Meet the 7 Lagos-based talents at the forefront of designing the next wave

Moyo Ogunseinde with some of his creations on the terrace of the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, where his shop is located.Photo: Yagazie Emezi

Moyo Ogunseinde

This multifaceted talent has built his brand, Àga Culture, on five Yoruba principles: ayo (joy), ife (love), inurere (kindness), alaafia (peace) and okan bale (calm). “Our aim is to celebrate Africa – past, present and future,” she says. “You should feel these values ​​in everything we create.” Ogunseinde, who also works as an architect and property developer, launched Àga in 2017 as a design platform. Current highlights include Oko seats, inspired by agricultural hoes, and exuberant Mmanwu lounge chairs, homages to Igbo masquerade costumes made from hand-woven asoke cloth. The works, all produced by artisans across Nigeria, fill Àga’s Victoria Island boutique in the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel. (She is pictured with examples on the hotel terrace.) Nigeria’s rich history and frenetic vibrancy of this city continue to inform all of her work. “There is a cultural energy in Lagos that you won’t find anywhere else.”

Patrick Koshoni at Miliki. Photo: Yagazie Emezi

Patrick Koshoni

When Koshoni converted his family’s compound on Victoria Island into the living room of beloved Mìlíkì (Yoruba slang for ‘milk’) members in 2013, he didn’t expect it to become the epicenter creative connoisseurs of the city. “I just wanted to offer like-minded people a respite from the daily hustle and bustle of Lagos, an oasis where people could really relax and catch their mental breath,” says Koshoni (pictured above in the bustling hangout ). He succeeded. Everything in the living room, from its vintage posters to its hand-carved Malian doors, was commissioned, created or carefully selected by Koshoni, a self-taught architect and interior designer who consulted restaurants, fashion boutiques and galleries. . Before opening Mìlíkì, he ran an African craft store in London, then a contemporary furniture store in Lagos. It’s hard work, but the easy roads are “seldom worth it,” says Koshoni before quoting Nigerian author Chinua Achebe: “Being a Nigerian is extremely frustrating and incredibly exciting.

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