They Didn't Tell You...?

In the famous word of Robyn Rihanna Fenty, " didn't they tell you that I was a savage? ". It has become my mission this year to single-handedly change the narrative of the 'Yoruba Demon' stigma. You see, for far too long, my fellow Yoruba lads have been bashed on all forms of social media, being referred to as 'demons' or worse. We've been called any and everything else but the children of God. Now, while I have to admit that some of you have definitely done some heinous crimes of the heart against our beautiful Nigerian women, I think its quite unfair to group all of us in the same category.

Take me for example, i'm as friendly as they come. Well, that is  until I am pushed to my limit and I'm forced to unleash a world of pain unto you and yours. Anyway, I  digress. All i'm saying is,  although we may look like, dress like and seem like what you have associated with being your worst possible nightmare ; a well put-together Yoruba man with a heart as black as coal, some of us are actually decent. So in honor of my birthday, I am officially calling you all to cease and desist the Yoruba Demon slander. You're just going to have to deal with us and weed out the good ones from the bad because we aren't going anywhere. Loadsa love from the "Yoruba Angel Coalition". 

P.S : Shoutout to Kolisa for my first ever all-black agbada. 

AGBADA: KOLISA ( IG:@Kolisaoffcial)

AGBADA: KOLISA ( IG:@Kolisaoffcial)

SHOES: Basic Sax

SHOES: Basic Sax

Photography By Toyosi Kekere-Ekun

All Things Coming Up Dénola

As usual, the title of the post has nothing to do with the content. Rest assured this post is a good  one nonetheless!

It is my first time wearing traditional wear on my blog! I've never been adverse to wearing "trad" (short for 'traditional wear' in Nigeria). I mean, as a strapping young lad in  Lagos , trad is and will always be an inescapable part of our fashion . I shied away from it for a couple of valid reasons. The first being that I always felt I looked way too young when I wore a Kaftan. Like, no joke, i thought i looked 12! . As my birthday approaches ( its on the 13th of August, send me presents!) and my anxiety about aging heightens, Im embracing the youthful look I seem to  have in trad much more. The second reason I have not worn that much trad is because its just so damn convenient! I mean, it's essentially a matching set, so all you have to do is pick out complimentary shoes and you're good to go. That sounds awesome right?! Well, in my case, because I'm more inclined to put together intricate outfits from a  variety of styles, I couldn't get too comfortable with the simplicity involved in wearing a trad outfit . Knowing myself, I would probably wear it 24/7. Taking safety style precautions is always key!

ABOUT MY OUTFIT

Im wearing a nude, Kolisa ( IG: @Kolisaofficial) Kaftan with a contrast print hem. This fabric literally feels like angel kisses on our body.  I like that Kolisa puts a modern twist on traditional menswear by infusing print in unique ways. They are definitely one of my favorites.

For my trad series,  I managed to get the incomparable Toyosi Kekere-Ekun to shoot these pictures. Glad to be working with you gain mami! I've missed you! Ok I've gone on for too long. Lets see what we created.

Nude Kaftan : KOLISA ( IG : @kolisaofficial)

Nude Kaftan : KOLISA ( IG : @kolisaofficial)

KOLISA
KOLISA
DETAILS
WATCH : Daniel Wellington

WATCH : Daniel Wellington

Shoes: Waz-Milla (IG: wms_collection)

Shoes: Waz-Milla (IG: wms_collection)

NECKLACE : Adele Dejak ( IG:@adeledejak)

NECKLACE : Adele Dejak ( IG:@adeledejak)

SIGNATURE POSE

P.S : You guy can go to the  Daniel Wellington site , use my code : denolagrey , and get 15% off your DW purchase! You're welcome!

Photography By Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Ekun