42 C002D5556 Sunday 08 April 2018 Life&Living Get design creative with wallpapers JUMOKE AKIYODE-LAWANSON Wall papers have had a resurgence of late and unlike the boring plain wallpapers used in the olden days, they have come back with a variety of beautiful designs, textures and colours, so you definitely don’t have to start cracking your brain on how to brighten up your rooms, offices or shops with different colours of paint because with wallpapers you surely don’t need to be too crafty, just stick them up on the wall with wall paper glue and strip them off easily when you get tired of the colour or design. Here’s why wall papers are a better option to painting 1. You don’t need any expert skills to put them up on your wall. Patterned wallpapers are designed so that the pattern repeats, and thus pieces cut from the same roll can be hung next to each other so as to continue the pattern without it being easy to see where the join between two pieces occurs. 2. It can be used to help cover up uneven surfaces and holes on your walls 3. Adds creativity to a room as it comes in various designs, patterns and colours 4. It’s quite easy to clean and maintain Wallpaper maintenance Wallpapers come in all sorts of textures and types, and each has a quality of its own. Because of its easy-to-use features, some people just simply paste the wallpapers on the wall and forget about it, which shouldn’t be so. It is very important to maintain them after installing them. Maintaining wallpapers is a task in itself where you need to keep in mind the quality of it. For those that are expensive and waterproof, cleaning them with water is a walk in the park but what about those that require cleaning but aren’t water- proof? While you think of all these questions and queries, here are a few maintenance tips that could sort your problems. Use the vacuum cleaner – Whether it is waterproof wallpaper or a regular paper pasting, a vacuum cleaner can come to your aid. You could attach a soft brush at the end of it and lightly brush against the wallpaper especially those areas near the ceiling which isn’t visible well. Ensure that you do not stick the attachment too close to the wallpaper or brush it harshly. Three are chances of the wall getting a scratch and permanently damaging it. Test before applying water or cleaning liquids – Even if they claim to be waterproof, it is always safe to test a small corner of the wall with water or cleaning fluid to check. You could use soapy water or cleaning liquid to dab on the area. If you notice the colour running or getting absorbed, it isn’t fit for a wash. You would rather have to use dry cleaning methods of using a dusting cloth once in a while to avoid the dust settling on it for long. Keep waterproof walls in the kitchen and bathrooms – While you install these paper designs on your walls, you should consider using waterproof ones in the kitchen and the bathrooms if not in the other rooms. These are the places that get dirty easily especially the kitchen due to the release of grease or steam from the food that you cook. Frequently cleaning these walls can keep the walls looking beautiful without getting affected by the oil stains. African print fabrics are here to stay JUMOKE AKIYODE -LAWANSON Gone are the days when wearing indigenous clothes were tagged as being razz (local). Nowadays, the in thing with fashionistas and fashion designers is the incorporation of African print fabrics in their outfits and designs. These prints are eluding major high street stores, runways and fashion magazines both at home and abroad. It seems they are here to stay. The colorful, tribal patterned fabrics, produced in Africa is commonly called ‘Ankara’ in Nigeria, ‘Dutch wax’ in Ghana, ‘Kanga prints’ in Tanzania and in other East African countries, it is called Ikat, Batik, Mud cloth and so on. The most interesting thing is, or should I say the most fascinating thing is that the use of Ankara is not limited to clothing as it was in past times. Designers have started us- ing the rich African fabric for other fashion items like purses, slippers, Temilade, CEO, Kwamuhle Fabrics bags, hats, shoes, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Pinterest is buzzing with thousands of images of African print designs and this shows how much interest is invested in our traditional Ankara fabric. Something that has become more popular recently is the stoning and beading of Ankara fabrics. The trend became so popular last year and is still very much in vogue up till now. Almost every Ankara top, skirt or dress you see worn by ladies today is bedazzled with shinny stones or sequins that laminate in low light. Swarovski crystals are used embellish some Ankara fabrics and can be sold for as much as N100, 000 or more. The intricate beading of the patterns on the fabric makes Ankara much more expensive than the normal N1,000 Ankara you were used to finding in the market a few years ago. Apart from stoning and beading, some ankaras’ are now embellished with cut out lace fabrics. Although ankaras are quite beautiful as they are, with loads of different patterns and vibrant colours, many more women seem to be interested in adding something different (a different kind of fabric) to make their styles unique. We have seen the addition of chiffon fabrics, organza, silk fabric, French and cord lace into Ankara. Now, you can buy Ankara fabrics that already have lace patterns embedded in them, just as you can buy already stoned Ankara fabrics. Ankara fabrics have kept businesses like Kene Rapu; indigenous footwear company that uses locally sourced materials including Ankara to make bespoke, handcrafted slippers and sandals.
Sunday 08 April 2018 C002D5556 43 Women’sWorld Morin Obaweya: A female entrepreneur taking the lead in production of leather accessories Stories by IFEOMA OKEKE Morin Obaweya is the Chief Executive Officer and Creative Head Designer of Morin.O Designs Ltd, contemporary leather accessories brand inspired by artistic innovation and ethnic designs for the sassy, confident and fashionable individual. An alumni of the Vital Voices Women Entrepreneurs in Handcraft Programme, her works have been written about in international publications like the Huffington Post and her handbags carried by celebrities in Nigeria and internationally. “We pride ourselves in the production of exclusive handcrafted leather accessories to accentuate your style,” Obaweya says. Morin.O manufactures its handbags and other accessories with painstaking attention to detail and a strong commitment to producing world-class finished leather products for both the local and international markets. Morin Obaweya In an interview with BDSunday, she disclosed that her core strength lies in the commitment and ethos of being the best in the leather goods industry through service, attention to detail and a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. “Since the commencement of production, we have sold over 1,000 bags and leather accessories. At Morin.O, we don’t just make leather accessories, we create them with customers in our minds,” she said. Obaweya said the mission of the business is to accentuate the individual style of the people they serve and to give them a platform to express their innate creative lifestyle thus giving them a powerful means of expression and fulfilment. “Our vision is to be the leading manufacturer of contemporary ethnically-inspired handcrafted leather accessories to discerning and fashion conscious individuals worldwide,” she said. Obaweya, who has been in the business for four years now, said she was inspired by her love for creativity and is quite captivated by the process of leather making. She said when she commenced the business, she found it new and challenging but was inspired to innovate, adding that the perception of people about the bags at an early stage of the business was encouraging and spurred her on. On the challenges faced, the entrepreneur mentioned that adequate funding and lack of the skill set and artisans who could produce to anticipated quality, are the major challenges most businesses face in the country. She added that quality control and detailing are things her company focuses a lot on, being able to produce products as good as when they are made abroad. Speaking on the staff strength, she said, “Currently, we have 10 full time and six part-time staff. We invest a lot of time training them as we have a bigger vision for the brand and our goal is creating more job opportunities. “It is very important for our staff to know the nitty-gritty of our brand, what we stand for, our mission and most importantly our product to best advise our clients.” Beautician sets up ‘Glow Factory’ to enhance ladies’ features Ogonna Felicia Okwukogu, the chief executive officer of Glow Factory, a makeup outfit told BDSunday that despite the saturated makeup business environment, her skills and objective of enhancing the beauty features of women has kept her focused. Okwukogu who is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, a skilled makeup artist and a beautician told BDSunday that although she acquired a degree in mass communication, she felt there was more she could offer to the society. Speaking on her motivating factor, she said, “Being a makeup artist in Nigeria seems to be a saturated business to go into but my passion and interest in creativity drives me every day. This is why I am selftaught and aim to keep refreshing my skills. “During my NYSC days, my skills became more obvious because all I wanted to do with every lady around me was to enhance their beauty feature which is one of the main motor of my skill. In a society where we believe makeup acts as a mask women put on, I strive to always change that perspective people have about makeup.” She disclosed that being a makeup artist in Nigeria has become a challenging one due to its saturated nature but she sustained the business since 2016 when it commenced, despite the low patronage and income. “In that first year, I almost gave up because I thought I wasn’t making as much money as I should but the passion and hunger for my skills kept driving me and today I am gradually telling a different story. I then sat and decided that my business name should be something that tells more about the business before you even get to know what Ogonna Felicia Okwukogu the business was all about. “That idea sprung up the name “GLOW FACTORY”. My target was and is to get into the bridal world, make ladies more beautiful for that very special day, that’s why we engage in bridal and traditional makeovers. We also incorporate party, casual, runway and pageantry makeovers,” she further disclosed. The Glow Factory boss stressed that the goal of the business is to be one of the outstanding bridal makeup artists, the most featured makeup artists in beauty magazines and in Nigerian movie industries. She admitted that amidst all the objectives, it is definitely not a smooth ride, as there are lots of hiccups entrepreneurs face and most prominent is finance, especially as an upcoming makeup artist. “My first goal wasn’t making money but getting myself known, putting my work out there for people to see how far my skills can go. “Being a small business still climbing the ladder to success, we haven’t started taking in staff or internships, which brings it to one of the goals glow factory strives to attain: Create employment, take our youths off the street, make our youths believe in their selves again,” Okwukogu added. She hinted that moving forward, she has and still work on differentiating herself from other artist in the makeup industry as creating her style is one integral part of being the Glow factory. “I would like to use this opportunity to reach to people who strive to start up their own business but are discouraged by the fact the market is saturated. It shouldn’t be an excuse. Create your own niche, establish yourself as far as you can and most importantly hard work. “Hard work has never ever left anyone unsatisfied, no matter how long you have worked, keep pushing, keep moulding till you eventually get that clay in its right shape,” she advised.