Happy One Year of Nonny’s List!
The list turns one year old today. As you can see from my picture above, I’m very happy about that.
Moving to Nigeria a year ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the fashion industry. I wasn’t sure why dressing up to go to the supermarket was, well is still such a big deal.
There is a message about style and dress that resonates strongly in the minds of Nigerians. The big voice screams: “LOOK YOUR BEST ALL THE TIME BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU MAY MEET OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.”
And that is very true. Why? Because everyone wants an opportunity for a better job, car and to be taken seriously. Presentation is key.
For the years I lived in the US, UK and Europe, most people will credit me as always looking presentable and stylish. I was named the “Fashion Mavin of Hamilton College” by a classmate of mine Maity!
Coming here and seeing fashion through the eyes of people in the markets of Bariga, interviewing professionals for our “People That Matter” series and not judging celebrities on their dress has helped me embrace the universal language of fashion.
Most of all attending the fashion shows, book launches, cake shows, and luxury store openings in Lagos -the few that I have makes me believe that in terms of entrepreneurship fashion in Nigeria will continue to be a strong industry.
Yes, the infrastructure still needs work, but I believe Nigerian fashion designers will move faster than Western designers in terms of getting their name out because they are launching in the digital age of Facebook, Pintrest and Instagram!
So for the last year that I blogged from the sidelines and paraded around town with my camera: I’d like to say I’m proud of what I accomplished and thankful to those who have supported my cause.
The list is going to focus on Style . Culture . Society in Lagos. It’s getting exciting!
Thank you all for your support!