Our name

Definition: Seven, Language: Hausa

Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God's creation of all things. “So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation,…” - Genesis 2:1,2 (NLT)


We have worked hard to bring the perfect handmade bags to you; made from locally sourced materials in Lagos, Nigeria. Simple and stylish designs that complement your everyday look and add a special touch to your nights out. We understand that our customers are different and so we have a range of vibrant colours and sizes to suit the needs of every individual. Each bag is handmade with love and we pay attention to every detail with the intention to bring you the best.


Our founder Oyin Ilupeju is a Business economics graduate. After spending many summers gaining insight into the fashion industry, she decided it was time to bring it back home and that is where Bakwai came to life.  She started Bakwai with the intention to change the narrative about bags made in Nigeria and basically just empower Nigerian businesses and encourage creation and innovation. For her, Bakwai is a means of creative expression and empowerment and she is grateful that you are interested in us as a brand and hopes that when you carry one of our bags, you feel as beautiful and strong as you wish to be.