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Saturday, July 31, 2010

TITI ABUBAKAR RECEIVES INT’L AWARD ON WOTCLEF


If information reaching us is anything to go by, the wife of the former Vice President, Titi Abubakar is billed to pick up an international recognition award for the activities on her pet project, WOTCLEF.
Sources disclosed that the wife of Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) will also receive recognition award. We gathered that the award is organized by Great Africa Network for Women in collaboration with Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, Germany (NIDO), and Nigeria Community, Berlin in partnership with Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin.
The event sources said will hold in Berlin, Republic of Germany on Saturday 4, 2010 at 6pm, Nigerian time. The organizers are also responsible for the Culture and Award ceremony to celebrate Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary.
We can also tell you that the organizers are already in partnership with Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin where the event will hold. It was gathered that star actress, Shan George will entertain guests at the event.
According to Kate Imaseun, Executive Director and founder of Great Africa Network, the event is a conference designed to address the complex multi layered issues of human trafficking and forced labor/prostitution in women and children. Great Africa Network for women was established in 1999, to assist Nigerian women and children who were often trafficked to Europe under false promises of a better life and forced into prostitution and labor.

WHO IS AFTER DAKOVA


For the fashion enthusiasts in the late 80s, the name DAKOVA rings bell. David Kolawole Vaughan carved a niche for himself as one of the early starters of real fashion business in Nigeria and he had enjoyed the patronage of a good number of who-is-who in the social circle until the late 90s when he veered into politics apparently to attract more patrons.
Politics became one of his undoing factors as he was incarcerated on political related issues while his fast growing business crashed, hitting him so hard. Surviving from his several ordeals, he migrated to Abuja and started on a fresh note again. The celebrated fashion designer again veered into entertainment business. With his Aristotle Nite Club, fortunes again began to smile on him as society gals and politicians make his popular hangout located at Ceddis Plaza, Abuja, a place to visit. Little did he know that his detractors are at work again. Recently a dreaded team of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) stormed his hangout in Abuja and whisked him away. Although he was said to have been released shortly after interrogation over what a source described as narcotic related issue. We gathered that he had earlier had a brawl with one of his customers who we gathered was a very influential young man over unpaid bills running close to a million naira. The young man we heard vowed to deal with him with all his might. Tale bearers are also pointing accusing business on some envious club owners in the city who feel the success of Aristotle Nite Club is detrimental to theirs.
We gathered that the club has not fully recovered from the incidence as full service are yet to begin, while patrons seem skeptical about their security at the fun centre. Whoever is behind this, sources yelped, the dimunitive designer will come out stronger, just a matter of time, he said.

MNET HOLDS SEASON 2 OF NAIJA SINGS


The MNET powered Naija Sings show is back, as the Season 2 is set to kick off. The show was introduced into the Nigeria last year, where John emerged as the winner. The new season promises a unique production as the show is to be filmed in High definition production.
Once again, this year, Tosin Martins will play a very important role in the production as he will be a key judge in choosing the finalists who will go to the finals from the regional audition to be held in Lagos this month.. The other regional area that the competition will be holding includes Enugu, Port Hacourt, Calabar, Kano, Abuja and Imo.
The finalists from the regionals are going to start competing and the public begin voting for the best which will be rounded up with a grand finale in September. And once again, Olisa Adibua, the renowned radio personality will compere the show. Also, music producer, Dokta Frabz will be the musical director as he would provide music guidance and vocal training for the contestants, as they approach the all-important Top 10 stage of the series.
The winner is going to win 100,000 dollars cash prize together with a recording contract. The show is partnered by Storm 360 ltd. Also, local artists and contestants of the maiden edition of Naija Sings are billed to grace the show and mentor the singers.

HEMINGWAY SAFARI REWARDS CUSTOMERS


Hemingway’s Safaris Africa, a holiday and lifestyle company recently rewarded its loyal customers. The company hosted the grand finale and presentation of gifts to winners of its raffle draw recently in Nigeria. The winners were presented with a return ticket to South Africa, complete with accommodation to watch the finals of the just concluded world cup.
The couple that won the raffle draw, Mr & Mrs Oyeleye Olasupo came all the way from Jos. They were excited about emerging winners.
It’s is the company’s little way of appreciating their customers and showing them how much value they place on their relationship with them. They acknowledge that most people live a highly stressed life in Nigeria, and help people diminish the stress and get them back to simply enjoying the best that life has to offer”.
Hemingway’s Safaris is a holiday members club in Nigeria. The company offers members values in the form of points in which they can invest in for their holiday accommodation requirements. Once you have invested in Hemingway’s Safaris Africa you become a member of TVG and the points represent an asset to which you have continuous access. You can book holidays to the same value as represented by your holiday point’s allocation.
With access to over 6, 000 quality luxury resorts worldwide, members are free to choose where, when and how to spend their holidays at the best affordable prices. As a result of its affiliation to RCI, members also have access to RCI resorts in Africa and overseas. Hemingway’s ensures you get the best of everything ranging from international cruises, full travel services, flexible repayment options, guest certificates, and so much more.

NTDC BOSS BRANDS NIGERIA @ 50 IN J’OBURG


One thing that many fans at the last World Cup will not forget in a hurry is the Nigeria @ 50 Village, built for the National Committee on Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC). The village showcased Nigeria’s cultural heritage, tourism and business assets/potentials. The corporation, led by its Director General, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, coordinated activities at the village, located at the serene neighborhood of Zoo Lake in Johannesburg.
Runsewe built the village on behalf of the Anniversary Committee, as part of his initiatives at presenting Nigeria in good light.
South Africans and other nationals who hitherto, only saw Nollywood stars and film personalities on MNET AFRICAN MAGIC channel, also had rare priviledge of seeing the stars in person at the village in Johannesburg. Also at the venue were notable Nigerian musicians like Sunny Nneji, Shina Peters, Alariwo, Yinka Ayefele, Yinka Davies and Tee Mac. The Nollywood personalities present included Shan George, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Paul Adams and several others. Of course, there were ace comedians like Gbenga Adeyinka and M.C Abbey.

ELOHOR ISIOHOR HEAVILY PREGNANT



Last May Saturday 28th, 2010, ex-Miss Nigeria UK and boss of Elite Model Look Nigeria / Beth Modeling Agency, Elohor Isiohor , formally got engaged the traditional way to Owen Aisen Ogbebor, who runs a top club on the Island in Lagos.
The big news coming from her home front is that the pretty Edo babe is expecting a child.
In fact, Elohor, who was able to keep her pregnancy away from prying eyes on her traditional engagement ceremony which held at 10 Degrees Event Centre in Lagos seems not to be able to do so presently as her pregnancy is now very visible for all eyes to see.
All the same, Elohor is glowing from the experience, especially s she’s preparing for her white wedding which will take in London in August. Already, a lot of her friends on the Island are planning to attend the wedding, especially as its taking place at that time when summer holiday makers will be hitting London for their yearly holiday

DUNAMIS BOSS SISTER, OLUWAKEMI WEDS IN LAGOS


Recently, Fumbi Akinyosoye, a big player in the Event Management Industry hosted friends and families at the wedding ceremony of her younger sister, Oluwakemi, a registered nurse who works with the Critical Rescue International (CRI). The groom is a Lagos banker and works with FCMB. They actually met at the FCMB, when she went over for a transaction and ever since, they have not had any reason to look back. They courted for over a year before they decided to formalize their wedding.
The wedding ceremony was a 2-in-1 event, as the engagement and wedding took place on the same day, Saturday July 3rd, 2010. The wedding ceremony kicked off with an Engagement Ceremony in the early hours of the day at the UNILAG Multi Purpose Hall, Akoka, Lagos, followed by the church service.
The solemnization took place at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus Never Fails Parish, Fadeyi, Lagos while reception followed immediately at the UNILAG Multi-purpose hall, Akoka, Lagos.

EX-MISS NIGERIA, SYLVIA EDEM DELIVERS BABY GIRL


This is good news coming from across the nation, specifically from the UK. The news just came that ex- Miss Nigeria, Sylvia Edem Emecheta was delivered of a baby girl on Tuesday 13th July, 2010, in a London hospital. Coincidentally, the new baby girl shares the same birthday with her older sister, Sylvia’s 3-year-old daughter. The new baby has since been named Hazel.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

TEO JASMIN UNVEILS NEW COLLECTIONS






Teo jasmine is an interior design company which was founded by Angéline Bailly in 2001. The company specializes in digital printing on wall canvas but later on expanded their range of products with cushions and classic furniture, still using the same digital process on them. Ever since, Teo Jasmin never stops bestowing its creative juices. New collections are launched twice a year.
When you think ‘French”, the word chic automatically springs to mind, but now, you can add “kitsch” to the list. With images ranging from iconic film stars and city scapes through to the quintessentially British, their fabulous prints really make for some eye catching, tongue-in-check furnishings. The superheroes of DC Comics are the stars of the new collection 2010 with Coca Cola and famous Doggy ridder. Previous and still successful collections such as the Beatles, NYC, London and Paris are still around!
For more information to view the full product range, visit: www.teojasmin.com

ABSOLUTE PURE WATER SYSTEM ENTERS NIGERIA MARKET


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TEWA ONASANYA HOLDS EXQUISITE FASHION PARTY


The Exquisite Fashion Party is an event which is held to promote Exquisite Magazine and its sponsors and also creates awareness for some lifestyle issues. Exquisite has chosen Cervical Cancer.
The idea extends to all ABC1 women and men seeking a more exciting life around fashion, beauty, body and mind as well as enriching one’s social life.
Activities include- Fashion shows (featuring latest collections from up and coming designers), Friends networking, comedy, food and drink.
The emphasis is on a day of fun around the fashion and beauty industry. Exquisite uses its print magazine as a valuable extra in showcasing stylish work and new trends on the market. All our participants and sponsors are featured in the glossy and stylish monthly magazine
.Held to support Wish for Africa and Stand Up to Cancer Naija, a charity with the sole aim of increasing the awareness for Cancer, possible preventative methods and more.
At the event on the 25th of July, Ladies will be encouraged to sign up for the free cervical screening which will be held. Also, Dr Matilda Kerry will be speaking about Cervical Cancer.
Some of the special guests include the SSG of Lagos State, Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya, Hajia Zainab Ibrahim, Dr Agbe-Davis.
Designers at the Exquisite Fashion party include Alexender Longe, Zizi Cardow, Mon Ami, Estito, Martwayne and more.
With performances by Waje and other artists.
Sponsors include Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel, Linda manufacturing co ltd, manufacturers of X-pression hair, Power Horse, Cakes & Cupcakes, and Media Partners include, Encomium, City people, Sound city, Quest TV, STV and many more.

NFS STORMS DUBAI FASHION FIESTA






The Dubai Fashion Fiesta is scheduled for 22nd – 24th July, 2010 at the prestigious Dubai World Trade Center. Dubai fashion Fiesta is organized by Emirates Visions and the Government of United Arab Emirates. Dubai Fashion Fiesta is the premium fashion event in Asia with designers, models, Buyers and fashion press from all over the world participating. Nigeria was invited for the first time last year through Legendary Gold Limited. And Legendary Gold Limited presents the Nigeria Fashion Show at the Dubai Fashion Fiesta this month for the 2nd consecutive year.In the last 11 years, Legendary Gold has created platforms for Nigerian designers in Paris, Milan, New York, Rome, Stockholm, Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv etc.
Legendary Gold Limited organizes annually in Lagos The Nigeria Fashion Show, The
Nigeria Fashion Week, The Nigeria Fashion Awards and the Nigeria Model Awards. Legendary Gold will be presenting 6 top Nigerian labels this year.
They include:

O’GODOR
O’godor predominantly uses the Ankara (African fabric) as a medium of expression
to create cosmopolitan designs that can compete favorably with its international
counterparts. Established in 2003 in Abuja by Ifeoma Anyanwu, O’godor has fast
become a household name in the Nigerian industry. Ifeoma who hails from Imo
state holds a B.Ed in English from the university of Ibadan, and a diploma in
computer operation and management from the University of Lagos.

REEDAS
The idea behind REEDAS is to create timeless and elegant pieces. This is done
through exquisite and well thought out designs on rich fabric and mastery of the
tapestry. Simplicity is REEDAS hallmark! The Nassarawa born creative director of
REEDAS Rukkayah Mohammed Suleiman, is carving a niche for her signature label in
the fashion industry, The 30 year old is happily married with two kids and has
over the years mastered the art of creating custom made outfits that cut across
different cultures for a diverse group of client.

THE HOUSE OF FARRAH
TheHOUSE OF FARRAH® brand has grown to become one of the most-sought after fashion labels. After giving up being a lawyer and an IT consultant to embrace her
childhood dream and passion for the world of fashion Fatima Aliyu Garba became
the Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of the House of Farrah. Fatima
has brought the same tenacity and joie de vivre that set her apart in her
graduating class to fashion and the results have been an astonishingly fast rise
to the top. She is a law graduate of Brunel University, a member of the Nigerian
Bar and also has a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems).

YOUNASS COLLECTION
YOUNASS COLLECTION was born out of a mixture of a nomadic heritage which
Created a unique fusion African fabric with European cuts and the oriental
touch this combination stems from Soraya Adji mixed parentage. Although she was
born Nigerian, with Cameroonian-Fulani parentage, the designer grew up in Paris,
from an early age. She says her biggest inspiration is her mother, a fashionable
and well dressed lady that traveled around the world.

CHARLSAWYERR
CharlSawyerr Nigeria carries the name of its creator and Creative Director -
Charles Sawyerr who was born January 15th 1984, he holds a B.A in fine art from
the University of Porthacourt. He beat 10 other designers to emerge the winner
of the of the Bayelsa Fashion Week in 2009. He is not a new comer to the fashion
industry as he has shown his collections at several shows around Nigeria befor
winning the 2009 Bayelsa fashion Week.

ROUGE
Rouge established in 2008 was inspired by the elements – earth, wind, water and
fire. Symbolic of her favorite colour - red, Chichi Iyiebguniwe exchanged the
education she received at the University of Lagos for her passion for fashion.
Since then, the amiable Delta State indigene has risen from student fashion to
participating in the Nigeria – South Africa bilateral celebration held in Abuja
in 2009

MIKE ADENUGA STRIKES GOLD IN GAMBIA


Africa’s telecommunication giant, Globacom, has received yet another boost in pursuit of its vision to be the biggest and best telecom operator in Africa with the winning of a license to operate telecom services in Gambia. The license, the sixth company has so far won in Africa, comes barely four months after it won a similar license in Senegal.
Other countries where Globacom has telecom licenses are Nigeria, Ghana, Benin Republic and Cote D’Ivoire. The company started operations in Nigeria in August, 2003 and in Benin in June 2008. It has also concluded plans to roll out services in Ghana. The latest license approval was presented to Globacom at the Presidency in Banjul, Gambia on Monday by the Secretary General of the Government of Gambia, Dr Njogou BAH. In attendance of the presentation of the approval were that country’s Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Alhaji A. Cham, and the Foreign Affairs counterpart, Hon.Momodou Tangara.
Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh later received the Globacom Delegation which included, the Executive Director, Human Resources, Mr Adewale Sangowawa, and Head of New Markets, Mr. Olayinka Olafimihan. Sangowawa, who received the approval on behalf of the company’s Chairman, Dr Mike Adenuga Jnr (CON), said the licence would enable the telecommunication giant to stimulate world class telecommunication services in Gambia.
The license will also allow Globacom to land its trans-Atlantic submarine cable, Glo 1, in West African country with opportunities to extend the infrastructure to neighboring countries. It also gives the company the right to carry traffic for customers in Gambia. With this development, the people of Gambia have now been positioned to be part of the telecommunication revolution which Globacom is bringing to Africa.

PASTOR ITUAH IGHODALO FLOATS OWN CHURCH


It is one good news a lot of people have been waiting for since last year when Pastor Ituah Ighodalo had problems with the leadership of Redeemed Church over his marriage to his delectable wife, Ibidun Ajayi, the feeling has been that he would float his own Church sooner than later.
Even when Pastor Ituah went low profile to allow controversy generated by his removal to blow over, many close watchers felt he was bidding his time before he floats his own church. We can now authoritatively reveal that Pastor Ituah has floated his own brand new church called Trinity House and the inaugural service was held last Sunday, 18th July, 2010, at the Civic Centre on Ozumba Mbadiwe Street in V.I, Lagos.
Pastot Ituah Ighodalo , a Pastor, an Accountant and a Writer, was born in Ibadan on April 6th, 1961. He attended the King’s College, Lagos, and the International School, University of Ibadan. He obtained a combined honors degree in Economics and Accounting in 1982 from the University of Hull, England.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He is the Editor in Chief of Timeless Newspaper, The Christian News and Timeless Business & Leadership Quarterly. He also sits on the board of several charitable foundations and NGOs including the Courage Education Foundation, Eden Fields and Heritage Homes.
He is a partner at SIAO( a firm of Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants).
He gave his life to Christ in 1993 and was ordained Pastor in 1995. He worked as Associate Pastor of Freedom Hall (later renamed Hope Hall) as well as City of David Parish of RCCG and has been involved in international missions, helping to pioneer several Redeemed Christian Church of God parishes abroad.

Monday, July 19, 2010

ON DEOLA KAMSON MEGA EXPANSION


Delabique is a new clothing line that has been created out of a strong desire and love to create beautiful clothes and exquisite hand created accessories. This fashion label is owned by talented designer, Deola Kamson.
Delabique is building a reputation as one of the highly creative apparel outfit specializing in the production of women’s wears. Her signature consists of use of trimmings, appliqué, embroidery and other embellishments to accessorize.
Its day line collections boast of clothes that are practical, comfortable and fashionable. The evening line tends towards glamorous, sophisticated and chic. These are made with matching head pieces and accessories. She is preparing for a 2-in-1 expansion as she will be launching her ready to wear line and also open her flagship store in Lagos

TARA DUROTOYE CLINCHES NEW DEAL





Tara Durotoye recently shone at this year’s Fortune/ US State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. She was selected with Detoun Ogwo, the CEO of AGDC, Ideas Builders Initiative to represent Nigeria at this year’s event. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy coordinates a mentoring program for emerging women leaders from around the world: FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership.” Inaugurated in 2006, this program is now in its fifth year and has placed over 116 women from 39 countries in mentoring programs with some of FORTUNE's Most Powerful Women. This public-private partnership places talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world in mentoring programs with FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Leaders. Detoun Ogwo & Tara Fela-Durotoye are the 2010 Candidates placed at Goldman Sachs/World Bank (Detoun) & ExxonMobil (Tara Fela-Durotoye).
The 4 week experience spanning various cities in the United States was a life changing one for these 2 ladies. They learnt under the leaders of world renowned entrepreneurs who took them through leadership, networking and economic rationale in investing. They were also reinforced with commitment to advocating for impactful solutions to Nigeria’s alarming youth unemployment statistics.
And working together as part of their collaborative “pay forward” project, Tara Fela-Durotoye will be rolling out the Mentoring Walk in Delta State; Detoun Ogwo will be anchoring the Ogun State. Their preparations are also underway to launch programs in job training, entrepreneurship, and economic development amongst others to provide impactful career solutions to unemployed Nigerian youth. They have also outlined series of events to empower and reach out to a lot of women as much as possible. The duo will be kicking off with the “Global Women’s Mentoring Walks” which will include over 5,000 participants across Lagos, Delta, Abuja, Ogun and Akwa Ibom State.

FRANK OSODI IN A CELEBRATORY MOOD


In recent times, there has been so much excitement coming from the stable of award winning and creative designer, Frank Osodi. This is because this year marks a very significant year in his career. It’s been 2 decades of transformation and re-invention, and he will be rolling out the drums soon to celebrate 20 years of his business. There a lot of activities wrapped up to mark this anniversary in a grand way. In other to liven up the grand day, Frank has been signed onto some of the major shows happening on the local and international scene. At every opportunity, he takes the guests down the memory lane as he unveils more of his bridal line which was actually what earned him the name, “King of Bustiers”. While he will be rounding off with an out-of-this world that will be taking place later in the year. He is without doubt one of the best designer to have emerged from this part of the world.

@ THE NAIJA BRAIDS PARADE



Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja was transformed into a beauty salon recently, when braiding stylists, fashionistas and trend setters came together to witness the first ever braiding competition held in Nigeria. The competition was organized by Japanese fiber company, Kanekalon, in conjunction with STB McCann. It was the prelimnary competition for the Lagos zones.

THE NAIJA BRAIDS PARADE
In order to promote to promote the use of products with 100% Kanekalon , Kaneka corporation has organized a competition to bring out braiding skills and creativity in Nigerian hairstylists. This year, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nigeria independence anniversary, KANEKA has decided to hold the NAIJA BRAIDS PARADE which embraces braiding, a style that celebrates and embraces the original African Beauty of Nigerian women.
The national event is scheduled to hold in 4 regions, Lagos, Enugu, Abuja and Port Hacourt with the final competition in Lagos, which is expected among others to draw the crème de la crème in the hair, beauty and fashion industry. Two winners for each of the four regions shall contest in the final event.

LEPACIOUS BOSE AND KOFFI COMPERED THE EVENT
To kick off this grand event, the first zonal prelimnary competition took place at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja. The events attracted the stake holders in the fashion and beauty industry who came to witness the competition between the 12 finalists from Lagos, as they battled for the tickets for the grand finale of the competition taking place in September. The event was compered by 2 talented comedians, Bose Ogunboye popularly known as Lepacious Bose and Koffi Idowu popularly known as Koffi. They are both major forces to reckon with in this terrain. They gave the event another twist as they eased the tensions of the finalists with their jokes as well as entertaining the guests too.

MEET THE CONTESTANTS
There were 12 contestants that braided their way to fame within a two hour frame. The contestants include Ufuo Awele of Ace Touch Hair and Make over Salon, Mayowa Olatunji of Mayo beauty salon, Mrs Lois Oti of Divine Favour Salon, Adenike Olajumaye of Niktin hair dressing salon, Mrs Mariama Diallo of Mia Salon de stars, Mary Idahosa of Remarkable Touch Salon, Modupe Afolabi of Dupsy hair salon, Tayo Satuoye of Tayo hairdressing salon, Ikechukwu Macaulay Sylvester of I Kid ‘n’ Style, Evelyn Okoso of Salon de Eve, Bristol Hair Care beauty salon and Princess Beauty Salon.

AND THE PANEL OF JUDGES.
The panel of judges comprised of trendsetters in the world of fashion . The judges include Susan Eyo Honesty( City People Deputy Editor in Chief), Chidi Anaba (Downtown Salon), Grace Akason(CEO of Sequence hair and beauty salon) and Bolaji Akindinlehin ( MD of Finesse Beauty Salon and Cosmetology School).
At the end of the day, the judges came up with two winners, Mariama Diallo of Mia Salon de stars and Evelyn Okoso of Salon de Eve. The judges based their decision on how the hair stylists handled the clients (that is, the level of comfort the clients had while the hair was being braided), their creativity and uniqueness, the neatness and professionalism of the stylists and what they had in mind when braiding the hair. The 2 finalists will represent Lagos at the grand finale with the other winners that will also emerge from the Regional competition from Abuja, Enugu and Port Hacourt.

THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THE EVENT
The Naija Braid Parade is been put together by Kanekalon. It is also supported by some of the leading high company in the country. These include Ayman Enterprises Ltd (producers of Darling and Amigos), Linda Manufacturing Company Ltd (manufacturers of Xpression) and Venus- Nina Company Ltd (makers of Nina). Kanekalon Company makes the world’s finest fiber that creates beautiful attachments for weaving and braids. In other words, most manufacturers of attachments products in Nigeria use Kanekalon as their raw material, and that might explain why these 3 top hair companies in Nigeria all came out in full force to support the Kanekalon ideas.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

FLAIR WEST AFRICA PRESENTS THE 1ST ANNUAL TALENT SEMINAR


The entertainment industry has grown in Nigeria to become a multi billion dollar industry. Over the years talented youths have fallen preys to people who exploited them due to, lack of exposure, industry trends and expectations or just ignorance. The FLAIR talent seminar hopes to give insights on the latest industry trends and the endless possibilities of turning their talent into wealth.

The seminar will be a 1 day workshop and facilitators will be drawn from the following courses which will include
Makeup : Bayo Haastrup
Photography: Kelechi Amadi Obi
Acting: Kunle Afolayan
Fashion editorial: Bola Atta
Music: Dayo Adeneye
Modeling: Oluchi Onwegba-Orlandi
Advertising: Lolu Akinwummi
Dance: Wale Shodade (wale rubber)
Writing: Seffi Atta
Contracts: Sola Oyebade (Mahogany model UK)


Venue: The B center Michael's restaurant opposite Oceanview Adetokunbo Ademola Victoria Island Lagos.
Date: 24th of July 2010
Time: 10am and 2pm( 2 sessions)

Registration: N1,000 payable at any GTB bank into the FLAIR PRODUCTIONS LIMITED.
Account no:214783096111

HOW MIKE BAMILOYE AND WIFE RUN NIGERIA’S BIGGEST GOSPEL DRAMA GROUP


No doubt, Ibadan- based Mount Zion Faith Ministries is Nigeria’s foremost and biggest drama ministry. It was founded by Evangelist Mike Bamiloye. The drama ministry actually brought a revolution to the gospel movie sector in Nigeria . Evangelist Bamiloye’s talents and creativity are outstanding as he writes the scripts of all his movies and drama series, which has earned him so much respect. The popular movie evangelist is however achieving this feat with the joint effort of his wife, Gloria, with whom he has been able to build a brand which has not only gained recognition in Nigeria but also on the global scene.
They have a very inspiring success story as they both grew the group from the scratch with barely little money to finance their project. Evangelist Mike Bamiloye actually started the ministry when he was 25 years old, and since them, he has not had any course to look back.
According to what was gathered, he received the calling to become a drama ministers at a very early stage of his life. But it wasn’t until when he was undergoing his tertiary training at the College of Education, Ile Ife, that the calling became very glaring. Then he was a scriptwriter for the Christian Fellowship Drama Group of his institution. At that time, they used to stage Christian plays in order to bring student closer to God. He was then supporting and coordinating drama group by going to churches and campuses doing evangelism through their drama ministrations. Little did he know then that his ministry was about to start. So eventually he started the Mount Zion Faith Ministries on August 5, 1985.
Interestingly his first attempt to make movies failed, but with hard work, perseverance and persistent, he was able to break- even. The failure of his first film led him into stage ministration through the leading of God, and that was how he started the drama ministration traveling from one church to the other and from one city to the other staging Christian plays.
In 1986, he staged their debut drama ministration at the National Christian Teachers Conference in Ilesa, Osun State, titled Hell in Conference, and that marked the beginning of a turn-around for the ministry. As the ministry was experiencing growth, Bamiloye finally went into film production in 1990, when he recorded and edited the “The Unprofitable Servant” which was aired on television in the Easter of 1990.
But the film that actually brought his ministry into limelight was Agbara Nla, which was actually his first TV serial. It was one series that was very popular in the 90s, and most people couldn’t do without watching it. It held most families in major parts of the country spell bound during the period. And since then, it has been one success story to another as all their movies have been block busters. They have even taking their film production to another as they now go to some nice places in Europe to shoot their movies.
And in 25 years, they have lost count on the number of movies they have produced. Notable among their drama series include; Agbara Nla, Apoti Eri, Back to Zero Point, Blood on the Altar, Busy but guilty, Captives of the Mighty, Covenant Child, Enemy of my Soul, Forgotten Ones, Foundation, Fruitless Tree, Gods are dead, Haunting Shadows, Just a little sin, One careless night, Storms of Life, The wounded heart, The Youthful lusts amongst others.
The small drama group that was formed then has now grown into a full fledge drama ministry with different department such as Drama, Drama Outreaches, Film Production, Marketing, Production Studios, Publication and Vision Carriers. A couple of years back, the ministry also started expanding to French speaking countries and it has also made its mark in those countries too.
The story of Mount Zion Faith Ministries will also not be complete without the mention of the role Mike Bamiloye’s wife, Gloria played in the building of the ministry. She can be describe as an epitome of support to the ministry. She also added glamour to the
Ministry coupled with her natural beauty, which a lot of people fell in love with. Even without make-up, she is a damsel. She also has good acting skills as she is very good in holding her viewers spell bound. She got married to her husband at a tender age of 20.
They are both alumni of the same institution, though he had graduated by the time she gained admission into the institution. It was when Mike came back to teach them Playlet that they met. He used to be like a senior and big brother. And over time, the bond between them became stronger, and it became obvious that Evangelist Mike wanted more, so when he proposed; it wasn’t an easy decision for her as she was considered too young by her parent to even think of settling down in marriage. But after stiff opposition from her families and friends, she followed her heart and the will of God for her life, and their marriage story has been a roller coaster one.
Mike Bamigboye does not joke with her as he loves and adores her. According to what we gathered, he always shows affection for her even openly. He always put her first in most of the things he does. This is because the wife is very significant of his life and ministry. To start with, he inaugurated the Ministry the same year he started courting his wife. So they actually started the ministry together before they latter got married. She on her own part is also a very loving and caring wife, and she is not even intimidated by the fact that her husband has to play some husband roles with other women in most of their movies. She rather looks at the bright side of things.
Above all, she had stood by him through thick and thin. When they got married, he was a full-time minister and it wasn’t as if the money had started rolling in. Things were very slow for them at the beginning of the ministry, but she kept supporting and encouraging him all the way. And now she is reaping the fruits of her unconditional love.
Their marriage which has existed for 22 years is blessed with 3 children who are all in the ministry. His first son is a script writer and his second son is behind all the musical effects in most of Mount Zion’s films.

PASTOR CHRIS SACKS PASTORS AND WORKERS OVER VARIOUS ALLEGATION


The General Overseer of Belivers Love World Church, a.k.a Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome recently sacked about 1000 employes of the church comprising of Pators and workers for offences a reliable source intended has to do with sexual immorality. Those affected had been warned of ‘lagging behind’ in their duties. Those affected by the sack action include workers in the Cyber Ministry, which is in charge of the information technology services, Inner City Ministry, in charge of orphanages, less privileged and other social services, and the publication unit also known as Rhapsody Ministry.
The sacked pastors and several workers were however adviced to reapply to the church, for future considerations. What informed their sack, we learnt was based on financial and sexual related issues. Before the axe fell on them, Pastor Chris has read the riot act against indescent dressing in the church. It was obvious that those sacked were those whose department and ministries had more reported cases of financial and sexual immorality cases.
The soft spoken man of God wielded the big axe, after his trip to South Africa, where he had gone on a trip before the commencement of the World cup.

NIKE OSINOWO SET TO ORGANIZE MISS NIGERIA PAGEANT


Ex-Beauty Queen, Adenike Osinowo Soleye is set to organize the 2010 Miss Nigeria pageant. Since its inception in 1957, the Miss Nigeria has stood to represent the highest ideals, showcasing positive attributes of the Nigerian woman – elegance, poise, talent, intelligent as well as beauty.
Miss Nigeria has always been a role model to young Nigerian ladies and a spokesperson for national volunteerism and charity while using her title to educate the nation on issues of importance to her and the society at large.
Through out the years, the Miss Nigeria platform has afforded past winners with incredible opportunities within Nigeria and abroad. Miss Nigeria 2010 will be a young lady who reflects the tradition of style, sophistication and service.
Under the stewardship of Adenike-Oshinowo Soleye’s AOE Events and Entertainment with Azzagai Limited (a marketing and communications company) as co-organizers. The new pageant will infuse old world glamour with modern elegance. The pageant will evoke a time when beauty had substance and grace as well as respectability; a time when privilege came with responsibility.
This will be a pleasure and an honor for any young Nigerian lady with a dream both traditional values and our modern way of life.

GRAND PRIZE
According to Osinowo, ‘Empowering women is our passion at the Miss Nigeria Office. Opportunities arise on many platforms. Full scholarship to be educated in an higher institution of learning anywhere in the world, a luxury car, one year accommodation in Lagos, wardrobe for a year, from Nigerian designers, as well as many other gifts from our sponsors’.

THE PAGEANT WITH A DIFFERENCE
Miss Nigeria is the premier beauty pageant in Nigeria. Our goal is to deliver a proudly Nigerian brand with professionalism, innovation and elegance.

ONE NATION, ONE QUEEN
Our queen represents the whole of Nigeria. As such, we are opening up part of the competition to the nation. The Nigerian public will have a chance to vote for the queen of their choice for the first part of the competition. Our queen will be the people’s queen.

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
The winner of the competition will spend her year in office working for the Miss Nigeria foundation. She will work with both the Federal and State Governments through the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of Women affairs, while also making herself available to work on special projects on behalf of international non-governmental organizations such as WHO and UNESCO.

WHAT’S UP WITH AMBO STARS, BHAIRA MCWIZU AND OC UKEJE ?



Ever since Bhaira Mcwizu emerged as the winner of AMBO 3, Amstel Malta Box Office Reality Show, she has not been romantically linked to any man. This is because in as much as she had always wanted to live a life in the spotlight, she has really handled her stardom well. This has to with her background and upbringing as she has her younger ones looking up to her. So she chooses the kind of events that she attends and she is not just spotted everywhere like many of her contemporaries who emerge winners of similar shows. And even when she steps out, it’s always in the company of her friends. She takes her life so seriously. In as much as she likes to have fun, party and hangout, she never really has time for frivolities.
It wasn’t until recent time when people started noticing the closeness between Bhaira and the AMBO 2 winner, OC Ukeje. Initially, when they were first sighted, a lot of people didn’t really attach so much meaning to their relationship. This is because when Bhaira won last year, she stated she was in a relationship with her steady boyfriend then, which she used to have before she entered for the competition. Even in some of the interviews she granted after she won the competition, she was always singing praises of how her boyfriend is not ruffled by her new status. And the fact that he is very glad and supportive of her and also have strong trust in her. She was so excited talking about him and considered herself lucky to have him. Though they have never really stepped out together as couple, most people always see her as a girl that has her relationship as well as her career going well for her. But it wasn’t long that people started noticing that there might be more to the relationship between her and OC Ukeje and which was obviously more than he being her predecessor in the competition. This is because; the two of them have been sighted together at some recent major events. And the fact that they don’t hide their feeling for each other made it even more glaring, and they hardly leave each other’s sight when they are together. For the duo, it’s not a secret affair, as they always storm events together and always take time to take pictures together on the red carpet. They were both at a function that held recently in Bayelsa together, and they were in the spotlight of the paparazzi from the print media to the electronic media, and they were not even bothered about that the closeness might actually mean they are neck-deep in a relationship.
According to what was gathered, the duos are actually taking the relationship serious. They both met in the course of their acting career as they obviously have a lot in common. Both of them had quickly fallen for each other and one thing led to another. The result is a romance that has become hotter with each passing day. And the interesting thing is that they are not discreet about their affair. Though when Bhaira was asked about her affair with OC Ukeje, she was said to have denied having anything with her. But there are those that believe that there is more to their relationship, and with the seriousness and commitment they have both infuse into it, it might even be altar bound.
Bhaira McWizu was actively participating in her family’s business by running a hotel for her mum. Her career path changed when she entered the AMBO House. Bhaira worked hard and proved herself to be a talented actress and her hard work paid off when she won. Bhaira played the lead role in the 3rd AMBO movie ‘Cindy’s Notes’ which was directed by Izu Ojukwo. Following in the remarkable footsteps of previous AMBO movies, Cindy’s Notes was nominated for several AMAA awards including one for Bhaira who received a nomination for Most Promising Actress at the 2009 edition of the award.
Season 2 of AMBO was clinched by OC Ukeje who beat off other housemates by consistently delivering strong performances during his stay in the AMBO House. OC’s flagship movie was White Waters produced by Izu Ojukwu. His performance in the movie was outstanding and he was rewarded with an award for Best Upcoming Actor at the 2008 AMAAs. Multi-talented OC is currently involved in a range of entertainment related activities including singing, acting and MCeeing. He recently featured in the stage play ‘The Tarzan Monologues.

MUD MAKE-UP LINE DEBUTS IN NIGERIA




Boasting certified credentials and an extensive color range, the arrival of a new make-up line, Make-up Designory (MUD) looks set to cause a stir on the beauty scene. Make-up Designory(MUD) is an international make-up company that has been creating genuine make-up products and providing quality education for over the past decade. In the international community, MUD has been the expert choice of make-up professionals, as its renowned make-up school has produced renowned make-up artists on a global scene. Two sisters, Onyinye and Chinny Onwugbenu actually got the franchise of this product. They are both certified make-up artist having gone through an extensive training at the MUD Make up school in America.This is the first time this prestigious make-up line is coming to Africa. The product focuses on true quality make-up. MUD promises long lasting wearability, flawless application and radiantly accurate color. It is specially formulated for all skin type. It is homogenic, very friendly to the skin which set it apart from the other products in the market.
It also offers a wide range of products from foundation, dual finish pressed mineral powder, bronzer, corrector, loose powder, eye pencil, mascara, eye liner, lipstick, lip gloss, lip pencil, brushes amongst others. It is one make-up range that actually speaks for itself. It brings out the natural look of the wearer no matter the skin tone.
And in other to further push the product into the market, the MUD sisters, Onyinye and Chinny decided to partner with an actress that has achieved legendary status within the industry, Genevieve Nnaji. Known for her top quality films and extreme passion and dedication to her craft, Genevieve Nnaji has been at the top of her class for quite sometime now, and it made sense to partner up with someone of her caliber and status. She was chosen as the official face of MUD Nigeria. In a chat with Genevieve Nnaji, she opens up on why she accepted the offer even though it’s a very new product in the country. According to her, she said, “In everything I do, I try to be honest. I have tested and study the product for quite sometime now. Its very light on the face. For me, heavy make-up will make me look like a made-up child. But MUD is very natural and it enhances my physical attribute. Apart from its unique qualities, another thing that made me accept the offer is the fact that I am impressed with their courage. You know, they are young and have gone abroad to study, and decided to come back home to do something for their country. That I am proud of and I cannot do anything than to support them. I am very humble that I was chosen and I am going to do my best to be a good Ambassador”. No doubt, MUD is the next big thing that will happen to the Nigeria beauty industry.