30 most fashionable African’s

The year is slowly winding down and its only right to appreciate people who have influenced the way we see fashion in Africa,we are so grateful for how the year is winding down,the fashion fails,the red carpet fallout and the best dressed so we decided to honour 30 people in Africa who their fashion sense has stood out for us. The list was reviewed by five man committee of Xpress Africa magazine team and alot of work was put into this 30 most fashionable african list and we hope we did justice to it..
1. Jidenna- Nigeria 

In a sartorial effort to honor the resilience of his black elders, Jidenna’s
clothing adorns a man who is very much “woke.” “‘Sharp in mind, body and style’
is the style mantra,” he notes. “It means that I think your look should make it
seem like you’re sharp in your mind, so it should have a certain level of
sophistication.”Jidenna doesn’t dress like other rappers, preferring bespoke
suits, club collar shirts, and a finger wave hairstyle that all reference
prohibition-era style and old fashioned class. Jidenna is his own man, with his
own voice and his own style, which made him an irresistible interview for
Esquire.
2. Bonang Matheba-South Africa 

Bonang is South Africa’s favourite media personality. An OAP, tv presenter
and style icon- she is known for her electric fashion personality, husky voice
and magnetic smile. A global brand ambassador for Revlon Cosmetics, this award
winning entertainer is also SA’s number 1 social media Queen! Bonang Matheba
may be a woman of many talents but the thing we love most about Queen
B* is her fashion sense.Check out her Instagram page @bonang_m for stylista tips on daily.
I call her a fashion goddess.
3. Mocheddah – Nigeria 
Modupe-Oreoluwa Oyeyemi Ola a.k.a
Mocheddah is a Nigerian musician. Aside music in recent times she is known
mostly for her flawless style and makeup, redefining herself not only as a
member of the music industry but also one to reckon with in the fashion
industry. Mocheddah is the brand ambassador for Miskay Boutique and
has also launched her clothing line, Mocheddah Clothing.
   The diva’s massive
influence on social media following is testament to how far she has come as a
style icon,it’s safe to say there are people who are watching and following her
style steps very closely. Of course, we have to talk about the petite body that
makes every outfit Mocheddah put on slays.  Her clothes literally cling to
her. Another thing you would notice about her style is how neat it is. Her
edges are always laid, her makeup is flawless, easy on the eye and without
drama. we love this full grown lady in charge of her own best. She is
godliness of fashion.
   
4. Pearl Thusi- South Africa



South African actress and
Metro FM presenter pearl Thusi is our celebrity crush today. This talented
mother has a style most people can only dream of pulling of. Known
for her hippie almost risque look, pear Thusi has carved a niche for herself in
the fashion industry. Pearl Thusi has a sense of style that sounds of sensual
and comfort, she’s sexy and quirky and she’s not afraid to show it and hay she
has a song written about her so her sensual side is really paying off;
5. Juilet Ibrahim- Ghana


Popular Nollywood/Gollywood actress, movie producer, event compere and singer,
Juliet Ibrahim is a beauty to the core, and not only is she beautiful, she is
also stylish. The light-complexioned fashionista has a smashing body
to die for and she knows how to style her body shape perfectly. The
beautiful mother-of-one is a show stopper any day, any time, always making
fashion statement and turning heads at all events. She is a fashion
goddess
6. Yvonne chaka chaka-
South Africa


The ‘Princess of Africa’, singer and philanthropist Yvonne Chaka Chaka,
not only captured the heart of Africa with her great voice and
humanitarian work but also with her great sense of style, which fuses classic
dresses with isi Zulu attire and accessories as well as bold Ankara style gowns.
She has also captured the hearts of fashionistas with her beautiful, jet-black
dreadlocks, which have been her trademark look. Born in 1965 as Yvonne Machaka
in Soweto, Johannesburg, Yvonne burst onto the music scene when she was a
teenager with the disco inspired hit titled ‘I’m In Love With A DJ’. She
successfully fused the mbaqanga sound, which is a traditional Nguni music
style, with the ‘bubblegum’ pop music sound which was popular in South Africa in
the 80s and created a platform for the birth of Kwaito music, which became
popular in the 90s. Her impeccable ad unique style earned her a SA Style Icon
award.
7. Noble Igwe – Nigeria


From his Native name ‘Igwe’ which means ‘KING’  we expect nothing more
than a Noble fashion king. An Entertainment & social media influencer,While
everyone knows Noble Igwe as the owner of news website, 360nobs he is also a
proud husband to his wife & father of all fashion bloggers. He is the new
version of Igbo style tunic, rebranding traditional attires to suit modern day
wears,he enjoys mixing trends in unconventional ways. He is a fashion god to
behold in the industry
8. Vanessa Hau Mdee-
Tanzania
 

 Vanessa Hau Mdee, also referred to as Vee Money, is a
Tanzanian recording artist, songwriter, youth activist, TV and radio
host. Mdee is popularly known for being the first ever Tanzanian MTV VJ.
She later rose to prominence as a radio and TV host, hosting Epic Bongo
Star Search
 and Dume CHallenge for ITV Tanzania
before signing to B’Hits Music Group in late 2012.Vanessa has had the chance to
interview many artists, such as K’Naan, Kelly Rowland, French Montana, Trey
Songs, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Miguel, Donald, Nazizi, Xtatic, Stella
Mwangi, Camp Mulla, Tay Grin, Teargas, Dr. Sid and many more African and
international acts. It’s an Un-doubtable fact that she is a fashion Icon.
9. Steven Onoja-Abuja- Nigeria


Steven Onoja was born and raised in Nigeria, and he currently resides in New
York City. Inspired by the explosion of menswear and art, Onoja created
Ostentation and Style in an effort to provide his vision of fashion from an
urban perspective.
Today, Ostentation and Style has grown to be a source of inspiration to a
global readership. Onoja shares his passion, experiences and perspectives on
his blog with the hope of shining a light on the beauty of culture as a whole.
10. Sharon Mundia —
Nariaobi, kenya
 

Sharon Mundia — the Kenyan fashion blogger and fashion lover behind personal style
blog This is Ess — has been active on the site for a couple of years
now.
On her blog, Mundia gives her opinion that: “Fashion isn’t just about
being trendy and cute, it’s about expressing your character, building your
confidence and ultimately celebrating yourself.”
11 . Jeremiah Ogbodo ( Swankyjerry )
– Nigeria

Jeremiah Ogbodo is a Nigerian Celebrity Fashion Stylist
known for his work with Tonto Dikeh, D’banj, Ice
Prince, M.I, Tu Face, Juliet Ibrahim, Davido and a
host of other high profile clients.
Swankyjerry began his career as a celebrity fashion stylist with the launch of
his fashion and lifestyle brand Swanky Signatures Styling in
June 2012 and has since then, grown to become one of the most sought
after stylists in the industry. Asides from styling clients for red carpet
appearances and video shoots, coverage of his work has appeared in many
magazines and online publications. He has also styled Darey for House
of Maliq, D’Banj for a photoshoot,Praiz, Davido for music video All
of You
 and a host of others.
12. Diamond Platnumz- Tanzania 

Nasibu Abdul Juma, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz (or
simplyDiamond), is a Bongo Flava recording artist and singer from Tanzania. He
is best known for his hit song “Number One”. He performed at the Big Brother Africa  eviction
show in May 2012. Diamond is considered  influential in terms of
fashion among his fans, and is said to be the most loved and
decorated Tanzanian artist at the moment. He was believed to be the
highest selling Tanzanian artist of ringtones by mobile phone companies in
2013, as well as being among the artists earning the highest income in the African Great
Lakes region’s music industry.
13. Bolinto – Nigeria


Nigerian TV Presenter Bolanle Olukanni who’s popularly known for hosting
“Moments with Mo” on DSTV and Nigeria’s famous music talent TV reality show
“MTN Project Fame West Africa” Bolinto as she is fondly referred to by her
fans and followers on social media covers everything on the red carpet where
she asks celebrities about their style, their views ongoing issues in the
country and media space as well as cracking a joke or two such as asking ‘who
the last military ruler in Nigeria was…’ while on display her fearless, Vogue
outfits renders no apology to breaking necks #smiles
14. Joselyn Dumas –
Ghana

Actress, presenter and model,Joselyn Dumas oozes girliness and
glamour in every look she rocks. With her iconic hourglass figure, the
gorgeous Ghanaian star shines in everything she wears and is
always looking radiant on the red carpet, at the office or on TV. We love
how she is not afraid to flaunt her bodacious curves on a day out or on the red
carpet at an awards show and, she has such an amazing smile. Joselyn wows with
figure hugging ensembles any day, whether it is in a full length gown, a sexy
skirt or playing the femme fatale in a little black or white dress. Check out a
few of our best looks of Joselyn
15. Sheila Carol Gashumba
-Uganda



Her road to fame was through a teens’ show on NTV; T NATION and now Sheila
Gashumba is one of the hosts on The Beat, a music interactive show on NTV
Uganda. Her sense of fashion is Absolutely awesome, truth be told, with her
elegant and dynamic style she is an inspiration to most young female
TV presenters. She recently channelled to beauty business, concertrating in
selling female wigs under her new brand Gash GlamLoft. We have realised her
biggest percentage of customers consists of various female celebrities around
Kampala.

 16. Toke Makinwa- Nigeria
Top OAP Toke Makinwa’s style
is ever blazing, she can go head to head with any fashion icon in the industry,
she’s our woman crush every day of the week without a doubt.
Fearless in her approach to colour and print, Toke Makinwa is
a woman who knows her own style.
Just like other style icons around the world, Toke’s got an enviable designer
wardrobe and a killer body which is always dressed to perfection.
Whether she’s wearing big-name designers like Christian Louboutin, Hermes or
our very own Chidinma Obairi, the multi media personality always
manages to add her own unique spin. 
17. Victoria Kimani- Kenya



Speaking of fashion, the gorgeous Victoria has been hard at work shooting a
supposed fashion film. The film is aimed at showcasing Kenyan fashion, film and
nature.
Her fashion sense keeps us glued to her social media platforms for newest
fashion updates ranging from dresses, footwear’s, accessories & so on.

18. Denola grey- Nigeria


Denola Grey is a Nigerian men’s style
enthusiast that grew up admiring his uncle — who was always very
impeccably dressed. On his blog Grey writes: “Fashion is the expression of
how you feel on the inside, showcased on the outside.”He has become a man
after my fashion heart with his very alternative fashion sense and very
detailed execution with every look he dons.
Evidently, he has carved a niche for
himself in the menswear fashion industry and as a menswear influencer with his
edgy fashion options an the unconventional styled pieces.His style
interpretation has a distinct quirk and androgyny to it, and certainly makes a
case for some women’s fashion (a few I know I can throw on).

19. Gloria Wavamuno -Uganda



Born in England and raised between London and Kampala, Gloria Wavamuno is one
of Uganda’s most respected fashion designers.
Her brand has received wide acclamation both in the continent and
internationally, having had opportunities not only to showcase in some of the
biggest fashion capitals but also to dress world renowned personalities. She is
not only the Creative Director of GloRia WavaMunno, a womenswear fashion label
but also the main brain behind Kampala Fashion Week.

20. Zainab Balogun – Nigeria 

The award winning TV Host is the face of primetime at EbonyLife TV and
currently serves as Host and Producer of ‘The Spot’; an original daily talk
show with a unique hang-out style that goes into millions of homes in the UK,
US and Africa. Combine talent, beauty and a passion for African culture
and you have Zainab Balogun. From modelling and presenting to acting, this
Nigerian talent does it all. And her unique eye for style makes it extra fun
watching her.
21. Jeanie D- South Africa



Jeannie D has been South Africa’s
It girl for the past decade and inspired many women in this country (and
abroad) with her vivacious presence and stunning good looks on television.
Having been in radio, lifestyle television, talk television and heading up her
own travel show we wondered what makes Jeannie D the dynamite television media
force that she is. She’s an amazing fashionista , you can call her SA’s
Kadashian

22. Joy Adaeze- Nigeria



Joy Adaeze is a Nigerian-American style blogger, fashion stylist and image
consultant who got her start in the fashion industry by interning at WWD.
There, she assisted influential editors and learned the ins and outs of
styling. Soon after, Joy began assisting fashion expert Constance White
(currently ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief). The two worked closely on several
projects, namely fashion segments for NBC LX-NY and The Today Show. As a
freelance stylist, Joy has worked for publications in Europe and the US. Aside
from her styling career, one of Joy’s life passions is her work as a
professional image consultant where she guides men and women on how to look
great every day. Joy is also a talented writer, with her most recent
work featured in the March 2012 issue of ESSENCE. She has been featured in
Italian Vogue, Elle, Seventeen, NY Mag, Chinese Vogue, Ebony and ESSENCE, among
others. Years back Joy started her personal style blog-joylovesfashion.com

23. Lee-Ann Liebenberg-
south Africa 



South African model. Born
inRoodepoort, Gauteng she was namedFHM-South Africa’s Sexiest
Woman In the World in 2005, and appeared on the inaugural cover of the South African edition
of Maxim in 2013. Lee-Ann is a much sought after international model
and is one of SA’s most recognizable faces. The leggy Roodepoort born
model and now loving mother and wife, has graced the pages of magazines
including Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health, to name but a
few. Lee-Ann first drew the public’s attention when she was selected as a Miss
South Africa finalist, going on to be voted FHM magazine’s Sexiest
Woman of 2005 and she has continued to be on the list for over 10 consecutive
years. To date, she has ten coveted awards to her name including six from
You/Huisgenoot, two People Magazine Crystal Awards and two Heat Magazine Heat
HOT 100 wins as Hottest SA Female Celebrity in 2007 and 2008. Lee-Ann and
husband Nicky Van Der Walt were named YOU/Huisgenoot’s Favourite Celebrity
Couple of 2011 and received the award in 2012, again. One of the first local
personalities to build a presence in social media.

24. Edward Enninful- Ghana


Edward Enninful’s eureka moment came
when he was working on an editorial for Italian Vogue in the mid-1990s. He was
styling a fashion shoot with the renowned American photographer Steven Meisel,
the pair having been introduced by the Italian designers Domenico Dolce and
Stefano Gabbana. He was scouted as a model for i-D magazine. Currently he is
fashion director at Wmagazine. He have worked with Naomi Campbell, Dr Dre ,
Kate Moss to mention but a few
25. Edith Kimani-
Kenya


KTN TV’s presenter Edith Kimani can be classified among the top media
personalities who made TV what it is today. The gorgeous lass has been able to
stay in the competitive entertainment industry unlike some who have faded into
insignificance.
She remains to be one of the most respected
and sought after female celebrities around.Despite the fact that she
is a top celebrity around, she is never in controversy, unlike her counterparts
who have become a household name due to their scandalous lives.
26. Angélique Kidjo-
Benin Republic



Beninese-born singer Angélique Kidjo not only puts Africa on the map
with her music and creative music videos, but also with her love for bold African prints,
which have become her signature style. She is also known for her fresh and
classic take on natural hair, with her short, blonde-dyed crop. She created an African twist
for the modern suit by wearing it with an African print shirt, and
she popularized the Africanprint mini dress with a longer fabric tie
around the waist as well as the African print head-wrap. She owned
the stage of this year’s Grammys in Los Angeles in her bold and unique Ankara
styled dress where she scooped the award for ‘Best World Music Album’.

27. Trevor stuurman- South Africa



Trevor Stuurman is already a well-known
name in South Africa’s fashion industry. Both his impeccable taste in
clothing and his camera skills won him the title of ELLE Style Reporter in
2012, but that’s not his only claim to fame. Trevor is a stylist and blogger
too, and he is completing his postgraduate studies in Motion Picture. At the
moment he is finishing up a documentary project which he co-directed
and produced with Kathrin Ratzek. This documentary tracks Laduma
Ngxokolo‘s journey as a local fashion designer. He is also preparing for
an exchange program in Los Angeles which kicks off in a few weeks.

28. Nadja Giramata- Rwanda



Nadia Giramata is a Rwandese fashion model who grew up in France but lives in
England. She was discovered in Manchester, where she studies English
Literature. She’s also known as Nadja Giramata; her name means “good omen”.
She has walked in fashion shows for names such as Les Copains, Philip Treacy,
Christophe Josse, Mauricio Pecoraro, Fyodor Golan, Sergei Grinko, Miss Etam and
Lorenzo Riva.
She has done advertorial work for Topshop, Tommy Hilfiger and Pucci.
She appeared in editorials for i-D, Grazia France, Metal, Twenty-6, Pop, Style
Switzerland, Dedicate, and the German and Italian editions of Vogue.
   She’s currently signed with 2morrow Models in Milan, and with Viva
Models in Paris and London.

29. Adama Amanda Ndiaye
Senegal

Senegalese fashion designer. She also goes by the name Adama Paris,
which is also the name of the label she owns and operates. Her
pieces, which are manufactured inMorocco, can be found internationally,
including in New York City, Tokyo,London and Paris.

30. Witnei
chamusso-Mozambique


This talented young lady is
revolutionary to say the least. She is one of the founders and now creative
director of Wumburi, an organization and brand that has become the staple
in promoting African culture through traditional, readapted and
expressive accessories first and clothing as well. Witnei wears many hats in
the fashion industry, such as working with MAPP Africa – the
platform that brings us all the (music, art, people and places) hence the name-
of Africa. Oh and just to add on to this amazing resume, Witnei also gives
fashion tips on STV and is often a contributor to many shoots, celebrity
stylings and the list goes on! Keep up with Wumburito see what’s new with
this leading lady.

This list is not exhaustive,we humbly appreciate your comments thanks.




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