By Mercy Hill
Adejoke Lasisi is a Nigerian fashion designer, and environmentalist. known for her development of fashion products and designs using nylon and textile wastes. She is the founder and CEO of Planet 3R and Jokelinks Weaving School.
By the age of 9 Adejoke had begun weaving with her parents. She attended higher education at Obafemi Awolowo University lle-lfe and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She also has a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from Enterprise Development Center in Lagos Nigeria.
In July 2020, Adejoke won the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of the Year Award, an event which was well attended by state governors and ministers. She was recognized and celebrated by President Muhammadu Buhari as a youth innovator at the maiden celebration of the National Youth Day on November 1, 2020.
She has also won the Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation’s Africa Green Grant Award on November 14, 2020 at the second edition for her actions to improve the environment.
Passionate about merging the traditional with pop culture, this artist is taking a different path with the Yoruba Aso Oke.
Scared that the use of Aso Oke was slowly dying out, Adejoke Lasisi spins abandoned Aso Oke into amazing accessories to promote the
The Aso Oke, or “top cloth”, is a hand-woven, expensive material made and worn by the South-Western part of Nigeria. The northernmost parts of Yorubaland, like Iseyin in Oyo state, are famous for the varieties of the craft of Aso Oke making. In fact, it is one of the best souvenirs to buy from Nigeria because of the specialization of craft here.
However, the use of the material has slowly been relegated to mostly parties, owambe and special occasions, making it less popular.
Adejoke Lasisi, a weaver, designer and artist in Ibadan, is passionate about bringing this Yoruba fashion symbol. She takes old and abandoned aso oke materials and weaves them into bags, shoes, fascinators, bangles and even napkins. This gives the material a more modern look, still retaining the essential craft that is the hand-woven material.
Recently, she began making ornaments and other beautiful apparels from recycled materials. She gathers what people regard as waste such as nylon, pure water sachets and then recycles them for efficient use.
She plans on making more of these items and opening a store, so that people from all over the world can come to buy.