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May 18, 2014

ALLURE’S WEEKLY FABLIST

The Denim Guide

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FA S H I ON WITH COLOUR Why not have a little fun on the bottom!? Floral, polka dots...I am loving them all. Whether you love a bold pattern with lots of colour, or you lean toward a more muted and understated look, there is bound to be a style for you. A simple white collared shirt is the perfect match to your busy bottoms! with a classic black heel, and a coordig bag g nating

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The simple white collared shirt By Fatima Garba

Sometimes the nicest clothes are the most simple.The white collared shirt is a classic item that will never go out of style.It is a must-have for every woman.A crisp collared white shirt is a fashion staple no girl should be without.We tend to forget about this simple but classic piece of clothing and how easy it is to work in into our wardrobe.

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CASUAL It can do laid back cool too, with a baggy white shirt just what you need to smarten up your favourite pair of boyfriend jeans at the weekend.

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The Denim Guide

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s the much anticipated Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN ) takes centre stage today at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigerians are in for one the best fashion shows of the year. The show, an RĚ&#x2020;VKRRWRIWKH$IULFD)DVKLRQ Week London, will feature mostly young generation designers showcasing African and contemporary designs. Ronke Ademiluyi, organiser of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, who has successfully hosted the AFWL for four years, shares with us the objectives of AFWN, the brand new Nigeria project, the empowerment programme for young designers as well as a bit of her personal style.

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How would you rate the fashion industry in Nigeria currently? I think Nigerian designers are trend setters. When it comes to African fashion, we set the trend and other countries follow. We showcase a lot of African designers at the Africa Fashion Week London and I can tell you, not because I am a Nigerian, that the best designs have been made by Nigerians and I am not being biased. What is fashion like for you? I am a very simple person. I wear whatever I am comfortable in as long as it suits me. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really follow trend but sometimes, I do, depending on my mood.

How has been the organizer of the Fashion Week LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHG\RXUGUHVVVHQVH" It has made me dress more African. It never used to be OLNHWKDWLWKDVUHDOO\LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHGWKHZD\,GUHVVEHFDXVH, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say I am the founder of Africa Fashion Week and be seen in shirt and jean always. I wear what I represent which is African fashion. So what should people expect at the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria? They should expect to see a lot of creativity. Right now, we are working with young people. They are very creative. So, you are going to see mind-blowing designers, something that you have never seen before; an infusion of cultural and contemporary designs. And, we will have our fashion gala night here in Nigeria to close the show. We are going to have veteran designer, Abah Folawiyo, that a lot of people look up to, who has over 40 years experience in the industry, showcase her designs. We are also supporting the Sickle Cell Foundation which is our chosen charity for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria.

Why did you decide to put the show together? We decided to do the African Fashion Week Nigeria because we are very passionate about young people, especially those in the creative industry. We believe that if we empower the younger generation of designers, they will be able to empower the generation after that and then the IXWXUHJHQHUDWLRQZLOOEHQHÂżWIURPLWDVZHOO:H discovered that there are a lot of creative talents in Nigeria so, we came up with an initiative called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brand New Nigeria Designersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It is a part of the Africa Fashion Week as well but it is called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brand New Nigeria.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The reason we came up with the theme â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brand New Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is to nurture the new generation of designers and make them business designers, so that they can actually sustain themselves from their passion. The idea is to ensure they are not designing for the fun of it; but rather turn their passion into business and become global brands. How do you intend to make sure that they succeed? There are lots of challenges designers face; even established designers face them as well. The major challenges are funds and distribution outlets. A lot of them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the funds needed to put a standard fashion business together. A lot of them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have where they can stock their products. A few designers have stores but most of them do not have outlets where they stock their brand. So, what we want to do is to focus on those ones. We want to try and empower these designers with start-up funds and create distribution channels where they can market and sell their collections. If we are able to do this for them, they can actually focus on their creativity and their passion and they can become better designers. So what is the selection process for designers that will qualify for the empowerment programme? From the over 100 designers who entered for the fashion week, we have selected 15 designers. Out of that 15, we are going to choose about three who we are going to nurture, empower, mentor and make them international brands. It is going to be like that every year. It is a fashion

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- Our vision at africa fashion week nigeria is to make african brands more visible

What exactly are you doing for them? We are creating awareness for them. We will give them a platform during the gala to talk about health conditions. A lot of households in Nigeria have a person with sickle cell or know someone with the condition. It is about creating more awareness. We chose sickle cell because a lot of people who know about sickle cell donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really understand what it is. I have a few cousins who have sickle cell anaemia.

week but apart from all the glitz and glamour, the whole fashion show, we want to be able to have positive impact in the designersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives. If we do three this year and we are able to take them to the next level, when we hold the Africa Fashion Week next year, we will do it with another couple of designers. What does it take to put the African Fashion Week in Nigeria together? It is a lot of hard work: getting a good venue, getting sponsors who actually believe in the vision. The London Fashion Week is a bit more stable because this is our fourth year. We have people who believe in what we are doing; we have corporations who support it. But this is the ÂżUVWWLPHZHDUHGRLQJLWLQ1LJHULDVRJHWWLQJIXQGKDV been a challenge. We have a few sponsors; we also had a few sponsors who pulled out at the last minute as well. But that is not going to stop us from doing what we are doing. We are passionate about what we are doing and we have also noticed that the new generation of designers are educated. We have a lot of doctors, engineers (and) lawyers who have now turned to their creative skills because they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get jobs.

What is a typical day like for you? I wake up early in the morning. After praying, I do a bit of exercise if I remember. Then, I get on the computer and VHQGRXWDIHZHPDLOVRUUHSO\VRPH7KHQ,JRWRWKHRĚ&#x2021;FH call my team members, do what needs to be done and maybe retire at about 7pm or 8pm. I chill out a bit and then go back to the computer. I get about 200 emails that I have to respond to daily. Where would be your favourite holiday spot? Spain is my favourite holiday spot. I went there last year and it was really nice. I will be going there again this year. I love Paris too but when I go to Paris, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relax; I love shopping. But in Spain, I get to relax a lot more. I just eat, sleep, wake up and read. Your best make-up product? I use Zaron and Melani. What is your vision for Africa fashion week London/Nigeria? Our vision for AFWL and AFWN is to ensure that African fashion is here to stay. It is the new alternative to :HVWHUQIDVKLRQDQGLWLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHVDORWRIIDVKLRQDURXQG the world. It has been worn by First Ladies like Mrs. Obama who has been seen in British-Nigerian designer, Duro Olowoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces. It has also been worn be celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce etc. Our vision at AFWL and AFWN is to make African brands more visible and more accessible; to have them in a few High Street stores as demand for African brands has now risen and; to have distribution outlets globally.


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lthough he is a Provincial Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and the MD/CEO of Brunnel Nigeria Limited, if a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beginning determined his ending, he would have amounted to nothing. According to his personal testimony, the penury to which his widowed mother was thrown after the demise of his Area customary court judge father, left his future hanging in the balance. But the grace of God was very near and with the help of a hard working mother and a supportive elder brother, his educational career began at the Catholic school three in Warri where he grew up. On completion of his secondary education at the popular, Urhobo College also in Warri, he proceeded to England where he completed his A-Levels and also bagged a degree in Economics from the Greenwich University. He capped his education with an MBA from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Before leaving for the UK, Pastor Brown Oyitso had developed a liking for the good life. He was the quintessential man about town. Until salvation came his way in the late 80s, he was a rallying point for friends who also like the good things of life-booze, night clubs and other trappings of the proverbial biblical prodigal son gone into a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;far countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Again he testifies that the grace of God was always near. This lifestyle continued until a dotting wife showed him the way to salvation. The man of God who turned 60 years recently, took time out to share with the Allure team, his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story that can only be described as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;amazing grace that saved a wretch like himâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

What was life like in Warri where you grew up? Life in Warri was fun. I started work at the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) in Warri. I got into heavy music. In my time, people used to have radiogram but God blessed me with a stereo set because as a staff of NPA, we had access to foreign things. So my friends from rich homes, who had radiogram, found out that listening to music in my one room apartment was different. So my one room became a hot spot. I had all the records, funk, jazz funk, disco and soul music. I went into night clubbing, drinking of alcohol, smoking and of course, the corollary; all the things that young men do. I lived that kind of life until I came to Lagos. It was a really rough life but the grace of God was there. Many of the young boys that I lived this kind of life with either dropped by the way side or died or never amounted to anything. But while this music and night clubbing was going on, my mind was still on going back to school. That was how I left for the UK. I got to the UK and the lifestyle continued. In fact I became a DJ. I was the publicity secretary for the Afro Caribbean society in my university. I was into music and fashion. This was 1975-1981. I came back to Nigeria to do my NYSC, the lifestyle continued. This time, I was hot and fresh from the UK with my afro hair all. I came back with a lot of records. When I got to Port Harcourt I found out that Port Harcourt was called port highlife. So the high life continued. In fact, my home was the XQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOQLJKWFOXE7KHQDJDLQWKHJUDFHRI*RGZDV still there. It was as if God just determined that he was going to use me at some point. When I came back to Lagos, under the most divine circumstances, within two months, I met my wife. Where and how did you meet her? 6KHZDVDIULHQGRIP\IULHQG¡VZLIH,PHWKHUDWWKLV friends place they were to attend a party but my friend

was too tired to take them. So, as soon as I came, he DVNHGPHWRWDNHWKHP7KHQP\IULHQG¡VZLIHDOVRVDLG she was very tired please take her. And they left me alone with her. She got into my car, it was a sports car then, I wanted to impress her. But when she got in, she VDLGZK\GLG\RXEX\WKLVNLQGRIEDFKHORUFDU"'RQ¡W you want to get married? She said you should be thinking of getting married. So I said what kind of car do married men drive? She said 505! So that was how I took her to the party. But what struck me about her was that she asked very responsible questions. I expected her to tell me we would meet later at one night club or the other. I realised that she was a different kind of person. I treated her differently, with a lot more respect and with a view to having a long term relationship. But a voice VSRNHWRPHDQGVDLGÂśWKLVLV\RXUZLIH¡7KDWZDVKRZD wife/husband relationship started. For people like you who have had the good life, your wives most times turn out to be the girl next door. Does it always have to be this way? <HVDQGQREHFDXVHRQHWKHRU\GRHVQRWĂ&#x20AC;WWKHPDOO God speaks to us in different ways. He used my circumstance to speak to me. The quiet girl next door may be an old time rocker who has done all kinds of things. Even if you are attracted to her, you still have to test it from the word of God. When you meet somebody ZKRLVRI*RG\RX¡GKDYHSHDFHDERXWLW Was she born again then? She was born Catholic. I was also born Catholic. But I think while she was at the University in Ibadan, she must have had some relationship with the Scripture Union people because, we got married in the Catholic Church to please our parents who were Catholics but

two months after we got married, she invited me to a Four Square Church. That was how I got born again. How did it happen? Well, after I got married, I was still into one or two WKLQJV6RLWZDVOLNHœKRZGR,FDOPWKLVPDQGRZQ"6R she took me to a Four Square Church and I sat in this small church and the pastor began to preach. It was my life this pastor preached and as he did, he kept staring at me. In fact, I thought she had gone to narrate my story to the Pastor and it almost caused a quarrel. At the end of the day, I gave my life to Christ. But here was a man who had done 100 metres and all of a sudden I have to stop. The church was too slow for me. So we moved to a church in Surulere. I got there, it was a funky church where the pastor will turn around and say give WKHSHUVRQE\\RXUVLGHDKRO\NLVV¡$QGP\ZLIHZLOOJHW DQJU\6KHGLGQ¡WZDQWWKHFKXUFKDQG,UHDOLVHGLWZDV not making me better. The pastor was preaching well but there were too many distractions. So we moved to another church. Was that how you came to RCCG? We moved to another church where I grew and was made like an assistant pastor. But then you know how it is with these one-man churches; trouble brewed and somebody now told me about a humble man in Ebute Metta preaches well and lives change. It was this quest to go and know this humble man that took us to RCCG in Ebute Metta in 1989. Pastor Adeboye came out and SUHDFKHGDPLQXWHPHVVDJHWLWOHGœJROGRUEUDVV"¡ $OOWKHVHFKXUFKHVZH¡YHEHHQJRLQJWRWKHSDVWRUV preach for one and a half hour, razzmatazz, psychedelic, showmanship. But here was this man, he just came out, ordinary looking, humble, spoke slowly and preached on this message gold or brass. That May 18, 2014 /

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REPORTAGE message made an impact on me and that was how my Pentecostal walk started.. %XW\RXGLGQ¡WVWD\LQ(EXWH0HWWDGLG\RX" 1R,GLGQ¡WVWD\ORQJ7KHFKXUFKZDVTXLWHVPDOOLQ those days. This explosion had not started and the HQYLURQPHQWZDVQ¡WYHU\QLFH6RVRPHERG\WROGXVWKDW there is a branch in Ikeja. This church had a problem. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSDVWRUPRYHGDZD\ZLWKPHPEHUVDQGWKH\ were starting again. That day during the worship, I head DQDXGLEOHYRLFHWKDWVDLGWRPHÂśLI-HVXVFRPHVLQ\RXU OLIHWLPHWKLVLVWKHFKXUFKKHLVJRLQJWRPHHW\RXLQ¡ 2OGPHPEHUVDOZD\VWDONDERXWWKH(EXWD0HWWD experience which is something quite removed from the modern churches today. What was that experience like? I must thank God that I started from Ebute Metta. Ebute Metta humbled me because I came with a certain mindset. Before now, I attended a psychedelic Pentecostal church where the pastor will look at a cook RUJDUGHQHUDQGVD\Âś\RXZLOOGHGLFDWHRQHPLOOLRQQH[W PRQWK¡DQGZHZRXOGDOOVD\DPHQ%XW*RGZKRNQHZ what he wanted to do with me in the long run, took me to Ebute Metta. It humbled me. I saw the General Overseer, I saw the people around me. They were simple people. Sometimes, I felt over dressed, the next Sunday, I would tone down. The same thing was happening with my wife. I used to wear two rings. When going to the church, I would remove my rings and neck FKDLQWKHQZKHQ,JHWEDFN,¡GZHDUWKHPDJDLQ When I moved to Ikeja parish, that same humble experience made me decide to join the least department at that time which was the follow up department. The people there were young boys and girls. So from Ladipo, I would carry people in my car, drop them at various points to go follow up people in Ikoyi, Surulere, Ojota, Agege, Victoria Island. Then the churches were not many. That also humbled me. Then one day, Pastor Adeboye gathered the workers and told us to scatter. That was excruciating. I was already an altar minister then. He told us to go use night clubs, hotels to set up churches. That was the advent of churches in hotels, in night clubs and in cinemas in 5&&*7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSDVWRUWREHVHQWRXWZDV3DVWRU$\R Adeloye. He was posted to Nightshift night club in Opebi. The second was posted to National Theatre. I was the third person. I was posted to Pen Cinema in Agege! It was the dirtiest place I have ever been. The Ă&#x20AC;UVWWLPHZHKDGDVHUYLFHWKHUHWKH\EURNHLQWRP\FDU My wife who was a CEO of an insurance company then would get there and start sweeping cigarette stubs. I would go and rent instrument from fuji musicians but that humbling experience from Ebuta Metta kept me going.

in RCCG, we are balanced. We preach prosperity, we preach holiness. We preach about heaven and we preach about hell. This gives me a lot of comfort.

mother was thrown into penury. But here I am today. That experience has also made me sympathetic towards widows.

The rate of divorce is on the rise and the church including pastors have not been spared. What is going on in the church of Jesus Christ? Well it depends on the denomination. In RCCG we have a different opinion. The bible is clear on divorce but I think people just read and interpret things to suit themselves. The bible says in the last days, men shall be truce breakers. So when they break truce, they break covenants. There are all kinds of interferences in marriage today. I hear how some married men bring home pornographic materials and want to practice on their partners. You hear of fathers raping daughters. You read about homosexuality and lesbianism. These are the signs of the end time so when people break the truce, divorce is inevitable. But we preach and believe what the bible says about divorce and that every challenge can be resolved based on the word of God. What has helped me in my own marriage is to always say, what did the word of God say about this particular problem or challenge.

When it comes to fashion, what is your style as a pastor? By the grace of God, I try to dress well because you preach with everything that you have. You cannot present God as a God of prosperity when you are shabby. So I defend the gospel with my externals. I believe pastors should be well dressed in a manner that will earn them respect.

How is life at 60? I approach 60 with a lot of gratitude to God. I thank God for the RCCG where the full gospel is preached. I also thank God for my wife and the children God blessed me with. I thank God for his grace and mercy. I am what I am, I have what I have, and I am going to where I am going by the grace of God irrespective of my shaky beginning. I thank God for the practice of Christianity that has stabilized my life, my home and my children. So I approach 60 with expectation and joy. What has life taught you? Life has taught me to be empathetic and to be welfare oriented and that is why we have the Maranata Foundation in the church. Life has also taught me not to write people off. If you had seen me at about age 9-11, you would have written me off as one who will not amount to anything because when my father died, my

What fashion have you really embraced? ,¡PFRPIRUWDEOHZLWKZKDWLVJRRGEXW,GRQ¡WZDONLQWRD shop asking for brand names. I wear what is presentable, what is not outrageous or compromising something that will make me comfortable in the presence of God. Where is your favourite travel destination? I like the USA especially Atlanta and Dallas but somehow, I feel more at home in London. For me London is very therapeutic and healing. I like the atmosphere there. On hindsight, if you could do things differently, what would it be? The rough life I lived is helping my Christianity today. I lived on the other side and lived it to the fullest. Now that I am a pastor, I have seen the danger and sadness inherent in that sort of life. So, I would love to be saved earlier than I did. What do you look forward to now? I look forward to living a righteous and peaceful life. I Ă&#x20AC;UPO\EHOLHYHWKDW-HVXVLVFRPLQJEDFNVRRQ,ORRN IRUZDUGWRWKHVHFRQGFRPLQJRI-HVXV&KULVW,ZDQWWR live my life in such a way that on the day of rapture, I will not be found wanting. I also look forward to a better Nigeria.

What are the challenges that you face as a pastor? The challenges are multiferous. Pastoral work is hard work. Preparing a message that will impact lives sometimes, takes two weeks. I hate seeing people suffer. As a pastor, you see people go through emotions. These are the days you see people without jobs, these DUHWKHGD\V\RXVHH\RXQJODGLHVĂ&#x20AC;WIRUPDUULDJH educated, with good jobs, no husband. These are days you see people get married no children. And because they see you as the intermediary between them and *RGWKH\FRPHWR\RXDQGVD\ÂśSDVWRUVROYHWKHVH SUREOHPV¡ Challenge also come in the way the world is affecting the church and you wonder if the world is winning this battle. There is so much going on in the world in terms of fashion, arts, politics and the media. Look at the puritan schools, most Christian schools have dropped their values. You sit down there as a pastor and you ask, is the kingdom of darkness winning this battle? I also have a problem with the type of gospel that is being preached today. When I got born again, we were into KROLQHVVULJKWHRXVQHVVVDQFWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQMXVWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ restitution. All these are no more preached. What happened? We are preaching prosperity, arts, modernity, management and leadership. Pastors are afraid of losing members. So they would not preach holiness. The crowd out there have itching ears. Pastors preach what the people want to hear not what God wants. But

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HEALTHY LIVING101 by - Teri Mendes

Donating Blood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Need For This Hello my dear readers, hope you all had a lovely week? Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition got me inspired after discussing with a colleague on donating blood to help save lives and I thought to myself - people need to be made more FRQVFLRXVRIWKLVVHOĂ&#x20AC;HVVDFW A blood donation truly is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gift of lifeâ&#x20AC;? that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives. For you, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a few moments out of your day but for patients in need, it may save their life From one unit of blood, red blood cells can be extracted for use in trauma or surgical patients. Plasma, the liquid part of blood, is administered to patients with clotting problems. The third component of blood, platelets, clot the blood when cuts or other open wounds occur, and are often used in cancer and transplant patients. Cryoprecipitated anti-hemophilic factor (AHF) is also used for clotting factors. In a recent study supported by the National Blood Foundation, more than 5,000 individuals who were current blood donors at the time or who had given blood in the past were asked why they donate blood. Nearly three-quarters of the respondents said that they give blood to help others. Respondents also said that giving blood makes them feel good about themselves; supports their local communities and hospitals; supports their community culture; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;pays backâ&#x20AC;? society for the times when they or their families have needed blood transfusions in the past.

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KNOW? Only 5% of the USA population donates blood. If only 10% of the population would donate, it would very possibly eliminate all blood shortages.

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A JOURNEY INTO SELF DISCOVERY (3) In as much as the picture may be portraying our males as the perpetrators of this vice EHFDXVHLW·VPRVWO\RXUIHPDOHV that are at the receiving end, I ZRXOGLPSORUHWKDWZH¶JRHDV\· a bit on our men as we carefully consider the below scenario: A man gets into a cab, shuts the door and was immediately overwhelmed by the pungent VPHOOWKDWÃ&#x20AC;OOHGWKHFDE+H opens the windows and tries to ease the situation by fanning himself, all to no avail, and after a while orders the cab driver to

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Chioma E. Okoye is a Corporate Etiquette expert; she is the Principal of the Diamond School of International protocol & Etiquette. (Email: cokoye@diamondschoolofprotocol.com) May 18, 2014 /

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TRENDY PIECES AS DIDI SHOWCASES ACCESSORIES COLLECTION By - Yemisi Suleiman Pics - Oscar Ochiogu

UK-based clothes and accessories designer, Tina Ndidi Ugo, creative head of Didi Creations, last Sunday, hosted celebrities and fashion lovers to a private viewing of her latest accessories collection. The event, held at Morning Side Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, featured her exclusive bag collection. From the rock chic, corporate, retro, trendy to beach Chic, there were uniquely created pieces to suit different categories of ladies and their lifestyles. Didi’s glamorous and statement neck pieces, ear rings and bracelets, all created using the finest beads, crystals, gems and stones are a must-have for the daring woman who loves to stand out from the crowd. According to Didi, as she is fondly called, the collection was inspired by “the African woman, especially the Eastern and Southern African woman who delights in adorning statement accessories”. There was also a footwear collection for the stylish and classy man. Guests were treated to a cocktail as they shopped and mingled with friends. Here are some faces at the event.

RUKKY SANDA

SCOTT IGBENE

MARY REMMY

AISHA IGBUNORIA

TINA NDIDI UGO CREATIVE DIRECTOR DIDI CREATIONS

PRESENTATION OF THE UEFA CHAMPIONS TROPHY TO LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR; MR. BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA

TIAMIYU ADERONKE

CHRISTIAN KAREMBEU AND JAY JAY OKOCHA BOLANLE OLUKANMI AND IRO OGBEIFUN

BAROWA YEWANDE

VICTOR IKPEBA PRESENTS UEFA BALL TO TABLE SOCCER WINNER

ENITAN REWANE AND AMEN

HEINEKEN/UEFA TROPHY TOUR IN NIGERIA By - Latasha Ngwube

LINDA IKEJI

SOLA OYEBADE

MARY IKOKU

Heineken, the World’s leading international premium lager beer, recently gave thousands of Nigerians the opportunity to feel and experience UEFA Champions League Trophy at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island. The trophy came to Nigeria with the brand ambassadors Ruud Gullit, Christian Karembeu and top Nigerian International footballers, Sunday Oliseh, Austin JayJay Okocha and Victor Ikpeba. The experience was described as a life time opportunity by some of the consumers.

CHARLES ANAZADO

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