Amaka Osakwe (born in 1987) is a stylist of fashion from Nigeria
Based in Lagos and in 2010, founded the brand Maki Oh. Maki Oh is a brand of female fashion that combines African techniques with the contemporary construction details.
This brand is centered on a strong sense of identity and culture creation of parts narrative that acts as channel of direct communication of African culture. The vision of Maki Oh extends beyond the physical beauty to a texture beauty in layers and three-dimensional aesthetics, incorporated the philosophies of sustainability, preservation, strength and simplicity complex.
International stars such as singers as Beyoncé and Rihanna or the actress Kerry Washington discovered at that designer, clothes for their own. The first lady,Michelle Obama, is well known to be an icon of beauty and elegance, wore during the summer of 2013 in a trip to South Africa,a blouse of the Nigerian designer, Maki Oh.
Her designs also have been used to Solange Knowles, Alek Wek, Thandie Newton, Azaelia Banks and Leelee Sobieski and by the. Nigerian TV presenter Eku Edwor.
One of the features of this brand is that fabrics are dyed by hands using the tradicional textile process art Adire. Another interesting aspect is its way of combining western silhouettes and native materials.
The brand showed the collections during NYFW, and has featured in Vogue magazine, WWD, New York Times, The Wall Street journal, Fashion Business (Negocios de Moda), W Magazine, New York Magazine, The Financial Times, Forbes, Elle magazine, Interview magazine, Fader, Glamour, Paper magazine, Nylon and many others.
In 2004 Maki Oh was invited to the White House, as one of the favourite designer of Michelle Obama, along with Diane von Furstenberg and Jason Wu.
Maki Oh was the first fashion designer ,based in Africa to be invited to the White House.
Maki Oh was also one of the two African finalist first important LVMH Award for young African designers Arise.