The Nigerian fashion industry has a problem that might not look like one: it is struggling to meet the demand.
Olatorera Oniru is one of Nigeria’s most assiduous and ambitious young entrepreneurs. The 29 year-old lady is the founder of Dressmeoutlet.com, a Lagos-based e-commerce startup that retails fashion products sourced from across the globe.
London has long been one of the world’s most influential pop culture centers, particularly with fashion and music.
Once, while on a Greyhound layover in Birmingham, Alabama, David Adedeji Adeleke, the Nigerian pop star now better known as Davido, spotted a familiar face on the CD rack of a bus station rest stop.
You can go to a wedding in Lagos every day between April and December – and you don’t even need to be invited, says Mo Dharrah Sage, editor of the Nigerian Wedding Blog.
The term Afropolitan has been bandied around since Taiye Selasi used it in a 2005 article. At the time, she was using it to describe young, upwardly mobile, multilingual, sometimes multi-ethnic Africans in the Diaspora.
One of the continent’s most-talked about startup events, DEMO Africa 2015, recently concluded with five startups chosen to pitch in Silicon Valley.
Women nowadays are becoming more and more noticed for their exceptional success in the tangentially male dominated corporate world of global business and technology.
It is one of Europe’s longest standing fashion weeks, initiated in 1991, and concluded its 44th edition over the past weekend. ModaLisboa is the bi-annual event in which Portugal’s fashion capital Lisbon gets to show what its local fashion industry is all about.
I’m on the shore of Lagos Lagoon with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on a late afternoon in January. It is harmattan season, when a hot wind blows across the Sahara, bringing dust that makes the sun glow dark gold as it hangs over the palm trees on the opposite shore.
The drop in world oil prices is hitting the fashion-conscious women of Kano hard.
Young Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Tamakloe could hardly have a simpler business plan. When people order clothes from his website, he buys the items from stalls and shops in Accra, ships them with DHL and gets paid online.
Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, and growing richer by the day, and bustling Lagos is a city full of moneyed, cosmopolitan fashion consumers. Habit among them has been to travel abroad to do their shopping—London, Paris, and Dubai are regular haunts.
Guests sashayed through the tent doors into a scene of surreal opulence. At the far end of the tent, engulfed by servants, courtiers, national politicians and guards with wires in their ears, the celebrant perched beside his wife on a throne covered with white faux fur, his every move broadcast on flat-screens arrayed around the tent walls.
The Foschini Group Ltd. (TFG) agreed to buy U.K. clothing chain Phase Eight from TowerBrook Capital Partners LP, hastening the South African retailer’s international expansion.
Nigerian designer, Zainab Ashadu, is the brains behind the Zashadu brand of designer handbags, whose modern, colorful creations use the ancient art of tanning and leather-dyeing from Northern Nigeria.
The ‘Africa Rising’ narrative, driven primarily by the region’s high growth rates, has captured a great deal of attention from global businesses. High growth rates in Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, have been fueling growth in the country’s luxury market.
The growing trend of Fashion Weeks across the African continent challenges the notion that global fashion starts in the northern hemisphere.
It’s the African cash cow that produces oil, diamonds and more recently, fashion.
Richard Vedelago is 29 years old and worth more millions than he’s prepared to tell. ‘Money talks, but wealth whispers,’ he says with a smile, sitting back in the bar at Claridge’s – his idea – and lazily sipping an elderflower juice.
Lola Olusola, Founder of Ella.ng a 440.ng startup that focuses on female fashion has said the one-year old platform is better positioned to cater for the fashion needs of Nigerian middle class businesswomen than e-commerce giants Konga and Jumia.
At the turn of the century well-off Nigerians struggled to shop in style. Most had to jostle in local markets to buy food or travel to the UK, US or Middle East to replenish their wardrobes.
The appetite of Nigerians for modern retail is growing faster than developers can build space, with international brands clamouring for places they can open stores.
Zashadu is a leading British/Nigerian sustainable luxury brand, that specializes in hand-crafted leather pieces.
The Lagos Garage is about to get a bit busier.
For readers of a certain age, the name of Africa will never sit comfortably alongside the word luxury.
As the ranks of black middle and upper classes have swelled in the 20 years since South Africa’s first democratic election, so too have the aspirations of a wealthy new elite.
Rocket Internet, the global e-commerce investor, will take a more hands-on role in its stable of companies through a stock market listing which was fully subscribed within the first hour of taking orders, it said on Wednesday.
Luxury retailers are eyeing the African continent as one of the next frontier markets. “Luxury in Africa is a hot topic,” says Oliver Merkel, a partner at Bain & Company, a management consultancy.
The luxury sector has been adjusting to what some analysts call the “new normal”. After growing at 10-13 per cent a year in 2010, 2011 and 2012, rates were already slowing last year, and are forecast to settle at between 4 and 6 per cent.
Kunmi Otitoju, a 30-year-old Nigerian fashion designer and entrepreneur, holds two Computer Science degrees – a Bachelor of Science degree with first-class honors from Howard University and a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech.
The life and career of Ozwald Boateng are profiled. Ozwald Boateng was the youngest and first African tailor to open up shop on London’s Saville Row.
CNN’s African Start-Up talked to some of the ingenious entrepreneurs wanting to get a slice of Nigeria’s wedding industry cake.
Online retailer Jumia, a would-be African Amazon set up by German venture capital firm Rocket Internet, is expanding into three new markets – Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon, the company said on Monday.
How many times have you had that killer idea but you had to shelve it because of a lack of capital or a money related obstacle?
With tech hubs, a newly wealthy class, and an exploding population, Lagos is forging a model for Africa’s urban future. Saturday night in Africa’s biggest city, Lagos, and five of us are lip-reading across the table above the thumping music at Rhapsody’s, a restaurant-club on upscale Victoria Island.