May 3, 2020
Amanda Ebeye :
Exceptional TV Girl
IN THIS ISSUE
4 Cover: Amanda Ebeye:
Exceptional TV Girl
6 Sexmatics: Demystifying Side
Chicks’ Sex Tricks
3 Fashion : Must-Have Dress Types For
7 Fashion : How Is Your Life Without
03 MAY 2020
8 Instagram Moments
Last Thursday, we stepped into the
month of May. Although it was the
International Workers Day, it was
devoid of the fanfare that usually
graced the annual labour day; no
thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the virus now in almost every
country of the world, and 52 countries
affected in Africa with over 33,085
cumulative cases, one can fully
understand the various lockdown
arrangements put in place by various
governments of the world to help curb
These measures have fully impacted work life and livelihood
with International Labour Organization (ILO) anticipating about
195 million full time job loss.
Man by nature is not designed to be locked down. Work is
an important aspect of a man’s life as it helps him to flourish.
Work, whether paid or unpaid, is good for our well being and
helps build our self-esteem beside the financial reward that we
get from working. So, it is important to return to work as soon as
possible in other to promote cohesion and safety in the
But what exactly is life like without work? For the first time,
many appreciated the privilege of being able to wake up and
move around without restrictions. While the likes of actress
Amanda Ebeye was able to come up with a new Tv series,
others had their work life locked down.
So we sent our reporter Josephine Agbonkhese out, to find
out what life was like without work.
As most workers return to their duty posts tomorrow, we do
hope that man begins to place some deep value on the work
they do and to appreciate the dignity in labour.
In solidarity with all workers , we
wish you all a happy belated workers’
day and to the Allure team for J . E
holding the forte in spite of
Stay safe and keep maintaining
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will lend you money if
you can prove that
you don’t need it”.
“Don’t waste your
only hear what they
want to hear”.
- Paulo Coelho
“You can lead a boy
to college, but you
can’t make him think”.
- Elbert Hubbard
“Promises are only as
strong as the person
who gives them”.
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By - Temitope Ojo
When it comes to finding a dress to wear to work or any event, the
options are endless. Certain outfits flatter certain body types,
weather, and occasions, so it can be overwhelming to try and tackle
the choices alone.
Here is our top pick of dress types, for any occasion.
While you probably
gowns in your
important to have
one special dress
that is extra-smart
and fills you
Save it for those
or job interviews.
dress is the
one for you.
This is one
When you’re not in
the mood to squeeze
into your jeans, slip on
a cute denim dress.
They come in a wide
range of styles, with
long sleeves and a
button-down front, or a
pinafore with pockets.
This casual-cool style
is effortless, chic, and
suitable for many
If you’ve got
it, flaunt it!
dresses are far
more mini and far
and they’re a
great way to
This dress is
ideal for anyone
who wants to put
emphasis on their
legs and make
the world stop and
We sometimes get
an invitation for a
fancy affair and
head into panicmode,
trying to find
will match the
dress code. A
ball gown or
dress for a blacktie
occasion. If you
have an hourglass
figure, opt for
needs a little
black dress in her
it truly can get you
through pretty much
any occasion. From
dinner dates to
you’ll fall back on
it time and time
May 3, 2020 / 3
Amanda Ebeye :
Exceptional TV Girl
Words By - Rita Okoye
Everything Amanda Ebeye touches literally turns to gold. The respected actress
and filmmaker, is regarded as the exceptional TV girl since she cut her teeth in
Television with City Sisters in 2009. Now, despite the COVID-19 pandemic,
Ebeye is back with her own TV series titled: It’s a crazy world, that premiered on
Silverbird television (STV) last Thursday. The beautiful Amanda holds a degree in
International Studies and Diplomacy from Benson Idahosa University, Edo State and
later honed her skills in filmmaking from Toronto Film School in the US.
The native of Delta State and mother of one, in this interview talks about her new
work and how the effect of the lockdown on the entertainment industry.
The lock down has been a difficult time for many
entertainers who have had to cancel shows and
production schedules. How has it been for you?
It’s been crazy for me and I guess for everyone
else; but, we keep pushing. Most offices are not
running, especially with what I am doing. Work has
slowed down, there’s been no movement and this has
set me back a little bit but it’s all for the best. If people
staying indoors would help us fight this pandemic, it is
surely the right thing to do. Nothing equates life, work
can always come, food can always come when we
are alive. Life first. It is better to be alive, then we can
work. It is better than lying sick on the hospital or even
dead. I think it is best we obeyed the government, it is
for the good of all and humanity.
What have you missed most since the lock down?
Leaving my house, seeing friends and family, now
all we do is talk on the phone. I just miss things being
normal, but times like this make you appreciate things
you regularly would take for granted, like making out
time to see loved ones. I miss moving around freely.
However, the lockdown makes you appreciate and
value family more. We miss handshakes, hugs and all
the bond. They are all gone for now. COVID-19 makes
us realize little things that matter that we had taken for
You became famous doing TV than movies. How
did you get on TV?
City sisters was the first TV show and first major
production I ever partook in. It was in 2009 and it was
produced by Gregory and Debbie Odutayo (Royal
Roots). I went for the audition; after the audition,
Debbie asked me what makes me think that I am the
best person for the job and I said ‘because I think that
I am a good actress’ and she laughed. I think she liked
the fact that I am confident at that time that I was
going to get that part. Indeed, I got the role, travelled
to Ghana and we shot City Sisters.
You have a new TV series Its a Crazy World, what
It’s a crazy world was actually inspired strongly by
social media. We all know the pseudo lifestyle that
goes on in that world, the competition. I wanted a
series that would not just be funny, but also, educate
little girls and boys growing up. I wanted it to cut
across all African homes and impact on both young
and old. I wanted something that would teach values,
morals and educate them on the plagues of Social
Social media is a blessing and a curse at the
same time. People often post only their happy
moment and their fans on social media get inspired.
Those who are admiring the happy people, forget that
there were times these happy people were sad. We
forget that it is no perfect life and that’s what It’s A
Crazy World has come to do-to reveal what went on
before those perfect photos and videos were taken. I
want the series to educate, entertain and make us
I was in film school when I planned it, same time I
planned my Short Film, Horrors. It premiered on
Thursday on Silverbird Television.
From the cast, it looks like a high budget
production. How were you able to find it?
Yes, it is a very high budget production and my
partner and I, had to go all out for this production. We
couldn’t compromise. From preproduction, actual
production, to post-production, it was a lot of
From the beginning of the series, I know that
Bob-manuel Udokwu was going to play Don. I have
never met him, but I was so certain about that. I went
all out to get him to be part of the team. Kunle Coker
too, I know he would be the best to balance it up.
There is this classy carriage about him. Grace Amah,
Treasure Abbasi, Francis Odega, and all. It was a
good balance. Comedy, drama and a whole lot.
In what ways is it different from the other works
The other film I had shot was a short movie,
Horrors. It was a 40 minutes movie. I have also
collaborated in other productions but they were not
fully mine. It’s A Crazy World is different because I had
to deal with a larger cast and a high budget.
Horrors, I shot in Canada and TV series in Nigeria.
It was really tasking.
You’ve been in front of the camera and behind.
Which experience do you enjoy more?
I’ll say both, in front I’m delivering, behind I’m
creating. As a filmmaker and artiste, I enjoy both
In spite of your good looks, you are one of the few
celebrities hardly seen on the red carpet. Why is
The combinations I have inside of me is rare. I
love to be in front of the camera but when I’m not
rolling, I could be shy and more of an introvert. I’m not
much of an outing person or red carpet person, but I
go once in a while.
As a mother how do you joggle work-life balance?
As a mother, I multi task well naturally, so I do both
quite well. After I gave birth, I never stopped working.
In fact, having a child even made me work harder. It
pushed me further due to more responsibilities. Now, I
am thinking for two. It is a beautiful experience.
/ May 3, 2020
I have inside
of me is rare.
I love to be in
front of the
when I’m not
could be shy
and more of
What beauty routine do you keep to
maintain your looks?
Honestly, for beauty routine, I always
wash my face with water. I don’t sleep
with Make-up on. I drink lots of liquid (not
water). I am not really a fan of water.
What are your go-to beauty products?
Ole Henrisken night cream and serum
and Sunday Riley Ceo brightness line.
One thing about me is that I don’t whiten
my face or use bleaching cream,
everything about my body and face have
to be natural. The beauty products I use,
their major ingredients is Vitamin C and it
helps me a lot.
Your most prized fashion item?
I’m really not in to super expensive
things. I buy things I’m comfortable in and
that looks good on me. So, most priced
fashion item I really cannot say.
What life lessons would you be taking
from the COVID-19 lock down
I have learned to treasure family
more, friendship and family time. Right
now, they are memories. We can’t come
in contact with large family and it takes a
lot away from us. Every moment we get
to see each other, we should treasure it
because we don’t know tomorrow. It is
best we make good use of our today.
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Styling: Neveen Dominic
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Demystifying Side Chicks’ Sex Tricks
Being locked down does not mean you are locked
out. If you happen to be quarantined with your
spouse, perhaps you should breathe a sigh of relief
that at least, you got to be locked down with someone
you are in sexual relationship with. Now, you have all
the time to tick off everything on your sex list as
everyday now looks like a dirty day/weekend.
Actually, you can get a sex swing and start a
lockdown sex blog by learning about the sex tricks,
side chicks use in getting married men.
A number of women are losing their partners to
side chicks/girlfriends; without knowing exactly what
attracts the men to these strange women.
Hello wives! you need to know the sexual secrets
of these faceless girlfriends. Painful as it may sound,
a lot of these so-called side chicks are a lot better in
bed than many housewives. For this reason, wives
have got to step up their game, and beat side chicks
in their dirty games.
The following are their secrets, take advantage of
them and get your man back.
Side chicks understand that one of the
weaknesses of most men is sex, and they gladly use
it to their benefit. Wives pretend to be nonchalant
about this, instead of using sex to create intimacy
with their husbands, they end up using it to create
animosity, anger, bitterness between them and their
husbands. Be diligent, use sex as a tool of love to
create intimacy in your marriage, never use sex to
destroy your marriage, use it to build.
According to a report, most guys said that their
wives hated kissing which made it difficult getting a
decent kiss from their wives. Whereas, girlfriends on
the other hand, are experts in this area; they kiss like
mad and use kissing as a weapon to hook the men.
Kissing is one of the most successful ways to express
intimacy; it says ‘’l love you’’ in a very special way.
Wives- don’t turn kissing to wrestling in your
marriage, stop being local and kiss your husband
even when he is not expecting it.
A man once said he doesn’t like to see his wife in
panties because according to him, she always looks
like a wrestler. Most wives are like this; they are fond
of wearing unattractive underwear and sometimes
even wearing shirts meant for men. The
extreme is going to bed with a
wrapper tied around the chest for
Side chicks can never be
caught in this web; they are
creative in this regard,
very fond of wearing
neat, sexy panties
and bra. They also
wear them in
up, be aware that
fashion starts from
under, not from head
gear or designer
bags. The real
fashion is looking
sexy when you get
to undress before
your husband. Get
killer underwear to
entice your spouse.
Side babes do not only wear sexy underwear, they
also wear killer night gowns. Wives on the other
hand, dress to bed looking like a soldier. Normally,
you dress up when you are going out and dress down
when going to bed. You also have to dress to capture
the imagination of your husband, by getting a very
sexy, night wear for your husband’s eyes only. Men
are virtual, they are moved by what they see. Let your
husband see the angel in you.
Married women see love making as a chore; a dirt
one at that. Some even wish it is removed from
matrimony. Side chicks see intercourse as a serious
business; they can go to any length to keep their
clients and customers as they readily use all
marketing strategies, from branding, packaging, to
Wives- begin to see love making as a serious
business; rebrand yourself and repackage yourself
because you are the real product not the side babes.
Majority of housewives are usually fond of asking
their husbands “Is it food?” What a brainless
question! It’s not just food, it’s more than that.
Girlfriends are aware of the fact that men see sex as
food; hence, they serve it hot and better.
Wives- get into the game and treat sex as food for
your husband, make sure to serve it better than ever.
Never again ask, “is it food?” it is more than that, a
sexually satisfied man is an emotionally stable man.
Many housewives hardly think of sex, they are
always occupied with thoughts of babies/children,
house cleaning, cooking and washing. Intercourse is
never part of them as they never think of it.
Side chicks have sex in their thoughts most of the
time and this helps them prepare their body. No
wonder they hardly look tired for it.
Wives- Add sex to your list of things to do at least,
two or three times a week. Have it in mind and see
how your marriage will turn out to be. It will definitely
be worth your while.
Truth be told, these side chicks actually plan for
sex the way you plan for your cooking. They look
forward to it and carry their clients along in their plans.
Wives- create sex menu and plan for sex in your
marriage. Carry your husband along in
planning for sex in your marriage,
let it be part of your schedule
and your man will
appreciate you for it.
These strange ladies
do set table for great sex
with soft music; coloured
light, candle light,
perfumed bed, velvet bed
sheet, sexy outlook and
even slippery fingers. Are
you still wondering why
men keep going to them?
Now you know the reason.
Wives- get deliberate in
setting the table for
copulation in your
wedlock. Get creative,
surprise your husband
with sexy outlook when
he arrives from work.
To be continued...
By - Rita Okoye
What some of your favourite
celebrities said and we listened.
“Ships don’t sink because of
the water around them. Ships
sinks because of the water
that gets into them. Eric
Butterworth validated this by
saying, “things may happen
around you, things may
happen to you but the only
thing that truly counts are the
things that happen within
you.” So, don’t let your
conditions weigh you down”.
“Things will certainly get better
after this. We shall overcome and
gain what we have lost in these
past days. Nobody hypes you
better than you, after the lockdown,
go out and do great things. Do
things better than you would have
done them before but with your
masks of course and hand
sanitizers in your pockets”.
reemphasizes on the
importance of personal health.
“Now, I appreciate the sun, in
fact I miss it. Shine on me,
beat me, in fact tan me, do
me as you like because a
month without your touch has
been odd. You make me
glow yet still make me grow
(old) our love though is a love
& hate one but I just can’t do
without you. I love you.”
Ngozi Nwosu’s letter to
“Let’s just say this early. When
the lockdown eases next
week, it doesn’t mean we are
free of the virus. It doesn’t
mean you should stop
washing your hands. It
doesn’t mean you should start
gathering in large numbers.
Get your masks on readiness.
Avoid handshakes and hugs.
Limit where you place your
hands in public. Have your
sanitizer with you
Akin Alabi cautions
/ May 3, 2020
How Is Your Life
By - Josephine Agbonkhese
Two days ago, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to commemorate
International Workers’ Day (May Day); a day set aside to celebrate all
But the fanfare and May Day parade by workers which usually
characterize the day was absent: no thanks to the global pandemic
caused by COVID-19 and its consequent presidential ‘lockdown’ order
that has kept many Nigerians from their source of livelihood.
Vanguard Allure tried to feel the pulse of celebrities, professionals
and unionists on how life without work has been in the last one month.
Here are some of the responses.
It feels strange, awkward
Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa, Dean, Faculty
of Law, University of Lagos
Life without being able to go out really feels strange and
awkward. It however hasn’t been a total lockdown from
work for me though because I’m both a teacher and a
researcher—and my workspace as a researcher has been
on the virtual space long before now. So, I may not have
been able to carry on with teaching activities (as we are yet
to launch our online classes), and my interaction with
scholars and other professionals at seminars, but I have
been able to carry on with research activities. Migrating one
to the virtual space right now seems only like a transition.
It’s not normal at all
Nani Boi, Screenwriter/
Life without work is not
normal at all; but we
have been trained to
survive against odds.
So, I have taken
advantage of the
lockdown to engage
myself with some online
training and personal
I must confess
that I have
I had to indulge
in other things
Life without work has been
mind-blowing. Initially, I took it as a
period of rest but gradually, I
got tired of resting and it felt
like something was wrong
with me. I would rest and do
a lot of workouts, but after a
while, that seemed boring. I
started wondering what was
wrong because it’s very unlike
me to be home for more than
three days without going out
to work. I decided to
indulge myself in other
For me though, this
has been a blessing
have been able to
position my businesslifestyle
as well as spend quality
my family and God. It’s
It feels very empty
Comrade Agnes Funmi
NLC, Lagos Chapter
I feel very empty. I feel very, very empty. Being a
labour leader, it’s something of major concern to
me. Not only about myself but about the workers
I lead. I feel so concerned for job security and
companies who are groaning in pains of losses
already. I feel concerned about our future. I feel
concerned about the economy of this country; it
wasn’t strong and the price of oil too has been
depreciating. l worry about the looming
economic turmoil. We were talking about
N30,000 minimum wage but with this pandemic,
most governors now have something to hide
under. Same with the private sector; but I
promise that there will be no hiding place for any
It’s not funny at all
Yul Edochie, Actor
Life without work is not funny at all. Of
course, I’m getting to spend time with
family but with no income coming in, it’s
May 3, 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.
Timini Egbuson Dragged For
Dating 19-year-Old Girl
Nollywood actor, Timini Egbuson was the Instagram
sensation during the week as he was called out for dating a
nineteen-year-old girl. According to Instagram users, the age
difference is too wide considering that he is 14 years older.
Some Instagram users advised Timini to date women in his age
range rather than someone he’s over a decade older than.
Lanre Dasilva Talks
As the world struggles
to deal with the reality of
the COVID-19 pandemic,
Nigeria designer Lanre Da
Silva Ajayi has expressed her
unique perspectives on the
issue. In a video the designer
shared on Instagram, she
stated that this new reality
is a way for designers and
industry players to think
beyond the ordinary, and
introduce virtual fashion
shows. With the fashion
industry being one that is
filled with hugs and kisses,
Lanre Da Silva sees this as
a danger that can be averted
with virtual shows that can
be creatively put together.
This solution she says gives
designers time to give great
effects to their presentation
and also helps achieve the
overall goal which will be to
keep everyone safe while
Video vixen KODAK dies
Instagram went wild at the sad news of Talented Nigerian
dancer and Video vixen, Kodak. She was reported have been
electrocuted that while trying to charge her phone in the studio
of award-winning music video director, Clarence Peters.
The dancer who updated her status hours before her death,
was seen beautifully made up and rehearsing for what seems to
be a music video in a spacious dance studio.
May her soul rest in peace
Space In Nigerian
Following the recent
directive by governor Babajide
Sanwo-Olu for all Lagosians
to wear face mask, Nigerian
designers have taken a serious
mind shift, catering creatively
to that need as they have
started rolling out fashionable
facemask to serve consumers.
Indigenous men’s brand,
Mudi Africa has rolled out an
entire collection to help clients
stay safe and fashionable.
Releasing the collection on
Instagram, he said; “In a
striking combo, Mudi Africa
dares to say stay safe with
this exquisitely designed mask
that provides you with the
much-needed protection while
still allowing you explore your
desire to remain trendy”.