Mazzi Odu is a writer, editor and cultural commentator based in Lagos, Nigeria. Of Ugandan descent and educated in the UK, her work has focused on fashion, art and food and the way that cultural identity is informed and evolves through the usage and meaning we place in the items we wear, use or indeed consume every day.
As a historian and social scientist by training, for her Vlisco&co project she has taken a historical perspective and approach; investigating how aesthetics of yesteryear inform or are countered by contemporary norms and how fashion and the self-expression opportunities it provides, allows for individuals, communities and even nations to reimagine themselves.
Previously, her work has been included in a number of international publications and news media including US Vogue, Business of Fashion, Elle UK, Harper’s Bazaar and CNN Style. She is also the founder of Magnus Oculus a blog focused on providing in depth analyses of the most significant talents emerging on the African continent.