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January 19, 2014

Deola Sagoe’s Victorian Collection At MMR

HAIR TRENDS in

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Lydia Forson

New Make-up Looks!

- AMAA Brand Ambassador On the Politics Of Movie Making


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• DEOLA SAGOE’S VICTORIAN COLLECTION

• HAIR TRENDS IN 2014 • 3 LOOKS FOR 2014

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FEATURES TEAM EDITOR REMMY DIAGBARE DEPUTY EDITOR JEMI EKUNKUNBOR ASST. EDITOR YEMISI SULEIMAN CONTRIBUTORS PRINCESS KATE EMIKO BAMIYO ISELEMA EMINA JEROME CODJO-YAOVI ONIPEDE

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From the editor...

Ghanaian-born Lydia Forson is the Face of AMAA. AMAA, a creation of Nigeria’s Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is Africa’s Golden Globe Award. Created to reward excellence and promote professionalism in the movie world, the award has succeeded in bringing together a regional bonding amongst practitioners. While it is yet to attract the same fervour and fashion frenzy as its Hollywood counterpart, the award has recorded its fair share of success and acceptability as an award to own. At the last AMAA held in Bayelsa State, Forson was nominated as the Face of AMAA. What does this entail? And why was she given this role? Forson, who says she loves Nigeria and considers it her second home, spoke with Yemisi Suleiman. See pp. 8 & 9 On our fashion pages, we give you a guide on your wardrobe this year. So, no wringing of hands. See our

guide on pp. 6 & 7. Our beauty page is an eye opener on make-up and hair-to-do now. It’s a teacher’s guide to colours and trends. See p. 4 & 5 Finally, let me share my mantra this year: ‘Make it a point to thyself be true at all times.’ Have a great week!

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Remmy Diagbare

QUOTES...

“I n your pursuit of your passions, always be young. In your relationship with others, always be grown-up.”

- Tom Brokaw

“Everyday it gets easier to connect with an electronic device that it is to connect with real people.” - Pablo

“Give a man a centimeter and he’ll think he’s a ruler.” - Charles Dickens


FA S H I ON

DEOLA SAGOE’S VICTORIAN

COLLECTION AT MMR ealo Sagoe’s collection at the Music Meets Runway show in December had all the elements of Victorian. Victorian is a trend that first surfaced on the runways of Milan and New York in the 90’s. As a matter of fact, Kate Moss was credited to have made it a fashion item when she launched her self in it in the 90’s. This look became known as the’ Heroine Chic’. Characterized by a mix of medieval and modern looks, its allure is the elegance of carrying off the look from across eras. eras. It was obvious from comments, that many didn’t quite

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understand the collection. Deola was way out of most leagues, when she chose to feature a mix of 19th century and 2013 chic. The layering of plaid, lace and mesh, with madam Tussaudtype hat and lady what’s- her -name gown got many winking in the dark. It was risky fashion, but a delight to see that Deaola can be so daring. At the risk of being labeled as one’ loosing her design instincts’, she launched in Nigeria the effect ever Victorian collection.

20TH CENTURY MEETS 2013VICTORIAN TOP BLENDS WITH 2013

VICTORIAN HAT, BLOUSE AND ROCKER CHIC SKIRT

RIPPED LEggINgS AND VICTORIAN INSPIRED COLLAR AND SLEEVES.

HEROINE CHIC

RIPPED LEggINgS AND VICTORIAN INSPIRED BLOUSE

A CLASSIC MADAM TUSSAUD-TYPE HAT, INSPIRED BY 20TH CENTURY FASHION

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B EAU T Y

2014

Hair Trends In by - Pamela Echemunor

As a woman, there are three focal points to consider: hair, nails and make-up. These three condiments will make you look spot-on to achieve flawless total wow effect. They say that hair defines a person; even if you’re outfit isn’t extraordinary, your hair will speak volumes about your style and personality. Here are a few 2014 style trends that will put you at the top of the fashion beat and leave you looking va vaa voom!

Wavy Hair Styles

Up-do Hair Styles Everything that you wore last season may have looked fantastic, so never stop experimenting with new designs and stay in touch with latest trends. Just like the bun, this hair style is classic and natural plus it can be used for events or even on a hot summer day. See how this dashing diva rocks her classic up-do.

Classy Ponytail Hair Styles

More and more women are embracing Western weaves but most don’t know how to bring out their beauty. These human hair weaves can be curled, braided or straightened. The in-thing, this year, is the wavy hair style – be it long or short waves. This trend is an easy to do style you can never go wrong with. When it comes to wavy hair style, there is nothing easier than creating natural waves. You can use either rollers or curling iron but don’t forget to use your hair serum to maintain the bouncy shiny curls. See how Toke Makinwa does it effortlessly.

Less is more, they say, so looking your best doesn’t mean covering your face with all the hair in the world. Why not take that long weave out, stretch or roll it and make a simple ponytail for a flawless look? You should first straighten your hair with flat iron and then try to create a tight tail without fly-away strands. The tighter your hair, the sexier you look. See how Muna rocks her braided waist-length ponytail. Rock on diva… or go pop chic and jazz it up like Ciara with a slight, streaked Mohawk on top and a nice ponytail falling behind and voila! You are ready to heat up the town.

New Season Short Hair Cuts

Daring Hair Colours

Recently stylists and hair gurus often present palettes of pastel hair colours like pastel pink, blue, green, orange and other similar shades that look both daring and elegant. Such designs are not suitable for dark skin tones and not everyone can pull of such non-conformist style. But if you must then find a hair colour that is most suitable for your skin tone Sharon and Charity did. You can look fab without looking like a disaster.

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Bun Hair Styles

They are particularly elegant, mainly when you pick the exact outfit and accessories according to your hair style. Everybody will remember the iconic Audrey Hepburn in the little black dress, pearl neck lace and that stylish bun of hers in the enduring Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Take a cue from our very own Omo Sexy, Omotola, with her natural bun styled with a cute diamond studded hair pin.

Short hair is the most suited style for ladies who are constantly on the move and don’t have enough time to style their hair. It’s elegant, stylish, sexy and edgy plus it works best for our extreme humid weather. Still, before going for dramatic changes, you should consider some factors like your face shape and, of course, lifestyle. This tip will help you to find the most optimal style for you so that you will have a flawless look. Try the Pixie hair cut like Genevieve Nnaji, or a Bob like honorable Abike Dabiri


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BEA U T Y

Looks

for2014 by - Vivian Obiajulu

Colorful Smoky Eye Dark eyes be gone as the smokey eye gets a colourful makeover. Based off the traditional smokey eye, the regular greys and blacks are swapped for vibrant colours whilst maintaining the sultry effect the classic smokey eye is popular for. To achieve this, apply a bright eye colour to the centre of the eyelid (eg. bright pink) from the lash line all the way to the crease. Then apply a dark shade of eyeshadow( e.g deep purple) to the crease in a ‘C’ shape till it meets the lighter colour, blend both colurs together and you have a pretty smoky eye. When trying this look, the lips should be kept light or nude. Its fun and a good way to use up all that bright eyeshadow you never use so go ahead and try out more colours.

Vampire Inspired Lip Colour Thanks to the current obsession with all things vampire, dark lip colour is no longer reserved for Halloween. Bright red lips are toning down to brown red lips to mimic the gothic look. Moody berries and rich, heady wine lip colours are all part of this dark rave. To create this look without breaking bank, line your lips with a dark brown lip liner, proceed to fill in the entire lips with the same lip liner and top off with your favourite red lipstick.This lifeless beauty trend is best paired with soft eye makeup and requires a little attitude to rock.Oh, and don’t forget to swipe on blush, since this color can wash you out.

Cat Eyes The winged eyeliner is making a dramatic comeback but in a more creative way. The purpose is to use eyeliner or eyshadow as in recent times to elongate the eye, like a cats’. In doing so, you add intensity, and the effect of an instant eye lift – and who wouldn’t want that?! Using a liquid eyeliner with a thin/felt tip, draw a diagonal line from the outer corner of the lower lash line toward the eyebrows, it should look like an extension of the lower lash line, close your eyes and draw another line starting from the edge of the first line you created and drag inwards on your upper lash line, fill in any space in between both lines and you have the perfect winged eyeliner! For added drama, snip off the inner part of a strip eyelash and apply on the outer corner of the eye. PICS: ZARON COSMETICS January 19, 2014 /

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LIFESTYLE

LI FESTYLE

STEP 4:

Dresses

New Year:

You can sort out your dresses in different ways but the easiest and most delightful is to align what you have according to colours says designer Adebayo Jones. Within the colour setting, you can then hang from strapless to long-sleeve.

Organize your wardrobe

STEP 8:

Shoes

Some people have so many shoes and very little space to store them. The number one rule is not to line up your shoes in a straight line. Rather, flip one pair backwards and you’ll fit more on the shelf or on the floor depending on where you store your shoes.

STEP 5:

by - Jemi Ekunkunbor

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ntering a brand new year presents the perfect opportunity to get organized for the days and months ahead. For those working class men and women, you’d do yourself a world of good to avoid the morning madness of sorting out what to wear. What is the point in owning bag or dress if you can’t find it in your closet when you’re getting dressed? A closet can be a delightful space if you know how to clear the clutter. Get started, sort and creatively store your clothes and accessories in an orderly form. Here is how to organize a clutter- free, confusing closet.

STEP 2:

Sort What Is Left

STEP 1:

Get Rid Of Your Old Clothes We wear about 20%of what we have. What is the point in piling all those clothes if we won’t wear them? So get rid of all your old clothes. Take everything out of your closet and sort out what you don’t wear anymore. the ideal is to donate what you haven’t worn in like two years. Clothes to be given out should also include those that are either too small or too big.

Organize Your Jeans

A pair of jean, is one of the most versatile item found in any wardrobe. There are several ways to organize your jeans. You can either sort by style, size or by colour. Hang by the hem and arrange from dark to blue.

STEP 6:

Skirts

Keep skirts hung by the waist line using clips. To avoid the skirts being marked on the fabric by the clips, fold in the sides isn’t marked by the clips.

STEP 9:

Jewellery

Count how many items you have left and decide how you want to store them. Which would you hang and which ones do you want to keep in drawers. Knowing what to hang will also help you know the type of hangers you need to achieve it.

Jewellery can be stored in two ways; you can either display it or put in stackable fabric boxes which can then be stacked and stored in a closet, on a shelf or in a drawer

STEP 3:

Start Organizing

Group items in your closet by category: Shoes, Blouses, T-shirts, pants, skirts, and sweaters if any

STEP 7:

Bags

Women, hardly change their bags except for those who keep them where they can be easily seen. Bring them out of their dust bag and arrange them in such a way that they are visible.

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January 19, 2014 /

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LIFESTYLE

LI FESTYLE

STEP 4:

Dresses

New Year:

You can sort out your dresses in different ways but the easiest and most delightful is to align what you have according to colours says designer Adebayo Jones. Within the colour setting, you can then hang from strapless to long-sleeve.

Organize your wardrobe

STEP 8:

Shoes

Some people have so many shoes and very little space to store them. The number one rule is not to line up your shoes in a straight line. Rather, flip one pair backwards and you’ll fit more on the shelf or on the floor depending on where you store your shoes.

STEP 5:

by - Jemi Ekunkunbor

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ntering a brand new year presents the perfect opportunity to get organized for the days and months ahead. For those working class men and women, you’d do yourself a world of good to avoid the morning madness of sorting out what to wear. What is the point in owning bag or dress if you can’t find it in your closet when you’re getting dressed? A closet can be a delightful space if you know how to clear the clutter. Get started, sort and creatively store your clothes and accessories in an orderly form. Here is how to organize a clutter- free, confusing closet.

STEP 2:

Sort What Is Left

STEP 1:

Get Rid Of Your Old Clothes We wear about 20%of what we have. What is the point in piling all those clothes if we won’t wear them? So get rid of all your old clothes. Take everything out of your closet and sort out what you don’t wear anymore. the ideal is to donate what you haven’t worn in like two years. Clothes to be given out should also include those that are either too small or too big.

Organize Your Jeans

A pair of jean, is one of the most versatile item found in any wardrobe. There are several ways to organize your jeans. You can either sort by style, size or by colour. Hang by the hem and arrange from dark to blue.

STEP 6:

Skirts

Keep skirts hung by the waist line using clips. To avoid the skirts being marked on the fabric by the clips, fold in the sides isn’t marked by the clips.

STEP 9:

Jewellery

Count how many items you have left and decide how you want to store them. Which would you hang and which ones do you want to keep in drawers. Knowing what to hang will also help you know the type of hangers you need to achieve it.

Jewellery can be stored in two ways; you can either display it or put in stackable fabric boxes which can then be stacked and stored in a closet, on a shelf or in a drawer

STEP 3:

Start Organizing

Group items in your closet by category: Shoes, Blouses, T-shirts, pants, skirts, and sweaters if any

STEP 7:

Bags

Women, hardly change their bags except for those who keep them where they can be easily seen. Bring them out of their dust bag and arrange them in such a way that they are visible.

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Lydia Forson

- AMAA Brand Ambassador On the Politics Of Movie Making

By - Yemisi Suleiman

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ith the New Year comes new responsibility for Ghanaian star actress, Lydia Forson, as she takes on an exciting but challenging title as AMAA (Africa Movie Academy Awards) brand ambassador. Best known for her starring role in ‘The Perfect Picture’, Lydia Forson’s acting career started with a cameo role in ‘Hotel St. James’ in 2005. Then, ‘Run Baby, Run’, and ‘Different Shades of Blue’. But it was her sizzling role in ‘Scorned’ that earned her winner of the prestigious African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2010. The bubbly award winning actress, writer, and producer, graduated from the University of Ghana where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Information Studies. As AMAA brand ambassador, she will, among other activities, represent AMAA on major platforms including international film festivals.

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How do you feel being AMAA Brand Ambassador? For me, first of all, it is an honour. The fact that I get to do my own little bit in my own corner and people recognize it is just overwhelming. As much as it is an honour, it is a big load to carry. Because, I am representing African movie to the rest of the world and the only way I can do it is to be true to myself, to be true to the AMAA brand and be true to Africa as a whole. Through me, many people will get the whole message and have more appreciation for Africa. You won AMAA Best Actress years back. How has it been for you? What can you say that has done for you? First of all, you can only dream of being recognized. Just a couple of years before that, I was wishing that I been nominated and then, to be nominated alongside such heavyweights as Bimbo Akintola, Stephanie, and a lot of other people. For me, it was overwhelming. I also felt like – now, you are doing good; maybe the path that you are on is not so bad after all. Because when you are starting, there are decisions that you make that may not sit well with other people. To win an award like that, my career kind of sky rocketed. Quite recently, in South Africa, I was part of one of their biggest soaps and I asked them: why me? And they said that they had done some research on me and what kept coming up was the best actress for Africa Movie Academy Award. It just goes to show how far the AMAA goes. For me, it has been wonderful for my career. It is not just winning; the network, almost all the movies I have been in is through the AMAA. The most important thing is that it made me feel that I am on the right track. In what ways would you say that the AMAA has projected the Africa movie industry? I have been a strong advocate for a united front, because if you really want to show the world what Africa is all about, we need a united front. Nigeria has tried. Ghana has tried. South Africa has tried. But the world will pay attention when we are united as one. A few years ago, Ghana and Nigeria were collaborating but how were we going to meet if I had not known somebody or, I had not met somebody that called me. Now, it has created a healthy collaboration. I watch a Kenyan movie and I find a good actor and a Nigerian movie, I love the sound person. Gradually, it is building a united front. You know why America movie (industry) has gone so far? It is the fact that they have a united state. They have a structure, so tight, and their distribution is on another level; which is why we can sit here and get their movies and know about America.

We want people to get up and know Africa and pay attention to Africa. We can’t do it on our own. Africa is not Nigeria. Africa is not Ghana. Africa is all the countries in Africa united. And cinema is the only way. We can try with politics but cinema, really, is the only way we can tell our own stories. What challenges would you say we have in producing movies in Africa? I think the biggest challenge that Africa as a whole is facing is the lack of respect for the industry. Because, it is still considered, in some countries, as a hobby or something you fall back on when you really have nothing to do and you can’t really build an industry with a mindset like that. We need a lot more professionals and we can only get more professionals when people are prepared to go to school to study writing, cinematography. Half of the people we have right now are passionate film makers who love what they do but most times are not trained for it. Unless we have a general respect for cinema and the power of cinema to the world, we can never be able to achieve much. So, when we do have that we will have better stories, we will have better movies, have more professional people. No disrespect to the film makers before us but it was more of business for them; let’s just do this and make money. They don’t know the professional aspect and it also boils down to the fact that when you don’t respect something, you don’t bother to put extra effort to make it better. Funding is another big problem because as much as it has become a sort of business to some producers (you can’t blame them), because all of them are funding these productions on their own. They don’t have big banks or corporations funding them. So, it is about what I can do to make money and not what I can do to tell a story or send a message out. You don’t feature in lots of Nigerian movies. What is your relationship with Nigerian producers? I have done a few Nigerian movies. I think, for me, as an actress, it is not about where I am shooting or popularity contest or who I am working with. It has always been about telling a good story. Of course, I have had opportunities of working with Nigerian producers. I have worked with a couple of them. For me, it has always been about the story and the message and what I want to achieve at the end. It has never been ‘get me on this movie’; ‘let me just jump on the wagon’. I don’t have issues with people who do it; it is just not my career ambition. Who would you love to work with? It is such a long list. Once upon a time, I wanted

to work with Kunle Afolayan. Now, I am working with Kunle so that is off the list. I love upcoming directors for one reason: they have a lot of passion. Two on my list are Kelvin. He did ‘Confusion Na Wa’. I love the script; maybe, because I am a writer as well. Everything about the movie was good. It was funny. It was witty. I like Chineze, the producer of ‘Ije’. I just met her this year. I sat on a flight with her and we had been talking for a long while. I just kept on talking about her hair. Then I asked what she does and she said she is into movies and she mentioned the movie. I have always admired her from afar and meeting her and having a deep one on one conversation with her makes me want to work with her more. We have got directors, not just from Nigeria or from Ghana, but from across Africa. We have so much talent but sometimes we are so focused on one region that we forget that there are others who are waiting to be discovered. So, how were you discovered? I have always been in love with the art of movie making, story telling; show business as a whole but it took a while for me to find my place. I always knew that I would end up in show business but I didn’t know where or when. So, I started watching movies. My favourite movie at that time was ‘Coming to America’. I was not watching it like watching a movie but as something that I wanted to do. But coming from a continent where film was not really taken seriously, there was nothing I could do. I did go to the university, did my writing, everything. But anytime I was given an opportunity in front of the camera, I just felt like I was home. My first appearance for a TV series was called ‘Hotel Beje’. It was a Ghanaian movie, in our local language mixed with English Language. And, my fee was a bit terrible! I remember going for the auditioning. I took it so seriously. I went home, told my mum to teach me the three words and after the auditioning, the director didn’t say a word to me. Then, he called me and said that there was something he wanted to do and that after that series, we would work on something. My first day on TV, I was in a bathing suit! So, you can imagine. Of all things, they put me in a bathing suit. From there, I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So, how has it been all these years? You know what, no matter how prepared you think you are for the industry, when you enter it, it is still shocking. You find out that the politics of it, the emotional roller coaster, the words people say to you… I have been able to discover myself in the process. I am bolder now. I am more confident now. Because when you have been told ‘No’ so many January 19, 2014/

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REPORTAGE REPORTAGE

REPORTAGE

Lydia Forson

- AMAA Brand Ambassador On the Politics Of Movie Making

By - Yemisi Suleiman

W

ith the New Year comes new responsibility for Ghanaian star actress, Lydia Forson, as she takes on an exciting but challenging title as AMAA (Africa Movie Academy Awards) brand ambassador. Best known for her starring role in ‘The Perfect Picture’, Lydia Forson’s acting career started with a cameo role in ‘Hotel St. James’ in 2005. Then, ‘Run Baby, Run’, and ‘Different Shades of Blue’. But it was her sizzling role in ‘Scorned’ that earned her winner of the prestigious African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2010. The bubbly award winning actress, writer, and producer, graduated from the University of Ghana where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Information Studies. As AMAA brand ambassador, she will, among other activities, represent AMAA on major platforms including international film festivals.

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How do you feel being AMAA Brand Ambassador? For me, first of all, it is an honour. The fact that I get to do my own little bit in my own corner and people recognize it is just overwhelming. As much as it is an honour, it is a big load to carry. Because, I am representing African movie to the rest of the world and the only way I can do it is to be true to myself, to be true to the AMAA brand and be true to Africa as a whole. Through me, many people will get the whole message and have more appreciation for Africa. You won AMAA Best Actress years back. How has it been for you? What can you say that has done for you? First of all, you can only dream of being recognized. Just a couple of years before that, I was wishing that I been nominated and then, to be nominated alongside such heavyweights as Bimbo Akintola, Stephanie, and a lot of other people. For me, it was overwhelming. I also felt like – now, you are doing good; maybe the path that you are on is not so bad after all. Because when you are starting, there are decisions that you make that may not sit well with other people. To win an award like that, my career kind of sky rocketed. Quite recently, in South Africa, I was part of one of their biggest soaps and I asked them: why me? And they said that they had done some research on me and what kept coming up was the best actress for Africa Movie Academy Award. It just goes to show how far the AMAA goes. For me, it has been wonderful for my career. It is not just winning; the network, almost all the movies I have been in is through the AMAA. The most important thing is that it made me feel that I am on the right track. In what ways would you say that the AMAA has projected the Africa movie industry? I have been a strong advocate for a united front, because if you really want to show the world what Africa is all about, we need a united front. Nigeria has tried. Ghana has tried. South Africa has tried. But the world will pay attention when we are united as one. A few years ago, Ghana and Nigeria were collaborating but how were we going to meet if I had not known somebody or, I had not met somebody that called me. Now, it has created a healthy collaboration. I watch a Kenyan movie and I find a good actor and a Nigerian movie, I love the sound person. Gradually, it is building a united front. You know why America movie (industry) has gone so far? It is the fact that they have a united state. They have a structure, so tight, and their distribution is on another level; which is why we can sit here and get their movies and know about America.

We want people to get up and know Africa and pay attention to Africa. We can’t do it on our own. Africa is not Nigeria. Africa is not Ghana. Africa is all the countries in Africa united. And cinema is the only way. We can try with politics but cinema, really, is the only way we can tell our own stories. What challenges would you say we have in producing movies in Africa? I think the biggest challenge that Africa as a whole is facing is the lack of respect for the industry. Because, it is still considered, in some countries, as a hobby or something you fall back on when you really have nothing to do and you can’t really build an industry with a mindset like that. We need a lot more professionals and we can only get more professionals when people are prepared to go to school to study writing, cinematography. Half of the people we have right now are passionate film makers who love what they do but most times are not trained for it. Unless we have a general respect for cinema and the power of cinema to the world, we can never be able to achieve much. So, when we do have that we will have better stories, we will have better movies, have more professional people. No disrespect to the film makers before us but it was more of business for them; let’s just do this and make money. They don’t know the professional aspect and it also boils down to the fact that when you don’t respect something, you don’t bother to put extra effort to make it better. Funding is another big problem because as much as it has become a sort of business to some producers (you can’t blame them), because all of them are funding these productions on their own. They don’t have big banks or corporations funding them. So, it is about what I can do to make money and not what I can do to tell a story or send a message out. You don’t feature in lots of Nigerian movies. What is your relationship with Nigerian producers? I have done a few Nigerian movies. I think, for me, as an actress, it is not about where I am shooting or popularity contest or who I am working with. It has always been about telling a good story. Of course, I have had opportunities of working with Nigerian producers. I have worked with a couple of them. For me, it has always been about the story and the message and what I want to achieve at the end. It has never been ‘get me on this movie’; ‘let me just jump on the wagon’. I don’t have issues with people who do it; it is just not my career ambition. Who would you love to work with? It is such a long list. Once upon a time, I wanted

to work with Kunle Afolayan. Now, I am working with Kunle so that is off the list. I love upcoming directors for one reason: they have a lot of passion. Two on my list are Kelvin. He did ‘Confusion Na Wa’. I love the script; maybe, because I am a writer as well. Everything about the movie was good. It was funny. It was witty. I like Chineze, the producer of ‘Ije’. I just met her this year. I sat on a flight with her and we had been talking for a long while. I just kept on talking about her hair. Then I asked what she does and she said she is into movies and she mentioned the movie. I have always admired her from afar and meeting her and having a deep one on one conversation with her makes me want to work with her more. We have got directors, not just from Nigeria or from Ghana, but from across Africa. We have so much talent but sometimes we are so focused on one region that we forget that there are others who are waiting to be discovered. So, how were you discovered? I have always been in love with the art of movie making, story telling; show business as a whole but it took a while for me to find my place. I always knew that I would end up in show business but I didn’t know where or when. So, I started watching movies. My favourite movie at that time was ‘Coming to America’. I was not watching it like watching a movie but as something that I wanted to do. But coming from a continent where film was not really taken seriously, there was nothing I could do. I did go to the university, did my writing, everything. But anytime I was given an opportunity in front of the camera, I just felt like I was home. My first appearance for a TV series was called ‘Hotel Beje’. It was a Ghanaian movie, in our local language mixed with English Language. And, my fee was a bit terrible! I remember going for the auditioning. I took it so seriously. I went home, told my mum to teach me the three words and after the auditioning, the director didn’t say a word to me. Then, he called me and said that there was something he wanted to do and that after that series, we would work on something. My first day on TV, I was in a bathing suit! So, you can imagine. Of all things, they put me in a bathing suit. From there, I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So, how has it been all these years? You know what, no matter how prepared you think you are for the industry, when you enter it, it is still shocking. You find out that the politics of it, the emotional roller coaster, the words people say to you… I have been able to discover myself in the process. I am bolder now. I am more confident now. Because when you have been told ‘No’ so many January 19, 2014/

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REPORTAGE times, you have a choice to let it define you or to use it to prove a point. For me, I choose the latter. The more ‘Nos’ I got, the more points I had to prove. I am still discovering something new about myself each day. It has been a learning process, not just for my career but also for me as a person because, I have come into my own in the industry.

We want people to get up and know Africa and pay attention to Africa. What is your educational background. Because my dad is a reverend, we moved a lot and it affected my education. We lived in America for some years. Those were my formative years, when I was just growing up and just learning about life. Then, we had to return to Africa. I was excited to come back but when I got to Africa, I did not really fit in. You don’t fit in America because you are Black; you don’t fit in Africa because you don’t think you are African. It was a little bit of challenge but I went to some really good international schools. From there, I went to the University of Ghana. I studied English Language and International Studies and Creative Writing as well. So, even while in the university, I was already acting. I was going to the university basically just to get a degree so that if this acting thing does not work, I can have something to fall back on. Do you write scripts? Yes, I do. Last year, I won the best screen play for ‘The Cupboard’ which I wrote for Desmond Elliot. Mostly, I do what they call script doctoring and script reservations. So, in movies that I feature, I like the director to know that I am a writer too so it gives me some kind of control because as an actor, you don’t have control over the story. You are made to play a certain character and unless you have a script that brings it out, you can’t, But when you are allowed to express yourself creatively, you feel like you are part of it. So, what is fashion to you? For me, I like being comfortable. For me, fashion is all about how you feel in what you wear. If I feel good in it, then it is fashion for me. I am not going to force myself. I don’t follow trends. I think it is ridiculous. Some trends work for some people, but I am not going to put on something just because everybody is putting on that thing. I would rather wear something nice that will stand out than wear trend. The most outrageous thing about me is my earrings. It is something that I will not change. Why? Because I am not a jewellery person. When it comes to my fashion, apart from the fact that I love clothes, I am not too bold to say I am perfect at this. The one thing that I am good at is my hair and my earrings. I always feel like no matter what I am wearing, something on me should be my signature.

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• Forson For me, it is my hair and my earring. You know, you can wear a black dress but something about it should make it stand out. For me, it is my hair and my earrings; the bigger the better. The ones you can put your whole fist into. People are of the opinion that Ghanaian movies have a lot of nudity. What do you think? I think that is the most hypocritical thing anybody can say. I watch music videos and what I see is that some of these girls are even more naked than in movies. I think that Ghanaian movies are more daring. No disrespect to Nigerian movies but Nigerian movies like to hide some things. Ghanaian movies are more daring. We are telling a story and we are going to say it the way it is. As a people, Ghanaians are more open: this is who I am; I am going to show you who I am. Don’t get me wrong. I am not in any way saying that Nigerians are hypocritical. Ghanaians are more like, if I am doing it, I am doing it, If I am wrong I am wrong. It is not just Ghanaian movies. We love Nigerians movies too. Can you take on a nude scene? I pray I am never put in a position to make certain choices because as much as it is a movie and I don’t care what anybody says, at the end of the day, I

have family and friends who through no fault of theirs are affected in a way. For me, I will push the boundaries if it tells a story and at the end, it makes sense. But if it won’t tell a story, I will not. I won’t kiss somebody in a movie just for the fun of it. It has to make sense. What has life taught you? My greatest lesson is to be content in whatever I have and in whatever I am because, I don’t know what tomorrow holds. All I have is today. Live each day as it comes. Because I don’t know what the next hour holds. I would get angry but if you are around, you will find out that my anger doesn’t last because I feel it is such a waste of time. Live each day like it is your last and be content with whatever you have, however small. What is the most exciting thing about 2013 for you? It has been a wonderful year. I am ending the year with AMAA 2014. I still have to pinch myself for the New Year. I am so excited. I don’t know what is going to happen and I love the mystery. God keeps surprising me. I am like a little girl opening her presents on Christmas morning. I don’t know what to expect.


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by - Teri Mendes

Amazing Benefits 22 of Carrots for or Skin, Hair And Health - Part 1 Hello my dear readers, today we go straight to discussing the amazing benefits of carrots on our skin and health. This crunchy power food is low in calories and contains no fat. However, it can provide you with high doses of Vitamin A and other antioxidants. Some of the amazing health benefits of carrots are as follows: 1. EYE CARE Carrots are excellent for the eyes, thanks to the presence of abundant amounts of beta carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in the liver. This vitamin is converted in the retina to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision. Beta carotene improves night vision and protects against eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration and senile cataracts. It is also helpful in night blindness. A study has proved that consumption of beta carotene reduces the risk of macular degeneration by 40%. 2. CARdioVASCulAR BEnEfitS Carrots contain a variety of antioxidants and polyacetylenes which together provide a protective shield to the heart. Studies have shown that consumption of

foods high in carotenoids lower the risk of heart disease. Besides being extremely rich in beta carotene, carrots also contain alpha-carotene and lutein. Regular consumption of carrots protects your heart from oxidative damage, plaque formation and bad cholesterol elevation. This is because they contain soluble fibers which bind with bile acids. 3. PREVEntS CAnCER Studies have shown that the consumption of carrots can reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. This is because carrots are rich in the poly-acetylene antioxidant, falcarinol which fights against cancers by destroying pre-cancerous cells in the tumors. In this way, carrots possess anti-carcinogenic properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the colon and support the health of the lower digestive tract. 4. BooStS tHE immunE SYStEm: Carrot contains a variety of nutrients and antioxidants along with Vitamin C which boost your immune system. Regular consumption of carrots creates a protective shield for our body.

TERI Speaks Hi Teri, Happy New Year Teri, can you please recommend what to use to remove black dots, beauty spots from my face I got it during pregnancy and since then it is just increasing every day spreading. Thanks and God bless you. Fran Dear Fran Thanks for writing in. Beauty spots are the cluster of skin cells which have turned black or dark brown and consist of pigments. They can be worsened with pregnancy or as you age. Not a lot can be done unless you have them surgicaly removed. There are a few herbal remedies you could try but it could be a long shot. One simple remedy is by the use of garlic to be applied to the spot. Tip #1: Prepare a concoction. All you have to prepare are garlic gloves, garlic press, cotton swab, masking tape, petroleum jelly and adhesive bandage. First, crush 1-2 cloves of garlic making them into paste by using a garlic press with the use of the back of the spoon if the garlic press failed to turn the garlic into paste. Tip #2: Prepare your skin. Put a masking tape around the beauty spot so as to protect the skin around it. There is a risk of burning the skin so be sure to place the garlic paste only at the beauty spot. A petroleum jelly can be used to create a barrier between the skin and the garlic. Tip #3: Apply the solution. Use a cotton swab to apply the garlic paste to the beauty spot. Then

5. dEntAl HEAltH Carrots are beneficial for your teeth and mouth as they scrape off plaque and food particles like a toothbrush or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate the gums and facilitate the formation of a lot of saliva, which being alkaline in nature, balances the acid-forming and cavityforming bacteria. The minerals present in carrots kill harmful germs in the mouth and prevent tooth decay. 6. ClEAnSES tHE BodY As stated earlier, carrots contain abundant amounts of Vitamin A which assist the liver in flushing out toxins from the body. It reduces the accumulation of bile and fat in the liver. The soluble fiber, on the other hand, cleanses the colon by facilitating waste elimination. minERAlS Carrots are especially rich in the B-complex group of vitamins such as folic acid, Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid etc that act as co-factors of enzymes. For comments and questions please email terimendes@gmail. com, @terimendes. I would love to hear from you, till next week. - it’s ta ta for now! XOXO

cover the beauty spot with a bandage. Allow the bandage and garlic to stay not longer than four hours. This procedure can be done three times a day and results are visible in two to four days. Tip #4: Use fresh garlic on the spot. Get 2 cloves of garlic and peel them. Crush the garlic into a pulp and squeeze the juice out. You can use a garlic press and a cheese cloth to make the process easier. Apply the garlic juice on your face giving more attention to the problem areas. You can also put some on clear areas to prevent future breakouts of the skin. Allow the application to stay for 5 minutes before washing it off. Never leave the application for overnight because the elements present in the garlic juice are strong enough to burn your skin. Use this treatment until your acne disappears and you can also continue applying garlic juice every day to protect your skin from possible breakouts. Unused garlic juice should be stored in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. Tip #6: Prepare a garlic and vinegar treatment. Crush two cloves of fresh garlic then squeeze the juice out from the pulp. Get a small amount of vinegar which matches with the amount of garlic juice and mix the two ingredients together. Dip a cotton ball into the solution and rub it on the affected area. The white vinegar balances the skin and the antioxidant element present in the garlic juice draw out infections in the skin. It is also used to repair the skin while the other elements reduce the acne. Tip #7: Try other means to use garlic on beauty spots. You can mix minced or crushed fresh garlic with cottage cheese, apple sauce or yogurt and eat the mixture. By eating them all together, you can get all the elements that they possess and if eaten regularly, the garlic prevents the breakouts of the skin. Taking garlic supplements in capsule form can also combat acne. If you don’t like the garlic odor, this is the best alternative. Let me know how you get on. Goodluck

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Get Captivated by - Jerome Onipede

WHEN A MAN WANTS TO MARRY YOU!

and become an invalid. For 7 years? What do you think you have become without even knowing it? Come on, WAKE UP! My sister, stop being foolish. When a guy wants

How can you date a guy for 7 years? The most you shoud do is 3 years; and, that’s even too much. After the third year and no marriage plans, when you receive a call while with him and he asks who it is, tell him: “Oh, I was talking to Jerome”. If he asks Jerome is, tell him: “Jerome is my match maker. He is helping me to meet other guys who may be interested in relationships that lead to marriage.” Or, perhaps, you may call him and tell him “Darling, I won’t be able to give you a birthday gift this year because the money I should have used to do so, I have invested it in consulting with Jerome. Jerome is working with me to help me forget you and find someone who may be serious about marriage. He has already helped some of my friends that are married today. I believe he will be helpful to me too. Never mind, I will send you an e-card from Yahoo.” Date a guy for 4 years and become a moron; for 5 years and become an imbecile; for 6 years

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Guide to Ailments Asthma

Asthma causes the airways of the lungs to become inflamed, swollen and narrowed, which commonly results in breathing difficulties, a tight chest and coughing and wheezing. There are numerous causes of asthma and these differ from person to person. However, some of the most common include dust mites, tobacco smoke, cold air, animal fur, allergies, stress and chest infections. Asthma is generally treated medically, depending upon the severity. However, lifestyle and diet changes can help significantly.

Useful lifestyle and diet: • Ensure you are not overweight. • Identify food allergies, dairy, nuts etc. • Eat balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. • Regular, gentle exercise Supplements to consider Vitamin C – Reduces the severity of inflammation within the lungs of asthma sufferers. Also has immune boosting properties that fight off infections. Vitamin E – Powerful anti-oxidant properties that have been shown to assist in treatment of

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to marry you, he usually has no time to waste. He meets you now, makes a decision within six months, makes his intentions known and starts to make CONCRETE PLANS. He does not start borrowing money from you or asking that you help him pay for the house both of you will move into after the wedding. He has had marriage on his mind and has also PLANNED FOR IT. He knows what marriage is all about and knows it is to his benefit that he gets married. He does not think he is doing you a favour by getting married to you. Rather, he believes he has found favour with God by meeting you. When you meet a guy who says he never had marriage in mind until he met you, that’s also great but don’t jump at it until he has agreed to go for pre-marital counselling and he knows exactly what marriage is all about. He may find out that it’s not marriage he had in mind when he met you but living with you as long as it lasts before he moves to the next person he has that same feelings for again. When you say “I do” in marriage, you are saying: I always will be committed to YOU ALONE. I always will PROTECT WHAT WE HAVE. I ALWAYS will keep my thoughts and feelings INTACT FOR YOU. I always will look to God to show me HOW TO LOVE YOU and never assume I know how to. I always will grow with you and NEVER OUTGROW YOU. If someone says he or she wants to marry you, and you are becoming uncomfortable about the proposal, you may CONSULT with me on: Whatsapp using +234 803 719 4335. Or, you may make further counselling inquiries on BBM 265B5FE9.

respiratory conditions such as asthma. Magnesium – Is thought to improve lung function and reduce wheezing. Also consider – Omega-3 fish oils, evening primrose oil

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure refers to the amount of pressure exerted on the walls of arteries as blood flows through them. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition affecting nearly 40% of adults in the UK alone. Although high blood pressure often does not cause particularly noticeable symptoms or problems, it is a major risk factor for developing serious cardio-vascular diseases which effect the circulation of blood around the body, including heart disease and stroke.

Useful lifestyle and diet changes • Exercise frequently. • Stop alcohol and reduce caffeine intake. • Reduce salt and sugar consumption. • Eat low-fat, balanced diet with fruits and vegetables Supplements to consider Omega-3 fish oils – Are rich in essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA and are thought to have a positive effect on high blood pressure.

Co Enzyme Q10 – The heart muscles contain large amounts of Co Q10. Studies have suggested that Co Q10 may help reduce high blood pressure. Garlic – Several clinical trials have shown that supplementing with garlic can help to significantly reduce high blood pressure. Also consider – Cod liver oil, Calcium

Cholesterol problems

Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) which is produced in the liver from the fatty foods within our diet and is thought to be vital for many normal bodily functions. However, if the body has high levels of cholesterol within the blood, it can have serious health effects, increasing the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Too much ‘bad’ cholesterol is often associated with poor diet which contains high amounts of saturated fat.

Useful lifestyle and diet changes • Low fat diet to reduce bad cholesterol. • Eat plenty of oily fish. • Exercise regularly to reduce weight. • Stop smoking, stop alcohol. Supplements to consider Omega 3 fish oils – Contain essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA and have been found to be an effective way of raising levels of ‘good’ cholesterol. Garlic – Is widely renowned for its beneficial effect on cardio-vascular health and is popularly claimed to help lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. Vitamin B3 – Also known as Niacin, has been found to raise ‘good’ cholesterol whilst helping to reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol. Also consider – Flaxseed oil, Co Enzyme Q10. TO BE CONTINUED...

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POCKET FINA by - Omilola Oshikoya Let’s Talk Question/Comment Dear Omilola, Thanks for reverting to me. I am interested in micro investments in farming such as piggery but have a challenge of procedures and modalities to follow considering that I am a civil servant and had no formal training on farming. My challenge is not necessarily finance considering that I am talking of micro level farming but of how to set up, monitor, manage and develop the farm to be self-sustaining and profitable on the medium to long term. I am based in Enugu and will be glad for your guidance. Hello, Thank you very much for taking time out to write to pocket finance. I apologise for the delay in reverting to you. Essentially what you need to do is to spend some time doing some research on farming (piggery) and setting up a farm. The world is a much smaller place now ans d so information is readily available. There is a lot of information available on the internet. There are also books that you can read that would help you out. You can also look out for courses. Let me share a story i read in book that I am currently reading. A young man found a vein of gold in a mountain. He tried to get it out himself but kept failing repeatedly. He felt like giving up, but instead he went into town and asked a mining agency to come take a look at it. The mining company surveyed the mountain and

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by - Chioma Okoye

THE NUANCE OF A LADY: HER EDGE FOR SUCCESS Week 8 So far, we have discussed “Living with positive mindset and attitude”, “On-hand knowledge of God’s promises” and “Passion” as highly significant factors for success for our ladies and teenage girls who are developing into adults. In addition, a lady who is determined for success should also have “Focus”, as this would direct her talent, increase her energy, lift and expand her life.

When she focuses on her strengths rather than the weaknesses, she would be well prepared for excellence which is an art won by training and habituation. “Responsibility” is another important factor to consider. Success on any scale requires us to accept our shortfalls, but further to learn and rise from them than to dwell on them. This is called taking responsibility.

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the vein of gold and wanted to buy it. They offered the young man a large amount of cash if he would sell it to them. The young man thought about it and decided that rather than selling it to the mining company, he would keep it and learn all he could about mining. Over the next year he studied practically day and night. He read every book on mining he could lay his hands on, took every course on it he could find and talked to every person who would give him any information about it. He did nothing else for that entire year but learn about mining. He laid aside everything else in his life in order to devote his entire attention to learning how to mine gold. At the end of the year, he went back to the mountain and began to dig out the gold. it was tremendously hard work, but in the end he had millions and millions of dollars. (culled from the book A Leader in the Making by Joyce Meyer). I hope you are inspired to spend sometime learning all you can about farming and how to set up a farm. I also suggest you conduct a feasibility study and also prepare a business plan. Remember “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Please do keep in touch and let me know how it goes. Omilola is the co-founder of a financial advisory firm providing multidisciplinary solutions to clients across industry and government. She is a seasoned Financial Analyst with 10 years work experience in Finance and Accounting covering areas such as Fund Management, Infrastructure/Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Advisory, Project Management, Internal Control Analysis and Audit. She is a business and leadership coach and is UK certified life coach. For comments and questions please email pocketfinance101@gmail.com, @pocketfinance on twitter. www.pocketfinance101.blogspot.com www.omioshikoya.blogspot.com

Most successful people today have the ability to take responsibility; hence it should part of a lady’s priority if she is looking to be an A-list individual. Success driven people take “Initiative”. They neither wait for everything to be perfect to, nor wait for all the obstacles to disappear before they can move forward. They take bold and immediate steps. A success driven lady should avoid making procrastination and a

laid-back attitude her trade mark as that is exhibited by people who lack initiative. A lady should also be open to “New knowledge and ideas” which would help her improve on her skills and capabilities. Teach-ability is not so much about competence and mental capacity, it is about attitude. It is the desire to learn and apply. It is the willingness to learn, unlearn and relearn. TO BE CONTINUED...

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“ O N E PA RT Y AT A T I M E ! ”

Timi Dakolo and Mariam Augie

Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams

Chibuike Aguene

Toke Makinwa and star Vector

Adesuwa Onyenokwe,Governor Rotimi Amechi and Ibim Semenitari

The Future Awards Africa 2013 By - Oscar Ochiogu The 2013 edition of The Future Awards took place at the Aztech Arcum Hall, Port Harcourt, Rivers State Awards recognizing the best in Music, Film, Media and Politics were presented to outstanding individuals with standing ovation. Musical performances were from Timi Dakolo who gave a rendition of ‘Redemption’ by Bob Marley, while Jesse Jagz sang some of his 2013 hits. Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Executive Director of the Future Awards, Chude Jideonwo delivered inspiring speeches, which touched many. The event was compered by media personality Toke Makinwa and Rap star Vector. The awards hosted by the Rivers State Government , held in partnership with Microsoft, the British Council, the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, Access Bank and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Microsoft also launched its jobs and employability portal, Aiki.ng at the awards. ”We are glad to welcome The Future Awards Africa to Rivers again and to be a key partner for its week-long celebrations,” said Ibim Semenitari, Commissioner for information. “We look forward to continuing our work building the capacity and showcasing the immense talent of Port Harcourt’s youth.’’.

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KC Morgan’s painful secret threatens to shatter the new life she’s created for herself. Can she face her demons and let go of the past? The First Cut is always the deepest... First Cut is an upcoming Nollywood film centered on Rape, a treacherous love triangle, conflicting family ties and loads of Fashion. The film is produced by Nollywood’s New-kid-on-the-block, Lisa Henry Omorodion, directed by award-winning director; Chico Ejiro, with a stellar cast of Monalisa Chinda, Joseph Benjamin, Bobby Obodo & Lisa Henry Omorodion. Tagged a cut-above-the-norm, First Cut ushers in a new culture of Nollywood films. January 19, 2014 /

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