Fashion house My Q Lady has released a collection aptly known as The Roots Collection that visualizes a brief history of Nigerian female heroines. The collection honors women who have fought for Nigerian independence, our freedom and democracy.
Actress Jemima Osunde serves as the collection cover star that celebrates our African roots, highlighting the adire fabric. Adire – which literally means “tie &dye” is at the core of the collection – as The Creative Director goes down history employing a modern twist to wearable pieces.
The collection stays true to the MY Q aesthetic with the use of lace, color and detailed beading. Each piece was designed as an ode to an African heroine and her strong roots : they are modern, wearable and reflect the 21st century woman. The dresses celebrate her and in turn her style, representing the African woman essence.
To view more of the collection, view the gallery below
Model: @jemimaosunde @oliviaarukwe
Hair piece: @christinesatelier
Creative Direction: @thestyle.concierge
Alimotu Pelewura: She was a trader, activist and leader
of the Lagos Market Women Association. Her activism got
her jailed but she never relented and continued the fight to
make life easier for the women folk. The Pelewura Market in
Lagos Island is named after her.
Dora Akinyuli : She was a pharmacist and government
administrator who gained international recognition for her
fight against counterfeit drugs in Nigeria. She served as the
Minister of information and Communication between 2008-
Efunroye Tinubu : She was a formidable king maker and
business woman per excellence. She was a major power
broker and involved in the emergence and rule of Oba Adele,
Oluwole, Akintoye and Dosumu. Ita Tinubu (Tinubu Square)
was named after her.
Emotan :She was a market woman who sold food stuff
during the reign of Oba Ewuare. She was known for her love
of children as she founded the first formal daycare in Benin.
Florence Nwapa: Ahe was fondly reffered to as the “mother
of modern literature” she was the first published African
woman in English Language in Britain.
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti : She was a teacher, political
campaigner and women’s right activist. She was a powerful
force in advocating for the Nigerian Women’s right to vote.
She was famous as the first Nigerian Woman to drive a car.
She was one of the delegates who negotiated Nigeria’s
independence with the British government.
Hajiya Gambo Sawaba : She was a Nigeria Women’s right
activist, politician and philanthropist. She was a campaigner
for western education and women liberation in the north.
She actively campaigned against underage marriage in the
Hannah Dideolu Awolowo: She was an active politician who
stood in for her incarcerated husband to contest for
president of the second Republic. She was a successful
businesswoman, the first Nigerian distributor for the
Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) She was also the first
Nigerian to import lace fabrics.
Kudirat Abiola: She is a martyr of democracy. The
democracy we enjoy today is partly due to her efforts. Her
journey into politics started when her husband declared his
intention to run for presidency.
Madam Grace Soyinka : Mrs Soyinka was a woman activist
who played a prominent role in decongesting Nigeria of
colonial manipulation. She was involved in organizing
workshop for illiterate Egba women to make them
understand their rights as citizens.
Margaret Ekpo: She was a formidable women’s right activist
and social mobiliser. She was a pioneering female politician
in the First republic. She organized the market women’s
association to promote women’s solidarity as a platform to
fight for economic and political rights of women.
Mary Okezie: She was a teacher and civil servant . She
funded the Ngwa Women’s association to promote the
education and welfare of women. She dedicated her life to
supporting women’s rights in Nigeria.
Moremi Ajasoro: She was a brave and beautiful woman who
sacrificed her all to save her people. She was married to the
then King of Ile ife.
Nwanseruma: She was at the center of the Aba women’s
riots. She played a major role by making the riot non-violent
by employing the use of songs and dances.
Queen Amina: She was a warrior queen of Zazzau (Now
Zaria) she is the subject of many lengends. She was a great
rule. Brave and industrious. She created strong earthern
walls to surround Zaria and other cities she conquered. She
was known to conquer katsina, Kano and Bauchi.
Queen Idia: She was a great warrior who fought relentlessly
before and during her son’s rule. She helped her son conquer
the igalas and re-established unity, military strength of the
kingdom. She was installed Iyoba (Queen Mother) to honor
Stella Adadevoh: She was an accomplished physician and
endocrinologist at the first consultant hospital. She single
handedly prevented one of the worst epidemics that would
have hit Nigeria. She paid dearly with her own life as the act
of heroism caused her to be infected.