Makida Moka: Fantastically, frantically & ferociously beautiful (Y! Pop-of-Culture)

by Makida Moka

Makida portrait

That’s what fashion does. It’s hard, it’s tough, pays little in climes as ours, but always – always – it makes all things beautiful.

Fantastically thought up. A premier concept in these parts, paving the way – of course – for copy-cats, like any random spare parts delay in one of those dodgy Lagos business districts.

The kind that constantly pose questions to themselves, but always only after someone else has provided the answers.

“Why didn’t I think of this?”
“What if I use the same word to link other creative ventures?”
“Beht I can do my own!”

Then a pause.

“Can I handle this financially?”

Facts and figures have a funny way of bringing you back to reality. Some call it a rude awakening, they have an epiphany – and go back to asking the only question they should have asked in the beginning: “What am I going to wear?”

But there’s nothing easy about where they are going. Organisers, frantic. Designers, frenzied. Time, sashaying swiftly, fittings dragging and fashion geniuses (and those who would be, and believe me, it’s a large crowd) prancing, busy.

This is Fashion, Lagos.

Aggressively shoved down the nation’s throat. Radio, Television, Magazines, Billboards, Twitter, Instagram, car- powered advertising mediums driving home the message.

Forgive the melodrama (or not, this is fashion after all), but it seemed like Armageddon, The end was nigh. Something was about to happen. The foundations of fashion itself shaking.

Outfits had to be ready and not just for the models.

Heaven forbid you wear an outfit more than once in the Centre of Excellence.

“One cannot be seen in the same outfit twice” BUT then The Duchess of Cambridge does it and she’s a REAL life Princess! Who doesn’t want to be like a princess? Who doesn’t want Prince William? I met him once and got his number but I couldn’t call him because I woke up from the dream and didn’t remember the rest of the digits. Life!

Anyway, I digress.

What have I been talking about again? Yes, Music Meets Runway. Bold, beautiful, brilliant. Everything is dull again in comparison.

That’s what fashion does. It’s hard, it’s tough, pays little in climes as ours, but always – always – it makes all things beautiful.


Makida Moka is a model, actress and student. She was Face of Sleek Nigeria in 2009, and her modelling spans the Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Music Meets Runway, and the Fashion Diversity Fashion Show under the London Fashion Week. She has been featured in/modeled for the country’s top publications – Y!, FAB, WOW!, Mania, Genevieve and TW. She plays a character in the Ndani TV series, ‘Gidi Up’ and is a final year student of Mass Communications. Makida tweets from @themakidamoka


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