How much do we love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie?
Not only is she already our favourite feminist spokesperson, now, she has embarked on a campaign to highlight the immense talent of Nigerian fashion designers by only wearing their brands for her public appearances.
Speaking on her Facebook page, she said: “In the past few weeks, I’ve 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.
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 colour, 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.”
Citing the “disastrous” economic situation for her desire to support local designers, we applaud her throwing her considerable influence behind the “Buy Nigerian” movement as we believe the pure talent and cutting-edge fashions truly contradict the deceptive tag of local designers.
Below are images of Chimamanda wearing some of our favourite designs.
Dress: Ladunni Lambo @ladunnilambo
Dress: Iola @official_iola
Top and Skirt: Gozel Green @gozelgreen
Trousers and jacket: House of Caacun @houseofcaacuun
Top: The Muse Factory @themusefactory_
Shorts: Tailor Razak
Jumpsuit: Zohi Taglit @zohi_taglit
Shirt: Things Nigerians Love @tnldesigns
Skirt: Moofa @moofadesigns
Suit: Mae Otti @mae_otti
Dress: She’s Deluxe @sheisdeluxe
Top: Vicky Heldan @vickyheldan
Skirt: Nuraniya @nuraniyastudios
Top: Wanger Ayu @wangerayu
Trousers: Grey @greyprojects
All images from Chimamanda Adichie Instagram