Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The female condom has been growing in popularity since it was launched in Nigeria in 2008 in a grand way by the Society for Family Health. They also commenced a campaign tagged “Universal Access to the Female Condom”, and ever since then, more and more women have begin to embrace the female condoms. It also comes with a lot of benefits which might also explain why it was such an easy task. In this report, City People Fashion Editor, BOLA AKINBOADE brings to you some of the reason why more and more babes are using female condom.
WHAT IS A FEMALE CONDOM?
The female condom is a thin, soft, loose-fitting polyurethane plastic pouch that lines the vagina. It has two flexible rings: an inner ring at the closed end, used to insert the device inside the vagina and to hold it in place, and an outer ring which remains outside the vagina and covers the external genitalia. The penis is directed into the pouch through the ring at the open end, which stays outside the vaginal during intercourse.
The female condom was first made from polyurethane. This version is officially called the “FC Female Condom”. A newer version is made of nitrile rubber and called “FC2”. It is made from natural latex, the same material used in male condom. The newer nitrile condoms are less likely to make potentially distracting crinkling noises.
FC1 and FC2 are the only female condoms encouraged by the World Health Organization. They are sold under many brand names, including Reality, Femidom, Dominique, Femy, My femy, Protectiv and Care.
THE SOCIETY FOR FAMILY HEALTH ROLE
Female Condom has been growing in popularity ever since it was officially launched in Nigeria by the Society for Family Health 2 years ago. The Society for Family Health has also joined other developed countries in promoting the use of female condom. It is clear from studies and surveys carried out in Nigeria that there is the urgent need for additional effective dual protection prevention methods to protect women and couples from STIs, HIV and unintended pregnancy. Similar findings can be seen in countries all over sub-Saharan Africa. This suggests the need for additional products to increase the method mix. The female condom is an effective female-initiated method that can make a major contribution to prevention efforts globally. The Universal Access to the Female Condom Joint Programme (UAFC) is an ambitious programme that aims to make female condoms widely available by supporting a range of activities including advocacy, support for female condom programming and research and development (R&D). A partnership between four organizations (OxfamNovib, World Population Foundation, I+solutions and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the global UAFC programme has already secured funding from a range of donors. The R&D component is focusing on activities that will reduce the cost and promote choice through support to the development of new and emerging female condoms designs. Country programme activities include providing support for large scale female programming in Nigeria among other countries with plans to expand even further in the near future.
WHY MORE LADIES ARE NOW USING FEMALE CONDOM
Ever since the massive campaign of this female condom, it’s getting more acceptability on the scene as more and more now carries the female conduct in their purse. And there are a lot of reasons why women now prefers this condom.
MEN FACTOR: The number one reason is the Men factor. Quite a lot of men don’t like using the male condom during intercourse. They give a lot of reason why they don’t want to use the condom, this include reasons like; “It ruins the mood”, “A condom spoils my enjoyment of sex”, “If you really love me, you should trust me”, “I cant feel anything when I ‘m wearing condom” amongst other reasons. So the female condom helps a lady to protect herself anytime her partner refuses to use the male condom. It is more comfortable to men, less decrease in sensation than with the male latex condom.
Female condoms do not constrict the penis as do latex condoms. As a result, sensitivity of the male partner may not be substantially reduced.
OFFERS MORE PROTECTION: It offers greater protection; since the device covers both the internal and much of the external female genitalia, as well as providing a barrier between the male and female sex organs, it may offer greater protection against STIs. The female condom is 95% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. Oil-based lubricants can be used with the female condom.
MORE CONVENIENT: it is more convenient to use. The female condom can be inserted well in advance of intercourse. It can be inserted up to 8 hours before intercourse so as not to interfere with the moment.
LESS ALLERGIC: The FC and FC2 female condoms are made of polyurethane and nitrile, which are less likely to cause an allergic reaction than latex. These materials can be used with oil-based as well as water-based lubricants. No special storage requirements are needed because polyurethane and nitrile are not affected by changes in temperature and dampness. In addition, these materials are thin and conduct heat well, so sensation is preserved.
STRONGER: Polyurethane is 40% stronger than latex. It is durable, strong, efficacious, or an effective alternative to the male condom.
The disadvantages are very minimal compared to its advantages. The major disadvantages of the female condom centered around one of the female condom’s advantages; coverage of the external female genitalia. This coverage had a decidedly negative impact on the device’s aesthetics. Other problems related to aesthetics include dislike of the appearance of the device, noise associated with use, size and partner resistant. Also difficulties associated with insertion or removal of the female condom, discomfort, messiness and inconvenience associated with use, and movement of the device during use. There are also a few cases of the penis slipping between the device and the woman’s body, and slippage and breakage of the device itself could happen.
WHERE TO GET IT
The female condom can be gotten from the Society for Family Health Centre, since they were actually the one that commenced the campaign for the “Universal Access to the Female Condom”. The Female condoms are also made available in most of the major hospitals around town. Apart from these places, the female condoms are also available in most of the upscale Pharmacy shops and supermarkets.
Many diseases are silent killers because of the fact that they produce minimum or no symptoms in the early stages and are capable of causing death if not treated. And because of the lifestyle of most people in this part of the world, there has been an increase in the number of deaths caused by these killer diseases. Over thousand of lives have been lost recently to these deadly diseases. Most of the symptoms are always very mild at an early stage and as such, regular medical checkups and early diagnosis of unexplained or vague symptoms is very vital for women above 40. In this report, City Fashion Editor BOLA AKINBOADE brings to you the Top 10 killer diseases of women.
Heart Disease is the No.1 silent killer diseases. It kills more people around the world than other diseases. Although men are more prone to heart disease than women, it is the most widely recognized cause of death in women. It is the biggest killer of women above 50 years old. Studies revealed that women sure have a very definable advantage over men in terms of heart diseases, but women over 50 years have the same risk of having a heart attack, stroke or any other coronary disease as men do. At this age, women have a greater risk of dying from it.
People who are at risk are those who have a family history of heart related diseases. Recognition of the problem often occurs too late and by the time most people realize that they are suffering from heart diseases,it would have escalated to an advanced stage that poses a treatment challenge for physicians. Often, the onset of the illness only comes to light when the patient has already been afflicted with a stroke or heart attack. Women will usually notice the following when there is an underlying heart disease: profound fatigue, difficulty breathing, feeling dizzy, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulder blade or upper back and burning abdominal pain .
When a women has been diagnosed of a heart disease or having a heart attack, they are treated with a different medication from that of men. Research has proven that some anticoagulants work better for men than women. Both drug and surgery treatment protocols are designed for the elimination of heart problems and the restoration of proper heart function. The success of these developments is documented by the sharp decline of fatalities due to heart diseases.
Breast Cancer is a malignant Cancer or tumor that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women.
Breast cancer affects one in 8 women, especially ones at child bearing age. Breast cancer kills more women than any form of cancer. It is the most common cause of death in women between the ages of 45 and 55.
No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are a lot of risk factors which include: age, the chances of getting breast cancer rises as a woman gets older; genes, women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested; personal factors. Other risks include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy, taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after 35 e.t.c Some of the symptoms of breast cancer include: change in how the breast or nipple feels, a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area , nipple tenderness, a change in how the breast or nipple looks, a change in the size or shape of the breast, a nipple turned inward into the breast, the skin of the breast, areola, or nipple may be scaly, red, or swollen. It may have ridges or pitting so that it looks like the skin of an orange.
Early stages of breast cancer usually does not cause pain , that might explain why it so easy for it to do more damage before its been diagnosed. Early diagnosis plays a major role in its treatment. Treatment options for breast cancer may involve surgery (removal of the cancer alone or, in some cases, mastectomy), radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, and/or chemotherapy.
Ovarian Cancer is a Cancerous growth arising from an ovary (one of a pair of female reproductive glands in which the ova, or eggs, are formed). Most ovarian cancers are either ovarian epithelial carcinomas (cancer that begins in the cells on the surface of the ovary) or malignant germ cell tumors (cancer that begins in egg cells).
Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women. It frequently does not result in symptoms until the cancer has spread extensively. Less than one-third of ovarian cancers are detected before they have spread outside of the ovaries.
Possible early ovarian cancer symptoms include the following: Bloating, Pelvic or abdominal pain, Urgent or frequent urination, difficulty eating or feeling full very quickly. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include: Pressure or pain in the abdomen, pelvis, back, or legs, A swollen or bloated abdomen, Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, Feeling very tired all the time amongst others.
For treatment, most women have surgery and chemotherapy. Radiation therapy is rarely used. Cancer treatment can affect cancer cells in the pelvis, in the abdomen, or throughout the body
Cervical Cancer is a Cancer that forms in tissues of the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina). It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be detected with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope). Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The virus cancer link works by triggering alterations in the cells of the cervix, resulting to the development of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia, which can lead to cancer. Women who have many sexual partners (or who have sex with men who had many other partners) stand a greater risk.Early stages of cervical cancers usually don't cause symptoms. When the cancer grows larger, women may notice one or more of these symptoms: abnormal vaginal bleeding, bleeding that occurs between regular menstrual periods, bleeding after sexual intercourse, douching, or a pelvic exam, menstrual periods that last longer and are heavier than before, bleeding after going through menopause, increased vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, pain during sex.
Doctors recommend that women help reduce their risk of cervical cancer by having regular Pap tests. A Pap test (sometimes called Pap smear or cervical smear) is a simple test used to look at cervical cells. Pap tests can find cervical cancer or abnormal cells that can lead to cervical cancer.
Finding and treating abnormal cells can prevent most cervical cancer.
Women with cervical cancer have many treatment options. The options are surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of methods.
The choice of treatment depends mainly on the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread. The treatment choice may also depend on whether you would like to become pregnant in the future.
This is a Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids).The colon is the part of the digestive system where the waste material is stored. Even though this cancer kills more men, the rate at which it kills women has been on the rise lately. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer in females. Colon cancer is not contagious. Some people are more likely to develop colon cancer than others. Factors that increase a person's risk of colorectal cancer include high fat intake, a family history of colorectal cancer and polyps, the presence of polyps in the large intestine, and chronic ulcerative colitis.
Most colon cancers develop in colon polyps. Therefore, removing benign colon polyps can prevent colorectal cancer.
Symptoms of colon cancer are numerous and nonspecific. They include fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, change in bowel habits, narrow stools, diarrhea or constipation, red or dark blood in stool, weight loss, abdominal pain, cramps, or bloating. Other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (spastic colon), ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulosis, and peptic ulcer disease can have symptoms that mimic colorectal cancer. Colon cancer can be present for several years before symptoms develop.
Surgery is the most common treatment for colon cancer. During surgery, the tumor, a small margin of the surrounding healthy bowel, and adjacent lymph nodes are removed.
Fibroid tumors are solid tumors which are made of fibrous tissue. These benign (non-cancerous) tumors are found in most cases, in the uterus of women in their 30's and 40's.
Most often fibroids occur as multiple tumor masses which are slow-growing and often cause no symptoms.
No one is sure why fibroid tumors develop, but some facts seem clear: fibroid tumors do not develop before the body begins producing estrogen during the onset of menstruation , fibroid tumors will continue to grow while estrogen is present, they will grow very quickly during pregnancy when the body is producing extra estrogen , the tumors often shrink and disappear after menopause when the body stops producing estrogen ,a woman will almost never develop fibroid tumors after menopause.
Although most fibroids cause no symptoms, the estimated 25 percent of women who do have symptoms may have abnormal bleeding, pain during menstruation, and as the fibroid tumors grow larger, women will often experience a swollen abdomen.
Larger fibroids may cause frequent urination or an inability to control your bladder, either the ability to control the urge or in severe cases, some women may find it difficult to urinate at all. If a fibroid extends towards a woman's back it may push on the bowels, causing constipation and a backache.
If the fibroid tumors are severe enough that they cause certain symptoms, surgery is often, the recommended treatment.
The sad fact is that because fibroids do grow back, most women will eventually have to face a hysterectomy. Removing the uterus is the only permanent way to effectively relieve most women of fibroids.
PELVIC INFLAMATORY DISEASE (PID)
Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the uterus lining, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. Most cases of pelvic inflammatory disease are caused by bacteria that move from the vagina or cervix into the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, or pelvis.
The most common cause of PID is sexual contact without using a condom or other protection. This is called a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two bacteria that cause most cases of PID.
However, bacteria may also enter the body during some surgical or office procedures, such as: childbirth, endometrial biopsy, insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD), miscarriage, therapeutic or elective abortion .
The most common symptoms of PID include: fever (not always present; may come and go) ; pain or tenderness in the pelvis, lower abdomen, or sometimes the lower back ; vaginal discharge with abnormal color, texture, or smell ; bleeding after intercourse, chills, fatigue, frequent or painful urination, increased menstrual cramping , irregular menstrual bleeding or spotting , lack of appetite, nausea, with or without vomiting, no menstruation and painful sexual intercourse.
A number of different antibiotics may be used for treating this type of infection
Complicated cases that do not improve with antibiotics may need surgery.
Endometriosis is another silent killer disease of women. It is the growth of cells similar to those that form inside the uterus (endometrial cells), but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial cells are the same cells that are shed each month during menstruation. The cells of endometriosis attach themselves to tissue outside the uterus and are called endometriosis implants. These implants are most commonly found on the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines, and on the surface lining of the pelvic cavity. They can also be found in the vagina, cervix, and bladder, although less commonly than other locations in the pelvis
Endometriosis affects women in their reproductive years. The exact prevalence of endometriosis is not known, since many women may have the condition and have no symptoms. It is one of the leading causes of pelvic pain and reasons for laparoscopic surgery and hysterectomy in this country. While most cases of endometriosis are diagnosed in women aged around 25-35 years, endometriosis has been reported in girls as young as 11 years of age. Delaying pregnancy until an older age is also believed to increase the risk of developing endometriosis.
And why a lot of women have lost their lives lately to this disease is the fact that it is often misdiagnosed as other diseases because of the bleeding factor which it shares in common with other terminal diseases.
Most women who have endometriosis, in fact, do not have symptoms. For those who do experience symptoms, the common symptoms are pain (usually pelvic) and infertility. Pelvic pain usually occurs during or just before menstruation and lessens after menstruation. Some women experience pain or cramping with intercourse, bowel movements and/or urination. Even pelvic examination by a doctor can be painful. The pain intensity can change from month to month, and vary greatly among women. Some women experience progressive worsening of symptoms, while others can have resolution of pain without treatment.
Other symptoms related to endometriosis include: lower abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, low back pain, irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding, or blood in the urine.
Endometriosis can be treated with medications and/or surgery
Diabetes is another silent killer that is rated as top killer.It has been responsible for a lot of death in women, even though the men are also not left out. The interesting thing about it is that almost one-third are not aware that they have it. Before you come to know that you are suffering from diabetes, this disease can result a lot of high blood pressure and damage the blood vessels. It is a disorder that affects the way your body uses food for energy. Normally, the sugar you take in is digested and broken down to a simple sugar, known as glucose. The glucose then circulates in your blood where it waits to enter cells to be used as fuel. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps move the glucose into cells. A healthy pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin based on the level of glucose. But, if you have diabetes, this process breaks down, and blood sugar levels become too high.
There are two main types of full-blown diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes are completely unable to produce insulin. People with Type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but their cells don't respond to it. In either case, the glucose can't move into the cells and blood glucose levels can become high. Over time, these high glucose levels can cause serious complications.
There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Some of them come from our family history and genetics, but some can be turned around to help reverse or prevent the disease. Symptoms include; frequent trips to the bathroom, unquenchable thirst, losing weight without trying, weakness and fatigue, tingling and numbness in hands, legs or feet.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to death, heart disease, kidney failure, leg infections, and other serious health problems.
Leukemia is cancer that starts in the tissue that forms blood. This is a disease that actually affects children, men and women. The chance of surviving is always very slim if not diagnosed early. Women respond differently to treatment and might lead to other damage of its reproductive system,if proper measure is not taken. In a person with leukemia, the bone marrow makes abnormal white blood cells. The abnormal cells are leukemia cells. Unlike normal blood cells, leukemia cells don't die when they should. They may crowd out normal white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. This makes it hard for normal blood cells to do their work.
People with leukemia are at significantly increased risk for developing infections, anemia, and bleeding.
The symptoms of leukemia depend on the number of leukemia cells and where these cells collect in the body. People with chronic leukemia may not have symptoms. The doctor may find the disease during a routine blood test.
People with acute leukemia usually go to their doctor because they feel sick. If the brain is affected, they may have headaches, vomiting, confusion, loss of muscle control, or seizures. Leukemia also can affect other parts of the body such as the digestive tract, kidneys, lungs, heart, or testes.
Common symptoms of chronic or acute leukemia may include: swollen lymph nodes that usually don't hurt (especially lymph nodes in the neck or armpit), fever or night sweats, frequent infections, feeling weak or tired, bleeding and bruising easily (bleeding gums, purplish patches in the skin, or tiny red spots under the skin), swelling or discomfort in the abdomen (from a swollen spleen or liver), weight loss for no known reason, pain in the bones or joints
Diagnosis of leukemia is supported by findings of the medical history and examination, and examining blood under a microscope. Leukemia cells can be detected and further classified with a bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy. Most patients with leukemia are treated with chemotherapy. Some patients also may have radiation therapy and/or bone marrow transplantation.
Unfortunately, chemotherapy may damage the ovaries of an adult woman. Women may have irregular menstrual periods or periods may stop altogether. Women may have symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Women who may want to get pregnant in the future should ask their health care team about ways to preserve their eggs before treatment starts.
Yahoo Plus is an elevated form of Yahoo business. This is the employment of rituals as a cover up for Yahoo business. Those involved in the Yahoo Plus business now girlfriends, relations and even family members for rituals in their bid to get quick money. One of the most recent occurrences is the story of a 21 years old undergraduate who miraculously survived this ritual ordeal from her boyfriend. And when she overcame this, she was so full of excitement as she went as far as giving the testimony in church .Even though the circumstances that lead her into this situation was against the biblical junction of resisting fornication from the opposite sex, that did not however stop her from sharing her testimony because she could have been dead if not for God. This is her shocking story: “My name is Vera. I’m 21 years old and want to share a true life story that I was almost a victim of with all of you especially the girls. I had a boyfriend named Jide, he was a Yahoo Boy and we dated for 3 months. Jide and I used to have sex constantly but we always used condoms, until one day he insisted we don’t use any condom. I asked him why and he got angry so I agreed and just then, I remembered that I had a female condom, so I excused myself and went to the toilet to put it on. We then had sex and immediately he jumped up and said he had something to do for his father. He dressed up quickly and dropped some money on the bed and he left. I went out and I went to clean up, when I removed the condom, I saw worms and big black ants inside it. I screamed and ran out! If I hadn’t used the female condom, all those worms were meant to enter inside me and kill me as part of the money ritual process, she said”
And Vera is just few of those that were lucky to have survived to recount their ordeal. Several girls have not been that lucky.
Why the Yahoo Plus thing is such a big deal now is the extent to which this young guys go to make money. It involves performing various rituals, including sleeping in a cemetery and bathing in a flowing river to give them more control over whoever their victim is, and getting their victims hypnotized. Once this is successfully done, the victim is guaranteed of a regular flow of money.
Interestingly, prior to this using of girlfriends, the victim of the Yahoo Plus boys were internet victims. Some of them have small tortoise they keep under their feet whenever, they are chatting on their laptop with a potential victim. Others also bear incision on their finger tips and has a charm-filled animal horn prepared by the numerous fetish priests they visit. So any time, they used picture of a female to deceive these men, they are easily hypnotized and fall for their tactics.
But their style of operation has since changed and most of these Yahoo boys are now into rituals with most of their close relatives, spouses and girlfriends, at high risk of falling victims.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Bunmi Oyeniyi, the founding Director of UNVEIL STUDIO has been dedicated to enhancing the beauty of her clients with her signature makeup. She has a B. Sc. In Estate Management from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and is also trained and certified makeup artist from The London School of Make up, London. Bunmi has successfully grown her business from a humble beginning into a world acclaimed international standard makeup studio.
HER GROWTH TRAJECTORY
• In 2006, she added sales of wedding rings as a backward integration of the make up business
• In 2007, she hosted a beauty pageant named “FACE OF UNVEIL”
• In 2008, she launched her brush line called “THE UNVEIL PROFESSIONAL BRUSH”
THE UNVEIL INSTITUTE (BEAUTY & MAKE UP)
In 2009, she visualized “THE UNVEIL INSTITUTE”(TUI) to drive the imperative for a makeup artist to have multiple skills to meet the demands of the industry and increase their earnings potential. Thus, TUI is conceived to provide the highest standard of education in all aspect of beauty and make up.
While TUI is a live-in institute, it additionally caters for day students to create a flexible plan for those staying in Lagos.
OUR VALUE PROPOSITION
Variety of Vocational Courses
• Main Courses
- Makeup Artistry
- Suitable Accommodation
- International standard facility
- Diploma Certificate
- Well trained staff
- Entrepreneurial training
VISION & MISSION
Her vision for the institute is to nurture amateurs into master stylist and bring real world into the classroom. Her mission is to create an enabling environment where every student is encouraged to develop a passion for a lifetime career in the world of beauty and makeup.
To “wrap up”, Bunmi Oyeniyi desires to help young women find their place in this fast paced excelling profession via a two pronged approach of theoretical learning and hands-on practical.
For enquiries; please call: 08020393333, 01- 8244005 OR 01-8244006
Three months ago, Caroline Ekanem Danjuma made an official action to focus on her family and her production company, Guepard Productions, which also houses a record label, Guepard Records. The actress hasn’t appeared in a movie since she got married in 2007 to Musa Danjuma, younger brother of former Nigerian defense minister, TY Danjuma. And the reason she gave on why she decided to go into music at the launching of the outfit is that, music has always held a life long attraction for her and that is perhaps the chief reason for floating Guepard Records, and the fact that she also recognizes musical talents anytime she comes across one.
Guepard Record Label is a company that promises to set a new record and standard in the entertainment industry. The outfit was actually launched in a grand way.
She did not stop at that. A couple of days after the launch, she hosted a glamorous gig which held at the upscale and swanky De Marquee roof top lounge, which also served as a listening party to officially introduce J2D and Le Soul; upcoming artistes signed on the budding record label. And ever since, she has been working effortless in pushing their musical career. Their album which has been released into the airwaves is also fast gaining recognition by music lovers. And everything was going on well between the team until recently when conflict struck between Caroline and her artistes, and left a negative effect on the company as the 2 artistes quit their deal with Caroline and went under cover.
The crisis actually started couple of weeks back when Caroline asked the artistes Le Soul and J2D to go and perform at her husband's end of year party at Comet Shipping. The boys refused to go because they said they didn't give them enough notice. This resulted into a serious argument between Caroline and the boys as she threatened to remove them from her record label. She locked up the place were J2D stays and locked their things inside. They guys then went back to the premises and begged the gate man to please open the place for them to pick their things, as they wanted to return back to Jos. The gateman opened the place and they took their things and left.
On getting to the office the following day, Caroline realized that the 2 artistes had left, so she ordered one of the staff to beat the gate man. The staff is Phillip allegedly beat the gate man with a plank that had nails on it. He allegedly beat this guy up until the point that he started bleeding all over the ground and later fainted. The gateman was said to have been hospitalized until he regained his consciousness.
Right now, the other artistes, Le Soul said that Caroline have been sending messages to him and his wife claiming that she will fight them physically and spiritually and that the boy should pay the money she invested in his career
As for the artistes, they are now scared of their lives and they don’t want any evil to befall their family, and that if Caroline feels there are any issues with the contract, she should follow due process. The case is currently a messy one, and because the boys are scared of their safety, they have both operating under the radar ever since the crisis started.
The record label manager, Hilda Ekama promised to send a comprehensive detail of their own side of the story. But she didn’t get back as at Press time.
Ex- Miss Nigeria/UK and the boss of Elite Model look/Beth Modeling Agency, Elizabeth Elohor Aisen was delivered of a baby girl on Tuesday, December 14, 2010.
About 2 months ago, a baby shower was held for her by her very close friend, Amelia Onyenmwen, also an Island big girl like Elohor. The baby shower took place at Louise Priddy’s Posh Café in Mega Plaza, Victoria Island Lagos. The baby shower was attended by several Island big girls such as Louise Priddy, Elfreda Edewor, Lara Rawa, Oona Priddy amongst others. Elizabeth left the country shortly after the baby shower and has been in the UK.
Her facebook wall has been taken over by goodwill and congratulatory messages from friends and well-wishers.
Elizabeth Elohor on May 28th 2010 formally got engaged in the traditional way to her heartthrob, Owen Aisen Ogbebor, a Lagos big boy, who runs a top club on the Island in Lagos. The tall and handsome dude is the son of Chief Joe and Mrs Emmanuella Aisen Ogbegbor . Their relationship has been on for a couple of years before they decided to formalize it. It was one of the superlative weddings in recent times. It was a well packaged event at the prestigious 10th Degrees in Oregun, Ikeja. The wedding rite was rounded up with a white wedding in London in August, 2010, which had their friends storming UK to grace the occasion.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
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THE TIME IS NOW FOR WOMEN TO STAND UP AND START UP. HERE ARE SOME FEMALE BLOGGERS.
(1)Linda Ikeji, Ex- model and Enterprenuer.Her Blog is Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog
(2) Bola Akinboade, Fashion and Style Editor of City People Media Group. Welcome to Bola Akinboade's Blog.
(3)Tari Ekiyor .Writer And Media Content Developer.Tari's Blog.
(4)Uduak Oduok, Artoney,Journalist and Fashionista, LadyBrille Media Blog
(5)Juliet Mimi Atedze , Journalist and Enterprenuer FabmimiBlog.
(6)Sarah Ofili , Super Model .Sarah Ofili's Beauty Blog
Female Internet users are more engaged. On a worldwide basis, women spend 8% more time on the Internet than men. They go online 58 times per month on average, more than the 54 times per month for men. They also spend about 4 minutes more per day online than men (82 minutes vs. 78 minutes).
In the U.S., women make up about half the internet population, but generate 58% of dollars spent online. Interestingly, while men and women account for about the same share of spending at the online pure-play retailers (Amazon, Dell, Overstock, etc.), women account for twice the share (67% vs. 33%) of online spending at multi-channel retailers like Wal-Mart and Best Buy.
Women have always spent more time on social networking sites than men, but the percentage of time women spend is increasing at a faster rate than for men. Women have often been early adopters of technologies that emphasize sharing and communication, such as photo-sharing, chat and IM. Interestingly, women of all ages tend to become highly engaged in social media. While a smaller percentage of older women use social networking, once they discover it, they are just as engaged as younger women.
Women engage in several activities online that are more commonly associated with male interests. For example, they exhibit about the same interest in online gambling as men (so beware those female pokers that sit down at your table!). There is also a large and growing interest among women in online gaming, which includes many women over the age of 35. Additionally, the percentage of women who consume sports content is trending upward at a rapid pace, and is approaching that of men. Women and men are pretty evenly matched in terms of financial news content, with women visiting tax sites more often than men.
What’s interesting thing about these findings is that with few exceptions, they were true across the globe. When women are relatively heavier users of a particular content category, the same thing is often true in opposite corners of the world. That means any stakeholder in the digital advertising value chain – from developers to publishers to agencies – can use this information to employ effective marketing strategies and execute them on a global scale. It’s clear that women are shaping the Internet in some pretty important ways, and it’s time to begin thinking more seriously about how to seize the opportunity.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The new craze among Nigerian models now is dating white man. In recent times, more and more girls have been involved in sizzling relationship with these white men who are expatriates in Nigeria. And a couple of them have taken it to another level by formalizing their union and getting married to these men.
Couple of weeks back, one of Nigeria's top models Faith Chituru Amadi exchanged marriage vows with her beau Randy Lee Morey, at a colorful ceremony that took place at the sea side along Wole Olateju Crescent, Lekki Phase One. It was a breath taking event, with the large expanse of water as a backdrop, and as expected all her beautiful model friends and colleagues were on hand to add color to the event. There was a grand reception afterwards at Magnolia Hall, City Mall, Onikan, Lagos.
Another top model whose affair with her white boyfriend might also be altar bound is Sandra Iwu. She has been reported to be a hot romance with Mousa Mousa, a foreign fashion photographer based in Nigeria and she has actually confided in her friends that she might end up getting married to him. The guy also dotes on her.
There is also another model, Chichi who is also in a sizzling relationship with her white boyfriend, who also spoils her silly. The guy bought her a posh car couple of months back.
Some of these girls actually sincerely fall in love with this white men sometimes, like in the case of Amaka and Sandra who were doing so well for themselves in their modeling career, others actually uses these men to meet their daily needs as white guys are known to be more generous than the Nigeria men. No doubt, the poverty level in the country has made this to be more rampant.
Other reasons why more of these girls are dating the white men is the fact that they are also more romantic, and they spoil them silly both with cash and gifts. Another reason is also because; the white men to them are more understanding and give them freedom to do a lot of things com pared to their Nigerian counterparts.
The girls often meet these men in places like night clubs, bars, shopping malls and parties. However, some of the white men are said to be so happy with the ladies that they could go as far as buying houses and cars for them and sending them on vacation abroad.
The 6th Fashion and Style Awards which took place on Sunday 21st November,2010 at the Anchor Event Place Agidingbi , Ikeja, Lagos is one event that will linger on the memory of the guests considering the huge success of the show. The awards had all the trappings of an A-class event. All the movers in the fashion and beauty industry were present to witness this occasion. The Fashion and Style Digests Awards is all about celebrating individuals and corporate organizations that have excelled in the fashion and style industry in the course of the year. The Awardees who emerged as the best in their respective categories at this year’s event include:
• Ituen Basi - Fashion Designer of the year
• Jewel By Lisa -Most Creative Designer of the year
• Clothsense-Hottest New Designer of the year ( Male)
• Zebra Living -Hottest New Designer of the year (Female)
• Linda Mesrob - Accessory Designer of the year
• Omoyemi Akerele(Flair West Africa) -Style Editor of the year
• Lathasha Ngwube(Thisday Style) -Fashion Writer of the year
• Nena Kal Hunter -(Most Creative Milliner of the year
• Daviva -Most Supportive Company of the year
• Twice As Nice -Most Outstanding Fashion Boutique of the year(Clothings)
• Mowunmi Akinnifesi -Most Stylish Woman of the year
• Duchess -Most Outstanding Fashion Boutique of the year(Accessories & Leather)
• Beads pf Acadia - Most Outstanding Fashion Boutique of the year(Accessories & Jewelry)
• Eni Balogun-Make-up Artists of the year
• Venivici -Beauty Spa of the year
• Noble -Hair Product of the year
• Adebakare -International Designer of the year
• Touch of Glamour –Beauty Salon of the year
• Abeke - Hotest New Make-up Artist of the year
• Tisbee-Best Aso-Oke Designer
• Bashy Kuti – Hottest Designer of the year(Man)
• H.I.P - Makeup Product of the year
Apart from the awards giving in the different categories, 15 top designers and fashion promoters also received special recognition awards. This is based on their contribution to the growth of the fashion industry both locally and internationally. For some of these designers, they made sure that their labels were always in the news while the others were also been recognized based on the fact that they took their businesses to another level. While for the fashion promoter, it’s basically because of their support to the fashion industry. These set of awardees include:
• Deola Sagoe
• Prince Idowu Oyefusi
• Patricia Agbakwu
• Ituen Basi
• Lexy Mojo Eyes
• Lanre Da Silva
• Lisa Folawiyo
• Folaker Coker
• Zizi Cardow
• Funmi Ladipo
• Soraya Adji
• Hallero Fafowora
• Mai Atafo,Monami
• Mudiaga Clement Enajemo
The venue of the event, Anchor Events Place was beautiful transformed by one of the best hands in the event décor business in Nigeria, Fumbi Akinyosoye. Her outfit, Dunamis is an event décor outfit in town. She is an expert in ambience creation and decoration. And for a decade now, she has been creating sensational and eye popping décor with an extensive range of customized decoration and design services for a wide spectrum of events from corporate to wedding, fashion shows, product launch and so much more. Her mind blowing décor added class and glamour to the event. The hall wore an ambience of Gold and Black which she brightened up using Blings accessories. Fashion and Style Awards was actually the first show where she would be launching these beautiful pieces which she got from Dubai.And all the guests who stepped into the hall gave her kudos for a job well done.
Bolanle Okusanya Feyita used to be one of the top makeup artists in the country before she relocated to the UK couple of years back after she got married. But unlike others who have extended their business beyond the shores of Nigeria, she is one of the lucky few who is making waves in the UK as her portfolio has been on the rise. Within a short period of time, she had handled a lot of high profile jobs especially bridals, which had gotten her a lot of paparazzi attention. And right now, she is one of the few Nigerian makeup artists cleaning out in a big way in UK, as the cash is also rolling in too.
She provides contemporary makeup artistry services with a commitment to making the art of flawless makeup accessible. Her team of highly skilled professionals has a flexible approach to the entire artistry process. She uses unconventional techniques to create solutions for today’s makeup artistry needs. Her wealth of experience and product knowledge ensures her clients have access to the very best in makeup in London, traveling nationally and internationally on request. She had worked at several leading brand including body shop, Elizabeth Arden, Lancaster, Clarins, Molton Brown, Nars and Mac, before she launched her own line, Makeup Pro collection in 2005.
I almost forget to tell you about the forthcoming wedding of Saheed Fawehinmi, the handsome son of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who is a Fashion Designer. Not many know Saheed because he often defers to his elder brother, Mohammed, popularly called Mo, who has taken charge of their family affairs since the father passed on.
Unknown to many, Saheed is a big time designer who used to live in London, where he had a big boutique but had to relocate to Nigeria a few years before his father died to take active part in the father businesses. Already, a date had been fixed for the traditional wedding and purple is the preferred color.
We’ll keep you posted.
Soraya Adji is the brain behind one of Island wave making fashion label, Younass Collection. Her fashion label was created in 2004. Born in Nigeria, Soraya Adji lived and studied most of her life in Paris, before she took the bold step 5 years ago to launch her fashion label. She went off the scene for couple of years and at that point, little or nothing was heard about her and her designs. But ever since she made a huge come back last year, it’s been one success story to another. She launched back in a very big way. Her designs were also fresh and very unique as she also stepped up her game in that beat. Her collection has also paraded the runway of couple of the major fashion show both locally and internationally. Her style is European cut with a touch of African and oriental influence. Soraya , in Victoria Island,Lagos recently opened a new outfit located in the newly built Shoprite on Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere , Lagos. This is to enable her to meet with the demand of her ever increasing customers on the Mainland
Uju Murphy is one woman that is an expert in turning heads at any event she steps into. And her name will surely rings a bell in the Lagos social scene and at A-class events. The tall and beautiful ex-banker is the owner of Bathroom & Etaal on Admiralty Way, Lekki. She has a very amiable personality, she is easy going and her aura and charm have continued to overwhelm many, and that might explain why she gets invitation to a lot of High Class event on the scene.
But right now, Uju is planning something new; she is diversifying into the fashion business and will be launching her fashion label soon.
Bettina Sibo Briggs is one name that is synonymous with full lace wigs in Nigeria.Her company; Hollywood Hair Centre, was the pioneer company that brought full lace wig into the country, a trend which has now grown like wild fire in the beauty industry. And having spent 3 years in the hair business, Bettina is giving her business a new twist as she is about to launch her own line of weave-on, all 100% human hair, tangle free and long lasting. There will be a sneak preview of the weave -on in all her branches in Lagos, Porthacourt and Uyo through the month of December before she officially launched it next year January in a grand way.
Memorable event is a drink management company owned by Aderonke Ajayi and her hubby, Seun. They are front runners in the field. The company started 5 years ago and they have risen to the top because of the quality of service they render. They handle a good number of A-class events. They are the pacesetter in the drinks industry with the introduction of glamorous mobile cocktail bar where exotic cocktail champagnes and wines are served. And to mark the 5th year anniversary of the outfit, an anniversary lecture was organized, with the theme “Intricacies of Drinks Management at Events”. The lecture took place on Tuesday, 23rd November, 2010 at the Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka. The Chairman of the occasion was Prof. Tokunbo Sofoluwe(Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG), and the Royal Father of the day was HRM Oba Okunade Sijuade(Ooni of Ife) who was represented by his white caps chiefs. The special guests of honor at this event were Resolution Oluwole Awolowo(Publisher, Tribune Titles), Mr Lai Ajayi-Bembe(Chairman , County & City Bricks Dev. Co.Ltd and Engr Kunle Ogunbayo(CEO, Christolem Ltd). The key point of the day was the lectures delivered by 3 of the best brain in the event industry.These include; Mrs Seun Ogundipe(CEO, Buttle Tupps), Mrs Bioye Davies(CEO, Senantra Events) and Mrs Abimbola Olajide-Awosedo(CEO, Christolem Ltd). And this is just the commencement of activities lined up to celebrate the great landmark of this outfit while the grand finale is schedule to take place next year.
A new wave of change has hit the children’s fashion industry with the introduction of NaijaBoysZ®a new brand by Ruff ‘n’ Tumble®. The new brand was revealed to journalists during a press conference at the company’s corporate Headquarters recently. According to Mrs Adenike Ogunlesi MD, Ruff ‘n’Tumble,‘NaijaBoysZ® caters to the unique fashion sense of today’s young adults, celebrating the colourful iconoclastic fashion sense of Nigeria’s emerging youth.
NaijaBoysZ® is a Hip urban clothing range for young boys from ages 8-16. It incorporates the use of classic fashion items such as Jeans wear, interpreted into the new age ‘slim fit’ and ‘super skinny’ cuts. The NaijaBoyZ® brand also features‘ slim fit’ shirts, tops and accessories such as mufflers and hats for the trendsetting NaijaBoysZ® look. The new brand is part of a special 2010 Christmas collection.
For the young female adults, from the age of 8 to 16 years, Ruff’n’Tumble has created the trendsetters collection. This collection is creative, fun and very detailed. It allows for the individual expression of personal style.
Ruff ‘n’ tumble also announced the opening of two new outlets in Port Harcourt and Surulere, Lagos. The new Surulere outlet is located within the new Adeniran Ogunsanya shopping Mall while the Port Harcourt store is strategically located within the Genesis Centre in Port Harcourt GRA.
This brings to five the total number of outlets nationwide. The aggressive outlet expansion drive is in line with Ruff ‘n’ Tumbles renewed commitment to ensuring customer convenience. Adesua Okhipo, Business Manager Ruff ‘n’ Tumble Surulere outlet said that the outlet has an array of trendy male and female children’s clothes catering for babies from ages 0-3, Junior between the ages of 3-7 and trendsetting young adults from ages 8-16. The outlet opens on November 20th 2010 and offers a special introductory discount on selected items to the first few customers.
Ruff ‘n’ Tumble is Nigeria’s foremost integrated manufacturer and retailer of children’s apparel with outlets carrying its own brands as well as other brands. Outlets are located in Ikoyi, Surulere, Ikeja, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010
TYPE: CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE FOR CHARITY
By purchasing a ticket you are donating to the George Kerry Life cervical health awareness fund. Ticket also gives you entry to the event and allows you bid for cakes to raise more funds towards cervical cancer awareness in Nigeria
The GEORGE KERRY LIFE FOUNDATION (GKLF) is established particularly for the service and welfare of Nigerians who have limitations reaching their full potential and living life to the maximum due to disability, disease, illiteracy and poverty. It’s the brain idea of ex-beauty queen, Matilda Kerry. The event is an annual Bake sale to raise funds for charitable purposes. The maiden edition took place on the 13th of April 2009 to help raise funds towards further development and completion of the Lagos Living and Learning center (Triple L center) for children with developmental disabilities, and was able to raise over a million Naira from the auction.
The GKLF bake sale will feature Famous bakers in Lagos state who will be donating Christmas theme cakes for auction sale during the event. All participating bakeries will donate two or more Christmas theme cakes that will be auctioned to our specially invited and distinguished guests and all to raise money all for a good cause. This year’s plan is to raise Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000.00k), Sixty six thousand US dollars ($66,000) for cervical cancer awareness, all funds raised though this event/auction will go to creating cervical cancer awareness in Nigeria.
Participating bakeries include Cakes by Tosan, Baker’s world, Absolute elegance, Delibakes cakes and pastries, Tetrazzini foods limited, Cactus restaurant, Ooh la la, Licious desserts, Odus martiello, Cakes and Cream and lot’s more.
This annual Bake sale is projected to become the biggest cake auction and display fund raiser in Nigeria! It presents a platform for sponsors, bakeries, patisseries and food outlets to showcase their products and interact directly with their consumers while supporting a vital, charitable, public health programme.
In the spirit of christmas, let us give with open hearts to cervical cancer awareness and save our mothers, sisters, wives and love ones from this dreaded disease!
Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM (PT)
292B Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island (Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel)
Lagos pobox 1815
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