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SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017


Funke Egbemode A woman of many hats

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atchwork patterns look flattering on everyone, so it’s only right we make sure we embrace and rock it well. With a variety for us to mix and match with, there is a patchwork pattern combination for us all. Accessorize a patchwork pattern well and slay this eye catching trend with style. We’re talking about smart casual outfits for work and pulling it off perfectly for the guys. Looking dapper and formal doesn’t always mean going for suits, but properly dressing in casuals and giving it a touch of confidence. We’ll show you more on getting this look right on the men’s page. On the culinary page we have a delicacy you can always prepare for your family to enjoy in the morning- tasty stuffed yam pockets, which is a switch up for the everyday boiled or fried yam that we’ve become accustomed to. On the sweeter side you can enjoy gingerbread and finally, relax with a cucumber lime drink to balance the entire meal. Completing your little princesses’ outfit with a head wrap is so adorable and also a stylish idea, while instilling the habit of hair covering in your child. Speaking of habits, we’re also talking about breaking bad habits in little ones. From thumb sucking to nose picking, to mention a few. It’s important to do away with such habits while it is still early and so we have discussed it all on the kiddies’ page. On the cover this week, we have Mrs. Funke Egbemode who is the Managing Director and Editor in chief of New Telegraph Newspaper and also the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors. In the interview she talks about her career, how she handles being a single mother and the bumps on the road she has encountered. Read more on it in detail in her interview. Happy Easter!

THE TEAM:: Editor

* Amina Alhassan

* Jamila Dauda Freda * Uche Eze Designer



ood day doctor, my son is ten months old and he has been suffering from nose blockage for almost nine months now. We took him to hospital but the problem still persists. Please, help. Thanks, Gideon Nose and nasal passages are important for passage of air and breathing. Things that can cause nose blockage include: rhinitis which is the inflammation of the nose or nasal lining; nasal polyps; cold and flu. Others includes: sinus infection: allergic rhinitis; deviated septum and enlarged adenoids.

Blocked nose makes you feel stuffy and struggling for breath. It could be distressing for children. Having this problem for almost nine months now that is like a month after birth. He has to see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon. Steps to be taken include avoiding exposure to cold, if the child is allergic something and avoid things that cause allergy. Other steps include taking of Vitamin C and steam inhalation

COLOURED TEETH - WHAT DO I DO My daughter is five years old but her teeth is not white. What do I do? Ngozi, Kaduna

White well set teeth depends on a lot of factors, like what is the color of your teeth and family members? Did you take unusual medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding period? For example taking of quinolones can affect child teeth development. What about the oral hygiene from birth? What type of medication have been giving to the child since birth? I will advise you to see a dentist foe examination and management of your child.


* Hafsah A. Matazu



Patch work elegance



Davido serenades Dangote at 60th birthday bash PEARL OF WISDOM BY UCHE EZE

BREAST PAINS I’ve been having slight pain on my right breast since last night. What could be the cause Sir?

Any lump in your breast? Are you in your menses? The possibility include breast pains as part of component of dysmenorrhea. If there is lump then you may need to see a surgeon for excision. If there is no lump then analgesics will do.


I have very big problem sir. After my menstruation, I use to see black fluid coming out, sometimes white thick fluid, and I am not married as I’m just 17 years old, at first I thought it was all part of maturity, but I now realize that it’s not and I am feeling shy to tell to my mum and sister. I can only discuss this with you because I’m not face to face with you. Please what do you suggest? Nafisa, Kano First let me encourage all young people especially teenagers to feel free to relate any issue of their sexuality with their mothers also. And it is a challenge to our mothers, there must be something missing when daughters cannot relate their problems with their mothers. Parents need to create time for their children. Basic health education and sexuality should be taught even at home. Parents especially mothers should stress to their wards how to handle themselves when it comes to issues concerning menstruation and vaginal discharge. Any discharge from vaginal should be notified to the parents. Concerning your complaints, first you still have to inform your mother so that she can take you to see your family physician. The doctor need to examine you and take swab for test. After the test the antibiotics would be given. Untreated and poorly treated discharge can affect fertility in the future.






rooches are an excellent way to accessorize and to add that final touch to your look. It is important to make the right choice, though, and with hundreds of designs on offer, it may seem to be a daunting task. Brooches are among the few jewelry categories that almost don’t have any size limits. Times have gone when brooches were only worn on one side he of the shirt. Now, you find brooches on neckpieces, on the e key waist, on collars, on neck scarfs and even on turbans. The hlight of is to placing the brooch where it will accentuate the highlight your outfit. yones Brooches have always been an essential part of anyone’s wardrobe. Get yourself a good collection and you willl be prepared for any occasion. If you don’t already own any, it’s never ooches to go late to get one. Every woman should have several brooches he formal with different looks, but in any case, at least one for the dress and another for casual wear. Give it a try, you might be surprised by the effect a small accessory can make.


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Pepper Chikezie puts together a creative master class




eronica Odeka, Ezinne Chinkata, Godson Ukaegbu, Bolaji Animashaun and Tokyo James gathered at a masterclass to share useful tips for the new crop of creatives. The lineup p of fashion insiders were lined up for a session to set emerging creatives on the right part in the fashion industry including creative, editorial and celebrity styling amongst others. The instructors hammered on the need for consistency and a good relationship with the customers as a key to succeeding in Nigeria’s fashion industry. The ‘Mastering Creative Direction & Fashion Styling’ masterclass was put together by Pepper Chikezie, the founder of The Assembly, a PR company. Chikezie is a producer, stylist and fashion consultant, as well as the owner of first Nigeria’s vintage fashion boutique.



PEARLS OF WISDOM “ You can have anything you want if you dress for it” . PAGE 29 TAMBARI SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017

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A woman of many hats Interview by SUNDAY MICHAEL OGWU & RIZQAH RAMON (LAGOS)


s Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the New Telegraph Newspaper, as well as President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Funke Egbemode is a woman of many fronts. She shares her interesting story with Tambari and her plan to write a novel or produce a film, or most likely both.

Background I have been in journalism for 28 years. I became a reporter in 1988. I started freelancing right from my youth service at Prime People magazine. I was also doing a column then, it was called ‘Single Girls’. From there, I joined the Punch newspaper in 1993 and spent seven years there. From there, I became the Saturday Editor of the Post Express. After some time, I left there for Thisday newspaper. I left Thisday so I could take a break and have time for my family. The break lasted two years and I spent it in Abuja where my husband resided. Despite taking a break from journalism at that time, I still worked at the media office of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation. Thereafter, I returned to the journalism profession to become the founding editor of the Saturday Independent which I started with a desk and a chair. I was given room to manoeuvre by the managing director, including the freewill to recruit my own staff. It was very exciting and at the same time, challenging because that was the first o such work. time I had the opportunity to do t my staff te I had to create my content, create f and do some designs. That was from 2004 to 2007 when I got a call to becomee the Special p Speaker, ps Adviser (Media) to House of Reps Patricia Etteh. I was with her till she was w asked to step down. After that, I went to the t editor Sun Nespapers where I became the b at large. Within three months, I became the editor of the Sunday Sun. At the Sun, your n my five nt job as editor was tenured. I spent years and somebody had to takee over from n I was on nts; me. I was given other assignments; a the style the editorial board supervising all pages for the week. ou uld resume Later, my publisher said I should grraph as the MD/EIC of the New Telegraph o where I newspaper, that was how I got to am today. Education n Osun Almost all my schooling was in s in State. I went to Baptist primary school U Owo, and that is where Bowen University is located now. I went to Baptist Girls High School, Osogbo, then to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ilee Ife where I read English and graduated with a 2:1 in 1988. It was when I came to Lagos that I did a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. Most cherished childhood experience I am the first daughter

of two teachers. We are four girls and two boys. My parents are still alive. My fondest memories are the ones that shaped who I am. My father had a good library and that made me exposed to books quite early. Maybe because he was a teacher or he just wanted to groom me. I had access to the Ladybird series and I was hooked to it so much that even after I started having children, I still went looking for them. The books were for all ages and they taught me how to count and read, amongst other things. The simplified versions of Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and others like that, I was able to read them by the time I was 11. I have read all D. O. Fagunwa’s Yoruba texts because my father had all of them. Few years ago, I told a colleague about my love for Fagunwa’s books and for my birthday, he gave me a complete set. I have always loved reading and my father encouraged me so much that, at a time, my mother started resentingg it because as a girl, g , you are supposed to do house chores, but that was not my case. I read d when h I eat, in i the lavatory and always found an

excuse to read even when I was sent on errands. At 11 to 12 years, I developed an interest in the newspaper. I would look for soft spots to assimilate. I started reading Tribune. My mother subscribed to a magazine called Drum, from Daily Times stable and I loved reading it. My father bought other newspapers including Tribune. On page two of Tribune, was a column called ‘Sweet Talks’, it was about jokes and I loved reading it every day. Being a teacher’s daughter means you have to be serious in your academics by being in the top three; you cannot afford to be fourth because my father would make it sound as if you were at the bottom of the class. He never spared the rod. I remembered learning how to read time. He would flog me anytime I failed to read the correct time. I must not fail to do my assignments because he checked our books, when he has time. Then, everybody

I WILL WEAR ONLY WHAT IS COMFORTABLE. AND I BELIEVE A WOMAN SHOULD LEAVE SOMETHING TO THE IMAGINATION OF THE MAN was home at 3pm. Is there a transfer of such passion to your p y kids? No. I didn’t succeed in that area because none of them took interest in the arts. They all preferred the sciences. Once in a while, they would pick up a novel to read because it’s everywhere. But they do not have my passion for it. Today’s generation have access to various means of reading beside the hard copy especially through the Internet. They can listen to a book instead of reading it, they can also read the soft copy online. With your passion for books, do you have plans to write any? I have written two books already, they are compilations of my work over the years. There is ‘Intimate Affairs’,


which is a compilation of relationship affairs that I have done and it was launched when I was 40 and ‘Conversations With My Country’, a compilation of my political commentary launched in 2013. There are authors in the country who are already encouraging me to write. I know if I sit by the beach, I will start, but for how long? There are beaches in Nigeria too but I haven’t been to a hotel that will give me that feel. I will write a novel eventually but most likely before the novel, there will be a movie. I have seen ideas that I have written about becoming movies but nobody has a monopoly of those ideas. I have seen some movies so close to what I have written. I would like to pass on some of the messages I have written in the past and convert them to a movie. How will you describe your fashion sense? I will wear only what is comfortable. And I believe a woman should leave something to the imagination of the man. I always like my wristwatches to have a name. As for the bags, if it’s a Prada, it’s okay, but it still must look fine. I like my bags to have character and still be able to contain whatever I need to carry around. As we speak, I have a Calvin Klein bag. For me, it’s not about the name but about the size and if it can perform the role of a moving office through the necessary things I will keep there. Any fashion item you cannot do without? Just my bag and wristwatch. I can forget my earrings but I will go back for my bag if I forgot to take it. My favourite food I like Nigerian food and I am quite adventurous. I am not choosy as long as I enjoy what gets into my mouth. I remembered when we went to Uyo for the Guild of Editors’ conference, they served us fisherman soup. I enjoyed it so m much I went to the kitchen to ask for th recipe so I can make it myself. the eenjo any food so long as it tastes I enjoy w and it’s healthy. Now, I try to well weig the size of what I eat and how w weigh ba ad is i it for my heart and arteries. bad My favourite weather Th weather has to be warm. The don travel abroad when the d I don’t weat w weather is cold. I have only been in th he United U the States and the United Kiing Kingdom during the cold weather, on nce and I must confess, I didn’t once lik ke it i at all. Anywhere I am going, I like alw wa prefer to do my research on always th he weather, w the that will determine if I w go g or not. If I am abroad during will winte my skin actually peels. I like w winter, th he Nigerian N the weather, whether hot co orr cold. M favourite travel My de est destination An Anytime I am in the USA, I feel co omf comfortable. But I like holidaying m more in Ghana. The attraction o Ghana Gh to is not because it is also n African Af an country, but I love to bee by the water. The view is very im mpo important for me and I can do lots de writing when I am facing off deep th he ocean. o the I have more access to the occea to water, so much that I can ocean, o to the beach at 2am in Ghana. go Fo me, when I am where I For c watch nature, there is some can tra tranquility. My favourite place i the Elmina Beach Resort in is



Ghana where I always call ahead that I want a beach front room. It’s a very safe environment where I feel free to open my doors and sleep off without the air conditioning system on and in the morning, I could feel water in my bedroom. I could sit on the porch at the balcony and watch the heavy waves at 3am; watching the waves and enjoying that noise that sounds as if a plane is about to land. The natural breeze, waves and the fact that I can admire nature, all made me enjoy the beach front hotel more. For me, Dubai is not like that, you need to be somewhere to be able to do all of that. Outside Africa, I prefer Maryland or New Jersey in the USA. Multi-tasking family and career It was tough but not anymore. God has been kind. I have only one kid left in the university. I got married in 1991 and had all my babies doing this job. In my family, girls are not allowed to go for a long time after graduation before getting married. My father already told us how it will be done. After graduation, serve for one year, work for a year, then get married. As the first child, the pressure was there, that it is what I do that my younger ones will follow, that if I didn’t do it right, my younger ones will not also do it right. My husband was very supportive of my career. A female journalist cannot marry just anybody otherwise that marriage will be over before it starts because a man not comfortable in his own skin will feel threatened all of the time. A man should accept a woman as well as all that comes


with her. When she’s ill, you are the one that will carry her, so why not enjoy the ambience of the career. If your wife is a journalist and she has access to the central bank governor, how’s that a problem? It’s an asset, you take advantage and not harass her for it. Whoever can’t find such a supportive man will have her career truncated in no time at all. Before long, he will get her a shop and she will have to obey. Journalism does not pay much, but there are so many doors opened and we have access to lots of people and information. A female journalist must take her family as seriously as she takes her career. I took a break for two years so I can take care of my husband who was ill but working. Somebody has to regulate his meal, ensure he goes to bed on time, and do other stuff to care for him. My time off was to ensure everything was alright. I would recommend that the way you take your bye-line is the way you must take your marriage. If your husband has free time and you have an assignment in another state, go together. At the end of the day, when you are through with your work, he will be there to help massage you. My husband and I He was the nephew of my boss. One fateful day, the general manager told me to inform him before going home. So, after the day’s work, I went to his office to see him not knowing he had plans with his nephew to show up there too. He came there and that was how we met. We dated for a year plus before we got married and we are

blessed with children. We had regular hassles of marriage, not more than what other people have. He died six years ago. It’s been six years, how have been able to cope? People tell you that a woman should mourn for a particular time, yet, you can’t stop mourning. Traditionally, I was supposed to do 41 days and I did it. I didn’t see the sun for 41 days. Nobody forced me to do any of those things and I sat on the floor in my house. I had to do it out of respect for him, and out of respect for culture and for my children, they have to see that this is the way it’s done. You don’t really stop mourning, really. There was a day I told my son to stop wearing a particular singlet in the house because his shoulders always reminded me of his father’s shoulders. But, we just have to think of the positive things that happened so as to forget what I didn’t want to remember. Now, somebody will say something and we will all laugh knowing that was their father’s jokes. My second son used to call him head of state. We are trying to move on. As they were closing his coffin, I moved close and said, “Everything you wanted to do for your children, I promise I will do it.” That much, I have been able to do and I will continue to do. Favourite apps checked in the morning and night? For me, it’s all about work. If there is anything I needed most, it will be my Internet. I could wake up at 2am to listen to a sermon online. Or music because I listen to it directly from the Internet not something that I have recorded. If I have downloaded it, I would have listened to it seven times and will be bored. I must have access to the Internet and I will also check my WhatsApp. Favourite kind of music I listen to all types of music depending on my mood. If I am feeling sad, I listen to Yinka Ayefele. You will be surprised that I listen to Kollington Ayinla and can sing along all of his albums from 1981. There are times all I want to listen to is Olamide but I listen to lots of soul music and

R and B. Gospel music is food for me in the morning, especially when I am in the bathroom, something must be playing and I have learnt to use my wash hand basin as the speaker. For me I don’t have a specific favourite. Sometimes children take some characteristic of their parents. What is the case with you? I see them play the kinds of pranks I and my siblings played and when they are around, they seem surprised that my kids were not there when we were doing our stuff back then. I see my temperament in them and the fact that I really don’t like going out. All of them are like that. I remember once I had to send all of them out after they refused to step out of the house for a week. It’s the genes. They don’t like going out much. Challenges you faced in life? The most challenging part of my life is trying to be father and mother at the same time. People see me and felt I am strong. Nobody knows what goes on inside of me. For instance, there was a day at The Sun when we were having our annual thanksgiving service and members of the management were seated at the high table. They were playing a song - the same song played at my husband’s funeral video. So, as it was played at the office thanksgiving, I pretended as if I was strong, but after the first mouthful, I broke down and I had a very good cry and I ran out of the boardroom. There are things that are going on with you and people don’t even know. I wear my make-up even when I’ve had a good cry or was in pain. Life has to continue. People see you as someone without a husband, yet, with a make-up; they expect you to be down, but, they don’t know what you are going through, that you are falling apart on the inside. You must find a lead for the Sunday Sun and provide exclusive for the political page as well as which match is playing and what’s going on in the international scene. I could not afford to fall apart; I went straight back to work. My kids have to write JAMB, the one in Ghana had to go back to school. If he fell ill, I had to find a way to shuttle between Nigeria and Ghana. I also have the PTA to attend. It was really challenging being father and mother. The most difficult part is not the money because I know how to manage myself, but being able to answer their questions, even the ones they don’t utter, the ones that are just in their faces. Sometimes I just beg God to help me take the right decision because there is nobody to ask or lean on. There is nobody to tell what’s going on inside of me. Recently, I shared an experience with my sister about something that happened two years ago. She was moved to tears. It was about a day I could not get out of bed for four hours. I was hurting and there was nobody that could tell me that everything is going to be alright. I was bent like a comma and the issue was work related. A single parent and working mum, makes one feel like crying sometimes. These days, I don’t cry knowing full well that nobody is going to wipe my tears. So, I have found a way to just move on.


Fancy head wraps for baby girls By UCHE EZE


pretty, well-dressed baby girl is definitely a sight for sore eyes. What better way to accessories than to add a fancy head wrap to your baby’s outfit. These head wraps look beautiful on babies for casual strolls or special occasions. Head wraps add a girly touch to their look.These head wraps come in different patterns and colours, leaving you with a wide variety to choose from. Another interesting thing about baby head wraps is that it teaches your child from a tender age to cover up, while looking chic. Which ever style you choose to tie the head wrap, ensure that the head wrap is loosely tired, so as not to obstruct blood flow and create any discomfort for your baby.



Breaking bad habits in kids


magine how disgusted you would feel, sitting next to a nose picker in a restaurant or any where-else. Well, that dirty and neusating character probably started from childhood, and was not controlled. Kids are highly impressionable and as such pick up bad habits very easily; thumb sucking, head banging, nose picking, hair twirling/hair pulling, lying, whining and cursing are a few bad habits kids pick up. Habits span every age and while these habits may not physically harm your child, they can hurt your child emotionally and socially if others see the habit as odd or disrespectful.It’s hard enough to break our own bad habits. When it comes to helping our children break theirs, it can seem even more daunting. Well, these steps will make it easier. How bad is it? First, take a look at the habit objectively. Is it just annoying or is it physically harmful? If your child continues with this habit, will it make him look odd in the eyes of others? Once you decide how big of a problem the habit is, move on to the following steps. What’s behind it? Take some time out to discover why your child picked up that habit. Does your child start biting his or her nails when she’s doing her homework?

Does she go for the thumb when in confusion? Figure out what triggers the behavior. Offer a better option. Once you identify what’s behind your child’s habit, come up with options to replace it. Find suitable substitutes to replace that developing habit. Calmly remind him or her that a bad hab isn’t an habit opt option. U Use gentle rem reminders. On ed to your child about breaking Once you’ve talked the habit, try not to nag. Instead, if you see them doing that ha habit, come up with a subtle signal to remind them of the re replacement option for their habit. Motivate and reward. Positive reinforcement is key. Set up a system to reward your little habit-breaker. Commend their e effort for trying to break the habit on a regular basis. Don’t overreact. Shaming or yelling at your child to get tthem to break their habit probably won’t work. Try to be p patient as you work through the process together. With additional information from the internet



Managing low blood pressure Stories by HAFSAH ABUBAKAR MATAZU

Drink a lot of water: Drinking a lot of fluids is essential. Apart from water include herbal teas for the ow blood pressure or hypotension is a condition electrolytes to prevent dehydration. whereby blood pressure drops below the average Avoid exposure to intense heat: Try to stay out range - the opposite of hypertension. If left of the sun or places with high temperatures. The heat untreated and proper steps are not taken, it can will ultimately lead to dehydration and even cause eventually weaken the heart and lead to symptoms you to faint. such as fatigue and fainting as the heart lacks Get plenty of rest: It is important to take adequate blood flow. everything slow when you feel tired. Or even better, Dr. Amadi Ikechukwu, a specialist and consultant get some rest. People with hypotension have less with Federal Medical Center, Abuja with experience blood flow to the muscles and organs. of up to 17 years, spoke about women most exposed Take a lot of sodium: It is recommended that to low blood pressure. “Women who are inactive in their first trimester of pregnancy and also, slim young people with low blood pressure take more salt than average people although it shouldn’t go above 10 ladies are the most prone to low blood pressure.” He also said that hormones play a big role in the decrease grams per day. Try sprinkling some salt into your drinking water or if you have trouble doing this, take of blood pressure a lot. sodium supplements. It is important to know how to grasp control over Exercise regularly: To encourage blood flow, the condition and with simply making the listed measures a habit, you will notice great difference and doing easy exercises like yoga can help loosen your limbs to avoid blocking blood flow. But whatever suffer less: exercise you prefer doing, just make sure you have Make sure you eat a balanced diet: Ensure enough water with you to stay properly hydrated. you incorporate a lot of lean protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and aid With additional information from the internet digestion and absorption too.


The wondrous benefits of beetroot you probably never knew


eetroot is a reddish vegetable that some know by the name red beet. It is extremely rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B6, A, C, nitrate and a whole lot more. Incorporating this sweet vegetable into your everyday meals can be very beneficial to your health and we have listed just a very few of the many so that you consider doing so. Reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack and blood pressure: Because of how rich it is in nitrates, it can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, heart attacks and blood pressure. Consuming it regularly leads to a much healthier heart. As an excellent antioxidant: Antioxidants boost the immune system immensely. Beetroot gets its reddish purple colour from beta cyanine which a great antioxidant which reduces cholesterol or also known as LDL. Great source of energy: Drinking a good serving of beetroot before exercising or an early start at work boost up your performance because it stimulates your blood vessels therefore, it is in its own a way, an energy drink.


Controls blood sugar: Beetroot assists in stabilizing blood sugar levels due to the soluble fibers found in it. When drunk regularly, it can drastically reduce blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. For weight loss: It is also used for weight loss due to the soluble fibers present in it that help fight against fat. It also cleanses the excess and toxic water from the body. Beneficial for blood detox too: Not only does beetroot provide essential minerals and nutrients to the body, it detoxifies blood too. By doing this it also reduces pimples, acne and other skin disorders that are caused by impurities in the blood. With additional information from the internet


Davido serenades Dangote @ 60th Birthday bash


igerian billionaire Aliko Dangote turned 60 and it was a star studded birthday with alot of super stars like Davido, Psquare, where there to celebrate with him. Also spotted at the grand occasion was Pa Adeleke, Davido’s father and of course, King Sunny Ade and even Ebony Life TV boss, Mo Abudu. Jude Okoye was also seen rocking to the beats with other Nigerian business moguls DJ Jimmy Jatt controlled the wheels of steel for the glorious occasion and Dangote did a ‘slow’ dance with his family by his side, as Davido gave his best rendition of his latest single, ‘IF’.

Agbani Darego ties the knot


ormer Miss World and beauty queen Agbani Darego got married over the weekend to Ishaya Danjuma, son of former defense minister, Theophilus Danjuma. The former beauty queen shared the news on her Instagram page with the picture showing her in a wedding dress with her partner backing the camera at the wedding. She shared the picture with the caption, “08-04-2017, #Mrs. Danjuma”, which was further by a friend, Elohor, while sharing the same picture wrote, “Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Danjuma @agbanidarego. May the almighty God bless your union. #mysisismarried, #beautifulcouple, #Marrakesh. Her post revealed that the couple held the wedding ceremony in Marrakesh, Morocco over the weekend. Agbani is best known as the first native African to win Miss World when she clinched the crown in 2001 at the age of 18 after she became the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria that same year. But little is known of her husband, Ishaya except for his active involvement in his family (Danjuma) business. According to Ono Bello, the private wedding was witnessed by 35 dignitaries.

Efe bags new appointment as an Ambassador


he just concluded reality show BBN winner Efe Ejegba has just been appointed the latest and new ambassador for entertainment and creative industry by the Governor of plateau state Simon Lalong. In a release signed on behalf of Gov. Lalong by the state’s director of press and public affairs Emmanuel Nanle, noted that the appointment of the Delta Stateborn Efe is a call to all citizens of the state to ensure they place value on the common humanity of her citizens in a multicultural and cosmopolitan setting. The statement reads: “The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has congratulated Mr. Michael Ejegba popularly known as ‘Efe’ on his emergence as the Winner of the Big Brother Naija (BBN) TV Reality Show. According to the Governor, the victory of Efe is a further prove of the brotherhood, excellence, courage and determination that characterizes the Plateau spirit. The Executive Governor in his commendation assured the people of Plateau and Delta States that the success of Efe will provide the additional platform for the consolidation of the relationship between the people of the two states, which had existed right from the early Tin Mining days of the twentieth century. The Governor has further confirmed that he will be receiving Efe as the newest Ambassador of the state in the Entertainment and Creative Industry on his arrival from South Africa soon.”


Smart casual look for men of style By HAFSAH ABUBAKAR MATAZU


mart casual is one of those styles that’s pretty hard to pull off but when done right it is also very flexible too. There is no need to always go strictly formal every day at work. There are many smart casual combinations to opt for instead in case you choose to branch for an outing with your friends after work. Here are a few accessories to pair your outfit with to look dapper yet effortlessly casual too. Watches: a hand accessory every man should invest in and ensure he never walks out the house without. An outfit is never complete without it. Ties: The more the better. It truly is amazing how easily a casual outfit can be stepped up a notch with a stylish tie around your neck. Messenger bags: this bag goes well with any attire. They come in different colours and sizes


and can be used to carry a wide array of items. Belts: A good quality leather belt like a great pair of shoes says a lot about your outfit and style. You can match them with your shirt or shoes. oes. Loafers: loafers are super comfy fy and look great on both casual and formal outfits. Rock a quality pair with your work outfit for the day and nd let your taste do the talking for you. u. Cufflinks: when you wear cufflinks with whatever outfit, whether it is a shirt of native, people know you’re here to do business. They make look small and unnoticeable but you are very wrong. A good eye-catching pair will ll go a great length and says a lot about your fashion sense too.


JZO Fashion titles new collection “Tokunbo” Rain for A/W ‘17 By HAFSAH ABUBAKAR MATAZU JZO’s new collection called Tokunbo (which in Yoruba means across the seas), have included creativity into the new pieces with inspirations from East Asian Marshalls according to their Creative Director Ola Akindinde. The fashion line is a menswear brand with trendy and contemporary clothing designed for the Nigerian man with fabrics that align with the needs of stylish males.

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PEARLS P E ARLS OF WI WISDOM “A man should h ld look l k as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.” – Hardy Amies PAGE 34 TAMBARI SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017



Patch work elegance By HAFSAH ABUBAKAR R MATAZU


atchwork styles are re here to steal the show ene. on the fashion scene. With a variety of ace, options from ankara to lace, ng chiffon, mix and matching utfit these fabrics into one outfit d. has never looked so good. n These patterns have been nd it’s slayed by fashionistas and eft wrong for anyone to be left n out of this unique fashion e as trend. You can rock these hirt; pants with a corporate shirt; atter as a dress or skirt. No matter how you choose to wear it, e. it still looks chic and cute. sh Make sure you look stylish in your customized outfitt of patchwork patterns.


FA S H I O N N E W S Lisa Folawiyo releases A/W 17 Collection //



he womenswear fashion brand Lisa Folawiyo showcased items from her new Autumn/Winter collection at the LDFW X Red Door Exhibition which was full of vibrant embellishment on Ankara prints. The ready to wear collection was showed off in Lagos with beautiful pieces entailing of beaded dresses, mixed prints, cape detailed dresses, blouse and trousers with details paid to feminity.

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PEARLS OF WISDOM “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” — Rachel Zoe PAGE 35 TAMBARI SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017


Fabulous ways to organise your bathroom By JAMILA DAUDA FREDA


or those of you with super small bathrooms, this could be a challenge when it comes to storage. Keeping our daily necessities organised without causing much cluster and making one trip and fall is what everyone desires in his/her bathroom. Shelves and pullout cabinets are amazing for storage in a small bathroom it can hold everything from medicine and face wash to hair brushes, curling irons and anything that you basically keep in the bathroom. If you are building a new home or remodelling a bathroom, this would be a great addition to your bathroom. Hanging window baskets on an odd bathroom wall eliminates wasted space and adds great storage for things like toilet paper or towels for easy access and pretty storage, Built in shelving behind the toilet area is not only great looking but also great for lots of stylish organization and decorating your lovely little bathroom. Use pretty storage containers, mix in some decor items, hide those towels that aren’t so pretty, and by doing this the bathroom can be pretty and decluttered. You will be so amazed how organizing your bathroom would be worthwhile. With additional information from the internet

Amazing Easter outdoor decor for the holidays By B JAMILA DAUDA FREDA


pringtime is my favorite time of year and I guess everyone’s favourite too. One of the many reasons is for that amazingly cute decor, which includes Easter. T There is just something about getting to decorate with eggs, b bunnies and pastel colors that will always satisfy my inner cchild. Easter and spring decor is so happy and festive, I just ccan’t have enough of it in my home. A special time for a ffamily get togethers, Easter decor can include things for the k kids, yard and door decor, and lovely vintage ideas for the ttable and mantel. Whether you are looking to make some k keepsake heirloom pieces, or you need a quick and easy Easter ccenterpiece idea for the dinner table, these cute ideas will h have you crafting some fabulous Easter crafts in no time. From ccrafty projects with everything from carrots, to bunnies, to fflowers and eggs, the ideas are insanely adorable and, many of tthem fun for all to help make. You can use easter egg wreath, eggshell tealight candle ccentrepiece, rainbow and bunny peeps wreath, flowered egg ttopiary and so on and so forth. With additional information from the internet



Sweet and sassy stuffed yam pockets Stories by JAMILA DAUDA FREDA


n this Easter Sunday, try something very unique when it comes to how we love to enjoy yam... we have different sort of ways to prepare and eat yam, Varying from yam porridge, yamarita, deep fried battered yam, yam balls and so on and so forth.

So here are steps to take firstly get this Ingredients: For the Yam Mash Small yam tuber 2 tablespoon butter 1 egg, salt and pepper (according to how spicy you want it to be) For Filling ¼ can corned beef ½ large red pepper (Chopped) ½ large green pepper (chopped) 1 scotch bonnet pepper (Ata-rodo) odo) (chopped) ½ small onion (chopped) 2 cloves garlic (minced) Salt – To taste

Other 2 tablespoons coconut or vegetable oil Directions Peel, wash and cube yam. Place in a large pot, cover with wa water and set on medium-high heeat heat eat to to bo boil. Cook until yam is fork tender 2. While yam is boiling: Place a large skillet on medium heat; add in all filling ingredients h

3. Create a. Mash cooked yam until smooth and free of lumps. Add in smo butter and salt. Combine thoroughly. butte egg. Thorou Thoroughly combine again. Rest until cool enough to handle b. Take a handful of yam and flatten until circular. Spread about 1 tablespoon of filling over flattened yam c. Take another handful of yam-mix and flatten. Place atop the filled circle and press the edges to enclose.

Gently press down on the stuffed yam using a slotted turner or similar flat spoon to further flatten. d..Place a large skillet on medium heat, add in the coconut oil. Gently place in the filled yam pockets and fry until golden. flip and fry on the other side.

Refreshing Cucumber Lime Juice

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his soft and spicy pastry is flavoured with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. These gingerbread men are both fun and easy to make, and, what’s more, the kids will love them. • 3 cups flour • 2 teaspoons ginger grounded • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon grounded • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg grounded • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 3/4 cup butter softened • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar • 1/2 cup molasses • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon Pure

flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or

Directions 1. Juice cucumber and dilute with an equal part water. 2. Squeeze lime and mix with cucumber juice. Mix in the honey and salt, if desired. Garnish with mint

Vanilla Extract

Directions 1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add mix molasses, egg and vanilla;mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a thick

epends on the ocassion or event as this is a very cooling, easy to make refreshing spring/summertime drink. You will need a juicer. But try and avoid it at night. Ingredients One cucumber ½ lime 2 teaspoons of organic honey Mint Pinch of salt (optional)

overnight. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly


flloured work surface. surface Cut floured in gingerbread men into sh shapes with 5-inch cookie cu cutter. Place 1 inch apart on un ungreased baking sheets. 3 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or 3. unt edges of cookies are set until and just begin to brown. Cool b on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Rem Remove to wire racks; cool comp completely. Decorate cooled cookies as desired. Store cookies in airtight container up to5 days.



Natural tips to get rid of cellulite By UCHE EZE he usually unsightly condition known as cellulite is suffered by women around the world and is universally hated; although it can be found anywhere, it is primarily in a person’s lower half. Cellulite is made up of free-floating fat cells that are deposited just beneath the skin. It has a distinct appearance, like the dimpled surface of an orange peel or cottage cheese. Hormones, genetics and an unhealthy lifestyle are the top causes of cellulite. You need to get rid of cellulite as soon as it appears because it tends to get worse with age. To manage cellulite, try some of these simple and easy home remedies. Coffee Scrub: Coffee scrub and also the coffee wrap are among the popular home remedies for cellulite and not for no reason. When you rub your skin with coarse coffee grounds, it works as an excellent exfoliating agent and removes dead skin cells to give your skin new and healthy cells. The skin tightening effects of coffee also smoothen your sagging dimpled skin. It is said that coffee scrub also enhances fat metabolism and removes fat and liquid from your skin to get you rid of cellulite. Dry Brushing: Dry brushing is perhaps the most effective home remedy for cellulite removal. When you rub a dry brush onto your dry skin, you helps tighten the epidermis and also in breaking up the toxic material which makes up the cellulite. However, you must take proper care in selecting the brush as well as the time to do dry brushing. Also, brush in the right direction- towards your heart.


Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar gar is loaded with various minerals including potassium, magnesium and calcium, which will help you get rid of cellulite. This is again because these minerals help detoxify your body and help flush out the toxins. It also helps reduce water retention around your thighs and stomach, the common areas where you get cellulite. Tangerine Essential Oil: Tangerine essential oil helps with proper blood circulation which prevents fat deposits under your skin. This oil also helps break down fat and thus reduces cellulite pockets formed on your skin. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, a component that prevents breakdown of collagen in the skin and saves it from toxic fat accumulation.




Remedies for sweaty scalp


any people hate to sweat, but perspiration has an important job- it cools your body off and prevents overheating. It may become a nuisance, though, if you sweat excessively on your scalp. Scalp sweat is especially problematic. It can ruin a carefully crafted hairstyle and give your scalp an unwanted odor. If excessive sweating bothers you, learn to manage it and keep the perspiration at bay. • Wash your head, scalp and face well every day to reduce oil and dirt buildup. Use a cleanser for your face.


• Apply a small amount of talcum powder to your scalp after showering. Rub the powder in well. • Rub an unscented antiperspirant on your scalp and forehead. Antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate are quite effective at reducing sweat. Apply the antiperspirant at night so it has time to soak into your skin. If regular antiperspirant doesn’t work, try dusting powder. • Avoid wearing hats or any other accessories or headgear that blocks airflow to your scalp. If you

allow your scalp to breathe, you may sweat less. • Skip caffeinated beverages and foods, such as coffee, soda, tea and chocolate. These can cause you to sweat more. Spicy foods, such as hot peppers, might also make the problem worse. • Drink at least eight cups of water a day to keep yourself hydrated and cool. Your body loses water when you sweat, so you need to replace it. • Lose a few pounds if you’re on a very big side. Excess weight can contribute to sweating.