The Folklore team has curated and come across amazing and unique designers and style influencers that not only bring to life the collections featured on the site but also serve as major style inspirations. These influencers take pride in their countries and use their platform to showcase some of the most stunning and intricate designers from countries like Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and South Africa.
Nigeria has increasingly become a hotspot for fashion designers and creatives to take to the stage and showcase the vibrant and delicate designs of rising designers that compliment the vast and gorgeous landscapes of the country. Nigerian influencers like fashion blogger Temi Otedola and R&B artist Falana consistently express their love for many Nigerian-based designers, some of which are sold on The Folklore. With one of a kind looks from Orange Culture to Onalaja, it’s not hard to believe that these influencers are often dubbed as the most stylish in the industry. With some of these influencers located or based in countries all over the world like the UK and the USA, they proudly represent their country and give the world a chance to see for itself the wonders of the Nigerian fashion and culture scene.
To gain first-hand inspiration into the world of Nigerian influencers, The Folklore has created a list of 8 of the most stylish Nigerian influencers that you most definitely won’t regret adding to your Instagram feed:
Nigerian Canadian R&B singer Falana has proven that her soulful and sultry artistry is not only present in her music but also in her style. Inspired by her parents’ gospel music and the Yoruba songs of her childhood, the songstress taps into her inner goddess making frequent collaborations with The Folklore brand Onalaja that makes her aesthetic regal and timeless.
Folasade Adeoso can add style influencer to her already impressive resumé as a digital designer, creative director, and content creator. The entrepreneur lends her artistic and colorful eye to her digital collage art as well as to the fits she chooses to share on her Instagram page. With her street style juxtaposed with chic elegance, Folasade’s wardrobe is every girl’s dream.
Lifestyle and beauty blogger and YouTuber Chizi Duru is a glowing Naija beauty whose Instagram feed is illuminated by the light hues of her wardrobe. While she is often based in New York City, she’s no stranger to her home country Nigeria. From the warm colors of the leafy backdrops to the floral and checked jumpsuits and trousers that grace her timeline, her outfits pay homage to the marriage of comfort and style that inspire her followers.
Asiyami Gold is a visual storyteller whose art comes to life in the stills of Nigeria’s greenery and through her clothing brand A.Au. An entrepreneur and creative director, her closet of flowing printed maxi dresses and crop tops is reminiscent of a life filled with exotic views and luscious delicacies dipped in gold.
Temi Otedola’s style can be described as Lagos street style with a healthy mix of city chic. The London-based blogger and content creator features looks from The Folklore designer Orange Culture and expertly dresses up or down the stunning and versatile pieces, no matter the occasion. Shop the below Orange Culture Amoeba Cuff Denim Pants here.
Nigerian travel and fashion blogger Kiitan A. brings the bright hues of Nigerian culture to the places like Atlanta and San Francisco. Kiitan’s list of achievements includes her own line of beautifully crafted African printed head scarfs which elevate her chic and vintage style that gives her an edge above the rest.
Ijeoma Kola is the perfect example of how brains and beauty are certainly not mutually exclusive. The PhD candidate and beauty blogger shows how balancing your art and your passion is easier than you think. Sophisticated and city chic styles from fur coats to athletic fashion flood her wardrobe and the natural-haired beauty spares no expense in looking her best and providing loads of content across different genres for her followers.
Los Angeles-based model and creative director Nneka Ibeabuchi knows a thing or two about producing beautiful images. As a model, she spends a lot of time bringing other people's visions to life, and as a creative director, she curates her own elaborate stories that use fashion to communicate the vision. From Nigeria, to New York, and now Los Angeles, Nneka has managed to adapt her luxe style to stand out amongst a sea of stylish influencers.