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FH Woman

Florence H is delighted to present the
first version of FH Edit featuring the
beautiful sisters, Eku Edewor and
Kessiana Edewor-Thorley. We had the
pleasure of hosting them in April 2019
at Circa Lagos, Kessiana had just flown
back into town from LA whilst Eku had
some time to spare us out of her
extremely busy schedule - we were
thrilled they accepted our invitation.
We had the pleasure of sitting down
with the twins to discuss their
childhood, work and life in Lagos.
Since making a name for herself in the
Entertainment industry in
Nigeria, Eku Edewor is still keeping it
up as a fashionable mother.
She talks us through her personal style
and how she manages to keep it fresh
and consistent whilst juggling the
hustle and bustle of life in Lagos.
Kessiana, despite being the more
private sister with a crazy
personality, expressed her fears of
breaking through in her 30’s and is now
open to trying out new things which
has led to a rapid growth in her life. She
is an all-round creative as a Fashion
consultant and Interior designer by
trade but there’s something else about
Kessiana that has turned her fears into
a game changing plan that will unveil
itself in her next chapter.
How would you describe each
other’s style?
Kessiana
I would describe Eku’s style as
colourful, quirky, and fun. As a
kid, I was a little bit mean to her.
I would call her a clown (laughs)
because she used to mix prints
and colours together.
Eku
I used to love to clash, I mean
I still love to clash and now it’s
trendy – it’s a look, it’s a vibe.
I would say Kessie’s style is very
clean, toned and structured, very
much like Rick Owens. Anything
black, white, beige, stone, grey –
that type of vibe. But I would say
our go to look has always been a
white t-shirt and a good quality
pair of jeans when we aren’t trying
to express ourselves.

Tell us more about your childhood
memories’? – where did
you grow up, which school etc
Eku
We have really strong childhood
memories of going home to the
village for Christmas. Just the
whole process of the trip from
stopping at a pit stop restaurant
to take a pee. We would then have
our lovely little packed lunches
with boiled eggs (both chuckles)
and then we would eventually
reach our grandfathers’ beautiful
estate. All our cousins would be
around so we would play games
such as banga wars and hide and
seek, thanks to the pre-internet
era. We would climb trees, eat
fruits off the trees – it was really
exciting and grandpa would
entertain us with live bands and
assortment foods on Christmas.


Kessiana
I think it was so magical. Aside
from that, we were also fortunate
to go on trips with our parents to
London, New York or we would
go skiing which gave us a lovely
well-rounded experience. We were
able to really see the world and
our step dad made sure we had
things to aspire to.


Eku
Yes, they wanted us to see the
world and experience the best
things. We had a great childhood!
And obviously, boarding school
was the next step to that.


Kessiana
We were avid readers and
boarding school was a new
adventure for us. We had the
opportunity to have an education
here in Lagos and also in London.
All these experiences have definitely made us
more interesting, we loved it! I remember we
would tell people we were Nigerian princesses.
We would say we lived in huts and had tigers
as pets, we just played on their gullible minds
(laughs).
Have you always wanted to work in the
creative industry? –if you weren’t working
in the creative industry what would you be
doing?
Eku and Kessiana
We have come from a fashion forward and creative
family, hence, we never felt any restriction
towards the creative industry, however, we did
not consider it as a formal career choice until
we moved to England, an environment that
supported the creative space, then, it became
clear to us this was a viable career path.
If you were to ever live in a different country /
city where would it be?
Eku
New York for me! My sister and I have had a lot
of fond memories to hold in that city and we
love the theatrical scene and connection to the
film industry which excites me the most. It is
an interesting city with good food!
Kessiana
It’s funny, I want to say New York as well as we
loved going there, we have a lot of memories
but an island that really has won my heart over
is Ibiza. As I’ve gotten older, I now appreciate
solitude. I love the life and the fact that you
can drive without a license (laughs) maybe I
shouldn’t say that, oh and great food of course!
Who is your favourite African
designer or brand?

Eku and Kessiana
I think I’ve been very loyal to
Jewel by Lisa. I love her prints and
ability execute well-made clothes
with good quality control and a
point of view that takes on modern
fashion. In addition, we love
Bridget Awosika, Nkwo, Meena,
the creative vision of Iamisigo,
Kenneth Ize and several others.
We like African brands that are
able to be part of the modern
global discourse on fashion. We
would say our mum was who
introduced us to the art of African
fashion. We believe it is important
to wear clothes that reflect our
heritage.

What’s your favourite song or
artist?
Eku
This is a difficult one because I go
through phases, sometimes its Pop
culture and other times Afrobeats.
I love Tiwa Savage, Burna boy,
Davido, Wizkid, and other great
artisits. I mean I generally don’t
listen to music at home and normally
when I do, the type of music
I tend to listen to is Laura Jones,
Sabrina Claudio, Adele but I don’t
have a fav if I am being honest.
Kessiana
I mean I feel like I am an old soul.
We grew up watching lots of old
movies from a different era -
Motown Records, Etta James,
Golden Oldies - music that makes
me feel nostalgia. But at the
moment I love Cardi B and her
personality.
Tell us about your similarities
and differences? –lifestyle,
beauty, fashion etc.
Eku
I think we are very similar and
different at the same time. It’s very
difficult to express our differences
because as twins we were pretty
much exposed to the same
experiences growing up, so it’s inevitable
that we have similar tastes
and strived for the same things.
For instance, we absolutely hate
people making noises while eating.
There is a misperception that
Kessiana is the quiet one because I
work in the Entertainment industry,
however, I am more chilled
out and direct.
Kessiana
Eku believes you have to hear your
own truth as she is willing to hear
her own truth too. On the other-
hand, I would say I am more
diplomatic as I don’t like hurting
people’s feelings.
Eku
On beauty, I would say Kessiana loves to own skincare
products but does she love the process of putting it on
everyday?
Kessiana
No (laughs). I actually just bought the whole line from
Drunk Elephant and guess what, I will be consistent
because I am afraid if ageing.
Eku
I would say I am obsessive with skincare. I apply all the
skin care products we buy and will squeeze the whole lot
out until its last drop. But if all else fails, I think would
be a makeup artist. I did my mums makeup for her
wedding and think I did a pretty good job. Kess, did I do
a good job?
Have you guys ever been confused for one another?
Eku
At times, yes as some people don’t know we are twins.
There is a funny incident where Patoranking was greeting
Kessiana while she was jogging on the bridge and
she was literally running away wondering why this random
guy kept saying Eku.
Thankfully, a friend recognised him which prompted a
friendlier exchange. Kessiana is often confused as Eku
and graciously pretends to be Eku, sometimes taking
pictures with fans not knowing she is not Eku.
Are there any milestones
individually and collectively you
would like to achieve? What is
your next chapter?

Eku
I would love to make films that
tell great African stories in ways
everyone can relate to for
international audiences and see
my daughter grow up to be the
very best she can be.
Kessiana
I would love to complete a
beautiful project which will
feature in the Architecture’s
Digest as I have loved and read
it since I was a kid. I have also
dreamt of working in
entertainment. I would like to
produce, write, star, and
direct a movie about twins with
Eku and feature in our own movie
to be eventually featured on
Netflix.
Eku
We have both been creative from a
young age and then we both went
our separate ways. I ended up
living in Lagos and then 6 years
later my sister decided to move
back. There is a part of us that
feels we are the Olsen twins that
didn’t happen (laughs) but we
believe strongly that our time is
now.We believe we have a unique
story as twin sisters and work so
well creatively together and
independently. We are a talented
two so we want to exploit that!ique
story as twin sisters and work so
well crea
What has been your greatest
achievement so far?
Eku
Being a mom. It’s not easy raising
a child but it is most gratifying
and is my greatest achievement.
Have you ever experienced
colourism as someone of mixed
heritage, and if so, how do you
overcome it?
Eku
I don’t think I was aware of
discrimination so much growing
up. Both our parents were very
good at making sure we were
really secure about who we were
and understanding our heritage.
It was more on focusing our
qualities as a person and there was
no room for differentiating
people according to skin colour
and we were raised in such a way
we never had that thought. Maybe
it was there but I never saw it.
Kessiana
Even in boarding school which
was predominately white, I never felt victimised. I don’t ever recall
having a racial remark thrown at us.
Eku
We were really proud of our identity as Nigerian, British and Urhobo.
We were raised to be strong and undeterred by negativity. I am sure
there were times some ignorant racial remarks were made towards us in
the park but we never did allow it to get to us.
What are the challenges you’re facing in Nigeria creative industry and
how have you been able to manage it?
Kessiana
The Interior design industry faces challenges such as lack of unions that
regulates industry standards, quality control, and standardised pay for
designers and artisans based on merit, input and creativity. Whilst, I
support the Made in Nigeria movement, I believe the industry needs to
be more developed, and issues of epileptic power supply and lack of a
skilled workforce adequately addressed before placing importation bans
on an emerging industry.
Eku
As a passion led industry, I hope as the entertainment industry evolves
there is more structure, regulations and standardised pay. The industry
should be unionised to be able to negotiate fair pay and working
conditions.
What will be your advice to the next generation of creative in
Nigeria?
Know your self-worth and personal value. Do your research about your
area of interest.
Eku
As a passion led industry, I hope as the entertainment industry evolves
there is more structure, regulations and standardised pay. The industry
should be unionised to be able to negotiate fair pay and working
conditions.
What will be your advice to the next generation of creative in
Nigeria?

Know your self-worth and personal value. Do your research about your
area of interest.
Heels or flats?
Kessiana
Flats
Eku
Heels
Ghanaian jollof or Nigerian jollof?
Both
Nigerian jollof. Our mom made the best jollof rice in Nigeria, so much
so people began to request for her jollof even though it was never a
business at first.
Wine or Cocktail?
Eku
Cocktail but as I get older, I love a good quality wine.
Kessiana
I would say wine but I do love a good cocktail.
Lagos or London?
Eku
I have to say Lagos has my heart.
Kessiana
Yes, I think at a time I would have said London as it is nice for a break
but you know, home is home. I love Lagos. I love how your friends will
just turn up to your house like “hey girl”, whereas in London it almost
feels like you have to book an appointment to see your friends.
Eku
I think there is just something here that makes me feel alive but sometimes
London sha, I won’t lie.