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Okundaye And Her Signature Gele, Beads, Gowns

Posted: May 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinyere Abiaziem 


It is evident that Chief Mrs. Oyenike Davies Okundaye, has carved her own style with her ever flowing Adire dresses, massive sized head gear(gele), bold accessories- necklaces, bangles and earrings. The professional textile designer and painter stand tall as one of God’s gift to Africa and humanity.

As a humanitarian, Chief Nike who is married to a Reuben Okundaye, a retired commissioner of police, for over 31 years has trained young Nigerians for free at the Nike Centre for Art and Culture in Oshogbo, Osun State where she is based.

At the centre, the exceptional Artist who turned 64 years last Saturday also admits undergraduate students from many Nigerian universities for their industrial training programmes in textile design. As well as students from Europe, Canada and the United States of America. International scholars and other researchers in traditional African art and culture also visit the centre from time to time for their research works on the processing of adire fabric and African traditional dyeing methods.

Talking about her Batik cum Adire Fabric Signature wears, she concurred that it is the only wear she is known with even when she is outside the shore of Nigeria. “You may be right if you say I have created an identity for myself with my adire clothes. It is the only thing that I am known with. I don’t wear any other clothe, even when I travel out of the country,” she said.

However, it can be said that; her distinct way of styling her gele and assembling her beaded necklaces, truly depicts the beauty of an African beauty ICON.

More strength to Mama Nike, who without formal high school or college education, is an international class model.So, in this line we celebrate our very own gift!