April 19, 2020
Eyes on COVID-19’s Aftermath
IN THIS ISSUE
4 Cover: Nkemdilim Uwaje
Begho: Eyes on COVID-19’s
6 Sexmatics: Going Braless
3 Fashion : 4 Ways To Style Your Pencil
7 Living : Care For Skin And Hair @
19 APRIL 2020
8 Instagram Moments
If and when Nigeria wakes up
from this nightmare called
COVID-19, there is no doubt that
anything or anyone will ever
remain the same again. The
compulsory lockdown has given
people ample room to reflect about
life and the way we live it.
Coronavirus has thrown up
new perspective on how we view
things, our values, family life, how
we worship and what we
emphasize, how students learn and most profoundly, how
we work and transact businesses.
Almost everything we have done in the last one
month, happen online. This means our future will depend
very heavily on technology. But how ready are we for this
development? If working from home becomes the new
trend, every organisation will lean heavily on technology.
The likes of Mrs Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, a digital
tech savvy CEO, is already eyeing the future after
COVID-19. Gracing our cover today, she shares with our
reporter, Josephine Agbonkhese on how to harness the
benefits of digitalisation. Pg 4-5
While we stay locked down, Temitope Ojo shares little
beauty tips to keep you still radiant while at home. Pg 6.
Don’t let COVID-19 weigh you down. Try on something
exciting for your own happiness. Look at 4 ways to style
the pencil skirt. Pg 3.
Stay, happy, stay beautiful and
J . E
“If you haven’t any
charity in your heart,
you have the worst
kind of heart
“Never open the door
to a lesser evil, for
other and greater
ones invariably slink in
- Baltasar Gracian
“Religion is like a
pair of shoes…Find
one that fits for you,
but don’t make me
wear your shoes”.
“Love talks and talks.
Lust is brief and to
- Bob Hope 3
- George Carlin
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Wear with classic
Step out to the office when the
Coronavirus pandemic is over looking all
elegant and refreshed. With a black pencil
skirt, classic white shirt, black patent
pumps and work bag, you are good to go.
4 Style Your
Black Pencil Skirt
One of the freshest
ways to wear the
pencil skirt is with
a peplum top. This
look is perfect for
creating a waist on
a boyish figure or
slimming a full waist.
Either way, it’s a
chic and timeless.
Create a look
that is sexy and
chic at same
time by pairing
a crop top with
a longer pencil
skirt. This can
be worn to any
By - Rita Okoye
Pencil skirt is one of the
most timeless fashion
pieces every woman
should own. It’s such a
flattering piece if you
know how to style it
right. It also suits just
about every figure.
With a tucked-in shirt
or peplum top, pencil
skirt gives you a long,
lean line, showing off the
legs, which leaves you
Let’s guide you on other
classy ways to style your
like the boss
are, pair your
with a turtle
Opt for a cool
colour or pretty
prints. Go for
a pair of sleek
heels to finish
April 19, 2020 / 3
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho:
Eyes on COVID-19’s Aftermath
Words By - Josephine Agbonkhese
She is digital technology personified. The CEO, Future Software Resources Limited, an IT
solutions provider focused on online solutions, e-learning and IT security, Nkemdilim
Uwaje Begho is one of the most influential CEOs in the Nigerian digital tech industry.
With a firm grit to help Africa harness the benefits of ‘digitalisation’, Uwaje Begho has
garnered global recognition for her work over the past 15 years. This includes recognitions as an
Obama African Leader, Forbes’s Top Ten Female Tech Founders in Africa, Global Digital Women
Top 10 Most Inspiring Women in Africa, Lionesses of Africa Top 100 Women and Ventures Africa
42 Most Innovative Africans.
She’s a recipient of several awards including the Jim Ovia Prize for Software Excellence. An
internationally-revered IT expert, she has delivered speeches at some of the world’s finest
platforms, including Harvard Business School. Uwaje Begho is Committee Chair, Funding
Framework for the Nigerian Technology Sector, NESG IT group; member, Nigerian National IT
Software Committee and; the Nigerian Electronic Voting Think Tank; all platforms via which she
contributes to shaping national policies.
In this interview with Vanguard Allure, she speaks on Nigeria’s readiness for the 4IR (Fourth
Industrial Revolution) in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, reels out factors she
considers germane to the nation’s transformation into a digital economy, and bares it all on life as
a business leader in the digital tech space among sundry issues.
There have been talks about the 4IR these past months.
But is the COVID-19 pandemic not exposing Nigeria’s
technology-related gaps as a nation?
You are spot on! COVID-19 and the global economic
crisis has catapulted us into a great diagnostics tool, to test
our readiness for the 4IR. So far, some key digital
infrastructure deficits have been identified in various sectors.
As millions of workers aim to work from home,
employers are suddenly in a situation where they are trying
to figure out how to provide power and suitable internet
connections to their staff in order to continue to deliver
undisrupted services to their clients. These are
considerations no foreign employer has to think about as
most households in the developed world are connected to
broadband, and have undisrupted power supply.
Also, as educational institutions close nationwide, our
learners are running the risk of falling behind by months as
only a handful of private educational institutions are
equipped to deliver classes online, and deliver learning
assignments via Learning Management Systems. In the
area of healthcare, while other countries have deployed
technology solutions, we are manually scrambling.
What have you noticed in the public sector?
In public sector service too, the digital assets that have
been put in place are tested with web traffic like never seen
before. For example, key web portals like the CAC’s were
unavailable for days and when the CAC’s came back, it was
impossible to file an application. This shows that business
continuity planning in a crisis situation, as well as focusing
on delivering services digitally hasn’t been a priority.
The private sector is not exempted. With the sudden
restrictions that social distancing and the recommendations
by government have brought, many businesses have
realised that they do not have the adequate infrastructure in
place to move their operations online; and even those who
have e-commerce capabilities are struggling with delivery
Other aspects include, the lack of Smart City
infrastructure which will make it hard to do contact tracing in
a technology-assisted manner. It also means that monitoring
the outbreak of potential criminal activities during the
lockdown period, will be harder than in other countries.
In the area of data and communication too, as data
trickles in and fake news circles the drain, we have seen the
lack of reliable data and communication thereof; which has
led to panic and uncertainty. There is a gap in digitally and
data-driven approach in communicating to citizens.
However, I commend the Nigeria Centre for Disease
Control, NCDC, as it has been very pro-active. It has tried
to update citizens as frequently as possible. It went a step
further by making digitally shareable resources available, to
educate citizens on the pandemic.
But as the numbers grow, we need to use data to make
decisions and model possible scenarios. Two questions
remain however: are we collecting key data and do we have
sufficient data analysts and data scientists to interpret this
I strongly believe that the forced gap analysis this pandemic
has brought with it, will lead to us actively working towards
closing the gap, which in turn will lead to acceleration of
steps that need to be taken towards becoming a Digital
Which industries are winning despite the pandemic?
I will answer this question from a global point of view; as
some industries that are winning globally are not winning
locally. Big winners are online supermarkets and grocery
delivery services. UK online supermarket, Ocado had a
virtual queue of over 400,000 people. Walmart hired over
150,000 casual staff to meet daily surges of demand that
exceeded over 160%.
Other big winners are streaming services like Netflix,
Youtube and Amazon. With the increasing demand for
digital content, streaming has jumped by at least 12%,
according to an analysis by Forbes. While the pandemic is
at its all-time high, Disney services just launched in most
Collaboration Cloud Services are another clear winner.
With millions of people around the world working from
home, collaboration tools and file sharing has become more
important. Video Conferencing and Chat usage has also
skyrocketed as work teams, families, friends and colleagues
use them to connect.
How do you think our individual lives will change with
regards to how we use technology after the crisis?
/ April 19, 2020
There are many answers to this. However, the bottom
line will be that we would build new habits and alter our
consumption patterns—as well as the way we engage with
digital as a whole.
This will include people connecting with friends and
loved ones across the globe on the Houseparty app, having
virtual dinner parties or company TGIF (thank God it’s
Friday) sessions and engaging in fun games and banter;
children attending class online and parents being more
involved in class activities; people taking part in virtual
exercise and dance classes, DJ sessions and live cooking
activities using LIVE; thought leaders and subject matter
experts using digital video streaming apps and webinars to
engage; increased adoption of the work-from-home culture
by employers; and a rise in the use of mobile devices (both
phones and tablets) to replace computers as people get
used to using hand-held devices to perform their duties.
We would have people becoming content creators on
platforms like Tiktok. We would also see a significant
reduction in pointless face-to-face meetings, and will use
technology to be more efficient in client interactions.
These new habits and experiences will lead to changes
in consumer behaviour and increase the demand for virtual
services. Among other things, it will shoot up digital literacy
How did you succeed in growing Future Software
Resources into one of Nigeria’s leading IT firms?
Lots of blood, sweat and tears. Years of working hard,
being consistent, paying attention to detail and being
patient. At the centre of it all though, is my team’s constant
drive to deliver excellence and to go over and beyond.
The boardroom is traditionally a boys’ club; how did
you break in?
There are a few factors besides focus, consistency and
determination that played a role in getting a seat at the
table. These key contributors were expert knowledge,
reputation and visibility. That is, being a recognised thought
leader and subject matter expert from my over 15+ years of
providing technology services, being actively engaged in
building the local ecosystem, driving policy at a national
level and being recognised as a global subject matter
Having the reputation of having integrity, being
extremely hardworking and always putting in 150%, as well
as always speaking out regardless of how unpopular my
stand may be.
In terms of visibility, having invested in building my
personal brand over the years definitely helped. I frequently
speak at local and global conferences, write a blog and
have active social media channels. These various activities
gave me a lot of visibility—as they say, you cannot be
called if you are not noticed.
What drives you?
A deep passion for transforming Africa
What is your biggest lesson learned in the business
You must be willing to pivot and change your business
model many, many times.
How do you cope with challenges?
A challenge is a problem that is in need of a solution. So
when I am faced with a challenge, I try to figure out how to
solve it, or who can help in solving it. Having a capable
team, a strong network and a firm support system is really
key—you cannot do it alone.
Some say mentoring is overrated; do you think
I am part of a lot of mentoring networks where I
volunteer my time to share my experiences with young
business owners. I think it’s invaluable to be able to learn
from others, and know that you are not the only one in a
particular situation. So yes, I think mentoring is very
When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
I usually spend time with my family and friends or catch
up on sleep. If I have an extended period off, I love exploring
What’s your favourite travel destination?
It depends on what kind of trip it is. I would say that so
far, my top destinations are Italy, Cyprus, Vietnam and
What won’t you ever be caught wearing?
Hahaha...now that’s a funny question. Baggy jeans and
a hoodie and ugly shoes.
You must be
April 19, 2020 / 5
By - Temitope Ojo
Stay Away From
The less processed food you take,
the better it is. During this time, if
you are drinking juice and coconut
water then it is good for your body.
Eat fresh vegetables, fruits, and
salads as much as you can. Eat
light food with fewer spices, and
watch your skin and body glow.
As we all stay in our homes to help flatten the
curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are
sharing ideas on how to stay productive,
healthy and in high spirits. Natural ways for
boosting immunity are also a topic often
discussed though done from a distance. It is
also important to share some beauty tips to
work with this season.
The skin and hair also take a beating due to
decreased physical activity. The body is
energised by getting out of the house and
indulging in physical activities, and that’s
how the metabolism also remains good.
But there can be stiffness in the body due
to lack of activity, which could, in turn,
make the skin and hair dull like never
To uplift your mood quite instantly, the
simplest thing you can do is look after
yourself. Thankfully, these days, it is an
essential act of self-love and self-care that we
all have the time to engage in.
Here’s a guide to looking after
your skin and hair during
/ April 19, 2020
Detox And Exfoliate Skin At Least
Two Times Each Week
Sugar, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and
coconut milk powder gently exfoliate skin and help
to draw out impurities, making your complexion
glow and brings out your own natural beauty.
Move Your Body For That Glow
For your metabolism not to be affected due to
the lack of physical activities, use the stairs. If
you like to dance, simply groove to your favourite
song. This will keep your hair and skin both
in good shape. Try and indulge in this activity
for 20 minutes every morning, afternoon and
evening. This will also help in the circulation of
antioxidants in the body.
with oils helps
skin and gives it
a radiant glow.
It is also an easy
way to relieve
Cleanse Your Face
Cleanse your face regularly with a gentle purifier like a mixture of
turmeric, papaya, and lavender. It works together to exfoliate, heal
and fight off bacteria.
Dry Skin On Hands
With so much hand-washing
and using hand sanitizers,
the skin on our hands needs
far more attention than
usual. Applying a thick layer
of the hand cream, couple
with topping it with some
cotton gloves. Either leave on
overnight or while you watch a
movie. If you don’t have any
hand cream, try olive oil.
The most important tip
is, stay inside your house,
keep on washing hands and
using a sanitiser.
Use Natural Ingredients
During this time, it would be better to use natural
products for skincare instead of ready-made cosmetics.
Get a cucumber, tomato, and potato. Wash and grind all
three together. Turn it into a cold face pack by putting the
mixture into an ice tray. Just apply this cube on your face,
let it dry and then wash it.
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Going Braless @ Lockdown
Few weeks ago, not wearing a bra would not have made
an headline; but today, the story is quite different. With the
global pandemic and lockdown, ladies can’t catch a break
and with social distancing very much in full swing, women
are still being chastised for being comfortable.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak started, social media has
been overrun with people celebrating the simple fact that
they can now carry out most of their daily activities without
wearing a bra. That would not have been possible if
regular life had continued. Going without a pair of bra has
become a means of chilling out which was previously
undiscovered for a number of ladies.
Some “experts” have claimed that not wearing a bra will
make your boobs sag. Others have said that ditching your
bra in the midst of the corona virus pandemic, will
apparently damage the connective tissue in boobs that
helps maintain “structural integrity.” But our wardrobe
needs have changed since we found ourselves at home.
However, one still needs to wear a bra since boobs need
to be supported due to their weight, may damage posture
or cause back pain if the breasts are not fully supported.
Also, the boobs can lose some of their ever desirable
In actual fact, multiple studies have refuted the above
entirely, finding that breasts are more likely to sag if you
wear a bra than if you don’t wear one. Jean-Denis
Rouillon, a sports science expert from the University of
Besançon, France, said that for a lot of women, wearing a
bra may not have much benefit at all. “Medically,
physiologically, anatomically - breasts gain no benefit from
being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with
a bra “he said.
Obviously, there are times when a person might find
herself wanting or indeed, needing, to wear a bra.
Exercising is generally one of them, due to the discomfort
that can be triggered by so much activity. Women with
larger boobs may also be inclined to wear bra more for
Women are freeing their boobs during their home
isolations. If you are a babe, you will know the joy of
unhooking your bra after a tiring day at work. No need to
tell you the pain of wearing a bra all day. The straps
digging into your skin, your breasts being squished in the
bra, the horrible under boob sweat, the struggle is real.
Thus, ladies are taking advantage of this opportunity amid
the Covid-19 Lockdown.
The truth be told, some young ladies have always had a
love-hate relationship with wearing bra. These pretty
undergarments are basically a symbol for modern day
femininity. Almost all ladies wear bras on a daily basis,
with the mindset that
they provide much
needed chest support.
On a more serious
note, how much of the
bra’s usefulness is
based on scientific
fact and how much of
it is a myth? It may
really surprise you to
learn how many
advantages of the bra
are a bit
depending on your
body type where a bra
may be completely
useless. Science has
found tons of benefits
to getting rid of the bra
completely, below are
There is the possibility of gaining a cup size. Majority of
ladies usually search for an extra push-up bra and the best
way to build your cup size long term, is simply to discard
bras all together. The reason for this is that, letting your
boobs hang naturally, forces the pectoral muscles to work
and resist gravity. Of course, the breasts will definitely not
grow, the firmed up muscles will boost your chest and
makes it appear fuller.
Going natural could have an awesome effect on your
shape as the boobs will appear perkier, fuller and rounder.
The results might not be obvious right away but, if
persistent on a long term, you will eventually see the
benefits. Your muscles will strengthen over time helping to
round you out for the perfect shape.
One consoling aspect in the current lockdown situation
is that women have ditched bras as they can be tight,
uncomfortable and has tendency to leave marks and
bruises on our backs and shoulders especially for those
with big boobs that need thick straps to pull it up.
Being bra-less may be fun for now. However, some
women are concerned that their breasts may start to sag
eventually, this is a common misconception most ladies
have about their boobs. Note that your breasts do not
depend on bras to remain in shape. In fact, wearing a bra
all the time does the exact opposite.
Breasts usually sag due to age and gravity or if you’re a
larger cup size or if you’ve lost a lot of weight suddenly.
The Cooper ligament (ligament in your breast) loses
elasticity over the years and there is a 15-year French
study that claims that wearing a bra all the time, does
some damage to your breast shape. According to the
study, the “support” of bras weakens the ligaments in the
chest, making the breasts droop. This leads to the never
ending cycle of believing that you need the bra to make
the breasts stand firm.
You may be astonished by the effect on cardiovascular
system. On the long run, a bra is simply a giant rubber
band squeezed around your chest hence the tightness is
bound to impede your circulation. Basically, tight clothing is
not too good for body circulation and the same goes for
your breasts, especially if you wear bras all the time and
also sleep with it. On the other hand, loose bra helps to
improve your circulation.
If you’ve been wearing a bra while sleeping, now is the
time to change that habit. There is one other disadvantage
of wearing bras. According to the study, your bra can
impact your circadian rhythms and prevent you from
sleeping comfortably. The simple fact is that, bras cannot
cause damage to your breasts no one is saying you
should get rid of them entirely. What’s important is your
comfort. Are you
one or without? If
you’re better off
without them then
is a feeling of relief
that comes with not
wearing bra at the
end of a long day.
what you want.
Ditching your bra for
a few weeks/months
probably is not
going to have any
on your breasts but,
feeling of comfort
and freedom alone
is enough to make
By - Rita Okoye
What some of your favourite
celebrities said and we listened.
compliant, purge siren
sounding in my head as
Lagos went into lockdown.
Advice: stop thinking about
when this will end and start
thinking how to thrive in this
new world, necessity is the
mother of invention”,
Maje Ayida to Lagos
It may take a while. You may not
see how it will work. People may
discourage you. There might be
fear and doubt in your mind. You
may think God has abandoned
you. Life may throw curve balls at
you. Remember one thing “delay is
Stella Damascus goes
“No surgeon in the world can
come out to say that they have
touched my body. Some of you
should not tempt God because I
am a product of his handwork,
beautiful and perfectly made. I do
not have anything against
cosmetic surgery. I said it before
and I will say it over and over
again. If in the future I decide that
I want to do anything to my body,
I’ll do it with PRIDE.
Mabel Makun debunks going
under the knife.
“If you insist on locking
people down you must
provide food or expect them
to starve to death. If you do
not give them food and still
insist on the lockdown then
you are provoking a revolution
which may consume us all.
PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY”,
- Femi Fani -Kayode to
President Buhari on behalf
of average Nigerians.
April 19, 2020 / 7
With Linda Orajekwe
In case you missed, these were the most Interesting
pictures and stories on Instagram last week, as posted by
your favourite celebrities.
Akpororo Celebrates His
Twins As they Turn Two
Nigerian comedian, Jephthah Bowoto, popularly known as
Akpororo has celebrated has celebrated his twin children who turned
two last week.
He shared this adorable photo of his wife, son and daughter with
“I can’t keep calm ooo, it’s just like yesterday. My twins are 2years
already #princefavor and #princessfaith I am short of words, oh Lord
you know how I am feeling right now #babaibeji. God bless you
#iyaibeji @jojosplace_vantage for allowing God to use you to give
me what I want. #Roronation lockdown no let us snap better pix “
Tania Omotayo Twins
Tania Omotayo twining with her
one-year-old baby girl is a sight to
behold especially at this time when
all the news we hear are about
coronavirus pandemic that dampen
The mother of one shared the post
of herself and her daughter, rocking
a green ZivaLagos maxi floral dress
with the caption; “Twinning with my
Naomi Campbell shares wise
words as she marks
34 years of Modelling
Modelling is one industry that has
been believed to be a temporary career
especially for women because of the
belief that a woman’s beauty is temporal
and fades with time.
American supermodel, Naomi
Campbell seems to be one who has
defied this social construct as she took
to Instagram to celebrate 34 years of
actively being a global model. She wrote;
“34 years of modelling, love, growth,
friendship, wisdom, joy, pain, loss,
experience, fun, laughter and so much
more. You have got to love what you
do, love it every day, through highs and
the lows, the wins and the losses…I can
honestly say I love what I do and thank
you all for being here with me every step
of the way.”
Funmi Fakiyesi encourages
parents to teach children
With the present lockdown rule around
the world, parents are faced with dealing
with their children round the clock and
there is a great need for creative ways to
engage their mind.
Creative learning activist and founder of
‘Create Play Bloom’, Funmi Fakiyesi during
an Instagram Live, encouraged parents to
take advantage of the time they have with
their children to activate the creativity they
have within them, by allowing them to play
with their imagination and explore their
She said; “When children play, they’re
relaxed because it is a stress-free zone,
so they can relax and experiment”
Queen Hangs Crown to
Help Fight COVID-19
Moved by the havoc
being wrecked by the deadly
coronavirus across the UK,
England’s beauty queen,
Dr Bhasha Mukherjee, has
suspended her humanitarian
services and picked up her
stethoscope to go resume
The commendable act of
the beauty queen and medical
practitioner was the talk on
Instagram over the past
week, as fans and users of
the platform commend her for
stepping up at a time such as