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Monday, January 31, 2011

“ME PREGNANT FOR DBANJ ? LET’S WAIT FOR 9 MONTHS” – GENEVIEVE NNAJI


Sexy Actress, Genevieve Nnaji has been in the news in the past few months. There has been this gist making rounds town that she is pregnant for Dapo Oyebanji, popularly known as Dbanj after both of them had a music video together.
Recall that even before the video came out, there have been series of allegations that they are dating and despite the fact that she denied the dating stories, the allegation has refused to vanish.
Of course, Genevieve who is not a stranger to controversy has taken the gist in her strides. Last week, she reacted to the allegation. When City People approached her at a function , her response was that “There has been so much noise about me, who I ‘m dating and the latest is the fact that I m pregnant. I think it’s better to wait till 9 months and see whether I’m really pregnant or not. Afterall, pregnancy is not something you can hide.”
Despite all the controversy, it has not affected her looks in anyway. At the launch of Enthyst Bridal House own by Ndidi Obioha, which took place in Ikoyi, Lagos, she looked so radiant just like she has always looked in the last 6 months at major events. And whether she is pregnant or not, there was also no evidence, judging from the way she was looking at the event. She wore a slim fitted dress made with Ankara fabrics and combined with accessories to jazz up the look. It was also waist cinching too which might not have been convenient for any pregnant woman. The shortness of the dress also helped to flaunt her sexy legs too. She was looking effortlessly flawless and was the cynosure of eyes at the event.
And this won’t be the only event that Genevieve has also graced, she has been turning heads at all the A-class events that has happened on the Island in recent times from Movie Premiere to Musical Concerts and others. She has been the cynosure of all eyes on account of her style. She has also made cover of celebrity magazines like Ovation and others. She is always looking fabulous on anything she wears, as her outfit does sit perfectly on her petite frame. Somehow, she seems to have mastered what she wears and has come into her own style wise.
What makes her dressing up easy for her is that she designs all her clothes which goes contrary to the speculations going around down that her romance with fashion has crashed. It will be called that Genevieve launched her fashion label, St Genevieve barely 3 years ago, in conjunction with her partner and top designer, Olamide Ajayi of Iconola. And ever since Iconola relocated to Abuja with her beau, little or nothing had been heard about her fashion label. Though she also tried to work something out with creative and talented designer, Zizi Cardow, little or nothing has also been heard from her in that respect too. But Genevieve told City People that her fashion label is still very intact. As a matter of fact, she designed the lovely dress which she wore to the Enthyst Bridal House official opening as well as those of her friends she came in with. She said, “My fashion label is still very much on .I was even met to have a fashion show last year December but because there were so many shows since it’s a festive period, I had to postpone it. But I’m working out another fashion show, and scheduled for March this year. But don’t want to say much on that for now as I have to check my calendar for the year and make sure that I m choosing the appropriate date and time for the fashion show. But will definitely keep you posted as things unfold.”
Genevieve Nnaji is undoubtedly one of the most sought after actresses in this part of the world. Her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8. In 1998 at the age of 19 she was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted”. Her subsequent movies include Last Party, Mark of the Beast and Ijele. In 2010 she starred in the award winning film Ije: The Journey. Genevieve has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies. She has been rated as one of the highest paid actress in Nollywood.
She has also has featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the "Face of Lux" in Nigeria in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal . And last year she was appointed as the official "Face of MUD" in Nigeria, a new makeup line. And having spent a decade in the industry, she has become a force to reckon with, and Nigeria’s most celebrated actress both locally and internationally.

LAGOS BIG BOY, TONYE WILCOX DIES


As you read this, friends and family of Lagos Big Boy, Tamunotonye Boma Claude- Wilcox are trying to come to terms with the sudden death of the 45 years old Lagos Big Boy. It came as a rude shock penultimate Friday, the 21st of January,2011 when news went around that he had passed on. For those he had just waved goodbye few hours earlier, it was shocking occurrence, while for his friends waiting for him in Port Harcourt, it was a completely devastated news. What made it more sad is the fact that he died doing what he loved to do- riding his power-bike. Around mid day on that day, he was said to have set off for Port-Harcourt from Lagos to attend the traditional wedding of Tonye Graham-Douglas and had called ahead to let them know. To usher his friend out of Bacherlorhood, he chose to make the trip from Lagos to Port-Harcourt on his bike! City People learnt that it was a smooth ride until just after Warri around Patani, just about an hour to Port-Harcourt. Along the Uvwreni junction, he was said to have collided with a vehicle and died instantly. Interestingly, he is been buried the same day as his friend will be exchanging his marital vows.
Though a bit on the quite side, Tonye was a big boy by all ramifications. Well known within the Downstream Oil sector, he used to work with Sahara Energy before he left to co-start Petroleum Brokers Ltd who are Energy Trailers. This Federal Government Port-Harcourt alumnus is one of the 10 Big Boys who are all bikers who formed a bikers club in Lagos called Easy Rider. He was a respected member of the popular Motocycle Hard Ridaz Club. Fondly called “Bodie”, already his remains have been laid to rest in Port-Harcourt. Last Thursday, the 27th of January, a Service of Songs held in his honour at Rumuebekwe Housing Estate, PH. On Saturday, the 29th , his Funeral Service held at the Civic Center, PH, followed by a Lying in state and Interment at Peterside, Bonny, Rivers State.

CITY PEOPLE HOSTS FASHION AND PARTY MAKERS FAIR; DETAILS OF WHAT TO EXPECT @ THE VALENTINE EVENT





All roads will lead to the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos from Friday 11 February to Sunday 13 February 2011 when City People presents its FASHION & PARTY MAKERS FAIR.It’s going to be a gathering of Event Planners, Caters, Photographers, Bridal Houses, Make-up artists, Fashion Accessories, Food Sellers, Boutiques, Florists, Cake Designers, Book Sellers and other kinds of business under one roof. The aim of the exhibition is to allow people to come shop for their valentine gifts at rock bottom prices. In this report, City People Fashion Editor, BOLA AKINBOADE brings to you some of the things to expect at this 3- day fair.

ABOUT THE FAIR
The City People Fashion and Party Makers Fair is going to be a major exhibition which will display trends in the Fashion, Beauty and Event Industry. A unique event organized by the City People Media Group will hold at the National Museum, Lagos from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 February, 2011. The exhibition brings together Event Planners, Caters, Photographers, Bridal Houses, Make-up artists, Fashion Accessories, Food Sellers, Boutiques, Florists, Cake Designers, Book Sellers and other kinds of business under one roof. The exhibition provide the opportunity to the participants to present their services and products in one place to their future customers, and generally to create useful business contacts. And it also allow the general public to get the special valentine gifts and offers at the lowest rates.

CHOICE OF VENUE
The 3 days exhibition will be taking place at the premises of the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos. This event promises to big in all ramifications; that is why the organizers had to look for a venue that will be suitable for the plans and arrangement made towards the success of this event. The National Museum occupies a prime position on Lagos Island in the centre of the city. It one venue that has hosted many major exhibition and events in recent time. It has an exciting and unprecedented platform for exhibitions. It is well equipped with facilities that will make any event comfortable and convenient, some of which include good parking space, spacious premises and a host of others. It is also easily accessible irrespective of where you are coming from.

WHAT THE EXHIBITORS STAND TO GAIN
The City People Fashion and Party Makers Fair is the perfect place to showcase your products and services to a wide range of people. The exhibitors stands to get a lot of benefits by been part of this event, some of this include increase in the company profile and customer base, generating leads, meeting with prospective customers, building new and existing relationships with customers, high profile exposure, free write-up of company profile in the City People Weekly, opportunity to showcase their latest collection to any array of guests amongst other things.

A GRAND OPENING CEREMONY
The fair which will be kicking off on Friday February 11, 2011 will be declared opened by a special guest of honor. It will also attracts a lot of celebrities from all walks of life from captain of industry, models, beauty queens, top society women who will also be playing major roles at the event.

MINI SHOWS PER DAY
At every evening during the exhibition, there is going to be a mini show where the exhibitors will showcased the new look of their collection to a vast array of guests. Some of the latest trend in the fashion, beauty and industry will be paraded on the runway. The show segment is designed to be fun and inspiring with a touch of glamour. So, a visit to the City People Fashion and Party Makers fair is an absolute must for anybody planning to have a special treats during this valentine season.

LOADS OF ENTERTAINMENT
Apart from the mini shows, there will be also be loads of other side attractions to keep the atmosphere interesting and bubbling all through the 3 days. Some of these include free tasters, trials, live performances, bubbly, give-away amongst other things.

LIMITED STANDS AVAILABLE
Since the organizers made their intention known to host this event, there has been different calls rolling in as interested exhibitors have started showing their interest to be part of this occasion. The organizers are giving the stand out at a lower rate of N20,000, to give room for more exhibitors to be part of this. This is because City People Media group is one organization that is know for supporting a lot of business organizations and has played a major role in supporting the fashion and beauty industry. Interested participants should call Bola on 08056505285 or Tayo on 08033866181

FUTURE AWARDS 2011 WINNERS


1. On Air Personality of the Year (TV) - Tana Egbo
2. On Air Personality (Radio) - Matse Uwatse
3. Musician Of the Year - Banky W
4. Actor of the Year - Mercy Johnson
5. Sports Person of the Year - Vincent Enyeamaa
6. Magazine of the Year - FAB
7. Comedian of the Year - Seyi Law
8. Team of the Year - The Falconets
9. Best Use of Science - Debo Olaosebikan
10. Business Owner of the Year - Bode Pedroa
11. Journalist of the Year - Tolu Ogunlesi
12. Corporate Professional of the Year - Tokini Peterside
13. Screen Producer of the Year - Clarence Peters
14. Creative Artist of the Year - Aisha Augie-Kuta
15. Best Use of Advocacy - Muyideen Salau
16. Young Person of the Year - Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu - Farmer

Friday, January 28, 2011

PZ CUSSONS LAUNCHES MORNING FRESH 3-IN-1 MULTI- SURFACE CLEANER IN NIGERIA


PZ Cussons Nigeria, a leading conglomerate, has launched Morning Fresh 3-in-1 multi surface cleaner into the market, and ushered in a new era of hygiene and cleanliness into the Nigerian environment
The internationally recognized and acclaimed Morning fresh 3-in-1 multi surface cleaner which is proven and trusted all over the World, contains the unique Byotrol barrier which kills 99.9% of germs for up to 24hours even after it has dried.
It is formulated with a combination of ingredients to keep the home from germs and unwholesome odours. Health conscious Nigerian consumers, particularly the new generation mothers saddled with the responsibility of keeping the home clean will now find the job easier. It is specially formulated to clean and rinse easily, leaving your home looking and smelling great. It is formulated for usage on all floor types, bathrooms and in the kitchen. It comes in three variants, i.e. Lavender, pine fresh and Fresh lemon. The product comes in an attractive and easy to handle plastic bottle. Once applied morning fresh 3-in-1 multi-surface cleaner carries on killing germs even after it has dried and been wiped down (3 times) . It is powerful, Long- lasting and gentle. The product is available in all leading shopping malls, super markets, and open markets in Nigeria.
Speaking at the launch In Lagos, the Managing Director, Commercial SBU Mr Alex Goma, noted that the company is committed to giving its consumers the best. For over a century, PZ Cussons Nigeria has set a standard in the production of quality consumer products in the country, with a proven track record of anticipating and satisfying the needs of its massive customer base
“We are blessed with talents that make realizable our goal of making quality products available to satisfy the expectations of our teeming loyal consumers. We also have the capability and drive to make our products available in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and across the West African sub- region,” he stated.
The mission of PZ Cussons Nigeria plc is to enhance lives of all consumers through quality, value and innovation.

EXHIBITION! EXHIBITION!!EXHIBITION!!!


CITY PEOPLE MAGAZINE HOLDS

FASHION & PARTY MAKERS FAIR IN LAGOS FOR 2011

It’s a 3 Days Exhibition Open To All:

EVENT PLANNERS, CATERERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, BRIDAL HOUSES, MAKE-UP ARTISTS, FASHION ACCESSORIES, FOOD SELLERS, BOUTIQUES, FLORISTS, CAKE DESIGNERS, BOOK SELLERS and other kinds of business.

Date: Fri 11th – Sun 13th February, 2011

Venue: National Museum, Onikan, Lagos

Time: 10am- 5pm

Come for your special valentine gifts + offers!
Come and sell off your products and valentine gifts to the public @ lowest rate possible.
Stand Rate – N20,000

For Participation, Sponsorship and Enquiries
Send a text message to 08056505285



Friday, January 21, 2011

SLEEK SISTERS PARTNERS WITH INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTISTS, ERYCA FREEMANTLE




Sleek Nigeria is a Hair and Makeup brand owned by 2 sisters, Ebele and Ify Ugochukwu, and ever since they stormed the Nigerian scene, they have always been on top of their game as they have been able to grow their business into a flourishing brand and house hold name with franchise in most of the major cities in the country.
The latest coming from their stable is their partnership with Eryca Freemantle. Eryca is an award winning celebrity and international make-up artist, industry intelligence, consultant, educator, author, corrective makeup specialist, trendsetter, key note and motivational speaker. They are starting a makeup academy next year February. She will be coming from her UK base to Nigeria to educate inspiring makeup artists in Nigeria because the demand for makeup in the country is phenomenon. The aim of the academy is to ensure that makeup artists who have gone through the accreditation are able to work anywhere in the world.
And recently, Eryca was in the country to put final touches to this arrangement as she is not only living her country but she is coming to Nigeria to stay.
And to kick off the partnership, she was at the end of the year seminar and luncheon put together by the sleek sisters to host their franchise and to also give awards to those who had done exceptionally well in the course of the year. The event which took place at Victoria Island, Lagos, treated the Sleek franchises to a super charged motivational speech given by world famous international celebrity makeup artist, Eryca Freemantle “On living your dream through solidarity with a top”, as well as financial and business tools to grow your business presented by Obiora Unigwe of Bank PHB.
The sleek sisters also used this opportunity to express their appreciation to their franchises, acknowledging them as the backbone of sleek Nigeria without who sleek would not be where it is today. The franchise was rewarded with gifts such as generators, plasma screen, freezers and much more.

“WHY I’M FLOATING A LIVE-IN MAKEUP SCHOOL”- BUNMI OYENIYI


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. And in just 5 years, her growth has been 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 latest coming from her stable is The Unveil Institute (Beauty and Makeup). It’s a live-in school which is different from the other makeup school. It’s actually the first of its kind in this part of the world. The aim behind The Unveil Institute is 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. Recently, City People Fashion Editor, BOLA AKINBOADE, met with this talented artist, and she opens up on why she is floating a live-in makeup school plus how she has sustained her business for years.

What led to the idea of you floating a makeup school?
I actually wanted to do something different from what everybody else was doing. It’s actually a live-in school. I have a mini school here (referring to her Makeup Studio, on Toyin Street, Ikeja). And over the years, we have been dealing with different questions like where can I stay? They keep asking me, please can I stay with you? Do you have a place for us? I know that Lagos market is saturated, but we don’t have enough makeup artists in Benin, Abuja, Kaduna and all those places. So I was like instead of us going all the way there, I was like why don’t we have students that will come here to be trained and become professionals. It’s like training Amateurs to become master stylists. So that’s how I came up with a live-in school, something different from what anybody has ever done.

How long did it take you to turn the idea into a reality?
It took me 2 years, and we have been on this for like 6 months. We have meetings everyday. We have to do our websites, we have the curriculum already, and we have the time table. We have everything intact. School resumes first week in February.

You mentioned earlier that it’s a first of its kind school. So what are those things that make the school very unique?
It’s a live-in school that caters for day student, entrepreneurial training, and vocational courses. Its home away from home. It’s the first of its kind. We have well trained staff already. The ambience is fantastic, the atmosphere is good. The rooms are been named after makeup colors. And its not just about makeup, we have interactive skills, girls will go out movies, we will have different activity nights and other activities

No doubt, the school is a massive project. So how did you bankroll it?
Like I would always say, I will always give thanks to God. And my rings have suffered a lot; I won’t lie to you, because you know how it works. Now the banking industries are a bit unsettled, if I’m permitted to use that word. So the banks are totally out of it. I have gotten helps from my friends. For me, I started bit by bit, because I didn’t want to rush. So it was bit by bit, from getting the house, to doing the fittings. Because for me, details, every little details count. So that’s the way I did it. We are still working on it, but we have done majority of the job. It’s almost over.

So how many numbers of students can the school accommodate?
We are looking at 50, both boarding and day student. For day students, because have different classes and we re not going to put them all in one class, we have about 4 classes, at each point, everybody is doing something. They are not under the same roof. For the hostel, we are looking at most 25, for the day students, we can accommodate more than 25, but we don’t want to jam pack the place. So we are looking between 40 and 50.

Last year, unveil clocked 5, but you didn’t celebrate it. A lot of people were expecting a celebration party since you have done so well for yourself just in 5 years. Why didn’t you celebrate?
We were actually going to launch with our new makeup line. And then the school thing came up again, so we were like okay, let not bite more than we can chew. There will always be time for celebration. For me, I don’t believe in people coming to eat for nothing, I believe in investing in something and launching it. So that’s why we didn’t celebrate it as people expected. But we did something small though, for every customer that came in, there was something.

You also started a catering outfit last year. How far did you go with that as little or nothing is heard about it presently
I must confess to you, I almost lost my money to the catering business (Laughs). I don’t know why, I can’t even remember who advised me, because I’m still looking for the person, I need to burn the person down. It’s quite lucrative for people that are not as busy as I am. That food business was an insane market, but I got to meet different people on another note. People couldn’t place me and the food business. So in most cases when I ‘m talking to them, they don’t even know I’m the one they are talking too on the phone. And you know how it is with food business, you need to be there. The catering outfit is still there, they have been able to stabilize right now, but I think I’m going to let go, and face my makeup business. This is me.

What about “Face of Unveil”, did you also let that go because it’s meant to be an annual event. And nothing has been heard since the first edition.
For me, for “Face of Unveil”, this part of the world, they like cheap labor and everybody knows. I was looking for an icon to represent my brand, that’s why I came up the “Face of Unveil”. She will always be Unveil baby, but we will also get her jobs from other multinational companies, like MTN and others. I realize that, everybody had an agency that they were always going to. But “Face of Unveil” was a huge success, everybody kept talking about it. But now, I want to give back to the society, and I need to correlate with what I do. That’s why I put a comma, because it’s not a full stop per se to “Face of Unveil” for now.

You also mentioned earlier that you will be launching your makeup line. How soon is that?
It’s actually in the making. It’s really nice. We have smackers, we have glazers, and we have the pencil, mascara, lip glosses. Foundation. But we are going to launch fully in 2011 by God’s grace.

You have trained over 200 makeup artists, some of them are doing so well in the industry now. How does that make you feel?
I feel fantastic because I’m like oh, that’s my product and she is doing pretty well. I feel very good, and I feel honored. And God has really given me the strength and the power to do that. We have empowered a lot of them and anytime I see them now, I bless God.

5 REASONS BIG BOYS AND BABES CAN’T DO WITHOUT BLACKBERRY


Saying that blackberry is the in-thing among upwardly mobile men and women would be stating the obvious. However, what has not ceased to amaze many is their latest addiction to this latest communication device and why most of them cannot do without it. Most who own this smart phone do not only use it as a luxury brand but also make use of the several facilities that makes communication much easier. There are many-advanced technological functions in it. The Blackberry phone is blessed with good features, made according to the need, and requirements of the people especially if you are in any specialized area of field. Today many people are using it just because of its extra ordinary interface. In this report, City People Fashion Editor, BOLA AKINBOADE presents 5 reasons big boys and babes can’t do without this new craze.

NETWORKING
Right now, what most people do is to create different groups on Blackberry depending on their line of business such as fashion, business, modeling, and others. And all they do is to invite their friends to the group. With that, it makes networking easy among all the group members. Apart from building friendship among the members, they also use the medium to market their products to group members. The group functions allow members to post status updates, share content between members, share files, pictures of their goods and services, media and appointments. And most of these groups have been able to build their relationships beyond the parameters of the phone as they now host each other to business dinner and luncheon amongst others to officialize their business relationship and meet one-on-one.

DATING
Blackberry also facilitates dating and helps builds strong relationship among lovers and spouses. It now plays a crucial role in the dating and marriage circle. And this is because of the Blackberry Instant messages that allow the lovers to chat as long as they want. Apart from chatting, you can also share pictures, voice notes, videos and this gives the partner the opportunity to share in any activities or incidence he/she might not be available physically. Couples and Lovers now rely on the phones to maintain personal relationships despite the modern realities of living apart, working hectic schedules, long working hours, heavy traffic and others. The Blackberry phone provide them with a “perpetual virtual” connection. It also now plays a role in arranged marriages options for finding a partner. The Blackberry makes it a little easier to facilitate an arranged marriage at a distance, because of the facilities embedded in it, the two partners can connect with each other via their BB pin and kick it off instantly by sharing pictures and have a constant communication. For working couples, it makes it easier for the husband and wife to connect with each other in the course of the day despite their busy day. And with the regular updates of the Blackberry Messenger, they can both have an idea of what is happening in each other’s world even without communicating.

UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION
One thing that gives the Blackberry phone an edge among other phones is its up-to-date information. Its gives you abreast of what is happening around your environment. The Blackberry gives you the opportunity to get instant mails and because of the email facility in it, and with this function; you will be able to send an e-mail to anybody anywhere in the world. Blackberry phones use the push technology, where all emails, calendar entries, documents or any other data directly to the phone via the internet. This is possible due to the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES), responsible for the forwarding of all the aforementioned items. Apart from the instant mail, it also provides facilities for instant messages from your facebook, twitter, flickr, my space and other social network. This unique kind of operation is what caused the popularity of the Blackberries, and with this technology improving over time. Another way that people also share information on Blackberry is through “Broadcast Message” via the Blackberry Messenger. With this, minute-by –minute information are been shared among people on the same contact list.

EVENT PROMOTION
Blackberry is also another good medium to promote Events. This is done by constant broadcasting of the details of the event to all your contacts on the Blackberry Messenger. Also, people also promote their events by updating their status with a catchy caption for the event, while their profile picture can also be seen carrying the events invitation picture or logo too. Others also set up a group especially for the event, and by doing this, they promote the event among their group members and also encourage group members to pass the message to their friends and associate.

COST EFFECTIVENESS
All the handsets of this family are business oriented. It has only introduced internet with mobile phone. Earlier it was impossible to buy blackberry phones but in UK deals have made it possible. Blackberry is popular for its QWERTY keypad with practically unlimiteds entries and fields, GPRS, Instant Messaging and it is common in almost many of its handsets. Cheap blackberry phones are affordable for all class of people. These phones can be used as any of the phones like SIM free mobile phone , SIM Only mobile ,pay as you go phones and also as Contract mobile phone. All these deals are available through all the leading networking companies such as Globacom, MTN, Airtel and Etisalat.. All you have to do is to only pay a monthly subscription and you will enjoy all the features embedded in it. The Blackberry has made communication easier and cheaper, as it is cost effective. It is now the 2nd largest seller of mobile phones.

INSIDE THE BIGGEST REDEEMED CHURCH IN AMERICA; IT IS CALLED JESUS HOUSE


The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House, Washington DC, is one of the biggest Redeemed Churches in America and it has earned its respect in that part of the world. It is one of the over 15,000 churches under the RCCG of which Pastor Enoch Adeboye is the General Overseer.
The first fellowship of the church took place in 1995 at the District of Columbia with just few members. And in 15 years, the church has grown into a dynamic non-denominational, multi racial and multi-cultural international church where praise is steadfast and preaching is practical. Despite the fact that the Church is founded and pastored by a Nigerian, the church attracts worshippers based abroad from over 20 nations who have made Jesus House their home church. While there are hundreds of faithful volunteers who are committed to serving Christ in over 60 ministries. The church is situated in Philadelphia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, a thriving community rich in ethnic and racial diversity.
The church is pastored by Pastor Ghandi Olaoye. He has been the Pastor of the church since inception. Pastor Ghandi Olaoye is a visionary, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is fondly called “Pastor G”and is known for his servant heart and leadership skills. Pastor Ghandi was born and raised in Nigeria. He has a degree in English Language and a Masters on Industrial and Labor Relations. He was a successful entrepreneur before the call of God came upon his life to become a Pastor.
Pastor Ghandi has been Pastoring since 1992, where he pastored 3 RCCG Churches in Nigeria and also RCCG Parish in Bonn, Germany before moving to the United States.
Pastor Ghandi is passionate about helping others develop to their fullest potential; his experience traveling and speaking internationally has helped shape his commitment to showcasing a ministry where people of all racial and ethnic groups worship God in a loving and caring atmosphere. He is currently the coordinator in charge of Convention and Special Projects for RCCG, North America.
He is happily married to Pastor Omo who also played a key role in running the affair of the church. His wife, Pastor Omo is the founder and Pastor in charge of the Jesus Women Ministries, a women’s ministry that addresses pertinent women’s issues from birth to old age, with a view to positively affecting these areas in line with the Word of God.
The Jesus Women Ministries is the women’s ministry of the RCCG Jesus House, DC.
She has the call of God upon her life to preach good tidings and hope to the poor and the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, as well as reach out to women of all ages with a vision to helping them live their full inheritance in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Omo loves and lives on the uncompromising Word of God. She relishes in praising God and proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ. She believes very strongly in the efficacy of prayer, and knows without an iota of doubt, that God answers prayers.
Her life is a continuous testimony of a woman living the overcoming Christian life.
She is the joyful mother of Fehintolu and Toluni, the wonderful set of twin girls God blessed them with for her 40th birthday and after 11 years of marriage.
The church has a wide range of ministries attending to the different needs of the church such as Soul Care, Believers Academy, Leadership Team, Audio Visual/Multimedia and others. There also have different services on a weekly basis which addresses the different needs of their church members. This include Children of Issachar, a Monday meeting with emphasis on Career/Employment; Judah, a Tuesday meeting with emphasis on Healing; Armor Bearers, a Thursday meeting with emphasis on Pastor, Leaders and Church; Faith Clinic, a Friday meeting with emphasis on Healing and Levites, a Saturday meeting with emphasis on Immigration Issues. Just like the parents church, they also hold Night Vigil on every first Friday of each month each attracts thousand of worshippers from all walks of life. The Sunday service is another church service that attracts thousands of worshippers too. And right now, the church has two structures, the Main Sanctuary and the Annex.
The church also hosts event regularly which has always kept them in the news as they are an expert in hosting big and life changing events that has transformed a lot of their worshippers. Some of these events are Winter Prayer Retreat, The Marriage course, Summer Day Camp and others. They also hold an annual award called, Star Gospel Awards, to honour Nigerian gospel artistes based in America and UK. The likes of Segun Obe, Muyiwa Olarewaju of Riversong, Gbenga Owoeye of Wyse, Agboola Shadare, Niyi Adams amongst others.
Another thing you can take away from the church is their ability to capture the city and its environs with their different community services which include Haggai Business School, Youth Development Community Centre, Neighborhood Car Wash and Lawn Care Service, Young Adult mentoring programme, The King’s Table, Rapha Health and Fitness Community Program, The Redeemer’s Community Development, Redeemer’s International School amongst others.
The church has a stronghold with its Haggai Business school and its health clinic.
The Haggai Business School is a subsidiary of Jesus House. Its goal is to aid people in the community to actualize their business ideas. It also assists ongoing business to expand and develop their entrepreneurial skills by guiding them in setting and achieving measurable goals while maintaining absolute work life balance
Rapha Health and Fitness Community Program organize an annual health fair and fitness program that provides general health check up and screening for anyone in the community. The Rapha health programme has been ongoing for at least 9 years and offers health screening to the community in the following areas: HIV, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Glaucoma, Diabetes, and Dental. Other services include Physical Therapy Consultation and “Ask the Pharmacist”. Future plans include establishing a health clinic that caters to the underserved and uninsured community.

LAGOS DESIGNER, SORAYA ADJI WEDS


Beautiful designer, Soraya Adji of Younass Collection fame is one of the talented designers to have ever come out of Nigeris. The young lady of Nomadic Heritage is of Cameroonian parentage, though she was born in Nigeria, she studied and lived most of her life in Paris having spent 16 years there, she came back to Nigeria in 2005 and floated her own label, Younass Collection. Her style essential borders on European cuts with a touch of African and oriental influence, due to the fact that the designer is of the “Fulani” tribe. The story is that the delectable lady is now Mrs Onyekwele, as she got hooked in a private ceremony towards the ends the end of December 2010 at the Ikoyi Registry, Lagos to Uche Onyekwele, a top management staffer at Total Logistics Control who hails from Aboh Community in Delta State. The wedding proper which comes up later is going to be a superlative one, since the groom’s mother, Mrs Sola Onyekwele is an authority on weddings as she owns the popular Elizabeth Phillips Bridal Consultancy outfit on highbrow Allen Avenue in Ikeja, Lagos. Her father-in-law too is a well known figure , Major General Phillips Onyekwele, the Chairman, Governing Boards of the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC). The very excited bride had pasted this on her Facebook wall on the 29th of December “thank God!!! I am Mrs O!!!!!!”

PASTOR ITUAH LAUNCHES MEDIA COMPANY


Pastor Ituah is the Senior Pastor of the wave making church in Lagos, Trinity House. He has come out with a new company in the field of Information technology in a dynamic way that will wow the urbane people of class and elegance in Nigeria. The company is called UniCourage Web Media Limited. The company specialty is in the field of Live Web casting, Video On Demand and so many other web related services.
UniCourage Web Media showcases events of corporate bodies, faith based organizations and social bodies on a web channel, mycouragetv.com to afford friends and families which cannot be physically present at an event the opportunity of watching it live anywhere in the world.

MAI ATAFO NEW DEAL


Mai Atafo is no doubt one of the new wave making designers in the country. The award winning designer who recently clinches two new awards at the FAB Award and Mode Men Award as the Fashion Designer of the year and Fashion Brand of the year has a new deal with Spice TV, one of the first fashion and lifestyle channel in the country, owned by Tajudeen Adepetu. As Spice TV unveils plans for 2011, Mai has been contacted to handle this ongoing project for the company, as the channel is set to bring freshness into the Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle entertainment in Nigeria and Africa at large. There will be a lot coming from this stable in the new year in term of events, this include Fashion Files, All Access, Runway Fiesta and Spice Haute Party etc. The channel is set to unveil new TV content and events .His new position is to take the channel to another level.

BOLA ATTA SHUT DOWN MAGAZINE PUBLICATION


Couple of months back, Bola Atta, the Editor in Chief of True Love West Africa shocked everyone when she rebranded her lifestyle magazine which also led to its change of name to Flair West Africa, the name of her first magazine in the 90s. Her reason for the rebranding was to see the brand come back, since that was the original brand she started with. So the last edition of True Love West Africa was in March, 2010 after which Flair West Africa hit the street. It was a nice powerful repackaging and 3-4 editions were published. But ever since then, this new brand has not been seen on the street and a lot of people have been wondering why.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

BOWLING FOR BOOBS


Abuja is set to host the First ever Bowling For Boobs Competition in Africa to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and Screening.
Stand Up To Cancer Naija is happy to announce its signature fundraising event for breast cancer awareness tagged “Bowling for Boobs”. The national tour event will kick off with the median edition holding at the dome entertainment centre central Area, Abuja on the 29th of January, 2011. The event which will be a bowling competition, with six teams, of eight players in each team, all competing against each other. The objective is to have fun while raising awareness and money for breast cancer project in the grassroot; prior bowling experience is not required. The event will be hosted subsequently in Lagos, Accra, Nairobi, J’borg, London and Calgary Gate taking of N2,000 admits you to the event however, to actively participate in the bowling event, individuals can register in any of the two categories: 'The celebrity or the Regular team' with a fee of N20,000 (twenty thousand naira) or N10,000 (ten thousand naira) respectively. The funds generated from this event will be used to support the ongoing grass root breast cancer projects under Stand Up To Cancer Naija. “Like a Bra our event aims to uplift and support women battling breast cancer!” said Caleb Egwuenu, Project Director of Stand Up To Cancer Naija. We are calling on everyone to take up teams or join in a team, in this incredibly colourful and outrageous social event. Raffle tickets and prizes will also be available. Confirmed celebrities bowlers featuring in this event are; Uche Jumbo, UTI, Waje, Goldie, Ini Edo and many more are to be confirmed soon. During the event there will be free Breast Examinations going on in the venue, by our team of doctors and oncologist. For more information on this event, please contact Caleb Egwuenu, Project Director, Stand Up To Cancer Naija on 08094410320 or Kairos Konsulting on 08077501247

LEADING LADIES SUMMIT URGES WOMEN TO ‘DARE’ ‘DREAM’ AND ‘ACHIEVE’






The 16th of January 2011 will continue to remain indelible in the minds of women who attended the Leading Ladies ‘Dare to Dream’ female mentorship Summit. The event which featured speakers such as Funmi Omitowoju, former CEO UBA Prestige, Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa and Bukky George, CEO of Health Plus Pharmacy and CasaBella International, created an opportunity for robust interactive discourse between the mentors and attendees.
The debut edition of the event held under the theme ‘Dare to Dream’ was specifically organized to inspire and motivate the attendees into conceptualizing and achieving their set goals in life as business women, corporate executives and entrepreneurs. The speakers’, who were drawn from various sectors of the economy, spoke on different topics that no doubt spurred and inspired the attendees into definitive action.
Lisa Folawiyo, the creative and iconic head behind the internationally acclaimed ‘Jewel By Lisa’ brand, spoke on the topic; ‘Running in Heels – Exploring the business and creative world of fashion. It was both an educative, practical and exciting session for most of the participants as she took them through the modalities involved in creating a fashionable, sellable, international brand. She continually re-iterated the fact that developing a world class designer brand requires equal amounts of creativity and hard work. She urged the budding designers in the audience to always come up with something fresh an innovative to keep their clients satisfied.
Funmi Omitowoju the former CEO of UBA Prestige and current CEO of The Sygnet Company was also an instant hit with the participants. Her topic ‘Staying Power: Principles of succeeding in the Corporate World’ shed more light on the exact qualities and attributes required of budding career women to enable them achieve success in the corporate environment. Her session was spiced with anecdotes and tips from her own personal experiences and the brief question and answer session which followed her showed that the women were really eager to be mentored in that regard. She also urged the attendees to always be true to themselves and to always believe in their inherent capabilities.
‘Entrepreneurship 101: Start Up Nuggets for Beginners’ was the topic of choice for retail and business doyenne Bukky George. Using Health Plus Pharmacies and CasaBella International Limited, her own personal retail business as case studies, Bukky George practically offered the attendees a crash course in starting and operating small to medium scale businesses. She touched on issues such as recruiting the right staff, working on personnel relations/management, understanding the principles of taxation and many other things that could make or mar budding businesses. During the question and answer session, she urged the participants to always see the good in other people, to read voraciously and learn to learn to pay attention to the small seemingly, inconsequential details of their businesses.
The event was immensely successful judging from the feedback and positive comments received from a myriad of attendees at the venue.
The Leading Ladies Summit is an initiative of dynamic and rapidly growing PR Consultancy, BrookStone Consult. The core aim of the initiative is to establish a bi annual event that serves to effectively mentor, inspire, and motivate young women into making positive and informed choices, which in turn impact positively on their lives; as well as to spread awareness about particular challenges that concern the female gender, and to offer useful and lasting solutions.

For further Information please contact:
Francesca Uriri

Tel: 08033220133
Email: leadingladiesng@gmail.com
Website: www.brookstoneconsult.com

Sunday, January 2, 2011

US BASED MAKEUP ARTIST, SEGUN GELE WEDS; REVEALS HOW HE FELL IN LOVE






US Based Makeup Artist and Gele(head gear) expert, Hakeem Oluwasegun Olaleye , a.k.a Segun Gele has made a name for himself in the United States of America as an expert in creating show-stopping headgear (gele) styles and beautiful makeover. He has made a living out of tying gele and has transformed hundreds of brides on their wedding day.
Segun Gele, who arrived in US from Nigeria in 2003, has successfully built his brand into a flourishing business and a household name. He is presently cleaning out big in America .He was recently on the American Cable News Network, CNN, which was fascinated by his exotic headgear and makeup. The latest gist about this talented makeup artist had to do with the matters of the heart. On Thursday December 23, 2010. Segun Gele walked down the aisle with his heartthrob, Morenike Oluwafunmilola Sotunde, a Customer Service Rep at the Bi-Courtney Aviation Services, MM2, Lagos.
The news of his wedding actually came as surprised to a lot of people, reason been that he has been very engrossed in his work and this year, had been a good one for him as he has been shuttling between UK and America, and even Nigeria as the demand for his work increased unprecedently. So it was surprising to a lot of people when he officially announced his wedding, a couple of weeks back. He arrived in the country, few weeks back to finalize the plans.
The marital rites commenced in the early hours of Thursday at the Bride’s residence in Surulere. This was followed by the holy solemnization at the African Bethlehem Church, Ebute Meta, Lagos.Guests were afterwards treated to an A-class reception at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Staff School Hall, Lagos.
A lot of Segun friend’s based in America and UK all stormed Nigeria to witness the occasion.
When City People asked him how he met and fell in love with his wife, since he is based abroad and the wife, in Lagos, Nigeria, he responded thus “After my dad's burial in October last year, I came home for the 40days Fidau prayer which was in december and stayed back for Christmas during which I attended an Christmas gathering in Isolo where I met my wife Oluwafunmilola. And I will say ours was ordained by God as we both knew it was love at first sight. We both knew we would be getting married. Distance wasn't a barrier because we spoke everyday since Dec 25th of last year and never got tired on the phone. We became Best Friends.And since we had a clear vision of what we wanted, I introduced her to my family in Jan 2010 before going back to the USA; after which I accepted the offer to come co-ordinate a friends wedding in Feb 2010 where I proposed to her in the presence of her mum and my brothers.”
What are those qualities he dmired in her? Segun was asked “ The first thing that attracted me was her composure at the Christmas gathering; where other girls were flaunting themselves Funlola sat down quietly in one corner and only made logical contributions to the topic being discussed giving room to her elder brother to do most of the talking. My “Sugar”is quiet, respectful, humble, submissive and Content; what else would a man ask for?
So will she be relocating back to America with you immediately after the wedding? “ Most definitely, she will be joining me once her M.A Degree is completed. She is currently undergoing her Masters Degree in University of Lagos and she has just one more semester to go”
The wedding was planned by Toyin Olaleye of Ol’Sorts Event Management. She did most of the leg work in Nigeria , while Molara Akinosho-Akande of JW Events helped in bring all the planning ideas to reality. For the wedding, Segun brought in Juliet Esiri, UK Based Makeup Artist who underwent her training under him in Houston Texas USA to transform his wife, Funlola face. The bride’s wedding dress was also was gotten from www.belladeur.com, while his own suit was custom made with Houston's Best www.Abrahamndoye.com

SEGUN OBE WINS AWARD IN AMERICA



Segun Obe needs little or no introduction. He is one of the top gospel artistes in Nigeria. He has been around for close to 2 decades and has become one of the big players in that field. He has shared the stage with several notable artistes such as Tunde and Wunmi Obe, Lionel Peterson, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Pastor Marvin Winans, Kurt Carr and several other Nigerian gospel artistes. He has also played at top notch shows around the world especially in Europe and the UK as well as many parts of Nigeria.
Recently, Segun was honored in Washington, DC, America. The award was given by the largest Redeemed Christian Church of God in Washington. The award known as ‘Star Gospel Award’ is to honor gospel artistes in the diaspora. He was honored along side other top Nigerian gospel artistes based in America and UK such as the likes of Muyiwa Olarewaju of Riversong, Gbenga Owoeye of Wyse, Agboola Shadare, Niyi Adams amongst others. .
Segun who just returned from his trip has been busy ever since he got back. He was one of the artistes who performed at the recently concluded Calabar Carnival. Also he is putting final touch to his album.

HOW NIGERIAN PASTORS MAKE MONEY ONLINE






In the ever-changing world of Information Technology, where practically everything is possible at the press of a button, the in-thing among many established Nigerian pastors is to embrace the internet facilities in the growth and propagation of their ministries. The internet is now the ideal place to conduct church activities as most of them are creating internet offshoots. Some years ago, churches had to part ways with huge sums of money to buy air time to televise their church activities on Radio/TV, or on some Christian cable channels. All that has now changed. With an investment in good websites with up-to-date facilities, churches can now broadcast services live online to global/mass audience. This new invention, apart from helping in contributing to the growth of these churches, has also helped in substantially raising the financial base of these churches, as worshippers/viewers can pay their offerings, tithes, e.t.c online and equally makes the churches easily accessible to anybody all over the world.
The sites are fully interactive, with a dedicated online pastor/administrator, live chat in an online “lobby”, Bible Study, one-on-one prayer through IM and communion (viewers use their own bread and wine from home), viewers can also click on a tab during the worship to accept Christ as their savior.
In the same vein, these churches beam their church services live, and this has been an integral part of church growth activities in recent times. This is because attending services online is the easiest, with little or no barrier for new converts to experience the church and decide if it’s a church they would want to be attending or not. Some churches have multiplied their regular attendance to several thousands of attendees in just a few months since they began broadcasting their services/activities live. It provides opportunity for people who would ordinarily miss church service. For instance, members who are ill can watch a video stream from their home computer. Business travelers or vacationing members can tune-in a live web cast when out of town. Seasonal members can stay current from their “other home.” Shut-ins can experience their church services live, without waiting for a CD or DVD to arrive. People stuck in their home because of bad weather can “virtually attend.”
Though these services come with a huge cost and a huge yearly maintenance fee, these men of God don’t mind. The cost of Web hosting and email, a domain name, and aesthetic quality level ranges from $2,000 to $7000 dollars. Some of the reasons given by some Pastors who have taken their ministries online include; it helps the church become a virile entity, many people think of church as a physical location. With live streaming and online facilities, a church ceases to be seen as just "that church down the road" because the messages are now accessible by anyone, anywhere. Secondly, it facilitates church growth; it gives the church a significant boost for dramatic growth. Thirdly, the church becomes a 24/7 ministry, using regular live streaming and uploading its previous messages which then becomes available as on-demand video, the ministry suddenly becomes an ever accessible by anyone, anywhere, anytime, and the messages will be ever alive at all times in every time zone. Fourthly, the church become a relevant church, in this age of fast food culture and impressive technological advancements when people are accessing music, videos and social networks on cell phones, wireless devices, internet cafes and hotspots, the church also needs to move closer to where people are and cater for them within their culture and lifestyle. Live streaming and on-demand video streaming allows people to access the content wherever they are and in a format they are comfortable with.
Some popular churches who have had heavy online presence in the last couple of months include Daystar Christian Centre, of Pastor Sam Adeyemi; Winner Chapel, of Bishop David Oyedepo; Christ Embassy, of Pastor Chris Oyakilome; Mountain of Fire Ministries, of Pastor D.K Olukoya; House on the Rock, of Pastor Paul Adefarasin and others. Their various website is a community on its own and has gained recognition all over the world. Apart from the live broadcast of service which is their major online service for now, the websites are also used for other evangelism functions. These include prayers and intercession, weekly or daily motivational talks, counseling, accessibility to major event details and others. Through the online medium, offering and tithing have been made easy as viewers can also pay online without even stepping into the church premises. These churches also use the websites to their books, CDs, tapes and other resource materials. With this laudable innovation in Christendom, there is no gainsaying the fact that Nigerian pastors have also joined the global village in evangelism and winning souls for Christ.