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Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Hello peeps, in a couple of weeks, we at will be giving out another free giveaway on this blog. It's a brow kit box courtesy Eni Balogun, CEO of Lise Beauty Makeover & Lise Beauty Range. The brow kit box contains everything you need to create a perfect brow and create perfect set of arches.Be your own brow guru, shaping your brows - easy as 1-2-3!
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Hello peeps, I will like to say thank you to all my blog's members. We are starting a rewarding programme for all our new and old members.
This is how it goes:
Invite 10 new members to follow this blog, send the names of the 10 members as well as the telephone numbers by which you can be reached to: You automatically win a free one-day Do-It-Yourself(D-I-Y) makeup training.
It's that simple.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Stephanie Okereke is now Kanekalon Hair Brand Ambassador.The synthetic brand of hair extensions is owned by Kaneka Corporation of Japan. According to Stephanie, “The African woman is legendary for her beauty and her strength, her style and grace; she is an epitome of beauty, and unmatched quality and a style icon. All this I hope to promote as (the) Kanekalon ambassador.”
The endorsement will see the award winning actress promoting the company’s product and participating in the marketing campaigns which include Kanekalon’s Brand Building campaign, Kanekalon ‘Salon Storm’ Activation, Kanekalon ‘Night of a Thousand Braids’ event and other brand promotional activities. Stephanie will be the major face of Kanekalon in Nigeria, visiting some selected salons (VIP Beauty Centre, Cynosures Salon, dsalon Downtown and Salon d’eve) in Lagos during the Kanekalon ‘Salon Storm’ project, towards educating consumers and hairstylists on the benefits of the brand. Her presence in Kanekalon Salon Storm print adverts, currently running in the media is unique and distinct. She is an ideal fit for the brand.
Stephanie has just concluded Kanekalon’s brand building television commercial that is engaging and effective, the 100% Kanekalon way with her hairstyles showing sophistication, class and glam on television screens. She will also be the star celebrity at the Kanekalon annual party designed to thank its customers for their patronage, coming up in November this year.


Ex-beauty queen, Omowunmi Akinnifesi recently launched her website – and blog - The Diva Diaries. The website and blog are an avenue for Omowunmi to connect with her fans and supporters.
One of the recent blog posts details Omowunmi’s 6 year ordeal with a stalker.
See excerpts below:
“My phone rang early January 2006 and it was the voice of a man, possibly in his late 30s or early 40s. His voice was coarse and suspicious. Innocently I said “Hello” and this marked the beginning of the terror. “Am I speaking to Omowunmi Akinnifesi?” he asked. “Yes” I replied without a hint of fear. “How are you?” He asked again. “I am fine thank you. Whom am I speaking to?” I asked. “This is…… “I admire you and I think you are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. You are charming and extremely sexy” how can I meet you? I know you like Oprah Winfrey. I can introduce you to her, she is a very good friend” he said.
From that first call, the stalking intensified and has continued till date. According to Omowunmi, there are days when he has called her phone over 30 times! It may seem funny but such experiences are actually traumatizing. We hope with the SIM registration in Nigeria, phone stalkers can be apprehended and charged with harassment.


Singer Rihanna's father has been hospitalized after contracting a deadly tropical virus.
57-year-old Ronald Fenty is now recovering at home after being struck down with dengue fever, a virus which kills thousands of people every year. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks and while it is harmless for most people, some need to be treated intravenously for dehydration. Ronald fell ill just days after his superstar daughter came to visit the family in their native Barbados.
The pair were estranged for a time over Ronald's well-documented crack addiction but have now reconciled.
And when the father of six was rushed to hospital he was treated in a ward where a doctor, who is a friend of Rihanna, insisted he call the 23-year-old singer.
Rihanna was recently on holiday in her hometown of Bridgetown Barbados, where she filmed footage for the music video of her new song Cheers (Drink To That), which is shot in a documentary style.
And despite their fall-out, Ronald is thrilled with the huge success of his daughter.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Bobby Eke needs little or no introduction. The Lagos celebrity hairstylist and owner of Bobby Signatures, is the official stylist of most celebrity ladies in town and they hold him in high esteem. Not only because he is an award winning hair stylist who has managed the hair of thousands of society women and super big babes across the country as well as done the bridal hair of hundreds of celebrities, but also because of how he has developed a relationship with many of them who troop to his saloon located in Bode Thomas, Surulere and Ogundana street, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja. Bobby runs a business that is more than just about hair, as his business place has become a place where many celebrity babes hang out and let their hair down literally.
However two years ago, the talented hairstylist was hit by stroke, which led to his disappearance both from work and also from the social scene. Friends and families rallied round him during this dark period of his life to ensure he was well treated. He was also flown abroad for better medical treatment. Indeed, Bobby fought the good fight.
And can tell you authoritatively, that Bobby is back, better, fresher and ready to do what he knows how to do best. ,
Last month, he was spotted at the 50th birthday gig for Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), at the Household of God, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos. Though looking slimmer Bobby was on the quiet side all through the event. can also confirm to you that Bobby has now resumed work. He was spotted couple of days ago leaving his Allen branch where he went for his inspection. Bobby will be unveiling fresh new things in the next couple of weeks. Let’s keep our finger crossed, as we wait for the best from him.


The 29-year-old singer announced at last night's MTV VMA Awards that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first child together.
And today her former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland came forward to publicly congratulate her friend.
She told America's People magazine: 'I have known for quite a while, and she's happy, and Jay is happy, and that's all that counts.
'I think she'll be an incredible mother, because she's always been motherly. I think that she takes after so many traits from her mother. And I just think it's going to be so natural for her. Its natural for her now!'
Last night Beyoncé debuted her baby bump in an orange Lanvin gown and told the assembled press: 'I have a surprise!'
And the singer didn't let her pregnancy prevent her from bringing the house down with an energetic performance.
She cheered on Jay-Z, who performed new single Otis with Kanye West, before taking to the stage herself.
Arriving onstage in a purple glittery blazer and black trousers by Dolce & Gabbana, the mother-to-be said: 'I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me.'
After a fabulous performance of Love On Top that attracted a standing ovation from the audience, Beyoncé ripped open her jacket and proudly rubbed her baby bump.
Beyoncé performed at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on August 14, and covered up her stomach with a sheath of fabric that draped lightly across her protruding bump.
Beyoncé, who has won 16 Grammy awards, said in a recent interview that she feels she has achieved enough in her career to settle down and make family a priority.
'When you're young - 18 or 19 - you have the energy and drive. That's the time to work as hard as you can,' she told the September issue of In Style.
'Now I'm a woman, and because I gave it my all, I can focus on my marriage.
'I can decide I want to have kids. I can be the mother I want to be and dedicate myself to my children.'
Beyoncé married rapper Jay-Z on September 4, 2008 in New York

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Airbrush Makeup is the High definition technology in Makeup Artistry which has improved from time-to-time. Unlike traditional makeup (where you rub into your skin), airbrushing sprays a fine mist of special light water-based foundation on you, so the makeup “sits evenly” on your skin.
Although the Airbrushing is not a new invention however in Nigeria, not much is known of this ‘wonder of Makeup technology’ called Airbrushing in Nigeria, hence OJULOGE is proud to be the pioneer of this great technology in Nigeria.
Ojuloge Arts Beauty World is a Makeover, Beauty and Event Management Company, with core competence in skill acquisition and youth development. Ponmile Funsho-Adebayo, the CEO of Ojuloge Arts Beauty World commenced her makeover operation in 2008 and has been consistent since then.
And according to Ponmile, her quest for the best when it comes to fashion and makeup made her to go learn the arts and skills in Airbrushing.
“As an artist, my first encounter with Airbrush was at the University of Ife in the year 1995, when one of my senior colleagues (now a lecturer) in the Fine Arts Department used it to make customized cards used to make different stencils and sprayed inks on the cards. My love for this ART made me attach myself to this senior colleague, and who informally enrolled me as an apprentice under him, using Airbrush gun to make cards, wall papers, temporary tattoos etc. And we did make a lot of money…LOL!
However, my quest for the best when it comes to fashion and Makeup, and especially Airbrush makeup made me go for many international trainings in the USA to learn the Arts and Skill in Airbrushing. Some of the places where I have learnt Airbrushing Makeup in the USA are AirMakeup in Blackwood New Jersey and Divine Creations (Makeup & Hair) in Maryland USA.
My dream is to take the Nigerian Home videos to the international standard in the aspect of Makeup, and this is one step towards that. It hurts me when I see a good script, good directors and cast, but bad costume and Makeup to reflect and translate the script. My dream is to bring this to reality…making Nollywood stand out in the international market in Makeup and Costume”.
Airbrushing is used for regular makeup e.g. Bridal Makeup, Theatrical makeup (Creating Creatures, monsters, forms etc), prosthetic makeup, Fantasy makeup for fashion shows etc, temporary tattoo making, face and body painting etc. The use of this technique is endless.


Maureen Onigbanjo fashion designer of many years is finally set to open her fashion academy in Ikeja(Lagos). The amiable and very talented designer has over the years garnered many prestigious accolades for her brilliance, including the Iya Oge Fashion Award 1986, Afprint Designer of the Year 1985 and Silverbird Award 2003, amongst others. She now has added an academy to her formidable achievements which is inside Maufechi House, a five storey edifice which also contains a large factory, a sprawling show room and offices.
According to Maureen Onigbanjo, setting up a formal fashion school was born out of necessity. “It had actually been at the back of my mind for a very long time. Over the years, I had always had very short workshop for some of my clients who would want to know how they could make this or that. A lot of people wanted to train under me, but it was difficult to find the time. I realized that there were actually a lot of people, especially women interested in doing this. I was not in this property then and it was difficult making time to teach people as well as running the business. But I had always kept the idea in mind. So, anyway, it became more of a reality about three, four years ago when I decided I really had to do this, start a formal school, especially since by then I had the space to do it properly”.
The school will be kicking off in September and will be offering very comprehensive and wide range tutoring. The full year programme offers subjects like fashion journalism, evolution and history of fashion, English & French, pattern drawing, fashion marketing, costume design, color theory etc.


Sibling rivalry is sure to have raised its head at some point last night when Venus and Serena Williams attended a party in New York. The tennis playing sisters were in the Big Apple for a party to celebrate their appearance on the cover of Hamptons magazine.
But Serena, the younger of the duo, appeared to have decided that her outfit would be the polar opposite of the subtlety evoked by the upmarket publication - overshadowing her sister's understated wardrobe choice.
Serena, who turns 30 next month, wore an ultra-tight, low-cut sheer outfit that clung to her every curve accentuating her infamous rear.
As well as the outrageous black catsuit she wore, Serena also made sure her hair was just as attention-grabbing. Her locks were styled in a similar manner to Rihanna's earlier this year, big and curly.
Meanwhile, older sister Venus remained demure in a sensible multi-coloured dress and gold shoes. She looked great, but was overshadowed by her younger sister's daring and slightly inconsiderate mode of dress.
Perhaps the sisters should have a pre-night out chat about the outfits they were going to wear in order to avoid such a situation.


Despite all odds, Nollywod actress, Mercy Johnson weds at last. She got married today to her heartthrob Prince Odianosen Okojie at the Christ Embassy, HQ, Lagos with Pastor Tom as the officiating minister. The guests were treated to a grand reception afterwards at the 10 Degree Event Centre, Oregun, Lagos.
Mercy’s dress had a sweetheart neckline, a-line silhouette with a dramatic cathedral length train; she completed her look with a lace bolero, glittering necklace and cathedral length veil.
Ghana actress, Yvonne Nelson played the role of the Chief bridesmaid, while her Bridal train includes, Waje, Empress Njamah, Chika Ike, Queen Nwokoye and Goldie.
The wedding reception was compered by top comedian, AY while Godbless Band and the Navy Band were on band stand to entertain the guests.
No doubt, her wedding has been recorded as one of the best in recent times. It was well planned and also well attended. Some of the celebs who graced the occasion were; Genevieve Nnaji, Emeka Ike, Jim Iyke, Segun Arinze, Keneth Okonkwo, Patience Ozonkwo, Chinedu Ikedieze, Majid Mitchel, Francis Duru, Speaker, , DJ Jimmy Jatt, Mike Ezunronye amongst others

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Lagos Island has always been a high point for a lot of activities, like high profile parties, clubbing and other social events. Year in year out, there has been influx of babes who throng these events. They are of always the cynosure of all eyes, they make parties tick. Even though they are very sociable, they are also well grounded in their chosen career. Most actually runs some of the hottest outfit on the Island, while some of them work with top notch company. While most of them live on the island, others build the island as a converging point, where they meet with people who are relevant in their everyday life be it business or pleasure. In this report, BOLA AKINBOADE brings to the new island big babes that runs things there.

Jasmine Murray Bruce is the only daughter of Ben Murray Bruce, founder and chairman of the Silverbird Group, a big name in the Nigeria entertainment industry. She is also the CEO of Monae Spa, located inside the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island. Though the spa is relatively new, it’s fast becoming one of the hottest spas on the Island presently as it now attracts a lot of celebrities. Her beauty outfit, Monae salon and spa is a special kind of spa, it’s a sanctuary of luxury designed to rejuvenate the body, strengthen spirit and gently eliminate stress. Apart from running a spa on the island, she is also currently working with the Silverbird TV. No doubt, she had been influenced by her father’s success in broadcasting and the entertainment industry, and that might explain where she is also towing the path of her father. Jasmine is a graduate of Chapman University in Orange Country with a B.A in Communication. She also aspired to work in a broadcast media as a host/presenter and look forward to a successful career in entertainment. And this epitome of beauty made her first showbiz appearance last year when she compered the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, which took place at the Concorde Hotel in Owerri, Imo State with the popular TV presenter, IK Osakioduwa. Though it was first time, more of an experimental one, she however registered her presence with her stunning look and lovely figure.

Stunning looking Elfreda Edewor, runs a PR outfit, ORCHARD. She is known for her high network clients and has also handled a lot of high profile job. She also sells luxury wrist watches to her high net worth male clients.
She is one of the most influential babes on the Island, as she is also highly connected.
Recently, she joined forces with her friend, Louise Priddy to launch the Kristos brand, which is also a luxury accessory line. Freda, has she is fondly called, is not only about business, as she always love to have fun by hanging out on the Island where she also resides, though she is always in the company of her friends most of the time.

Funke Fowler runs one of the hottest fashion boutiques on the Island, Leila Fowler. She is from the popular Fowler family as her mum, Vivian Fowler also runs one of the hottest primary and secondary school in Lagos. Funke, who had an Econonics degree from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from the American Intercontinental University, Atlanta, actually started her boutique two years ago upon her return to Nigeria. The boutique has grown to become a household name even within the short period of time. She clothes a lot of the Island big babes. And because of her amiable personality, she is always invited to a lot of high profile events in town.

Georgina Eku Edewor’s profile has been on the rise ever since she was introduced into the Nigerian scene as one of Studio 53 Extra presenter. Eku who is a graduate of New York Film Academy hosts a new show on Studio 53 Extra, the new exciting African entertainment show, which focuses on bringing all the hottest gossip and entertainment news from African continent and abroad. It's all about glitz, glam and gist. And ever since then, this light skinned complexion babes has also become one of the regular faces at some of the high profile events on the Island.

Ene Maya Lawani is the longest Miss Nigeria in the country, having won in 2004. She reigned until 2010 when a new queen was crowned.
Though she has been off the scene for years, she has been back and has also become the toast of a lot of A-Class events. Apart from her stunning look, Ene is also very stylish, easy going and down-to-heart personality. Few months ago, she clinched a deal with Ruth Obih, a lawyer turned designer and the brain behind Tunics by Ruru, as she became the Face of the brand. She is now the principal model for the brand as well as brand ambassador.

She is the eldest daughter of Olorogun Oscar Ibru, from the Ibru Dynasty. She is blessed with an adventurous spirit, dedicating her time to her work is topmost in her mind. The bevy of beauty, who runs Oskart LCC, an Atlanta-based entertainment company, is doing well in show biz and her father is happy with her. She is presently planning to host a show tagged ‘Sounds of Nigeria,’ which will feature top Nigerian artistes in Atlanta, Georgia. But as much as she loves good life, she has not been romantically linked with any guy. She has also become one of the regular faces on the Island in recent times as she is always stepping out at most of the A-class event looking gorgeous.

Pretty looking Dolapo Oni is one of the presenter at Studio 53, Victoria Island, Lagos. She was trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in the UK. Her profile has been on the rise, since she joined the studio 53 team. She is blessed with striking features that will make any man’s heart beat faster. She is also very stylish too. U

Ugonna Omeruo is one of the new breed of Island big girls. She lives and run her fashion designing outfit, House of Nwocha on the Island. Ugonna Omeruo is known for her fierce red carpet style. Ugonna is just a darling and every of her collections has been a great scent of attraction to all lovers of high street fashion. She is also a living advertisement of her work as she is a cynosure of all eyes at any event she stepped into. She is always well on point. Ugonna launched her fashion business in 2006 and she has not done bad at all with her business.

Zara Okpara belongs to the league of the new Island big babes. Zara who is in her twenties acts as the public relation manager for Jewel by Lisa, the award winning outfit established by Lisa Folawiyo five years ago. One thing you cannot take away from Zara is her love for fashion and its intricacies. She is also a red carpet delight any day any time, as she evidently practices what she preaches, her style is simple and elegant . And her meek and humble nature has endeared her to a lot of celebrities who rely on her expertise.

Bridget Awosika was born in Washington DC. At the age of ten, it became apparent that she would purse a career in Fashion design as she displayed more appreciation towards sketching, collecting fabrics, art and hand sewing than anything else. Realizing that she would want to design womenswear/menswear professionally and ultimately run it as a successful business, Bridget attended Howard University in DC and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Management.She later proceeded on into New York City, where she attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design to work on her following degree in Fashion Design.. She came back into the country couple of years back to establish her fashion label which is making waves on the Island now. Bridget is also sociable and a living advertisement of her designs which are simply breathtaking.

Adaure Achumba is another regular face on the Island. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina- School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has previously worked as an Intern Assignment Editor at the CNN bureau in Los Angeles. She also used to present the morning show on Silverbird TV, which gave her so much prominence on the Nigerian scene. She had since left to join the Studio 53 team as their presenter. Adaure is also very sociable, which might explain why she get invited to the major events on the Island.

The light skinned complexion lady is the CEO of Nena Kal Hunter, one of the hottest milliner outfits on the island. She also has her hand in other things like interior decoration, home furnishing, hotel furnishing and corporate furnishing. She also launched her bags range last year which is also doing so well in the market

Ugoma Adegoke , is a former London Financier, Economist and Lagos fashionista. She is one of the latest entrants in the fashion industry and within that short period of time, her label has become a household name. Zebra Living is more than just a fashion label, it's a stylish and sophisticated brand and a lifestyle choice. The Zebra fashion brand is creative mix of love, passion and afrocentricity and each item of Zebra Living clothing produced and sold triggers a unique and exquisite fashion experience for the discerning women who wear the label. Offering ethically produced and on-trend pieces, Zebra Living offers the closest thing to the West's high street culture right here in Nigeria. Proudly Nigerian, and with a growing clientele base in West Africa, Europe and North America, Zebra Living offers women of all sizes, races and ages unique and affordable readymade fashion pieces produced to the highest quality. Zebra Living has organically evolved to what most women consider the ultimate one-stop shop for all things stylish and sophisticated, from fashion to interior décor, from wellness to travel, from events to popular culture...and the new Zebra flagship boutique is positively bursting from the seams with the label's fashion treasures.

Jennifer Obayuwana is the daughter of John Obayuwana, the Polo boss. She is one of the best dressed upwardly mobile ladies in this part of town. She has done so well for herself and having successfully steered the affairs of Polo, where she is an executive director. She is also one of the hot staple on the Lagos Island social scene, and she has always been a regular faces at most of these high profile events. She is also an expert in wooing people with her powerful dress sense.

Tayo Shonekan belongs to the new league of the Island big babes. She owns a fashion label called Aimas that specializes in handmade customized t-shirts, bags and accessories. She also work as a fashion stylist for various publications and clients. b g CHIDYNMA OKEBALAMAChidynma Okebalama is another young, fresh, and vibrant female artiste in the music industry. She has performed at numerous high profile events around the country ranging from performing at Bella Adenuga’s wedding, to the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant 2010, Dele Momodu 50th Birthday party amongst others. Chidynma also referred to as D’Voice first made her presence known in the Nigerian entertainment industry in 2008 where she performed alongside multiple award winning recording artist, Banky W, during the Nigerian reunion in Maryland, USA. The graduate of Electrical Engineering, North Eastern University, America took a break after couple of years as a System Engineer in the USA to follow her heart and pursue her music career. She also recently relocated to Nigeria to continue her music career and has not done bad at all. Since she has been back, she has been hard at work recording with likes of Don Jazzy, Sam Klef, Hakym and others

Delta born Tessy is a lawyer; she works with the Department of petroleum resources and is a single mother of one. The very stylish and intelligent lady just finished a Masters Degree Programme in Scotland and passed with distinctions. She is very vast in oil and gas. Tessy lives in Dolphin estate and drives a Sportage. The beautiful and classy babe is a friend to Quenn Ayua and Mimi Atedze and they rock the Island together.

She is the daughter of Professor Ignatius Ayua, the former Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General of the federation. Her dad is also a lawyer and she works wit the Department of petroleum resources, the very beautiful Benue babe is married and looks like a model. Queen lives in Lekki Phase 1 and drives a C-Class Mercedes Benz.

She is the information and protocol officer for Benue state government in Lagos; she is a journalist as well as a blogger of the Fabmimi fame. She once worked as the Permanent Assistant to the first female speaker in Benue State and was a power broker and was very popular in the state. She’s married to a Customs officer and is very close to influential people in the state. Her height stands her out amongst her peers. She’s blessed wit an amazing height and a killing figure. She drives a C-class Coupe.

She is the daughter of Globacom topshot, Niyi Adewunmi. She also runs one of the hottest beauty parlor on the island, Touch of Glamour. The stunning looking ebony looking lady walk down last year with her beau, Tayo Laditi in a very superlative wedding ceremony. Sola steps out at most of the A-class events in the company of her sister and cousin. She is always on point when it comes to her dress sense and she has the perfect figure to compliment any thing she wears on her body.

Funke Ogunde is one of the designers creating a buzz in the Nigerian Fashion industry. Her outfit, Phunk Afrique is making waves on the Island right now as she clothes the new stylish babes on the island. Her clothes which are inspired by “A woman’s body” gives her a touch of simplicity with a little chic, retro and elegant feel to it complimented with Afro diffusion. She’s one of the stylish ladies who always ‘wow’ with her stunning outfits.

Lara Rawa was one of those who call the shot in the Anabel Mobile Company before she left to float her own event company also located at the Ikoyi axis of Lagos. The outfit that she started last year had handled a couple of high profile jobs even within that short time. She is also very sociable and have a lovable personality. She always rocks any event she is being sighted.

The pretty lady with twinkling eyes and ever rosy cheeks is friends with Louise Priddy, the Bacchus nite club owner. Lade is a financial banker and has got men eating out of her hands and gap toothed smiles is always so endearing.


The Redeemed Christian of God(RCCG) has added 6,000 provinces to its existing one. The ministry headed by amiable preacher, Pastor E.A Adeboye, effected the creation of these provinces at its just concluded annual convention at the Redemption camp, Lagos- Ibadan , Expressway, Ogun State.
The newly created provinces will reported directly to the General Overseer and they will be planted in countries of Europe and America. Pastor Adeboye will monitor the growth of these provinces till 2011 when it must have reproduced many parishes around the world. The parishes that will come of those provinces will, no doubt, add to the fast growing number of the Redeemed churches around the world.


Ebony skinned artiste, Nikki Laoye is not in a joyous mood at the moment. The sonorous singer lost her father Prince Olushola Isaac Laoye on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 on their way to a Lagos hospital, shortly after he developed some slight complication in the early hours of the day. Pa Laoye was buried on Friday, August 19, 2011 after a funeral service at Okota Baptist Church, Okota, Isolo, Lagos.
Nikki’s colleagues and friends are right now rallying round her; consoling and comforting her. gathered that Pa Laoye had a protracted ill health though he wasn’t bedridden. He was placed on medication for sometime because it was liver problem. He died few minutes to his 60th birthday, ten minutes to midnight on August 3, 2011. May his soul rest in peace!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


The President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote may have lost over 89 trucks in a bloody class in Tse-Kucha, Gboko LGA, Benue State just in one day. But authorities of the conglomerate insist they wont say anything about their monumental loss which is put at over N700 million..
Sources revealed that trouble started between a Hausa man(Suleiman) and a Tiv(Kwaghkule). The latter who sells diesel around the company claimed that the former owed him for a long time and refused to pay up the debt. During an argument that ensued, Suleiman was said to have stabbed Kwaghkule. We also learnt that Kwaghkule’s kinsmen were attracted to the scene of the incident. 89 of Dangote’s truck were burnt during this crisis.
The burnt trucks were said to have been waiting to be loaded with bags of cement before the arson.


Ololade Fanimokun, the brain behind Facetalk Makeover Studio, is hosting a 1 week & 1 day workshop tagged POISE & ELEGANCE. This PROFESSIONAL/PERSONAL MAKE UP WORKSHOP brings an interestingly innovative twist to the Art of Beauty.
The workshop is for every woman desiring to step up her CLASS and also an Empowering platform for Entrepreneurs (the 1 week pro class).

As the theme implies, participants should be ready for a detailed Poise and Makeup class from leading experts in the field, in the most relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

- Makeup, Headgear, Skincare, Lash Fixing, Tweezing & all you need to know about the art
- 1ST 10 Ladies get a FREE BRUSH SET
- One on One session during practical.
- 2 tea breaks and a fully served buffet lunch
- A friendly and relaxed learning environment
- Goody bags for participants
- Follow up after the event

Poise by Yetunde Bankole Bernard (Managing Partner)

Make Up (Business Ethics) by Adenike Ogungbe

When: Saturday, September 10, 2011

Where: Crockpot hall, Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja,Lagos

Time: 10am-5pm

Course Fees: N10,000. (The 1week pro class is #40,000, which includes participation for the POISE & ELEGANCE CLASS)

Who Should Attend: A must attend for every Woman!

Limited spaces available!!! Registration process below:

Step 1: Book now by texting your full name to our SMS hotline -
080 2346 5653 to hold your reservation

Step 2: A confirmatory SMS will be sent to you, confirming your booking

Step 3: Payments should be made on or before the 2nd of September, 2011. This will enable us prepare our participants customized training materials & Certificates.

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Ruff ‘n’ Tumble is Nigeria’s foremost integrated manufacturer and retailer of children’s apparels with outlets, bearing its own brand name, as well as other brands. The outfit, owned by Mrs. Nike Ogunlesi, has grown into a household name, both locally and internationally in just a decade. Recently, she took her business to another level, when she opened two new outlets at the Genesis Centre in Port Harcourt and Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere, Lagos. Plans are also on to expand to Ibadan. She also introduced two new brands, Naija Boyz and Trendz Setter to her Ruff n Tumble line. This brand is to cater for 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 trend setting NaijaBoysZ look. For the young female adults, from the age of 8 to 16 years, Ruff’n’Tumble has created the trend setters collection. This collection is creative, fun and very detailed. It allows for the individual expression of personal style. Recently BOLA AKINBOADE met with Mrs Nike Ogunlesi and she opened up on 10 years of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble plus why she created a new brand.

Bola Akinboade(B.A):You seem to have conquered the world of children clothing in 10 years; what is the next stage?
Nike Ogunlesi(N.O):We are already at the next level that is why we are expanding; we are easily accessible now. We have outlets in Surulere, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ikeja, Ikoyi. I just got an offer for a mall in Ibadan. The strategy is to move it into the major malls that are coming up in the different areas, so that the brand can be more readily accessible.

B.A: What are the challenges you have been faced with in 10 years?
N.O: The challenges are no different from what everybody is facing; power supply, ever increasing cost and overheads, so you have to do more numbers to be able to cover the overheads. We also got the human resource challenge, where the people who are coming out of school don’t have the real education and what they bring into the work place is very little. So you have to train people regularly and it's at a cost. But we keep doing that. The challenges of too many government taxes; local government, state, federal government and other levies. All these things have to come out of the business one way or the other. The biggest challenge that I found out however, is that government policy is not supporting SME and something has to be done. Government has to put something in place to support SME because the backbone of any economy that has grown in the world has grown off from small businesses - people daring to start something, believing in their dream and believing that they can make something out of it. So there has to be conscious policy on the part of the government to ensure that there is support for those businesses, in terms of finance, structure and all kind of things

B.A: What would you say has changed with your brand over the years?
N.O: We have grown from just creatively clothing children and have grown into a lifestyle brand. And I think that is what we are, because we can get the socks, the jacket, swim wear, T-shirts, shorts, trousers, shirts and accessories. So you want to come into Ruff and Tumble, it’s a lifetime expression. I want to look like this, I want my children to look like this, I think that is what Ruff and Tumble is now all about. If you walk into the Ruff and Tumble, you will be guaranteed that whatever your children clothing need is, it will be met, because our age range is from 3 months to 16 years, boys and girls.
The thing about our brand is that we try and solve children clothing needs. We are not a store that you go to and find a bit of this or that, incomplete, no. If you walk into Ruff and Tumble and you are looking for a suit for example, we have suits from 12 months to 15 years. So you are guaranteed to find whatever you are looking for children at Ruff and Tumble.

B.A:Ruff ‘n’ Tumble is a household name, so why the need to create a new line -Naija Boyz and Trendz Setter?
N.O:One of the things that had helped our brand is the fact that we always move with the global trends. And from what we discovered over the years, they like to be fashionable and trendy. The trends are international for the children as they are for the adult. Because today’s child is watching MT V, Channel O, they are on Twitter, they are on Facebook, so the young Nigeria adult is very much in-tune with what is happening internationally, and therefore they want to dress like that and this collection allows them to do just that. They want to stand among their peers and think they are well dressed. These are things that we found from talking to the young adults, because they don’t like to be called children. They like to be called young adult. The collection is meant to help them enhance their own personal sense of style. For the boys, we have slim fit trousers, ultra skin trousers, so you can mix and match the whole collection to create a personal sense of style. It’s easy, there are details, it’s colourful. And we are saying it’s fresh, come to Ruff and Tumble, rewrite the rule and be a trend setter and I think that is the message of this collection -The Naija boyz collection.
For the girls, we are calling girls, the female young adults; they don’t like to be called children too. We are calling them Trendz Setter and the collection is influenced by a more matured sense of style, but tone down a bit because with young adults, you have to be careful, so they don’t come across as been tacky. You have to be very careful with the way you put the things together. But again, its coluorful and its fresh. Some of it are beaded, some come in silk, cotton, organza; it’s a whole mixture of beautiful fabrics, that has a wonderful feel and still friendly to the environment, which we live, because it’s hot here. The important thing is that it’s very useful. Again the dynamics of the collection allows you to mix and match freely, building your own personal sense of style. I think that is the message we want to send to young adult. We don’t necessarily want them all looking the same, we want to take the sense of what Ruff and Tumble is about, and interpret it to create a personal sense of style.

B.A: But why the need to create a separation between the boys and the girls, since they are within the same age bracket?
N.O: You don’t want to put the same label with the boys and the girls. The boys are very delicate. What we discovered is that they need their own brand that stands alone and that is what Naija Boyz is. The are assertive, they know what they want. They have a strong sense of style because they are in touch on twitter, on facebook, they know what Justin Timberlake wore at which concert; Akon, Usher, they see the way those people look and some of them just want to be miniature of those guys. So we have got the waist coat, the hat, slim tie, slim fit pants and slim fit shirts. So if you want to look like that, Ruff and Tumble got it. For the girls, its Trendz setter.

B.A: Ruff ‘n’ Tumble is perceived as a premium brand and most people believe it is a very expensive brand
N.O: Why we have put a lot of structure in place and a lot of energy building a brand that stands apart in the industry, it doesn’t mean we are unaffordable. Our prices start from N1,950, for 100% cotton T-Shirts, and I don’t think that is expensive; I think that is very reasonable. But what we are saying to our customers is, we know there is an economic crunch; we have made every effort to work on the prices, to give our customers as much value as we can for what they are spending. It’s a brand for anyone and we don’t discriminate.

B.A: Do you produce here or abroad? Are they made in Nigeria?
N.O: Not everything is 100% made in Nigeria. But the important thing for us is that we carry our home made brand along with other brands. Now, if you can’t wear our outfit and you can tell the difference, who cares where it was made. For me, there is already a major achievement; the brand can sit along major international brands and nobody can’t tell the difference. You know a lot of people have this believe that most people take their fabric to China, mass produce and still come home and tagged it “Made in Nigeria.” The garment industry is very dynamic, and we can’t operate outside what happens in the global context. Really, truly and honestly, it’s cheaper to produce anything in China. If you have the volumes, it’s easier to produce everything in China because you can’t compete with them. Until we set up industrial trade pact, where you can rent space and you are not carrying the overhead of a factory, then we will be able to compete with China.
So what have we done? This is what we know we can do it well, we can't do it to the best of any international standard, so that when you pick up this garment, it is not where it is made, it's wow, this is amazing. I want to buy this. That is what is important. Why we are proud is that even though there is a negative feeling on things that comes out of Nigeria, I think also, we should give ourselves a bit more credit. We should believe more in ourselves and our own capability. All our clothes have a label inside of it that says proudly made in Nigeria. So what we make and sell is comparable to anything that is made anywhere else in Nigeria. We don’t cut out labels and put our own in it; we don’t do things like that because for us, integrity is one of the core value of this organization, and once you start doing that, you are already sending a wrong message to your staffs. But what we make, we can stand proudly anywhere and say we made it. And we are all Nigerians; there is no non-Nigerians working in this organization.

B.A: Are you planning going to have franchise that will carry your label in line with your expansion strategy?
N.O: At the moment, no. We want to run our own stores. And we have put a lot of energy into building structures and we want to do that on a solid platform before we expand into that.

B.A:Now that you have different stores every where, how do you manage the activities that go on in those branches?
N.O: We have a very clear mission and vision, we have good structure. We have department heads, and we spend a lot of time, money and energy in putting structures in place, because you cannot do those things without structures. So with that, I don’t see why we can’t achieve it.


They may have denied reports that they have split but the marriage of Will Smith and wife Jada is apparently in trouble. A source close to the couple told gossip website that the pair have decided to go away with their children on a family holiday before deciding what to do, but the prospect of a split in the near future is 'definitely a possibility'.
The couple were yesterday forced to deny rumours they had ended their 13-year marriage. The Men In Black star released a statement to the press via his publicist after a report in America's In Touch Weekly magazine first published the break-up claims.
It read: 'Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumours circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact.'
Will's statement came several hours after Jada denied having an affair with her Hawthorne co-star, Marc Anthony.
'All the rumours regarding Marc Anthony and Jada are false. Completely untrue,' Jada's spokesperson, Karynne Tencer, said. 'As for [the reports of a split between] Will and Jada, I'm not commenting on their personal life.'
According to reports, the couple have now got their legal team involved and are deciding what course of action to take.
Will's son was the first to defend the Hollywood power couple, who married in 1997.
Trey Smith, 18, who is the actor's child from his first marriage, tweeted today: 'Will and Jada getting a DIVORCE .. NOT TRUE AT ALL !!'
He later added: Did Will and Jada split? No they did NOT split ! False information ..its not true RETWEET!!!'
The pair, who earned £20million between them last year alone, have two children together - Jaden, 13, and Willow, ten.
Will, 42, has been divorced before. He split from Trey's mother - former fashion design student Sheree Zampino in 1995 - after three years together.
Will and Jada first met in 1990 when she auditioned for the his girlfriend on his hit TV show, The Fresh Prince. She was rejected for the part because she was considered too short.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Style changes as a woman grow older. Effortless style evolves with the changes in the body and lifestyle. Getting older and looking great while getting there does not have to be a challenge. You can dress your age without over doing it.
There are so many different styles available for women over the age of 30 and above. When you are beyond 20, you simply cannot dress like a teenager anymore. We should look fierce and flattering as we get older.
This is not to say that once you hit the big 3-0 or 4-0 your fashion sense has to metamorphosized into that of your Mother's.
Fashion can be fun at any age, and as long as you know how to get it right and present your best self to the world around you. Like it or not, people judge you most on your appearance, so let's give the best impression we can.
In this report, BOLA AKINBOADE presents to you guidelines for dressing most appropriately for your age and to avoid the fashion age blunder.

Your twenties are a time for defining your fashion sense. This is a decade where following many of the trends is most acceptable, since the fashion industry is directed mostly to your generation. Wear what you love, and if you feel great in it, take note. This could give you much insight that will guide you throughout your fashion timeline.
In your teens you desired to make really bold statements and to separate yourself from the masses. You are also not afraid to take risks.
People expected you to do crazy things. Many of those risks might still be on your agenda in your twenties, but you need to become a little more modest, especially if you have to consider the workplace.
Experiment and find what you feel most comfortable in. some of those fashion suitable include ; animal prints, brightly colored tights, large headbands, flowing fabrics, tailored trousers, polo shirts, pencil skirts amongst others.
If you don’t feel so sure about your figure, go for solid colors and a very classic silhouette, not necessarily the tight jeans, but maybe a pair of black stretch pants or younger fitted trousers; not too tight, not too baggy.
You can add chunky jewelry to a very flirty young dress, whether it’s floral print or a tube, or you can contrast an adult, sophisticated fabric like lace or heavy brocade with a silhouette that is really young, such as evening baby-doll dresses (if you’re tall).
You should be able to look fresh and sophisticated when you slip into something special for an exclusive night time event. Strapless dress, spaghetti straps and off-the-shoulder dress will do justice at such events.

The twenty-something rules still apply. If your figure starts to head south, maybe after you’ve had a couple of kids, wear blousier but not baggy silhouettes.
Everything is toned down a notch this decade. If you loved big, graphic designs in your 20s, in your 30s-wear the same patterns, but instead of wearing it in the form a dress, try it in a top, in a headband, and the likes. If you wore preppy chic pieces in your twenties, keep it up. Just add a few A-line skirts with your collared tops, and invest in some short sleeved blouses that fit you fabulously. Don't button your tops to your neckline, and be sure to pick pieces fit to your body type.
Don't rely on low cut tops and form fitted dresses this decade; this is the decade to celebrate your subtle sexiness.
Wear jeans and pants that are tailored, and tops that won't ride up when you bend over.
With extra curves you don’t want to wear anything that is too tight or fabrics that are too thin. Go for monochromatic separates that will give you clean and classic lines that can never be ruined.
The goal is not to look OLDER than you did ten years ago. It is to look more polished, more aware of yourself, more confident

Women are celebrated and admired at this age, and no longer regarded as approaching the golden years. There’s a fair chance you now have that area of the tummy that you’re very conscious of the kangaroo pouch that just won’t disappear. However, this can be redeemed by finding a great jacket.
This is not the time to hang up your style and bring out the mom jeans! The styles you have always loved can be updated and freshened to reflect your new sense of self. The key to looking your best in your 40s is all about fit- tailor dresses.
If you love black, by all means add it to your wardrobe-None can match it in sophistication. But if simple black bores you, jewel tones look great on practically every skin tone, and chocolate brown with cream is a lovely combo as well.
Wide legged trousers should be a staple in your wardrobe at this age. If you have more hips than you did in your twenties, these are great at keeping that your secret. If you are on the thin side, they do a great job of giving you curves where you had none. Scarfs, tunics, and a new little black dress can do wonders too.
Things to avoid in your 40s include; low-rise jeans, leggings and anything too trendy.
Bottom line- when you are shopping, ask yourself- does this tell people that I am classy, sophisticated, and put together? Or does it scream desperate, in denial, or too revealing? Trying to dress like your 20 and 30 year old counterparts will not make people think you are 20 or 30. Embrace your growth, and celebrate that you are still around to strut your stuff!

By now you know your body and should have settled into it. Quite rightly, most women within this age bracket are not buying skins, leather catsuits, suede, because they either already own them or they simply think they’re out of their lane. And they’re not buying silk dresses that cling to their body. Instead, as the emphasis switches from sexy to sophisticated, they are much more into cotton and cashmere, as well as dresses that have beautiful lace embroidery and subtle beaded embellishments. Also, plain, satiny silk tops with a more casual trouser can still be very acceptable, giving you a hint of imagination.
Even if you still have the shape to go form-fitting, the textures of the pieces that you buy should be different.
Instead of showing cleavage, wear great body forms under boat neck tops, button-down shirts with the second button undone instead of the third, or lower scoop necks to expose collarbone and look sexier. The result is more of a silhouetted body. Even at this age, you want to be noticed and complimented without being compromised
Remember, fit and attitude play a big part. However, steer well clear of baggy pants up to the belly button, and also fitted, shiny, spandex leggings. They are just wrong in so many ways.


• Bride wore Vera Wang gown with full tulle skirt, basque waist and Chantilly lace appliqué
• Bridesmaids wore ivory gowns described as 'very Pippa'
• Celebrities among the 440 guests included Ryan Seacrest, Eva Longoria, Lindsay Lohan, Mel B and Avril Lavigne
• Tribute to Kim's late father Robert Kardashian in order of service
• Kourtney Kardashian has a near-stumble on the aisle while walking with her ring bearer son Mason
• Soul singer Robin Thicke sang for the newlyweds' first dance
• Wolfgang Puck's wedding breakfast included buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad, roast chicken and summer truffles, followed by a black and white chocolate and vanilla wedding cake

The world just got their first look inside Kim Kardashian‘s wedding, and judging by the E! footage, it was as over-the-top gorgeous as you pictured it to be.
With diamonds dripping from her tiara and a flowing white dress, Kim was stunning in her Vera Wang gown and smiled like the happiest bride in the world as she and Kris Humphries stood at the altar awaiting their nuptials. The aisle even had steps — a brave move for a high-heeled bride, but Kim made it all the way down with no issues thanks to stepdad Bruce Jenner on her arm
Kim’s nephew Mason was the adorable ring-bearer, and he won the crowd over after he dropped the pillow as he made his way down the aisle — but quickly recovered and completed his task.
After Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries said “I do,” the happy couple and their guests moved the festivities to another tent on the private Montecito, Calif., estate to party the night away — but not before a quick wardrobe change for the bride and groom. According to E! News, Kim swapped her Vera Wang wedding dress for an ivory mermaid gown with hand-pieced Chantilly lace on the bodice.
Once inside, the couple were introduced as “Mr. and Mrs. Humphries” by Robin Thicke where they shared their first dance to Thicke’s “Angels.”
Her stepfather Bruce Jenner gave a quick (and heartfelt) speech, toasting to the newlyweds: “Tonight is really about family— joining two families.” The best man and all the bridesmaids (including Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall) also gave speeches.
During the festivities, guests were served an array of elegant foods, from buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad with basil and “tomato chips” to agnolotti with sweet corn mascarpone and summer truffles, roast chicken with Yukon Gold potato puree, caramelized brussels sprouts and summer truffles.
So who was lucky enough to score an invite? Celebrity guests included Demi Lovato, Babyface, Vera Wang, Mario Lopez, Mark Ballas, Ciaro and Carmelo Anthony, Eva Longoria, and Eduardo Cruz, Alan Thicke, Maria Menounos, Sugar Ray Leonard, Kathy Lee Gifford, Brit Gastineau, Greta Van Sustren, Jillian Barberie, Brody Jenner and Avril Lavigne, Scottie and Larsa Pippen, and Dina, Ali and Lindsay Lohan.
After dinner and more dancing, Kim and Kris cut their multi-tiered chocolate-and-vanilla swirl cake studded with chocolate chips.





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