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TOP 5 STYLISH NIGERIAN MEN OF 2017
By Philip Ihechu
Style is one’s outward expression of themselves. An individual’s style isn’t considered stylish by what they wear alone but also the conviction in which they wear it. In this age of likes and re-tweets, anything can be considered style worthy. These 5 Nigerian men have been compiled to bring to light people who we think are leading the Nigerian style game right now. This list has been compiled based on the individuals’ street style and the ability to wear pieces without conformity to dress codes or rules. Without further ado, here are EKPO’S Top Five Stylish Nigerian Men Of 2017.
The budding actor has been a mainstay of street style photographs lately with his cool looks and athleisure-influenced streetstyle from side striped two piece outwear to the blazer and track pants combo. Timini exudes confidence while effortlessly donning an outfit. His standout looks consists mainly of indigenous brands like Ninie and Looks Like A Good Man which can be seen as a nod to the progress of the Nigerian fashion market.
The Nigerian Regge-dancehall coroner brought back the grunge edge to Nigerian style this year with an approach that can be termed “style rebellion” creating an image that is visually pleasing but difficult to reciprocate why? Because he is Burna boy. With his choice brands ranging from everyday vans to Nigerian androgynous brands orange culture & Tokyo James, Burna boy’s outfits consist of loud, graphics ladened pieces styled with a twist such a studded leather vests , tie dye bomber jackets or inscribed dungarees and don’t forget to mention his Fela inspired outfits .
The poster boy of Nigerian menswear, Noble Igwe, has been dubbed the Nick Wooster of the Nigerian street style scene. With his casual style consisting mostly of indigenous brands and labels sharpened with a meticulous approach to details, Noble makes any outfit stand out be it the everyday suit, native attires, print shirts and jeans all styled with his signature wide brim fedora. He is the go-to guy for #OOTD inspirations.
When asked who the most stylish Nigerian man of 2017 is, one name quickly comes to mind, RUNTOWN. The Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer has been at the forefront and has somewhat been the influence of different trends. But what set him apart is his minimalist streetwear style and choice of brand, discarding heavy graphic laden apparel for more sleek, simple yet elegant brands such as I.N Official and Prada.
It has been a tremendous year for Wizkid from the release of his hit third studio album, ‘Sounds From The Other Side’ to selling out Royal Albert Hall and beating out top artists like Drake and Jay Z to win the best international artist category at the MOBO Awards. The Nigerian musical export has been literally turning heads musically and also with his sense of style,working with different pallet of colors and brands which can be dubbed style made with a dash of high fashion, a dusting of streetwear’s finest.