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Actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim Signposts Nichole By Haguanna’s Jewelry Campaign

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Nigeria’s handbags, leather goods and accessories label, Nichole By Haguanna just released a new lookbook with Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim to wow its clients.

Creative Director Aisha Ugah Igbinovia works tirelessly to make her bags and jewelry unique, with attention to detail, intricate materials and unseasoned style. Her handbags, leathers goods and bold necklace accessories are intricately cut out from real Crocodile, Alligator, Buffalo, Calf and Snake skin. They are further embellished with Swarovski crystals, Corals, Pearls and Precious stones.

This lookbook sees Nse model statement neckpieces featuring a multitude of colourful beads and crystals in different sizes and shapes. She has us transfixed as she gazes boldly into the camera, making us almost want to snatch one of those gorgeous neckpieces from her.

D’banj, Oprah Winfrey, Femi Kuti, Melinda Gates, Bono, Yemi Alade, Muhammad Ali, Others join ONE Campaign’s Call for Global Gender Equality

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 In commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, influential figures across the world has urged world leaders to act on promises to end extreme poverty faster by investing in girls and women.

Top among the influential figures who have added their voices to the campaign are Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, D’Banj, Melinda Gates, Femi Kuti, Charlize Theron, Yemi Alade, Bono, and many others. Other numerous influential figures including Selmor Mtukudzi, Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Amy Poehler, Danai Gurira, Angelique Kidjo, Shonda Rhimes, Jessie J, Colin Farrell and Robert Redford have also signed ONE’s open letter which shows the incredible strength of feeling across the global community for leaders to step up for girls and women everywhere.

New analysis in ONE’s 2016 Poverty is Sexist report ranks the toughest countries in which to be born a girl, with Republic of Niger topping the list, followed by Somalia and Mali. Compared to their brothers, girls here have less education, lack access to opportunities, such as opening a bank account, and are less likely to get paid work when they grow up. Sixteen of the 20 countries that top the list are found in Africa, making it imperative for African leaders to fast-track efforts in improving women’s development.

Pop star, D’banj said it will be very pleasant if more girls had the chance to grow up to be empowered women, where all women went to school and were not forced into early marriages. “Extreme poverty is choking the potential of generations of young women in the developing world. Poverty is sexist. It hits girls and women harder than it does boys and men, creating a real urgency that world leaders must address. Women need to be better empowered, especially in areas such as agriculture and healthcare, so that they can contribute their best to the development of Nigeria. Women need better access to land, inputs, better maternal healthcare, among others.  That’s why I’m raising my voice and asking others to do the same.”

Grammy Award-Winning Artist and Activist, Angelique Kidjo said “The future of Africa is in the hands of its young women. If they are educated, they will educate their communities. If they are healthy, they will ensure others grow up healthy. If they are empowered, they will change the world. We can break the cycle of poverty, but we have to invest in girls and women to do it.”

Popular singer, Yemi Alade also added her voice and gave reasons why she is supporting the campaign. “We live in a world where women and girls are most disadvantaged by extreme poverty – on a continent where women and girls are particularly marginalised – socially, economically and legally. Every day, in every corner of the world, they are stopped from reaching their full potential. That is why I was part of ONE’s Strong Girl campaign and that is why I continue to join other leaders to raise my voice today.”

Nachilala Nkombo, Acting Executive Director of ONE Africa said “ONE’s Poverty is Sexist report shows that the 20 toughest places to be born a girl are also among the poorest places on the planet. Until leaders tackle the injustices that pervade the lives of girls and women and invest in fighting poverty, half of the world’s resources will remain untapped and social and economic progress for everyone will be constrained”.

The ONE Campaign’s Poverty is Sexist report calls for policies that ensure legal equality for all and increased access to safe and reliable energy, which will particularly benefit girls and women. There must also be concerted efforts to connect everyone to the internet and further ensure that governments, businesses and civil society open up their own data so the public are able to see and account for progress towards achieving the Global Goals indicators.

‘FIFTY’ Marks 2016 International Women’s Day

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To mark the 2016 International Women’s day, EbonyLife Films on the 8th of March 2016 hosted about 200 women to a special private champagne screening of the record smashing blockbuster FIFTY at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas in The Palms shopping mall Lekki, Lagos.

‘It is international women’s day and I thought it would be nice to extend a gesture to women everywhere of all ages and background and treat them to a private screening of our movie FIFTY. This is also a girl’s night out that will have champagne, popcorn and special cupcakes served all in a bid to celebrate women as we all have a story worth celebrating. It promises to be so much fun’, Mo Abudu, Founder of EbonyLife Films and Executive producer of ‘FIFTY’ says.

The movie has been described as Mo Abudu’s quest to showcase African women coming of age, loaded with increasingly similar aspirations and dilemmas faced by their contemporaries everywhere, while yet navigating unresolved traditions and obligations.

The star-studded special screening had in attendance a special blend of movie and music personalities, captains of industry and socialites including leading characters from the movie Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Omoni Oboli, Nse Ikpe Etim, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and Uzor Osimkpa who were presented with bouquets of flowers in celebration of their roles. Also present were  Music sensations Omawunmi and Ruby Gyang, Mosun Ogunbanjo, Hollywood actress Kehinde Bankole and ‘woman’ of the moment Olajumoke Orisaguna amongst many others.

The women who worked behind the scenes of the movie FIFTY were not left out of the celebration as they were each presented with a gift by Mo Abudu.

COZA Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo Stages $1M Birthday Party

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Although he is yet to enter the Forbes list for the Richest Pastors In The World, but despite this the shepherd behind the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly church sure knows well how to enjoy and pamper himself.
One of his luxury habit came to play recently when he staged an all-white party on a yacht in Dubai and dined with his 200-guests at the 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel.
The pastor is not new to controversies, not many can forget in a hurry the revelation of a sexual allegation pinned against him by a church member, Ese Walter in 2013.
The man was shaken by the scandal but was pardoned by his congregation who asked him to simply ‘go and sin no more’.
He had been missing in the news before he decided to stage his birthday recently and as usual, the ceremony took centre stage and became the attention of many.

The cost of the lavish ceremony is put at a million dollars.

Socialite, Femi ‘danku’ Lekuti Suffers Stroke (pleads ‘help! i don’t want to die’)

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He ruled the social circle in the 90’s like a colossus, but life in its fairness and oddness is playing a cruel game on him.

Femi Lekuti was a name that commanded respect some decades ago and not many socialites and fuji music fans can easily forget the mention ‘danku ara wa ni, ijinle pam pam!’ in one of K.1’s lyrics where he sang his praise to high heavens.

The socialite is at the moment not enjoying the best of health and he is calling out to his friends for help.

In a phone conversation with papermacheonline Lekuti confirmed ‘yes, I’m battling stroke which has left part of my body in paralysis, right now I’m in Abeokuta where I was directed to seek traditional cure. Please reach my friends, tell them to help, I don’t want to die’.

His battle with sickness reportedly started some years ago and he had incurred a lot of bills which left him with little option than to sell his properties.

To all that know him in his days ‘Baba Imole’ was a kind man that could give all he had to help his friends.

The socialite is at the moment bed-ridden in his Ibadan home waiting for help in any direction to come.

 

50 FASHION NAMES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2016

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Featuring fashion industry fast climbers including Meena, Nikki Anyasi,
Queen Onyemaechi, and industry mainstay such as Ituen Basi, Maki Oh,
Omoyemi Akerele, and others, the list is a diverse assortment of names
that will chart the course of the fashion and lifestyle industry in
Nigeria through the course of the new year.

MODELS

Uju Marshall

No model has stayed relevant and as in demand as Uju Marshall. With a
stellar year behind her, walking 32 shows at the 2015 Fashion and Design
Week behind her and several critically received editorial campaigns to
her name and many debating that she is easily Nigeria’s first homegrown
super model

Seun Logan

Current muse for menswear brand Seun Logan was a revelation at the 2015
Lagos Fashion and Design Week. He quickly followed this with editorials
for Naatal Media helmed by Nigerian fashion veteran Helen Jennings. 2016
will be quite a year for Seun Logan as he is already one of the top 10
finalists for the Music Meets Runway model search, where a win will
catapult him into relevance.

Nigerian Gay Pastor, Jide Macaulay Reflects On Life @ 50

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“It is unbelievable that this moment has come. I am 50 years old. I am delighted and grateful to the almighty God, who is incomparable, the omnipotent and magnificent God. If I have a thousand tongues it is not enough to express my gratitude. I just want to say Thank You God. I also want to say thanks to my parents, who laboured in my upbringing, though my mother is late.
I believe she is looking down from heaven with joy and blessings for my future. I am grateful for my dad too, who through all hardship has the forbearance of hope and wisdom of a father. I want to say thanks to the thousands of people who have befriended me in joyful and difficult circumstances, too numerous to mention here, but I am joyful because of the unavoidable contributions in my life. Half a century is a gift, everyday will always be a precious bonus. I say THANK YOU JESUS, MY SAVIOUR AND MY LORD”.