Estella Ogbonna…Curves, Colors and Captivations

by Taiwo Obude

OBUDE: How do you combine them together?

ESTELLA: Trust me my brother, it is simply not easy! Sometimes I wish I had 36 hours in my day! I tell my friends that God knew I would be doing this now, being why I am not married at this time, because I fear to imagine doing all what I am doing now with a husband and kids! Phew! But things are getting into the right places, and I thank God that, because now, I can say I am ready to marry and settle down! That deep vacuum of something missing in my life has been filled! You know, doing IT, working, and still feeling that there is something I still needed to do etc. Well, I found it! Its my passion and love for fashion. I had to step out and do it for real. And now there is that feeling of fulfillment! The sky is now just my limit!

OBUDE: Are you also bringing your fashion to Nigeria?

ESTELLA: I started from Nigeria. Nigerian fashion gave me some skills…but there are lots of fashion talents and designers in Nigeria. I respect them! They are good! I unconsciously learned from Nigeria!

And yes, someday, I would bring it to Nigeria. Not as introducing anything new there, but as a collaboration with existing Fashion Houses to do great things with our talents. Its in the pipeline and could be sooner than anyone knows. I am just taking my time to check out the designers I want to work with.

OBUDE: In Nigeria we have a lot of fashion home, tailoring stores, what makes you think they will accept you?

ESTELLA: Good question Taiwo, but like I said, I am not going to jump in there like “American Designer Come to Town”! NO! I would rather have a collaboration with existent designers. There are those that have the talents, but need the exposure, I would like to work with those!

My pastor (Pastor Ghandi Olaoye of Jesus House DC) keeps saying during our Haggai Business Men Networks Meetings that the sky is large enough for all birds to fly! And that is simply the truth. My clients would be my clients and yours would be yours. My designs are different from yours, and some other person may prefer yours etc.

And I am planning to get in a lot of young fashion talents into the limelight with me. Under ESTELLA, but they will still retain their name under one of my collections.

OBUDE: How do you get your models? Or are they just friends helping you out?

ESTELLA: There are lots of ways to get models in US here. But recently my publicist (Nenye Productions) handle the Modeling part of my company. I have friends that also help out sometimes. But we are looking to work with all sorts and shapes of models to reflect my clientele. I am going to get my mum to model for me you know, after all, she started this whole thing in a way. Ha ha ha ha. And no, don’t call me a ‘Mummy’s gal’! I just love my mum, and her sweetheart –My dad! They are the “bestest” parents in the whole wide world!

OBUDE: You mention God a lot in your answers. Are you very religious?

ESTELLA: My Dear, what is man without God. Yes, God is my all in all, and I daily wake up and thank HIM. Even on days when things seem tight. HE has been there for me and I know HE will never forsake or leave me. I am not religious, I am simply a Christ-Follower. Call me a born-again Christian and I am shouting it out on the mountain top for the demons to tremble! Ha ha ha ha.

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21 comments February 1, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Thank you Estella, i know right from time that there was something diffrent about you and that you were destined for success, and it’s my pleasure to have been part of that success.

Reply January 30, 2012 - 5:48 am

This Interview. I remember.

Thanks Again Taiwo Obude!


ify ekwempu January 31, 2007 - 7:27 am

luvly interview,now i am convinced that all things are achieveable through determination, thanks for inspiring me.Estelle u go gurl!!!!!!!!!!

buda atum November 14, 2006 - 7:34 am

Very interesting stuff, nice clothes, beautiful clothes wonderful person!

Now I know where my next wardrobe is coming from – soon as I find meself a well to do man!

Go Estella!

Estella Ogbonna November 1, 2006 - 7:37 pm

Jyoti! I remember….Savoy! How can I forget when I met the most wonderful women on earth!! From all corners of the world, all with the dream to make a change in the lives of women.

Jyoti, this is still my way of contributing to womanhood….I have plans for that. I am still a Community Developer and Non-Profit Organizations manager anyday!

My dear, I NEVER knew or dreamt, or even thought I would end up in the fashion world. But…..,I am LOVIIIIING IT gurl!!

How is Kuwait? I plan to vist you someday…..;)

Jyoti Nair October 28, 2006 - 9:34 am

Estella, this is just the begining for you… now on there will be no looking behind. I do not know if you remember long time ago when I had met you as only a brainy woman (not knowing this side of you) I had said you are very special and you have a lot in you.. remember in Savoy Washington DC. I am so proud of you… What many do not know of her is her extremely sensitiveness to human kind… Love you!

REGGY AND BECKY October 3, 2006 - 12:38 am


jules July 13, 2006 - 9:46 am

great interview, strong personality.

see her gallery on and you will agree with me she's a high flyer in the fashion world.

oluchi July 13, 2006 - 5:56 am

You have always had a passion for high fashion and i knew sooner than later you were going to face it. i am overwhelmed and I'm sure you'll grow from strength to strength because it's inborn. Thanks for making us proud. GOD is your strength.

Qute4reva June 6, 2006 - 10:31 am

I wish you the very best Estella, the sky is the limit. God bless.


Justus Emeka Ogbonna June 2, 2006 - 10:25 am

great interview,the sky is your starting point not your limit.You are destined for greatness……….

ayo April 15, 2006 - 4:48 am

Hey Estella call me … lol ..just kidding no mind me .. keep up the good work , do stay focused and spend time reading ur bible ..your best is yet to come ..stay blessed girl ..

Anonymous April 10, 2006 - 1:24 pm

You go girl!! I knew all those ya fashion craze from Childhood was a sign of great things in your future! God Bless you! And the works of you hands! Keep Strong and TRUST HIM ALWAYS!

Olu Adewole April 5, 2006 - 10:43 am

Beautiful designs!

Wonderful disposition!

Remain focused, steadfast and God-driven. And of course your Haggai Business Network family is behind you all the way!!

Anonymous April 5, 2006 - 10:36 am

I am excited about your progress and encouraged about the fact that you know this is just the beginning for you. The great God that resides in the heavenly places will continue to take you places as long as you glorify his name in your endeavours!! Best wishes from your Haggai Oga- Olu

Anonymous April 4, 2006 - 2:46 pm

All d way Estella aka 4satat

paul Nzeribe April 4, 2006 - 11:59 am

When God is with you, there is nothing that can stop you. Estalla i wish you the best, an waiting to watch your designs on the big screen.

Anonymous April 4, 2006 - 10:59 am

Congratulations on your achievements. We would like to see more of your designs. i like the ones shown so far. never stop trying.

God bless


easy April 3, 2006 - 3:36 pm

may the good lord continue to bless you and make your dreams come true.

Anonymous April 3, 2006 - 8:06 am

The interview is great! I know for sure that she (ESTELLA) will rule the fashion world in a very near future.

Anonymous April 3, 2006 - 7:32 am

Great Interview…Loved reading it…May the fruits of your labour never be in vain…Thy sky is no longer your limit, you can go above that. Austy!


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