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Meet Folake Okunaiya, president of Milliners Association of Nigeria. We will be introducing you to several Nigerian hat makes in next week's issue of AREA MAGAZINE.


The featured Ankara fascinator made by Belle Signatures

Instagram: @bellesignature 

Model: Folake Okunaiya from Lagos, Nigeria.




Below photograph by:@tojohnsonphotography

Hat Designer: Oluwakemi Kikelomo Ojenrinde

City: Lagos, Nigeria


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When you travel throughout the world , it is very clear that life in the United States is very different. Let's discuss Lagos, Nigeria.


The next issue will take behind the scenes in the Nigerian hat makers. Known as Milliners.  Through the eyes of member's of the Milliners Association of Nigeria, we talk business, the dollar verses the Naira and striving to become sustainable in using fabrics made in Nigeria, by Nigeria.

The Milliners Association of Nigeria is based in Lagos. Nigeria with three hundred members plus with about fifty, active members. Members cover the span from married to a larger percentage of members being single. The span of it's representation covers various states from Nigeria begins with hat makers from Lagos, to Port Harcourt, Nigeria to Igbo states of Nigeria as Abia and Ebonyi. Nigeria is a federal republic with 36 states and a federal capital territory, with a population of about 150 million.


Nigeria has many distinctive regions, including deserts, plains, swamps, mountains, and steamy jungles. It has one of the largest river systems in the world, including the Niger Delta, the third largest delta on Earth. Much of Nigeria is covered with plains and savannas.


If you had heard that Nigeria has a war with Ghania on who has the jolly dishes, to the raw and uncut Nollywood movies, the home of Afro Beat legend, Fela Kuti and the most resourceful people. "Nothing goes to waste" adds, president of Milliners Association of Nigeria, Folake Okunaiya " Nigeria is a place rich with opportunities, but you must be a hustler!" 


It’s important to understand that the naira, pronounced (nah-ira) is Nigerians monetary system was introduced into their market in 1973. Before this Nigeria was a British colony, that used the pound sterling.  


Interesting Facts:

1,000 Nigerian Naira equals

$2.44 United States dollar!


In Africa there’s 55 different AFRICAN CURRENCIES.