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October 27, 2019

Top

Nigerian Models

To Watch


15

6

HAPPINESS

8 Cover: Top Ten Nigerian Models

To Watch

13 Sexmatics: Caring For Your

Breasts

16 Instagram Moments

12

IN THIS ISSUE

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CELEBRATION

3 Fashion : ArtSmith Jewelry Uses

Pieces For Breast Cancer Awareness

Campaign

4 Fashion : How Celebrities Slayed At

Headies 2019

6 Fashion : Fun Ways To Styling Clothes

You Already Haver

27 OCTOBER 2019

15 People: • KLM Marks Centenary

With 100th Delftware Miniature

• Funmi Iyanda’s Film Premieres At The

London Film Festival

WELLBEING

14 My Lagos Adventure

WELCOME...

It was quite an eventful weekend

for creatives in the fashion industry,

as the fashion season kicked off

with the Lagos Fashion Week.

Every year, platforms like this and

others, create opportunities for

Nigerian designs to showcase their

creativity to a fashion- hungry

audience and buyers who gather to

scout for new designs.

The shows have blossomed into

a weekend of economic boom for

stakeholders, with designers bringing their A game on, and

pointing the way for trend in the following year.

Beyond the clothes which are the major attraction,

models also bring excitement to the runway as they, to a

large extent, help to sell the clothes by the way they wear

them on the runway.

A number of these models have done well for

themselves, and become stars in their field and a delight to

watch on the runway.

On our cover today, we profile some of the best hands in

the Nigerian modeling scene. These young men and women

have taken their passion in modelling from a local to world

stage, and earning money and fame from it. They are the

models to watch. Find out who they are. Pg 8-10

And in case you missed the Headies Awards last week,

see how your favourite celebrity slayed to the annual show.

Pg 4-5

Still on cancer, for the sake of your partner and nursing

child, Adesuwa on Sexmatics, writes

on how to take proper care of the

boobs. Pg 13.

Be cancer aware. Stay safe and

have a great week.

J . E

Jemi Ekunkunbor

Acting Editor

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Quotes

“I finally realized that

being grateful to my

body was key to giving

more love to myself”.

- Oprah Winfrey

“Religion is like a pair

of shoes…Find one that

fits for you, but don’t

make me wear your

shoes”.

- George Carlin

“Nothing worthwhile

comes easily. Work,

continuous work and

hard work, is the only

way to accomplish

results that last”.

- Napoleon Hill

EDITOR

REMMY IFUEKO DIAGBARE

DEPUTY EDITOR

JEMI EKUNKUNBOR

ASST. EDITOR

YEMISI SULEIMAN

CONTRIBUTORS

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LINDA ORAJEKWE

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CONT. EDITOR

LATASHA NGWUBE

TEAM

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COPY EDITOR

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LAYOUT / DESIGN

OLAYIWOLA AJAGBE

PHOTO

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Chinenye Okeke

KEMI LALA-AKINDOJU

ArtSmith

Jewelry

Uses Pieces For

Breast Cancer

Awareness

Campaign

By - Linda Orajekwe

helen prest-ajayi

halima okafor

As part of the activities to create awareness

for breast cancer this October,

Lagos-based Jeweller, Gbenga Ayo-Dada

of Artsmith Collection, has partnered with an

NGO, CancerAware Nigeria, for an awareness

campaign themed, “Life on The Pink Lane”.

The project is geared towards increasing

awareness, support, early detection, treatment as

well as palliative care of breast cancer.

To this end, Ayo-Dada has rolled out a

collection of carefully crafted, pink-themed neck

pieces, proudly modelled by personalities with

direct or indirect experience with breast cancer.

Proceeds from the auction of these neck pieces

will go to funds raised to support indigent patients.

This campaign, is one very dear to Mr Ayo

Dada as he reveals that his business is anchored

on the wellbeing of every woman, and it is

important that more awareness is raised to

ensure the reduction of the death statistics. He

said; “My first ‘encounter’ with breast cancer was

20 years ago when my mum lost one of her

closest friends untimely to breast cancer. She was

a pioneer in the event decoration industry in

Nigeria. Cancer nipped her very promising

career in the bud. This year again, we lost

another family friend to breast cancer. She

was a formidable force by many standards;

an accomplished lawyer both in public service

and private legal consultancy. One day, I

realized that we will continue to lose great assets

to this merciless disease if we do not rise to fight it

any way we can. By the way, 85% of my clientele

base are made up of women and so what affects

women invariably affects my brand.”

Some of the personalities who have supported

and modelled some of the jewelleries include;

former beauty Queen Helen Prest Ajayi, Lanre

DaSilva, Kemi Lala Akindoju and a host others.

lanre da-silva

Tolu odukoya-ijogun

October 27, 2019 / 3


FASHION

mercy eke

ike onyema

elozonam

ebuka obiuchendu

How Celebrities Slayed

At Headies 2019

By - Rita Chioma

The 13th edition of the prestigious

Headies Music Awards took place

penultimate Saturday, with Teni,

Falz, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Rema and

Shey Shay winning big.

Although not all the nominated artistes

clinched an award, some got special

recognitions and also won slots for best

dressed on the Red Carpet.

They were quite a large number of

celebrities who pulled off interesting

looks that added spice and glamour to

the night event.

The ceremony which took place at the

famous Convention Center, Eko Hotel

and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, saw

celebrities especially ex-housemates

of Big Brother Naija Season 4 who just

recently became celebrities, bringing their

A-games to the red carpet with their outfits.

Sequins and thigh-high slit dresses

dominated the trend for most of our female

stars, while the guys rocked in their suits

and jackets. It was such a lovely mixture.

Here are some of our best pick at the

annual musical event.

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/ October 27, 2019

veneta

akpofure


FASHION

toke

makinwa

bamike

olawunmi

stephanie

mabel

makun

esther

olaoluwa

natacha akide

nancy isime

October 27, 2019 /

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FASHION

Wear A T-Shirt Under

A Strappy Dress

If you have to go somewhere a bit formal,

but you really want to wear your pretty,

strappy dress, put on a T-shirt underneath.

It will give you the coverage you need

to meet the dress code. Pick a colour of

shirt that goes well with your dress without

distracting too much from it.

plaid

shirt

Wear Leggings With

A Plaid Shirt

Leggings are not only good for wearing to

the gym. You can make them into a cute,

casual look by wearing a plaid shirt on top.

You can layer the look by wearing a fitted

T-shirt or tank top underneath, and then

wear the plaid shirt unbuttoned. This is a

fun, casual look that’s great for weekends.

leggings

T-shirt

under

spaghetti

strap dress

Fun Ways To

Styling Clothes

You Already Have

rita

dominic

Mixing And

Layering Outfits

Wear shorts or pants under a

shirt dress. This look is coming

back into style. You get the best

of both worlds: the feminine fun of

a dress with the practicality and

mobility of short/pants. Choose

fitted pants, like skinny or straightleg

jeans, and a loose shirt dress.

Keep the pants plain in colour so

that the dress is still the star of

the show.

By - Tope Ojo

Many times, you’re staring at

your closet, wondering what

to wear. This often ignites

the urge to go on a shopping

spree. Instead, re-style the

clothes you already own. You

can mix and match outfits

by layering in new ways

and switching your shoes.

Freshen up your plain shirts

and pants with some rolling,

cuffing, and tying and playing

with accessories. Soon you’ll

feel like you have a whole

new wardrobe!

colourful

woven belts

Elevate Plain Outfits

With Fun Accessories

The plainer the outfit, the more accessories

you’ll look good wearing. Try a colourful belt,

fun socks, a scarf, dangly earrings, a necklace,

a cute watch, or a stack of bangle bracelets.

Roll Up Your Sleeves And

Unbutton Your Shirt

Tired of your boring old office-worthy buttondown

shirt, roll up your sleeves and unbutton

your shirt. You’ll show a little more skin,

and feel like you’re wearing a different shirt

entirely.

mercy

aigbe

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/ October 27, 2019

gold

wristwatch


Repurpose Scarves As

Headbands Or Ribbons

Simply tie a scarf around your head,

for a headband, or put your hair up,

and tie the scarf in a bow around

your hairstyle. This works best

for small thin scarves, not blanket

scarves!

scarf

FASHION

Match A Blazer With

Jeans For A Night Out

Pair a blazer or jacket with jeans with a solidcoloured

T-shirt for a smart-casual look perfect for

a night out, or dinner with friends. You can also

pair a blazer with a short or a dress. Wearing a

blazer with a dress will give the ensemble a slightly

tougher, edgier look than if you wore a cardigan.

blazer

yemi alade

Cuff Your Pants

Change up the look

of your jeans or

other casual pants

by cuffing them.

Roll the bottoms of

the pants up once

or twice. It will look

more casual than

wearing them uncuffed.

jeans

black flat

Knot The Bottom

Of Your Shirt

Instead of tucking in your

button-up shirt, leave

the last few buttons

unbuttoned, and tie the

two sides of the shirt

in a pretty overhand

knot. You can tuck in

the sides of the shirt for

a neater look, or leave

them hanging for a more

bohemian style.

high heels

Switch Out Your Shoes

If you normally wear your outfit

with casual sneakers, try it with

a pair of heels. If you normally

wear heels with it, try flats. Simply

switching out your shoes can

freshen up a tired outfit.

sneakers

October 27, 2019 /

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REPORTAGE

Top

Nigerian Models

To Watch

Words By - Yemisi Suleiman and Rita Chioma

The Nigerian modelling industry is growing bigger by the day, with established agencies like

Beth, Isis, Few and others, providing platforms for young, aspiring models to achieve their

dreams. With the fashion months on us and our expectations high on what to expect from

designers, we can not but acknowledge models who bring designers work to life on the runways.

In this piece, we throw spotlight on top 10 models in Nigeria who get to walk for the best designers,

and done jobs internationally and locally.

In no particular order, these are the top 10 models in Nigeria right now, as we look forward to

seeing them strutt their stuff on the runway as the fashion season kicks off.

Davidson Obenebo

Davidson Obenebo got his first

shot at limelight, when he

emerged winner of the Elite

Model Look Nigeria in 2016.

However, he got a major boost in

his career when he went on to

win the Elite Model Look World

Final that same year. Since then,

Davidson has become a fashion

week staple in the menswear

circuits on the international

scene.

He has walked the runway for

world’s A-list designers,

beginning with Issey Miyake,

Balmain, DSquared2, Givenchy,

Dolce & Gabbana amongst

others. He is currently the face of

Versace, which was the brand

he walked for at his very first

show. Davidson’s career has

moved incredibly fast, and we

definitely, look foward to seeing

him on stage, back here in

Lagos this fashion season.

8 / October 27, 2019

Ndidi Odogwu

Ndidi Odogwu, half-Cameroonian, half-Nigerian from

Delta State, has got all it takes to carve a name for

herself in the modelling world and she’s not looked

back. Ndidi has worked with several brands and done

numerous fashion shows including, Maki Oh, Vogue,

Lamisigo, House Of Marie, Sleek, Elite model, Virgin

Atlantic Show, to mention a few.

This model brings life to designers beautiful creations.


Mayowa Nicholas

With a stunning Vogue cover and several

prestigious campaigns for big-time designers

under her belt, there is no doubt that this young

runway queen, Mayowa Nicholas is currently

Nigeria’s biggest fashion export. Discovered when

she won the Elite Model Look Nigeria contest in

2014, since then, she has taken the modelling

industry by storm, walking a marathon 43 shows

during Spring 2017 and in following seasons,

earning coveted spots on the runways at Balmain,

Dolce & Gabbana, Fenty and Puma by Rihanna,

and both Moschino and Jeremy Scott. The model

who has gone from strength to strength in her

career, was the first Nigerian model to star in a

Dolce & Gabbana, Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein

campaigns. One of her biggest moments yet, is

hitting the Victoria Secret runway, as one of

Victoria Secrets model, a brand reputed to have

one of the most rigorous casting systems in

fashion history. A feat which puts Mayowa right on

course to becoming a supermodel, amongst the

likes of Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek and Jourdan

Dunn. She strutted the runway for top designers

including Mary Katrantzou, Michael Kors,

Brandon Maxwell, and Alexander Wang and still

going strong.

REPORTAGE

Adeola Ariyo

In 2014, Nigerian-Ghanaian

model Adeola Ariyo became first

ever African Ambassador for

Elizabeth Arden, this was a

turning point to her blooming

career. Adeola Ariyo got into

modelling at age 13 when she

was scouted in London and

walked the runway at London Fashion

Week. Her family returned to

Nigeria soon afterwards. Her

career officially began after

her debut at the Nokia Face

of Africa competition in 2005

and she modelled

successfully in South Africa

for years.

She has graced the

runways of the prestigious

London Fashion Week, Cape

Town Fashion Week,

Johannesburg Fashion

Week, Arise Fashion Week

Lagos, and Mozambique

Fashion Week.

Ariyo has also been featured

in several fashion publications

in South Africa, such as

Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie

Claire, Glamour, True Love,

Fair Lady and lots more.

Imade Ogbewi

Imade Ogbewi was discovered in Lagos in

2011 by ISIS Models Africa, owners of the

Modeling Contest; Nigeria’s Next Super

Model (NNSM).

Her journey to stardom, kicked off that

same year when she emerged as the

winner of the contest, and was given a

brand new car and a modeling contract

with the mother agency.

This launched her on the modeling runway

and as a natural-born model and a beauty

queen, she unleashed her embedding

passion for modeling and the fashion world

took notice of her runway skills.

Today she is one of the topmost

African Models making waves in the

modeling industry, gracing international

runways, prestigious fashion weeks,

commercials, and special features in

magazines.

Imade has walked for some of the

World’s top most designers

including; Vivienne Westwood,

Versace, Kate Spade, Philip

Liam, amongst others. She is

currently one of the faces of

the new Hermès FW19 ad

campaign.

Back home, she has

walked the runway for

top Nigerian and

African designers,

and is one of the top

faces that is always

a delight on the

catwalk.

Kwen Maye

Victor Ikwen Akomaye, selfchristened

Kwen Maye is a

name that rings a bell in the

African modeling sphere. The top

model has covered prestigious

awards like GQ Style, Style Rave

and many more

Kwen Maye, the highly

sought- after model, whose

creativity has taken him far and

wide, once described modelling

as a passion that is bringing him

money.

October 20, 2019 / October 27, 2019 / 9


REPORTAGE

Uju Marshall

Under 30, yet Uju Marshall is one of the most popular

and sought-after models in Nigeria at the

moment. She got scouted by an agency back in

2010, while still an economics student at

university, and her career took a good shape

afterwards. From fashion editorials in magazines

to becoming the face of beauty brands, and the

very best of Nigerian designers.

A past winner of Best Model at the Lagos

Fashion & Design Week and several other

modelling awards, Uju Marshall has turned a

fashion heartthrob whom designers are

obsessing over.This beauty is a star and one of

the African top models to keep a close eye on.

Tamar Awobotu

Nigeria’s Tamar Awobotu, relocated to

South Africa in 2008 after she

participated in the Nokia Face of Africa

competition. After the competition, she

was signed on with some modelling

agencies in South Africa, and since

then become a force to reckon with in

the modelling industry, locally and

intentionally. Tamar began her career

first, as Miss Tourism 2004 and Top

Model Worldwide 2012, but has stuck

to modelling since then. Tamar has

strutted the runways of major shows

across the continent, modelling for top

designers across Europe and Africa.

A model and an entrepreneur,

Tamar visits Nigeria as often as she

can, and has been a major face on

the fashion week runways in Lagos.

With her height and catwalk style,

she is always a delight to watch on

the runway.

Ejiro Joy Akpokiniovo

Few years ago, after she beat other contenders to emerge Best

Model Nigeria, Ejiro Joy Akpokiniovo, also emerged winner of

the 29th edition of Best Model of the World.

The competition featured Models from over 40 countries, who

competed for the crown, but in the end, Nigeria’s Ejiro emerged

victorious in the female category, beating other contestants from

Europe, America, Asia and other African countries.

Since then, this beauty and brain, has remained a force to

reckon with in the modelling industry, home and abroad.

Kelvin Godson

Mathias Kelechi Effange, better known as Kelvin Godson, is a

force to reckon with on the runway and fashion scene. He

started his career years back, while the industry was still finding

its feet, but trudged on and today, he stands as one of the most

sought-after male models in Nigeria. He has graced runways of

prestigious fashion weeks, and has walked for everyone from

Mai Atafo, Taryor Gabriel’s, McMeka to David Tlale and more. In

2015, Kelvin won the Model of the Year award at the Lagos

Fashion and Design Week, with a number of other trophies for

his efforts.

He is famous for his mysterious eyes, his 8 pack abs, and

stern looks on the runway, which often, elicits catcalls from the

ladies. He is definitely a favourite on the runway, and we look

forward to seeing him do his thing this fashion year.

10 / October 27, 2019


Healing FOODS & Herbs

By - Tobi Ayodele Keeney

Is Nigeria

Ready for

Medical

Marijuana

?

Marijuanissance, the renaissance of

marijuana is upon us. Once a

criminalized plant, however today

several countries have now lifted the ban on

marijuana and many doctors are even

starting to prescribe the plant for the

treatment of several medical ailments. The

new term ‘medical marijuana’ today is used

to refer to the plant in relation to its

usefulness in the medical sphere.

How effective is medical marijuana? What

illnesses can it be used to treat? Can it work

in Nigeria? What is the preferred mode of use

(ingesting it or smoking)? Let us delve deep

and see for ourselves.

There are over 500 active ingredients or

cannabinoids found in marijuana. However,

the ones that are showing the greatest

potential for medicinal use are namely; THC

and CBD. THC is responsible for the

psychoactive effects or ‘high’ experienced

from using the plant, while CBD is purely

medicinal with zero effect on the mind and

behavior. THC increases appetite and reduces

nausea. This can be highly effective for

cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy,

as they would not need to use anti-nausea

drugs which have numerous side effects as

compared to marijuana.

CBD is also very useful in reducing pain

and inflammation. Marijuana is very effective

for chronic pain, a leading cause of disability.

It contains cannabinoids which act on the

same receptors in the brain as opiods pain

medicines, and by doing so, it relieves

moderate to severe chronic pain. What

makes it superior to conventional pain

medicines, is that it has almost no side effects

as compared to the side effects of liver

damage(paracetamol), respiratory problems,

stomach ulcers (NSAIDS) and addictions as

found in other pain medicines. THC and

CBD in combination have been successfully

used to control epileptic seizures and even

kill cancer cells.

MARIJUANA

LEAF

How can medical marijuana

help our nation Nigeria?

Currently, medical marijuana is a

multibillion dollar industry worldwide. In the

United States alone, legal marijuana is poised

to fetch the country over $80 billion dollars

by 2022. If we extrapolate that figure to

Nigeria, it means medical marijuana has the

potential to increase the GDP of Nigeria by

an additional 25% from its current amount at

$375.8 billion dollars. It is possible that we

grow the plant solely for export as a means of

boosting the economy. However, for

legalization of marijuana for consumption in

Nigeria, even for medical reasons, it may not

yet be feasible, as we have shown poor

leadership in the area of enforcement of

policies and laws. We also have poor means

of identifying and tracking our citizens if

things go haywire. Take for instance the

United States, each birth is immediately

recorded into their national records and the

newborn is given a social security number.

That number is used in almost all aspects of

the person’s life for school, work, marriage,

visiting the hospital and more. If the person

were to purchase marijuana at a licensed

facility, the social security number is then

used to track purchases and visits to any

licensed facility. If any foul play is suspected,

enforcement agencies are equipped to take

immediate action. Until Nigeria gets to that

level of organization, it is advised we don’t

even attempt to legalize the plant for

consumption in Nigeria, except maybe, as a

tightly controlled prescription (such as

morphine) available only to the terminally ill

and only in approved medical centers.

Another option is to cultivate the strains

of marijuana that have a very high CBD and

extremely low THC content. This will still

CBD OIL

give the user the medicinal effects of

marijuana without having any mind altering

experience.

In addition, a marijuana product which

contains only CBD is legal in most parts of

the world, so we may not even need to deal

with changing too many laws. It is

recommended to ingest medical marijuana

rather than smoke it as smoking anything in

general is not good for your lungs.

In conclusion, legalizing marijuana could

have dramatic positive impact on Nigeria and

even on the health of our people. However,

we should NOT legalize it if we do not plan to

cultivate it. We should make use of what we

have grown and only grow enough for export

for a very profitable margin. We can’t

continue this never ending cycle of importing

something that can easily be grown locally

thereby, making another country’s economy

to flourish while ours lay fallow.

Here is to health, the health of a nation

and the health of its people.

October 27, 2019 /

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DiasporaLife

• People • Places • Events • Living

Welcome address by UWOW President Mrs Teena

Mordi-Aimufua.

With Remmy Diagbare | remidiagbare@gmail.com

Mental Health In Focus As

UWOW Holds Summer Event

Inspirational speech by Mrs Elizabeth Ozua,

Independent National Sales Director Mary

Kay Cosmetics UK Ltd on Women

Enterpreneurship.

Baroness Anita Gale Shadow Minister for Women &

Equality, House of Lords delivers her presentation on

Empowering Women in Politics, The Challenges &

Possibilities.

The United Women of Wales (UWoW) held its

African Summer Fiesta recently in Cardiff,

Wales. The UWoW is a pressure group for

Africans made up of mainly Nigerian women, and

other women of African descent.

The African Summer Fiesta is a yearly event

organised to raise awareness on issues affecting

African women, and their access to care.

This year’s event had an array of distinguished

speakers, who spoke on topics ranging from

empowering women in politics, corporate/public

sector and independent entrepreneurship, to mental

health, public health and postpartum haemorrhage,

among Black Ethnic Minority Women.

The event also featured a fashion showcase of

African designs by TC Collections. There was also a

corporate and individual exhibition of various

services and goods, such as Sexual Health Wales

and Career Wales, amongst others.

President of UWoW, Teena Mordi-Aimufua in

her welcome address said the goal of UWoW, is

‘empowering Black Ethnic Minority women to rise

above limitations and achieve their full potential in

the UK.’

To this end, UWoW, she said, created a platform

‘for engagement and sharing of experiences and to

raise funds for various causes.’

Among the speakers was Baroness Anita Gale

Shadow Minister for Women & Equality, House of

Lords, who delivered a presentation on ‘Empowering

Women in Politics, The Challenges & Possibilities.’

Guest of Honour Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa,

represented by Wendy Olayiwola spoke on

‘Empowering Women in Politics,’ while Elizabeth

Ozua, Independent National Sales Director, Mary

Kay Cosmetics UK Ltd, focused on ‘Women and

Entrepreneurship.’

Other speakers were Cynthia Ogbonna speaking

on ‘Women breaking through the glass ceiling to

head public and corporate organisations,’

Mrs Suzanne Duval, British Empire Medal (BEM)

Mrs Wendy Olayiwola, representing Guest

of Honour Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa giving a

key note address at the event on

empowering women in Politics.

recipient, spoke on ‘Mental Health-The Challenges

for Black Minority Ethnic Women.’ She noted that

Black Ethnic Minority Women hold the short end of

the stick, with regards to how they experience mental

health and the intervention and support they get.

This, in turn, she said, affects their ‘help-seeking

behaviour and service use pattern.’

Making a similar point in his presentation, Dr

Kelechi Nnoaham Director of Public Health & Exec

Lead for R&D and Innovation,

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

noted that Black Ethnic Minority Women are at the

low rung of the ladder in all public health indices.

Mrs Angela Gorman, Founder, Life for African

Mothers Charity, gave a presentation on ‘Postpartum

Haemorrhage & Maternal Death Rate in Africa’, in

which she lamented the fact that too many women

are dying from pregnancy and childbirth in Africa,

and Nigeria in particular. She stated that a massive

chunk of all global maternal death happens in Africa,

adding that these are needless and avoidable

deaths.

The last speaker, Dr. Aloys Offia highlighted the

importance of Misoprostol in the treatment of

postpartum haemorrhage in Africa, stating that ‘it is

more suited and adaptable to the adverse health

conditions and infrastructural limitations that exist in

most African countries.’

The dangerous condition of health care, mainly as

it affects mental and maternal care, was a recurring

issue that all the speakers highlighted. African

women are primarily on their own, with social and

cultural prejudices hindering access for seeking help,

even for women in the United Kingdom. This is

where the United Women of Wale(UWoW) intends to

step in. While their primary focus is on Black and

Ethnic Minority women in Wales, they also hope to

take advantage of their presence in the United

Kingdom and access to international donors, to

partner with Charity Organisations in Africa, with the

proper support and health care facilities.

Mrs Angela Gorman Founder L:ife for African

Mothers Charity with her presentation on

postpartum hemorrhage & Maternal Date Rate.

Mrs Suzanne Duval ( British Empire Medal BEM

recipient) of Diverse Cymru delivery a

presentation on Mental health, The Challenges

for Black Minority Ethnic Women.

Mrs Cynthia Ogbonna speaking on Women

breaking through the glass ceiling to head/

manage public and corporate organisations.

12 / October 27, 2019


with Adesuwa 07011289316 | adesuwaewoigbokhan@hotmail.com

Caring For Your Breasts

It is pretty very important to talk about breast care

especially as they serve to attract a partner as well as

breast feeding babies. Boobs look great in gowns but

they are delicate organs that can be prone to getting

cancer; hence we need to take great care of these

super gorgeous appendages.

A number of misinformation and disinformation are

out there, from women’s magazines, nongovernmental

organizations, university studies and

independent researchers. Somewhere in between,

lays the truth. It’s good and interesting to know that

ladies are beginning to have a conversation about

their bodies, especially their boobs. Taking care of the

breasts should be every woman’s priority in terms of

their health regimen. Often times, this is not always the

case as one usually forgets to give attention to the

boobs due to busy schedules. It is really of importance

to have a care routine as this can minimize the health

risk.

Most females seem to be blessed with mammary

glands that are continuously perky, while others are

not so lucky. This should not be an issue as there are

few things that might make the breasts go further

south before their time. The following are little tips and

gentle suggestions that can be taken and adapted to

our boobs’ wants and needs.

It’s fundamental to moisturize your breast and the

area surrounding it just like any other part of your

body. Although this may seem like a chore, there is no

denying the fact that it is good for keeping your breasts

happy. The skin on the chest is thin and can be

particularly sensitive. It is a cool idea to use creams

that do not contain any irritating chemicals to prevent

your chest area from becoming dry. If you ever notice

redness or rashes around the same area, it may well

just be your skin reacting to a synthetic fabric in your

clothing or a chemical in your moisturizer. Get this

checked by your doctor. Using natural creams can

actually help to prevent any irritation.

Massage around your boobs because of the lymph

nodes that help fight off illness. The lymphatic system

relies on the movement of the body to keep the fluid

moving along, and one way of helping it out,

is to massage in the direction that your

lymph wants to move, that’s towards the

heart. Massaging could be very

relaxing as it helps to de-stress and

cultivate a positive way of touching

your body through movements that

show care and affection for your

body as a whole.

Eating a balanced and a

healthy diet can be very beneficial

to your boobs since they require

balanced meal to keep them going.

A well-balanced food that has

proteins, healthy fats, nutrient

dense foods such as nuts, eggs,

milk and vegetables is one way of

keeping them fit and whole grains

foods like soybeans, tofu have

daidzein and genistein which also

decreases tumors and cell growth.

Here are few foods that you should

include in your diet- salmon, olive oil,

broccoli, walnuts and coffee.

When it has to do with whether to

wear bra or not to wear bra, there is of

course, absolutely, no right or wrong way

to wearing a pair of bra. It all depends on

your body and its needs. If you do decides to wear, get

a comfortable type that fits really well than settling for

bras that could get in the way. If the breasts are not

properly supported, the ligaments can overstretch and

sag. The key is to invest in a well-fitting everyday bra.

Find styles and brands that meet your boob needs.

Self examining of boobs is vital. It can help to catch

anything unusual about them like the development of

lumps. In case you do not know how to perform one,

feel free to ask your gynecologist to show you how to

do it. The best time to do this, is usually during shower

or when applying cream.

Maintain a weight that works for you, excessive

weight gains and losses can break down the elasticity

of the skin. Your breasts also change size which can

cause the skin to stretch and may not always go back

to shape, with time it starts looking saggy. Keeping

your weight on check can help to avoid it. Constant

push-ups for 15minutes every day will make your

breasts firmer.

Do not drink moderately, alcohol dries out skin and

hair and can make your breasts feel heavy and bloated

while smoking of cigarettes reduces blood flow and

oxygen to the skin. Tobacco can damage the skin

collagen and elastin which can lead to premature

wrinkling, sagging and also add years to your body and

breasts.

Watch your posture and remind yourself to stand

straight. Rounded shoulders and hunching forward can

make breasts look heavier and lower. This becomes

more important as you age. (Try doing this: play with

your posture in front of a mirror and you will quickly

notice how different your breasts look?). Appreciate

differences; ladies come in all shades and sizes. Your

boobs are as unique as your eyes colour or personality

not to mention variations on areolae and nipples.

Be active and strong; regular physical activities

contribute to your overall health being. Fats cells

produce estrogen and high level of that hormone, has

been linked to certain cancers. Working-out can shrink

the size of fat cells, so your body pumps out less

estrogen. The American Cancer Society recommends

getting at least 150minutes of moderate-intensity

exercise per week. (Ideally, spread out, not

all at once). So try thinking outside bra

and add simple weight exercises to

build up the muscles in your arms,

shoulders and back. Increased

physical activity reduces the risk of

breast cancer by 10-30 percent. So,

moderate exercise will help protect

your breasts. Manageable target

exercise varies for everyone,

depending on the time, needs and

your body. Do what works for you

by going easy on yourself.

Regular care and self-breast

examination can keep one away

from developing fibrocystic

breasts disease and cancer, do

hope you find some of the

suggestions useful, handy and that

they can be part of opening up an

inclusive and far reaching

conversation about the wonders of

your boobs.

Breast care is essential for every

woman irrespective of their age- young

or old.

Talk

SPOT

By - Rita Okoye

What some of your favourite

celebrities said and we listened.

Speechless! I’m pained but I

leave it all to you Lord. You

Alone know best and I can’t

question you . In every

situation we give praise .

I will Miss you forever

Nnem”.

Comedian Funnybone,

pens tribute to late mum.

“We are so often hit with

negativity; negative

news, negative

perspectives, from

pessimistic people that it

might seem next to

impossible to continue

on with a positive spirit.

Instead of getting stuck

in the negativity, turn to

those habitually

optimistic people who

have figured out how to

see the brighter side of

life and remain positive

no matter what, so you

can learn to do the

same.””.

Yvonne Jegede’s

important piece of advice.

“When you say no, you are only

saying no to one option. When

you say yes, you are saying no to

every other option. No is a

decision. Yes is a responsibility.

Be careful what (and who) you

say yes to. It will shape your day,

your career, your family, your

life”. Adedimeji Lateef warns

fans.

“Some say I am a strong

woman. Some tell me I am a

brave woman. Some think I

should be more of a woman.

Some will tell you I’m a good

woman. While some think I’m not

much of a woman Or at all like

any woman they ever knew. But

all I am is a woman. All I am is

my woman”.

Nse Etim gushes over life at 45.

October 27, 2019 / 13


By Odun Ogunbiyi

hate to keep going on about the weather, but what is going on?

I Torrential rain one day followed by horrendous heat the next.

This has got to be the result of climate change, because all this feels

so alien to me. I am just putting it out there that we all may want to

investigate how our households and habits could be a little bit more

environmentally friendly. Let’s all do our bit to help our planet.

I have already implemented “No Meat Mondays”, and my business

is all about upcycling materials and not using single-use plastic

bags.

This is Oddbod and the City – My Lagos Adventure

Smile – Aviva

There is nothing I love more than seeing my

friends growing their businesses and going

from strength to strength, or better yet, when

they are things I like to do, eat, or a service I

need to try!

Aviva has been around for a few years and

I love their business model because, it’s

all about empowering others to own their

own businesses. It is easiest to call them a

franchise business because they support

by sourcing quality stock items, and the

peripheral materials you need to hit the

ground running with minimal investment.

They started with jewellery, branched out

into makeup and beauty products and now,

I could not be more excited to try out the

newest member of their beauty arsenal—the

Aviva teeth whitening kit.

It comes with a whitening pen, cheek

retractor with a vitamin E swab, and promises

you teeth that are 5 – 7 shades whiter in less

When the #MeToo

Movement kicked

off in 2017, social

media and a

catchy hashtag

brought it to

Ireti Bakare Yusuf

our doorstep. I

remember being sad. A movement against sexual

harassment and assault in theory was fantastic; but,

this being Nigeria, I knew there would be talk and no

action.

14

/ October 27, 2019

Aviva teeth

whitening kit

MY LAGOS

ADVENTURE

than 10 days. Sounds like magic to me.

I have watched the helpful instruction

video, and shall be giving it a go tonight. I

can’t wait to see the results and as usual,

I will keep you posted.

A

worthy

cause

- #NoMore

...Oddbod & The City

TZAR

As Nigerians, we don’t have the

constitution for revolution. Instead,

we persevere in the face of gross

injustice and in our patriarchal

society where sexual misconduct

is practically institutionalised.

I was recently introduced to

Ireti Bakare-Yusuf, radio host

and social activist. When asked

by western media why the MeToo

movement had not taken off in

Nigeria, she simply responded: “ours

is not so much a case of pool MeToo but a

collective roar of NoMore.”

Thus, the NGO NoMore234ng was born, a call

to action for Nigerians to support zero-tolerance

to sexual abuse. The fight will have to go all

the way to the law makers, how rape cases are

reported, and how they are prosecuted. But first,

we must create a safe space for the victims to

come forward.

The #NoMore app is being created as a system

to report and record incidences safely. It will

also provide access to counselling, therapy and

support groups for survivors.

It is a worthy cause, and one I hope will take

root in our society and bring about change.

NKWO

LDA

TZAR

New store alert – Zinkata

Zinkata founded by Ezinne Chinkata, opened last week in

Lekki and I was so sad to miss the launch party because—

unprecedented on a Sunday afternoon—this

girl was doing some work. The hustle is real.

Nothing beats the blues like a little bit of retail

therapy, and Zinkata is stocking some of my

favourite in home-grown and established

designer brands such as NKWO, Meena,

DNA by Iconic Invanity and LDA.

I really wanted to go and support my good

friend, designer Ian Audifferen who will be

stocking his TZAR collection there. Originally

a menswear brand, the androgyny of his

designs created a female following that he

now caters for—my wardrobe is packed with

an obscene amount of his clever slogan

t-shirts.

I am really looking forward to updating my

work wardrobe seeing as I have managed

to, ahem, grow out of everything I own. I was

checking out some fabulous pieces online

from some designers I am looking forward to

trying like Peridot, FIA and The Ladymaker.

They have done a really great job with the

curation, and I am in full support of all thing’s

women in business. Add to that, a business

that supports the growth of other people’s

business… well now you’re cooking with gas.

For further information about my

adventures check out my Instagram

@le_Oddbod


P EO PLE

KLM marks centenary

with 100th Delftware

miniature

By Yemisi Suleiman

“ONE PARTY AT A TIME!”

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funmi ojesina

KLM Staff at the Airport

Remco Bohre, Vincent van Hooff & Michel Colleau

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the world’s oldest international

airline, marked its 100th anniversary recently. The auspicious

occasion which held at the consulate of the Kingdom of the

Netherlands, Walter Carrington Crescent Victoria Island Lagos,

was celebrated with a spectacular dinner, attended by the French

Minister of Finance, Wopke Hoesktra. He, along with customers,

partners, Air France KLM executives, and staff from various

divisions, looked back on 100 years of KLM history and forward

to a sustainable future.

In keeping with tradition, KLM marked its anniversary with

the presentation of a new Delftware miniature house; a moment

eagerly awaited by faithful collectors all over the world. This year’s

miniature, is a replica of Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, the

home of King Willem-Alexander and his family.

Speaking at the event, Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO

said the fact that the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary,

is not just testimony to a century of successful enterprise,

innovation, and commerce, but also to the faith that customers

and partners have in KLM.

The entenary was also marked with a special book titled,

Welcome Aboard, 100 years of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The

first copy was presented by KLM’s current Board of Managing

Directors, Pieter Elbers, René de Groot and Erik Swelheim, to

three former KLM presidents, Pieter Bouw, Leo van Wijk and

Peter Hartman.

FUNMI IYANDA’S FILM

PREMIERES at THE

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

By Oscar Ochiogu

Talk show host, Funmi Iyanda recently, brought

Walking with Shadows, a novel by Jude Dibia, to the big

screen, with the movie enjoying a 2-day showing at the

British Film Institute (BFI), London Film Festival.

Speaking on the premiere, Iyanda said, “It is an

honour to premiere this movie at one of the most

prestigious film festivals in the world. We are definitely

thrilled by the opportunity to share this thoughtprovoking

story with the international community, and

hope they are inspired by it as much as we are”.

The film spotlights the life of lead character, Ebele

Njoko, whose search for acceptance, led him to create

an alternate personality – one more pleasing and

acceptable to society. However, as his secrets come

to light, he is faced with the difficult choice to either

keeping his family or accept a life of possible loneliness

and rejection.

Iyanda explained that the movie is a timely appraisal

of pressing societal issues, as it promotes the importance

of love and self-acceptance in a cultural and religiouslycharged

environment.

Directed by Adife O’Kelly, Walking with Shadows

will soon premiere in Nigerian cinemas.

funmi iyanda

aoife

Olumide

Makanjuola

Folake

Abdulrazaq

Funlola

Aofiyebi-Raimi

Ozzy Agu

zainab balogun

October 27, 2019 / 15


INSTAGRAM

MOMENTS

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.

Cute Kimani speaks on

dangers of social media

Popular social media influencer, Cute Kimani has

expressed her worry over how success is being

overlooked on social media.

Kimani said social media is forcing a cloudy mist on

the eyes of people, and nothing is real over there.

“Everybody is savage, fake life is applauded, academic

achievements are overlooked. Something needs to be

done and it starts with users.”

Advising people on not to engage in social media trolls,

Kimani expressed that it is impossible to feel good by

making someone else miserable.

“Do not cyber-bully anyone; especially, celebrities.

Remember they are human beings too, and they

probably don’t have as much inner strength as you

think they do. Depression is real, do not be the reason

anyone would be depressed or worse yet, commit

suicide.”

Nse celebrates at 45

Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-

Etim took to Instagram to

share lovely photos of herself,

as she clocks 45 last Monday.

In the spirit of the joyous

occasion, the actress splashed

her timelines with very

beautiful pictures of herself,

rocking a long, red gown with

lovely design.

Earlier in the year, the talented

actress, made a shocking

revelation on why she won’t be

able to bear children.

Nse revealed that she was

diagnosed with a condition

called, Adenomyosis which

implies that the inner lining

of her uterus breaks through

the muscle wall of the uterus,

which left her with the only

choice of removing her womb

so as to have a normal life.

Today, she is celebrating her

45th birthday in a grand style,

and she’s full of thanks to God

for the precious gift of life.

VIKTORIA modesta EMBODIES

ROLLS-ROYCE BLACK BADGE

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

presented Black Badge; a permanent Bespoke

family of motor cars that respond to the taste

patterns of the marque’s most daring and

disruptive clients. Since its introduction, Black

Badge has become the most commanding

presence on the super-luxury landscape, and

has done much to attract a new generation of

Rolls-Royce customers to the marque. The time

is now right to delve further into its extraordinary

allure.

In this spirit, the marque called upon a collective

of globally recognised creatives, to express the

soul of Black Badge. At the centre of the work is

bionic performance artist and art director, Viktoria

Modesta. She was celebrated for her innovative

and futuristic approach and famed for her

fearless performances at the Paralympic Games

Closing Ceremony, Art Basel, and Fashion

Weeks worldwide.

Modesta says: “There are many parallels

between the Black Badge philosophy and my

work, chiefly maximising your potential and

becoming a hyper version of yourself. I really

wanted to capture the Black Badge attitude and

fierce spirit, by embodying that through body

art, it felt totally wild. Pushing the boundaries to

the extreme, we explored the allure of a darker,

bolder expression, a place where your senses

are heightened, where you are the bravest and

most free.”

For Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief

Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor

Cars, “Black Badge began as an alterego

of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, but has

grown to define an attitude that exists

among a new breed of entrepreneurs.

These remarkable people are confident,

assertive and wilfully disruptive. They

respond to the notion of reimagined

rules. This film is a tribute to their

philosophy and the ongoing success of

this truly, transformative expression of

luxury.”

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