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What in­spired your col­lec­tion?

The name of my col­lec­tion is Afro Joker, in­spi­ra­tion is from the 80s South African dance called pantsula dance. The whole theme is about Street wear, which is the big trend for this sea­son. And that’s the main rea­son I am do­ing this col­lec­tion. I am play­ing with African prints and my tra­di­tional knits. Dappa prints, tar­tan, Di­a­mond, plaid and check. What do you think was the high­light of the show?

Ev­ery­thing in gen­eral. This is my first time in La­gos and it has been my dream to do a show

in La­gos. Be­cause in Africa the fash­ion scene if it’s not in Jo­han­nes­burg, it has to be La­gos. It’s like in Europe, it’s ei­ther Paris or Lon­don. I’ve known Arise mag­a­zine since 2007. The big hard copy mag­a­zines and for me was like W or Vogue mag­a­zine in Africa. So I am very ex­cited and hon­ored to be here. De­scribe the AFW in three words Amaz­ing, Amaz­ing, Amaz­ing! What are your ex­pec­ta­tions for fu­ture shows?

I want to see Arise in Paris, Mi­lan and New York. For me the rea­son why I’m here and us­ing African print is wear­ing lo­cal, by lo­cals sup­port­ing the lo­cals and be­ing part of them. Sup­port­ing Africa.

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