Lagos to London

It’s been about a year since Channel 4 premiered their documentary, Lagos to London, following the lives of young and influential Nigerians living and working in London. I remember watching, being excited for a show on primetime television that would showcase some of the bright and brilliant stars coming out from our country. Unfortunately I was left disappointed with yet another stereotyped portrayal of Nigerians as 'big spenders'. While there is a lot of wealth living in and coming out of Nigeria, it’s a wonderfully culture-rich and interesting country, with an array of smart and inspirational young people: entrepreneurs, writers, professors, artists, designers, etc...This month alone, I've had the opportunity to meet and build relationships with some of these up and coming Nigerians, whether British born or flying back and forth between Lagos and London. Just from one or two meetings alone, I’ve learned so much from each of them and felt so inspired by all their ventures so course I wanted to share more about them on here. Here’s a snippet of some rather fab people you should follow and support: 


SknDoctor

Dr. Ewoma Ukeleghe, Cosmetic Doctor & Founder of SKNDOCTOR

Blessed with both beauty and brains, the hottest doctor on Instagram, Dr. Ewoma Ukeleghe, is all about promoting holistic and scientific based approaches to skincare/non-surgical enhancement. The dream! @skndoctor

Modus Vivendii - Jimmy

Jimmy Ayenyi, 

Cofounder of Modus Vivendii

Translated to our way of living, Modus Vivendii is a streetwear brand that reflects the Lagos to London lifestyle of its 3 founders, Jimmy being one of them. Interview coming soon! @vivendii @jimmyayendi

Weruzo

Chinasa Chukwu, 

Founder of Weruzo & Fashion Editor of XXY Magazine

Chinasa is an amazing new designer for her own label, Weruzo: A luxury womenswear brand transposing traditional handwoven materials into modern silhouettes. So much inspiration! Interview coming soon. @weruzo @weruzochi

SimplyGorgeous

Deborah Johnson, 

Senior Account Manager at Pure PR & Brand Manager for SIMPLYGorgeous

The queen of all things beauty, Deborah helps her mum run a wonderfully intimate salon in North London. Keep an eye out for their monthly Sunday Chill Sessions and Wig Workshops. @simplyg_hair @deborah_t_johnson

Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie

Writer, Curator and Arts Project Manager

Irenosen is the extremely talented writer of the award winning, The Butterfly Fish. I'm currently reading Speak Gigantular and loving it. @IrenosenOkojie

 

Eniola Sokoya

Eniola Sokoya, 

Founder of LONDON Sample Sales

Eniola is a retail connoisseur and sample sales junkie. She created LONDON Sample Sales to help other keen shoppers access luxury items at affordable prices. What a babe! @ldnsamplesales @eniola_tamara

Otegha Uwagba

Otegha Uwagba, 

Founder of Women Who & Author of Little Black Book

In amongst being a freelance writer and brand consultant, Otegha also found time to  launch a network for creative working women called Women Who. Oh and she wrote a book too, just for good measure! @womenwho @oteghauwagba

Bola Sol

Bola Sol, 

Founder of Refined Currency

After studying Mathematics and Finance at university, Bola realised that women rarely discussed or fully understood the finance sector. She created Refined Currency as a platform to share practical information about personal finance. Check out my interview with Bola for more. @refinedcurrency @bola_sol