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November 10 , 2013

Models On The Runway - The Native & Vogue Experience


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We are proud to be joint owners of Native & Vogue International Week. Indeed, we are extremely proud that the show has been adjudged the best in the land. Models were treated with respect. They got paid as and when due. It is no wonder that they all acknowledged the professionalism and serious attention to details. Production of the show was done by South African production company,our partners Neomantra and Bunor Creazioni, left an indelible mark and have set standards with Native & Vogue that it has become a benchmark for others to beat. This week, we speak with six top models about the 1DWLYH 9RJXHDQGWKHLUULVLQJSURÀOHDV1LJHULD¡VVXSHU models. Fatima Garba reports. See pp. 6 - 9 The Lagos Design Fashion Week ended last week, Yemisi Suleiman captures the prominent trends on the runway see pp. 4 & 5 We are a magazine with a two-pronged focus - style and wellness. If you read through our pages, you will see this is evident. For us, wellness is as important as fashion and style.

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REPORTAGE

MODELS ON THE RUNWA By - Fatima Garba

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AMAKA CHIRAH Everything was on point...

You are based in South Africa, at the moment. As an international model, how did you feel being a part of the Native&Vogue show? I feel awesome and this was really amazing, especially because Nigeria is still growing in the fashion industry. This is a major stepping stone. So far, what did you think about the show and its production? Everything was on point. I am so impressed. The production and lightings were so good. The models were excellent and the designers were very creative and talented. Who was your best designer at the show? I honestly cannot say in particular; the designers were all amazing. Do you think that Port Harcourt should keep having such shows, to give people opportunity to keep doing what they do? It is about continuity. This show should be consistent as a platform for people in the fashion industry.

GBENRO AJIBADE - It was a huge platform...

How do you feel about the Native&Vogue International Fashion Week? It was a platform for us, models, and I am glad about the sync between the professional and upcoming models. If I look back on my modelling career, I never got this opportunity as an upcoming model. It has been a huge platform and I have been able to see and work with other colleagues who have gone international. So, this has been fantastic so far! Would you like to be a part of the show again in the near future? I would love to be a part of this show over and over again. As far as I am concerned, this has been the best show I have been a part of, mostly because it is so international. I felt as if I was at the New York Fashion Week. The upcoming designers have been excellent and professional, making one think that this is not WKHLUÀUVWIDVKLRQVKRZVKRZFDVLQJWKHLU pieces. 7KHWULSWRWKHJRYHUQRU·VKRXVHZDVYHU\ impressive, especially because we were treated with class. It was very motivating. Who was your best designer at the show? Alvince was excellent. Jason Porsche was on point. Mai Atafo was exceptional. So far, so good. I have been really impressed.

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The organisation was international...

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How long have you been modelling? I have been modelling professionally for 3 years. While I was in school, it was on and off but since the Mr. Nigeria contest in 2010, when ,HPHUJHGĂ€UVWUXQQHUXSPRGHOOLQJKDV become a full time job for me.

Since you took part in the Face of Africa contest in 2006, how has your career been? My career has been amazing and my life KDVFRPSOHWHO\FKDQJHG,W¡VEHHQDEXV\DQG amazing venture so far. Apart from modelling, I am also a fashion stylist.

What do you think about the Native&Vogue Port Harcourt International Fashion Week? I personally think this was a great project. Most of the time, such huge fashion shows WDNHSODFHLQ/DJRVEXWWKLVLVDĂ€UVWLQ3RUW Harcourt and it is amazing. The designers are talented, the town is warm, the governor is friendly. Everything over here seems perfect. If I have an opportunity to be involved in this, I will do it again in a heart beat.

How did you feel when you were contacted to be a part of the Native&Vogue Fashion Week? I was so excited, especially when Frank Osodi directly called me and told me that he really wants me to be a part of the show. I said, of course, I would be happy to be a part of this ²HVSHFLDOO\EHFDXVHLWLVDZRUOGFODVVVKRZ

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What do you think about the show? The show went very well indeed. It is of international standard so, I am proud to be a part of it. Would you like to be a part of this show in the future? 'HĂ€QLWHO\,ZRXOGORYHWREHDSDUWRIWKH show again and again, if need be!

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What do you think about the Native&Vogue Fashion Week and how did you feel to be a part of the show? It is a very fantastic show. First of its kind, I must say. So far, so good. It was a great one and I am so excited I was a part of this fashion show. It is an opportunity for me to come back home to Nigeria to participate in this event DIWHUDORQJWLPHLQ6RXWK$IULFD,WZDVZHOOFRRUGLQDWHG and, all in all, I had a good time and I got the opportunity to catch up with my old time friends in the modelling industry. Do you think this sort of show should be held quite often? Of course, it should be held all the time, if possible. This is the type of show we need in Nigeria. Most times, such shows are held in Lagos. But this should be an exception and should take place in other parts of Nigeria because there are a lot of talents out there in the fashion industry and the modelling world as well. This is a great opportunity. How was the reception in Port Harcourt when you got in? I have been extremely happy. Everyone has been treated with so much love and care. Food has been perfect; accommodation was excellent. The people have been very receptive. What did you think about the designers who showcased? They were all amazing; great talents, detailed and wonderful designs.

It was a huge profile show...

In 2007/08, you were the winner of the Mr. Nigeria contest, Since then, how has your modelling career been and what ventures have you been involved in? I pretty much have dipped my hands into a lot of modelling, tv acting, production and things have been great so far. Winning the Mr. Nigeria contest gave me a platform for my career and I grew with it. So, here I am today. I joined ICE Modelling Agency in Johannesburg, South Africa and New York. I left Nigeria for 3 years to gain more international experience. I also took part and represented Nigeria at the Male Best Model of the World contest where I won African Male Model. It has been pretty exciting so far. How did you feel when you were contacted to be a part of Native&Vogue Port Harcourt International Fashion Week? ,IHOWUHDOO\KRQRXUHG7KLVLVUHDOO\DKLJKSURĂ€OHVKRZDQG, am glad that our fashion industry has reached this level. I was so excited. So far, it has been captivating and all promises have been kept. The designers have been so good. All in all, the show was a success. So let us use this medium to bring it home to Nigeria by showcasing our tradition so that other people around the world can see what our fashion industry is all about. What did you think about the designers that showcased during the show? The designers were awesome, both the upcoming and the veteran designers. They have inspired the young people. The RXWĂ€WVDUHVRH[FLWLQJ8VXDOO\ZHVHHDOOWKHVHFORWKHV internationally. Now, we do not have to go so far because we have all these amazing designs over here. The fabrics and detailing have been excellent.. November 10, 2013 /

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I Will Neither Practice Nor Tolerate Discrimination - Bunty Khan by - Jemi Ekunkunbor, Our path crossed at Azara winery in Cape Town, South Africa. It was the venue for our last wine tasting for the Cape wine lands tour. I was immediately drawn to her because, of all the places we had been and the people we had met, she was the only woman we met who owned a wine production company called Cape Dream. Bunty Chan is not from the elite class of wine producers. She is one of the natives who worked her way from the bottom to the top. Her success story is very similar to many women who succeed in male dominated sectors. She embodies the IXOÀOPHQWRIWKHGUHDPRIRUGLQDU\SHRSOHLQ the once colonized South Africa. As she shares her compelling story, and the daunting challenges, emotions ran high DQGWKHWHDUVÁRZHG,FDQRQO\LPDJLQH what she has gone through to pave the way for other women to come into the industry not as hired hands but as owners of their own businesses. She revealed that she has had to work between 18-20 hours a day in other to prove herself and be successful. Today, her brand Cape Dream is the evidence of her dream come true! How did it all start for you? I was a Project Manager for a multi-national company, in Johannesburg, before moving to Cape Town about ten years ago. I’ve always been intrigued by the wine industry, the picturesque vineyards and beauty of the Cape landscape. 6o about ¿ve years ago, I decided that I was going to get into the Wine industry and I started my company called, Croft Sales and created a brand called Cape Dreams. I wanted to do something that would make a dĭerence. I wanted to do something that was close to my heart. With Cape Dreams, I’ve tried to incorporate everything that is important to me, ¿rst to make my dream of having an internationally recognised brand possible, and to make a dĭerence in the lives of the people. What was the initial challenge for you? As a relatively unknown newcomer in the industry, with no prior experience and very little knowledge, it appeared to be a daunting task. To add to this, I did not have adequate capital. It was sheer determination that made me persevere and I eventually formed a formal partnership with an established winery to supply and support Cape Dreams. What has your life in wine been like from waking up to going to bed? It’s been a most rewarding, challenging and amazing experience. I’ve gone around the world to grow my brand and establish new markets. I’ve met and befriended many dĭerent people from many dĭerent walks of life. In a normal working day, I often communicate with people from across the globe – generally Asia in the morning, Europe/Africa during the day and the America’s in the afternoon. What is the most amazing thing that has

happened to you as a result of what you do? I come from humble beginnings. My dad worked long hours, went to work when it was dark and returned home often when it was dark. When my older sister went to university, my mum also went out to work to help support us. We were a very hard working family and our parents made huge sacri¿ces to educate us. To be able to create a company and to be now exporting to 15 countries still feels like a dream. I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity to own my business and to make inroads into a predominately white /male industry. I also feel blessed to be an inspiration to my children, women and other children that anything is possible. With Cape Dreams, one of my goals is to establish long term relationship with business partners and I feel truly grateful to now have these relationships across the globe.

How many women are there like you in the industry? I think there are probably about 6 women. 'R\RXVX̆HUDQ\GLVFULPLQDWLRQDVDUHVXOWRI your gender? There are always challenges in business and I will neither practice nor tolerate discrimination of any form. My business is based on sound business fundamentals, a clear strategy and speci¿c values that will not be compromised – trust, integrity, inclusion and objectivity.

You should be very proud? I am proud, thank you. Having come from the workers background to becoming an owner of a wine company, what is your relationship with those who work for you and how do they perceive you? People are generally happy to work with me. I love and care about people so I am respected and I respect others. I normally inspire especially young people to do their best and dream big but to work hard. What is the place of women in wine? There are a growing number of women in wine. While there are still many constraints, we are starting to see more success stories especially in the export market. Major retailers locally are now also supporting developing brands with marketing and distribution. Is the wine culture also spreading amongst the ordinary people here? Yes. Last weekend in Soweto, there was a wine festival which was attended by over 8,000 people. Whilst the majority are still beer drinkers, the consumer knowledge on wine is growing year on year and palates are changing. Wine and food pairings are becoming more popular. It’s not a luxury drink any more. More people can ăord it now. A lot more ordinary people are beginning to make wine part of their culinary culture. How does your father feel about your achievement now? My dad has passed on but I’m sure if he could see what I’ve done and achieved, he would be very proud. My mum is very proud. What are your plans for the future? Our key strategy is to grow in Africa and also focus more on the local market. Cape Dreams is in Nigeria but we need to continue to grow our brand awareness and make our wines more accessible in collaboration with our partner, Tendy Wines.

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DIEZANI, MAINA, OTHERS INDUCTED INTO MMS PLUS’ WOMEN OF FORTUNE HALL OF FAME By - Yemisi Suleiman About twenty women of honour were recently inducted into the MMS Plus’ Women of Fortune Hall of Fame 2013. The 2013 class of MMS Plus Women of Fortune Hall of Fame is the second in the series of the enviable women platform of capacity building, learning, business and re-engineering and information sharing. The event which held penultimate Tuesday at the Air Officers’ Mess, Victoria Island, Lagos was well attended by top personalities from the maritime and business sector, captains of industry and top government officials, including former Aviation Minister, Dr. Kema Chikwe. The theme of this year’s induction ceremony, ‘Appreciating the Strength in Womanhood’, according to Mr. Kingsley Anaroke, CEO of Kings Communications Limited, organizers of the annual event, is a reflection of the importance and relevance of the female folk in the society. He noted that this is one fact that President Goodluck Jonathan has elevated to a position of national priority by the 35% affirmative action on appointive and elective positions for women in his administration. “He has set up an unprecedented record ably engineered by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, which has found King Communications Ltd, initiator of the Hall of Fame, a worthy partner to bridge the gap in the society through women,” he said. The event also saw the setting up of an eight- member governing council to oversee the running of the MMS Plus’ Women of Fortune Hall of Fame.

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CAMBRIDGE WEIGHT PLAN NIGERIA GALA AND AWARDS NIGHT By - Yemisi Suleiman

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When you are overweight, there are a lot of negative issues surrounding you. You are depressed, unhappy and sluggish; not wanting to do anything at all times and your confidence drops. That was the message to women and men at the Cambridge Weight Plan Nigeria Second Gala and Awards Night, held last Saturday at the MUSON Centre, Lagos. This well attended educational and fun event provided an enjoyable environment for guests to listen to empowering remarks from Eniola Karunwi, Chief Executive of Cambridge Weight Plan Nigeria on the importance of being healthy and an extolling speech by Chris McDermott, Business Director, International Distributors of Cambridge Manufacturing Co. Ltd. To establish the effectiveness of the weight management plan of the company, there were testimonials from people currently on the Cambridge Weight Plan diet, with pictures of ‘then’ and ‘now’ as evidence. The event, which began in the morning with “Wellbeing Seminar”, created a lot of awareness – not just about the Cambridge Diet but generally about the importance of being healthy. A consultant from the University of Ibadan, Dr. Morhason Bello, also gave a talk on the social, economic, financial and psychological effects of being over-weight and the kind of lifestyle people should live to avoid being overweight. Guests were also enlightened on ways to manage and maintain weight, which it turned out does not necessarily mean losing weight. They were also introduced to simple lifestyle change on how to cook and eat healthy. The event culminated with the awards’ night during which Cambridge weight-loss achievers were celebrated and nominees for “Slimmer of the Year Award” recognized. Guests were treated to musical a performance by the Universal Crew and comedy was provided by Seyi Law.

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