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Mayowa Nicholas Becomes the First Nigerian Model Slaying for Dolce & Gabbana

Nicholas is currently signed to Elite Paris and Milan as well as parent agency BETH in Nigeria.

Mayowa Nicholas has been slaying runways and fashion ever since modeling scouts spotted her on the way to a saloon in 2014.


Since her discovery at 16-years-old, Nicholas, the oldest of three children born to Nigerian parents in Lagos state, has come a hell of a long way. She has become the first Nigerian model featured in Dolce & Gabbana’s campaign, appearing in the luxury Italian fashion house’s Fall/Winter 2016 editorial shot in Italy.

Nicholas, who is currently signed to Elite Paris and Milan as well as parent agency BETH in Nigeria, shared the photo evidence on her Instagram last week.

And the stunning model is Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo’s latest muse. Six weeks ago, the duo teamed up with Nigerian-born photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo, and Nicholas shared a sneak peek of what’s in store.

In May, Harper’s Bazaar describes the modeling newcomer as making an “unforgettable mark at the autumn/winter 2016 shows, with her poise, pillowy lips and perfect runway physique charming casting directors, designers and fashion denizens alike.”

A double-threat with brains and good looks, Nicholas tells Harper’s Bazaar if she weren’t modeling, “I would be in college studying financial accounting to become a chartered accountant. I still plan on going back to college to study that course, because I love anything that has to do with calculations.”

What’s more, Vogue named the 5 foot-11-inch tall model among the 15 new faces that ruled Fall 2016. Nicholas has also ripped runways for international designers Hermes, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Prada, Miu Miu, Dior and Kenzo.

Since winning Elite Model Look in Nigeria in 2014, which earned Nicholas a spot on the shortlist at the world finals in Schenzen, China there’s has been no stopping the biggest globally recognized model out of Nigeria since fashion icon and personality Oluchi Onweagba.

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You can view more pictures from the Dolce & Gabbana campaign here.

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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