Toyin Lawani, Nigerian fashion stylist, has hit back at critics of her outfit for the premiere of ‘Prophetess‘, a movie by Niyi Akinmolayan.


The fashionista had sparked outrage over her nun-inspired dress for the movie’s premiere on Sunday with many Twitter users accusing her of insulting Christianity.

But in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday, the entrepreneur described her critics as “hypocrites”.

Lawani accompanied the post with photos of whites also donning similar controversial nun-inspired outfits while adding that Nigerians have refused to be “liberated” in terms of fashion.


The entrepreneur also said that some of her critics would have commended the outfit if it was worn by foreign female celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé.

“This message is to tell you all that you no get sense not an explanation. Honestly Nigerians have refused to be liberated when it comes to fashion and depicting themes. When will you get it into your empty skulls that costumes can carry crucifix and doesn’t mean its a sign of disrespect?,” she queried.

“People dress like sexy nuns all day, for all sorts of events and halloween… yet, you’re all on my page crying and wailing like I killed someone in your family just because I’m Nigerian but if It’s Kim or your RiRi or Beyoncé now, you will be hearing ‘awwn, so hot, my role model’…


“Bloody hypocrites, but behind closed door you’re all disgusting and doing nasty shit. Even you pastors who come on here to preach, na una f**k your ushers and church members pass…most of you are so way back.”

She added that many Nigerians have been “blindfolded” by religious inclinations and lack of exposure that they can’t recognise works of art.

“Your lack of exposure is really disturbing you lots, you don’t even know what art is when you see it. I learnt fashion internationally, break fashion boundaries and I’m a risk taker. You will never be able to understand me cause I will always stay true to what I love and will never do anything to please anyone but myself,” she added.


“If you are expecting that apology you are preaching on my page from me you will be waiting till eternity, take your frustrations to the blogs, but when you come to my page, I will give you your size. By now I felt your brains should have told you that I’m not your basic fellow Nigerian and I do not follow the rules of your society.

“I make my own rules, doesn’t mean any of you are holier than I am or better human beings than me. All the parasites infesting Nigeria and spoiling the youths currently, you haven’t done anything about that it’s my outfit that’s your headache yet you promote those nasty acts daily.”

Lawani said it was unfortunate that her critics would not talk about her empowerment initiatives aimed at improving the society.

“When you finish ranting don’t forget I empower your youths, train them and put them back into the system so they can be their own bosses and useful to Nigeria. Keypad warriors, what have you done for your country today? You’re all jobless,” she said.


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