Nigerian fashion designer, Deola Sagoe was recently interviewed by Jabulile Sopete of ELLE South Africa. She speaks on her participation in the six-hour documentary – “My Nigeria” by Al Jazeera, on what being female in Nigeria means to her and more.
Read excerpts below;
On how her involvement in the documentary, My Nigeria, came about
I believe this selection was based on merit and on the longevity and commitment to value and quality of the Deola Sagoe brand over the years, within the wider context of Nigeria as a fast-evolving country.
On how she thinks the documentary will speak to women
I believe it will inspire women to begin to take their destiny in their own hands and to realise that they have a role, which transcends traditional moulds and norms.
On some of the challenges faced by female designers in Nigeria
The challenges facing Nigerian designers don’t impact women only. All Nigerian designers have to contend with poor access to training, infrastructure, distribution, retail, a lack of funding and intellectual property theft. These are things we are hoping will change in the near future.
On what #BeingFemaleInNigeria means to her
It means constantly harnessing and drawing upon my inner strength, in order to shape the course and direction of my life against all the odds. It also represents making a choice, a determined effort to focus on the good that is in Nigeria and not the many vices that are present in this environment.
Read full interview on ELLE.co.za.
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