Momo Hassan-Odukale Is the Stylist With Trans-Continental Style

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When stylist Morinsola “Momo” Hassan-Odukale returned to Nigeria in 2018 after nine years of studying in the United Kingdom, she decided to set a goal to see at least one new African country each year. Her first trip took her to Ethiopia, where she was immersed in the country’s culture, and the experience changed her. Almost four years later, she is still committed to this trip. Wherever she’s traveling, she ensures she engages with the local community and interacts with them, learning and understanding how other creatives in other countries are working and thriving. “I enjoy traveling, especially across Africa,” Hassan-Odukale says. “Being able to learn and see so much and gain from other cultures—seeing all the differences and similarities, creating a community across the continent and constantly learning from others is something I am grateful for.”

After graduating from the prestigious Central Saint Martins school in London, Hassan-Odukale stayed in England and worked as an editorial intern and stylist. But London didn’t inspire her quite the same way that her hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, does. So for the first time since she was 11, Hassan-Odukale made a return to Lagos. Today, her eponymous creative studio—which offers consulting, styling and creative directing services—is thriving, and she is perhaps one of the most identifiable young creatives coming out of Nigeria.

“As a visual artist, Lagos does really inspire me,” Hassan-Odukale says. “There is something so special about it as a city: the landscape, being surrounded by water and so much greenery, the beauty of the people, the hustle, and even hardship. Lagos doesn’t stop. The best part is working with the people here. It’s the spirit of coming together and making it work even when against all odds.”

Photo: Danielle Mbonu / Courtesy of Momo Hassan-Odukale

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