ESSENCE Magazine Highlights Nigerian Artists Renike Olusanya and Chigozie Obi
Renike Olusanya and Chigozie Obi, two stars in the Nigerian art and fashion scene, recently achieved a significant milestone in their careers: a feature in the iconic ESSENCE. This recognition in one of the world’s most esteemed publications highlights their unique contributions and the growing influence of Nigerian artists on the global stage.
Renike Olusanya, known for her dynamic approach to fashion and art, has carved a niche for herself with her brand Bawsty, co-founded with Damilola Onosowobo. Bawsty stands as a beacon of inclusivity in fashion, catering to plus-sized women with a range of elegant and empowering designs. Olusanya’s journey from an illustrator to a fashion icon, merging her artistic skills with garment design, is a testament to her versatility and creative vision.
Chigozie Obi, on the other hand, brings a different yet complementary perspective. Her art is a vivid narrative of the female experience in Nigeria, portraying women in bold, unapologetic forms. Obi’s work challenges societal norms and opens dialogues about women’s issues through her striking acrylic paintings. Her style, just as compelling as her art, is a chic amalgamation of traditional outfits and minimalist designs.
Their feature in ESSENCE, written by Ugonnaora Owoh, is not just a personal triumph but a significant moment for African artists. ESSENCE has long been a platform that celebrates black culture and creativity, and featuring Olusanya and Obi underscores the magazine’s commitment to showcasing diverse talents from across the African diaspora.
Ntianu Obiora is a versatile creative professional with over a decade of experience in publishing, marketing, communications, and digital strategy. She is the Online Editor at THEWILL DOWNTOWN