Niniola Apata is a Nigerian singer and songwriter, popularly known by her first name, Niniola.
She became well-known in 2013 after she finished as the third runner-up on the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa.
She was nominated for the “Most Promising Act to Watch” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards after she released her debut single, “Ibadi,” which was a hit.
She is the cover star for Accelerate TV’s July edition and she talks about her fashion style, music and major influencers.
Read excerpts below.
On If she likes fringe and details on her outfits
Yes, definitely I love fringe and frills and shiny sequins. Sequins details on my clothes, especially on my performance outfits and I like them around my hips because I am an African woman and I like to move my body. Yea definitely I love those kinds of details.
On how her style has evolved since Project Fame
Niniola is very Afrocentric and loves Africa and I am loving Africa by the second. My style is moving from being in between to really being that African girl that I am because my music is very Afrocentric and that is just what I want to depict. So when I am on stage, I am wearing my Ankara fabrics or I’m wearing Aso Oke or lace, or something African. Or my hair, like I’m wearing now. But when I started off, I used to wear my really curly hair, I still love my curly hair but, I’m loving this Afro hair because it is very easy and it’s on-the-go kind of hair.
Some key memorable pieces she has in her wardrobe
Memorable pieces that I have would be some Aso Oke pieces; I’m very into Aso Oke pieces, because they just take me back, especially the vintage ones. So this is what I do, I go into my mother’s wardrobe and go and dig out the very old pieces and you know sew them up into something nice.