September 6, 2020
4 Cover: Dare Art-Alade:
6 Sexmatics: Mating With
IN THIS ISSUE
Fashion : Essential Accessory
Additions To Your Wardrobe
Living: COVID-19: Dwindling Fortunes
Of Luxury Goods
6 SEPTEMBER 2020
8 Instagram Moments
The impact of the COVID-19
pandemic on the human race has
been a sea-saw kind of ride. While
some people have withdrawn to
come out better, others have been
knocked down and out.
Our cover personality today, Dare
Art Alade, known by his stage name
Darey, has been away from public
scene for a while but not without
reason. Behind the scene, he’s been
stewing something nice for his
teaming fans. Coming out strong
with “Jah Guide Me,” a single from an upcoming body of
work, he captures in this song, the frailty of humanity as
evidenced in this pandemic and the resulting economic
downturn both locally and internationally. This come-back
song captures the emotions being felt by many in this trying
times. He shares his experiences that have helped to reinvent
him with our reporter Linda Orajekwe. Pg. 4-5
While good may have come for Darey in this convulsing
COVID-19 season, not so for many businesses especially
those in the luxury goods department. Records show a
downturn in the economy of many big brands who have had
to close some of their stores or lay off workers in other to
keep afloat. Have Nigerian designers especially those who do
high end products immune from this dwindling fortune
sweeping through the luxury industry? Our reporter,
Emmanuel Akpoborie investigates and reports. Pg. 7
The place of accessories cannot be over emphasized.
See a few pieces to help give importance to your style. Pg 3.
And if you curios to know what’s
hot in the bedroom this week, flip to J . E
page 6 to see what has been served
Enjoy our serve. Have a
September to remember.
“Care about what
other people think
and you will always
be their prisoner”.
- Lao Tzu
“If the great internet
connects us all … then
why are so many of us
- Stephen Richards
“Every man should
believe in something.
If not..he would
- Toba Beta
only the teachable”.
- Aldous Huxley
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Words By - Linda Orajekwe
Dare Art Alade, professionally known as Darey is a multiple award-winning and multi-platinum
Afro-Soul/R&B singer, musician, songwriter, music producer, and entrepreneur. Since
gaining exposure across Africa as runner up in the 2004 season of Music talent search reality
TV show, Project Fame, Darey has made an indelible mark on the Nigerian and African music scene.
He has released several hit singles, including the groundbreaking Afro R&b records featuring
legendary artistes like 2Baba. His critically acclaimed last album “Naked” includes the hit single
“Pray For Me” featuring multiple Grammy award-winning supergroup, Soweto Gospel Choir, and
collaborations with Afropop star, Olamide, and international Afro-soul songstress, Asa.
Darey is the recipient of multiple awards and nominations including MTV Africa Music Awards
(MAMAS), Channel O Awards, World Music Awards, The Headies, Nigerian Music Awards and a host
After his break from the music industry since “Naked,” Darey is back with another promising
record, “Jah Guide Me.” In this interview, he talks about his come back and more.
After years of being in front of the screen, to
moving behind the scene, how would you say
Darey has evolved? Are you the guy we used to
I am still the same guy o! In front or behind the
cameras, I remain consistently creative across
everything I have been up to over the years.
So how has the experience been like taking a
break from music?
I’ve not really taken a break from music. All the
while, I have been recording in the studio on and off.
Shifting goalposts as I go along due to external
matters like, the work we do at livespot360. The great
thing about it is that I get to be creative which is what
Was the break an intentional decision? To stay off
the screen as an artiste and come back at this
The break was not intentional. These things
happen sometimes; but, I am glad to be back to
share my music with the fans.
Your last project was ‘naked’ in 2015, thinking
back to that project, is there anything you
would’ve loved to do differently?
Well, I wish I shot a music video for the song I
made with Asa titled, “inside of you.” I also wish that
we had dropped a music video we shot but recently
realized we forgot to release. All in all, no regrets. It
was a wonderful album to create and the feedback till
this day, has been remarkable.
You recently released ‘Jah Guide Me’. What is it
about the song that brought you back on the
It is the first single from an upcoming body of
work. It talks about our human frailties not just in this
pandemic; but, as people affected by the economic
downturn locally and internationally. The emotions we
are currently going through is very present in the
song and felt like the right song to promote first.
What would you say the reception of this project
has been since its release?
The feedback has been phenomenal! Not just in
Nigeria but around Africa and the world: in places
like, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, south and North
America and parts of Europe too. It’s been truly
overwhelming and this is still early day!
I would attribute this to the efforts of my team and
the grace of God. The song itself is speaking to
people on so many levels- spiritually and musically.
So, it is a thing of joy to see the amazing reception so
Can we say you are changing genre with ‘Jah
Guide Me’ or this is just a one-off and Darey is
still the B&B guy we used to know?
Haha! I am still the Darey you used to know
although I am a new and improved version. Just call
me Darey now! My genre is what I call afro & b and
you can be sure to hear more dynamic sounds from
me moving forward. I keep reinventing myself!
‘Pray For Me’ and ‘Jah Guide Me’ is there a
similarity in the creative/production process?
The similarity is in the style of messaging. The
production and creative process between the two
songs are quite varied. The former was produced by
Oscar Heman-Ackah and the latter was produced by
What was your thought process when you
decided to drop ‘Jah Guide Me’ considering how
the industry has changed especially with the rise
of social media?
You have to remember that I have been on the
scene; so I am well aware of all the growth and
changes. It is beautiful to see so much progress
made over the years, and I am excited and even
more gingered to bring my drive and work ethics
which is missing in the industry.
How has being off the centre stage as an artiste
helped you as a father and a husband?
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A slightly more relaxed schedule affords me some more quality time to
spend with family. Bonding time is great for a close-knit relationship.
What was your family(wife)’s reaction when you decided to hit the studio
There was no reaction as I did not just come and announce that I am back
in the studio. My family is there with me at every juncture so they know what’s
What do you love the most about being a father and a husband?
Just being there for them is one thing I really love. My family doesn’t judge
me even though they hold me to high standards. I am all that I am today
because they love me unconditionally, and for that, I am grateful.
For the past years, through Livespot, you have brought a series of
international A-list artistes to Nigeria, what informs your selection of
artistes aside their popularity and fan-love?
It is always important for us to ensure they fit into whatever experience we
are trying to create for our audiences. It is also important for us when engaging
their crews, to ensure we get skills transferred in order to build local capacity.
otherwise, what is the point of all the hype?
For an artiste who has been part of a reality Tv show both as a
participant and a judge, what do you think about the ongoing BBNaija
reality Tv show?
Truth is, I watch it in bursts; mainly via social media as updates. But I think it
is a nice platform to engage TV viewers and gives a chance to young people
hoping to make it in entertainment, by giving them some level of popularity.
When some people complain that the show does not promote values, etc. they
need to understand that it is just entertainment. The drama in the house is
quite gripping and it seems the winner may emerge between Laycon,
Kidwayya, Nengi and Erica. Tolani Baj is also one to look out for. What will be
interesting is to see what they do with their newfound ‘fame’ upon eviction and
completion of the show.
Who’s your favourite housemate?
Because I always root for the underdogs, my fave is Laycon, but lowkey
How has working behind the scene helped you understand the music
business better and how does that understanding help you relate with
other artistes especially during Livespot shows?
Working “behind the scene” like you put it has made it easy for me to bridge
the gap when dealing with artistes. This can be attributed to my unique skillsets
and experience garnered over the years while playing various roles.
Is ‘Jah Guide Me’ just a visit or a return to the centre stage in the
Jah guide me is the first single from a forthcoming body of work. So yes,
this is a return, not a fleeting visit.
If you have to collaborate with any of these young artistes coming up,
top artistes and international artistes, who would that be and why?
Well, I have a couple of songs already recorded with Teni, Patoranking and
more. You have to wait and see what other surprises we have in-store.
If you have to advise a younger Darey, what are you going to say?
I’ll tell him to work hard and trust God. Do not be in a hurry. Greatness
What’s one thing, aside from family, Darey cannot do without?
Hmmm… I cannot do without a decent phone and a high-speed internet!
What will be interesting is
to see what they do with
their newfound ‘fame’
upon eviction and
completion of the show.
September 6, 2020 / 5
Mating With Clothes On
Generally, love making means ruffling between the
sheets naked, enjoying the touch of skin-on-skin, the
connection, and the feeling and excitement that it
brings. There is nothing like having sex naked
although sometimes, certain circumstances require
keeping your clothes on. For instance, having a
quickie in the car, in a restaurant bathroom or
elevator. Making love with your clothes on can be
thrilling. “It connotes spontaneity, ravishment and
intense desire for your partner,’’ like you are getting
away with something. You can always give it a try if
you have never done it before.
Sometimes, the thought of “getting naked” can be
huge deterrent to intimacy. This is because on those
nights when you manage to climb into your night
wear gown and crawl into bed, the last thing on your
mind is undressing. Sex request from your spouse
may not sound appealing.
After awhile in most relationships, sex may slow
down as it may no longer always be hot, sweaty,
intense and dripping in juicy flow. For some others,
intercourse may not exist at all since true mating
takes emotional work, connection, and
It would be nice to indulge once-in-a-while by keep
clothes on,. This is because great sex is not about
naked bodies writhing all over each other, trying to
get off on a climax. Even though climax is an
amazing experience, it is also just one small part of
having fabulous sex.
Sacred sex is about intimacy, connection, and
relationship building. So, starting with your clothes on
and experiencing arousal fully-clothed is a great way
to give the body the permission to enjoy pleasure in a
sacred, more intimate way.
This might seem boring compared to the hot,
sweaty sex that you are used to; but, with clothes on,
the buildup of anticipation and excitement can
produce amazing orgasmic sex if initiated with care
and compassion. Your clothes serve as boundary
that separates intercourse from sexual arousal and
Being clothed can be a partial big turn on as it
creates a sensation of suspense, which in essence,
creates safe space for self-expression that may not
exist otherwise: most especially, if your body image
and self-esteem are at risk. The secret to an amazing
sexual experience is in creating a loving connection,
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which can happen right where you are, in the
moment, and with your clothes on.
So for a second, forget the need for total
nakedness. Below are some arousing ways to
enhance love making when next you are in the mood
for a quick romp while clothed:-
•Use clothing as an exploration, lift and peek
under the clothing and use it as an adventure of
discovery and excitement. Slowly strip tease as a
way of prolonging the experience and building
anticipation by gently undressing one another.
Revealing different parts of the body, gives you time
to explore unusual parts of the body, making it
possible to feel each area as it’ is being revealed.
•Give your body plenty of time to reach arousal if
you are seriously not in the mood. Play with a
vibrator or your lover can help slide the vibrator down
your pants. Using it gently over clothing can give you
the sexual energy you need to get into the next
phase of sexual play.
•See how long you can stay fully clothed and how
excited you can get just by connecting, kissing and
sliding around on each other. Treat yourself to a
fully-clothed orgasm. Leaving your clothes on can
generate friction and new sex experience that can
result in a surprisingly fantastic orgasm.
•Keeping your top on, creates an amazing feeling
of sexual foreplay which can have an immediate
effect if the connection concentrates down on the
pelvis area. With your top half clothed, you can settle
to play down low with a sense of direction and focus.
Plus, guys can focus on the female clitoris and
women can focus on the manhood. This focus alone
can produce amazing results. You can reverse the
foreplay and take off your tops and using nipple
stimulation and kissing to stimulate arousal.
*Enhance your sexual play with sexy and erotic
clothes; especially wearing high heels or thigh high
boots as you wrap your legs around your lover’s
body for love making. Chat about which type of erotic
clothing is a turn on for each of you, decide what your
ideal fantasy outfit is, and then shop for it together.
The alluring sight of the fabric and texture of that
sexy ensemble can heighten arousal and incite new
levels of passion and sexual play. The more erotic
the clothes, the sexier you will feel and the hotter the
experience may become.
Your clothes can serve as a prop that changes the
way intercourse feels and if you keep
them on during a hookup, buttoning
them back up is one less thing you
have to do after the action is over and
you want to part ways. Plus, if you feel
vulnerable being naked, having clothes
on can provide a boost of confidence.
Sometimes, clothes keep you warm
when the room is too cold to undress,
and may prevent goose bumps, which
is not sexy. Bear in mind that your
clothes are an extension of your
personal expression and sexuality. So
allow every side of you to play out.
Next time, give it a shot without
baring it all, and enjoy a sexual life
more amazing than you have ever
What some of your favourite
celebrities said and we listened.
“When you have the
opportunity to give
someone a shot, don’t take
it away from them.
Remember someone took a
chance on you too. Every
professional person was
once an amateur. Give
room for growth.
message to every
Creative out there.
“Don’t be too hard on
yourself, you are doing just
fine! No one is perfect.
“There’s a blessing inside of
your storm right now and you
have no idea” trust the
process”. Joselyn Dumas’
By - Rita Okoye
“I have very little sympathy for
single mothers that beg on the
basis that they are single. I am a
strong advocate against
premarital sex. But even if you
must engage in it (you should
not), use protection or ensue that
the man can meet his
responsibilities. The only single
mothers that I sympathise with are
Reno Omokri on single
motherhood and premarital sex.
“Make sure your perception
remains positive and healthy!
drink more water, wake up
earlier. get solid sleep, start
journaling, your thoughts
matter. clean up & organize,
declutter, empty that
wardrobe. detox, destress.
and finally keep clean”.
Ibinabo tips on healthy
Of Luxury Goods
By - Emmanuel Akpoborie
n many quarters, coronavirus has been
described as the game changer. In the sea
of this virus, to stay afloat, you need to sail
The pandemic has left a significant
adverse impact on the global economy.
Governments around the world are implementing
various fiscal measures to mitigate the effect and
provide relief for businesses and households.
Employers in different sectors of the economy had
to disengage workers to mitigate the negative effect
of the pandemic on their ventures. Reports show
that the worst hit industries have been the aviation,
hospitality, banking, construction, manufacturing,
media, sales, and the luxury industry. As gross
domestic product drops, unemployment increases;
which in turn causes a large reduction in the
spending power of the consumer. This reduced the
demand for luxury goods.
As consumers hold back on their spending,
fashion brands of all shapes and sizes are forced
to scale back production, and reimagine how they
position themselves. Brands like Chanel, Hermes,
Patek Phillipe and Rolex had to discontinue
production while brands like La Chapelle and Zara
had to close down over a thousand stores around
“It has led to a real existential crisis for the
fashion industry,” says Imran Amed, the Founder/
CEO of The Business of Fashion.
As consumers grapple with uncertainty, their
buying behaviour has become more erratic.
What is clear, however, is that they have reduced
spending on non-essential products. Survival before
aesthetics seems like the order of the day for a lot of
consumers around the world.
“At Pere Lei, a luxury Nigerian brand that
specializes in leather goods, customer behaviour
has varied really,” says Pere B.E. Emein,
Creative Director of the brand.
“Male clients have largely purchased items that
increased their comfort at home. So, we have seen
an increase in sales of slippers and mules. Female
customers have, however, resisted the impulse
purchases and concentrated on making custom
handbags that they deem dream items. Our home
and lifestyle items, however, have kept things
interesting because clients have had to pause and
make changes in their living spaces, to make them
conducive for remote working as well as increase
style and comfort levels. So, sofas and chair
constructions have seen a healthy increase,” Emein
At Mudi Africa, it’s a slightly different experience.
“Nothing has changed so much’’ says Mudiaga
Enajomo, Head Designer, Mudi Africa.
“Some high network clients with health
challenges are finding it very difficult to step out of
their homes. Even when you try to reach out to them
in terms of home services, accessing them is a huge
challenge due to social distancing,’’ he added.
In a report by Weforum.org, it shows that as
each country opens up, we can see a glimmer of
increasing optimism levels, which, in turn, is linked
to higher spending. Nigeria’s consumers for example
are displaying higher levels of optimism, with more
households planning to increase spending—a trend
that is also evident in China, Indonesia, and India.
Meanwhile, American consumers are still more
optimistic about the future than the Europeans. This
serves as perhaps light at the end of the tunnel for
the luxury industry.
In 2017, stakeholders in the Nigerian fashion
industry revealed that Nigerians spent over 2trillion
naira on imported textiles and ready-made clothing
items. This really undermined the local industry.
the border closure
due to the pandemic,
things are taking a new
shape. Luxury products are extremely hard to find
and when they are available, they are overpriced.
This led to a significant increase in the demand for
locally-produced fashion items and also an even
more significant increase in the number of fashionpreneurs.
Consumers have started looking inward
to satisfy their fashion craving.
Mr Nuga Oluwapelumi, a fashion-preneur based
in Lagos, revealed that the demand for locally
made fashion items has greatly increased.
“I made more money since the pandemic
started than I have made in the past. Nigerians are
beginning to accept what we do and the quality
we provide. Hopefully, this marks a change in the
“In as much as this is a welcome development,
a lot still has to be put in place to keep this rise. For
instance, after the ease of the lockdown, there has
been an upsurge in the amount of cheap clothing
items coming in from china; which puts the local
goods at risk once again. The Chinese produce
faster, cheaper and even a lot more volume. If they
are allowed the freeway, they would take over the
markets in no time once again,” Oluwapelumi said.
Coronavirus might have sparked the required
pendulum shift needed in the Nigerian fashion
space. Hopefully, enough will be put in place to
maintain this new found momentum; and we can
at last get the much-anticipated upward swing the
Nigerian fashion industry desperately needs.
September 6, 2020 / 7
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.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, gives
thanks after COVID-19 Experience
Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and her
children have recently recovered from COVID-19, few weeks
after they contracted the disease.
Omotola who had on August 15th, disclosed that she
contracted the virus, infected her children, and gone into
isolation, came on her Instagram handle to give thanks to God,
family and friends for their prayers, calls and messages during
the period. She wrote: “My kids and I are fine and COVID free
now, and I do not take the experience for granted at all. I am
grateful to God Almighty the Lord of Lords for all He has done
for my family and I. He is truly a dependable Friend if you trust
The actress who is now free from the virus, went ahead to
disclose the kind of lifestyle she adopted during her treatment,
warning people to adopt safety measures as COVID-19 is
real. “If you still don’t believe this virus is real, I pray you don’t
experience it to believe” the actress said.
“If you ever feel ill during this pandemic, please know there
is nothing to fear or be ashamed of…you are not alone” she
Bose Ogulu berths the Spaceship Collective
Spaceship Collective a group record
label and publishing company with
“Spaceship Records” and “Spaceship
Publishing” has been set up with a mission
to help African Artists gain more control
and ownership of their music catalogues.
The label is founded by Bose Ogulu mother
of music giant Burna Boy, who is also the
Executive Director with Burna Boy.
Ogulu who was also one of the executive
producers on ‘Twice As Tall’ along with
Burna Boy and America’s star, Diddy (Sean
Combs) says, the objective of Spaceship
Collective is to support the creation of great,
timeless, authentic music and to ensure
that African creatives maintain control
of their own narrative while they tell the
world their story. “It is important that their
catalogues are managed by Africans who
are better placed to understand their Art,
their narrative and their trajectory”.
With this new annexation in the dawn
of the global entertainment industry, this
is the beginning of a conglomeration of
homegrown expertise and proficiency
with a pivotal insight into the future of
African music.” She said.
George Residents unveiled
for leisure, comfort
To make lives easy for
celebrities and other Nigerians
seeking for leisure and comfort
outside their homes, IBIC
Properties, a leading real
Estate company in Nigeria
has unveiled its latest project,
For Yanju George the
company’s CEO George
Residents is like a home away
“If you are tired of your home
and need a change of environment
or a change of scenery, we are
here for you. It’s like going to a
hotel but it is not exactly a hotel.
Here, you have your kitchen,
washing machine, ironing table
and you could do every other thing
you do in your home. This is what
makes it different from a hotel.
George Residents is the second
project from IBIC properties. We
completed the first project earlier
this year. The first project was a
and this second one is a Short
Let at Admiralty Road, Lekki
Phase One,” The Mathematics
graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo
University also added that
he strongly believes average
Nigerians would understand this
modern concept, maintaining
that Short Lets are gradually
phasing out hotels.
wins the Mr Ideal
Jodrey Alabi recently
emerged winner of the
Mr Ideal Nigeria 2020,
which was streamed live
on Instagram. Jodrey,
a graduate of Obafemi
(O.A.U), beat 39 other
contenders for the Crown.
He is the first dark-skinned
winner to be crowned in 5
He takes over from
Emmanuel Umoh who
won the Mister Africa
International in 2019.
By his win, Jodrey
will be representing
Nigeria at the Mister
Africa International 2021
in Cote d’Ivoire and he
also gets a year talent and
management contract with
House of Twitch amongst