How GQ Turned Fela’s Shrine Into A Gorgeous Set For A Fashion Shoot

How GQ Turned Fela’s Shrine Into A Gorgeous Set For A Fashion Shoot

Of course, it is known that of the handful of cultural and musical meccas around the world, the Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine is counted as one.

Emeka Uchechukwu, Coat - $5,900 by @Dior
Emeka Uchechukwu, Coat – $5,900 by @Dior

It is for this reason, that the GQ style team, paid a pilgrimage visit to the shrine and shot a style shoot turning the shrine faithfuls into instant models.

Did they nail it? Certainly, more than we can say for a select few who have once been mandated with the task of doing themed shoots of this sort.

Speaking on this, Mobolaji Dawodu, GQStyle Fashion Director had these few words to say;

“The Shrine is a refuge for the youth in Lagos—it’s a place where you can come and be free, maybe get a job, have a community—and these are some of the young cats we met there. We cast and dressed everybody on the spot with traditional Nigerian clothes and then these designer coats. I just looked for interesting characters. There was something about each of them that struck me; I think it comes across in the photos. It’s a vibe. You feel it. If someone has style, you don’t have to do too much. You put a tailored garment on them and they just own it.”

 

From 25 year old Adeyemo Akeem, who might have a solid future in modelling if we go by his effortless pose and stance, to 30 year old Olayinka Crow, who stands complete in a white and blue bathroom slippers – a national totem!- these shrine faithfuls, are adorned in pieces from luxury brands, and they pull it off!

Adeyemo Akeem, 25, Jacket - $1,720 by Caruso Menswear
Adeyemo Akeem, 25, Jacket – $1,720 by Caruso Menswear

 

Emeka Uchechukwu, Coat - $5,900 by @Dior
Emeka Uchechukwu, Coat – $5,900 by @Dior

 

Kenneth Osarenren, 27 Jacket, $3,700, by Berluti
Kenneth Osarenren, 27 Jacket, $3,700, by Berluti

 

Olayinka Crow, 30 Coat, $2,500, by Issey Miyake Men
Olayinka Crow, 30 Coat, $2,500, by Issey Miyake Men

 

Chinedu Nnaeloka, 24 Coat, $1,595, by Paul Smith, Sunglasses by Ray-Ban
Chinedu Nnaeloka, 24 Coat, $1,595, by Paul Smith, Sunglasses by Ray-Ban

 

Abayomi Michael, 22 Coat, $1,005, by Dries Van Noten
Abayomi Michael, 22 Coat, $1,005, by Dries Van Noten

 

Wasiu Akeem, 23 Coat, $3,995, by Dolce & Gabbana
Wasiu Akeem, 23 Coat, $3,995, by Dolce & Gabbana

 

Abeeb Sanusi, 23 Coat, $3,400, by Bottega Veneta
Abeeb Sanusi, 23 Coat, $3,400, by Bottega Veneta

 

 

 

Images – www.gq.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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