The 2016 edition of the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design week kicked off on Wednesday with various designers, old and new, coming to showcase their craft.


In a chat with TheCable Lifestyle, the creative director of Couture by Makioba, Makioba Olugbile, gave an insight into the current state of the Nigerian fashion industry.

Please introduce yourself to our readers

My name is Makioba Olugbile and the name of my label is Makioba. I have seven years as a part-time fashion designer and three years doing it full time.


Best part of being a designer

The fun part of being a designer is when you get to see your creations; all what gave you sleepless night, what you created in your head.

Frustrating part of being a designer


Tailors are the frustrating part of being a designer and some customers that are never satisfied despite trying your best to please them but it’s mostly the tailors.

Favourite fabrics

I can work with almost anything but the materials I like working with the most are crape, jersey, Lycra and a bit of Ankara.

Experience in the Nigerian fashion industry


It’s been embracing recently because people now accept made in Nigeria designs. Before now, people preferred to walk into a boutique to get dresses for their celebrations. Now they want to a Nigerian designer.

Expectations for the LFDW

I hope to have an awesome show at the LFDW. The name of the collection is Rays of the Moon, it’s a collection of evening dresses for plus sized women. The previous collection I designed is Blossom and I have some random collections.


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