Monday, 31 October 2011

KFC Berths in Ibadan

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) a world renowned restaurant brand added a new outlet in Ibadan recently to its already existing outlets in City Mall, The Palms, Allen Avenue, Ligali Ayorinde, Yaba, Apapa, Adeola Odeku, Surulere and Issac John.

KFC’s Head of Marketing, Vikram Varma, while speaking during the launch said “with the launch of this new outlet in Ibadan, KFC moves to double digit figures within a span of two years and we will continue to consistently deliver the same cuisine enjoyed internationally with the secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices and fresh ingredients of only the finest quality.”

He went further to thank Her Excellency and other dignitaries present for coming to be part of the landmark event and assured Ibadan residents of the same international standard that KFC is known for world over.

Her Excellency, wife of the executive governor of Oyo State, Mrs Florence Ajimobi and other business leaders in Oyo state gathered to celebrate the opening of KFC’s first store in Ibadan and tenth outlet in Nigeria.

She commended KFC for choosing Ibadan as the next port of call for investment.  She went on to laud this action, stating that it means Oyo state is increasing in relevance and the efforts of the present administration towards creating conducive economic atmosphere for investment and provision of employment opportunities. She also assured KFC of the state’s support for her business activities.

Mr. Vishal Kapur, Chief Executive Officer of Devyani International Nigeria Limited, the KFC franchisee in Nigeria, expressed confidence that in due course KFC will spread to other parts of the city.

KFC started operations in Nigeria on Monday, 14th December 2009 through a franchise arrangement between RJ Corp of India and Chellarams Plc which gave birth to Devyani International Nigeria limited. Their first outlet was in City Mall (Onikan)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

UBA Foundation organizes National essay Competition

In a bid to identify itself as a socially responsible corporation, UBA Foundation, a subsidiary of the United Bank for Africa has instituted an essay competition among secondary school children across Africa. 

The UBA foundation is flagging off this initiative with the commencement of the Nigerian version called the UBA foundation National Essay competition for Secondary schools in Nigeria.

The winner of the competition will be rewarded with a brand new laptop and the sum of N1million towards furthering their university tuition. The first runner up and second runner up will take home N 750, 000 and N 500, 000 respectively with laptops towards  their university education. Finalists will not be left out as they would also be rewarded with consolation prizes

The essay competition topic is “Me and My career (Career pathing) and applicants are to send in hand written essay entries of not more than 750 words on the topic. The panel of three judges for the competition is made up of professors from reputable Nigerian universities. Applicants are to send their entries before the deadline of October 31, 2011 to the UBA foundation address.

The initiative, which is to be executed across the continent, in countries where UBA has presence is a follow up to the successful implementation of the ‘Read Africa project of the foundation where it donated free literature text books to schools across Africa.

To participate, applicants must attach copies of their original birth certificate or photocopies of International passport data page and must be senior secondary students in Nigerian Secondary schools. Contact information (school name & address, residential address, phone number and email address) of applicants must be submitted and the applicant must only send entries if intending to attend a Nigerian university.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Jim Iyke launches Clothing Line- Untamed Closet

Jim Iyke the handsome Nollywood actor has ventured into his own clothing line "untamed Closet". Take a look at photos from his ad campaign

2Face Idibia on the cover page of Y! magazine

Y! Magazine has revealed the cover of their new issue and Nigerian superstar 2Face Idibia is the majestic cover star!

 In the interview, held on the last day of his 35th year, 2face speaks about the past 15 years of his music career; why the many risks he has taken have paid off, what he plans for the future; and why he thinks he has made it through the long haul. He also speaks about his new confidence in publicly speaking about his children, his thoughts about the women in his life from Vien Tetsola to Annie Macaulay, and the greatest lessons that life has taught him.

Jewel by Lisa, Maki Oh & Christie Brown nominees for Africa Fashion Award 2011

The nominations are out for the Africa Fashion Awards which will have Africa’s fashion industry holding their collective breath at the highly anticipated event which concludes the runway show at Africa Fashion Week on October 22.

Africa Fashion Week runs from October 20-23 with 18 shows at the Sandton Convention Centre, presenting designers from South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, London, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States and Zimbabwe.

In the Africa Fashion Awards – which include the coveted Designer of the Year (Africa) – nomination criteria are for designers whose work represents the strong emergence of a global African aesthetic along with relevant international reach.

“By creating a platform that is relevant and credible both in Africa and internationally, the Africa Fashion Awards are positioned to be the authority on African fashion excellence to a global industry. As such, the awards focus not only on designers showing at AFW, but reach beyond that to recognize industry excellence and outstanding contributions by industry members of African descent world-wide,” says African Fashion International Executive Chairperson Dr Precious Moloi – Motsepe.
A rigorous selection for the Africa Fashion Awards has been made by a panel of local and international leaders in the fashion and media industry; with final judging set to take place during Africa Fashion Week for the various award categories.

Finalists for Nigeria’s Next Super Model 2011 Revealed

The Expo Centre at the Eko Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos will from the 26th to 29th of October 2011 become the hub for Nigeria’s youngest & brightest in Fashion & Design. MTN, in conjunction with Style house, will launch the first ever MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW).

Aimed at promoting the business of fashion in Nigeria, nurturing emerging talent, and creating a platform for designers to showcase their work to a target audience, the MTN LFDW will continue to advance Nigerian fashion in its strive for global recognition.

The 4-day event will showcase carefully selected, the best in Fashion & Design with exhibitions during the day, and runway shows in the evening. Designers like Jewel by Lisa, Odio Mimonet, Lanre Da Silva, Gozi, Ituen Basi, Maki Oh, Grey Bridget Awosika, Kelechi Odu, Okunoren Twins, Anita Quansah, Sunny Rose, Nkwo and more, will show their Spring Summer 2012 Collections. Potential exhibitors include Nike Art Gallery, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Banke Kuku, Urban Living, Colours in Africa, Nail Room and lots more. MTN LFDW Exhibition: open 10am daily, while MTN LFDW Catwalk shows starts in the evening.

After a successful screening process in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja for Young Models and Designers, MTN LFDW Awards 2011, supported by Vlisco Real Dutch Wax, will present the 12 finalists in each category before fashion cognoscenti, judges and press in search of MTN Young Model of The Year and MTN Young Designer of The Year. The winners will go home with MTN cash Prize of N1, 000,000 and a Brand New Hyundai Jeep respectively.
Overall, the event is expected to garner press as fashion tastemakers are set to attend and experience Africa’s burgeoning fashion industry – Nigeria, first hand.

Monalisa Chinda-Queen of PH Carnival 2011

The beautiful Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda and indegene of Port-harcourt is the queen of the Port-Harcourt carnival to be held in December 2011.

She travelled to her home city alongside her Make-up artist and stylist for the photo shoot of the ad campaign of the 2011 Port Harcourt Carnival. The shoot took place at the Tourist Beach of the Le Meridien Port Harcourt.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sony Launches New Hard drive device

Bent on ensuring that its brands remain relevant and continue to set the pace in the 21st century, leading electronic giant, Sony has unveiled its newest external hard drives range. With the innovation Sony is making data storage and backup easier, safer and more enjoyable The new HD-EG5 and HD-EG5U offer advanced features in a slim, stylish package that enable users to save and access their data quickly and conveniently, wherever they go.

The new drives with 500GB capacity provide USB3.0 compatibility and use pre-loaded Data Transfer Accelerator software to increase transfer speeds up to three times as compared to data transmission without the software. When connected to a USB2.0 port, the software boosts transfer speeds up to two times. These features make them one of the quickest 2.5-inch hard drives in the market.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Teaze Couture set to Debut in Nigeria

Teaze couture, a prêt-a-porter (ready-to-wear) fashion clothing brand pioneered by Ayotunde Omitogun and Omotunde Hamid is set to launch into the Nigerian fashion market soon bringing to fore creative designs to suit all shapes and sizes.

Speaking with the creative Director, Omotunde Hamid, she revealed that teaze couture is a ready to wear clothing brand intended to cater for the fashion needs of the savvy lady who wants to look  and feel great. “Our debut collections will be made available and can be purchased off the rack or ordered to specification. We aim to please and offer our customers optimum satisfaction and comfort through our delivery system, meaning once you book and specify what you want online and pay accordingly, we deliver to your doorstep thereby reducing the stress of purchase”.
She went further to say that “we aim to introduce unique concepts into the Nigerian fashion industry. We also aim to make the Teaze brand of clothing a household name that would adequately compete with both local and international clothing brands”.
Asked on what their unique selling point is, Ayotunde Omitogun, the creative Director/Partner asserted that in addition to making ready to wear clothing, teaze also offers other services like garment alterations, paid for delivery system (within Lagos) and also an online boutique where specific orders can be made. She also stated that their clients have easy access in viewing and ordering for their latest collections.
The brand is a merger of two independent labels, Ayotunde couture and Motlog designs. The management of both labels asserted that the partnership which created the Teaze brand was established with the aim to revoluntalize the Nigerian fashion market.
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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Smirnoff Extend Brand Equity with Midnight Circus

Smirnoff, the number one party drink in Nigeria is bringing an original and unforgettable experience to Nigeria called the Smirnoff Midnight Circus, as part of the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange which has become a global phenomenon. The Smirnoff Midnight Circus will be coming to three cities across Nigeria, including Lagos on the 12th of November.

The night will give chance to partygoers here in Nigeria to paint the town red with thousands of other fun lovers around the world in a wave of specially created experiences that will kick off in 50 countries around the globe including Brazil, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Vietnam, Thailand, and Australia, all hosted by Smirnoff Vodka. 

The experience which is fronted by World Famous Academy rapper, Ringmaster, Ikechukwu, will come to life in Lagos in a spectacular event that would leave the crowd dazzled and breathless. Smirnoff and Ikechukwu have promised a special treat to Nigerian fans that want to try their hands on rapping.

On September 30 at exactly Midnight, Ikechukwu uploaded a beat on to the Smirnoff Nigeria Facebook page. Consumers who would like a shot at stardom and perform with Ikechukwu on the Smirnoff Midnight Circus stage are to download the beat and record a verse over it. Upload their performance to Youtube and post the link on Facebook to enter the competition.
The winner will also get an iPad and will be featured in Ikechukwu’s next video. Participants are expected to be 18 years or above.