Africa’s Creatives Take Stock


On Daberechi: Maki Oh.

2018 was the year that Lagos demanded to be seriously considered as a global cultural force. From its appearance at the World Cup (and those viral club kits) to entertainers like Skepta, Davido, and Wizkid headlining the BBK Homecoming festival to models Naomi Campbell, Imaan Hammam, and Paloma Elsesser attending the restored Arise Fashion Week, it seemed like everyone wanted a part of the festive, fashionable action. As the artistic fever pitch has risen, so have the stakes and the native creative society has set to frame their narratives on their own terms. That includes the growing model community that has had an uptick of members on the international scene recently – names like Mayowa, Eniola, and Ayobami are a few that come to mind. Showcasing the best that the region has to offer, Models.com worked with local photographer and stylist, Daniel Obasi to introduce a few more names to that scene – Daberechi, Rebecca, Jesse, and Lolade – all decked out in pieces from all over the continent during the harmattan season.

Take a look below to see just a bit of what Africa has to offer.

Photography and Styling – Daniel Obasi for Models.com
Makeup – Lauretta Orji
Models – Daberechi Ukoha-Kalu, Rebecca Fabunmi, Jesse Joel, and Lolade Emmanuel
Editor – Irene Ojo-Felix
Fashion Assistants – Daniel Okei and Laura Ugbegua


On Rebecca: Dress – Maki Oh.



On Jesse: Sweater vest, shorts, scarf and tights – Maxhosa by Laduma. Slippers – Elie Kuame.



On Rebecca: Dress – Rich Mnisi



On Daberechi: Dress and shoes – Rich Mnisi



On Rebecca: Dress – Tongoro



On Lolade: Suit and bags – Maxhosa by Laduma.



On Jesse: Jacket and biker shorts – Rich Mnisi. Sneakers – Adidas.



On Jesse: Dress – Elie Kuame



On Rebecca: Dress – Elie Kuame



On Daberechi: Dress – Elie Kuame



On Lolade: Tank – Maxhosa by Laduma

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