A popular saying from writer Oscar Auliq-Ice goes: “You can choose to wait and hope that life gives you what you want – or you can choose to take the plunge and get down to work to achieve it. your dream.”
Getting down to business is something Vera Ofure does too well.
The 21-year-old Edo-born fashion enthusiast is gradually making a name for herself doing what she loves most: promoting African values, foods and fashion in creative styles.
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Vera, model, stylist and storyteller, officially started modeling in 2016 and 2020, has become an Afro-centric designer and continues to grow her brand, Ordinary not Common (ONC) which has over 3,000 followers on Instagram.
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Although her passion for creating beautiful art through fashion is not without challenges, Ofure, a microbiology student, describes herself as a “daring and passionate” woman. She is determined to one day make a name for herself in the fashion industry.
Legit.ng recently had an interview with the beautiful young ebony talent in which she spoke about her passion and the story behind the beautiful and unique brand.
Below are excerpts from the interview:
What inspired you to create the Vera Ofure brand?
“The inspiration for creating this brand comes from the ability to appreciate and own my African DNA. I am an empath and when I read stories based on colonization, slavery and how our values Afro-centric have been twisted, flayed, stolen, burned, and the circumstances unfolding in my society ranging from injustice to domestic values to patriarchal and matriarchal roles in society, I carry that pain and turn it into determination to telling stories through what I seek and the inspirations I receive. “
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My ancestors, mom inspire my style
Ofure, passionate about all things African, revealed that her style is collectively influenced by her mother’s struggle, the sacrifice of her ancestors, among others.
In his words:
“My style inspiration comes from winning my ancestors’ struggle, my mother’s struggle, winning people’s struggles in society, and winning my struggle. I take inspiration from the sacrifices my ancestors made. had to do in their life (whatever happened) to see that I was born into a world where I can have the freedom to question who I was told I was, to define who I want to be and to pass this heritage on to my unborn generation. ”
I pay the price
As incredibly creative and unique as Vera Ofure’s work is, the young stylist revealed that she hasn’t gotten a paid job for her creativity yet, but still has hopes for the future.
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“I believe that this life and everything you do in it has a price. I’m currently paying the price. I haven’t gotten any paid jobs for my creativity, sometimes I worry if I’m doing what I’m doing. I have to, but I choose to make the decision – some painful days, some days joyfully, to first be in alignment with my destiny and believe that I will be taken care of. I do my best to take it one day at a time and focus on building my niche. I’m young, bold and passionate and when the time comes, the checks will start pouring in. “
I was left alone to style my hair from scratch
Speaking about her challenges, Ofure revealed that she didn’t get her mother’s support to pursue her dreams because she feared Oure would forget her values. However, she encouraged the young model to finish her studies.
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Additionally, at 5’3ft, Ofure revealed that her height was a constraint in getting signed by model agencies.
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However, all of these things prompted Ofure to promote his African heritage.
In his words:
“Of course I faced challenges. Firstly, as a model, I couldn’t fit into an agency because of my size. I had a problem with portraying and building a network because I couldn’t get good clothes and the basics of things I needed to put myself forward. Nothing was offered to me like a plateau and not to gain my mother’s support when she noticed my interest in modeling because she feared what would become of my values.
“I was left alone to style my hair from scratch. I started with my usual clothes until 2020, I had to stop and ask myself ‘who are you? “” What makes you different? There and there, I became African. As an Afrocentric stylist, I make all of my designs from scratch, research materials for styling, pick locations for filming, and pay for makeup. Before I finished my microbiology degree program which made me a student, it was not easy to fund my dream, my work is coming slowly due to insufficient funds, so I am doing menial work. “
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About the most exciting part of her job she said:
“The exciting part of creating Afrocentric art is from inspiration to the final product. I take inspiration from articles, novels, everything I read and that resonates, storylines that take place in the community, the story and the imagination. Telling the stories, wearing the fashion and seeing the end product is exciting and fulfilling for me. “
How about Vera Ofure’s Dream?
“Vera Ofure’s dream is for everyone from all walks of life to consider the story I tell of royalty, justice, hope and love. My dream is to ‘encourage everyone to stand up for what is right and show it in your day to day life, your career and your social life. Be yourself and no one else. My dream is to tell these stories not only alone, but with people I love, tell these stories in movies, tell these stories in magazines, tell them to children in schools, tell it to young, old, rich, poor, influential. Tell it to everyone . “
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Second-hand fashion in Nigeria
With the advent of technology, second-hand items which are also known as Okrika, second-hand, second-hand, or folded selection have become easier to purchase with less stress.
It also helps fashionistas to wear these second-hand items in style. While most fashion bloggers tend to associate with big brands, there are those who regularly preach the gospel of savings.
One of those people is an Abuja-based fashion blogger identified as Obianuju Rosemary Obi. Known as the Duchess of Art on Instagram, the fashionista and artist is a regular build her brand as a thrift fashion blogger.
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