Yes, I think so. As an outsider from fashion circles – being in Lagos –, I believe that my ability to get noticed by international press publications – such as Vogue, WGSN, Vice, etc. – early on for my work at Bloke really helped my acceptance as an unconventional creative who knows what he’s doing here in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
I would be lying if I said social media didn’t help. Also, I collaborated with a friend, Khanh Brice Nguyen, who made the soundtrack for my debut runway show, and poet Lanaire Aderemi; both of them were far across my continent, they live in London, so social media is the only way possible we could’ve done that.