October 20 , 2013
Bright Colour Trends GHANA FASHION & DESIGN WEEK REPORT
- On trials and triumphs
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by - Fatima Garba
Poppy red Pop Red is a bright Poppy alm d almost neon red. I love red on its own, but I also love red paired p with blue for a nautical nau utical feeling!
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Emerald This is not only a huge color for the season but also for the rest of the year. It adds colour to your wardrobe,So \RXZLOOGHĂ€QLWHO\EHVHHLQJ a lot of this color all around the fashion circle.
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GHANA FASHION & DE by - Latasha Ngwube
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UDY UMONDAK - On trials and triumphs By - Remmy Diagbare
he has always been colourful. Effervescent and quite often animated. So, when in the â€˜80s, she named her fashion house â€˜Coloursâ€™, everyone applauded. Not long after, the applause stalled and all suddenly went silent; the deafening silence of a grave yard. Udy literarily passed through the valley of the shadow of death. She went through the vicissitudes of life: alone, hungry, humbled, despondent; when the only seeming sensible thing to do was to end it all. But, she says, life was only a phone call away. A call that God used to get her back on a trail that led her to Him and a walk that she jauntily walks, with a bounce and a swing that only a Greater Hand could have directed. Today, Udy Umondak is celebrated. More than anything, she turned her trials to triumph and is helping others with her television programme â€˜HIS WORD MADE FLESHâ€™. Come Sunday, October 27, 2013, Udy will roll out a white carpet at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, to mark 6 years of touching lives on television through the God inspired programme and the launch of the special 1o6-episodes DVD of the series. In this interview, Udy talks about the journey and what every woman should know about looking good all the timeâ€Ś
How has the journey been since you started your television show â€“ His Word Made Flesh? Starting the programme has been an inspiration. It shows how God can take you from nothing and PDNHVRPHWKLQJEHDXWLIXORXWRI\RXUOLIH,WÂˇVDELWRI personal experience. Fire gutted Colours (my fashion house) and I lost everything. Then, I went into deep depression. I think at that point, God was taking me somewhere because my reputation was in tatters. I was faced with all kinds of controversies. I lost everything; it was a word from God that kept me. One day, I wanted to just end it all, commit suicide, but a phone call from a friend saved my life. Then, I realized that a lot of people who have gone into depression, who have attempted or committed suicide have done so out of hopelessness. $WWKDWSRLQWWKHUHÂˇVQRWKLQJOLNHKDYLQJVRPHERG\ HYHQLIWKHSHUVRQFDQÂˇWKHOS\RXWKHUHÂˇVQRWKLQJOLNH reaching out â€“ a touch, a smile, a phone call can actually touch someone in moments like that. And what better way to have people tell their stories? Where they were, the shame that became fame, how they weathered the storm and how, today, they can tell their stories. Because, you realize that adversity has no gender or race or status; you realize that it cuts across. What is happening to this person today is happening to someone elsewhere. When you have VRPHRQHWHOOWKHLUVWRU\RIWULXPSKLWGHĂ€QLWHO\ encourages anyone watching, who is passing through SDLQRUDGYHUVLW\7KHSHUVRQZLOOVHHLWDQGVD\ÂśLI that person went through it and is here today, then I FDQGRWKHVDPHÂˇ
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those things. It took me getting into that wilderness to start the walk and that was when it really dawned on me that there is God and every word in the Bible is WUXH6RPHWLPHV\RXDFFHSW*RGEXWLI\RXGRQÂˇW have that experiential knowledge, being born again is just talking the talk; walking the walk is a different thing. So being born again is not a physical or appearance thing? Oh No! Absolutely not, because if it is an DSSHDUDQFHWKLQJ,ÂˇOOEHWKHOHDVWTXDOLĂ€HG<RXNQRZ I always say to people that my God is a beautiful God. There are people who talk Christ to me and when I ORRNDWWKHP,VD\ÂśLIWKH*RG\RXZRUVKLSPDNHV\RX ORRNOLNHWKDW,GRQÂˇWZDQWWRNQRZWKDW*RGÂˇEHFDXVH the God I know is a beautiful God. Look at a lot of things God created. Start with the giraffe. See how God painted the giraffe. Look at how beautiful the giraffe is. Look at the eagle, how elegant LWORRNVZKHQLWÂˇVĂ \LQJ/RRNDWWKHOLRQKRZEHDXWLIXO *RGFUHDWHGWKHOLRQ<RXXQGHUVWDQG"/RRNDWWKH peacock. If God can take time to make animals that beautiful, how much more human beings? When people see the way I look and I start talking about God, I like the surprise (on their faces). Before God gave me this vision for the programme, I went to him in prayer. I asked if I should change the way I look EHFDXVHLQWKHVHSDUWVSHRSOHZLOOGHĂ€QLWHO\FULWLFL]H WKHZD\,ORRN*RGVDLGWRPHÂś,VDZWKHSHRSOH\RX said I should use but I decided to use you because I want to use somebody like you to reach people like \RXÂˇ I mean, people tune in to my programme to see fashion but they hear me talk or they listen to a story and they no longer remember the shoes they wanted Oct 20, 2013 /
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ay two of our wine lands tour began with a visit to Overhex where we were supposed to have wine tasting and light lunch. The weather once again had dipped when we took off that morning from Kleine Zalze our hotel. But it did not mar our excitement as we all seemed ready for more adventure. At this point, having had one full day of wine tasting, we were already IHHOLQJOLNHVRPHH[SHUWVLQWKLVPDWWHU6QLIĂ€QJ and swirling the wine and then drinking. With that always at the back of our minds, we were to do better in the wineries yet to be visited. As our tour Van tore through the highway, we were once again treated to the beautiful mountainous landscape and the greenery that always spread out below the mountain. One never gets tired of looking at this beautiful work of nature. We go to Overhex where we were received by Liezle de Jong, marketing and Sales Manager, international markets. She was warm with a huge VPLOHWKDWFRQVWDQWO\Ă DVKHGDFURVVKHUIDFH6KH was very hospitable as she welcomed us with cups of hot delicious cappuccino. After a formal introduction, we then went into the tasting room ZKHUH/HL]OHEULHIHGXVRQWKHFRPSDQ\ÂˇVDFWLYLties. Like many other wineries, getting South African wines into the Nigeria market is the focus of Overhex. The company which started in 2006 is already distributing its products in Ghana and hopes to enter Nigeria in December, says, Lisle. Overhex produces wines from entry level to premium brands. But for Christmas, it will introduce its sweet wine, Nexus into the Nigeria market. Leizle made lunch enjoyable and her hospitality extend when she presented each one of us with two nicely packaged bottles of wine. We were in good spirit when we said good bye hoping we would one day see her in Nigeria. Our next port of call was to Robertson Winery. Although we had had so much fun but a glance at our tight programme shows we may never get a chance to do a little shopping before we left this beautiful country. We thought if we skipped the formalities, we could buy close to an hour for a bit of shopping. Our host, Marinell Basson, clearly understood us, made her presentation brief and allowed us to ask relevant questions. Established in 1941 by a Scottish minister, Dr. William Robertson, Robertson Winery is the 3rd ODUJHVWSURGXFHURIZLQHLQWKDWUHJLRQZLWKĂ€YH GLIIHUHQWĂ DJVKLSZLQHV,QWHUHVWLQJO\RQHRIWKHLU wines the Chapel Range was named after the chapel built by the Scottish priest. The cute white chapel which lies just in front of the Robertson tasting room has since become a wine celler! Unfortunately, Marinell could not tell us how the Scottish priest shifted his focus from his calling DVDĂ€VKHURIPHQWREHFRPLQJDZLQHSURGXFHU nor how a sacred place as a Chapel, became
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a store house for wines. One thing however is certain with Robertson winery-the company has a long standing tradition of dedicated grape- growing families, some of whom are 7th generation growers. Today, they have no less than 35 families cultivating about 2,400 hectares of vine and exporting wines to the following African countries; Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. From Robertson Wines, we took off for Napier Winery. The sun was already setting when we arrived but bright enough to have a quick tour of the vines that had long been harvested. Walking WKHVOLJKWO\KLOO\URDGZDVQÂˇWHDV\DVVRPHRIXV struggled to catch up with our host, Wallie Du Toit. 7KHVOLJKWO\FKLOO\ZHDWKHUGLGQÂˇWKHOSPDWWHUV From the grape vines, we were taken on a tour of the tanks and cellers. The procedure was pretty much the same as with other wineries. Although Napier sells to 23 countries and has started the Nigeria leg of the business in 2012, countries like
France and Spain whose wines have dominated the market for years remains a big challenge but HIIRUWVDUHJHDUHGWRZDUGVĂ€QGLQJDQLFKHIRU themselves in this great emerging market. We were joined here by Eric whom Wallie had invited to meet us. He is also a wine producer whose wines the Montino Rose is already doing well in the Nigerian market. He too was excited to meet journalist from Nigeria whose market has become the new bride for South African wine producers. Beyond his hearty smile, he turned out to be a man with great sense of humour as dinner with him proved. Back in the house, Wallie, welcomed us in the native way with a string of bead which he wore for each journalist. With our eyes lifted to the setting sun which by the way cast a lovely, glow as it disappears behind the mountains, he prayed for each one of us to see the sun set tomorrow. Over dinner, conversation shifted to Nigeria and the emerging market. We talked about the wine tasting that WOSA organized in Lagos prior to this tour and the hospitality of the Nigerian people. We also talked about the many night clubs the possible places where their wines could be sold and the spending capacity of Nigerians who love to entertain. Eric who had been to Nigeria seems to agree. Then our friend Konye popped the question that left everyone in stitches afterwards. She had asked Eric, if while in Lagos, he had got a â€œgoodie bag?â€? Eric laughed hard in understanding not saying yes or no. Then the searchlight beamed on Wallie as more people pressured him to tell them if he would like a goodie bag when he eventually makes his trip to Lagos, the City of Excellence. We had so much fun, so much laughter that my FROOHDJXHVFRXOGQÂˇWKHOSEXWUHPDUNWKDWLWZDVWKH most fun evening of the trip. The food and wine tasting went smoothly with wise cracks to create fond memories of the beautiful Napier and the Naija spirit well registered. ,I:DOOLHGRHVFRPHWR1LJHULDDVSURPLVHG,DP FHUWDLQFXULRVLW\ZRXOGGULYHKLPWRĂ€QGRXWDERXW â€œgoodie bagsâ€? October 20, 2013 /
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WHEATBAKER HOSTS FELICIA LEATHERWOOD By - Oscar Ochiogu Felicia Leatherwood, hair expert and stylist to Hollywood stars like, Jill Scott, Viola Davis and Sanaa Lathan, brought her renowned hair workshop to Nigeria. The high profile event held at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi. The hair work shop covered hair tricks, tips on maintenance for different hair types, styling and hair product advice. It was a learning experience for attendees of the event.
HELLO! MAGAZINE LAUNCHES IN NIGERIA By - Yemisi Suleiman
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It was a glamorous evening, penultimate Sunday, as celebrities and other important dignitaries gathered at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, to herald the launch of Hello! magazine in the Nigerian and English-speaking West African markets. According to Zanzile Blay, editor of the newly introduced premium magazine, Hello! Nigeria is a scandal-free publication fashioned to celebrate Nigerian icons, royalties and celebrities on a global platform. She informs that it will help to rewrite the Nigerian story and engender positive perception of the country by the global community. Speaking at the event, Group Managing Director, True Tales Publications, publishers of Hello! Nigeria, Anne Omezi, said Nigeria is working hand-in-hand with the owners of the franchise in Spain and will ensure the premium standards that go into the publication of Hello! franchises in more than 22 countries is brought to bear on Hello! Nigeria. As part of its objective towards supporting African and African-related businesses, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc is partnering with True Tales Publication to bring to Africa a one-of-a-kind magazine. Hello Nigeria! will be distributed in four English speaking West African countries to give advertisers maximum value and further help in fostering the cultural integration of the sub-region.
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