“ORISA” KING OF QUEENS Toyin Lawani popularly known as Tiannah Covers Taylor Live Magazine’s Latest Issue (TL Magazine).
Toyin Lawani was born into the Lawani family of Ekiti State in the South West of TNigeria on the 1st of March 1982 to her father, Yisah Lawani a former commissioner of Police and her mother, Princess Atinuke Babalola, a serialentrepreneur (also royalty).
Toyin’s grandfather was Pa Elijah Are Babalola, who was the first Minister of Works in the Western Region and her grandmother was Chief Justice E.A. Babalola and also the Adele Oba of Ikole Ekiti. She attended Ebire Nursery and Primary School in Ibadan, Oyo State and in 1992 she was admitted into the prestigious St John’s college in Lagos. Having passed the West African Examination Council and being named as the overall best student in food and nutrition in her final year. She was admitted to study English at the University of Lagos in 1998.
As a student of the University of Lagos, she also enrolled at the Opral Benson training institute, a decision that helped pin point her lifelong career path. Toyin is graduate of English Language from the University of lagos. At the age of 16, her business career kicked off; and it began with the trading of clothes, shoes, bags, hair attachments to her fellow mates in the University. She sold her items and wares in a boutique, located in Hall 36- of her university accommodation, but within months, the boutique expanded to include a supermarket and a hair braiding salon. A year later, a Spa was opened along Akoka Road, in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos, and the clientele flocked towards the extraordinary seventeen-year old entrepreneur who eventually went on to study in Los Angeles School of Fashion for a Diploma Course, Exodus Hair School in india and Johnyim Fashion and Beauty Institute in Korea. Toyin’s mum played a huge role in shaping her daughter’s pathway; from the age of 17 to her mid 20s, she introduced Toyin to a number of dealers in fabric and hair products all across the middle east and Central Asia where she mastered the art of hair processing, colouring, hair treatment, and wefting.
Many years of hard work and perseverance has earned Toyin Lawani, a business empire-Tiannahs place empire, which consists of over 25 divisions -Tiannah Spa (Spa Treatments), Tiannah’s Dance Studio(choreography), Tiannnahstyling Music Video (Shoots, Directs and Styles Videos), Glow by Tiannah (Cream and Consultation), Tiannah’s Hair Goddess, Barbing Saloon, Nail Studio, Tiannahstyling (Style Outfits), Elegante Boutique, Tiannahstyling Fashion Academy, Elegante by Tiannahstyling, Elegante Kids, Tiannah’s Beauty School, Tiannah’s Video Production, Elegante Men, Amala Dot.Com 1, Tiannah’s Travels and Tour, Tiannah’s Make up Studio, Tiannahs Photography, Tattoo Parlour, Tiannah’s Fabric Room, Tiannah’s Photo Studio, Tiannahs Home & Furniture Company and more. Furthermore her humanitarian side is seeing Toyin Lawani manage a Charity Organisation called I Rep For Hope, two of the beneficiaries (living with impairments) of the said charity are Mercilin (trained in the skill of Hair Making) and Gladys (trained in the skill of Tailoring). Gladys has sewn some of the most creative outfits for celebrities.
Toyin Lawani started by giving fashion advice and styling her friends for events. She has since then developed her own styling outfit and grown become one of the most sought after stylists in the Nigerian Fashion Industry. As a stylist, she has worked with celebrities such as WizKid, Banky W, Niyola, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Terry G, Mercy Johnson, Emma Nyra, Juliet Ibrahim. Trybe Records, 3LiveChicks, Waje, Stephanie Okereke Linus, Sean Tizzle, May D, FunkeAkindele, SamKlef, Pasuma, Vonne Vixen, Tipsy, Iyabo Ojo, Toyin Aimakhu,Lami Phillips, AY the comedian, DJ Baggio, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, Korede Bello, LAX, Skales, Samklef, Mocheddah, Olamide, Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Style Plus, Denrele Edun, Goldie, Kenny Blaq, Blacky, Jazzman Olofin, Dare Art Alade, Fathia Balogun, Eniola Badmus, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Madam Abba Folawiyo, Victoria Kimani, Emma Nyra, Toke Makinwa, Ariyike Akinbobola and other foreign superstars like Keri Hilson, Natalie Nunn, Ciara and many more.
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