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Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Career Path: CEO, Orange Culture
Location: Lagos

I have been designing since the age of 10 and started Orange Culture in 2011 after working with several Nigerian designers to turn my unique vision of fashion into reality. Since starting the label and an official runway debut at Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2011, I've been hard at work trying to showcase Orange Culture to the world. Aside from fashion design I have also worked for 3 years as the fashion editor for Wow Magazine, and I have styled numerous celebrities such as Kate Henshaw , Rita Dominic , Munachi, Lala Akindojuand Ice Prince. As well as this I have done editorial work for magazines like Vogue Italia, Nataal, Wow and many more. I am also very concerned with the youth and because of this I have launched a CSR project called Painting Your Dreams, where he inspired young people through the art to believe in themselves.

What are you doing now?

I am running a successful business as described and am currently looking to expand.

What was it about Northumbria that made you study here?

I loved the programme diversification and the warmth of the representatives.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

It was amazing! I loved the interaction between lecturers and students and the diverse tools of educating.

How connected was your course with industry?

Highly connected. Especially the business simulation task.

What was the best thing about your course?

The people and the preparation for reality.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

It helped me understand the international interactions I was going to encounter and how to handle them professionally.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Interpersonal skills and cultural understanding.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

 Meeting people from diverse cultures.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

 Do it and be open to new experiences.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Warm, exciting and knowledgeable.

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