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Nigerian Fashion Designer Amaka Osakwe Is Shaping International “Haute Couture”

November 12, 2019

Nigerian Fashion Designer Amaka Osakwe, studied fashion studies in Arts University Bournemouth in the UK. After her graduation, Osakwe returned to Nigeria to launch her fashion label Maki Oh.

Osakwe herself is of the Igbo tribe. Her collection is inspired by rural Ghana’s Dipo rites-of-passage ceremony, during which girls taking part are ornately adorned. She often combines Western silhouettes and native materials and motifs.

A signature of her brand is the use of traditional Yoruba dyed textile called adire, a cultural specialty whose practice revolves around modern Ogun and Osun states in western Nigeria.


Since she’s been discovered in New York Fashion Week, international stars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and even Michelle Obama have worn outfits manufactured by her label.

Osakwe was named “Designer of the Year” by the African fashion magazine “Arise” and ever since her work was showcased at several Museums, such as the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.



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