March 23, 2014
THE WHITE GLAM DRESS WELL: FOLLOW THE RULES
MICHELLE & JIGI BELLO
- Award-winning siblings
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MICHELLE AND JIGI BELLO
THE WHITE GLAM DRESS WELL: FOLLOW THE RULES
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The White Glam By - Pamela Echemunor
A beautiful alternative to black is white. White symbolizes cleanliness and purity. It is a unique colour that stands the wearer out. White can be worn for fun and simple outing as well as for the red carpet.
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FA S HI O N
Dress well: Follow The Rules by - Jemi Ekunkunbor Looking good it is said is good business. It is also a serious business. This is because people are often addressed as they are dressed. While it matters to some how much is invested on looking good, for others, looking good is not a function of cost. Rather, this school of thought believe that looking good is a function of personal style which very often, borders on simplicity and well co-ordinated colour scheme. A good observer would notice that fashion designers themselves who are the architect of good clothes subscribe to simplicity. +RZZRXOG\RXOLNHWREHVHHQDQGSHUFHLYHGWKLV1HZ<HDU"'RQ·WEHD fashion victim. To dress well, ffollow these basic rules.
Over dressing Over dressing comes in different forms and ends up making the individual look too loud and too bogus. It becomes even worse if the person is not coordinated in appearance and attitude. There is no doubt that dressing too much especially when the occasion does not call for it could put one off. Over dressing is no no especially for plus size women because then everything EHFRPHVPDJQLÀHGLQWKHH\HVRI the beholder. It is not exactly clear why one would choose to overdress. As said earlier, the cost of looking good should not be too expensive. However, because there are some people who actually can afford to spend any amount, they buy so many things; some not necessary for particular outings. As one grows in life and status, the drive to impress others should be shoved aside for the drive for class and style. After all, less is more they say. In case you turn up at a party looking overdressed, this is what you should do. Tell the host you are coming from an important function and you had to drop by to explain that you will be coming late. Then go home and change into something simple and return to join other guests at the party. ANITA EIRES
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Unsuited clothes People wear so many things that do not suit them. Often, it seems that we forget that our bodies are different. Those who are used to buying clothes know the standard sizes that are available. Why a size 16 person would decide to wear a size 12 remains a mystery and a deliberate attempt at presenting a poor fashion and style sense. The truth is that people never really notice your size unless your clothes are too small or too big. Unfortunately, it is fat people who wear unsuited clothes. A person on the big side wearing something that is obviously so tight would bulge in certain places. 3LFWXUHDZRPDQZHDULQJDQLFHRXWÀW with a pouch in front, it would spoil the look of the dress and puts one off. Get the right size it will produce the right look. If what you wear suits you, it will show and people will pay compliments
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of the four indices of poor dressing, the worst of them is indecent exposure. This is a deliberate attempt to make bare sensitive parts of the body that ordinarily should be covered up. Although a little cleavage has LWVDSSHDOĂ DXQWLQJERREVDWYHU\ serious functions distracts a lot and it is offensive. There is no point in abusing your features. A decent person having her boobs hanging from her blouse may be perceived as cheap. It is not enough for one to draw attention to self, such a person should ensure that the attention is not negative. There are several designs that do not put the mammary glands on open show. Look at yourself and wear what suits you. The bottom line is comfort
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7KHPDUNHWLVĂ RRGHGZLWK different kinds of cosmetics. The fact that some come really cheap is not an excuse to load the face with layers of foundation powder especially if it is not quite suited to the skin colour. Make up enhances ones dressing but it should not draw attention away from the total make up of that individual except for those who just like to be loud. Keep the day make up as toned down as possible or as transparent as possible. the heavier make up should be reserved for night functions. When make up is well applied, it blends well with the apparel and adds some colour to the face. The right make up brings one to the point of colour scheme. There has to be a co-ordination between clothes, accessories and make up
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by - Jemi Ekunkunbor
master of ceremony at a wedding talked and cajoled to get the guests to smile a bit. Amongst them were very important dignitaries who had FRPHWRJUDFHWKHHYHQWÂśWKLVLVQRWDJUDYH yard the MC told the guests. A few managed a grin while a handful really did smile. In spite of the colourful head gears and upto-date laces won by many of the guests, the event looked too uptight for proper appreciation. Most times in an attempt at appearing like an important personality or dignitary, we forget to add a little to our make up and like the quote above, it is the cheapest of all make up yet works wonders. Smiling or even mere grinning is a good exercise for the face. Smiling puts you in a better mood and boosts your serotonin
level, making you as approachable, thereby creating a friendly demeanour. An open smile creates warmth that naturally pulls people to you and attracts favour. Beauty is added to the eyes when one smiles. The eyes look friendly and the smile lights up the entire face. And where relationship is concerned, a ZRPDQÂˇVVPLOHEHFRPHVUHDOO\LPSRUWDQW EHFDXVHDVPLOHLVDOOWKDWDOHVVFRQĂ€GHQW man needs to approach a woman. A smile well worn reveals an underlying sincerity that will allay the fears and doubts of the OHVVFRQĂ€GHQWPDOH Smiling also comes handy when looking for a job. A good smile counts when meeting a prospective employer. Since the prospective employer holds the ace, his impression
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March 23, 2014 /
MICHELLE & JIGI DEDE
- Award-winning siblings By - Yemisi Suleiman
Award wining duo, Michelle and Jigi Bello, received two awards at the recently held Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) for their outstanding efforts with the Movie, ‘Flower Girl”-a romantic comedy that premiered in Lagos last year. The siblings won in two categories. Jigi won Best Writer in the Comedy category for his effort with “Flower Girl” while Michelle clinched the Trailblazer Awards for setting the trend for other young movie producers and director in the industry. Jigi and Michelle spoke with Allure on the awards, their work together, and their opinion on the movie industry in Nigeria amongst other issues. 8
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- That feeling of adventure is why I love what I do. orn and raised in Lagos, Jigi went to College in Chicago and did his MFA on scholarship at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, USA. He worked as a writer for CNN Local Edition in Chicago and WKHUHDIWHUZURWHDQGGLUHFWHGKLVĂ€UVW IHDWXUHĂ€OPIRUWHOHYLVLRQÂ´7KH:DLWLQJ Roomâ€?. He returned to the British LQGHSHQGHQWĂ€OPVFHQHDQGZURWHDQG GLUHFWHGKLVĂ€UVWĂ€OPIRUWKH%%&Â´7KH Day Rock Diedâ€?. He went on to attend AFI LQ/RV$QJHOHVZKHUHKHSURGXFHGWZRĂ€OPVÂ´7KHĂ€UVW/RERÂˇV Paramilitary Christmasâ€? and Shooter, which opened to high acclaim and won awards at many festivals.
Congratulations on your award at the AMVCA? How do you feel about this award? It is a great honour to receive an award like this and to know that there are fans out there who appreciate all the work that we put into Flower Girl. It is especially great to receive this particular award because I was chosen from hundreds of great writers that are coming out of Africa right now. Can you tell us how you got into writing and the evolution of your career before you wrote Flower Girl? I have always been a writer. I am lucky enough to have a calling. Growing up in Ikoyi, I discovered books and movies through the library. There were screenings every week in the main hall and I could watch them from the library window which overlooked the hall. It ZDVWKHUH,OHDUQWWRORYHERRNVDQGĂ€OPV, started writing poetry for the underground press in London at the age of 15 but my ZULWLQJFDUHHUGLGQÂˇWUHDOO\FRPHWRJHWKHUXQWLOO I started with CNN in Chicago. There, I met Ă€OPPDNHUVDQGSXWWRJHWKHUP\Ă€UVWIHDWXUH Ă€OPIRUORFDOWHOHYLVLRQ)URPUHDOLW\79WR1HZ Media, I have had a good variety of projects since then but the writing has always been at the centre.
,WÂˇVQRWHYHU\GD\\RXJHWWRZRUNZLWKWKH director who is going to breathe life into your characters. Working with Michelle was fantastic! She came out and we spent time at the beach house in Los Angeles, eating a lot of barbecue and working on the tone and the dialogue. Making dialogue accessible to Nigerians and an international audience was a GLIĂ€FXOWEDODQFLQJDFWEXWLWZDVWLPHZHOO spent. As for the production, I did have VSHFLĂ€FLGHDVRQZKDWWKHFKDUDFWHUVVKRXOG look like but I was pleasantly surprised all around especially with Bikiya who blew everyone away with her hilarious performance as Stella. Tell us a bit about your writing process. Do you outline? How many drafts do you make EHIRUHWKHVFULSWĂ€QDOO\FRPHVWROLIH"
What inspired the writing of the Flower Girl? It started with a phone call from my sister. She asked me to do a movie that would appeal to an international audience but still YHU\/DJRVVSHFLĂ€F7KHLGHD,KDGZDV simple. â€œWhat would happen if you put realistic Lagos characters in a Hollywood romantic comedy?â€? As soon as I got the characters Ă HVKHGRXWWKHVWRU\EHFDPHDERXWOHWWLQJ them play together and see what happens.
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but since I had access to the Producer and Director, I had the opportunity to adjust the VFULSWWRPDWFKVSHFLĂ€FORFDWLRQV,OLNHWR GRWKLVDVLWPDNHVHYHU\RQHHOVHÂˇVMRE much easier if they are on the same page DQGGRQÂˇWKDYHWRFKHDWDURXQGWKHVWRU\ As for my prep for a script, yes, I am a structure writer and so, I like to outline every story point and character until the SX]]OHSLHFHVĂ€W What is your opinion on the movie industry in Nigeria? In terms of scripts, do you think we are doing well? ,ORYH1LJHULDQĂ€OPV)URPROGVFKRRO 1ROO\ZRRGWRWKHQHZZDYHRIĂ€OPVFRPLQJ out. I cannot get enough. Nigerians are HDVLO\WKHKDUGHVWZRUNLQJĂ€OPPDNHUVLQ the world. As for the writing, I think there is an opportunity for some great scripts to be coming out of Nigeria but on the whole, a lack of training is keeping a lot of good writers from being great. I am still waiting for the Nigerian Jaws or Star Wars. One great script can change an industry forever. What is the key to writing a good script? The key to writing a good script is reading good scripts. So many writers QHYHUUHDGDQGGRQÂˇWXQGHUVWDQGKRZWKH page is supposed to look or feel as you are reading it. There are hundreds of things WKDWKDSSHQRQDSDJHWKDWGRHVQÂˇW translate to the screen so watching the movie is not enough. What would be your advice for young people who aspire to becoming successful script writers? Have somebody who knows what good looks like to tell you if you are on the right track. An unread script is worthless. Get it out there. How do you take time off to relax? ,GRQÂˇWNQRZKRZWR,KDYHEHHQWU\LQJ to cultivate a bad habit like some of the JUHDWZULWHUVRIKLVWRU\EXW,ÂˇPWRREXV\ Maybe I should take up smoking cigars or a pipe. When it comes to fashion how do you like to dress? ,RQFHPHWDPDQDWDĂ€OPIHVWLYDOKH was unshaven, had uncombed hair, and dressed like he had just come from the gym. Five years later, he was accepting an Oscar for Lord of the Rings. So, what I am saying is if you dress badly, you will win an 2VFDU,WÂˇVDSURYHQIDFW Who is your role model? I was trained by the late Daryl Nickens and he will always have a place in my heart. John Singleton really more than anyone else, showed me that it was possible to be a black screenwriter in the mainstream and do good work. What project are you working on next? I am very excited about the next project LQ/DJRV,FDQÂˇWVD\WRRPXFKEXWLWÂˇVJRLQJ to be something no one has ever seen before. That feeling of adventure is why I love what I do .
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- The movie has helped to give international audiences a different perspective of Nigerian film making. ith the successful outing RIKHUĂ€UVWPRYLHÂś6PDOO %R\ÂˇZKLFKZRQWZR$IULFDQ Movie Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Young Child Actor in April 2009, came yet again another resounding success for Michelle Bello, with her Trailblazers Awards at the AMVCA 2014. Here, Michelle speaks on her exciting award, the movie, Flower Girl and her plans for the future.
Congrats on your Trailblazer Award. What does that mean to you? Thanks! It really meant a lot to me winning the Trailblazer Award. It was so unexpected and I feel so very honoured to have received it. I won a beautiful Hyundai sports car as well. This award has shown me that all my hard work KDVQÂˇWJRQHXQQRWLFHG,UHDOO\WKDQN$09&$IRU acknowledging me and my future potential. Did you think the movie Flower Girl would win an award? ,ZDVSUD\LQJDQGKRSLQJWKDW)ORZHU*LUO ZRXOGZLQVRPHDZDUGVDQG,ÂˇPVRKDSS\ZH GLG,UHDOL]HGWKDWWKHFRPSHWLWLRQZDVĂ€HUFH ZKLFKPDGHZLQQLQJWKDWPXFKPRUHVZHHW,ÂˇP terribly proud of my brother, Jigi Bello, for getting the Best Writer in a Comedy Award and Bikiya *UDKDP'RXJODVIRU%HVW6XSSRUWLQJ$FWUHVV IRU)ORZHU*LUO%LNL\DSRXUHGKHUKHDUWDQGVRXO into her role and really nailed it. As for Jigi, I know how many days and nights he put into the various script drafts and how hard he worked to get it just right. At the end of the day, they both did an amazing job! What were the challenges you encountered
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How has it been since the premier? The journey has been an incredible one. We had no idea that the response would be explosive. Once it was released across Nigeria, the movie hit No.1, beating other Nollywood PRYLHV)ORZHU*LUOKDVWUDYHOHGWKHZRUOGDV ZHKDGVFUHHQLQJVDWWKH+ROO\ZRRG%ODFN)LOP )HVWLYDOODVW2FWREHULQ/RV$QJHOHVDQGLQ &DQDGDDWWKH7RURQWR%ODFN)LOP)HVWLYDOODVW PRQWK7KHĂ€OPZRQWZRSUHVWLJLRXV international awards. After the UK premiere in September last year, there was an immediate UHTXHVWIRUWKHĂ€OPWRJRWR6FRWODQGDQGLWZDV
I eat, sleep and drink my movies. Itâ€™s important to give your full attention to whatever production youâ€™re working on. There is no such thing as easy success LQWKHFLQHPDLQ$EHUGHHQLQ)HEUXDU\7KH response from audiences around the world has been overwhelming as they really enjoyed the story and the characters because they could relate to the main theme of the movie which is love. The movie has helped to give international audiences a different perspective of Nigerian Ă€OPPDNLQJ:HDUHH[FLWHGWRDQQRXQFHWKDW )ORZHU*LUOLVRQHRIWKHIHZPRYLHVVHOHFWHGIRU Nollywood Week Paris in June 2014. Now European audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy our movie and see what we have to offer in Nigeria. Also, the movie will be released soon on VOD worldwide as well as on several LQWHUQDWLRQDODLUOLQHVDVSDUWRIWKHLULQĂ LJKW entertainment in the coming months. It will then hit the DVD market and TV both here and abroad.
What is your opinion on the movie industry in Nigeria? Our industry is growing at a rapid rate with lots of Nigerian movies coming out in the cinemas here in Nigeria as well as being premiered in the UK and USA. Also, Hollywood actors have been interested in being part of our productions which is really exciting to see. I hope to see our Nollywood actors cross over to the international market in the years to come. What does it take to produce a good movie? It takes a great deal of passion, hard work, VDFULĂ€FHGHWHUPLQDWLRQDQGORWVRISUD\HUV)RU PH,ÂˇYHEHHQDSDVVLRQDWHĂ€OPPDNHU,HDW VOHHSDQGGULQNP\PRYLHV,WÂˇVLPSRUWDQWWRJLYH \RXUIXOODWWHQWLRQWRZKDWHYHUSURGXFWLRQ\RXÂˇUH working on. There is no such thing as easy success. Tell us about your growing up years, your educational background. And the most memorable times you had as a kid? I attended primary school at Corona School in Victoria Island and left Nigeria when I was 8 \HDUVROGWRVWXG\LQWKH8.,VWD\HGWKHUH through my A levels till I was 18 years old. I loved my childhood as I went on lots of holidays all over the world with my family. I went to YDULRXVFRXQWULHVVXFKDV)UDQFH6SDLQ,WDO\ Maui, several Caribbean Islands and all over the US. I think one of the most memorable vacations I had was when I went to Disney World in the USA and met Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. What would be your advice for young people who aspire to becoming successful directors/producers in future? My advice for young people would be to go to school to study whatever you have a passion for. Away from work, how do you take time off to relax? I love traveling. I love the sun and sand, so when I go on vacation, I try and make sure that I get them incorporated in my itinerary somehow. I love catching up on movies and TV shows and hanging out with friends and eating great Indian, Mexican or Chinese food. Where would be your best holiday destination? Right now I really want to go back to the &DULEEHDQ,ÂˇYHEHHQWRVHYHUDORIWKHLVODQGV and can never get too much of them as I love the beaches and the people over there. They are easy going and very laid back and they make it easy for one to wind down. When it comes to fashion how do you like to dress? )DVKLRQIRUPHLVZHDULQJZKDWPDNHV\RX IHHOPRVWFRPIRUWDEOH,ÂˇPDODLGEDFNSHUVRQVR ,WHQGWRGUHVVFDVXDOO\XQOHVV,ÂˇPJRLQJIRUD meeting. The reality of life is that sometimes OHVVLVGHĂ€QLWHO\PRUHDQG,WHQGWRDLPIRUWKDW kind of look. Who is your role model? My role model is my mother. She is such an amazing woman! She has taught me so much DERXWOLIHDQGVKHÂˇVVXFKDORYLQJDQGFDULQJ person. In the entertainment world, Tyler Perry is my role model. I love how he has pushed the boundaries in Hollywood with having his own VWXGLRVFUHDWLQJIDLWKĂ€OOHGFRQWHQWIRUPDVVLYH audiences. He has always stayed true to himself and his faith no matter what the challenges have been.
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Things You Should Not Eat Before Bed - part 1
Hello my dear readers, there is no shame in getting caught having a snack right before sleep because hey, we all do it, but you still have to think smart when it comes to eating late, and avoid eating some of the worst things to eat before bed. Otherwise, you can forget about KDYLQJDQDPD]LQJÂżJXUHEHFDXVHHYHQLQJIRRG can easily add unnecessary body fat, lead to health problems and also be the cause of interrupting your sleep. If you want to avoid this nightmare, take a look at the list of the worst things you should never eat before bedtime.
1. Peanut butter Keep in mind that eating almond butter, peanut butter or any other nut butter late in the evening can lead to fast weight gain, especially if you do it daily. When you eat nut butter every evening continuously you can gain up to 25 pounds each time. Never eat nut butter before bedtime! Itâ€™s better to drink a big cup of milk or unsweetened almond milk instead. You will be calmer and sleep better because of the calcium, which will also save you from fatigue. Usually, I add some cinnamon to my unsweetened almond milk; it helps me to sleep better. 2. Ice cream Itâ€™s true that ice cream has actually DGRXEOHHĚ†HFW)LUVWRIDOO it can be the best food to comfort you but still the worst one to eat when going to sleep. I can not understand sometimes how such a good thing can be so harmful? If you donâ€™t know, ice cream contains a small amount of fat and is also rich in sugar that will really disrupt your sleep. The taste is undoubtedly comforting, but the results are absolutely awful.. 3. Alcohol I think itâ€™s a false statement that if you drink a lot of alcohol you will have a good sleep. If it were WUXHVXFKVOHHSZRXOGKDYHDGURZV\DQGOHWKDUJLFHĚ†HFW and wouldnâ€™t be regenerative and refreshing. Additionally, alcohol can lead to dehydration and disrupt
the restorative sleep functions. Thatâ€™s why, next time you are dreaming about a longlasting and great sleep, do not drink before going to bed. Also, consuming alcohol prior to sleep, whether its wine, vodka or champagne will have a big impact on the way your skin looks and feels and it can also aggravate snoring. So remember, next time you look forward to a long-lasting and deep sleep, avoid drinking before bed.
4.Candy Bars & Chocolate Another thing to avoid
eating is candy bars & chocolates. As desirable as it may be, it is better to avoid this yummy snack before sleep. According to the recent research, 7 out of 10 people who eat things like candy bars when going to bed more often had a nightmare that night. The theory is that a high amount of sugar produces â€œmore nightmarish brain waves.â€? So, think smart before preferring your deep night sleep to a temptation of candies! As unfortunate as it is, chocolate doesnâ€™t just have a higher sugar and fat content WKDQRWKHUODWHQLJKWVQDFNVEXWLWDOVRFRQWDLQVFDĚ†HLQH On top of that, it is loaded with stimulants like theobromine, which is known for making your heart race a little. As a result, chocolate can keep you up at night and cause sleep deprivation. Those who donâ€™t sleep enough tend to VXĚ†HUIURPLQFUHDVHG levels of cortisol, which can encourage muscle tissue breakdown.
5.Red meat The problem is that red meat is loaded with proteins and fats, and it takes longer to digest than any other foods. Thus it will keep your body busy breaking down food the whole night, which can cause discomfort and even cramping. In order to avoid a night ÂżOOHGZLWKWXUQLQJDQGWZLVWLQJLWÂśVLPSRUWDQWWRNHHSDOO of your systems at peace. That means restraining yourself from eating red meat right before bed. 6. Celery I know what
you are thinking Celery? Yeah right! As surprising as it is, celery should be avoided before bed if you are aiming for a deep and uninterrupted sleep. Celery is a natural diuretic which means that it elevates the rate of urination more than usual. Diuretics tend to have that HĚ†HFWRQWKHERG\EHFDXVHWKH\SXVKZDWHUWKURXJKWKH system. Limit your celery intake before bed, or you may be running laps to the bathroom all night! Thatâ€™s it for today my readers! Keep your skin looking youngerâ€”and lower your risk of skin cancerâ€”with these foods. Hope you enjoyed this piece! Remember you read it KHUHÂżUVW For comments and questions please email terimendes@gmail. com, @terimendes. I would love to hear from you, till next week. - itâ€™s ta ta for now! XOXO
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Dear Anon, Thanks for your mail. The quickest way is to go on a low calorie diet. Like the Cambridge diet. Best wishes, Teri Mendes.
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POCKET FINA by - Omilola Oshikoya What happens in the case of an emergency? â€“ Planning for the rainy day We all know that life happens and the unexpected expenses are expected. It could be a job loss, wedding of a family member, natural disaster, death, illness etc. For example in 2012, there was a nationwide strike, where all citizens in Nigeria stayed DWKRPHIRUDERXWDZHHN,WZRXOGKDYHEHHQDGLĚ†HUHQWVWRU\LILWODVWHGIRUPRUH than 1 week especially for those Nigerians that depend or survive on what they earn on a daily basis. I remember in 2008 during the credit crunch, a lot of people lost their jobs globally. A friend of mine who had a very good job in one of the worldâ€™s WRSLQYHVWPHQWEDQNLQJÂżUPVORVWKHUMRE6KHGLGQÂśWVHHWKLVFRPLQJ+RZZDVVKH supposed to survive if she hadnâ€™t planned ahead of time? There is a bible verse that says â€œA prudent person foresees danger and takes SUHFDXWLRQV7KHVLPSOHWRQJRHVEOLQGO\RQDQGVXĚ†HUVWKHFRQVHTXHQFHVÂ´3URY 27:12). This is very apt. Anything can happen at any time. This is life and that is just the way it is. Ask yourself a few tough questions: What would happen to you and your family, if you lost your job today? What if you discovered you had an illness that could not be treated in Nigeria and you would have to go out of town? What if the bread winner in your home suddenly develops an illness and is required to stay at home for a while? What is an Emergency Fund? According to Investopedia, an emergency fund is an account that is used to set aside funds to be used in an emergency, such as a loss of a job, an illness or a major expense. Most emergency funds are highly liquid which allows quick access to funds which is vital in emergency situations. An emergency fund could either be short-term or long-term. A short term fund is more liquid than a long term fund for example a savings account while a long
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his week has been all about beauty taking care of oneâ€™s skin to be precise. Hereâ€™s the worldâ€™s worst kept secretâ€” most celebrity skin you may admire is not 100 per cent down to genes and healthy living. The good news? You can get in on their routine. Join me for Escape...
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100 UNSUNG HEROINES PROJECT LAUNCHED By - Oscar Ochiogu
The Unsung Heroine project, dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in our society was launched recently in Lagos. The event, held at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, provided the opportunity for women in the society who have constantly been ignored and neglected to gain recognition for their achievements and giant strides. The project which is a year-long campaign, will see the organizers visit various states of the Federation, through villages and communities, in search of women doing exceptionally well in their various communities. Visionary and project coordinator of the project; Bayo Omoboriowo said “Nigerian women have exceptional stories. These women are fabrics of society today, without whom we won’t be seated here. I was amazed when I met a woman who from the little profits she makes from the sale of bottled drinks, has been able to train her kids in schools outside the country.” Omoboriowo noted that somewhere down the road, in the archives of history, the events of today will be referred to as one of the events of our time that shaped womanhood. The event was attended by Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili and other important dignitaries.
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FROM 2ND LEFT: RITA DOMINIC AND DR. ABAYOMI AJAYI FLANKED BY NORDICA FERTILITY CENTRE STAFF
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MILLION WOMAN MARCH FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS By - Pamela Echemunor
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As part of efforts to enlighten the public and promote awareness about the infamous endometriosis disease Nordica Fertility Centre in collaboration with Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria, staged an awareness walk tagged “Million Woman March for Endometriosis”. The event was part of the activities to celebrate International Women’s day. Led by the M.D Nordica Fertility Centre, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, the walk bought together men and women from all walks of life including Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic who amongst others were adorned in yellow endometriosis branded shirts, as they marched from Muri Okunola Park on Adeola Odeku in Victoria Island through to Onikan Stadium where the walk terminated. The event also included free consultations, exhibition by participants, counseling and interactive sessions. Dr Abayomi Ajayi described the endometriosis disease as an “Ever present pain that no one can understand , that frustrates and makes life miserable.
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