Fashion Inspo: Nigerian Celebrity Style Icons That Serve Looks Always

POV: You love to get daily fashion inspo from your favorite Nigerian celebrities

  • written by Joy Onu
  • 11 min read
  • 12 Sep, 2023

From elegant looks, to modern street wear, and even eclectic looks, celebrities know how to go above and beyond to look great, mostly because they have the big budgets for it, but don’t let that stop you from taking a few fashion tips from them.

Nigerian celebrities know how to slay, whether that’s on the streets of Instagram or at events, there’s something cathartic about  seeing your faves inspire new fashion trends, all the while inspiring fashion enthusiasts. 

As we celebrate the fashion inspiration brought by these celebrities, let their bold choices and unique styles encourage us to express ourselves through fashion. Whether you're a fan of classic elegance, streetwear, or eclectic fashion, there's a Nigerian celebrity style icon out there to inspire your own fashion journey. Embrace their influence, and let your style shine as brightly as the stars themselves.

Genevieve Nnaji: Timeless Elegance

Genevieve Nnaji at The Toronto International Film Festival
There’s just something that screams elegance about Genevieve Nnaji. If you grew up watching her movies or admiring her from very very far away, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Genevieve Nnaji, also known as  "Queen of Nollywood," is not only a prolific actress but also a fashion icon. Her style can be described as timeless elegance. She effortlessly blends traditional and contemporary fashion, making her a symbol of grace and sophistication. Genevieve's red carpet appearances are always a hit, she knows how to rock stunning Ankara prints and she has an innate stylish ability to pull off minimalistic, chic outfits that have left an indelible mark on Nigerian fashion.

Wizkid: Streetwear King

Wizkid, one of Nigeria's biggest music sensations, is known for his dynamic fashion sense. He effortlessly combines streetwear with high-end fashion brands, creating a unique style that resonates with fans worldwide. Wizkid's bold fashion choices, from oversized hoodies to vibrant patterns, have made him a fashion inspiration to the youth.

I don’t know about you, but Wizkid sure does know how to pull off the shirtless look as well, he’s living proof that men’s fashion doesn’t always have to be so cut-and-dried.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu: The Dapper Host

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a well-known TV host and media personality, has earned a reputation as one of Nigeria's most dapper men. He is often seen in impeccably tailored suits, showcasing the perfect blend of classic and contemporary menswear. Ebuka's style is a testament to the power of a well-fitted suit and the impact it can have on one's overall appearance.

His fashionista reputation precedes him, whether he’s stealing the show at one event or the other, or some of his statement looks as the host of the ever popular, Big Brother Naija. Ebuka’s style is impeccable, and it will serve you well to take a leaf or two out of his fashion book.

Ini Dima-Okojie: The Style Chameleon

Ini Dima Okojie
Ini Dima-Okojie is an actress and style influencer, she is known for her versatility in fashion, even when she’s playing a character, she serves effortlessly. She has nailed transitions between various fashion personas, from elegant and classy to trendy and eclectic, and she just has a magnetic ability to adapt to different fashion styles while maintaining an authentic and relatable image that makes her a true style chameleon.

Tiwa Savage: Afro-Chic Queen

Tiwa Savage || The New York Times
Tiwa Savage is a queen in every way possible, and we can only look up to the Nigerian music industry powerhouse, she is known for her Afro-chic style. She effortlessly blends bold patterns, and vibrant colors to create stunning looks, and her hairstyles are always to die for, but that’s another discussion for another day. 

Whether she's rocking Ankara dresses or head-to-toe prints, Tiwa's fashion choices celebrate her African heritage. Get inspired by her style by incorporating African-inspired fashion into your wardrobe, from Ankara skirts to colorful headwraps.

Toke Makinwa: Glamour Girl

Toke Makinwa Spotted In A Caramel Dress
Toke Makinwa is a lot of things, and one thing’s for certain, she’s a fashionista in her own rights. The media personality and fashion influencer is no stranger to drama, but she is also the epitome of glamor and chic style. Her love of statement pieces, bold colors, and high-fashion looks takes the cake all the time, and she often dazzles in sequined gowns, glamorous jumpsuits, and stylish accessories. To channel Toke's style, all you have to do is, embrace bold fashion choices, experiment with statement jewelry, and don't be afraid to shine.

Davido: Urban Streetwear King

Davido is a music sensation and he also happens to be a trendsetter in the world of urban streetwear. His fashion choices are bold, colorful, and always on point. He frequently sports oversized hoodies, designer sneakers, and statement accessories. If you truly want to channel Davido’s fashionista side, you’ll have to experiment with streetwear staples like graphic tees, joggers, and eye-catching sneakers. Yes, we know that all of this requires a lot of money, but that shouldn’t stop you one bit, there are affordable alternatives you can still rock with one mind. Don't forget to accessorize with chains and caps to complete the look.

Ayra Starr: Gen Z Goddess

Ayra Starr || Svelte Magazine
Ayra Starr is Goddess and a Baddie all in one, granted her fashion taste isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we all have to admit that she always looks stunning. Ayra Starr has a way of pulling off looks that take us back to that Y2K era, she also has a way of serving looks that are fresh, captivating and super trendy.

She is the ultimate fashion girl, and just like her music, her fashion sense is bold, creative, young, and effortlessly true to who she is as a person. If you truly want to channel your inner Ayra, remember that you have to be bold, colorful, fierce, but most importantly, you have to stay true to your own personality.

We can truly say Nigerian celebrities are not just entertainers; they are fashion killas who have the knack to impact the fashion landscape in Nigeria and beyond. Whether it's Genevieve Nnaji's timeless elegance, Wizkid's trendsetting streetwear, or Ayra Starr's fearless style, these icons continue to inspire fashion enthusiasts and set new standards in the industry.

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