A quick fire round with fashion influencer Ifeanyi Okafor Jr.
When you think of the popular faces in the Nigeria fashion industry, Ifeanyi Okafor Jr, comes to mind. He is always impeccably decked in a nice piece of suit and well known within mens fashion. Despite his busy schedules during Lagos fashion week, he took some time to do a quick 5 mins chat with us. From what’s like to be a fashion influencer in Nigeria to who he would give the fashion Oscar in Nigeria to. Do you agree?
What was it like to be a style influencer?
Turtlenecks or capes?
The song you would walk down the runway to?
Late nights or early mornings?
Who should be given a fashion Oscar in Nigeria:
Best thing to do between fashion shows?
What would you order?
I love chicken and Plantains! Or anything that has that. Lol
Dream dinner party guests?
If you could have one quote to define you that will resonate forever, what would that quote be?
Dressing up for holiday affairs takes some thought for most people — but if you happen to be one of the fashion industry’s flyest bloggers, it’s nothing but an easy task.
Still confused about what to wear during the holidays, fab style blogger Sarah Audu drops some major hints on how to get through the style season cute and beautiful. For those that follow our instagram page (@theglowingcolours), you’ll notice our obsession for all things African style and fashion industry. You’ll discover our love for African style bloggers. Just check out the hashtag #AfricanBloggersKillingIt to witness the fashion fair going on there.
While browsing through our favourite social media feeds we discovered the amazing style of Sarah Enuwa Audu. Without further ado we had to connect with her to drop some of her style secrets with us.
Check out our style talk with the very stylish Princess Audu. Find out what motivates her to blog, how she connects with her readers and the fashion items she things will come back in vogue in 2016.
Name: Sarah Enuwa Audu
Where are you from?
I am from Benue State Nigeria
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Would you tell us a bit about yourself and your love for fashion?
SARAH AUDU: I never really know how to answer that question but I am a corper currently stationed in Calabar. I love God, talking, shoes and of course food. As for my love of fashion I love being able to express myself through what I wear.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: What inspired “Princess Audu”?
SARAH AUDU: I remember stumbling upon one of my favorite blogs and thinking to myself I can do this too. Plus there was the fact that I shopped way too much and felt like I needed a reason to justify it.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: How long has it been running?
SARAH AUDU: My blog marked its second year anniversary in November this year.
With so many style bloggers on the blog sphere, what makes your blog stand out?
SARAH AUDU: To be honest it’s not always easy to stand out especially with so many blogs out there but I try to be as honest with my followers by putting myself out there. Basically, I just try to be myself.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: What strikes us most is the way your readers follow you religiously through your journey and move back home, could you share a bit of how you created this online “relationship” with your readers?
SARAH AUDU: As I mentioned in the last question, I like to talk about other things outside fashion. I share my views on the issues to create a dialogue between me and my readers.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Has your style evolved since starting you’re your blog? If yes how?
SARAH AUDU: Yes definitely, I would say it has become more polished and mature. I have also learnt how to recycle pieces as I have cut down on my old shopping habit.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: We’re a bit nervous about keeping a strong style game over the holidays. Could you suggest cute looks we should have ready to wear the season?
SARAH AUDU: You can’t go wrong with a red dress; it is perfect for the celebrations and can be restyled for other occasions. Also don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle with sequins, you can try something like a sequin crop top with either a pair of high-waist jeans or a midi-skirt.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Which colour should we have on to make us stand out amongst our friends to look fabulous?
SARAH AUDU: Color? I’d say colors. Color blocking is a great way to stand out and stay trendy.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Which fashion outlets do you think we can find some last minute stylish gifts for friends and family in your city?
SARAH AUDU: I recommend TNL Designs for your dresses and shoes while Jumia Nigeria has a wide selection of items
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Lisa Folawiyo Vs Eku Edewor?
SARAH AUDU: Lisa Folawiyo
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Nigerian fashion industry keeps evolving and growing, how would you describe style in Nigeria and what’s your opinion on the state of the industry.
SARAH AUDU: I love that there is more variety out there. Nigerians are now embracing more international trends. It’s also great seeing more Nigerians rocking designs from our very own Designers but there is always room for improvement.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Which up and coming designers are currently on your radar?
SARAH AUDU: I have my eye on Eve and Tribe and TNL Designs.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Which African fashion brand would you love to work with?
SARAH AUDU: I’d love to work with TNL Designs
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Which trends are you most excited about to see the next season?
SARAH AUDU: I’d like to see culottes, bell bottoms and khaki still in style next season.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Name 3 international bloggers that are on your “most stylish” list?
SARAH AUDU: Wendy’s Lookbook, Freddie Harrel and The Daileigh
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Who was your favorite celeb this year, why and which look was your favorite?
SARAH AUDU: Lupita Nyongo, it’s so hard to pick a favorite because she slays in everything.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: Name 3 female fashion bloggers and 3 male fashion bloggers that you think are #AfricanbloggersKillingit.
SARAH AUDU: For the female bloggers, Jadore-Fashion, Ranti In Review and This Is Ess while for the male bloggers I’d have to say Akin Faminu, Steven Onoja and Noble Igwe. The list is endless though.
THE GLOWINGCOLOURS: 2015 has been an interesting year for all, who has inspires you the most this year?
SARAH AUDU: What inspires me to keep blogging is my readers. The love and support they show is definitely motivating.
Move over Linda Ikeji, meet Olajide “JJ” Olatunji another millionaire blogger, thanks to YouTube.
Forbes has listed its first-ever Top Youtube stars and earners, what we can call the “YouTube Millionaires list”. The list is definitely a must read for aspiring and current internet entrepreneurs. The millionaires list has an interesting feature – a 22 Year Old Nigerian-British YouTuber Olajide “JJ” Olatunji best known by his YouTube username KSI.
According to Forbes, he made about $4.5 million (about 900 million Naira) within the last 12 months.
UK-based KSI is described as “a video game commentator, comedian and rapper. Most of his content is targeted at teenagers and young men. He is best known for his YouTube channel, which has, as of October 2015, reached over 10.8 million subscribers with over 2 billion views!”
He began his journey as a YouTuber in 2006 and has grown since then, with most of his uploads averaging over 4 million views. Though born in the UK, his parents (who he has featured on his page) are from Nigeria.
He made most of his money through YouTube’s Partner Program and Google Adsense. With additional revenue from brand affiliations and deals. The stated amount is after taxes and manager fees.
His hip-hop single “Lamborghini” reached number 30 on the U.K. charts in April.
The Double Denim trend has definitely had it’s past misfortunes, it’s era as an early faux pas, when it was a fashion taboo to go out pairing jeans, well unless you were a cowboy, or Britney Spears, or Justin Timberlake sporting the ‘Canadian Tuxedo’.
But thankfully, something changed and slowly the double denim trend found it’s way back into the fashion game with a more modern edge than before, and with such a diversity that everybody could create their own personal double denim style and right now, it has become a Massive trend! One of my personal favorites.
In this editorial, we’re exploring different ways of wearing the same double denim outfit and something for the ladies as well.
The first look has the ‘Dapper’ approach to it, although it’s more laid back than the typical formal ensemble. Contrasting shades of blue denim , with a blazer, single monkstrapped shoes , and accessorized with a bit of African, that’s the Ankara bowtie and a hat, preference to the men that dig the Dapper look.
The second is a more laid back and rather SPORTY look, same outfit but this time buttoned down, rolled up sleeves, and Nike Air Max kicks.
Styled the lady using contrasting shades as well, with a Chambray shirt, a crop tom underneath, Emma Stone style and a pair of heels.
There are certain tips you should note to pull off your Double Denim perfectly, consider;
– Varying your Shades
– Injecting some colour and
Have a lovely day guys, and Step out in Style always!
Photos – Jidekola photography
Model – Hallydoss
Simple, stylish and girly! You need to read this interview and find out why we fell in love with Grace’s style.
We started ‘African Bloggers Killing It‘ to showcase African men and women changing the style game all over the world. From Lagos, London, New York, Milan, Johannesburg etc., African stylistas are unstoppable. In this interview they are taking us into their world to give us a glimpse of what it looks like!
Check it out 😉
Name: Grace Alex
Where are you from? Nigeria
Url: For people who may not be familiar with http://gafashion.blogspot.co.uk/ please give us a quick run down of what it’s all about.
It’s a place where I share my thoughts about my love for Christ, fashion, beauty and breakfast thoughts
What made you decide to start blogging?
I started blogging in a bid to self realize who I was by speaking about it through pictures
What is a typical day for you?
It’s quite a hurdle , plan a blog schedule for the week, I get to lecture at my university and go to the news room and send up media stories, get back home to the comfort of my bed
How would you describe your personal style and what’s your style formula?
I love vintage but from time to time, I switch up my looks to
Do you have any style rules?
At the moment, who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?
You always look so fabulous, what pieces in your wardrobe hold the most sentimental value to you?
My free fall vintage trouser and my ASOS heel
What is your favourite thing to wear right now?
A pair of jeans and white T-shirt
What items do you save on, and then what do you splurge on?
Your signature look is?
On a bad hair day, what do you do?
I tie a scarf (laughs)
And your beauty essentials?
Nice deodorant, and lipstick
Heels? Or flats?
Celebrity style crush?
What is your favourite word?
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My mum, this is the first time I’m actually saying it. She has the strength of a thousand people and still knows how to be soft
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear
I sleep a lot (laughs)
What is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging?
Creativity and staying to yourself and style
Where do you see your blog in the next 5 years?
Where it needs to be with constant dedication and improvement
What’s the biggest advice you have for aspiring fashion bloggers?
Don’t let the glamor of the industry make you run your account balance dry, always find what’s beautiful at affordable prices and share your story to the world
Click on the gallery and tell us your favourite look!
Thank you Grace for your time with us!
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