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.

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Sad!! Death toll rises to 78 in Yobe student attack

The death toll at the College of Agriculure, Gujba ,Yobe State has risen to 78. At least 50 of them were students who were attacked in the early hours of yesterday morning as they slept in their hostel. Some were shot, others were butchered with swords and knives. The gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram sect members later moved to houses around the hostel, killing residents they find. Then they blocked the Damaturu-Maiduguri road and killed travellers. So far, 78 bodies have been counted, with many more people still unaccounted for. A student of the college who survived the massacre explained what happened...
"They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible. They came with guns around 1a.m. and went directly to the male hostel and opened fire on them. The college is in the bush, so the other students were running around helplessly as guns went off and some of them were shot down.”

The gunmen stormed the hostels in two double-cabin pickup all-terrain vehicles and on motorcycles, and were dressed in military camouflage. They attacked 4 male hostels but avoided the only hostel reserved for girls. Swords and knives were used to kill at least 30 male students. Some corpses that were found were without heads while others had heads hanging to the bodies. Wailing parents and relatives were at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital mortuary in Damaturu this morning to identify their loved ones. This can't continue. This government has to do something about the situation.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Terrorism: What Is The African Government Doing?

Yesterday, I was in a talk with a new "friend", a Law student at the University where I'm presently studying. He is Tanzanian but has lived in the UK (from the way he talks - I believe), all his life.

Its "un-popular" news that a Kenyan shopping mall was attacked in Nairobi, leaving scores dead and many un-accounted for. The Kenyan government claims to be in control of the Westgate Shopping Centre - however, there may be fear of some hostages still being kept by the Al-shabab movement.

Going back to my talk with this bright young man (obviously ignorant of how Africa as a whole is run by its independent governments), He states, "These "islamists" are f**cking nuts"... He asks, "what is the Kenyan government doing about it? So many lives lost" (this was during the live broadcast on what was going on at the westgate mall). He also asks about the Boko Haram in my country if it still goes on and I sigh before I even attempt to answer any of them.

Its generally saddening that scours of people are being murdered in cold blood and the presidents (at least the president of Nigeria), can be making amusing joke offers to Kenya to help them fight terror when less than a fortnight to the Kenyan attacks (in fact less than a few hours), nine artisans (official number *sigh*) were killed in Gudu District of abuja and some terrorist attacks recently without the President acting "presidential" - with him even jetting off to the New York Exchange to ring closing bells for the American stock market while his country was on fire.

I don't blame my learned Tanzanian friend for his vexed mood and his cursing and I join him using foul words in referring to the governing team of my nation and many other african nations as a f*cking nut-head colloquy of imbeciles!

Still we continue to ask what are the African Governments doing? At least my African government! What can we as a people do? We put these retards in power (if you voted against them, well done, if you did for them it remains your un-reserved rights and if you didn't vote at all you are a major part of the bull-crap that is making our system fail).

For people like me, lets continue to write and speak up. Lets continue to interact with brilliant Africans in the diaspora and try as much as possible to be the change or create the atmosphere that will bring about change in our countries, albeit continent.

*ignore the funny face on the captioned picture, just providing a "calmer" ambience to the article*


Friday, September 20, 2013

So I Heard I Got Married!

I heard I have done court wedding. Lmao. The way people talk about you ehn, u wonder what prompts such gist!.

Anyway, I am very single, not even engaged but SEARCHING.. Lol, so ladies send your interest emails for me to consider... Hehehehhe... I'm fine like that!

My specs? Short (not too short), yellow pepper (don't blame my vanity)... Lovely smile, infectious laugh, "chatty", God fearing (lol, I had to throw that in somewhere - a praying wife makes a winning husband), educated and many other positives...

This is funny as we love to have all the positives listed on our potential "spouses", but we don't prepare for the negatives.

Anyway, I'm blogging from my mobile as me and my new landlord haven't finished our "fight" on broadband payments et all... Its all good.. Wishing y'all a fab day.

I promise to get you the latest and top on fashion and infotainment when our services fully return. Thanks y'all! Peace out!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Waterfalls Don't Run Dry....

Sorry I haven't blogged for a few days. Been trying to settle some personal issues plus a birthday celebration got me in sober reflection of the years past and what's ahead.

It feels so good to be a year older, feels bad to see grey running coming up on my hair.. Lol.. But still I'm thankful for a very massive +1 birthday :D.

For those that e-mailed, texted, tweeted, called, etc to wish me a happy birthday, I'm thankful and I promise to keep writing albeit for you guys. As long as I have even just one reader, it keeps me motivated knowing someone out there reads this.

Anyway, in next recent posts I'll be talking about new cultures and changing lanes.. Keep reading and God bless y'all.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Drake Drops "Wu-Tang Forever"

Drake has an interesting way of showing love to the Wu-Tang Clan. “Wu-Tang Forever,” the latest off Nothing Was the Same, leaked late Thursday (Sept. 12), yet most of the lyrics aren’t about the legendary hip hop group.
Crooning over a beat produced by Noah "40" Shebib, October’s Own opens by airing out girl troubles. "We used to be friends girl, and back then girl/You would look at me with no hesitation and you’d tell me, ‘baby it’s yours.'"
So what does that have to do with the Wu? Nothing, but there are other less obvious shout outs to the Shaolin collective. For starters, "Wu-Tang Forever" samples "It’s Yourz" off 1997’s Wu-Tang Forever , and just after the hook Drizzy flips the concept as a metaphor for his career spitting, "Young n----a came through on his Wu-Tang/And nowadays when I ask about who got it they say, ‘it’s yours.’"
He also borrows from Reakwon’s "It’s Yourz" verse: "Machine gun raps for all my n---as in the back/Stadium packed, just glad to see the city on the map."
No matter how clever the effort, the title doesn’t quite fit with the pillow-y vocals and some Wu fans aren’t happy. One person tweeted, "Straight sing song trash over 'Itz Yourz' sample. ODB is rolling in his grave," while another likened the track to a "wet noodle."
Others came to his defense calling the work "fire" and the "truth."
Nothing Was the Same hits stores Sept. 24.

Former Ondo Governor, Olusegun Agagu Is Dead

Former Ondo State Governor Olusegun Agagu is dead. He died yesterday evening in his home in Ibadan around 6pm. May his soul rest in peace.

Will Smith Doesnt Look 45... or Does He? Check out pictures of him on set from his upcoming film, Focus

The actor showed off his toned physique as he squeezed in a workout between takes on the New Orleans set of Focus on Friday. 

Wearing just blue shorts and trainers, the topless hunk was put through his paces as he completed his workout with a trainer. 

Check out those guns: Will Smith put his impressive muscles on display as he worked out topless on the set of his latest movie Focus

Will is in the Big Easy to shoot scenes for his upcoming film Focus, which follows a con man (Smith) who falls for a rookie (Margot Robbie) right as he's planning an elaborate theft. And although Margot, 23, is over 20 years younger than Will, he looked like he will have no trouble keeping up with her. In the movie Will also stars opposite Rodrigo Santoro, who plays a powerful auto racing team owner who wants Robbie's affections for himself. 

So, Miss Uzbekistan comes from a Muslim country that holds no such contest?

As beauty queens go, Miss Uzbekistan ticks all the boxes.

She’s pretty, sporty, loves to travel, has musical talent and has brains to boot (she says she likes to read Chekhov, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy).
And after she’s competed at the Miss World final in Indonesia later this month, 18-year-old Rakhima Ganieva wants to graduate from university and become a lawyer.

Mysterious girl: Rakhima Ganieva claims to be 'Miss Uzbekistan' - despite no such competition ever being held 
Centre of attention: Miss Uzbekistan struts along the runway at the opening ceremony of Miss World 2013 held in Bali Indonesia
Centre of attention: Miss Uzbekistan struts along the runway at the opening ceremony of Miss World 2013 held in Bali Indonesia

But there is a glaring omission from her perfect CV – Uzbekistan has no idea who she is. The predominantly Muslim country doesn’t even hold a Miss Uzbekistan contest.
Officials at the Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the National Committee on Women said yesterday that anyone laying claim to the nation’s beauty crown was an imposter.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Agbani Darego Covers Genevieve Magazine's Iconic Edition

Haute!! or Not?

Media Mogul, Mo Abudu Gains Mo’mentum onThe Cover of TW Magazine

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The September edition cover girl is none other than Mo’ Abudu, a lady who has proven that passion and a clear-headed focus can get you anything you want. From HR practitioner to Media mogul, Mo’ is indeed an inspiration to all African women, and with the recent launch of her Television station Mosunmola Abudu is set to change forever, the world’s perception of Africa.
According to Ynaija, For the first time, this ‘mover and shaker’ speaks CANDIDLY of her fears, challenges & managing naysayers, while proclaiming with a trust in God “If you can see it, you can do it”
The fashion loom has spun again & it’s time to look forward to a new fashion season with 20 pages of drool worthy fall fashion, starting with our super colourful editorial spotlighting the season’s major looks. This edition also includes regular features on relationships, health, finance & beauty, plus articles to help you live your best, most authentic life. It’s definitely one not to be missed!
Cover Credits:
Cover story: Chinedu Iroche
Photographer: Moussa Moussa
Makeup: Bimpe Onakoya
Hair: Ola Garuba
Dress: Iconic Invanity

Hilarious! Check Out MTN New Commercial AD With Saka & Don Jazzy

From Music to TV! Iyanya & Ice Prince to Star in MTV Series “Shuga”

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They’ve gotten Tiwa Savage on the show, now Ice Prince and Iyanya are joining the cast of MTV series“Shuga”. 
In a press release, the rap star and kukere master have been added to the cast of the award wining sex and relationships drama show.
According to the release, Ice Prince and Iyanya will both play themselves in most of the scenes set at the Badoo Nightclub, a regular hangout for the casts in Shuga.
Last season, EME label mates Banky W and Wizkid were featured in the series.
During one of the shoots, Ice Prince said “I am so grateful to the MTV Staying Alive team for offering the opportunity to continue to express myself in new and different ways as an actor in Shuga.”
Also expressing his excitement, Iyanya said “I am so thrilled to be associated with Shuga and to have this chance to help the MTV Staying Alive team communicate important public health messages in this exciting way.”
Shuga will premiere on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Sunday 1st December 2013 (World AIDS Day) and will subsequently air on multiple TV and digital platforms around the world.

Robin Thicke poses with naked women for Treats! Magazine

Robin Thicke posed on the cover of Treats! magazine with five completely nude model and revealed that it was his wife actress Paula Patton who urged him to do the shoot with the naked models.
 'It was very sexy and I like that. At first I thought, ''Okay, let’s just do topless'' ...but, again, my wife and her friends were like, ''No way…go all the way.'' I think we definitely pushed the envelope,' he said.
Well, a groupie recently claimed that Robin and Paula have an open relationship so may be that's why she's encouraging it.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Half of a Yellow Sun Star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Carmelo & La La Anthony at the “12 Years a Slave” TIFF Premiere

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Just before he graces the red carpet on Sunday for Half of a Yellow Sun, Nigerian-Hollywood actorChiwetel Ejiofor was at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to promote Steve McQueen‘s12 Years a Slave.
Chiwetel who plays the lead, stars alongside Brad Pitt, Sarah Paulson, Michael Fassbender and Alfre Woodard.
The movie is based-on-fact story of a 19th-century freeman kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South.

#ChildNotBride: Stella Damasus takes on Senator Yerima, live on Al Jazeera (WATCH VIDEO)

Nollywood actress Stella Damasus has made no attempts to hide her outrage at the #ChildNotBride saga, regarding Section 29, subsection 4b of the Nigerian constitution. One of her main indictees was Senator Yerima, who made headlines in 2010 for marrying a 13-year-old girl, with whom he now has a child.
The two got a chance to go head to head, on Al Jazeera’s show, The Stream, in what was undoubtedly a heated session. Watch footage of the show below.

The African contestants at the 2013 Miss World pageant

Meet the 21 African queens contesting at the 2013 Miss World pageant which will hold September 28 at the Sentul International Convention Center in Indonesia.

Miss Nigeria - Anna BANNER - 18
 Miss Angola - Maria Castelo - 23

Miss Botswana - Rosemary Keofitlhetse - 20 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2013: Zuvva Spring/Summer 2014

Culled from
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We are still taking a look at the fabulous Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2013 that held from the 28th to 30th of August 2013 & also where Zimbabwean fashion rocked.
Today, we are looking at another great designer – Zuvva. The design label bright red, green, blue and white hes to the runway in flowing gowns, knee length dresses, structured jackets, brights leggings and overcoats.
I liked how each piece looked very differently from the next and the understated simplicity of each piece. But that’s just me, it’s time for our fabulous BN Style watchers (of course I’m talking about you) to tell us what you think.
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Music Meets Runway 2013! Win Tickets, Smartphones & Exclusive Pre-Party Invites

Music Meets Runway 2013 - BellaNaija - September 2013005Le Reve Events, the creators behind the hit stage production, Music Meets Runway (MMR), has announced preparations for this year’s event scheduled to take place in just a few months at the Eko Hotel Expo Center, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Music Meets Runway has set a high bar with not one but two successful shows; fusing haute couture and buzz-worthy performances from some of the best artistes and upcoming designers in Nigeria. This third season will be called ‘The MMR Icons Edition’, this year the team choose to spotlight, recognize and honor the most amazing and undisputed fashion & music icons that have changed the industry and put Nigeria proudly on the world map.
It’s our third year anniversary so we wanted to do something very inspiring, prestigious and glamorous!” says Jennifer Olize, the producer of MMR. “We want our guests to enjoy every second of the event and leave with a memorable experience. This season our expectations are high and the bar will be unparalleled. So expect nothing but the very best!
Last year was nothing short of spectacular with the gorgeous Tanzanian model, Millen Magese and Oliver Twist crooner D’banj as the hosts of the show.Music Meets Runway 2013 - BellaNaija - September 2013001
Upcoming designers in the fashion industry like April by Kunbi, Kimono Kollection, Tiannah Styling, Nkili, Andrea Iyamah, David Bowler, Shakara Couture, Eclectic by Sasha, Rebahia and Moofa to name a few gave us timeless runway looks that we still see on red carpets today. Similarly, Wizkid, Naeto C, D’banj, May-D and Iyanya got the audience on their feet as they performed their hit singles on the MMR stage.Music Meets Runway 2013 - BellaNaija - September 2013002
The Iconic designer, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi closed the show with D’banj performing alongside. It was truly an amazing fuse of fashion and music.Music Meets Runway 2013 - BellaNaija - September 2013003Music Meets Runway 2013 - BellaNaija - September 2013004
Selected guests were invited to the Music Meets Runway Pre-Party sponsored by Ciroc Premium Vodka, which took place two days before the main event and was deemed by attendees as the most entertaining party of the year.Music Meets Runway 2013 - BellaNaija - September 2013005
Who will host this season? What artistes will be performing and which designers will be showcasing their pieces on the runway? Stay tuned, because the journey has only begun.
For more information please visit their website: | Email | Email for sponsorship details: | For press details email | Like their page on Facebook: | Follow them on Twitter: @MusicMeetRunway | Follow them on Instagram: @musicmeetsrunway
You can also ‘Like’ them on Facebook to be part of their MMR sweepstakes where you can win prizes like smart phones, tickets to the show and an exclusive invite-only pre-party access. Follow them on Twitter- @MusicMeetRunway and share your most memorable event from last year’s show.
Rationale of the Black Panther and the Iron Musical Throne
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The Black Panther signifies power, struggle, freedom and empowerment of the black race. MMR 2013 is celebrating music & fashion icons who have been recognized internationally and as such have put us (Nigeria) on the world map. “Panthers” are known for their extra-terrestrial strength and these iconic pioneers are determined men and women who are not only passionate but believe in hard work.
The Iron Throne represents the political relationship between both fields (fashion and music) metaphorically. Fashion has always needed music to get to a certain level of acceptance by the public. And this year, as seen in “The Game Of Thrones“, MMR is filled with suspense, intrigue and lots of power; the fashion gurus will literally ride on music to showcase their inherent creativity.

Photos: D'banj In Paris

D'Banj is apparently in France on the invitation of Hennessy. The Nigerian pop star is the sole headliner for this year's Hennessy Artistry and he has already released the theme track for this year's project. He arrived France this morning from the US where he attended Davido's sister's wedding.

According to his people, he is already in Cognac (The home of Hennessy) where he's staying at the Chateau De Bangolet. Others on the visit are his manager Tony Nwakalor, Hennessy Brand manager Lere Awokoya, Marketing Manager Moet Hennessy Nigeria David Hourdry, Bolaji Kekere-Eku of 37th State and Ayeni Adekunle of BHM. D'Banj is staying in the same room where General Charles De Gaulle stayed when he visited the Hennessy mansion.See more photos below.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Nigerian Menswear Design Label Jason Porshe Clothing Co. presents its New Collection – “The Elusive Invasion”

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Nigerian design label Jason Porshe Clothing Co. from creative director Jason Samuel is proud to bring to you its new collection titled “The Elusive Invasion”.
The collection features a couple of dapper gentlemen in evening suits & blazers in great detail that would definitely sit well on any man. It also features leopard prints, cashmere, damask, light leather and tessil fabrics of reds, blues, yellows, blues etc.
Check out the collection below.
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Model Isio Wanogho & Tinsel Star Gideon Okeke cover Complete Fashion Magazine’s September Issue

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Model Isio Wanogho and Tinsel TV hunk Gideon Okeke are the muses for the September 2013 issue ofComplete Fashion Magazine.
On the cover, Isio is all hair and make-up, while flaunting her curves in a blue dress. She speaks to the magazine on transitioning from a model to an interior designer.
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On the reverse cover, Gideon Okeke rocks a black blazer with white lapels, a black shirt and blue pants.

Children Are A Blessing But What Do You Do When A Teenager Has Triplets For A 16 Year Old Boy??

A teenager has given birth to triplets in Bungoma County, Daily Nation has reported. Fourteen-year-old Mwanaharabu Wamukoya of Harambee village in Kakamega County, Kenya was admitted to Bungoma District Hospital on Saturday evening and had a Caesarean Section on Sunday to deliver the three baby boys. Two of the new-borns weighed 1.5 kilogrammes while the third one weighed 1.3 kilogrammes.

Nursing officer-in-charge Mary Marumbu said the babies and their mother were in stable condition and ready to be discharged. The father of the babies, a 16-year-old boy, is said to have taken off on learning that the girl had given birth to triplets. The teen is also a school dropout and does menial jobs. The arrival of the triplets is said to have distressed him.

“He has no ability to take care of the babies even if he was here. We are grateful to the government for scrapping off maternity fees because I will be free to go home once discharged. I would have been detained here if I had been asked to pay,” the teenage mother said.

Medical doctors and pharmacists in LUTH protest non-payment of salaries

This is according to reports from 
Medical and Pharmacy Interns of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) are protesting the non-payment of their salaries for at least 3 months, some for longer. These house officers and interns are the first line doctors, they are the first to see the patients, first to get to work and last to leave, and for the past three months they have not been paid. Not fair! The relevant authorities should please address this issue before the situation escalates.