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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BLOOM WITH CIARA ON THE COVER OF ESSENCE.

Regardless of the rainy spells and winds(to mess with our artificial mane), Essence Magazine still believes in the beauty of Spring. For its May issue, the lifestyle publication chose Ciara to grace their cover. Dressed in a sleeveless flowery jumpsuit, the singer can be seen sitting on a swing with the handles covered in red and pale pink flowers. This is such a gorgeous cover. How pretty is Ciara?…you bloom gurrl.      ...

#MCM: OMARI HARDWICK AND JOSEPH SIKORA FLEX THEIR POWER IN THE GYM.

Power is one of the best series( if not the best) at the moment…great storyline…great cast but these two are the reason my eyeballs stayed glued to the screen(like a Kafachbanian seeing TV for the very first time) once I hear “They say this is a big rich town…” My #mcm goes to Omari Hardwick and Joseph Sikora for making my Power experience more exciting and for sharing this picture to the world. Their wives must be...

DAKORE EGBUSON-AKANDE IS A STUNNER ON THE COVER OF BLANCK MAGAZINE.

She’s one of the faces and voices that makes my Nollywood experience meaningful, then she disappeared from our screens for five years and didn’t we all miss her? After becoming a wife and a mother of two gorgeous girls, Nigerian actress Dakore Ebguson-Akande made a big comeback to the industry with numerous movie roles and endorsements and did I mention looking finer and fitter? Anyway, check her out on the Spring/Summer cover of Blanck Magazine. In the body-themed issue, the Fifty actress talks candidly about her body issues and losing her baby weight. In an in-depth interview, Nigerian star actress Dakore Akande talks to Blanck about being very self-conscious and working really hard to change the things she didn’t like about her body, using realistic and level headed approaches. Attributing motivation and determination as elements that fueled her ability to shed all her baby weight and getting back into her filming business.  When we sat to talk about losing all the postpartum weight and fitting into the media’s idea of what a TV star should look like; she takes it to church “it’s about what rocks your boat” she says “but don’t let anyone dictate for you who you should be; skinny doesn’t mean beautiful.” Also in this issue are riveting fashion editorials, topical articles and a special interview feature with media personality and all round fabulous Wana Udobang, who schooled us on the importance of living our healthiest and most authentic lives on our terms, irrespective of our body shape, form or size.  This issue of the magazine is our most rewarding yet, as we seek to to celebrate the progressive nature of womanhood. The digital version will be available online,...

SEYI SHAY SHADES THE HECK OUT OF NIGERIAN FEMALE ARTISTS.

DZRPT TV’s Breakfast Club had the talented, sassy and not-afraid-to-speak-her-mind guest on their show…Miss Seyi Shay. It was the Nigerian diva’s turn on the hot seat and when I say she handled it like a pro, believe that. The Right Now  singer brought her attitude and shade game along for the ride.When asked why there hasn’t been no huge female star who has gone global like D’banj, Seyi Shay couldn’t wait to share her thoughts. “I don’t know if that’s the goal of most females out here. I think the goal of most females is to get married and have kids. I think that’s the goal for most of us so I feel like once they’ve had a good run and done some music, and done their thing like maybe one or two singles and then they meet a guy, and he doesn’t marry her but maybe the next one marries her. Then they go “oh, ok I’m just gonna chill now” and then they get fat because they’ve had like 20 kids. Erm, but some don’t. Some just have their kids and they come back and they keep climbing and we have to hope and pray that they have a good run”. Ohhhh the shadeeeee…few of them have gotten married and given birth these past few years so are you thinking what I’m thinking? Anyway, Miss Seyi Shade, we hear you. BTW, I’m a big fan of her music. Watch the video...

HE’S BEEN DASHIKI’ED: T.I AND SON JOIN THE DASHIKI TREND.

If there’s ever been a fabric that symbolises the strength of Africa, Dashiki is that FABric. It’s one of those fabrics that has stood the test of fashion’s evolution. It was trendy during my mother’s younger days, it was trendy at one point in my childhood and it became trendy again about two years ago. With its striking colours and unique patterns, dashiki will definitely be around in the future. With its popularity again, every celeb and their assistant’s assistant have been seen in either a dashiki shirt, skirt, dress, trousers or just dashiki anything. Being fresh off the plane from South Africa and still soaking up the love from the motherland, T.I along with his son Major also got on the dashiki train trend and wore these colourful shirts to bed. Tiny posted the picture with the caption “I had to get a pic of these two..coming home & putting on these Dashiki’s like they on the way to Africa when they really going to bed!” Don’t they just look like two Zulu warriors? So cute. Other celebs wearing dashiki. c Chris Brown. Beyonce. Naturi Naughton. Zendaya Sarah Jessica-Parker. Wiz Khalifa. Rihanna. Wizkid. Blac Chyna....

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: NIROGE BY VANESSA MDEE.

Whenever there’s a mention about Tanzanian music, one automatically thinks of Diamond Platnumz…not me. Since I discovered Hawajui, Vanessa Mdee, became my favourite from Tanzania. Her songs are beautiful and her videos are always full of colours and fun to watch.What makes her music so beautiful is her effortless infusion of bongo flava, afrobeats and pop, plus she mostly sings in swahili which blends nicely to form a uniquely sweet music to the ears. In preparation for the release of her debut album Music Mondays, the East African beauty just dropped the video for her latest single Niroge which has a nice Stepford Wives vibe to it. Niroge, which is Swahili for compel me or bewitch me, is a coming of age love song about a love so strong that one would assume she was under a spell. Werk it Vee Money....

HAS JOSE MOURINHO SIGNED A PRE-CONTRACT DEAL WITH MANCHESTER UNITED?

Is the much-hyped club (which finally discovered they’re not the ‘Special One’) seeking help from the ‘Special One’? If reports coming from Spain are to believed, then yes. Reports claim that Jose Mourinho has signed a pre-contract deal to become the next manager of Manchester United. it’s almost a done deal between United and the former Chelsea manager to replace Louis Van Gaal despite tremendous support for Ryan Giggs from former United managers and players to succeed as next manager. Spanish journalist Diego Torres claims that the pre-contract comes with a clause whereby “If United do not sign the final contract [with Mourinho] before 1 May, they must pay £5m; if by 1 June he’s still not signed, they shall pay another £10m,”  It is claimed the clause came about because seniour figures at Old Trafford, including Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson, are not entirely convinced that Mourinho is the right man to succeed Van Gaal.   I personally think he is. The hype about his second coming to Chelsea really made him believe he was truly the ‘Special One’. He became too ginomous-headed with the way he dealt with his team members, especially the way he treated the former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro and the childish comment about Samuel Eto’s age. Though he secured his 3rd Premier League title with Chelsea, he created some enemies within the team. This and other reasons led to his sack which I’m sure was a huge blow to his ego. He hasn’t worked since his dismissal last December.I feel going back into the game after he’s had enough time to gorge...

DJ ZINHLE DITCHES WEAVE/WIG FOR A NATURAL LOW HAIRCUT.

Don’t we just love DJ Zinhle’s new hairdo? The South African DJ/business woman surprised her fans over the weekend and said ‘arrivederchi’ to her weaves. Sporting a blonde short haircut and flawless makeup, the mother of one looked absolutely stunning in a picture she posted on Instagram. They say a woman who cuts it all off is ready……….we salute you DJ Zinhle. No patting of the weaves to ease the itch…let the breeze massage your scalp gurl. The business woman switched up her look just in time for work…work…work…work. She was one of the DJs at the Fashion Africa International(AFI) Fastrack held in Johannesburg over the weekend. She even got a visit from Nigerian Afrobeat queen Tiwa Savage who brought along her son Jamil for playtime with DJ Zinhle’s son...

FOOTBALLER ALEX SONG AND WIFE DISPLAY THEIR LOVE ON THE COVER OF VAULT MAGAZINE.

The couple who stay stylish together, must have tons of love for each other. With their love for each other and everything fashion, Vault Magazine couldn’t have picked a better couple for their 2nd issue. Cameroonian footballer Alex Song and entrepreneur wife Olivia Song spill the secrets to their happy marriage, children, fashion, business ventures and many more in Vault’s latest love-themed issue. My heart has just grown bigger for Alex after reading the article about the celebrity couple. The West Ham United footballer who can’t stop showering praises on his beautiful wife Olivia declared “As long as we are together we are happy”. You can certainly feel the love between these two. The second issue of VAULT magazine is finally here. The Valentine’s Day centred issue features on its cover the celebrity couple Alex and Olivia SONG as they share their life and love as well as their business ventures and their personal styles. On the issue, ex Barcelona and West Ham United player Alex Song declares the strong love him and his wife Olivia have for each other as well as portray how simple and unassuming their family life is with their 2 boys in London. He declares about Olivia “As long as we are together we are happy.” The issue also features fashion blogger Hayet Rida who blogs on That Hayet Rida and uses her personal life journey to inspire and promote the positive love of self, La Guga – a Cameroon culture lover and social media humorist as well as Nigerian stylist and entrepreneur Veronica Odeka. VAULT magazine is a quarterly bilingual fashion, beauty and...

SOUTH AFRICAN SINGER MSHOZA UNDERGOES COSMETIC SURGERY TO LOOK LIKE NICKI MINAJ.

It’s one thing to adore your idol, it’s completely another thing to go under the knife to look like your idol. Kwaito musician Mshoza has undergone cosmetic transformation to look more like her idol Nicki Minaj. The South African star who isn’t shy of controversy, allowed MTV Base cameras to roll during her experimental procedures. The had revealed to Sowetan earlier this year that Midrand-based Aesthetic HQ is testing procdures and products on her before introducing them to the market. MTV Base Africa posted a sneak peek video on twitter of Mshoza and the surgeons in action. Tune into @MTVBaseSouth NOW at 14:00 C.A.T as @MshozaBhoza1 tells YOU why she loves @NickiMinaj​!https://t.co/mlLtR4fcHF — MTV Base Africa (@MTVbaseAfrica) March 16, 2016 I hope the bee-stuck lips and swollen face just means her new features haven’t settled in yet.I hope Nicki Minaj would be so proud of her surgical twin if they get to meet at Nicki’s concert this Thursday and Friday in South Africa. Mshoza made headline news around the world in 2011 when she completely bleached out her dark complexion. Credit: MTV Base Africa, Sowetan, Drum mag....

AMBER ROSE OFFERS AN OPEN INVITATION TO KIM KARDASHIAN.

It looks like Amber Rose is really pushing things forward with her new found ‘friendship’ with Kim Kardashian. After the two ladies realised they had so much in common and posed together for their Instagram followers, Amber is now taking things to the next business level by offering Kim an open invitation to #AmberRoseSlutWalk2016. Mrs West who’s always looking for ways to break the internet, received backlash from some of her followers including celebrities like Piers Morgan for posting a naked picture online. Kim then used that opportunity to write a post addressing the issues of body-shaming and slut-shaming and even the sextape she did 13 years ago with Ray J(turn your mess into a message gurrrl). Amber who has been/and still is being slut-shamed for her sexuality, read about it and offered her support by calling on Kim and her famous siblings to join her and openly fight against slut-shaming…that’s major, isn’t it? Anyway, Amber Rose posted a picture of Kim Kardashian on her Instagram this morning and captioned with this long message/open invite. It’s good to stick up for your friends. The internet is now waiting(with bated cursors) for Kim’s RSVP. This would shatter the internet…think about it...

IWD SHOUTOUT: OKAWA SHAZNAY AND ANITA ADETOYE.

I woke up this morning feeling very empowered, energised and just all round happy. All these feelings had been brought about by beautiful International Women’s Day messages from friends/family which had nowhere else to but to sit on my soul(because what I felt was more than just a touch). This got me thinking of a post to write celebrating that woman who is out there following her dreams without fear, that woman I have seen grow from strength to strength. I finally chose two ladies…Cameroonian actress Okawa Shaznay and Nigerian MUA Anita Adetoye  of AnitaBrowsBeauty. This was very easy choices for me to make. Through mutual friends, I got to know these ladies and I have followed their journeys for a while now through social media. I interviewed Okawa in October 2010 who I got to know through my cousin Susana.Before the official interview, we had some pre-interview skype chats to get to know her better. What struck me the most was her humility which instantly put me at ease and we just chatted like longtime buddies. I remember her expressing her desire to move to Nigeria to pursue acting. I was completely blown away by that because she was already acting in Houston, Texas where she was based at that time and was quickly making a name for herself. On top of that, she had a bright future in Accounting. How would someone with that kind of security and stability in the land of ‘dreams-come-true’, leave it all behind to pursue acting in Nigeria? I was gobsmacked and excited for her all at the same time. She finally...

MAG MONDAY: TIWA SAVAGE, LUPITA NYONG’O, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, AYA JONES, DPIPERTWINS, CHRIS ROCK AND RIHANNA SHINE BRIGHT AS COVER STARS.

Who doesn’t love a beautiful magazine cover? but have you notice that everytime a beautiful cover comes out, that’s when gazillion(gross exaggeration…I know) others appear as well. This makes it difficult to pick and choose which to post. Because I don’t want to end up with back-to-back posts of just magazine covers on this blog, I’ve decided that once a month or so, I’m going to do summary of all the magazines that would come out in that month. It’s not even mid March yet and already we’ve been blown away by some stunning covers. From Ebony to Zen magazine, the stars look nothing short of flawless.  Tiwa Savage, Lupita, Jazmine Sullivan, Aya Jones, Rihanna and more are making us lose some coins on these mags. Below are some of the beautiful covers. She went away for a short while, had a baby, came back with a banging new album ‘R.E.D’ which to me cemented her place as the queen of Afrobeat. Continuing on her comeback trail, Tiwa Savage takes stunning to a whole new level on the cover of ThisDay Style magazine. Who run the world?…curvy girls. The world has been whispering about it but Ebony magazine has taken a bold step to stamp out body-shaming by featuring not one but four curvy stars. Singer Jazmine Sullivan joined Fashion Blogger Gabi Fresh , Singer Chrisette Michele and Actress Danielle Brooks to form the Body Brigade. Go girls!!! It’s not just Kendell Jenner and Gigi Hadid making waves in the modeling industry, Aya Jones is the latest supermodel  heating up the runway from New York to Paris. The 20-year-old French-Ivorian (and...

BANTU MAGIC: WE ARE GOING KNOTS FOR KYEMAH MCENTYRE’S DRESS AND HAIRSTYLE.

Do you remember the 18-year-old girl who made a statement by wearing a danshiki frock she designed to the prom? She even worn the prom queen title? Yassss!!! She’s back with another powerful piece that would make Mama Africa so proud. Making her first red carpet appearance at the BET Honors, Kyemah wore a white floor length dress which she designed and painted. The sleeveless and backless ball gown had the botton bit painted with pretty ladies in afro and bantu knots. Kyemah’s bantu knots hairstyle completed the outfit perfectly. How bantulicious are these knots and dress?...

WHO WORE IT BETTER: KEHINDE BANKOLE VS CHANEL IMAN.

Sorry about the blurry pictures. Please scroll below for clearer ones. I’m excited to present another Who Wore It Better post. In this post, we have Nigerian actress/model Kehinde Bankole and American supermodel Chanel Iman wearing the magnificient ball gown(my wedding dress…yes it is) by Zuhair Murad. The nude dress with white embellishments was first worn by Chanel Iman last May at the 2015 amfAR Cinema against AIDS Gala. While attending  the AMVCA 2016 which is taking place as I type at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Kehinde Bankole made a statement on the red carpet in the beautiful dress. Is it a coincidence that they both went for the same hairstyle or was it like…Kehinde saw the dress on Iman and fell in love like we all did and said to herself ‘I must do a twinny with Iman’…anywho… In a dress like this, there’s no way you can’t feel confident and the princess that you are. Anyway…who wore it better? Nigerian actress Kehinde Bankole Supermodel Chanel Iman. Photo credit: Bellanaija Gettyimages...

WHO WORE IT BETTER: MO ABUDU VS JENNIFER LOPEZ.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone but the red rose(dresses) are still up for grabs. Founder of Ebonylife TV  Mo Abudu and American actress Jennifer Lopez, are my two boss ladies in today’s Who Wore It Better?! The ladies made public appearances in similar £4450 Dolce & Gabbana rose wool dresses. Ms Abudu first wore the rose embellished dress in cream at her Fifty movie premiere at London Leicester Square in October 2015. On a photocall for her new detective drama series Shades of Blue, Ms Lopez wore a mini version of the dress in baby blue. The dresses come in different lengths, colours and slightly different styles. I personally feel both did justice to the dresses…that’s my opinion but who do you think wore it better?  Mo Abudu’s version comes in a long sleeves and ‘I Love You’ phrase embroidered in gold.    Jennifer Lopez’s version comes in a mini length and a short sleeves with three bejeweled buttons on each sleeve.   Photo credit: Dailymail and Pulsenigeria.  ...

HAPPY ST. VALENTINE’S DAY.

On this special day dedicated to love,I’ll like to ask you a special favour. Please take some few minutes of your time and read the ultimate definition of LOVE in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Spend time to understand every word, every sentence and then try your best to put it into practice…one phrase at a time. Here’s the official music video of Mutemath’s Monument to warm your heart. The video tells the love story of Charles ‘Lala’ Evans who was married to Louise or Ms Lou before she passed away just one month short of their 60th anniversary. After her death, Charles turned their house into a meseum about the life they shared together. I pray we all find love as pure and genuine as Louise and Charles Evans’ love. Say it…if it ain’t Evans Love, it ain’t for me…then claim it. Happy Valentine’s Day...

TLC’S CHILLI IS 44 AND ABTASTIC.

She will be turning 45 on February 27 and Rozondo “Chilli” Thomas(a member of RnB group TLC) is letting us know that gone are the days when getting older meant getting flabbier. The beautiful singer recently shared a picture to her Instagram followers, showing off her stunning body probably after a workout. Mehnnn…she’s putting a lot of us to shame. This picture saved me for today though…it was the inspiration I needed to crawl out of my fridge…thank you Chilli. She looks absolutely...

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