian designer and creative director also won an award for Best New Director at Fashion Film Festival with her video ‘OMI’ inspired by the powerful cultural myth of African water spirits (mami water). The designer directed the video with Papa Omotayo.

Hats Off !




U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves to the audience as she stands on stage with, Mirriam Kgokane, grade 10 at Sekola Sa Borokgo Middle School, left, and Keamogestwe "Kamo" Rakogoadi, grade 11 at Parktown Girls High School, right, at a youth event at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa, organized in conjunction with MTV Base, an African youth and music TV channel, and Google+ to highlight the importance of education. Teenagers from around South Africa as well as students joining virtually in cities around the U.S. will participate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)






NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Actress Anika Noni Rose attends the 21st New York African Film Festival Screening of "Half Of A Yellow Sun" at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on May 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)




Abiodun Odusola

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