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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NNEKA COVER TW MAGAZINE’S JUNE ISSUE




This month’s cover star is international singing sensation - Nneka!  With thought provoking lyrics and a hauntingly sweet voice, Nneka Egbuna has the world nodding to her unique Afro Soul sound.


In this edition Nneka shares our double cover with her 26-year-old Tosin a young guitarist in her band, who she says embodies all that inspires her. She opens up about a bittersweet hero worship of her father, her mother’s absence during her childhood, her journey to Germany at 18 as a refugee in search of her birth mother and of course the music!

Our celebrity page this month features fast rising singer Sean Tizzle.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

21ST BIRTHDAY SUIT!!!!!!!!




Fashion and the way peeps interpret it is something else, but like most people say, to each his/her own. Shaniece only just clocked 21 years old and on her birthday she wore this completely stupendous outfit, even with her mom-Evelyn Lozada by her side, who even presented her with a super birthday present a Mercedes Benz G550 worth about $100,000 Dollars.

Can your 21 year old daughter wear this?

DANIELLE ALLEN BIRTHDAY SHINDIG AT THE BUDDHA BAR




One of the most promising designer based in Lagos and that shuttles between her home base in Harare, Zimbabwe, Lagos, Nigeria & the UK, in the person of the very delicious,super stylish & gloriously effervescent Danielle Allen was a year older a couple of days ago. And to make the day a very memorable day for her a few of her friends based in the UK, where she had gone to have a rest thought to serenade with a 2-toned very exclusive birthday shindig.

First was a super exclusive dinner for her and her closed circle of friends at the amazing and luxurious Buddha Bar, on Knightsbridge in London, then after the dinner and much backslapping, they headed to another exclusive location to let down hair and partied till the wee hours of the morning of next day.

From the little we could garner from a friend who was in attendance at the twin party, the birthday girl and her friends had a 'helluva' good time. Birthday girl had 2 changes of clothes, she was the cynosure of all eyes, rocking her diamonds and then first was a black sexy outfit with a long slit by the side from her own label-TIR Fashion House, next was the t-shirt dress that had a message emblazoned on it saying ''Pay me in Manolos -&- Mojitos'', which she accessorised with a sky blue Christian Louboutin pair of studded shoes and clutch bag from CL too.

This is going to be a great year for the young, vivacious Zimbabwean, and that's because come this summer she would be showcasing her creative verve at various shows in London, the chief of which is the AFWL 2014 at the Olympia, West Kensington  and then a day or 2 later she would showcase another couture collection at the Gala & awards show at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London.

For those who have not seen the Danielle for a while and have been wondering what's been up, it's because she has been preoccupied of late with her new love. New found love? Whatever that is, we are going to unveil it soon too. Just stay glued to us.

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iGROOVE RADIO'S GROOVY LAUNCH AT THE FREEDOM PARK

ADAEZE & TINTIN





FAMOUS DESIGNER CLEMENT MUDI ENAJEMO
Last week Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the very beautiful Freedom Park, off Broad Street, Lagos, was the official launch of one of the grooviest web radio station (entertainment platforms) in Nigeria. In fact to put it correctly, iGroove Radio is probably the first online real time radio station of its kind in Nigeria. And it is as groovy as the name sounds, they ain't playing.

Friends and fans of the brand in large numbers were invited to be a part of the fun that we have tagged the official launch party. Firstly, we didn't know that Freedom Park was such a groovy place like we saw it on the day. And after vising for the first time, we plan to be regular visitors to the place for as long as the place is kept clean & groovy like we saw it last Saturday. Those who converted the historical prison yard to an event center/relaxation joint etc but while still retaining a bit of the history of the place, must be well commended for a job well done.

Away from the talk about the venue, back to iGroove radio official launch. The launch party was the opportunity for some of the talented, but not too well known artistes/entertainers needed to showcase their skills/talent etc. To put it very simply, we had fun in the most unobstrusive manner, every one mixed without unnecessary airs and had great fun, watching and listening, it was a good time well spent at the occasion and we got a few exciting pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Before we forget, iGroove Radio is the brainchild of one of Nigeria's most creative radio personality in the person of Augustine 'tintin' Imevbore, who some few years ago, was the Programmes Director at Classic FM.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

EMMY COLLINS LONDON SET FO POP STORE LAUNCH



Due to popular interest for pieces originating from the recently launched “Timeless” collection by Emmy Collins London, the label has decided to set up a pop-up store on the 15th June 2014.It is yet to be decided if the pop-up will be a monthly or bi-monthly affair.
The pieces to be sold at the pop-up store will extend beyond the current collection as some one-off pieces and some pieces that are yet to be showcased will be on display as well.

Furthermore all clients who make a purchase of  60k and above will be rewarded with an exquisite print  Emmy Collins London English hand-made silk tie that come in paisley,polka dots and more fun prints.
This is an opportunity for all the ardent fans of the label to stock up on the very refreshing, well cut and exquisitely tailored pieces the brand is know for

The Venue for this event will be the uber prestigious PRIVE Restaurant and Bar,5b Karimu Ikotun,Off Akin Adesola Street,Victoria Island,Lagos,2PM-10pm.RSVP:info@emmycollinssop.com.
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MAI ATAFO INSPIRED CHIVAS REGAL EXCLUSIVE GATHERING

THE VERY DAPPER OHIMAI ATAFO



OHIMAI ATAFO & DARREN BEAMAN
ISIO WANOGHO
ENE LAWANI & OHIMAI ATAFO


TOJU FOYEH, LATASHA NGWUBE & MOJI ALLEN

The exclusive event was to showcase the new skills that the Creative Director of one of Nigeria's topmost fashion house in the person of Ohimai Atafo had garnered and to also show to the exclusive crowd, a glimpse of what to expect in the future.
 
Hosting of Savile Row Master Tailor Darren Beaman marked the end of over 2 weeks of intensive training of the Mai Atafo Inspired team in the production of Savile Row Bespoke suits
 
The event was in partnership with Chivas Regal Whiskey in line with their global strategy of supporting Savile Row Bespoke tailoring.
 
As guests arrived at the Mai Atafo inspired atelier, it was a relaxed ambience with an impeccable display of tailored suits. A unique evening set for celebrating the collaboration between Mai Atafo inspired Bespoke and the Savile Row Academy.

Mai Atafo, creative director of Mai Atafo Inspired led the guests through the journey tagged Savile Row inspired. Stating the drive behind recruiting the services of the Savile Row Academy and drive to take suit tailoring to the highest international level.
 
Master Tailor Darren Beaman led the guests through a typical Savile row Bespoke suit measurement demonstration and applauded Mai Atafo for his distinction in being the first of its kind to take such remarkable step in bringing the Savile row standard to tailored suits in Africa.

Overall the event was splendidly graced by Ikane Akhigbe, Bawo Okoro, Chiedu Edozie, Audu  Maikori, Kunbi Oyelese, Toju Foyeh, Ono Bello, Latasha Nwugbe,  Ene Maya, Isio Wanagho, Kazeem Bello-Osagie, Micahael Lawanson, Chin Okere, Francis Obozuwa and a host of other important clients.
It was a true celebration of craftsmanship, heritage and style and also an excellent platform for networking as conversations flowed with various Chivas Regal whiskey cocktails and Fiona's indulgence delicious Hors D'oeuvres.

Mai Atafo Inspired Bespoke journey to Savile row puts the brand amongst world class tailored suits brands if the new range of Savile row inspired suits are anything to go by. Guests were also treated to a one day discounted and personal consultation service from the Savile row master tailor himself.
The event ended on a high note leaving a lasting impression of fine bespoke suit tailoring now available through Mai Atafo Inspired Bespoke in Africa.
 
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MBONG AMATA DARIMA'S DILEMMA DVD LAUNCH

MBONG AMATA
MBONG AMATA & PADITA AGU

URU EKE

Date was Sunday, June 8, 2014. Venue was the prestigious Civic Center, on Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos. Event was the DVD launch of Mbong Amata's Darima's Dilemma. The movie's synopsis has married Darima as the main feature, the happy home and marriage of Darima to the love of her life and dream spouse is threatened by a dark secret lurking somewhere in the dark. Would love conquer all? That is the million Naira question.

The event was attended as expected by some of Nollywood's heavyweights, the likes of  Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Chico Ejiro, Emem Isong, Majid Michel and very many others like Susan Peters, Monalisa Chinda, Uru Eke, Agatha Amata, IK Ogbonna etc.

Mbong Amata is the executive producer of the project, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen was the director while Emem Isong was the consulting producer.

The event's compere was he hilarious Chigurl, who had everyone in stitches all through the evening.

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NIGERIA SET TO HOST THE 2ND AFRICA FASHION RECEPTION



LEXY MOJO EYES
After the official launch of the Africa Fashion Reception in Paris last year, The Nigerian government through the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture & National Orientation would host the 2014 African edition of the event in the beautiful city of Abuja 3rd – 5th July at the International Conference Centre. The event which is organized in collaboration with the World Fashion Organization promises to be the biggest fashion event on the African continent. Branzuk Gold Limited has the event’s franchise in Nigeria as the local organizer.

The Abuja event will gather fashion Icons, First Ladies, Ambassadors and media from over 40 African countries, in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic fashion discipline with the proud theme ‘Africa is the new inspiration of global fashion’

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF TEE-Y MIX RECORD LABEL(#Tee-YMix​) (#VivaceRe​cords)

TEE Y MIX, IMMACULATE & OYINKANADE


IMMACULATE

TEE Y MIX


Lagos, Nigeria. June 2014. Tee-Y Mix announces the official launch of his Music Label, Vivace Records (pronounced as Vi-Vah-Chey Records).                    

Tee-Y Mix has produced hit songs for some of the Nigerian biggest acts for more than 10 years and now he adds a livelier dimension to the sound of urban Nigerian music.

Speaking on his new venture, Vivace Records Boss (Tee-Y Mix) explained that his passion for good music and the pain from seeing many talented music artistes struggle to realize their full potential in the Nigerian music industry contributed to his decision to the debut of Vivace Records. As a frontline music producer, Tee-Y Mix has seen the potential of the untapped, unreleased huge pull of talent that exist within the Nigerian youth and wants to help create more music super stars.

Vivace Records will make her debut on the Nigerian music scene with two (2) musical Acts; Immaculate and Oyinkanade. Both artistes exemplify the true essence of the lively, vivid and appealing music, which Vivace Records represents. 

Immaculate Patience Edache popularly known as Immaculate was the first runner up on MTN Project Fame West Africa season 6. The Benue state diva who studied at Benue State University, is a seasoned singer, songwriter and a lively performer, is ready to delight her fans with her debut track coming soon. To get quick update, follow her on @immaculatesings and www.facebook.com/ImmaculateOfficial

Oyinkansade Dare Akande, known as Oyinkanade. During his outstanding performance on MTN Project Fame West Africa season 5, he displayed his talent as a unique singer, composer and entertainer. Oyinkanade who was born in Oyo state, studied music at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. To get to know more, follow him on @IamOyinkanade and www.facebook.com/OyinkanadeOfficial

Despite the huge popularity of Nigerian music on the African continent, Tee-Y Mix believes that our music could be more dominant not just on the African continent but on a global stage. 

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OH WHAT A SAD DAY FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!! KEFEE IS GONE



After what seem like a gallant battle with man's most fearsome enemy-Death, one of Nigeria's music icon in the person of Kefee gave up the Ghost today, Friday, June 13, 2013. The entire Nigerian entertainment scene was again plunged into the sad abyss of gloom & anguish and with the sudden demise of this wonderful soul.

Just like many are already declaring it, we also say it too, that it is a sad, dark Friday indeed. The gorgeous lady, who only last week Friday had gone into coma after some health complications never woke up from the coma after all, only for her to give up the battle in the early hours of this morning.

Nigeria and Nigerians have lost another entertainment icon to the terrible hands of death at her peak. She only just released a new album into the market a few weeks before her coma. Kefee was said to have embarked on a 14 hours flight from Lagos to Chigago, USA a forthnight ago, before collapsing and entering into a coma. A medical practitioner had said then that, the award winning singer who was then pregnant, had suffered from Pre-Eclampsia, a medical term for pregnancy induced high-blood pressure.
 
Doctors in America were said to have tried their best to revive her though her chances of revival was said to have been slim, but sadly after about a week or more in coma, she finally gave up the ghost. Curiously & most likely coincidentally she gave up the ghost on Friday the 13th, a day many in the western world considers an unlucky day.

May her gentle soul REST IN PEACE. We pray that the good Lord, would give her shocked husband, her family members, friends and fans the strength and fortitude to bear the sad loss.

 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CHANNEL O HEAD LESLIE KASUMBA COVERS EXQUISITE MAGAZINE NEW EDITION


 
Exquisite Magazine, one of Nigeria's leading lifestyle magazine delivers another sure banger with this June Edition, that Features All Women in Music Starring Head of Channel O, Leslie Kasumba as the cover diva.
Other women in music featured in this supersonic and sonorous edition includes- Waje, Victoria Kimani, Lola Rae, Chidinma, Emma Nyra and many more. A gorgeous cast we are so sure you must have exclaimed, yes! yes!! yes!!! 
 
It's not all about the girls only, we are not forgetting all the Glits, Must haves, Style on budgets and Season Trends

A new addition to the exquisite editorial is Grub Talk with Toyin; Read all about restaurants review and more.

On sale: Thursday, May 29

Cover Credit

Leslie Kasumba

Photographed by Reze Bona

Makeup : Nomsa Madida 
 
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FEMI OTEDOLA BACK ON THE ROLL. EARNS A WHOOPING $398 MILLION IN 3 MONTHS


FO & GORGEOUS DAUGHTER CUPPY

For the past few months now, the billionaire owner of Forte Oil had had to deal with sundry issues. One of the major one was that he wasn't as liquid as he had always been, the reason mainly was that he was far too stretched by his indebtedness to some financial institutions. When the situation was bad, it was very bad, it took the grace of God and some super fantastic and deft financial manoeuvrings to take some of the tension and stress off the made man, one of the casualties of that dark period was the loss of his then Oando building on Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island. If not for some investments especially real estates that were of great value, it might not have been nice at all.

But thank God for his grace, some of the troubles of the past have since become lessons to learn from and like the proverbial saying that goes thus ''The ram that took a reverse back, only did so to gather more strength, the handsome husband of Nana Otedola, who only just buried is beloved dad some days back, seem to be back on the good rollercoaster. Things are looking great again, the liquidity situation seem to have become a thing of the past. For mere mortals, what FO went through could have made some to take matters into their hands. Now after only a couple of months, Forbes Africa has claimed that FO is back with a massive bang!!! Earning a whooping $398 million dollars in only 3 months (between March 3rd & June 2nd), that's about 67 billion Naira plus or minus.

How did that happen? It's because shares in his oil & gas concern, Forte Oil appreciated by a whooping 167% in less than 100 days.

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SUPER EAGLES COACH COVERS THE MAY/JUNE EDITION OF MODE MEN MAGAZINE




Africa Nations Cup winning coach of the Nigerian National Football team, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi is the cover subject of the new Mode Men Magazine that's already on the news stand as we speak.

The former captain, who is leading us to the 2014 world cup in Brazil is most often referred to as the boss. This cover and interview with him, comes at the right time as the national team is in far away USA, preparing very well, before storming the football capital of the world in Brazil.

The May/June issue of MODE MEN, the premium men’s lifestyle magazine is now on the news-stands.  The Big Boss himself, Stephen Keshi - the Super Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, is on the cover; discussing the team’s plans to make Nigeria proud at the upcoming World Cup.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are 32, nay 33 (when you add the page, where Westerhof discloses his dreams for Nigeria) Special pages dedicated to the World Cup.
 
 
 
 
 
Other articles includes :The killers on Badoo, the 60th anniversary of the Nigerian Military School, Zaria and several other features that makes this edition simply irresistible. As may was Mother's Day, Billionaire Dr. Taiwo Afolabi paid a tribute to his late mother while Julius Agwu also showered praises on his mother.

CFDA FASHION ICON HONOREE RIHANNA SHOCKS IN SHEER OUTFIT


Can Rihanna shock anyone, any further? We doubt it!!! Except if she would attend any event totally unclad. And we are so sure that, that day is soon going to come. Especially as her stylist recently complained that Rihanna as worn everything there is to wear already this season.

The Bajan Tourist ambassador, who is the on today, off tomorrow boo of Drake, was at the annual CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards, where she was to receive the nights main honour as the "Fashion Icon"  & like she loves to do, she got everyone's undiluted attention with her ensemble to the awards ceremony.

The outfit was a sheer, embellished backless halter dress that had 216,000 Swarovski crystal custom made by Adam Selman. The outfit was so bodacious that it left nothing to the imagination. She only used her fur sole to cover the V part for a while, though she later lifted.

Apart from her flesh coloured (thong) panties, everything else was in  full view, yes including the pierced nipples and her butt cheeks. She was the major fashion highlights of the event.

There were loads of celebrities and stars at the event, the likes of Anna Wintour, Diane Von Furstenberg, Naomi Campbell, Joan Smalls, Iman, Liya Kebede, Gilles Mendel, Zac Posen, Blake Lively, Lupita N'yongo, Jennifer Hudson and many others.

Other award winners were-

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award- Tom Ford.
Accessory Designer of the Year- Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen.
International Award Winner- Raf Simons, Dior. & many others

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MO ABUDU, CHAIRPERSON/CEO OF EBONYLIFE TV BAGS DOCTORATE

GORGEOUS MO ABUDU IN HER ROBE

....WITH NGOZI OKONJO IWEALA ANOTHER HONOREE

WITH 2 OF HER CREW & GORGEOUS DAUGHTER

DR MOSUNMOLA ABUDU

This is undoubtedly the "year of Mo". It has been recognition galore for the very hardworking lady, Nigeria's own Oprah. Before you know it, Mo would most probably have become the biggest voice in media/communication in Africa, same way Oprah and Christiane Amanpour have become global voices.

A few weeks ago, it was at an international platform in the US, that she was recognised, now it is at home, in Nigeria.  More to come we believe!!!

One of the leading private universities in Nigeria, Babcock University, recognised the lady of many parts, by honouring, the ever exquisite looking Mo Abudu with the Doctor of Humane Letters, Honouris Causa.

This award according to the President/Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof J.A Kayode Makinde is to celebrate those who have inspired the young generation in diverse ways.

“Mo Abudu is media professional and we are proud of the great achievement in her career” he said while introducing the two dignitaries approved by the University council to be conferred the honorary award.

Babcock University describes Mo Abudu as Beauty, Courage, Faith and Inspiration. The University further describes her as the “Lady of the Moment”.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was also awarded Doctor of Science in Global Economic Development, Honouris Causa.

“I am speechless and honoured to be given this award. “I am extremely happy to be associated with this prestigious university.” said Mo Abudu when told to respond to the award.

Dr. Abudu finally dedicates her honorary degree to those who have believed in her and have stood by her to make her worthy of celebration.

She challenges the graduating set to think big ideas and dream big. “The time has come to act and that time is now” she said.

The convocation took place at Babcock University Sports Stadium.

Mosunmola Abudu popularly known as Mo Abudu, is the Chairman and Chief Executive of EbonyLife TV, Hostess and Executive Producer of Moments with Mo, a Media Personality, Human Resource Management Consultant and Entrepreneur/Venture Capitalist.


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GORGEOUS STEPHANIE COKER DEBUTS NEW SERIES TAGGED- "STEPH ROCKS TV"




It's a new innovation in entertainment coming from the stable of the gorgeous UK returnee, Stephanie Coker, as she debuts with her own web TV series.

TV personality and actress, Stephanie Coker presents the most anticipated season premiere of her online Web series "Steph Rocks TV". Episode 1 of the YouTube series explores hot topics and trends in the buzzing metropolitan city of Lagos, Nigeria. In her segment, "#D.D.S (Double Dare Steph)", the on-air personality embarks on a risky adventure with a lady of the night and a police officer.
 
“The YouTube channel is dedicated to young returnees who want to be inspired by life on the African continent and features the budding fashion industry, global trends, entertainment news and viewer requests.” says Coker. Viewers can control the online content using the #D.D.S, which lets you choose her next dare in cities across Africa. Some of the creative minds behind Steph Rocks TV are renowned music producer, Samklef, celebrity publicist, Wunmi Bakare (former media rep for Tiwa Savage, Lynxxx and Dolapo Oni), Cyphabox and November 28 Productions.
 
The Bailey's presenter relocated to Nigeria in 2011 and has since worked with MTV Base, Ebonylife (ELTV), Cool FM and Tinsel. You can follow her on Twitter - @StephanieCoker_ or Instagram - StephanieCoker for more news on the globe-trotting beauty.

STARS & CELEBS PUT THEIR BEST PINS FORWARD AT ROAD TO MAMAs

FADE OGUNRO



STEPHANIE COKER

MERCY AJISAFE

JENEVIEVE


It was what we can only describe as a show of assets by many of the stars/celebs who came out in large numbers at the recent "Mtv Road to Mamas Concert'', the prelude to the main deal- the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu- Natal better known as the MAMA Awards, upcoming very soon in Durban, South Africa.

It was a show of pins (by that we mean legs) on the red carpet at the venue of the event, the Federal Place Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. Even one of our favourite person on the red carpet, the ubiquitous Toke Makinwa showed off a bit of her well package not just pins even the chest in her very gorgeous 'Simiogieme bandage dress' these is the 2nd one in a matter of few weeks. She seem to have become the muse of the budding UK designer.

Away from Toksy, the night was a supersonic one in many respect, with many of the stars, the likes of Chidinma, Olamide, KCEE & Harry Song, Dr. Sid, Tiwa Savage, Mafikizolo & others giving very superlative accounts of themselves. Those who attended would not forget the beautiful night in a hurry. There were too many stars and celebs in attendance, just too numerous to start mentioning names. If this prelude concert to the award was this great, how would the award proper itself be like?

Check out our 100 plus pictures of those that graced the occasion.

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