There’s something incredibly attractive about a man who knows how to put a look together. While we’ve dragged AMVCA and low-budget Bridgerton looks in the past, today, we’d like to hand out flowers to ten Nigerian men who constantly give us hope when it comes to fashion.
No, not him.
Here are our picks for the most stylish male stars in Nigeria right now
Yes, we all know Ladipoe’s bars have made him a rap icon, but can we, as a community, also get into his looks? The Mavin star has consistently served us fashion moments, from his music videos to the Grammy red carpet. The most exciting part of Ladipoe’s style is his decision to never show up in a boring suit. From leather pieces from Maxivive to denim fits from TJ Who, Ladipoe is definitely a man with great taste.
It’s hard to see a Best Dressed list that doesn’t have Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. From red carpet events to that infamous agbada from Banky W and Adesua’s wedding, Ebuka never disappoints, even on his off days.
Remember when Adekunle Gold’s style was very cool, choir lead singer chic? No other style transformation in the entertainment industry has been able to top his evolution into AG Baby. The Party No Dey Stop singer successfully ditched the fade for some braids and switched out his basic T-shirts for colourful statement pieces from brands like Orange Culture and Kemakolam. We’re here for the new, more adventurous Adekunle.
Ebuka Nwobu may spend a lot of time behind the scenes creating killer music videos for style stars like Tems, Ckay and Cruel Santino. But don’t get it twisted; this producer is a fashion baby boy all on his own. Ebuka has that “I just rolled out of bed and threw this on” style that can be deceptive to the point where you think it’s easy to pull it off. But the truth is, looks like these are often the hardest to execute. The crazy part is, just like Rihanna, there’s a high chance he probably just rolled out of bed in this fit for real.
Ololade mi might be music’s biggest breakout from 2022, but like we said last year, the singer is also a breakout style star in our books. While it has taken several artistes in the game years to figure out their style and push the fashion envelope, Asake has done that and more in just a year. Oversized suits, bright colours, skirts repurposed as shirts and those baggy denim pants from the Joha teaser; is there any look Asake hasn’t pulled off yet?
Love it or hate it, the truth is Denola Grey has changed the Nigerian fashion scene and raised the bar for how men show on the red carpet. Before his arrival, the most we could get from male celebrities were burgundy blazers and floral suits. However, in the years that have followed Denola’s entry into the entertainment scene, we’ve watched other men attempt to step outside of the rule book of conventional men’s fashion. Denola’s spot on this list is as much about his style as it is about the influence it has had on other men on this list.
Gen Zs in the building, stand up! Rema’s y2k style has made him one of the most exciting stars of the moment. Never taking himself too seriously, Rema’s looks are as fun and sometimes as chaotic as the man behind them.
Mai Atafo embodies the classic man Jidenna sang of in 2015. The designer is known for putting men like Denola Grey and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu in some of the coolest suits we’ve seen, so it makes sense that his closet is filled with looks that’d make both James Bond and Christian Grey jealous AF. Let’s not even get into his best accessories: those glasses and his salt-and-pepper beard.
Just like his music, Wizkid’s style is very stress-free. The Essence singer is known to focus more on what the TikTok girls call “quiet luxury”. So instead of throwing on a waistcoat, jacket and 50 Cuban links, Wizkid will most likely pull up in a monochromatic sweater, trousers and sunglasses that cost exactly the same thing but with none of the heat or heaviness involved. While most musicians dress like they just came into funds, Wizkid dresses like a black character on Succession would dress — he’s the rich uncle with old money.
Adebayo Oke Lawal
Not a lot of men can boast of evolving with the times while simultaneously maintaining a sense of style that is distinctively theirs. Taking fashion risks and being unapologetically experimental with his looks, Adebayo Oke Lawal of Orange Culture is way ahead of the curve; most of the outfits he wears don’t make sense now. But guess what? There’s a high chance you’ll be trying out one of his looks this time next year. If that isn’t an icon move, I don’t know what is.
We all know Burna Boy is a risk taker when it comes to his music — which other Nigerian act would think of sampling Toni Braxton or featuring Lily Allen? But we believe it’s time the African Giant gets some well-deserved flowers for his risky fashion choices. It doesn’t matter whether he’s making history on a stage at Madison Square Garden or posing for a magazine cover, Burna and his stylist/sister Ronami Ogulu consistently balance a healthy mix of hip-hop-influenced street style with interesting proportions from some of the biggest names in fashion.
Wale Lawal’s style’s ease and simplicity make us think he’s on a permanent holiday or chilling in the South of France while attending Sofia Richie’s wedding. The writer’s clean-cut blazers, adire fits, and signature hat are almost as famous as his work at The Republic. Wale is the ultimate minimalist style star who understands the importance of building a distinct look around fashion items that’ll remain relevant 20 years from now.