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Chimamanda Adichie wore this floor-length white-leopard-patterned dress to the 2014 Farafina Literary Evening held at the Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event officially brought the 2014 Farafina Trust Creating Writing Workshop to an end. Sponsored by Nigerian Breweries and run by Adichie and a team oflocal and guest writers, the workshop has since become a hatching ground for new writing talents in Nigeria. 

Phyno, Nigerian super-duper rap star was there to perform. The former Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, also popped by for a minute. 

Scroll down to see photos of the event that I gleaned from instagram, including a picture of Adichie’s dress in full.

Loved the top half of the dress. The organza is delicately feminine. I’d have gone for shorter though. But that’s just me. Floor-length dresses always seem much too dramatic. Hair and make up complements the dress. The lip color is the right red for her skin tone and works well with the white of the dress.

My verdict on the look?

She pulled it off. No?


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  1. Onyemelukwe 2014/08/29 at 17:51 #

    Love the dress. She carries if off beautifully. Sounds like a great event. I’m so glad to see that Nigerian writers are supported like this.

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