Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Design Label MIA presents its Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Lookbook

Paging Malawian fashion enthusiasts!

Let’s take a walk on the borders of Malawi with design label MIA‘s new 2013 collection. Created by designer Mia Nisbet, the collection is a testimony to her ethos of creating ethical and sustainable fashion from Africa and for Africans, which she also refers to as up-cycled fashion. She fuses recycled fabrics and traditional Malawian textiles to create collections that combine the richness of African fabrics and cultures with Western styles.
According to the designer in an interview with the collection’s lookbook fashion photographer Adam Marc Williams, creating up-cycled fashion is “more than recycling clothing. It involves a whole process of deconstruction, re design and reconstruction. An up- cycled garment will utilize an old dis-guarded garment and give it a completely new lease of live as a completely reinvented garment
Well, let’s see what she created with her pro-recycled fashion movement and fashion expertise.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Hear This Guy Shaa - " This World Cup is for Jonathan – Eaglets Coach"

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This World Cup is for Jonathan – Eaglets Coach

Coach Manu Garba has dedicated Nigeria’s fourth FIFA U-17 World Cup victory to President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife.

Away from the battery of cameras and in the hallowed corridors of Al Jazira’s dressing room in Abu Dhabi, Manu said both President Jonathan and his wife more than anybody deserved praise for the feat he achieved with his team.
He recalled it was only President Jonathan that hosted the boys upon their return from the African U-17 Championship, where they came second.
“This trophy is for President Goodluck Jonathan, who had a strong belief in us despite the fact that we came second at the African championship,” MTNFootball.com quoted the Eaglets coach as saying after the team’s victory on Friday.
“We were really fired up when he hosted us after the African Championship and we are looking forward to meeting Mr. President again with the World Cup.”
Manu described President Jonathan as a very lucky man after the Golden Eaglets followed the footsteps of the Super Eagles for winning a major trophy in 2013.
The senior national team started the year with glorious outing at the African Nations Cup in South Africa and the Golden Eaglets World Cup win is more than an icing on the cake as 2013 drags to an end.
He revealed that his wife was the first person he called immediately after the final whistle of the match that saw his young guns dethrone Mexico as champions and entered the pantheon of world football as the first to win a record fourth world title.
“In fact, for the past four months I was not able to see my wife because of the nature of this job and I’m so happy that all the efforts we put into this work was not in vain,” he said.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank my wife for taking care of the home front.”
Manu also heaped praise on both Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Ibrahim Auwalu who rode on the team’s bus in company of Nigeria Football Federation’s President Aminu Maigari for a dinner reception hosted by the Nigeria Embassy in the UAE.
Source: The Nation

Iyanya at the 2013 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas | FAB Red Carpet Shots of Jennifer Hudson, Boris Kodjoe, Toni Braxton & more

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Nigerian music star Iyanya was present at the 2013 Soul Train Awards yesterday Friday 8th November 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Iyanya who attended the star studded event with his manager Ubi Franklin, was nominated in the Best International Performance category for his single “Kukere”.
For the event, Iyanya wore his best suit and tie look yet. He chose a black velvet suit, a white shirt, a blue bow tie and black shoes.

Check out photos of the event.
Actor/comedian Anthony Anderson hosted the event.
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Iyanya & Ubi Franklin
Iyanya & Boris Kodjoe
Iyanya & Boris Kodjoe

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson

Photography: Personality Dolapo Oni’s Stunning Photos

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Can everybody say stunning!
Nigerian TV Personality Dolapo Oni never fails to look picture perfect.
Recently the Ebony Life TV presenter updated her official website – www.marcydolapooni.com,  the shots are just awesome!
Check it out!
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Photography: Jide Alakija Photography

AY Live Comedy Show in London, November 17th at IndigO2

AY Live comedy show will take place on Sunday November 17th at London's IndigO2. I Go Dye, Elenu, Pencil, Helen Paul, Juliet Ibrahim, Chris Attoh, Yemi Black, Sir Shina Peters, & CEO Dancers will all perform at the show. Ticket is from 25 pounds. Buy your tickets at Cokobar.com.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sam Adeyemi's 22 Questions On National Conference

Pastor Sam Adeyemi is the Senior Pator of DayStar Christian Center, a Life coach, leadership coach and a teacher. He spoke last evening on the intending National Conference and asked so many questions. You have to start reading from the last tweet upwards, to understand his tweets.

''Will the Nigerian elite class have enough conscience to create a Nigeria where all citizens can equally prosper?'' All these and more after the cut.

Photos: Comedian AY Features Vivica Fox In His First Ever Movie

Ayo Makun has delved into movie productions! Not only as he started producing films, but he will also be acting in them, so you are now free to call him an actor. Ay has been in the US with Ramsey Nouah and Desmond Elliot for some weeks now where they have been shooting scenes for the movie. However, what caught our attention was when Vivica Fox an American actress, was spotted on his movie set. She is said to be one of the actresses Ay featured. This is the first movie he is producing.

New Video: WizKid - Jaiye Jaiye

30 Designers, 15 Countries & 20 Runway Shows! Presenting the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa in Tshwane, South Africa | Wednesday 30th October – Saturday 2nd November 2013

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Don’t take off your fashion hats yet ladies and gentlemen, because African Fashion International (AFI) will be hosting the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa (MBFW Africa) this week.
Collections from more than 30 top African designers from 15 countries will be showcasing in 20 runway shows in the beautiful city of Tshwane, Guateng province, South Africa. Featured designers representing some of the best of African collections from across the continent and the Diaspora will include Taibo Bacar (Winner of the 2012 Designer of the Year – AFI Africa Fashion Awards) from Mozambique; Mille Collines from Rwanda; Mina Evans and Duaba Serwa from Ghana; Sheria Ngowi and Mustafa Hassanali from Tanzania; David Tlale, Marianne Fassler and Thula Sindi from South Africa.

AFI Executive Chairperson, Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe says, “MBFW Africa is the pinnacle of African fashion: the platform is the gateway between African designers and the global fashion community to engage and promote our local industry. African designers have shown themselves to be world-class in their creativity and aesthetic, and MBFW Africa strives to heighten accessibility to new markets through regional and international exposure, creating a global desire for African-designed fashion”.

During Fashion Week, AFI will also be presenting a retail element; the Africa Fashion Trade Expo (AFTE). The AFTE offers designers the opportunity to engage in business-to-business networking with the media and buyers as well as business-to-consumer sales directly to the public. The finale show of AFI Fastrack 2013, AFI’s development initiative, will also take place in Johannesburg.
Date: Wednesday 30th October – Saturday 2nd November 2013.
Tickets will be available at www.webtickets.co.za prior to the event. For more information go to to www.afi.za.com.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Watch the Iofafrica Interview with Lisa Folawiyo & Zara Okpara of Jewel By Lisa

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She has been dubbed as the Ankara Princess and has had her pieces spotted on the celebrity frames of Kelis, Solange, Lucy Liu, Alicia Quarles, Thankdie Newton, Angela Simmons, Lala Anthony & more. Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel By Lisa has indeed put a fresh new spin on Ankara fabric and prints in general.
Catching up for a fashionable chat on all things JBL, Aina Fadina of Iofafrica – a series dedicated to showcasing Africans and friends of Africa who are making positive impacts in the fashion, music, arts & cultural world - interviewed Lisa while at their store in Ikoyi on her brand and where the JBL inspiration stems from.
She also gets to squeeze all the PR scoop from Zara Okpara who is the Head of PR for JBL and has been very instrumental in weaving the labels image to international acclaim.
Watch the interview below.

This episode is sponsored by Arik Airlines and Blush Boutique.

New Music: Bracket – Mama Africa

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Bracket have got a new one for all the African si-sis across the globe and this one is called “Mama Africa”
Play Bracket – Mama Africa


Gina Consulting Presents A Free Consulting Session for Unemployed Graduates in Lagos

Gina Consulting, “A global management consulting firm” is providing a platform for graduates to get inspired, network and be coached for free in helping to create a positive mindset amongst graduates seeking employment.

The coaching session will develop insights & strategies on how to find gainful employment in this competitive job market.

To be a part of this session just send in an essay, not more than 300 words on “Why you should be considered for this coaching session” to info@ginaconsulting.com on or before Wednesday 30th October 2013.

Only Individual’s with the best essays will be selected for the session

Mary J. Blige to Sing National Anthem at World Series

MJB teams with MLB for Game 1 of series.

Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige is set to sing the national anthem to open Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday (Oct. 23), reports the Associated Press. The queen of hip hop soul will hit Boston's Fenway Park, where the hometown Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals.
Blige previously sang the national anthem before Game 6 of the 2009 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees.
This year, the multi-Grammy winner takes the mound having just released her first ever holiday album, A Mary Christmas, co-produced by David Foster. "I had to make this record not only for the world, and Foster's fans, and new people, but I have to make it for the people who got me here, which is my fans," Blige told Grammy.com of the effort, which dropped Oct. 15, featuring the likes of Barbra Streisand and Mark Anthony.
Game 1 airs live from Beantown on FOX tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Davido says there are three Skelewu videos, watch anyone you like

Lol, Davido don tire for una matter... Oya nah... Too much money tinz!

Meet the Finalists for the GTBank British Council Lagos Fashion & Design Week Young Designer Entrepreneur Awards 2013

Culled from BellaNaija
They’re young, have a deep passion for fashion and they’re paving the way for fashion’s Generation Next. Presenting the finalists for the GTBank British Council Lagos Fashion & Design Week Awards 2013.
With the Young Designer of the Year award, young fashion designers are offered the opportunity to be participants at targeted seminars and workshops facilitated by the British Council and a chance to exhibit their collection in front of a select audience and judiciary at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week.
This year, they’ve picked 10 of what promises to be the best young fashion designers out of Nigeria to show their competing collections and be crowed the Lagos Fashion & Design Week Young Designer Entrepreneur of the Year, win N4 Million Naira and a 6 month paid Internship with International Ethical brand, Edun to name a few.
First on the list is…
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The Ayo Van Elmar label has been described as having a uniqueness that stems from her ability to create designs that cut across cultures and continents.
Ayo Elizabeth Olagoun, the Creative Director of the young fashion brand, draws her main inspiration from her experience as an Afro-European. Her trans-cultural lifestyle has truly impacted her work. Ayo graduated from the University of Vienna as a certified nutritionist. After her graduation, she crossed over to the Master’s program for fashion, her real passion, at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, an institution renowned for its challenging curriculum and top-notch professors (the list of former visiting professors includes names like Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood).
Ayo van Elmar creates for the one who is liberal, cosmopolitan, open-minded and the one who believes that elegance knows no bound… the one who embraces going beyond borders to add a fine touch of difference to their wardrobe.

Ice Prince Releases Album Cover! Set To Launch Album & Clothing Line Same Day

Ice Prince Zamani today announced the launch of a limited edition clothing line to commemorate the release of his second album ‘Fire of Zamani’. The presentation of his fashion line will coincide with the release of his hugely anticipated ‘Fire of Zamani’ album because the album, nicknamed FOZ ‘inspired every piece he will make available on the line. His products will include T-Shirts, Snapbacks, Sneakers, Belts and Pants. The album title was inspired by Nigerian pop icon 2face Idibia and it will be launched on the 23rd of November, 2013.

Monday, October 14, 2013

JUMIA is the first African company to win the World Retail Award

JUMIA, Nigeria’s #1 shopping destination, won “The Best Retail Launch of the Year” at the World Retail Congress in Paris on Wednesday. Through this distinction, JUMIA is the first African company to have won the most important retail award worldwide. They did this ahead of all other offline, online and developed market retailers of the world, other nominees in this category were Hedonism Wines, Presso, Quemdisse, Berenice?, t.riciclo and Zalora.

US rapper Wale Folarin finally coming to Nigeria

Nigerian-American rapper Wale announced on twitter today that he's finally coming to Nigeria in November...most likely for a performance.
As we say in pidgin "We dey wait you oo"...

Dakore Akande Is Pregnant With Second Child

The actress was one of the people that hosted yesterday's Nollywood Awards ceremony where she showed off her growing bump. Congrats to Mr and Mrs Akande.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gina Consulting Presents A Free Consulting Session for Unemployed Graduates in Lagos

Gina Consulting, “A global management consulting firm” is providing a platform for graduates to get inspired, network and be coached for free in helping to create a positive mindset amongst graduates seeking employment.

The coaching session will develop insights & strategies on how to find gainful employment in this competitive job market.

To be a part of this session just send in an essay, not more than 300 words on “Why you should be considered for this coaching session” to info@ginaconsulting.com on or before Wednesday 16th October 2013.

Only Individual’s with the best essays will be selected for the session

So Hilarious! You Need to Watch Clips from D’banj’s Trip to France

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Music star D’banj keeps making the headlines lately. And it is no surprise, Bangalee is set to headline the 2013 Hennessy Artistry show.
In September, the musician received an invitation from Hennessy to visit France.
It is so hilarious and who knew D’banj was allergic to cheese and scrambled eggs.

Ghana Fashion & Design Week Spring/Summer 2014 – Trish O Couture

Now let’s take a look at the fabulous styling of Nigerian design label Trish O Couture owned by Patricia Onumonu.
The labels Ghana Fashion & Design Week SS14 collection is all about the 2014′s resort collection. They debuted their Diamante Resort Collection and it was themed with grid patterned dresses, sheer shift dresses & tops and a signature pieces.
View the collection below.
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Footballer Samuel Eto'o spends £4million on four exotic cars

Four time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o a few weeks back spent 4million pounds on four exotic cars. He bought a £1.55m Bugatti Veyron which was specially delivered to the Chelsea striker's London club's training ground, The Sun reports.

He also bought an Aston Martin One-77 worth £1.25m, a luxury Maybach Xenatec worth £750,000 and an Aston Martin V12 Zagato worth £450,000.

The Cameroonian has always been a fan of cars and spends big on cars but what is one man going to do with all these cars?

Eto'o said: 'I like to have a few cars because it gives me choice and it doesn't hurt anybody. To give happiness, the first thing is to be happy oneself, and I am.

Super Eagles arrive Addis Ababa for World Cup qualifying match

The Super Eagles this morning arrived Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 2014 World Cup qualifying first leg play-off match between them and the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia which will take place today Sunday October 13th.
Victor Moses

Friday, October 4, 2013

Beverly Osu & Melvin Oduah cover new issue of Complete magazine

In the new issue of Complete Fashion magazine, Beverly talks on her famous acts in the house, handsome and talented Melvin speaks on his life in the BBA house, his plans in the entertainment industry and his life as a model.
I dunno about Beverly's picture though...  Love the cover!

Dangote set to build world’s best 1000-bed capacity hospital in Kano

The richest man in Africa Aliko Dangote is set to build the world's best 1000-bed capacity hospital in Kano via his Dangote Foundation. The 1,000 bed capacity ultramodern medical theatre complex will be constructed within the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano and will cost N2billion to build. It has been named Mariya Sanusi Dantata.

The hospital would comprise of a diagnostic laboratory, 10 operating theatres, 3 intensive care units, patients’ wards and administrative/service rooms for doctors and nurses. On Tuesday October 1st Aliko Dangote explained why he's building the hospital...
“It is not just about building a best in class medical facility in Kano state, it is about fulfilling our commitment to sustainably improving the health and well-being of Nigerians. We believe that every Nigerian has a right to quality healthcare, we also believe that it is our collective duty to rally our resources to improve health infrastructure, support the development of health care professionals and improve preventive health measures in Nigeria,"

You’re Invited to the Coke Studio Africa Premiere in Lagos – Friday 4th October 2013

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Coca-Cola is premiering a new television show Coke Studio Africa today Friday 4th October 2013 at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, Lagos.
Coke Studio Africa brings together some of Africa’s most exciting and respected acts together. It will feature top Nigerian artistes including King Sunny Ade, M.I., Waje, Bez and Salif Keita.
To attend the premiere, follow the conversation via social media using ##CokeStudioAfrica
Date: Friday 4th October 2013
Time: 12 Noon – 3 PM
Venue: Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki, Lagos
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Now Playing: Tinie Tempah Feat. John Martin – Children Of The Sun

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Tinie Tempah’s sophomore album ‘Demonstration’ (album cover above) is slated to hit stores 4th November, 2013 and he’s out with a lush new video to his second single, “Children of the Sun”. The new single also features John Martin of “Don’t You Worry Child” fame.
Check on it!

Photo Credit: DJSemtex

Monday, September 30, 2013

Beauty Entrepreneur Tara Fela-Durotoye & Music Star Timi Dakolo cover Y! Magazine’s Celebration Issue

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Y! Magazine is out with its celebration issue cover.
Beauty entrepreneur Tara Fela-Durotoye and Nigerian R&B singer Timi Dakolo cover the double issue.
And for this cover, Timi Dakolo is more fashionable than ever before. He rocks a white, a striped waist coat, black fur and black pants. The magazine gives us the perfect reason why Timi Dakolo will last forever in the issue.
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CEO House of TARA, Tara Fela-Durotoye sits pretty as one of the queens of beauty in Nigeria on the cover of the publication.
Tara shares her inspiring story of how she built her brand, and how she become a strong force in the beauty industry.

Flood with Love Campaign with Aki and Pawpaw

What have you lost? Text Flood to 35388 to help with the Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Process. You would have lost 3seconds and N100. Let's lose N100 to help a flood victim. Text now!