We like celebrity style inspiration as much as the next girl, but what gets us even more excited? Rising style stars! Being a celebrity does not naturally confer style chops so when we sense a new style direction for a beloved celebrity or sniff out a style-savvy up and comer we are beyond excited.

Today, we’re here to highlight our top picks for budding style stars (part wishlist, part predictions) who are set to make a stylish name for themselves  in 2018.

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Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade

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This may come as a huge surprise, but it would be criminal to exclude this star. She burst on to the scene a few years ago and is catching a second wind style wise this year. She continues to impress with recent stellar turns on stage in Fela & the Kala Kuta Queens and on the red carpet at the SoundCity MVP Awards in Moofa Designs , and with her fashion forward insta-worthy style. We have a strong premonition that 2018 will present a huge style evolution for her as her return to the spotlight continues to gain ground.

Adesua Etomi


Aptly dubbed Nigeria’s sweetheart, Mrs W is more known for her magnificent acting than her street style, but that’s rapidly changing. She already bagged a campaign with Wana Sambo  in 2017 and we hear a major beauty campaign may be in the offing. Her new stylist also seems to ‘sabi the work’ so we are quite excited to see how her 2018 style game will play out.

Linda Osifo


Ok we’ll admit it. We’ve been low key obsessed with Linda Osifo for a while now. Her beauty has an almost feline quality that is beguiling but is still very girl-next-door . There’s really no point in denying her rising popularity- in film and fashion. The Nigerian bombshell’s style is a surprisingly refreshing combination of sultry and daring. She easily switches it up from daytime to nighttime in emerging designers like Belois Couture and Tolu Bally and can be spotted wearing different types of looks, ranging from cool streetwear inspired to effortlessly elegant red carpet style.

Jemima Osunde


With her doll-like fairytale looks, Jemima Osunde is the quintessential girly girl. Her love of classic silhouettes and  neutral palettes have served her well so far, but we are hoping she makes some bold decisions this year, to ensure her style truly stands out.

Nancy Isime


This talented presenter is one to watch for her style and her growth on the silver screen. The leggy presenter is quickly building a reputation for herself as a stylesetter. Look out for the her on Instagram, where she can be spotted wearing everything from bold striped dresses to casual festival  inspired looks, with her signature peroxide blonde pixie.



Music star Simi became a household name in record time, and if her new WGSN feature is anything to go by (starting 2018 off strong!) the rest of the year is set to be a sartorial delight.

Her style is raw, gritty and unfiltered, and whilst she has had her share of misses on the red carpet we can see her style shaping up quite nicely already.

What do you think of our list? Did we miss anyone out? Let us know in the comments!