2016 was another eventful year with Beauty and Fashion being the cynosure at every celebrity event.
The Female Nigerian Celebrity Style Sensations that swayed the Nigerian Fashion and Entertainment scene in 2016 dazzled in incredibly fascinating pieces and guess what, 90% of the time, they were wearing Nigerian Designs! What better way to showcase Nigeria’s creativity to the world!
This list was compiled based on our personal views and the social media vibes we got regarding the styles of these female celebrities especially on Instagram.
Our Nigerian Designers showed they could hold their own while creating eye-popping and show-stopping pieces, not to mention the Celebrity Fashion Stylists who were also remarkable.
Enjoy our 20 female Nigerian celebrity style sensations listed in no particular order:
1) Ufuoma McDermott, Omoni Oboli, Ini Edo, Stephanie Linus
The ebony skinned actress attended more events this year and she certainly grabbed attention with her chic and elegant style. With a figure to die for, whatever she wears just sits pretty on her frame.
The actress and producer slayed every time she stepped out., on and off the red carpet. Omoni doesn’t have a personal stylist but she has successfully mastered the art of wearing what suits her body type. She also infused pieces from designer April by Kunbi into her style.
Ini Edo spent more time in Akwa-Ibom as a government official and so her style was mostly demure and Afrocentric. She dished out some serious glam in lovely Ankara designs by House of Borah.
The multi-talented actress and producer showed off her amazing snap back post baby body in lovely pieces from designer Agatha Moreno, and was styled occasionally by Yummie Ogbebor.
2) Mo’cheddah, Toke Makinwa, Bolanle Olukanni, Zainab Balogun
Mo’cheddah continues to take charge of her styling and with the launch of her clothing line, Mo’cheddah Clothing, this year, we have seen the singer/fashionista wow us in some of her eye-popping designs. She also wore lovely pieces from Miskay Boutique while she was their Brand Ambassador.
Toke Makinwa is unarguably one celebrity you can’t miss at major events and so you know her styling for 2016 was a mix of fabulous, eye-popping, jaw-dropping, head-turning, just name it. Harvella Styles continues to be the brains behind most of Toke’s styling while Rhoda Ebun takes care of her looks for Ebonylife TV.
The on-becoming best selling author wore designs from Elvira Jude, Style Temple, Moofa Designs and Wana Sambo amongst others.
When you are a TV presenter for EbonyLifeTV and a Project Fame host, you know all we want to see is how superb you look, every time!. Bolanle did not disappoint as she steadily built a following on Instagram who eagerly waited to see what outfit she was wearing every other day.
Bolanle was styled by the incredible, Jane Michael Ekanem and Rhoda Ebun in fabulous pieces from Thefiafactory, IconicInvanity, Iconolabranded and so many others.
Zainab stepped out of the ”closet” this year looking her finest. She especially blew us away wearing exceptional designs from Styletemple, Anyanwuofficial, Misterboya and Wana Sambo with styling from Rhoda Ebun.
3) Iyabo Ojo, Mercy Aigbe, Ebube Nwagbo, Toyin Lawani
The actress and producer continues to effortlessly style herself and we must say her style really evolved this year. Iyabo has mastered the art of knowing what suits her and also wore lovely pieces designed by Toyin Lawani,
This year was certainly the biggest year for Mercy Aigbe when it came to her style. Her AMVCA dress did not only trend on twitter for 2 days but she was nominated by many as the best dressed celebrity at the award ceremony.
Mercy continued her winning style streak through the year wearing pieces from her Clothing Store, Mag_Divas Boutique, Ejiro Amos Tafiri and from her designer, CEOluminee.
The actress continues to warm the hearts of many with her incredible mix of sexy and elegant style. While she debuted a visibly trimmer figure this year, it only gave her ample opportunity to step out looking even better than ever.
The designer extraordinaire is behind a number of celebrity red carpet looks and when she is not designing eye-popping pieces for celebrities, she is designing jaw-dropping outfits for herself.
She continues to be a red carpet winner.
4) Adesua Etomi, Jumoke Aderounmu, Lala Akindoju, Yemi Alade
Adesua’s acting ”blossomed” this year and so did her style. She wore beautiful pieces from Nigerian Designers like EjiroAmosTafiri and was sometimes styled by Yolanda Okereke. It’s no wonder she most recently became the breathtaking Face of Fashion Brand, Wana Sambo.
The svelte actress showed she could hold her own when it came to her style as she stepped out for events looking elegant in different looks put together by fashion brand, Fashionpheeva.
Jumoke also rocked beautiful designs from Niffys Place, JFT Fashion House, Vivi Kabiri, amongst others.
The award winning actress and compere was a delight this year. With her styling done by Yolanda Okereke, we watched Lala wow us with different elegant and glamorous designs from EjiroAmosTafiri, Mocheddah Clothing and FablanebyDerin.
Yemi Alade’s style reminds us of Rihanna. While the Afrocentric singer’s style is mainly a fusion of different African prints designs, she is not afraid to take fashion risks while trying out unconventional looks.
Yemi wore pieces from designers like Wana Sambo, Iconic Invanity and is sometimes styled by Soupofficial.
5) Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Funke Akindele, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic
She is more than a Beauty Queen and more importantly, she loves fashion!. Why else does she continue to be one of the best dressed at every event and also go ahead to launch her own clothing line, Omowunmi. You know when you see Omowunmi, it’s only eye-popping, breathtaking and elegance that comes to mind.
One thing we love about Funke’s style is how she exudes confidence in what ever she is wearing. The multi-talented actress and producer unarguably gave us some breathtaking red carpet glamour this year thanks to Yolanda Okereke. With Funke now being the Face of fashion brand, Ayo Van Elmar, expect to see more breathtaking styles.
Genevieve is an ageless and classic woman who continues to warm the hearts of many with her refreshing style. Wearing designs from designer extraordinaires like Maki Oh and Lanre Da Silva easily earned her a spot on our list. Veronica Odeka takes care of Genevieve’s styling.
Some call her the Queen of the Red Carpet, Style Icon, but you already know when Rita is at an event, all you want to see is how she wowed all the guests at the event she attended.
Rita styles herself and sometimes calls on Yummie Ogbegor for her styling expertise. Some designer pieces we ”caught” her wearing this year include those from Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Elvira Jude amongst others.
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Dayo is the 2017 NWA Fashion Blogger of the year and the Managing Editor for Fashionpheeva. She is a graduate of Aquaculture & Fisheries Management from Funaab and an Associate member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. Dayo loves writing about fashionable people. You can follow her on Instagram @apphiaanna and @fashionpheeva