Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Alexandra Nwokedi is Winner Face of Sleek 2011

24 year old stunner from Imo State, Alexandra Nwokedi, instantly won over the judges and audience alike at Sunday night’s phenomenal Face Of Sleek Nigeria 2011 grand finale ‘Symphony Of Style III’ event at Harbour Point in Victoria Island, Lagos.

She went home with her brand new car and her all-expenses paid trip to the UK to take part in London Fashion Week, generously provided by sponsors Kia and Air France / KLM respectively. Not to mention her year’s supply of fabulous Sleek Studio makeup, hair and new skincare products!

A qualified lawyer, Alexandra glided effortlessly to win the beauty contest, and was selected – no, unanimously chosen – from thousands of aspiring models all over Nigeria to become the ambassador of Sleek Studio, the nation’s leading hair and makeup brand. For the next twelve months, her face will launch innovative hair and beauty products from Sleek Studio, and she is truly set to take the modeling world by storm.

The event featured outstanding performances from the likes of Tiwa Savage and Wizid, and the surprise UK ‘Quick Change’ act. 

Symphony Of Style III was also an exciting celebration of two incredible milestones for our beauty business, which we are delighted to have achieved a year ahead of schedule,” said Ify Ugochukwu, MD of Sleek Studio Hair.

Nokia's latest innovation- N9 launched

Nokia launched its latest and amazing smart phone-Nokia N9 recently at The Villa Medici in Victoria Island. The show was capitativing and the guest couldn't hide their excitement as there was a whole lot to keep them busy.

A fashion parade was infused to the launch to add color and glamor to the show, unveiling the latest gadget as a fashionable item and meant for every techy-savy individual.

The Nokia N9 is a beautiful, simple all-screen smartphone with a smooth, one-piece body. You get a fast browsing option, free navigation, and must-have apps preloaded.

Scroll down for more pictures at the launch.

Friday, 25 November 2011

M-Net @ 25 and Eku Edewor

M-Net South Africa recently unveiled an ad campaign to celebrate its 25th year anniversary. The campaign created by Ogilvy Johannesburg, “was inspired by the great Annie Leibovitz and have created a Vanity Fair style portrait of 25 of the biggest stars from M-Net, who were chosen to reflect the past as well as the future of M-Net.”

Nigeria’s Eku Edewor was one of the 25 M-Net stars chosen to participate in the campaign. All the M-Net stars wore pieces by South African designers. For Eku, the stylist chose a floor-length dress by Tiaan Nagel. Other stars of  the campaign which was shot at Johannesburg’s classic Old Park Station include Dineo Moeketsi, ProVerb, Elana Afrika and Lungile Radu.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Rihanna For Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans

Rihanna has teamed up with Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans to create a fashion capsule collection, set to debut worldwide in mid-November.

Like Rihanna personal fashion style, the collection is sexy with an edgy twist via leather biker jackets, skinny jeans, and printed tees. For lingerie, Rihanna and Armani created chic lace bras and panties in a chic navy hue.

New Face of Sleek III To Emerge Sunday

The Harbour point, Victoria Island will be set aglow by 5pm on Sunday 27 November as the Symphony Of Style III grand finale event will reveal the new Face of Sleek .

The black tie event would be anchored by Mai Atafo and would feature perfomances from Whiz Kid and Tiwa Savage, with a surprise performance from the UK.  There will also be an amazing fashion show by the phenomenal Sleek Models!

After weeks of polishing up and preening thousands of Nigeria’s most beautiful, the Sleek team picked out their 15 finalists. Ify Ugochukwu, MD, Sleek Hair said it was now up to the girls to compete and prove themselves. “These Sleek girls must pout and pose to impress the judges and become the ‘Face Of Sleek Nigeria 2011’.

There can be only one winner, who must be beautiful, full of charisma and energy. Style and elegance should come naturally. Those are what it takes to represent the nation’s best selling hair and makeup brand,“ Ugochukwu said.

Tickets N10,000 each or N15,000 for two are available at Sleek Studios nationwide, Mobos, Mopheth Pharmacy, and at His & Hers, E Centre Yaba.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Union Bank GMD Makes Financial Time's World's 50 Businesswoman

Group Managing Director of Union Bank of Nigeria (UBN) Plc, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, has been named by a global jury of experts constituted by Financial Times of London as one of the world’s 50 leading businesswomen.

Osibodu was chosen in recognition of her impeccable turnaround at Union Bank, where the jury noted she was” responsible for strengthening the management of the bank, improving discipline and ensuring transparency.”

The Union Bank boss is the only African woman and Nigerian that made the top 50 businesswomen list, which included Irene Rosenfeld of Kraft Foods, Güler Sabanci of Sabanci Holding, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Ursula Burns of Xerox, Andrea Jung of Avon Products, Ellen Kullman of DuPont, Dong Mingzhu of Gree Electric Appliances, Angela Ahrendts of Burberry, Yoshiko Shinohara of Temp Holdings and Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank.

The top 50 was assessed on a range of factors including biographical data; size, scope and complexity of the company including turnover and number of employees, number of sectors and countries of operation; and competitive landscape.

The judges’ decisions were based essentially on performance and durability and only ranked executives managing a group’s controlling company and those that have served at least 12 months in the main executive role were eligible. The panel also took into account each company’s performance over the three years to June 30, 2011, using total shareholder return figures in US dollar terms, where applicable.

Nigerian Idol Season 2 Set To Hit TV Screens Soon

Nigerian Idol in its second season is about to air on various TV screens starting from December 4, 2011.

It began with a spectacular media launch on September 28, to unveil Season II. On October 6, the audition train kicked off in Abuja; moving through Port Harcourt and Enugu before a final berth in Lagos.

According to a statement from Optima Media Group, franchise owners for Idols in Nigeria, it’s been a deluge of terrestrial and satellite channels signing up. “Fans and music lovers will have the opportunity to follow their favourite show again,” said Tiwa Medubi, Project Manager for Nigerian Idol. “We have made sure that all over the country, people will have the opportunity to watch Season II. It’s exciting to get this level of enthusiasm from our broadcast partners and we can’t wait to hit the screens!”

NTA Network will air the show on Saturdays and Sundays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and 4.00 to 5.00pm respectively; AIT Network will also run the show on Saturdays and Sundays from 6.00 to 7.00pm on both days; DBS TV Asaba from 6.30 to 7.30pm and 6.30 to 8.00pm respectively; IMO TV from 10.00 to 11.30pm and 7.30 to 9.30pm.

The following stations will air the show Fridays and Sundays:
ESBS Enugu between 10.00 and 11.30pm;
DITV Kaduna from 3.30 to 5.00pm and 8.00 and 9.30pm;
DBN Lagos, 8.30 to 10.00pm and 5.30 to 7.00pm.
Superscreen Television will air the show on Saturday from 5.00 to 6.00pm and on Monday for the same time.

MTN, Coca-Cola Set for 2011 ‘Hope Walk’

MTN and Coca-Cola Nigeria, major sponsors of the annual ‘Hope Walk’ are collaborating with Hope Worldwide Nigeria to mobilize 10,000 volunteer participants for this year’s ‘Hope Work’ slated for Saturday, December 3, 2011. The theme of this year’s Walk is ‘Support a child, build a great nation’.

The 10 kilometer Hope Walk which first held in 1998 as a walk for sport in Lagos now holds as a national event spanning other major cities of Nigeria including Port-Harcourt, Calabar, Owerri, Sokoto, Ilorin, Ibadan, Benin, Okene, Gombe will start from Maryland Comprehensive High School, Ikeja to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Speaking at a strategic press conference to announce the date and logistic arrangements for this year’s Hope Walk, the CEO of Hope Worldwide Nigeria Mr. Olaoshebikan Clement said that arrangements are concluded to insure that this year’s Hope Walk is hitch free and turns out to be a huge success like the previous ones. He said that, security has been put in place to scan the stretch of Ikorodu road and that experts have been involved to ensure free flow of traffic and guard against accident.

According to him, the goal of the Hope Walk held annually for the past ten years is to sensitize Nigerians generally and the policy makers particularly to the plight of the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC). “We also want to mobilize Nigerians to this work to raise funds towards meeting the educational, health, nutritional and psychosocial needs of these children. “The walk itself is not for fund raising - but it is the platform we use to raise awareness that draws the attention of prospective sponsors including corporate bodies and individuals, policy makers and the general public.”

He emphasized that, “Nigeria has one of the largest burdens of OVC in the world. The 2008 Situation Assessment and Analysis (SAA) on OVC from the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD 2008) showed that 17.5 million (24.5%) of Nigerian children are OVCs, while 7.3 million were orphaned from various causes ranging from poverty, high rate of maternal mortality, ethno-religious conflicts, Aids, accidents, gender inequality and negative cultural practices.”

Monday, 21 November 2011

Nigeria's Next Super Model 2011 Winner Emerges

18 year old Imade Ogbewi emerged the winner of Nigeria's Next Super Model 2011 Competition yesterday on the 20th of November 2011 at the pretigious Lekki Oriental hotel.

She smiled home with a brand new car, a round trip ticket from Virgin Atlantic to London, another ticket from Studio 24 to Dubai + 4 day stay at the Hilton hotel, a decoder from star times, $1, 000 worth of clothes from Rukkies Concept, and ticket to London for Africa Fashion Week, London. 

The competition kicked-off with fifteen contestantswho were cladded in various designs of in house jola, Modela, Mon ami amongst others. The judges for the evening included; Chief judge Deon Redman, creative director of Africa fashion international, Remi Diagbare Editor of Allure Vanguard, Editor of Fab Magazine amongst others.

The three finalists for the year will appear in centre-spread with top fashion magazine in the country, UK, a spot at the New York fashion week and a contract with ISIS model, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Miss Ogun Wins Miss Nigeria Pageant

Ogun state contestant and 21-year-old Feyijimi Sodipo was crowned the new beauty queen and ambassador of the 2011 edition of Miss Nigeria, defeating her competitors, Miss Benue and Miss Edo, to clinch the crown.

The grand finale of the event took place at the Expo center of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos.
 It was a well attended event witnessing important dignitaries, including the First Lady of Lagos state, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Edem Duke among a host of other notable personalities cutting across diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The activities of the evening prior to the announcement were filled with brilliant exhibition of various wears by the contestants, both African and Foreign, soul-stirring music by Africa’s leading act, 2face Idibia who performed his smash hit, ‘African Queen’ to the delight of the audience and a quiz session, which saw intelligent answers put up by the contestants.

 Feyijimi Sodipo emerged the winner after a tense moment when the judges Prof. Ebun Clark, Mrs Wunmi, Tony Akiotu, (General Managing Director of Daar communications), Catherine Ifejika, Derin Osoba and Dr Bello Osagie had to make their decision after the contestants had been narrowed down to five with Miss Benue placing second (who also won the award for best traditional wear), and Miss Edo, third position.

Other winners for the night include Miss Delta, who was decorated as Miss Congeniality, Miss Anambra as Miss photogenic and Miss African Hostess was given to Miss Akwa Ibom.
According to the organizers of pageant, Sodipo, the new Queen Ambassador, will see to the implementation of several projects in tandem with government and key players in the private sector.

Friday, 18 November 2011

A sneak into Miss Nigeria Pageant 2011 in the Beautiful city of Uyo


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The 2011 Miss Nigeria Reality Show was shot in this year’s host state – Akwa Ibom! The show titled “Crowning of the Queen” followed the contestants as they explored beautiful Uyo and participated in various activities and elimination challenges.

The 2011 Miss Nigeria Reality Show has been airing on AIT from the 7th of November 2011 and will end its run on the channel today at 6PM.

The 2011 Miss Nigeria Grand Finale takes place at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos on Friday 18th November 2011. The show kicks off at 7PM and will air on AIT starting at 9PM.
Tickets will be available at the door of the event.

Glo Naija Sings season 3 Winner Emerges

Abuja based singer, Christian Doherty emerges season three winner of Glo Naija sings. The new millionaire won a sum of $100,000, a brand new Rav 4 jeep and air play on major radio stations.

The journey started in August 2011 with 10 contestants (Mattade, Oni, Tee, Songz, Oluwakemi, Precious, Vicklola, Am Ok, Lynn Christina, Vicky). It was a season packed with series of thrilling performances, capped by a spectacular finale.

The fun filled, suspense packed event came to an end over the weekend. The grand finale had the 10 contestants singing together One Love, with the elegant stallion, Onyeka Onwenu.
David O, Jawon, Mocheddah and host of the show, Dare Art Alade were guest artists.

For the final act from the top three in the finale, Vicky, Christian and Mattade all performed brand new songs and each sounded super-catchy and radio-ready, which proved that this show is all about delivering hits and hit-makers. It was, however, Christian’s night as he was announced the winner of the season’s competition, after the public votes and comments from the judges.

Olisa Adibua was the show resident judge while Tosin Martins was their vocal and performance coach; Dokita Frabz was the music director. Eccentric Denrele was not left out. He was in charge of behind the scene happenstances.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

O’Eclat Designs- A Fine Mix of Leather, African Prints & Geometric Shapes

O’Eclat Designs is a fashion accessory label specializing in the creation of  affordable and beautifully handcrafted handbags/purses, slippers and belts using leather and rich African prints.

Inspired by the strength of a woman, in the new collection from O’Eclat- Le Rouge”,  Creative Designer Gbemi Johnson plays with prints and geometrical shapes. The collection features statement pieces which include box, shoulder and briefcase bags, clutches and totes.

The pieces stand out for their aesthetic ability to complement any outfit; the handcrafted bags are  executed with intricate stitching which complement their unique shapes. “Le Rouge” combines a youthful feel to femininity with a certain poise that presents the pieces as fun yet equally commanding of grace and elegance.

More“Le Rouge” collections are shown below:

GSK Creates Awareness On World Pneumonia Day

In an attempt to further create awareness on how to prevent and treat pneumonia, renowned pharmaceutical brand in the country, GSK, on this year's World Pneumonia Day, launched a new initiative, ‘Faces of Pneumonia’, a documentary to raise awareness of childhood pneumonia, the leading cause of death among children globally.

‘Faces of Pneumonia’ is part of GSK’s commitment to reduce the impact of this killer disease. The documentary features interviews with experts and patients across the developed and developing world to reveal the real-life cost of pneumonia and what can be done to improve prevention and treatment.

The World Pneumonia Day was organized by the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia to encourage international efforts to combat the disease. Yearly, pneumonia hospitalizes between 11 million and 20 million children, and kills more than 2 million children worldwide. This is equivalent to 13 Boeing 747s crashing every single day. With effective treatment and prevention, 1.3 million of those lives could be saved.

The company said it made the move to reiterate its commitment to help fight pneumonia worldwide and in Anglophone West Africa in particular.

The documentary reinforces the need for education among parents, improvements in access to treatment and increased prevention including hygiene, clean water and vaccination. If identified early, pneumonia can be treated using antibiotics. As such, the World Health Organization recommends vaccination to help protect children from pneumonia.

Pneumonia places a significant burden on patients, their families, healthcare professionals and society. Prevention through vaccination can reduce disability and death from disease; reduce pain, suffering, sleepless nights and loss of work days and income for parents due to the need to care for an ill child.