If one thing runs in the blood of Nigerians, it’s making Africa proud. This cuts across all industries, ranging from entertainment to education, fashion and others. To be frank, not many countries have broken as many barriers as Africans have. Like the Nigerian British heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua once said; “It runs in our blood”.
Africa has produced talents all around the world. The latest talent to cover the front heart of the world is Mowolola; a fashion designer who styled popular Canadian Rapper Drake.
After Performing at his recent back-to-back shows, the Canadian rapper took the week off to play in a stylish way. The rapper was spotted in London wearing a unique leather jacket with Halle Berry and the words ‘Assassination Vacation’ emblazoned on the back.
While Drake was in a World Tour in London, he spotted a custom made leather jacket which he couldn’t take his eyes off. This jacket was made by another emerging Nigerian designer, Mowolola.
Fashion lovers were quick to spot that the blue and black leather jacket was a Mowolola original with the name inscribed on its arm.
The Canadian rapper was pictured looking astonishing in his leather jacket which was made by the talented young Nigerian designer. Mowolola has been featured in Vogue and vice, to name but a few.
The Nigerian born designer Mowolola Ogunlesi is the creative director of the eponymous label. She started her journey at Central Saint Martin, she debuted her graduate collection titled ‘Psychedelic’ at the Central Saint Martin’s Press Show in May 2017 to critical acclaim.
She later dropped out of CSM to focus on building her brand. While speaking to I-D magazine, she said; “I am just figuring out how-to-do everything. They don’t really teach you that at CSM. I guess they are working more on your mind than on building your business skills”.
Mowolola claims her work is aimed at ‘celebrating the black African male; his culture, sexuality and desires’. And it is determined to change the narrative of what it means to be a Nigerian in the global context.
During her interview with Vogue, she said, “While growing up, the only thing people knew about Nigeria was cybercrime. But I’m interested in exploring more about my culture and my history. Nobody ever talks about it and I want to open up new conversation; connect to people and change their ways of thinking. “
When it comes to representing Nigeria on a global stage, she is definitely one to look out for. She is one of the bright young folks who is turning what our inherent Nigerian style is around. And we are here for anything that challenges the status quo.