Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A GENTLEMAN’S SUIT
The suit is still the most elegant item of clothing a man can wear so long as its cut, color, fabric and style suit the occasion, time of day, the season of the year and the climate.
Assuming you’re not an investment banker, you don’t need ten suits; you only need four. This means you can spend time accumulating them, then keeping your suits in good condition.
A few general rules apply when approaching a suit, and most apply to good dressing in general.
• By a good cut, we mean the basic pattern that has been used again and again since the 1930’s, irrespective of fashion and trends. The cut of a tailored suit should look natural and bring out the best in its wearer.
• A thin, small boned man should go for suits with a narrow cut and no shoulder padding, narrow lapels and close-fitting trousers.
• An athletic, broad shouldered man will not require shoulder padding either and the suit should be cut to his natural measurements.
• If the wearer is a large gentleman, it is even more advisable to avoid anything in the cut that will make him look larger, opting ideally for XXL sizes and king size tailoring.
• Suits are made of wool or cotton, and their variations. Additional fabrics need not apply.
• Today’s men’s suits are much lighter than those of the past, but there are still considerable differences in the weight and thickness of the material used. You should start by thinking about where you will be wearing the suit, i.e. the climate, temperature and how often you will wear it.
• If you wear your suit frequently, it is advisable to purchase a machine washable suit as they are usually stain resistant, crease free, durable and extremely comfortable.
• Traditional colors regarded correct for a suit are dark blue, dark grey to very light grey and black. A brown suit should be worn only at the weekend or for occasions.
• The Standard blue – This is great for business, lunches, summer dinners or casual parties. It can be worn with black or brown shoes. Standard blue means navy, with no room for paler shades.
• The Classic grey – Appropriate for everything. Grey also are the best with patterns, especially anything in the chevron family. The grey is never controversial.
• The Basic Black – This is a perennial classic, it’s a fit at a major event or your sister’s wedding, the perfect compliment to a good white shirt.
• Pinstripes - Any of the above colors, with pinstripes.
• First, are you a single-breasted man or a double? While both styles fit most body types, single-breasted jackets tend to flatter the slim while double-breasted jackets make the broad look mighty. Choose the jacket style that you can best fill out – from there you’ll always look best.
• Buttons - For those opting for the single-breasted jacket, you’ll have to choose how many buttons you want and this brings us to buttoning.
o Two-button jacket: Button the top button only. Do not button the bottom button.
o Three-button jacket: Button either the middle button alone or the two top buttons.
• Lastly, the fit should be close to the body with no wrinkles when you button. Vents, double or single are preferred to the vent-less jacket.
• A suit jacket goes with suit trousers, not with jeans or chinos. If you want a casual jacket, buy a sport-coat or blazer.
• You must now choose a trouser style. Choose according to your image of yourself.
• Pleats - The only times pleats are wanted in the single pleat case, are on a pair of wool trousers. The case should be that the trousers look crisp and well folded, rather than puckered. This means that the line down the middle of the leg must look just like a pair of trouser recently back from the dry cleaners.
• You need to worry about waist, swish, drape, belt-loops. Trousers shouldn’t blow like a scarf in the breeze. The best way to judge a pair of trousers is to ask yourself, “Would I wear these trousers out without the jacket?” If so, they’re fine. If not, move on.
Few months back, Ex- Most Beautiful girl in Nigeria, Adaeze Igwe Yobo tied the knot with her heartthrob, Nigeria’s soccer star, Joseph Yobo in a quite celebration which took place in Jos, Plateau State. The bride looked stunning in a beautiful silk gown adorned with crystal ornament that couldn’t conceal her little bulge, an evidence of her pregnancy, just as she looked very plump, indicating that she wasn’t far from embracing motherhood. The fun loving and easy going lady recently updated her album on her facebook page with pictures of her pregnancy which she tagged “My Bump”. Her picture in these newly posted pictures has since beaten the record set by Super Model, Oluchi Onweagba, who was the first to bare her pregnancy on the cover of a Lagos magazine, a few years back. Adaeze recent pictures have sent shock waves across the town, following the very revealing nature of her poses, where Adaeze posed half nude in a very sexy and provocative way. The shots saw Adaeze baring her 8 months pregnancy as well as exposing her bra which cupped her full breast.
Regardless of her “big belly”, which is the major of attraction in the photo shoot, Adaeze looked hot and sexy in her unbuttoned housecoat. And shortly after the pictures were posted on the site, it was showered with complimentary remarks from her teeming facebook friends, especially male admirers as the album had intriguing sexy pictures of Adaeze flaunting some parts of her body that should be kept away from public glare.
She got some complimentary remarks like, “Sexy in a bizarre way”, “sexy mama”, “that’s a woman pride”, “you look lovely”, and lots more.
The light complexioned ex-queen just delivered a baby boy.
One guy who is currently the rave of the moment on the Island and has continued to enjoy the admiration of babes especially the Island Big babes is Matthew Mensah. He is Ghana by birth but is based in Nigeria. The tall, light skinned and handsome guy has a charming aura and charisma that command attention whenever he comes in contact with people, especially the opposite sex. He is dynamic, intelligent and has a sharp dress sense. He has been rated as one of the most stylish men on the scene lately. He is jovial, witty and very passionate about what he does and people around him. Despite been a Ghanaian, Matthew who is the CEO of Health PR, a public relation consulting firm, has become a force to reckon with on the Lagos scene as he also belongs to the league of the super Big Boys.
The gist about Matthew is that he has become the hottest big guy on the Island who babes go crazy about whenever his name is mentioned or he steps into a social gathering. He is one big boy in town that most ladies will do anything to be with
Some of the qualities these ladies admired in him apart from his charming looks and attractive figure include: good leadership skills, sense of focus, stable career and financial security. His friendly nature, confidence, clean appearance and good sense of humor make him a lady’s choice anytime any day. He is also a good listener as he is always interested in what you have to say. He is also highly connected and influential and a friend to most of the big boys in town. And despite all these, he has a down-to-heart spirit with no airs around him.
Being aware of the intense crush ladies have on him, he has been very meticulous about his intimate relationship with girls, and that might explain why he has not been romantically linked with any lady lately. Though he was alleged to have been in a hush hush relationship with a particular Yoruba girl 3 years ago, the relationship has since hit the rock as it wasn’t a serious one. The interesting about him is that he also has affinity for Nigerians girls. It was gathered that that he has always made it clear to his friends that when its time for him to settle down, it’s going to be a Nigerian girl.
Matthew Mensah is the CEO of Health PR, a public relations consulting firm. The outfit has recorded a lot of milestone even within a short period of time. Health PR have extended experience in organising PR and Awareness campaigns across West Africa and was behind the first Peace and Reconciliation tour in Liberia 2004 featuring Genevieve Nnaji & VIP (Ghana) together with UNMIL (United Nations Mission in Liberia). Have since been part of sensitising programs with UN in Liberia and Sierra Leone including the 2005 VOTE PEACEFULL Presidential campaign in Liberia featuring Ramsey Nouah and several campaigns in Sierra Leone including the Free concert for Stop Child Hunger at the National Stadium with UN WFP and African artists such as Tic Tac from Ghana and Ramsey Nouah.
Health PR have also been organising single events in support of eradicating Malaria, Aids, Measles as well as events for Orphanage homes in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia to South Africa. Matthew has an intense and a serious commitment to children across the globe and especially to the children of Africa and that is why his outfit has handled a lot of campaign for these less privileged children in other to save their soul in his own little away.
In 2007, Matthew Mensah and 2 other Lagos big boys, Obaro Ibru and Femi Amure conceive the idea of the UN Catwalk the World- Fashion For Food Program, an event which has raised immense awareness and thousands of dollars for the World Food Program provides food to the World’s most vulnerable hunger victims, and also got the 3 trio an award in Paris for their humanitarian work. He is currently involved with SAVE OUR CHILDREN - Orphanage Campaign Africa which raises funds and awareness for orphaned children via celebrity endorsement and other innovative campaigns.
Couple of weeks back, the news broke of the death of the Biafra War Lord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. But what many people don’t know is that this is the second wife he is losing in the space of one year.
The Nnewi born war lord is battling with another reality of losing another woman who is so dear to him, Mrs Njideka Ojukwu.
It will be recalled that Ojukwu actually lost his second wife, Stella Onyeador, who died in her sleep with no traces of any major illness last year. Ojukwu who couldn’t make it to the burial ceremony which took place at the deceased Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos because of his state of health sent his brother to represent him. He was devastated about the loss of his wife Stella which was also reflected in the speech given by the brother on his behalf.
And just a year after her death, Ojukwu was hit by another blow of the death of his first wife. Mrs. Njideka Ojukwu who died couple of weeks back after a brief illness at her residence in Onitsha, Anambra State at the age of 77.
Njideka Ojukwu, who until her death was the mother of the former Commissioner for Special Duties and Transport, Mr. Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu jnr in the Governor Peter Obi’s administration during his first term.
She has since been laid to rest on Friday April 9th 2010, after a funeral service at her compound in Umudim Nnewi, Nnewi North Local Government area of Anambra.
Also there was a stop over at her father’s compound Eziakpaka clan, Nawfia in Njikoka Local Government Area on Thursday April 8t h 2000 and also a wake keep in Nnewi before burial.
Friends and relations of Bella Adenuga and Jameel Disu converged at thr Civic Centre in Lagos for the Pre-Wedding dinner party last Tuesday. The party which was attended by the Father of the bride, Dr.Mike Adenuga, who was noticeably in a relaxed mood witnessed top-of-the-notch performance by many Nigerians and International music stars who lit up the graceful evening.
Ace comedian, Basket Mouth, officially kicked the proceeding at about 7:45pm when he ushered the mercurial bride, Bella and her jewel, Jameel, the groom into the elegantly decorated hall.
Yemi Sax set the tone for the evening as he serenade the premium gathering with sonorous jazz vibes right from the foyer where the cocktail was held to the main auditorium. A 16- man orchestra collaborated with Simon, the pianist and Chidynma, a rising star of Nigeria music, to serve the guests a delicious buffet of classical tunes.
The bride was intensely involved in all the arrangements. In quick sessions, 3 acts from across the Nigerian shores, the Mystique, a majical duo from South Africa; Garin Bader, a pianist from Los Angeles and the Penny Whistlers, a flute-blowing group from South Africa, dazzled the audience.
Major Nigerian acts including Klever J, DJ Zeez, Jesse Jags, 9ice, Banky W and P Square, subsequently took to the stage to electrify the hall and showcased why they are the rave of Nigerian music
The lady of the moment, Bella was ecstatic through out the evening as she could not dance enough. Her elder sister, Oyin, also danced around her all through the evening.
Zizi Cardow is a forerunner in contemporary African fashion. In 2000 when the label was launched, she began revolution for the African fabric. Ten years down the lane, Zizi is waxing strong with her ever- increasing clientele. Not only that, the label also has numerous awards to its credit such as “Best Designer of the year”, “Dame Award for outstanding achievement in Fashion” and a host of others.
Her collections have also paraded the runway of some of the prestigious runways both locally and internationally.
Right now Zizi is planning the 10th anniversary of her fashion label. The event tagged “A Decade of Style” will be coming up next month. It promises to be grand in all ramifications. Already she has started preparation to this event and she is working with the best hands in the event and fashion industry.
Monday, April 26, 2010
If you think you can't do without a dress, you're gonna be swamped with completely beautiful shapes and sizes of dresses...sun dresses, dinner dresses, kaftans, work dresses.....
and for the men who can't do without kaftans, the trendiest is here on the 2nd and the 9th of may,@ the Rehab...228b Ajose Adeogun Street Victoria Island Lagos.
Also featuring "PRETTY MAI" from the UK...
It will be 2 days of MAD SALES, "DRESS"ing UP, MUSIC and FUN
Don't miss out , its gonna be FROCKTASTIC!!!!
After the mayhem that took place earlier in the year that caused Sixth Sense, the leading interior decorator in Lagos suffering loss of property and goods worth over twenty-five million Naira, Luck shines upon them as Sixth Sense opens a new outlet in Gbagada, Lagos.
Sixth Sense has outlets in Ikoyi at 53,Norman Williams Street, off Awolowo road, Ikoyi Lagos.
and at Lekki at 10, Victoria Arobieke Street, Opposite Tantalizers, Off admiralty Way, Lekki phase 1
Temitope Olagbegi of Sixth Sense also won the Entrepreneur of the Year at the City People award ceremony that held last month.
Elite Model Management has over time been noted as the world's most prestigious modeling network. It has maintained its position as one of the undisputed leaders in its field, launching the careers of more superstars than any other agency around.
Being at the forefront of the industry, Elite model management has launched the careers of celebrities such as our very own Oluchi Orlando, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford, Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz, Andie McDowell, Linda Evangelista, Heidi Klum, and Claudia Schiffer.
The group clientele spans includes leading fashion houses and famous individuals, including Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Versace, L’Oreal, Vogue, Elle and many more..
Presently, Elite Model Look is the largest, most glamorous and most prestigious model search contest of all time. Each year, the Elite Model Look competition sees over 350,000 female contestants between Age 14 to 23, attending national casting held in over 80 countries around the world.
From a rigorous selection progress, at least one contestant in each country is selected in the international Final with $325,000 of modeling contract at stake.
Criteria For Registration
-A Nigerian female citizen
-Height - 172cm or above
-Must be ready to travel abroad
-A genuine interest a modeling career.
How To Enter
Forms available from March 19th-June 25th 2010
Beth model management office. Lagos
@ Eco Banks nationwide
The winner of Elite model look gets a chance to win a modeling contract with Elite model Management worldwide.
All expense paid trip to New York
Opportunity to represent Nigeria at the Elite Model Look Finale in Cape Town South Africa October 2010
Also a chance to win 150,000 dollars at the international finals In Cape Town
Premium hair care brand, Natures Gentle Touch hosted friends and consumers in a luxurious cocktail party to celebrate her 13th anniversary and unveil to the public the new look Natures Gentle Touch kit relaxer. The event was hosted at the prestigious Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute, which is the largest hair institute in sub-Saharan African, and was attended by the young and stylish as well as cross section of notable Nigerian socialites. The special guest of honor at the event was Nigeria’s international supermodel, Oluchi who is also the brand’s ambassador.
During the unveil of the new Natures Gentle Touch kit relaxer which was performed by Oluchi, the supermodel who has been representing the brand since 2005, said that the brand’s driving force is her believe in the inherent potentials of the African woman and that’s why they are committed towards designing products that will empower the African woman with the confidence to unleash her style. She envisioned Natures Gentle Touch as a global brand which all African women will be proud of. She also enjoined women who value cool styles and are innovative in everything they do to get on board the Natures Gentle Touch train and was quick to remind them that she’s been using the product since she was a teenager.
Guests at the party were entertained with Champaign, canapés and cool Nigerian songs.
Natures Gentle Touch is manufactured by Recare Limited, a personal style brand involved in the research & manufacture of hair care products.
Buzz up! Fashion buffs in Nigeria will soon have something to “brag about” and “show off” for, no matter the occasion. Treasure Cove Nigeria Ltd. Lagos, wishes to announce plans to open their first retail outlet stores named Shakara and Yanga respectively. It will be a milestone for Nigerian clothing industry as this will be the first ever indigenous clothing retail outlet. Soon, local customers wanting hands-on service and more personal communication will be able to receive that extra care. The store's grand opening will take place in the coming weeks. "The retail store will not only be diverse in products but will introduce new standard of customer satisfaction never experience before in Nigeria!
‘This is not lips service," said Elsie Oluku, Chief Responsibility Officer of Treasure Cove Nigeria Limited. "We will also serve our local and international customers better by providing high quality and reasonable priced outfit for most occasions under one roof and it will be the first shop ever in the Country to accept return items. "Treasure Cove Nig. Ltd owners Shakara and Yanga brands, are “commitment to customers’ needs” and to do this, means maximizing convenience to this end we have sourced the best materials and manufactured with care very high quality products as well as put in place online shop and delivery service not exceeding 7 days within the Country. The Shakara and Yanga online stores inventory connects directly to the warehouse so customers will be able to personally sample any of the 90,000+ items stock, including formal and casual shoes, clothes, bags, sandals, slippers, accessories and more. E-commerce system with a simplified, user-friendly search program will allow customers to pinpoint the exact items they desire. Shakara and Yanga staff will be waiting on-hand to retrieve those items from the warehouse/in-store and return them to the customers. And as they wait on the customers, staff will offer their expert advice such as finding heels that won’t hurt the customers’ feet, current hot styles, size fitting tips and proper garment care. The stores’ grand opening weekend (dates to be communicated soon) will offer extra incentive for their customers, Shakara and Yanga will offer special discount and a BBQ about “the reason behind the brand’s name”!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Ex-Miss, Sylvia Edem, who got married to London based big boy, Chris Emechete, four years ago is in a bubbly mood. The big news emanating from her domain in London is that she is pregnant again and due to give birth.
Sylvia left the shores of Nigeria soon after her fairytale wedding to Chris, and has a daughter already for him. And for this second child on the way has earned a special gift from the husband, a 2010 Range Rover Sport. That is not all; the couple are excited about it. It was gathered that Thursday, April 15, 2010 marked 4-years of their marriage. Since she became pregnant with her second baby, Sylvia has been keeping a low profile, at least, until the baby arrives.
A new reality show is about to make its debut on the airwaves. The show tagged “Stylogenic” will be woven around the concept of a style team which includes make-up artists, hair stylists, models, photographers and stylists. The host of the show will be the international renowned super model and former Miss World, Agbani Darego. Recently Agbani was in the country at the official launch of this reality show which took place in Lagos and in this interview, she opened up on why she is identifing with the show.
It’s been quite a while since emerged as the first and only black African winner of the Miss World contest. Between then and now, what have you been doing?
Well, I have been very busy. I have been in school. I have been studying at the New York University for degree in Psychology. I have been doing a lot of modeling work. So, it’s not as if I have been away doing nothing.
About Stylogenic – what is it all about, what will be its focus?
Firstly, I must say that the show is quite unique, in the sense that unlike other reality TV shows, it won’t be focused on a particular individual, or one aspect of fashion. It’s going to be focused on the whole aspects of fashion. In essence, it will be focused on a group of people involved in fashion such as the designer, the model, the make-up artist, the stylist, the hair stylist and the photographer. What this means is that at the end of every edition when there is an eviction, not one person will be evicted, but the whole team.
And I think that the whole idea that it not just going to be limited to Nigeria alone, but pan-African, makes it quite a lovely concept. Also the show is not going to be reaching out only to Africans here on the continent, but Africans in the Diaspora as well. Also there will be casting sessions in London, New York, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos. So, I believe that’s a great opportunity to take the African fashion industry to a new height, and for me, when I was approached to host the show, I was like ‘wow!’ It’s a great opportunity, it is something I can be very proud lending my name to, and it also offers me the opportunity to spend more time at home.
So, what sense of style is the show trying to portray?
It’s trying to portray a sense of style that everyone has. It’s just like you woke up this morning, you went through your closet, and you wanted to wear a particular thing. Why? It’s because that’s what makes you feel good. Today, over 94 per cent of people believe that the fact that because they work hard, they should look good, they should reward themselves. ‘I want to reward myself, I want to look good.’ So, every individual has his or her own sense of style. We are not trying to say that this is a perfect style because we all have our sense of style. For example, in Nigeria there are so many ethnic groups, and each one of them has its own different attire. That’s stylish, that is being fashionable; that’s style, and that’s what we are trying to promote. Everyone has a sense of style that they are proud of, and we are not trying to change it.
Is Stylogenic modeled after Project Runway? Is it something close to it?
Well, in some ways it is similar, but in many other ways it is different. Project Runway features just the designer. So, in that aspect it is going to be totally different. I think the only similarity is that at each episode, the contesting teams are given a task like in Project Runway. Stylogenic is going to be focused on a style team, a whole team of people, and not on one person, or one aspect of fashion.
Who and who are going to be the judges for the show?
I guess you have to watch the show to find out. But I can tell you this that we are going to invite international buyers from all over the world, people who already know their trade and what fashion is all about.
How many contestants are you looking at?
It’s going to be a team of six people, and there are going to be several teams. I believe we will have six teams made up of six people, and we are going to have 13 episodes.
How long will it run?
At one episode a week, I think that will be about three months.
On a personal note, what sense of style will you try to inject into the show?
For me, I am not trying to force my sense of style on anyone. The show is about people being aware of style. My own preferences, or choice of style quite different from that of everyone, because we all different types of people. My own sense of style speaks for itself as does that of every other person. It says who I am, who Agbani Darego is.
Wedding bells are chiming for Ufuoma Ejenobor. Come Friday, April 23, the actress cum model will join her British lover to say ‘I do’ at a restricted wedding ceremony scheduled to hold in Lekki, Lagos. Interestingly, the wedding date coincides with Ufuoma’s 28th birthday.
Impeccable sources close to Ufuoma revealed that her British lover, who is a top manager in a Lagos-based multinational firm, is leaving no stone unturned to make the event a talk of the town. The guy is head over heels in love with the actress.
Ufuoma who bagged a degree in French and Master’s degree in International Diplomacy from the University of Lagos , has many modeling and films to her credits. By next Friday, she would be joining the like of Kate Henshaw-Nuttal who is married to Britons.
Tragedy was averted last week when one of the sons of the Senate President, David Mark was said to have been involved in an accident. The young man was said to be driving in his car while returning from a party. Sources disclosed that the party was organized by one of the aides of the Senate President whose son just clocked a year. The sources disclosed that the little boy’s birthday party whose name is David, drew the presence of personalities in the corridors of power. However, we gathered that although the car was badly damaged, no life was lost.
Linda Ikeji has been hard at work when it comes to modeling. The publisher of Fashion, Modeling and Beauty Magazine (FM&B) is happy as everything appears to be set for the launch of her book titled “It takes you”. For her, it’s enough celebration and its dancing time because so much energy, intellect and money have been committed into it, and it is a success.
She would be playing host to scores of admirers and book lovers at the presentation of the book she describes as ‘inspirational’. The event comes up at The Palms, Lekki on April 27 & 28
Dangote has taken delivery of his new Bombardier Global Express XRS. The Aircraft would be about the third in his fleet. We gathered the aircraft landed Nigeria airspace from Canada last week just as he marked his 53rd birthday in Lagos.
The 8 seater jet which he bought for himself as a birthday gift is worth about N7billion. The journey from Canada to Nigeria was said to have taken about 9 hours
“The Global Express XRS is an improved version of the original aircraft, offering higher cruise speed, increased range, improved cabin layout and lighting. The range increase is achieved by addition of a 1,486lb (674 kg) fuel tank at the wing root. The Global Express XRS entered service in early 2006. The unit price is estimated to be $45.5 million (US).
Bombardier claims it takes 15 minutes less to fuel than the original model thanks to the improved computer systems and mechanical refinements.”
Dangote, a Kano-born commodity merchant, was listed in Forbes Richest Billionaires in the world. He is the President of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, NSE, with investments in cement, sugar, oil, banking, properties and other areas.
Monday, April 19, 2010
FORMER military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has challenged Nigerians, particularly his critics to prove that he is a thief.
The former military president recently made public his resolve to contest the 2011 presidential polls, following which allegation that he had explanations to make over the way he allegedly mismanaged the $12.4 billion Gulf War windfall came from some quarters against him.
Babangida, who had a chat with airport journalists at the presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport on Friday, said whoever had anything against him should be ready to prove it, saying he could not be distracted from pursuing his presidential ambition.
His words: “I am glad you said distractions. If you call me a thief and you can prove it, you know what to do, not to make noise about it, go ahead and prove it.”
The former military president, who remained unperturbed by the antics of his political detractors on his ambition to lead the country again come 2011, indicated strategies to win the forthcoming poll.
Babangida noted that he would employ the platforms, including the voting public and the political party under which platform he would be running.
He said he would fall on these options if he was unable to achieve his goal under the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The former military leader, who agreed that he touched many lives in his eight years rule across the six geo-political zones, said this would be a requisite for winning the next year’s election.
He expressed his belief in using his experience to bring Nigerians across ethnic and religious divide together as one cohesive entity by delivering the dividend of democracy.
“I believe that it is true and I have the requisite experience to make it come true,” he reiterated.
Mixed reactions have continued to greet the plans by the former leader to gun for the number one seat in the country next year with his political enemies crying foul over the ambition while his loyalists across the nation have described him as the best candidate the country requires now.
In pursuit of his ambition, the former military leader has embarked on consultations across the country to sample opinions and strategise as elections draw nearer.
The General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Prayer Ministry International, Prophet Isa El-Buba, has implored Nigerians not to bother themselves about the political aspiration of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, saying that the hand of God was not upon him and could never rule Nigeria again.
Speaking with newsmen in Jos, Prophet El-Buba said Babangida was simply dissipating his energy and resources in vain, adding that those whom God had not chosen could not force themselves on Nigerians, as leaders, otherwise they would incur the wrath of God.
The general overseer stated that all the hardship being experienced in the country currently started as a result of his bad style of leadership, induced by high level corruption.
Said he: “The pains of Nigerians originated from Babangida through his bad economic policies. He messed up the country and institutionalised corruption. If he cannot change the phase of the country as military president with such an enormous power, there is nothing he can do in this present situation.”
“The most important thing is that God has rejected him; the hand of God is not upon him as far as 2011 presidential election is concern. He is simply dissipating his energy and resources in vain,” he said.
Prophet El-Buba said the circumstances surrounding the emergence of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the acting president of Nigeria depicted that the hand of God was upon him and advised him to steer the affairs of the nation in line with the desire of the common people, adding that his commitment to pursue energy and electoral reforms was a welcome development.
According to him, his name would go down in history, if he can show full and total commitment to the sectors as one of the great leaders of Nigeria.
He added added that to achieve this, the acting president must shut his ears to those parading themselves as godfathers.
The clergyman condemned those clamouring for power to remain in the North, adding that the era where the North thought it could go it all alone as far as leadership of Nigeria was concern was over. He scaid what the nation needed now was a leader that could address the myriad of problems confronting the country.
“We the North should not think we have the monopoly of power, we cannot do it alone. It is high time we put aside the mentality that the vote of the North can make any candidate become the president of this great nation.
“All what we need as a nation is a good leader no matter where he comes from, a leader who can pursue the need of the common man,” he said.
INEC CHAIRMAN OR PRESIDENCY BEING CONSIDERED
Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, maybe ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s joker in his quest to have one of his associates occupy the presidential villa next year or take charge of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was gathered that drafting Ribadu into the presidential race next year is the Plan B of the Obasanjo camp, in case the desire for Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to contest in the election, owing to the zoning arrangement in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fails. Also, the other option is for him to be INEC chairman.
Jonathan had told the Cable News Network (CNN) that he had many option regarding next year’s elections. According to him, he has the option of running as somebody’s vice presidential candidate or, in the alternative, running for president, despite saying that this is not his priority at the moment.
However, sources close to Obasanjo said that realising that it could be difficult to sell the Jonathan 2011 presidency to the North, most especially, since the zone wants to also have eight years rule, as the South did between 1999 and 2007, the former President’s camp considered the option of getting somebody, who is popular, from the North, to contest for the number one seat.
It was gathered that Ribadu was considered, as the Obasanjo camp reckoned that with his popularity, garnered while he was chairman of the EFCC, he would be accepted by most Nigerians, if presented for the election.
Plan to remove his blemish
To set the tune for the option, the camp pressed for the withdrawal of charges against the former EFCC chairman before the Code of Conduct Bureau. With this done, it was learnt that the next plan is for Ribadu’s dismissal from the police to be converted to retirement. Also, the group is working to get the court to speed up the case Ribadu filed against the police, challenging his dismissal, where it is expected that the police action would be voided by the court.
Sources revealed that contrary to the belief that Jonathan wants to reappoint Ribadu as chairman of the EFCC or presidential adviser on war against corruption, the real plan is to clear whatever encumbrance may hinder the former anti-graft czar from contesting election so that if the group settles for Plan B, he would be drafted into the 2011 race.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Mohammed Adoke, had, during a visit to the EFCC recently, said that government had no plan to reappoint Ribadu as the anti-graft agency chairman. Ribadu himself, while speaking from the United States, had also said something to the effect that he was not aware of any plan for him to return to the EFCC. He had hinted that he would return to the country in May.
Ribadu expected back next month
When Ribadu returns, he would make himself visible, by what he would be saying as well as his daily activities. This is in order for him to return to public consciousness, while he awaits the greenlight for his role in 2011 elections.
It was gathered that media teams were being set up for the former EFCC chairman, with a view to managing his image boosting campaign.
The INEC option
Saturday Sun gathered that with Jonathan’s promise to ensure that the country conducts credible election next year, Ribadu may play a role in the conduct of the election. Specifically, sources close to the presidential villa said that he maybe appointed to replace Prof Maurice Iwu, whose tenure as INEC chairman will end in June.
The option to have Ribadu at INEC, it was gathered, is to have an electoral body Nigerians and the international community will have confidence in. His activities at the EFCC, it was learnt, gave the impetus that he would do well as INEC chairman.
Jonathan had hinted that there would be a shake-up at INEC during his trip to the US. He had told the CNN that the tenure of Iwu and other commissioners of INEC would end by June, by which time, he revealed, the government would review their cases on individual merit.
He had said in the interview with CNN: “On the issue of the people at INEC, I told them that, look, between now and ending of June, most of the officials at the national level – they’re called commissioners – their tenure will end, and we’re going to review them.”
He also said: “So, the issue is beyond Iwu because we must set up an electoral system and our regulations and laws that will make sure that anybody who is appointed to that office should be able to conduct acceptable elections. And that is my focus.”
Jonathan’s meeting with Ribadu
The Jonathan camp is in the know about the plans for Ribadu. This is why charges against the former police officer were withdrawn. This is also why the acting president met with him in the US, during his five-day visit.
In the meeting, Jonathan was said to have assured Ribadu of his safety in Nigeria. He also told him that he would get a role in the coming days in the country, without specifically revealing his plan.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Last week, I had the opportunity to interview one of the greatest men in Christendom; Rev. George Adegboye, the founder of the popular Rhema Chapel International. I was glad and honored to hang out with one man who has touched so many lives. The interesting thing is that his ministry touched my life in a very remarkable way while still an undergraduate. Then, anytime he visited Ibadan for special ministrations, we couldn’t get close to him because there were so many protocols to overcome. So when I got an invitation to come to Ilorin, the headquarter base of the church, to interview this man of God of high repute popularly known as “Walking Bible”, I quickly grabbed the opportunity. The trip to Ilorin was long and tiring, but I didn’t mind because I couldn’t wait to interview this man of God. And when we finally got there, Rev. George stunned me with his humble and down-to-heart personality. He is so influential, famous, yet very humble.
The interview lasted for 2 hours and he opened up on his life, ministry, marriage and success secrets. Trust him, he was so eloquent and dished out the right answers without hesitation, for each questions.
Afterwards, he treated me to a first class reception. It was really good and a very memorable experience.
I will post the full interview on this Blog soon. It’s quite interesting and revealing!!!
Recall that City People magazine was the first celebrity magazine to break the news of the wedding of Bella Adenuga, the pretty daughter of GLOBACOM Boss, Otunba Mike Adenuga.
About a month ago, City People slammed the story of her grand wedding on its front page which caught other magazines napping.
We can authoritatively reveal to you that the first 2 stanzas of the wedding has been held in Lagos with 3 more to go.
The marriage rites of Bella and Jameel started with the 2 families meeting 3 weeks ago at Big Mummy’s house in Victoria Island, Lagos.
It was followed by an Engagement ceremony on Easter Monday with a grand family reception.
But the wedding proper will be held at various venues on Saturday April 17, and Saturday April 24.
The frenzy of the wedding has reached a feverish pitch as very expensive aso-ebi are being distributed free to friends and well-wishers. Adenuga who is fondly called the Guru, who is the father of the bride, is not sparing any moment to make the wedding of Bella, his favorite daughter, a grand event.
Bella is getting married to Jameel Disu, a Lagos big boy who is into outdoor multi media business. His father works in an export and import bank in Cairo, Egypt. Bella’s mum is Bolaji Marquis who used to be married to Mike Adenuga. She was the first wife before they parted ways. Later, Big Mike married Titi Adenuga.
We hear Bella has already given her dad a long shopping list of what she wants for her wedding and he has given her a blank cheque.
Twice now in 2 months, Bella has traveled abroad to the worlds leading Cities like France, New York, Italy, Dubai, to shop for her wedding. We have it on good authorities that all that Bella and Jameel will wear on that day will be brought from abroad from top shops. We can confirm authoritatively that Mike’s instruction to Funmi Osunsade, his niece who is in charge of the wedding plans, is for her to put together The Wedding of the Year for Bella.
Already invitation cards are being sent out, but it’s difficult to get one if you are not a close associates of the 2 families. The 1,500 guests list is made up of those the 2 families approve of. We can also tell you authoritatively that Security at the wedding will be tight as Mike Adenuga is known for having tight security at his events.
He has consulted the 2 toughest security outfits in Lagos to handle the security.
We also gathered that admission into the 3 days wedding event will be strictly by invitation.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Accessories creative designer Ngozi Anukam of Haute Attack (fashionista and shopaholic), plans to launch into the Lagos Market with its new fashionably fabulous 2010 Line of affordable and fashionable accessories in the first week of May, 2010.
The “Haute Attack is for women who love constantly updating their style and look.”
Ngozi also speaks on the latest trend in Accessories and describes the “in-trend” as Bold, Unforgiving, Noticeable and Fashionable.The entire collection, ranges from unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, clutches and more.
Haute Attack is aimed at fashionable women seeking affordable style as it gives women fashion accessories that are functional, practical but stylish. The event beckons on the store-buyers, fashion designers, members of the press, photographers, models, fashionistas, celebrities, socialites and the general public to its accessory showcase & soft launch shopping party.
For more information regarding HAUTE ATTACK please contact email@example.com
Following Lagos Big Girl, Biola Okoya’s absence at her father, the Aare of Lagos, Chief Rasaq Okoya 70th birthday two months ago, there have been wild speculations about the reason of her non-attendance at the event which spanned 2 weeks. While there were allegations that she had fallen on bad times with her father, the rumours also alleged that she was suffering ill health and had infact been flown abroad for treatment. While it was obvious that she had fallen out with her father, as no mention was made of her in the program brochure, many however could not ascertain the state of her health.
City People can reveal that Biola is in a perfect state of health. Her withdrawal from the public is said to be in consonance with her new found faith. City People can authoritatively revealed that Biola Okoya has embraced Christianity. Barely 2 weeks after her father’s party, she showed up at the January communion service of the Guiding Life Assembly, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, pastured by Pastor Wale Adefarasin. She came in the company of her 3 children. She was also in attendance at the February communion service with her children. At both service, Biola is said to have been in deep meditation that many of the members in acceptance felt sympathy for her. Biola is said to have accepted the Christian faith months back, and she is said to be drawing strength from her new found faith.
Pretty faced Louise Priddy , Manager of Bacchus Nite Club and owner of the Posh Café in Victoria Island, Lagos was delivered of a bouncing baby boy on Sunday, March 28, 2010. The arrival of the tot coincided with the birthday of her sister, Oona Priddy who is now a proud Aunt. Louise’s husband, Mario Bou Harb is over the moon now and is telling anyone who cares to listen how great it is to be a father. Three weeks prior to her delivery, precisely on her birthday, March 12, a baby shower was held for her in England to usher the baby in. right now, Louise Priddy’s facebook wall has been taken over by goodwill and congratulatory messages from friends and family who are elated with the latest addition to the Priddy and Bou Harb family.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Right now in Lagos, Dr Abayomi Ajayi is somebody who everyone is going to as regards the conception of the fruit of the womb. He is making waves in Nigeria based on what he is doing. Over the years, he has brought succor and hope to reproductively challenged couples. And because of that, people gravitate towards him.
His fertility centre known as Nordica Centre has become one of Nigeria’s leading centers for world class assisted reproductive services. His core competence is infertility management. Their services are world class, as they have direct access to research findings from The Institute of Human Reproduction, Sybion, Fruebjerguel, Denmark and also with doctors and technicians at The Fertility Unit of Herlev University of Copenhagen. This keeps them abreast of the latest development in the field of Assisted Reproduction.
One will be amazed how people come from far and near to his fertility clinic in Yaba and Victoria Island both based in Lagos for assistance. Last year, he also opened another branch in Asaba to attend to couples in that jurisdiction. He has the passion of making the facility readily available to everyone, which was actually why he opened the Asaba centre last year November. All his 3 centers offer a comprehensive list of assisted conception therapy amongst which is comprehensive gynecological assessment, timed intercourse, ovulation induction and cycle monitoring, artificial insemination, including donor insemination, amongst others.
And with the increasing cases of infertility amongst married couples in Nigeria and its capacity to disrupt domestic harmony, the Nordica Fertility Centre could not have come at a better time.
According to Dr Ajayi, statistics reveals that one in every four or five married couples are infertile, adding that in Nigeria over 40-45% of all consultations in gynecological clinics are infertility related. And IVF has provided succor for couples who have lost hope of conception. It is a solution for a lot of couples that have lost hope of getting children. Some even now go home with twins and triplets.
According to him, “IVF is a solution to many infertility problem or challenges. For the fact that the success rate is not 100 per cent does not mean it does not work. It works. The percentage is between 25 and 30 percent. And I think that’s a good one because what does nature even offer us? Nature gives us about 18-20 per cent. So if nature gives you 18-20 percent and IVF gives you 25-30 per cent that means it is a good one. And it has put smiles on the faces of so many couples; it has brought joy to many homes.
IVF has come a long way in Nigeria. And it is getting better by the day.And what makes the story interesting is the fact that more Nigerians are beginning to embrace this conception technique despite the high cost that it entails. The price ranges between N650, 000 to N2, 000,000. This is because of the compensation to be made for either the sperm or egg donor, the medical bills and all the other expenses. But a lot of people don’t even mind these days as some see it as a better alternative to adoption since the baby is going to still have their gene.
According to what was gathered, most people who undergo this procedure are always very rich because of its cost implication. A lot of comfortable and average couples are also not losing out, most of the time, what they do is to actually take up a saving plan for a couple of years to enable them actualize their dream.
And for Dr Ajayi, it has been a success story in just 5 years as people are really getting the results. The clinic has produced over 400 babies. Couple of months back, he even had a birthday ceremony for the first baby ever from the centre to prove to the world that it’s not just about the noise or the glamour but what they do at the centre is real. The boy, Julian marked his 5th year birthday in the company of his parents, Nordica team and family. Also a lot of couples, who have benefited from the IVF procedures through the centre, were present for the celebration with their babies. No doubt, Dr Ajayi has become a remarkable force in that terrain.
Recently, the Editor-in –Chief of True Love Magazine, Bola Atta, hosted 300 guests to an exclusive valentine event. The event which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suite was a total deviation from the editions as she wowed the guests with her unique concept which wasn’t devoid of a high level of expertise and creativity. In this report, City People Fashion Editor, BOLA AKINBOADE brings to you the detail
A HIGH CLASS EVENT
The True Love Valentine Dinner was a memorable and classy one, as it was well organized. The guests looked groovy in the dress code which was True Love T-shirts, paired with different colors of designer jeans and shorts.
The deluxe interior décor of the hall was complemented with beautiful draperies, while the runway also added glamour as the organizers opted for a glass runway with light, rather than the conventional runway. Guests were given a first class reception at the event.
BOLA ATTA’S KEY ROLE
The Editor in Chief of True Love Magazine, Bola Atta, was showered with accolades for organizing such a breath-taking event. Apart from the mind blowing concept, her reception was quite remarkable. She was well prepared for this occasion, she had everything set up and ready to go. She was also on ground to usher in the guests and she ensured they were well entertained. The interesting thing about her was that it wasn’t a burden for her to play her role as she gaily moved from one table to the other, attending to the guests. Eventually, when the event kicked off, had a great time as well.
TEJU BABY FACE AS COMPERE
Popular comedian, Teju Oyelakin popularly known as Teju Baby Face, played a significant role at the event. Teju is one of the Nigerian’s finest stand-up comedian/MCs. He was the glued that held the event together and he skillfully discharged his duties. He dished out a good number of jokes and stories that got guests excited and made the atmosphere lively.
KATE HENSHAW PARTNERS WITH PROJECT ALERT
One of the reasons True Love team organized the show was to address one of the major problems affecting women in this part of the world, that is the abuse of women and the fight against it. The show kicked off with a lecture delivered by Nollywood star actress; Kate Henshaw-Nuttal titled “Say No To Domestic Violence”. The screen diva was commissioned to deliver the lecture because she is one of the Ambassadors of Project Alert, a Non-governmental women’s right organization set up in January 1997 to promote and protect the rights of women and young girls. The award winning actress spoke about the consequences of domestic violence against women and what can be done as individuals and society as a whole to curb this inhuman practice.
MRS ALABA FADAIRO REPRESENTED LAGOS COMMISSIONER
The Special guest of honour was the Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Joke Orelope- Adefulire. She was represented by Mrs Alaba Fadairo, the Matron of the Lagos State Motherless babies home. She delivered a speech and officially launched the new True Love initiative tagged “Fight against Violence in Women”.
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT & WELLNESS CLINIC
At the event, a Weight Management and Wellness speech was delivered by Prof. Udoh Obioha, a Nigerian born-American trained physician based in the U.S He is specializes in the treatment of overweight and obesity. He gave an educative lecture on obesity, and weight management as remedy. It was an eye opener for most of the guests. According to him, obesity and abnormal fat causes 50 diseases such as infertility, fibroid, sudden death, stroke and others, because it affects the entire body system. He also stressed the need for people to watch their weight before it gets out of proportion.
TRUE LOVE LAUNCHES FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENCE IN WOMEN
In line with the theme of the day, True Love team officially launched its NGO aimed to fight all forms of violence in women. Since the magazine is a lifestyle magazine which focuses on women, they came up with a concept that will address a particular problem facing the female gender as its own little way of giving back to the society. And since violence against women is one issue that has been on the increase for a long time, the team deemed it fit to address this issue in a positive way. According to Bola Attah
, “the NGO will sensitize on the rights of a woman and encourage them to be courageous as we all fight this battle”.
THE INTERSWITCH SESSION
Interswitch Nigeria Limited is a company that specializes in the production of Nigeria Debit Card other wise known as the Interswitch Card or the ATM card. The company was one of the official sponsors of the True Love Valentine Dinner. The Chief Marketing Officer of the Company, Tito Aderoju gave brief details on what the Interswitch cards is all about, it’s various types, the new cards called the Verve card and all the benefits customers can derive from using the card.
TIMI DAKOLO THRILLING PERFORMANCE
The winner of the Idols West Africa, Timi Dakolo performed to the delight of the guests at the event. No doubt, this Soul Singer is a great new talent and blessed with a lovely voice. His career has been on the rise as has performed in some of the high profile events in town. At the True Love event, he rendered two lovely tracks which took the tempo of the event to another level.
LAMI, THE NEW FEMALE SINGER
Lami Phillips is one of the fast rising female singers on the scene right now. She is a musician with a passion for positive change. Her style of music is quite unique and she sang an emotional but interesting love song which had all the couple in the house clinging to their partners.
THE DAVIVA COLLECTION BY ITUEN BASI
Award winning designer, Ituen Basi unveiled her latest collection tagged “The Da Viva Collection” and all the fabrics used was supplied by Qualitex, manufacturer of the Daviva Ankara fabric which is the latest rave of the moment. It was a wide range collection as it ranges from short dresses, maxi dresses; wrap dresses, shift dresses and others complemented with exciting patchwork, headbands and Ankara beads and bangles.
OBONI OMOLI WITHOUT HER BEAU
Nollywood actress, Omoli Oboli strolled into the event midway to the show. Interestingly, she stepped out alone this time around without her hubby. This is because Omoni hardly goes to any occasion without her better half.
BETWEEN OFUNNEKA & UTI NWACHUKWU
Two people that were inseparable at the event were the duo of Ofunneka Malokwu and Uti Nwachukwu.They both enjoyed each other’s company all through the evening. They were both full of life and one would easily wonder what the strong connection is all about. The interesting thing about them is that they are both Ex- Big Brother Africa housemates.One thing a lot of people don’t know is the fact that Uti had always held Ofunneka in high esteem right from the days of being a housemate in the big brother show. This is because Ofunneka was his favorite housemates in the Big Brother Africa show.
ZARA OPKARA EMERGES AS MISS TRUE LOVE
A mini pageant also took place at the event, but it want about beauty, body physique or height as synonymous with most beauty pageants. The concept was to select the best guest who rocked the True Love T-Shirt very well. The dress code for this event was a purple True love t-shirt provided by the organizes, paired with different designer jeans and shorts. And at the event 7 women were selected randomly and after their catwalk, Zara Opkara who is the Jewel by Lisa PR executive emerged as Miss True Love as she rocked her True Love Shirt on a black bumper short which stood her out from others.
CATHERINE EDOHOR WITHOUT FRANK
Catherine Edohor, the NTA TV presenter and the wife of the presenter of “Who want to be a Millionaire, Frank Edohor, is not one of those regular faces at events, which suggests that the organizer meant a lot to her. Even though it was an event to celebrate love among couple, she came without her better half. Nevertheless she enjoyed the show in company of her friends such as the like of Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and others. She was also chosen as one of the women who rocked the True Love shirt very well. She looked hot in her True Love T-Shirt paired with a black jean.
FREE MASSAGES BY VENICI
Arinola Adeniyi, the industrious woman who runs one of the best spas on Victoria Island, Lagos, Venivici was also very busy at the event. She had a section within the hall premises where she offered free massages to some of the guest s.
TARA DUROTOYE AND BUKKY GEORGE’S SUPPORTIVE ROLES
The organizers also got supports from 2 women who presently dominate the Nigeria beauty Scene. This is Tara Durotoye, the brain behind the House of Tara Make-up outfit and Bukky George, the Revlon Boss. Tara gave out her Inspired perfumes nicely packed in its customized goodie bag, while Mrs Bukky George gave out the different range of Revlon make-up line.
ON QUALITEX TEXTILE LTD
Apart from the fact that Qualitex, the manufacturers of the Daviva Ankara fabric sponsored the fashion show segment, they also gave out Da Viva fabric to the guests.
MAKE-UP AND MODELS PROVIDED BY SLEEK
The Sleek Models, an outfit owned by Ebele and Ify Ugochukwu provided all the models who strutted the runway during the Da Viva Collection by Ituen Basi. They were all beautifully made up creating a smoky look which was also achieved by Sleek Make-up, which happens to be another part of the Sleek brand.
Notable among the guests who were present at the event include the likes of Helen Ajayi, Banke Meshida-Lawal and husband, Frank Osodi, Arinola Adeniyi, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Mrs Alaba Fadairo, Prof. Udofia, Lanre Da Silva, Mrs Bukky George and Husband, Ofunneka Malokwu, Uti Nwachukwu, and others.