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Prêt-À-Poundo: R.I.P. Remi Lagos

Tribute to Nigerian fashion designer Remi Osholake, founder of Remi Lagos.


Remi Osholake (center) presented her collection on the runway of Africa Fashion Week London 2012 at Old Spitalfields Market, London 

On November 3rd, Nigerian fashion designer Remi Osholake, founder of Remi Lagos, died of cancer. Osholake, who was only in her fifties, had been diagnosed with uterine cancer and passed away at the Harley Street Clinic in London. Designer Adebayo Jones, a close friend of Osholake, wrote: "I am still in shock. I just don’t get it, how someone can be diagnosed and be gone within two weeks. I saw her on Thursday and she was in a very delicate state which greatly distressed me the whole night and Friday." 

Top nigerian fashion designer Osholake was meticulous and known for her passion for detail and for the highest quality in the perfect fit. As a creative force, she always drew attention to the silhouette and cut, stressed by her choice of the fabric. Osholake had been in the fashion industry for 20 years ans was a consummate professionnal who had proved her worth in clothing design. She has always been fascinated by the color black. “When you have a black wardrobe, its co-ordinated in a way that there are no conflicts in colours and it goes from day to evening,” she stated. Below, browse a few designs from her latest collection showcased during Africa Fashion Week London in August.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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