Lisa Folawiyo is one of the best-loved designers in the African Fashion industry, a pioneer in the popularity of beaded ankara and is internationally known for her fashion labels under the Jewel by Lisa umbrella, namely Jewel by Lisa, the J label and Pretty Precious the kids collection). Although her work has been featured worldwide, from Lagos Fashion and Design Week to New York Fashion Week, Folawiyo emphasises the notion of looking more inward rather than internationally for recognition.

Guardian Life caught up with Folawiyo for a chat to celebrate International Women’s Month and find out more about her progression as a fashion designer in the Nigerian high society.

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