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Sisi Eko: young beautiful Ladies from Lagos

1960 was the year of Africa - 17 African nations gained independence from British, French and Belgian rule. That year, there was a profound reason to celebrate! "ITELE APOTI", a Yoruba word meaning, "BOTTOM OF THE CHEST or DRAWER " in English. It's a way of describing one's best clothes that are kept at the bottom of the chest and only worn on special occasions. This photography project explores 1960's fashion in Africa, particularly in Lagos Nigeria, shedding some light on how colonialism influenced the way we dressed, how our sense of style evolved that decade and our studio photography experience . Sisi Eko is a term used to describe a young beautiful Lady from Lagos. Sisi: young Lady, Eko: Lagos.

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Date Taken: 09.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Copyright: © olufemi olaiya