Osione means “God is great”.
I make art, and I’m fortunate to have worked with some incredible people in big and small ways. Here are the stories of friends who made their life’s work, my life’s work.
Who makes your life beautiful?
THIS IS US NG
THIS IS US is a Nigerian Homegrown design and manufacturing Brand led by my partner and exceptional creative, Oroma Cookey-Gam. Oroma and I found THIS IS US in 2016 out of a desire to create products from our home that everyone can be proud of. We started by exploring cotton and have since discovered so much beauty around this material and the communities who process it.
Haute Fashion Africa (HFA)
My dear friend Dammie loves fashion, she loves Africa, and she loves life. Many years ago, she made a magazine to tell stories of budding and leading African designers, and invited me on the journey. HFA has since expanded to TV and the web, featuring the most comprehensive information anywhere in the world on Africa’s fashion industry.
#FashionAhead at www.hautefashionfashionafrica.com
Four of us came together with a simple idea, “open up space for possibilities.” We ran with that idea, transformed an apartment in the heart of Lagos Island into a creative destination for people in our local and global communities to have conversations and create new possibilities. Our work now extends to research, residencies, space design, policy making, and cultural preservation. We are advocating for a more open, more inclusive Lagos and by extension a more enjoyable world. www.hfactorcollective.com
JR Kanu is the most passionate person I know about building wealth and empowering others to do the same. He got me onboard, when his idea was still forming as MoneyMe, 8 hours later and we were “finding Reach” and JR was soon raising funds to roll out the first version of the newly branded Reach app, a simple yet powerful tool to help you transform your money into your best life. Reach.Africa
“Let’s preserve old school hip-hop and Lagos culture!” I was sold. I bought into ’Wale Irokosu’s vision for a space for his peers who grew up on Rap in Lagos, to relive the times. And I convinced him to start the idea online, since building such a space would take significant attention to detail and time, and would need a community to get behind it. A killer kickstarter later, 100s of memories, and a thriving instagram with weekly live programs, RapjointLagos is fast becoming a buzzing destination for rap and Lagos enthusiasts around the world.
After I left my public policy job in 2014, I wanted to create a company that combined my life long passion for creativity with my desire to develop societies that work for the many. I started Light Lagos as a studio in my parents home in Yaba. Today we are unlocking the power of identities for everyone one with our proprietary branding tool SLIDE™, and improving public service delivery by driving projects that simplify the conversations between people and their public servants. Learn more at lightlagos.com.
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