As we celebrate Nigeria at 60 this edition our column of cool products and services this week has a special focus on Made in Nigeria items.
Is a fun and geometric limited leather goods carefully handcrafted by Artisans in Africa from locally sourced local materials. The brand is owned by Uche Egele. Her brand has been worn by countless celebrities including Beyonce Knowles. The young Nigerian, who studied Fashion Design (Womenswear) at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles, CA, and Marketing and Sales at the University of Houston, Texas, in the United States, I got this bag as a gift for someone earlier this year and she absolutely loved it. You can make your orders here: https://www.marteegele.com/
Salt Lagos to many is synonymous with Lagos celebrations. I first found out about Salt Lagos in 2017, when I was looking to buy a cake for a friend. I love the play on words with the name ‘Salt’ as it is the complete opposite of the sweet tasting pastries they have to offer. My favourite cake is the strawberry cheesecake. Its super fresh, tasty and hits all the right spots. Modupe Emmanuel is the Head Chef of Salt Lagos, which is based in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. It is popular for its unique desserts as well as cakes in Nigeria, by raising the standards of luxury desserts in Nigeria. It is one of my go to bakeries for sure.
You can make your orders here https://saltlagos.com/
Olu did it Gift and stationaries
Oludidit is a mix of Yoruba and English language meaning “God did it”. Oludidit is a creative enterprise that thrives on creative invention; transforming imaginations into tangible products in the arts and crafts industry. Their products range from a variety of interior decor accessories to crafts, and stationeries with a rich blend of African and western elements. I got a box with an Ankara covered picture frame, African proverbs calendar and notebook which I quite liked.
You can find them on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/oludidut
Natural girl Wigs
Oluremi Martins, is the founder of Natural Girl Wigs, a hair company that produces hair to match black hair texture. She started this company as a side hustle while working at a Digital Agency in Lagos. Like most entrepreneurs she started the business out of her own need and leveraged her 6 years of experience in content and growth marketing to connect with black women using social media and influencer marketing. These channels have helped her and her team to connect with their target audience. They create our designs and produce in Lagos and Ghana with a team of local stylists and ship worldwide. They produce a variety of hair textures both in faux and virgin human hair products. In 2019 they delivered to 7,000+ women in over 30 countries. I have one of their wigs and absolutely love it. I find that it blends really well with naturally textured hair.
Make your order on their website: www.naturalgirlwigs.com
Nails by Orobosa
Nails by Orobosa is a nail technician in Lagos that also offers home services. The company offers manicure and pedicures at an affordable price. Stella Orobosa is the nail tech behind this business is extremely professional, talented and creative. I find that I still do not want to go into hair salons and nail salons just yet so I find her service very useful and convenient. I never used to care about doing my nails but I find that ever since I met Stella, doing my nails is a fun experience which allows me to reflect my mood through nail art. I am currently rocking a natural French manicure. You can give her a call on +234 7082477604 or follow her on www.instagram.com/nails_by_orobosa