Adebayo Oke Lawal has not always been this beloved personality with a huge fanbase that adore and stan for everything he puts his name, likeness or image on. Before this, he was nearly hated for the guts of starting a brand like Orange Culture, an androgynous brand that stood far and above what an everyday Nigerian man could and “should” wear. He’d had to endure cyber bullying, name calling etcetera, but he stuck to it as firmly as he sticks to the things he believes in. Orange Culture at a time was deemed too queer and un-Nigerian, especially at a time when his contemporaries were making the things Nigerians love and appreciate the most – the familials; suits, long pants, t-shirts; you know, the basic every day stuff that us Nigerians appreciate the most. He stuck to his aesthetic and ethos, kept getting better one collection at a time and it didn’t take long for the West and indeed the rest of the world to take notice. I’d asked him once if he could by heart name the global publications he’d been featured on in the past – “New York Times, American Vogue, British Vogue, Business of Fashion, Italian Vogue, Wonderland, GQ, Huffington Post, Fucking Young, Elle,“ that’s as far as he could remember, but trust when I say the list goes on and on.