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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HAPPY MANY BIRTHDAYS TO KUNBI, INI & OJY!!!

KUNBI OYELESE
OJY OKPE
INI EDO
Birthday felicitations poured out in torrents for these gorgeous 3, as they all mark an additional year in their lives.

All 3 are ladies who have done very well for themselves in what they do. Olakunbi Oyelese one of the trio today clocked the big 30 and it was an outpouring of heartfelt birthday messages for the delightsome designer, who is the creative genius behind the fashion designing brand April by Kunbi. Truth be told, she's done really well with her label. The graduate of the world famous New York Fashion Institute of Technology is already being celebrated as one of the major generation next in the fashion world in Nigeria. 

Her clientele list keeps growing bigger and bigger by the day, with more celebrities and stars getting hooked. 

We particularly love the birthday message on her instagram page- ''How can I say Thanks for the things you have done for me, Things so undeserved. I have been sick, I have been heartbroken, I have been bereaved, but more than anything I have been Blessed! God has been soo good to me and he's not done with me yet. I 'm super grateful to be alive, celebrating my 30th!!''

I've been blessed with an amazing family and friends that have become sisters and brothers. No one reading this will be cut in the their youth in Jesus name. I want you all to be alive and well when I celebrate my 80th!

The 2nd person is none other than the gracious and gorgeous Ojy Okpe, former model extraordinaire and now wife and mother. Ojy still looks lithe and gorgeous any day. The only other Nigerian model to have gotten major international contract was discovered at the age of 17 years old. 

She's walked for such fashion giants like Ralph Lauren, Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana & Oscar De la Renta just to mention a few. She's a graduate of the St Johns University with a Bachelors in Science in Communications & a minor in Film Production. 

Ojy on her instagram page just exclaimed thus- Whipee!!! It's my birthday #jumping and #reaching the stars. 

The last but not the least of the trio is none other than one of the biggest names in the Nollywood Industry in Nigeria and by extension Africa- Ini Edo-Ehiagwina. The gorgeous & well respected thespian was born April 19, 1982, making her just 32 years old. The graduate of Theater Arts has done over a century of movies already and she's one of the highest paid also. 

So happyyyyyyyyyy birthday to all the 3 gorgeous ladies, many more eventful years ahead.

WHAT'S THE TRUTH ABOUT BOLAJI ESHO'S PRESENT DILEMMA?


For many that might not know him, Bolaji Esho is the boss of Eldorado and a well recognized socialite based in Lagos, who at a point in time when all was going on well for him was a free spender, known to many of the praise singing musicians who couldn't stop praising his name to high heavens. But like the good saying goes ''What goes up, must surely come down'' it's like the bubble has bust now and things are not as rosy as they used to be sometime back. Especially in the days of Eldorado at the Elegushi Beach, at the height of the Malaysian boys when money was flowing like a waterfall and those boys were looking for entertainment and where to spend it. We heard one of the best places to go to then was Eldorado because of the unbridled fun they used to provide. 

Now it's like Bolaji Esho is leaving on past glory. There are 2 major dilemmas our glorified socialite is said to be facing right now; Firstly allegation of fraud against him amounting to about N48 million. He was said to have been picked up by the SIB unit of the Police about a fortnight ago to come explain his involvement in the alleged scam. Apparently a Malaysia based business associate of Bolaji by name Samson Ajani, alleged that he had given Bolaji Esho N48 Million Naira to help build a farm in Epe since 2012, but as at 2014 which is 2 years after, only a fence is what is available on the so called farmland. Apparently wanting Bolaji to give him back the bulk of the millions not used has become a major problem. The way we see it, it might be very hard for this money to ever be recovered. After his arrest and him giving his statement, stating his own part of the story, we hear that was released on bail and the case would be coming up in the law court sometime soon.

While grappling with the first dilemma above, which we hear he is doing all his best to sweep under the carpet or make disappear, another problem is said to have cropped up. This second dilemma has to do with the birth of what is supposed to be his 2nd born, his first born were a set of twins. 

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IME SUNDAY UDOKA GF/BABY MAMA GOES NAKED FOR ALLURE


Just in case you do not know we that is, it's the gloriously adorable Nia Long. This would be the 2nd time she would be exposing her adorable body for the work of art. First time was while she was heavily pregnant and now again for the annual Allure Nude stars Issue with some other stars. 

The 43 year old still looks stunning in her barest essentials and after 2 kids. On doing nude shoots- She says ''Posing nude is probably the most uncomfortable thing ever, and not from a spiritual sense'', ''I am still going naked. I can still take it off-Two babies later. The point is to capture the true essence of beauty in our most comfortable state-and that is nude. ''

JULIET IBRAHIM ON BUYING SPREE AT H&M IN AMSTERDAM




Gorgeous Ghanaian bombshell actress Juliet Ibrahim was recently in Amsterdam where she apparently went on a buying storm, it's like the Swedish multinational retail clothing brand H&M is one of her favourite place to shop, as she was seen carrying many bags of the brand on the street. 

Like the stars and others do she apparently posted her picture on instagram, drawing the irk of some of her fans who felt she was too big to shop at H&M. 

We don't understand what the fuss is anyway, is there anything wrong in being real?

PREMIERE OF KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR

 The movie 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' premiered to much fanfare on Good Friday in Lagos at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island.  The glitterati came out to support the movie which critics have been raving about as one of the best movies to be produced by Emem Isong so far.
 
Also co-producing was Ini Edo-Ehiagwina who also starred in the movie, as well as fellow actors Majid Michel, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Adesuwa Etomi and many more. To me this was a breakout role for the cool gentleman known as Blossom Chukwujekwu. His portrayal as Moses the emotionally damaged husband to Debbie (played by Adesua Etomi) was both chilling & brilliant. 
Beautifully acted. 
 
The very gorgeous Adesua Etomi was a breath of fresh air; fragile, sweet, and with the voice of an angel, she has raised the bar for newbies entering the industry. As for Majid…He makes you fall in love with love again. 
 
Ini Edo was also brilliant in the movie, acting a role that only Ini could have pulled off! Brilliant! 
 
Directing was by Desmond Elliot, who has proven critics & naysayers wrong by refusing to listen to their ramblings and just concentrate on getting better & better. 
 
The movie was executive produced by Achievas Entertainment and continues to screen in cinemas nationwide. 
 
Check out some red carpet photos.
 
Source: Bola Aduwo of Dreamflite P.R Services
Photos by Sola of Debbin Photos. 
 
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THE LAUNCH OF TOPE OLAGBEGI'S DESIGNS BY REHABIAH

TOPE OLAGBEGI & MOM
RONKE ADEMILUYI FOUNDER AFWL & AFWN

It was a fun, eclectic and gorgeous gathering at the launch of Designs by Rehabiah a couple of weeks ago on the Island at the fashion house flagship on Durosinmi Etti Street, Lekki Phase 1. For those who might not know, the label caters to the the fun loving, the very stylish, the trendy, plus sized ladies. 


The creative Director like most people already know, is the very stylish Tope Olagbegi, who also owns the very successful Interior Decor brand Sixth Sense, known by everyone via their orange butterfly logo, that most people see emblazoned on the back of most cars around. 

Many of the guests and the media personalities that graced the occasion were overwhelmingly impressed by what they saw. Over 200 very trendy and stylish outfits, all very well finished and locally made to the best international standards that one can think of and strictly for the plus sized ladies. By plus sized we mean starting size is from 12 upwards. 

We were on ground to cover the very well attended occasion and we got the pictures for your viewing delight. Check them out.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FORMER BEAUTY QUEEN & NOW GORGEOUS MOTHER OF 4 ANITA ISEGHOHI DAZZLES ON THE COVER OF MONALISA MAGAZINE



At least with this super duper, gorgeous 2nd edition of the only super luxury Nigerian Lifestyle magazine to date, that's Monalisa Magazine for you, it shows that the first edition was no fluke whatsoever. 


The gorgeous cover personality for this edition is none other than the supernaturally blessed (with beauty) ex-MBGN and now mother of 4 kids, Anita Queen Iseghohi. Just in case you are wondering why queen in the middle, it's because it is Anita's middle name and just so also you wondering why 4 kids? It's because she loves her husband's 1st son so much, she gladly calls him her son. 

The beautiful cover sees our ex-queen seated on her throne with her staff in her hand, very confidently so and still looking as delicious as ever in a very serious way. Anita Queen Uwagbale Iseghohi is still a delight any day and would still win many pageants hands down any day. This very well done cover also confirms it. 

This particular edition is not a world record 330 plus pages like the first edition which was deliberately done the way it was to pass across a message. The arrival of the game changer.

This edition is more luxurious by all standards, more compact at just over 200 pages and still delivers on the promises made with the first edition, colourful, fun to read and covering lifestyle. There are so many interesting features that would interest all comers; see Kenyan singing sensation Victoria Kimani on the pages, she has never looked so good like this before, we totally love her her obsession with gorgeous bags in one of the shoots.  We also love the focus on Doll House's 1st lady Jael Spooner, the gorgeous one, who helps to run one of the best lounge/night clubs in Lagos says successful women are her inspiration, her photo shoot is absolutely world class. 

IK Ogbonna is most definitely one of Nigeria's most handsome men, check him out on the fashion pages as he dazzled change after change. All of these and so many other very interesting features that's a must read for all, dots the magazine. 

So go grab your own copy now fast.

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Polo Avenue showcases the Spring/Summer 2014 collection of Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana


JENNIFER OBAYUWANA
RUTH OSIME & NKIRU ANUMUDU

 
NKIRU ANUMUDU & JENNIFER OBAYUWANA

JOHN OBAYUWANA, JENNIFER & GUEST

 
ENE LAWANI & JENNIFER OBAYUWANA
Lagos, Nigeria – On Sunday April 13th, Polo Avenue the multi-brand specialty luxury retailer in Victoria Island hosted a preview event showcasing the 2014 Spring/Summer collection of Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. The preview event was a gathering of top fashion editors, fashion elites and several HNI's in Lagos.  It was an opulent shopping affair where guests had the opportunity to get a first look and purchase the latest accessories, leather goods and shoes by Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.

The first of its kind in Lagos, the preview event’s guests included Nkiru Anumnudu, Ruth Osime, Grace Osime, Dimeji Alara, Lanre DaSilva, Bola Balogun, Chin Okeke and Elohor Aisien and many more. While shopping, guest sipped on champagne provided by Pernod Ricard, who sponsored the cocktails for the event. 

According to Jennifer Obayuwana, the Executive Director of Polo Avenue, “the essence of the preview event was to give our customers the opportunity to view and experience the newest collection in an intimate setting. This is part of our commitment at Polo Avenue to provide Nigerian luxury consumers an elevated luxury shopping experience that is unparalled in creativity and bravura”.

The Gucci S/S 2014 collection features fringes, tassels, and a use of bold colors such as royal purple, turquoise, metallic purple, and lipstick red. With the coveted item of the women’s collection being the Nouveau Leather Fringe Shoulder bag, which has double tassel with bamboo details. The collection provides the perfect insertion of color and buoyancy for any wardrobe. 

Stefano Gabbana described the Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2014 collection as a dream of Sicily. The collection is inspired by coinage, architecture, and sculptures. This is apparent in the leather goods and shoes with the use of coins and neutral mosaic colors. Also, within the collection are floral and crystal embellished leather goods and shoes in several colors. The collection features an array of selection for special occasions to everyday use. 

The Spring/Summer collection for Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana for both men and women are now available at Polo Avenue on 166 Ozumba Mbadiwe.  

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A STATE GOVERNOR'S BIRTHDAY PARTY OF UNBRIDLED FUN

To some being in a position of authority and influence only allows them to showcase the many hidden talents they have inside, forget the fact that when you see many of these people they pretend to be the epitome of all that's great, good and holy, while underground their heart is filled with debauchery, wantonness and everything that has to do with vice (impurity).

Just imagine this scenario, very recently a State Chief Executive added a year, good abi? Yes nothing wrong with that whatsoever. Why shouldn't one celebrate the grace of life? We most definitely do not have no problems whatsoever with that. To mark the day and date, a very exclusive party was organized for our State Oga. When Oga arrived at the party with his handpicked guests, as was expected nubile young damsels had been imported & arranged by the aides for their boss and his friends in bus loads and the partying began in earnest. 

So cool and high class was the party, that many of those around not needed or of any use at the occasion were first sent away, leaving just a few and then the lights were turned off, because like they said ''the big boys wanted to have fun'' and they didn't want prying eyes to see what they shouldn't see. The boss and his chosen one, a gorgeous young damsel, young enough to be his daughter started crooning love to each other, while having unbridled fun of all kinds. 

Do you know what must have gone down thereafter? We leave that to your very fertile imaginations!!!!!!

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR COVERS THE NEW EDITION OF MODE MEN MAGAZINE


The newest edition of Nigeria's own answer to the award winning GQ men Lifestyle magazine, Mode Men Magazine is out on the newsstand already. It is the 8th anniversary edition and the cover personality is none other than the incredibly talented Chiwetel Ejiofor, the world acclaimed thespian. 

The publishers of the magazine have tagged this edition ''The Film Issue'' as it covered a lot on the subject matter. This is most definitely one of the most defining moments in the history of the fantastic & handsome actor, getting good reviews for his talent and special recognition for his portrayals in Half of a Yellow Sun & 12 Years a Slave. 

Other features in the Magazine are, 30 inspiring People in Nollywood, 10 fastest rising stars of Nollywood, a special look at Nollywood and Bollywood- two of the biggest film industries in the world. Also this issue spotlights on some major personalities in the film world, the likes of Olu Jacobs, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Hrithik Roshan, Tolu Tadela & Toka McBaror. 

Other features are on health issues- How to eliminate body odour, 5 hidden Prostrate Cancer triggers, spring accents etc. 

It's most definitely a must have issue.

OBARO IBRU GOES GAGA BITES LIPS AND CAUSES FRACTURE. NOW IN HIDING

OBARO IBRU
LOUISE PRIDDY
What could have made a grown up, married man with kids bite a woman and especially going to the extent of causing a fraction and even biting? That's the question on the minds of everyone now. Why would someone who is a top management executive of a company even resort to messing up or fighting in public beats everyone's imagination. 


According to our findings, this particular incidence is one of many of similar ones that Obaro had been involved in before. What has only happened in this case is that his victim this time around is not a nobody or someone that can be easily cowed. So what really happened? 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

EX-BEAUTY QUEEN MUNACHI ABII CHANNELS MARILYN MONROE FOR HOUSE OF MALIQ NEW COVER


The new cover personality on the new edition of House of Maliq magazine is none other than ex-beauty queen turn rapstress Munachi Gail Teresa Abii Nwankwo, MBGN 2007. It's no more news that her choice of career after dropping the crown is music, rap to be more precise. 


The gorgeous ex-queen whose blue eyes can turn most things into ice and whose ''chestiscles'' are a vision to behold is still as gorgeous as they come, we think she would be one of the few queens who later in their years would still possess enduring gorgeousness and beauty. 

Here in the shoot for what House of Maliq publishers tagged 'vintage edition', she seem to be channeling Hollywood's icon Marilyn Monroe.  MM seem to be the icon everyone is channeling of late, check out the bare breasted ''Beyonce'' on the cover and shoot for Out Magazine. 

Supporting Munachi on the double cover is a stylist, publicist & entrepreneur- Ifan Ifeanyi Micheal.  According to the publishers of House of Maliq-We call this sophistication and sexiness. Ex-beauty queen turned rap artist Munachi Abii and trailblazing media creative fashion stylist, Publicist and Entrepreneur Ifan Ifeanyi Micheal Covers April 2014 edition of HOUSE OF MALIQ.

 This issue takes us into "The luxe World of Munachi Abii" who look flawless in a white Suchille jumpsuit, styled with a fed ful to top off her "diva" look.And, for those of us whose attention wasn't diverted elsewhere, it was her killer well styled signature blond hair  that really set our pulses racing . Just like a goddess ,her look was polished  off  and styled with classy dark makeup. 
 
Meanwhile on the reverse cover, Ifan Ifeanyi Michael who styled himself, along side Munachi's, look carefree and dapper in a luxury black suit by Mcmeka to give us the "mob boss" look!!
 
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UNPRECEDENTED PIZZAZZ & ZEST PERVADES AS KINABUTI HOSTS ALMI BESPOKE MILANO IN LAGOS

LADI BALOGUN & CATERINA OF KINABUTI
FRANCESCA, KOLA KARIM, CATERINA & GUEST
The venue of the exclusive shindig was the residence of the Italian Consul General in Lagos, Nigeria on the Island. Date was Friday, April, 2014 and it was the hosting of Almi Bespoke Milano, a renowned men's fashion brand to a networking business cocktail by Kinabuti, one of Nigeria's fastest growing fashion brand.

It was a black tie event that had distinguished personalities, Captains of industries, fashion exponents and the likes in attendance; Some of those seen at the event were Ladi Balogun, the MD/CEO of FCMB, the day's host Stefano De Leo, the Italian Consul, Kola Karim, Nonna Ugboma of MTN Foundation and so many more. 

According to the feelers we got, the event was A-class all the way, but in a very relaxed atmosphere that had music provided by Tunde Sousan of Muson Center. Sumptuous hors d' oeuvres was provided also and a classic fashion show was one of the highlights of the night, that had some of the brands best apparels on display. 

Almi Bespoke Milano is an Italian Clothing Company of the best Sicilian fashion heritage. They specialize in offering the best of the bespoke art. Using high-end, luxury cashmere and Merino Wool with fabrics of Loro Piana imbued with timeless elegance. 

The Italian entourage had 2 of their designers in tow for this first of many presentations. Kinabuti would be representing the interest of the Italian Brand in Nigeria, henceforth. 


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Access Bank Grows Deposit to N1.33 Trillion for 2013




One of Africa’s largest banking groups, Access Bank Plc, has announced its audited result for the financial year ended December, 2013. An analysis of the results released on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange today validated the Bank’s capacity for sustainable growth.  


The results showed an increase in the Bank’s deposit base from N1.201 trillion N1.33 trillion, an 11% growth over last year’s figure while its loan book rose impressively by 33%, from N609bn in 2012 to N810bn in 2013, demonstrating the Bank’s resolve to empowering critical sectors of the economy. The performance for the financial year under review is strong testament to Access Bank’s positioning as one of Nigeria’s Tier 1 Banks. 


A glance through the numbers also revealed that the Bank’s earnings grew to N206.7bn from N206.4bn in 2012. Similarly, the Bank recorded an improvement in its cost of funds from 4.5% to 4.6% while Non-Performing Loans (NPL) ratio decreased to 2.7% from 5.0% which is owed to the Bank’s enhanced risk management framework. 


Also, the Bank posted a Profit Before Tax (BPT) of N44.9bn which is a 3.4% decrease compared to the N46.bn recorded for the corresponding period in 2012. This is however attributable to regulatory changes in the operating environment, some of which include raising of the cash reserve requirements (CRR) on public sector deposits to 50% from 12%, reduction and removal of a number of fee income lines such as ATM and CoT charges as well as the increase in AMCON levy from 0.3% to 0.5%  amongst others.

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