Just as there are fashion designers, there are fashion influencers whose job is basically to show people how to wear and combine the beautiful creations of designers. Otherwise known as style influencers, fashion influencers are super stylish individuals who harness Instagram to create fashion contents, showcase their styles and win endorsements from big brands. Usually, they have a high following on social media. Some of them are media personalities, actors, fashion designers, stylists, bloggers, etc., while others are just influencers. There are many fashion influencers in Nigeria. Many of them have become well known in the Nigerian fashion space such that no fashion show comes to play without their attendance and reviews.
Thanks to Instagram, we get to know and meet new style influencers in Nigeria every day from the very popular ones to the emerging ones. Fashion in Nigeria has offered a plethora of opportunities for enthusiasts to grab. If you do not want to design fashion, you can blog fashion. If you do not want to blog fashion, you can style fashion; if you do not want to style fashion, you can consult fashion and if you do not want to do any of the listed, you can simply influence fashion by having a terrific dress sense, getting an active Instagram account, posting fashion contents regularly up until you build a base of loyal followers who recognise you by your art.
Top Fashion Influencers in Nigeria
If we want to show all the fashion influencers in Nigeria, we’d most definitely run out of energy as every day, new style influencers emerge in Nigeria. Let’s narrow down to ten of these Nigerian style influencers and show you pictures of how these guys teach us how to be stylish. These style influencers may not be based in Nigeria per se but the important thing is, they are Nigerians redefining fashion and style in their own way.
This lady is one of the many great style influencers in Nigeria. She is the author of the bestseller, ‘On Becoming‘, her memoir which talks about her personal struggles and addresses the betrayal of her now ex-husband, Maje Ayida. She is a multimedia personality as she is a radio presenter, a television host, vlogger and a lifestyle entrepreneur. With over 3.4m followers on Instagram, Toke Makinwa has been able to show fashion with every of her contents. She also has a handbag line and has recently launched a makeup line.
Ebuka is one of the top fashion influencers in Nigeria whose stylistic imprint has been recorded in the annals of Nigerian fashion. It is as though he has some allegiance to made-in-Nigeria wears as Ebuka never ceases to strut in Nigerian fashion designs to any show or event. His affiliation with ace fashion designers like Ugo Monye, Mai Atafo, Orange Culture, Tokyo James, Vanskere, David Wej, etc., explains the reason for his loud fashion statements every time he dresses up for an event. Little wonder he stole the game during Banky and Adesua’s wedding —the memory is still indelible. Many people know him for compering the popular reality show, Big Brother Naija, but there’s a lot more about Ebuka you probably never knew.
Fisayo Longe owns a fashion, travel and personal development blog called Mirror Me. She is the founder and creative director of Kai Collective and An Accidental Butterfly. Her blog was nominated as InStyle U.K.’s Best Travel and Lifestyle Blog of 2016. Her fashion sense is evident in the designs of her ready-to-wear fashion brand, KAI. She really is good at what she does.
Denola Adepetun, popularly known as Denola Grey, is an actor, a media personality, a freelance writer and a fashion consultant. He is loved by men and women alike. His style has a way of endearing him to people. He is known for his love for suits as he has an impeccable way of styling them uniquely. A remarkable example is the suit he wore to grace AMVCA 2020. Denola drew inspiration from a Bostonian museum piece and created this look whilst collaborating with Mazelle Studios. He is a steady promoter of African fashion and remains one of the fashion influencers in Nigeria who has made a mark in the art of style influencing.
On Instagram, she is known as @theladyvhodka. This lady has a very eccentric style. Her love for colours and prints is evident in all she wears. If you want to know how to mix and match prints perfectly, then you should be an ardent follower of Jennifer Oseh. She is a fashion risk-taker. Just when you think a particular outfit would come out as a blunder, Jennifer would boldly show you no fashion piece should be written off even if it’s got a bizarre look. She is the founder of Wild Kulture, a fashion brand she has currently been working on. She is a wildflower in terms of fashion.
When you have an eccentric style and then go ahead to birth a fashion brand that sways from conventional standards, you most definitely are leaving an indelible mark in the sands of fashion. That is Adebayo Okelawal for you. He is @theorangenerd, the CEO and creative director of the fashion brand, Orange Culture. He is known for imbibing a lifestyle of unapologetic fluidity through his brand. In the past, he worked as a stylist and editor of fashion magazines. He designs androgynous menswear that feature duality and interchangeability which broke the mold of traditional fashion gender categories. Orange Culture is a brand for those who are daring and love to go out of the norm. It is not your typical fashion brand
This is one style influencer whose love for showcasing contemporary ways to wear Ankara is obvious in her social media content. Popularly known as Style Connaisseur, she is an interior design expert who has mastered the art of dressing up. When it comes to selecting looks that flatter the body and getting accessories right, Angel Obasi is indeed good at her game. She believes the street is her runway and her Instagram page proves that it is indubitably true.
Akin Faminu is a men’s style blogger, model and medical doctor. He graduated from the University of Lagos as the best in his class. This alone makes him a perfect example of the popular saying, “you can do all you want to do if you put your mind to it”. He describes his style as versatile, dapper and detailed as he confidently pulls even the most basic of all looks turning them into sophistication and elegance. His name is never forgotten when style influencers in Nigeria are spoken about. He is changing the narrative for men’s fashion in Nigeria as a whole.
Chic Ama is a fashion blogger. She creates style inspiration with her daily post on Instagram and her blog. Chic Ama enjoys experimenting with different fashion pieces as evident in her pictures on Instagram.
Besides being among the top fashion influencers in Nigeria, Jeremiah Ogbodo, popularly known as Swanky Jerry, is a superb fashion stylist. He has a huge clientele of A-list celebrities and is rated an award-winning celebrity fashion stylist. Apart from styling clients for red carpet appearances and video shoots, his works have appeared in numerous magazines and online publications.
These top fashion influencers in Nigeria are ranked in no particular order. They are unique in their different ways and undeniably are epitomes of what fashion should be to their various fans. Which other Nigerian style influencer did we forget to include in this list? Let us know by dropping a comment below.