Call Africa the fashion hub of the world and you won't be wrong. Like it or not, style is innate in many Africans. In fact, taking it home, Nigerians have made their mark in several corners of the world expressing their culture through fashion and entertainment.
You see, style isn't just about looking nice, it's the ability to make the best of what you have. Nigerians may have special liking to all things foreign but when it comes to top notch fashion, it is obvious where they spend the big bucks.
The special love for style is why names like Lanre Dasilva, Deola Sagoe and Moofa are recognised, almost globally. The truth is Nigerians are blessed in many ways and being stylish is one of them. Whether it's rocking a simple ankara dress or going all out in an impressively-designed agbada or lace dress, fashion is our art and we colour it how we like.
In modern times, many have witnessed ankara and even adire prints featured on international runways. Fashion icon and designers like Deola Sagoe are opening new terrains in the industry with iro and buba and of course, designers are playing with ankara pieces and making bold fashion statements.
NAIJ.com presents stylish ankara prints that prove Nigeria is leading the fashion industry:
There are many reasons to love ankara and when the hashtag buyNigerian is trending, it's easy to tell why.
The truth is fashion designers all over the world have repeatedly tapped the heritage of Africa in search of inspiration. In fact, New York Times once revealed that Burberry and Michael Kors, among several labels, mined the continent as a source of ideas.
Let's be proud of our heritage!
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