If you’ve checked Instagram in the past month, your feed has probably been flooded with images from Lagos. Celebrities and fashion insiders descended on the city to experience Nigeria Creative Week, a jam-packed celebration of talent on the African continent. For Ade Samuel, the stylist behind Letitia Wright’s and Michael B. Jordan’s flawless red-carpet looks, the voyage was more than another destination on the global fashion calendar. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Samuel credits her heritage for sparking her obsession with style. “[Nigeria] is the land of great music, food, art, and cultural traditions. Traditions that have played a huge part in my love of color, art, and vibrant prints,” she says. Samuel took the opportunity to explore the city’s rich design scene, heading to Lekki Art Market to shop for objets d’art, hitting up the Ankara stalls in Balogun Market, and hanging out with friends: model Adesuwa Aighewi and rapper Skepta. Here, she takes Vogue along for the ride in an exclusive diary.
The market is my favorite place to experience when in Nigeria. You have to be tough when exploring, but it’s so worth it! This is the epicenter where you can locate some of Lagos’s most luxurious fabrics and lace. You must save room in your luggage to experience the markets while in Lagos. They feature a wide array of traditional fabrics widely known to be used during cultural events like weddings and ceremonies. The difference between Lekki Art Market and Balogun Market is that Lekki is where you will find more artwork, handcrafted statues, and interior decor that will blow your mind. Balogun is famously known as the market to buy African lace [and] Ankara.
This oversize Balenciaga men’s shirt blended right in with the Lekki Art Market; its colors match Nigeria’s beautiful flag.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the local craftsman at Lekki Art Market create these woven bags, all handmade in Lagos. The market is famously known for its collections of beautiful African sculptures, paintings, and jewelry.
Adesuwa and I needed to beat traffic, so we decided to take a form of Lagos transportation known as an okada, [or] motorcycle taxi, so we could catch our lunch date!
I love running into Girl Bosses abroad! We had to snap a quick moment before the conversation began. Being on the Homecoming panel was a highlight of this trip. I learned so much about these lovely women: Tiffany Calver, Siobhan Bell, Paloma Elsesser, Irene Agbontaen, and Emefa Smith. I do a lot of panels, but being in Nigeria and listening to these powerful women from all over the world speak was truly inspiring. I’m happy to have been a part of the discussion!
My sister and I were lucky to catch up with Nike Davies-Okundaye at her beautiful art gallery in Lagos. Nike Art Gallery is a must-see while in town! Davies-Okundaye is a legendary curator and designer who works with some of the best artists within the African diaspora to showcase their work. The three-story gallery features amazing conceptual and handcrafted artistry from African designers.
Skepta, who brought the Homecoming festival to Lagos, was such a great sport; [he] was truly engaged and participated in the Q&A afterwards! Loved that.
Jennifer Pauline of Soho House x Alara (a Lagos luxury boutique) hosted an intimate dinner at Nok by Alara—this is another must-visit when in Lagos. The fusion of food from different African countries is delicious.