Fashion house My Q Lady has released a collection aptly known as The Roots Collection.
The Roots Collection visualizes a brief history of Nigerian female heroines. The collection is honoring women who have fought for our independence, our freedom and democracy.
Actress Jemima Osunde frontlines the collection: showcasing the pieces with grace and style.
The Collection celebrates our African roots, highlighting the adire fabric. Adire – which literally means “tie &dye” is at the core of the collection – as the Creative Director goes down history employing a modern twist to wearable pieces.
The collection stays true to the MY Q aesthetic- with the use of lace, color and detailed beading. Each piece was designed as an ode to an African heroine and her strong roots : they are modern, wearable and reflect the 21st century woman. The dresses celebrate her and in turn her style, representing the African woman essence.
See the collection below
Model: @jemimaosunde @oliviaarukwe
Hair piece: @christinesatelier
Creative Direction: @thestyle.concierge
Alimotu Pelewura: She was a trader, activist and leader of the Lagos Market Women Association. Her activism got her jailed but she never relented and continued the fight to make life easier for the women folk. The Pelewura Market in Lagos Island is named after her.
Dora Akinyuli : She was a pharmacist and government administrator who gained international recognition for her fight against counterfeit drugs in Nigeria. She served as the Minister of information and Communication between 2008-2010.
Efunroye Tinubu : She was a formidable king maker and business woman per excellence. She was a major power broker and involved in the emergence and rule of Oba Adele, Oluwole, Akintoye and Dosumu. Ita Tinubu (Tinubu Square) was named after her.
Emotan :She was a market woman who sold food stuff during the reign of Oba Ewuare. She was known for her love of children as she founded the first formal daycare in Benin.
Florence Nwapa: Ahe was fondly reffered to as the “mother of modern literature” she was the first published African woman in English Language in Britain.
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti: She was a teacher, political campaigner and women’s right activist. She was a powerful force in advocating for the Nigerian Women’s right to vote. She was famous as the first Nigerian Woman to drive a car.
She was one of the delegates who negotiated Nigeria’s independence with the British government.
Hajiya Gambo Sawaba: She was a Nigeria Women’s right activist, politician and philanthropist. She was a campaigner for western education and women liberation in the north. She actively campaigned against underage marriage in the North.
Hannah Dideolu Awolowo: She was an active politician who stood in for her incarcerated husband to contest for president of the second Republic. She was a successful businesswoman, the first Nigerian distributor for the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC). She was also the first Nigerian to import lace fabrics.
Kudirat Abiola: She is a martyr of democracy. The democracy we enjoy today is partly due to her efforts. Her journey into politics started when her husband declared his intention to run for presidency.
Madam Grace Soyinka : Mrs Soyinka was a woman activist who played a prominent role in decongesting Nigeria of colonial manipulation. She was involved in organizing workshop for illiterate Egba women to make them understand their rights as citizens.
Margaret Ekpo: She was a formidable women’s right activist and social mobiliser. She was a pioneering female politician in the First republic. She organized the market women’s association to promote women’s solidarity as a platform to fight for economic and political rights of women.
Mary Okezie: She was a teacher and civil servant. She funded the Ngwa Women’s association to promote the education and welfare of women. She dedicated her life to supporting women’s rights in Nigeria.
Moremi Ajasoro: She was a brave and beautiful woman who sacrificed her all to save her people. She was married to the then King of Ile ife.
Nwanseruma: She was at the center of the Aba women’s riots. She played a major role by making the riot non-violent by employing the use of songs and dances.
Queen Amina: She was a warrior queen of Zazzau (Now Zaria) she is the subject of many legends. She was a great ruler, brave and industrious. She created strong earthern walls to surround Zaria and other cities she conquered. She was known to conquer Katsina, Kano and Bauchi.
Queen Idia: She was a great warrior who fought relentlessly before and during her son’s rule. She helped her son conquer the igalas and re-established unity, military strength of the kingdom. She was installed Iyoba (Queen Mother) to honor her contributions.
Stella Adadevoh: She was an accomplished physician and endocrinologist at the first consultant hospital. She single-handedly prevented one of the worst epidemics that would have hit Nigeria. She paid dearly with her own life as the act of heroism caused her to be infected.