May 26, 2019
Empowering Prospective Entrepreneurs
Contents - 26/05
Tomorrow is Children’s Day; a day set aside to
celebrate childhood and pay tribute to children. While
a few may have genuine reasons to celebrate, the
many who hawk on the streets of Lagos, or those
displaced by the ravaging activities Boko Haram may
not be aware that they are being celebrated.
All children no matter the circumstances of their
birth, have the right to quality education; but the
reality reveals otherwise. A UNICEF report reveals
that one in every five of the world’s out-of-school
children live in Nigeria. Even with education being free
at primary level, the disturbing figure put at 10.5
million covers children between ages 5-14. The recent
report by UBEC paints a worse picture with a figure of
13.5 million. This calls for serious concern, as the
world would not rise to help us if we do not take the
initiative ourselves. The story of Success Adego and
her “kpako” school that went viral on social media is
still fresh on our minds.
In celebration of Children’s Day, our correspondent
Linda Orajekwe takes a look at the Slum2School
initiative, aimed at giving quality education to indigent
children in slum communities in Lagos.
On our cover is Beautypreneur,
Nwanneka Nkumah who is helping
other women eke a living through
her business empowerment
initiative. She tells it all to Yemisi
Suleiman. Pg 8-10.
And what does a woman like in a
man? Rita Okoye reveals. pg 15. J . E
Enjoy the package and have a
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Four Chic Ways To
Style Your Jeans
Work Look To Pack A
6 Children’s Day: Focus On
12 Sexmatics: Natural Ways
Of Lasting Long In Bed
11 Safety Tips In The Kitchen
“Unrequited love is the
infinite curse of a lonely
“A dame that knows the
ropes isn’t likely to get tied
- Winston Churchill
“I don’t mind living in a man’s
world as long as I can be a
woman in it”
- Christina Westover - Marilyn Monroe
By - Rita Okoye
Jeans or Denim as fashion
lovers call it, is undoubtedly
a wardrobe staple that never
goes out of season. It is about
the most versatile piece of
clothing anyone could own.
A pair of jeans trousers can
fire up any look if properly
Try out these four chic ways
to pair up your Jeans:
body hug top
Just like Laura
Ikeji, you can pair a
high waist jean with
a sleek body hug
as top. This helps
smoothen out folds
and gives an illusion
of a well defined
with strap sandals
and tote bag.
Denim with Blazer
To achieve a chic look to an official
meeting, a nice blouse or casual top paired
with a blazer atop a pair of jeans trousers,
cuts a stylish and professional look. Pull
the look well by accessorising with a good
quality wrist watch, a nice leather handbag,
and beautiful necklace.
Wear your jeans
as a matching
set; sport a jeans
shirt over jeans
this, sneakers or
shoes and fancy
give you that
elegant, chic look.
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Peplum tops are stylish.
They flatter any figure.
Pair an Ankara peplum
top with a pair of jeans
trousers to give you
that casual chic look.
You can spice up the
combination with a pair
of pumps, nice shoulder
bag, and statement
The beauty of fashion
is how much it has
evolved. We get the
privilege to recreate
what we no longer
love, to what becomes
our favourite and that
has been done to the
boring dull coloured
suits women used to
wear. The 2- piece suit
is now stylishly worn
in colourful pieces.
Despite this evolution,
the brightness of
colours is very industry
women push the
envelope to be stylish,
they’re also industry
conscious and slaying
every chance they get.
By - Linda Orajekwe
Since women started taking
their place in the workspace,
there have been series of
content created for the purpose
of telling them how to look; to
either be taken seriously, or
make others comfortable by
conforming to a patriarchal
choice of style.
Gone are the days when
being a boss requires
boring looks. Game
changers are becoming
bosses and they’re
changing the narrative,
showing women like
themselves that even in their
workplace, they can look smart,
elegant and stylish without
breaking any formal codes.
This formal look or the idea
of it, has evolved over time.
Women are becoming authentic
with their styles, accepting
their femininity, exploring and
accepting their strength as
women, and expressing that
From interesting pieces to
attractive colours, we have put
together some looks that will
help you look as stylish as you
should, while calling the shots.
Nothing speaks power than a
perfectly tailored black dress; but,
pairing with a neon green pair of
shoes and jacket gives the look a
playful, yet powerful feel.
Gone are those days when
tees are just tees. These days,
tees are mostly campaign
and advertising tools, worn
fashionably by female bosses
to tell their story at a glance.
Rocking a T-shirt that makes
a statement tucked in a welltailored
Palazzo will give you
that confident look of a boss
ready to end that deal in style.
You can also switch up this
look by throwing a jacket on.
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For the longest time,
wearing colours in the
workplace was seen
as a taboo; but things
have changed and
patterns as playful
as floral, paired with
the right jacket and
shoes can now get a
Below knee-length Bodycon dress
rocked alone is a classic boss piece.
But we’ll advise you do that class
with style by opting for a bright colour
like Serwaa Amihire, who made this
red come alive as charming as her
smile. This choice gives you that
powerful, confident woman’s look
who is not intimidated by anyone in
The pencil skirt never goes out of style.
It’s versatility helps you pair it with
almost anything. From your corporate
long sleeve shirt to your very casual
silk top, you’ll still come out looking like
a boss. Pair with a sleek heel and look
ready to take over your world.
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For a country that reportedly has one
of the highest economic growth rate
in Africa, it is ironic that we have the
highest number of out of school children.
According to UNICEF, over 13 million
children in Nigeria are presently out of school.
This report is higher compared to the report of
2016 where 10.3 Million children couldn’t afford
the luxury of basic education in Nigeria.
This lack of education is caused by myriad
of reasons synonymous to the present
Nigerian system; from lack of employment, to
underemployment, and insecurity that have
successfully uprooted and misplaced families.
These misfortunes have placed families in
impoverish situation where survival rather than
education becomes a priority. Families now live
in situations where they’re forced to live from
hand to mouth; a way of life that can obstruct any
dream of a future beyond mere survival.
This reality is what the people of Makoko
community has effortlessly made a lifestyle.
According to Wikipedia, “Makoko is a
neighbourhood across the third mainland bridge
located at the coast of Lagos”. This definition
as apt as it is m, does not describe the abject
poverty that permeates the land. Children walk
around looking haggard, bare footed, dry skin,
mostly covered in dirt, houses built on water
with more than seven humans staying in a small
constructed wooden house.
According to the population report in 2012,
Makoko consists of 84,840 individuals with
majority of this population being children whose
parents cannot afford a basic free education for
These children of Makoko, almost forgotten
by the educational sector of Nigeria, are usually
seen helping their parents, who are popular for
their job as fishermen, either fish or help them
sell the fish. Their lives in most cases, start and
end with water and fish; a lifestyle that doesn’t
just limit your dream but also limits your life
What this means for the children of
Makoko, is that the poverty of the land becomes
hereditary. They grow to become their parents,
starting from where the previous generation
stopped without knowing what could’ve beenwhat
a quality, standard education can provide.
In 2012, a young National Youth Corp
Member serving with a bank, Otto Orondaam,
visited Makoko community in Lagos State and
was shocked at the number of children living
their lives without basic education. He saw
children who never dreamt and the ones who did
dream but lived hopelessly because their dreams
might never see the light of day. Orondaam,
who is passionate about social development
decided to use Makoko community as his
community project for his NYSC. That pet project
was eventually transformed and Christianed
Slum2School Africa, an organization that ensures
children are not just educated but receive quality
education at zero cost.
To grow a project such as this, Otto
Orondaam quit his job at the bank and fully
committed himself to ensure these children get
the kind of education they deserve.
“After I quit my job, I faced a lot of challenges
from friends and family who felt I have gone
mad” says Orondaam. “But after about two to
three months, we were able to fundraise within
our social media space, among friends and
family, and we were able to get 118 children who
were never into school into schools.”.
From that humble beginning seven years ago,
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Enrollment ceremony at slum2school
Focus On Slum2school
Slum2School has now offered scholarship to thousands
of children, to begin their primary and secondary school
journey. In doing this, they’ve adopted various public
schools to ensure quality education is available at zero
cost, and built learning centers to help easy learning and
expand the scope of the children’s minds.
This experience has been nothing short of lifechanging
for so many children and their families.
Children who thought their dreams have no chance in
the real world are hopeful again and can boldly talk
about their future now, because they have the passport
of education to get them there.
Dosun Sharon, a beneficiary of Slum2School Africa,
who is presently in junior secondary school, said “when
I was much younger, I dreamt of becoming a lawyer. I
didn’t think the dream was possible because I couldn’t
read and write. I saw Slum2School around us, I didn’t
know what they were looking for. I saw them writing
children’s names so I went to write my name. They
brought me to the school, registered me, and I started
from primary one Now, I can read and write and I can be
Another beneficiary, 14 year old Samuel Iroko said;
“When I was very small I dreamt I was going to be a
doctor but when my friends were going to school and
could read and write, me I couldn’t read, write and
speak English. At that point, I said that dream won’t be
By - Linda Orajekwe
Deborah’s case was different but familiar. According
to her, “before I met Slum2School, I was going to school
but I was not serious with it. Sometimes I will go to
school and sometimes, I will stay at home, selling with
There are thousands of children like Sharon, Samuel,
and Deborah, saved by the Slum2School project, filling
the gap where our government has ignored to provide
quality education for its people. The project is not just
educating these children, but also empowering them,
through the help of volunteers, who commit time
and resources to ensure that these children have the
opportunity to stand a chanice to change their estate in
But how involved is government in a project of
this kind that is fast changing the lives of these slum
dwellers? “Government’s input is more of collaboration
than financial”says Orondaam. “One of the things we’ve
been doing is collaborating with the government. We
have about three government schools we’ve adopted,
and we’re trying to ensure that we can support these
schools and build them to be model public schools”
Slum2school is majorly driven by these young
volunteers who are not just seeing the problems that
afflict Nigeria and its people, but taking that step further
to be a part of the people that are solving that problem.
They do this by stretch their hands to raise the new
generation, so that they can also raise themselves.
THE U.S AMBASSADOR STUART SYMINGTON’S VISIT
TO SLUM2SCHOOL IN MAKOKO COMMUNITY
Launching the Entreprise Development Centre
Oby Ezekwesili & OTTO Orondaam
Slum2school bag for kids
For these volunteers, the success of the
children is their drive and satisfaction. They give
their all, from communicating to the children,
to a strict follow up to ensure they are learning,
and communicating with the parents, to ensure
the children report to school when they should.
According to a seasoned volunteer, Inemo Preghafi,
“We take actions. We are ready to put all the 50,000
thousand children in school, God willing. Seeing
Sharon from where we started, and Sharon of now
is major progress. It’s one of the reasons that give us
the motivation to want to do more because, we have
so many children like Sharon who started from a
certain level and now they’re a success story”
It’s over six years since Slum2School went from
a Corp member’s project to being an organization
and in that time, it has provided scholarships and
series of support to over 32,000 children across
Nigeria, and won over 20 national and international
awards of recognition for the great work being done
In 2018, Slum2School, which is primarily being
run by volunteers called for volunteer openings
and over 3,000 volunteers across 13 countries in
Africa signed up to be a part of this change-making
process, to help build and secure the future of the
This organization is not just about enrolling
children to school but also about following up on
their growth to ensure they’re improving in almost
every area of their lives; from education to health,
to mentoring, vocational and life skills acquisition.
This is where the thousands of Volunteers pull
their weight. They’re sectioned according to their
expertise to volunteer in areas that benefit these
children and they dive in, giving their all for the
growth of every child.
Unlike the normal structures in many Nigerian
schools, Slum2School has a follow-up and grooming
plans to ensure the child is well monitored for
growth and properly coached by learned and skilled
This work being done by Otto Orondaam and
other young Nigerians, is one the people of Makoko,
who at a time didn’t understand the importance
of education, are beginning to love. Speaking to
Agboola Adijat, a resident in Makoko community
whose children were once in public school, she
revealed that she had to change their school because
the school wasn’t helping her child academically.
However, she wishes Slum2School would extend
their provision of quality education to other schools.
“I like the method Slum2School uses. I love it
well but it’s only public schools they use to give,
they don’t give to any other schools” Adijat went
on to talk about how useful the project has been
to the people of Makoko “This thing they’re doing
has helped a lot of families because, it’s not every
family that can afford to give their children basic
education. They bring these children to school, give
them uniform, school bags, and textbooks, biro,
and notebook. They’re giving them all these things
so that education will be less expensive for them;
because, people who do not have education, it’s
just as if you do not have anything in life. I just
wish they’ll put it in every school”.
Another resident, Monsura Gimba said;
“Slum2school project has been very helpful in
taking children out of the street into school.
Instead of these kids to be roaming around,
wasting themselves, this project is helping their
future by making sure they don’t waste it away”.
Slum2School is the dream come true for
every underprivileged child, whose future is
being washed away right in front of their eyes.
With little being done in a country like Nigeria,
an environment like Makoko is not one given
the necessary priority it deserves, despite the
possibility that lies in the hearts and hands of
the children that reside there.
dreams have no
chance in the real
world are hopeful
again and can
boldly talk about
their future now,
because they have
the passport of
education to get
In May 2018, the children who are present
beneficiaries of Slum2School in Makoko, created
a campaign called “A Thousand Dreams”. This
campaign according to one of the beneficiaries,
Obichukwu Emmanuel, is to help enroll a thousand
children into school each year. It’s interesting to
see how these children who had no knowledge
or understanding of the importance of education
have now grown through the Slum2school project
to become Ambassadors of education in their
According to 12 years old Alade Mariam “We go
into the community and then we tell them about
the importance of education and why they should
send their children to school”
Obichukwu Emmanuel explained that the
parents have to be convinced because aside from
the fact that they don’t have enough funds to send
their children to school, some of these parents don’t
understand the importance or value of education.
As the world marks International Children’s
Day tomorrow, there are many who will not be
celebrating as their future hang in the balance. A
project like the Slum2School is one that should be
replicated in many of our rural communities where
children are begging for the opportunity of better
Nigerians would do well to support initiatives
like this financially and the many selfless
So far, Otto Orandaam says: “what we do
as an organization is to tap into our network of
volunteers and see how we can raise funds for the
Last year, Slum2School launched its Enterprise
Development Centre, (EDC) in one of its adopted
schools in Makoko where over 1000 children and
youths between the ages of 9 to 25 can learn how
to set up small businesses, and also learn skills to
To Slum2School, education is not just about
going to school. There is a strong belief in the
system that every child should be equipped with
necessary skills to boost their confidence, and give
them a fair chance to opportunities available for all.
They keep researching to find better ways to
improve learning for the children and be their light
until they can make theirs. In Samuel’s words,
“Slum2school has given us the chance to become
what we want to become in future.”.
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Empowering Prospective Entrepreneurs
Words By - Yemisi Suleiman
Her journey to becoming the CEO of Hair by
Wanneka empire, had a humble beginning;
armed with the BBM as her only marketing tool
and zero naira as a reseller. A few years later, Doris
Nwanneka was gifted a token of a hundred and twenty
thousand naira (N120, 000) by her husband, which she
invested in her first hair business. However, due to
inexperience in operating a business, her efforts failed
twice within 2014 and 2015. Not giving up, she refused to
allow failure stop her. In 2016, the business gained weight
in the market and the brand evolved to one of the most
sought- after in the industry today. Seizing the moment
and her interest in young people spurred her engagement
in various philanthropic activities through her online
platform, where she has empowered a lot of young
women, looking to invest in the Beauty industry.
Apparently hungry to do more with the amazing growth of
her business, Wanneka, is poised to giving back to the
society, as she launches a new hairline today. The new line
aptly tagged the ‘Wanneka Super Pack,’ was born because
of the desire to empower aspiring business entrepreneurs
as distributors of the Wannwka Hair.
The beautiful, young entrepreneur holds a Diploma in
Law from the University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) and
currently, a final year Mass Communication
undergraduate at the Caleb University. The wife and
mother to three beautiful kids, speaks on her current
project, her passion for the business, life as an
entrepreneur and the impact of social media on her
How did you get into the hair business, and
at what point did Hair Boss come to be? What
I have always loved feashion and anything
beauty, that was the first attraction for me. In my
early days, I resold weaves bought from a
well-known hair seller. I would take their pictures,
market it, take orders and purchase.
In-terms of marketing, I would go to banks;
waited till I would be able to approach the
fashionable female staff to patronize me. From
the banks, I moved to church gates just to speak
with the beautiful sisters to tell them about my
Getting more active on social media was a
huge success for me. It was a terrain that was
easy to access and quick to reach a wider
audience, with more customers from outside
Lagos. Gradually, I was able to gather enough
money to buy a large stock of products.
Unfortunately I got duped by a supplier which
eventually made me to start afresh. It was a bitter
sweet experience because I was hounded for
taking clients order serious. I believe in true
quality in whatever market I sell. But the saying
goes that once bitten twice shy. I had no choice
than to start afresh because it is a business I
love. Though it was rough but I thank God.
Social media, the Instagram especially
became my office and my market. People
gradually reckoned with my brand. The more I
got orders, the more I got referred to by existing
customers, and their experiences made me smile
with joy. I used all the features that Instagram
could offer. I regularly think of new ways to
always improve my brand and here we are today
with the Hair by Wanneka
So how has the evolution been so far?
This is my 7th year in the hair industry but
officially my 6th year. I will say it has been an
amazing growth so far. Hair by Wanneka failed
three whole times. Then I had three different
stores with nothing to show for it. For three years
we struggled to sell one hair, in one month, but
amazingly, that is no longer the story. The
business has grown over time and God has
remained faithful. We have actually gotten our
own permanent store, so yes, it has been a roller
coaster of the good, bad and ugly but we are
grateful to God for how far and well he has
brought the brand.
You are launching a new hairline today, tell us
The Wanneka Super Pack is a long time
desire of mine to reach out to more women all
over the world who cannot reach us easily due to
time, distance and means of payment. It is an
opportunity for people who have always wanted
to be distributors of my brand to actually do so
with the Super pack in their store.
What inspired this new line at this point in
Over the years Hair by Wanneka has become
a household name, and a lot of people from
different places have contacted us, saying they
want to be distributors. I personally was not
ready then, but I have always had this idea of
putting hair by Wanneka in a beautiful pack, beat
down the prices to the minimum and get
distributors to sell it as well. So that way, more
people have jobs, they are empowered and can
make money to take care of their needs, while
clients get good hair at an amazingly affordable
So, this new line is my own way of giving back
to society, as well as reaching out to ladies with
good hair at affordable prices.
What is the distinguishing feature between
this new brand and what you have in stock?
This new line is completely branded with our
name and logo, well packaged of course, more
affordable. Also, it comes with some styles we’ve
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never had. The styles were specifically designed
for the super pack, but in terms of quality,
everything is guaranteed to stand the test of
With wigs and natural hair extensions being
high in demand now, and with lots of hair
entrepreneurs out there, what do you do to
stay ahead of competition?
Firstly, I do not bother my dear head over who
my competitors are because I have my own
unique ways of staying on top of my game. A lot
of hair buyers and users are already familiar with
my ways. So, once they see a certain hair, price,
picture or advert, it is easy to say that is Hair by
These are some of the things I think has kept
me in the business for this long. Again, my prices
are so affordable, even a low income earner can
afford one or two good quality hair. Also, people
relate well with the happy mood of my adverts. I
think they are attracted to the way I make the
videos and how I dance.
You do a lot with social media. Would you say
the social media has been your greatest
business marketing strategy, or how has it
impacted your business so far?
If I write my success story without Instagram,
then I have told a lie. Social media, Instagram to
be precise, is part of what made my brand this
popular. It has been the only platform where old
clients get to stay in touch with me and new
people discover me. And to think that the
platform is almost free is amazing. I do a lot of
adverts there and have over the years, built my
I have recently just gotten a website which is
also picking up, but Instagram still has a special
positive effect, and most clients are already very
used to reaching out to us there. So for ‘Hair by
Wanneka’, the fastest way to publicize any of our
new products is by posting it on our Instagram
page. I am not so much of a Facebook business
person but, yes, I visit and use it from time to
How would you describe your dress sense?
My dress sense has to be stylishly
comfortable. I wear a lot of sneakers. A lot of
people already know me for that because I can
do anything wearing my sneakers. It is as
comfortable as the word, but at the same time, I
try to style it in different ways to still look
fashionable. People have come to terms with the
fact that Wanneka wears sneakers on anything
and it still comes out stylish.
What is the best way to take care of your hair
For people who are now wig addicts, all you
need to do to your wig from time to time, is to
brush from tip to top once you take off and put it
on a wig stand. When it is time to wear it, if it
feels dry, apply a little serum and brush again
from tip to top. If it is a curly hair, use a leave-in
conditioner, if it is a straight hair, use a
straightening brush to make it look silkier, and if it
is wavy, you can decide to touch up with some
curls. But you should ensure that you take it to
the saloon for treatment from time to time, for
deep conditioning, recurling and for them to
apply the basic hair treatments needed.
Who or what inspires you more in life?
My greatest inspiration in life is my husband.
Everything I do is basically to make him proud
and make him happy.
What is the best business advice you have
received since you started and how has it
Never give up. Always sell your business the
best way you can.
life is my
Everything I do
is basically to
Tell us about yourself, growing up years and
what informed your choice of career as a
Growing up for me was quite interesting, I had
an amazing family would tear anyone down if I
get bullied by an outsider. I grew up in the midst
of a loving family; my Mother was a sweet kind
person and she loved all her children equally. As
the last child, one would think I would be so spoilt
but, I was given one of the strictest upbringing,
which has built me over the years to become this
independent, hardworking and daring woman
that I am today. I have always wanted to own an
empire. I started as a stylist in the Nigerian
Nollywood industry and gradually gained
grounds. I made a few friends, this gave birth to
my baby steps which grew into the brand I have
You look very fashionable and stylish, do you
pick your clothes or do you have a stylist?
I do not have a personal stylist who comes to
me every time I need to step out. I style myself
daily. I just know how to mix patterns to form a
stylish look but, yes, when I have events, I get
people to come in with ideas for the look I want.
How do you keep fit or stay healthy?
I don’t consider myself fit (laughs) but, if you
ask, how I have been able to maintain my shape
after three children, I would say I am this way
because I hardly eat and I work a lot. So it is only
natural that when you work so much, and do not
have the appetite to eat, you lose weight easily.
So for me, this is more of weight loss than being
fit. I need to hit the gym soon though, to actually
When you are not working nor attending to
clients, how do you take time out to relax?
When I am not working or attending to clients,
you will find me on Instagram. I know that is
work on its own because, all my businesses are
online. But if I need to truly relax, instead of
reading direct messages or messages from
clients on my page, I just search random pages
and have a good laugh. I could spend hours
doing that. Sometimes also, I get to play with my
kids when I am less busy.
Where is your best holiday destination in the
Best holiday destination has to be Vietnam for
me. As awkward as it sounds, Vietnam makes
me happy and I would rather be in Vietnam, than
anywhere else for a holiday.
What do you like about the place?
Aside from the fact that Vietnam is a quiet
place, I like the fact that the people do not take
life too seriously, everything is so easy. They
have great markets to shop for anything in the
world that you want, amazing picture locations
and yes, they also have a lot of tourists who
come there. So, if you want new friends, you
want to shop for good quality things at an
affordable rate, Vietnam is your best bet.
What is the next big thing for the Hair Boss?
Next big thing for me should be opening my
permanent site, which is already under
construction. It has been my dream to buy a
permanent site for Hair by Wanneka with money
made from Hair by Wanneka. I believe this is
every business owner’s dream, and this is
already coming to reality. I cannot wait to show
my clients what I have been working on.
10 / May 26, 2019
By - Patricia Uyeh
The kitchen is a ‘woman’s little
kingdom’ where she holds
sway. From this her cherished
territory, she churns out
delicacies of all sorts like the highly
controversial jollof-rice for her family.
Because the food is cooked here, the
kitchen is an important part of the
house that every member of the family
But the kitchen as we know is
usually equipped with tools such as
pots, knives, spoons, gas cooker,
refrigerator, stove, oven and so on.
Safety precautions have to be taken to
avoid accidents and the spread of
bacteria from the use of its many
pieces of equipment.
Sharp objects (such as knives,
cutters) if not properly handled can
result to cuts. Electrical appliances eg
microwaves and open fire by the oven
can pose as threats to safety if not
properly handled and maintained.
It is wise to be safety conscious in
the kitchen because one mistake can
result to grave injuries or accidents.
While you should never leave children
alone in the kitchen, you should pay
close attention to what you are doing
in the kitchen. Ensure you have a
kitchen cleanliness strategy and have
necessary safety equipment at your
SAFETY TIPS IN
safety tips to
observe in the
Be careful not to leave
pot holders exposed to
Ensure you keep the
kitchen floor dry so that no
one falls or slips.
7. Don’t cook with loose
clothing or with hair exposed.
You don’t want your clothing
to catch fire accidentally
neither do you want to see
hair strands in your food.
Refrigerate raw meat,
fish and certain dairy
products that are
and can spoil quickly to
avoid the build-up of
in a drawer or
wooden block. Keep
knives far from the reach of
before and after
Do your best to
fire. Do well to
case of fire
8. Don’t cook with dangling
jewellery. This can get caught
up with pot handles. You
don’t want to be struggling
with your bracelet and pot
cover or handle.
9. Turn your pot handles
away from the front of the
stoves. That way, adults can’t
bump into them on the way.
Children also will not be able
to grab them too.
10. Separate raw meat /
chicken from other items to
avoid cross-contamination of
bacteria of one food to
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Natural Ways Of Lasting Long In Bed
By - Yemisi Suleiman
What some of your favourite
celebrities said and we listened.
A man lasting in bed simply means that he can
control his orgasm as long as ‘’ he needs to ‘’, this
could be until the woman orgasms, or until he wants to
climax. There is this old joke about men ‘’thinking
about baseball’’ whenever they want to last longer in
bed. vsuch thoughts take their minds off what they are
doing and therefore delay what their body wants to
Though it is often said that guys who last longer in
bed are considered to be virile, and manly, but this is a
paternalistic notion which usually does not take in to
account what the lady wants. A recent study
postulated that women get maximum enjoyment from
penetration that does not exceed ten or eleven
minutes, after which it becomes painful, boring or both.
Anyone who goes on for a long time after the woman
is done physically, sexually, mentally or emotionally is
in it only for himself.
So, lasting longer in bed means you last longer than
the average male during normal and consistent
insertion. The average length of time for a consistent
penetrative sex is about 7 minutes, anything short of
this shows you are not lasting in bed by these metrics.
An average female tends to desire about 15 minutes
of consistent penetrative intercourse.
There are actually tricks that can help a man last
longer - from desensitizing agents, cock rings tactics;
these are part of what you need to last longer in bed.
-Condom actually can be of help in two ways; the
first beeing that it works as small cock rings while the
second is that, it can give less sensitive feeling and
both of which can assist with you lasting longer.
There are other ways to pleasure your partner in
bed other than intercourse: you have got two hands,
mouth and few other parts depending on what you
and your spouse love to indulge in. To cut a long story
short, staying longer in bed naturally means you are
lasting more than 15 to 20 minutes in regards to
copulation. Whichever way, do not feel bad as the
average is about 3minutes which means that quite a
few number of men fall into this category.
A number of men usually find it very easy to climax
than their female counterparts, coupled with the fact
that quick ejaculation is one of the most commonest
sexual disorder in males under 40 years of age. This
explains why women will always find themselves
unsatisfied; especially, as it can be a let-down if the
fun ends before it often starts.
Here are tips to help him finish the act:
Get him to start slowly. Men’s magazine suggests,
you ‘’ tell him to aim for one thrust every few seconds,
then gradually, [ like every two minutes ] take it up a
notch, to a point where there’s a thrust every second or
so. If he feels like he’s going to come, he should stop
thrusting and wait a few seconds until he can control
himself and start over again.
Be sure to do it again and again, a round of powerful
foreplay before lovemaking can perform wonders.
According to Cosmopolitan magazine, not only can
you orgasm, which might make you more likely to
come again during sex, but getting him to ejaculate
before the main event should delay the finish line. For
many guys, it takes a certain amount of time to
‘’recharge’’, which means you should have plenty of
time to be satisfied.
You probably might have heard of KEGEL [ men too
can do this ] and yoga exercises. These help to
strengthen your pelvic floor muscles thereby, improving
your chance of orgasm. These exercise can also help
in treating premature ejaculation in men. A research
presented recently at the European Association of
Urology in Stockholm, found that pelvic exercise
improved premature ejaculation after 12 weeks in most
Try using condom. Majority of guys really do not like
wearing condom because it does not feel as good as
the real thing, and as a result, find it quite difficult to
climax. Love-making with condom, definitely, feels
different, so take advantage of this to make your
spouse last longer. The sensations on his penis will be
slightly weaker with a condom on it, this will naturally
lead to a longer sex session.
Always switch sex position; just in case your partner
has a move that always sets him off- change positions.
Cosmopolitan suggest missionary style or girl on top,
which can help many men delay the finale. When you
have been together for a while, there is the tendency
that your routine sex styles can make his body
anticipate coming, thereby releasing sooner than
expected. New sex positions and sensations will help
to distract him and make him last longer.
Avoid masturbation. Most men masturbate and this
has become a habit for some of them. Funny enough,
this is one root cause of quick ejaculation problem.
Allow him to introduce sex toys, it may seem like
cheating but this should not matter when it has to do
with you both having orgasms. If he cannot stay long
enough to the end, you wait until he is close. Then, let
him tag out and use the vibrator on you. You can tag
back in when you are both close to the finishing line.
Eat healthy diet: Drink a cup of water first thing in
the morning, take more fruits, vegetable, reduce you
intake of red meat and alcohol. Do about 15 minutes
exercises when you wake up, it could be jogging or
In some situations, your spouse can actually try and
see a professional. Variety of prescriptions are readily
available if premature ejaculation is a serious issue
that is negatively affecting your relationship. Try by all
means to avoid supplements across the counter,
instead, your best bet is to check with a urologist to
see what the issue is, and what steps are to be taken.
In the end, there are quite a lot of ways that you can
assist your man in achieving sexual fulfillment for both
of you. Satisfaction and orgasm are two parallel things
just as lasting in bed is not the be-all, end-all of sexual
prowess. Communication and the readiness to please
one another are gets you closer to the mark.
“When you finally realise that
nothing is permanent in this life, you
will become more tolerant, more
forgiving and less judgmental.”
Wise words from Nollywood
Yoruba actor, Adedimeji
“Life is a choice. I have
chosen to see the beauty
in every situation. Live,
love and learn. Make the
Chika Ike on making
“I am working
continuously on the best
version of me. Please do
the same and the world
will be better for it. Let’s
just keep trying. Stay
strong, be positive. We
all struggle sometimes”.
Actress, Uche Jumbo
Always look at the
bright side of life. No
one says its easy
Words from the
Njamah to her fans.
/ May 26, 2019
By - Latasha Ngwube
events or castings?
I’m definitely big on fashion: not necessarily
on trends, but definitely, on personal style. With
some events, it’s easy to style yourself. In some
cases, I leverage on my existing partnerships
with stylists and designers. So sometimes, we
can pull from a designer’s already existing
collection and at other times, a fresh outfit is
custom-designed for me and tailored to the
event, depending on the amount of time
available to prepare. For castings, more likely
than not, my look is influenced by the character
that I am reading for. It helps to get my head in
the right space and influences my body language
and my delivery.
Enado Odigie is a
budding actress in
Nollywood. She has
starred and featured in
films like, From Lagos with
Love, and the critically
acclaimed, Joba. With
competition in the Nigeria
film industry getting fiercer
every year, she constantly
Who are your ultimate style icons?
strives to do better and
Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, the late Kyrzayda
perfect her craft.
Rodriguez (God rest her soul), Rihanna, Sarah
Enado is also a style star in
Jessica Parker and Rita Dominic.
the making. In this chat
Where do you like to shop for everyday
with Allure, she talks about
I shop from any and everywhere I find
her work and style.
anything I fancy. Both local and international
brands, from small retailers to huge chains. E.g,
What’s the one thing you would change
Fashion Nova, Miskay, Zhena Woman, Zara etc.
about your industry?
What is your favourite piece in your
Can we have some structure please?
closet right now ?
What’s your favourite role or character in
My current fave is a teeny weeny, floral dress
your career so far?
from Miskay Boutique.
I have a few that I love for different reasons. Ify contemporary styles for the African man and
Pedro from the movie, From Lagos with Love, Ore woman, even though we’re starting first with a What’s your favourite red carpet look
in the movie Joba, and the character I’m going to female line. Our style will be fresh, colourful, bold, you’ve worn so far?
play in the American drama series called Suits as happy and chic. Our pieces will be designed to
AMVCA 2018. It’s an
Harvey Specter’s heart throb. (in my mind). A girl is accentuate the body of the everyday African woman, Emerald green dress made by
allowed to dream
to mask her flaws and highlight her curves. We want Ugonna Omeruo for House of
her to tell us who she is simply by walking into a Nwocha
How would you describe your personal room, with all the glory of her African beauty, and
style in a sentence or less?
comfortable in her own Skin. Loud, Bold and Proud. Has there ever been a time
when you felt you had to
Do you have any passion besides acting? wear something you
If you could give your 18-year-old self one Yes. Fashion, Beauty, Counselling. Helping weren’t entirely
piece of style advice, what would it be? others find themselves.
Trends will come and go. Great skin never goes
out of style.
How would you say your style has changed
since you became an actor?
Heels or sneakers?
Who are your favourite Nigerian/African In the last couple of years, as I have evolved as a Can I say both? If not,
designers? How many of their pieces do you person, and transitioned between careers and this heels.
has reflected in my style. Naturally, when you work
Deola Sagoe, House of Nwocha, Tubo, Mai Atafo, in the corporate world, style can be a little restrictive Denim or dresses?
Zhena woman. I own a few HON and Zhena Woman and this might also reflect in your wardrobe.
However, it’s quite different in the entertainment
space where there’s an abundance of inspiration and Vintage or new?
If you could design your own fashion line, the freedom to explore whichever way I want. I’m New
what would you call it? What would it look definitely a lot more daring and more adventurous.
My style is more expressive and much more
Gele or no gele?
I’m still deciding between names but, at the reflective of my personality.
topmost of that list is a name that carries the names
of both my parents, Rose and Michael, in honour of Image is so important in your industry. Lipstick or highlighter?
both their memories. However, my line will feature Would you say you’re big on fashion? How Lipstic
do you decide what to wear to important
May 26, 2019 / 13
By Odun Ogunbiyi
...Oddbod & The City
Selfcare is never selfish. I have been focusing more on looking
after me so I can look after others, if that makes any sense.
Drinking more water (am I the only one who struggles with
this?), renewing my gym membership, persevering with the healthy
eating, reading a good book and generally generating positive vibes.
This is Oddbod and the city – My Lagos adventure.
oh so nutrion smoothies
Oh So Nutrition
This week I decided a detox was in order. I
cut out all the usual culprits e.g. alcohol, fizzy
drinks, refined sugars and processed food and
focused on a raw, healthy diet to get my body
all the necessary nutrients.
My research led me to Oh So Nutrition
(ohsonutrition.com). A Lagos-based whole
food and healthy beverage company. Meal
preparation is always the biggest obstacle
for me, when I attempt any sort of restrictive
diet. Among all the great services offered,
they have a smoothie detox program. You
replace daily solid foods with five healthy raw
food smoothies, packed with fruits, berries,
vegetables and posh things like, acai berry
powder and wheatgrass powder.
You can choose a one-day detox, which some
people choose to do on a weekly basis for
It’s your BirTHDAY
“If you don’t come, its over between us!”
That was the parting shot my dear friend,
Latasha ominously added to her invitation
to come and celebrate her Birthday with
I drove her to it with my antisocial ways, but
truth be told I had no intention of missing
out on what I knew would be a fantastic
This was how I found myself on a Friday
night at a huge rooftop bar and terrace
in Lekki, aptly called Atmosphere (@
atmosphererooftop). I must say this was an
excellent location to have a party. The décor was
giving me NYC rooftop vibes with the hanging light
and foliage. The DJ was on point and I have no
complaints about the service.
I had a blast. Thank you for having me and Happy
Birthday my darling Latasha.
oh so nutrition pamphlet
example, to give the body a chance to
recharge its batteries. A five-day detox,
I thought I would struggle to complete,
so maybe next time when I have more
discipline. I opted for the three-day detox. I
felt so good on day two I managed to make
my morning workout at the gym.
What I loved about this detox was the 360°
customer service. The options for the kind
of detox consider your experience and
palette, the packaging and shiny information
leaflet on delivery, had me in raptures
and to top it off, all through the detox, I
received messages of encouragement and
They will be hearing from me again as they
made healthy eating easier and affordable.
Don Jazzy, LATAsha Ngwube & Tola
Odunsi owner of Atmosphere
Latasha & guestS
Smells like home
After a hard day in the
mean Lagos streets, I crave
nothing more than the
comfort of my couch. It’s the
small details that come together to make your house
a home. Other than being clean and tidy, with the
temperature on the chilly side and containing all my
favourite things, the last thing that’s essential for me
is to be greeted by a joyful smell. I can stand for
hours sniffing candles and diffusers to find just the
I am also a new but dedicated convert to the
traditional practice of burning sage to cleanse
my home. Sage is purported to cleanse your
environment of negative energy, generate wisdom
and clarity, and promote healing. It was while
searching for a supply of sage,
that I stumbled upon Lavender (@
lavenderlagos). They specialise in
all things wonderful smelling, and
when you step into the store, you
know you have arrived in the right
place. The space is sun-drenched
and welcoming, smells divine and
is packed to the rafters with all
manners of good things to satisfy
the olfactory senses.
Well-known luxury brands in the
interior’s arena, such as Voluspa,
Heyland & Whittle and Portus Cale
are present in both diffuser and
candle form. Soy candles (from P.F
Candle Co) for those interested in
environmentally friendly candles,
and 5000ML (Yes you read that
correctly) bottle diffusers from Dr
I was spoilt for choice and very
happy with my purchases.
14 / May 26, 2019
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Women Love To
See In Their Men
By - Rita Okoye
Do you know that the physical attribute
that women find sexy in a man is his
sense of style and not necessarily his
handsome face, muscular build, height,
and even fitness? On that note, by
being well dressed, you instantly
become more attractive to women.
These are 7 stylish
things women love to see
in their men...
In the era of ‘Beard Gang’, it is very important
to have a clean shave, well carved and no
bumps. Women are quick to notice an
unkempt beards and that is a bad turn off.
Well Fitted Suit
We know the function of suits; high-standard clothing for
business and fancy events. Ladies love them every now
and then. They like it when you dress to impress for
special occasions. They appreciate that effort you put to
Women too, just like men also
pay attention to details. So if
you have an effortless
timepiece on your wrist, it
catches the eyes of classy
women. It makes a great
with a woman you
A nice scent is another
important factor for women in
choosing a potential partner. So
don’t underestimate women’s
sense of smell,it’s pretty
sensitive. ‘You smell nice’, can
serve as an instant greenlight.
Well-chosen accessories truly elevate your style, so don’t
treat them as an afterthought. However, be careful too
much jewelry, flashy statement pieces, and wardrobe flair
can end up doing more harm than good.
You can wear them comfortably when going to the gym or
whenever you go for a run or for a quick drive. Make your
sporty wears neat and stylish.
Great taste in shoes is one of the first things women notice
in a man’s style. This should tell you that investing in
classic, quality footwear is very important as first impression
matters. Stylish shoes like Oxfords, Monk Straps, Italian
moccasin, they show you’ve got good taste.
May 26, 2019 / 15
With Yemisi Suleiman
In case you missed, these were the most Interesting pictures and
stories on Instagram last week, as posted by your favourite celebrities.
We are absolutely loving this stunning photo of
Jennifer Obayuwana, MD of The Polo Luxury.
The Polo boss added a year last Thursday, and
marked the day with a bit of modern elegance, in
this glittery gold dress which she posted on her
It was all about Cynthia Nwadiora aka
Ceece, and the launch of her active
sportswear line aptly named,’Cegar’
last week. One after another, Ceece is
raising the level of her fashion game,
all in a single day as the ex Big Brother
Naija star slays at the event which held
in Lagos. After making everyone swoon
over her white and gold detailed suit at
the launch, she then made people go
gaga with this gold tigh-high slit dress by
Tiannah Place Empire. The new CEO,
took to her social media handle to share
this amazing photos and the attitude is
Dazzles at Cannes
Still on the Cannes Film Festival, India’s star
actress and entertainer, Deepika Padukone, was
the centre of attraction last week as she stepped
out on the red carpet, in this dramatic neon tulle
gown at the Pain and Glory premiere on May 28.
The Giambattista Valli Couture gown featured long
ruffled sleeves, as well as a bow at the collar, and a
belted waist. She paired the gown (and its gorgeous
train) with neutral heels, jewelry, and a pink
headdress. The Bollywood actress had consistently
stunned onlookers with her daring, and dramatic
style at the Cannes.
Oba Elegushi and
Wife marks wedding
It was a week of celebration and
thanksgiving for Oba Saheed
Elegushi and Wife, Oloori Aramide,
as they celebrated their16th Wedding
Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi,
Kusenla III, the Elegushi of Ikateland,
who is one of Nigeria’s most
effervescent monarchs and his
beautiful wife, Olori Sekinat Aramide,
marked the occasion last Friday,
May 24, with a number of glamorous
photos on Instagram, with lots of
congratulatory and goodwill messages
flooding in from friends, family and