May 2, 2021
IN THIS ISSUE
4 Cover: Oluwakemi Areola:
6 Sexmatics: Satisfying Your Lady
In Bed (2)
Fashion : 3 Stylish Looks For Your
Beauty : DIY Lip Scrub Recipe
02 MAY 2021
8 Instagram Moments
Gracing our cover this week
is the vivacious and
Anne- Melody Areola, the
Special Assistant on ICT and
Corporate Relations to the
Minister of Youth and Sports
Development. Beside this
appointment that she booked,
she is a woman with her hands
in many pies; modeling, fashion,
ICT, Public Relations and recently, publishing.
In all of these, though a true “Jack”, but trying to
be a master of all. Always taking the next step and
making the next move, she inspires many through
her life’s journey, which she captured in her
autobiography- 40 Going on 80. She opens up to
Josephine Agbonkhese, and shares insights on how
government functions. Pgs. 4-5
With many under financial crunch due to the
corona virus pandemic, time to take a look at the
wardrobe to see how some staples can be reworked
for our good. See three creative ways to style the
classic pencil skirt. Pg. 3
Make your own lip scrub from common
ingredients in your kitchen. Pg. 7
What’s hot and what’s new?
Look it up on Billboard, Pg. 8. J . E
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“Earth provides enough to
satisfy every man’s need,
but not every man’s greed”.
- Mahatma Gandhi
“Never close your lips to
those whom you have
already opened your heart”.
- Charles Dickens
“To be successful, you have
to have your heart in your
business and your business
in your heart”.
- Thomas J. Watson
“Do not compare yourself
to others. If you do so, you
are insulting yourself”.
- Adolf Hitler
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A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a
straight, narrow cut that women everywhere
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skirt for both casual and dressy occasions. This
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when paired with the right blouse and
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The beautiful thing about a pencil skirt is that it
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Wondering how to get three looks from
that favourite pencil skirt of yours?
Here are ideas that will give you
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Pair your pencil skirt with
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for a date night.
Look chic and work-ready
by pairing your skirt with a
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Get into the
by pairing your
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Oluwakemi Areola :
Words By - Josephine Agbonkhese
Oluwakemi Anne-Melody Areola is a woman of many parts; an Engineer, Public
Relations Expert, a Tactical Social Development, Specialist and Business Support
Advisor. Added to the mix, she also runs a modeling agency at the side and holds
sway as CEO/ PR Consultant of Vivacity Public Relations.
The product of London Metropolitan University, UK and Cisco Certified Network
Associate (CCNA), is the Special Assistant on ICT and Corporate Relations to the Minister of
Youth and Sports Development. The widely-traveled Oluwakemi who turned 41 in February,
marked the new age with her autobiography - 40 Going on 80.
In this interview, the well-driven author, talks about her work, life in government, her
aspirations and more.
You hold many portfolios, how do you
combine them all ?
It isn’t easy to combine them all; there are
some days when it feels like my head is about to
explode. What makes it easier for me is the fact
that I don’t have family here in Nigeria. So, I have
a lot of free time on my hands. I also have a to-do
list that I work with so it’s easier for me to tick off
tasks that I have completed. I also have an
amazing group of people that work with me.
From which of these engagements do you
derive greater fulfilment?
I love assisting people, so putting a smile on
someone’s face is just it for me. Whenever I work
on a project, I look to always put a smile on
someone’s face. My underwear shop (Vivacious)
as much as it is a business I try to have as much
fun as I can when marketing. It is one thing I do
that I can say I let my hair down, because in all
the other projects I have to be a lot more serious.
I enjoy helping young people change their lives
on the Glocalize events. Watching them take
nuggets from my story and after the events, when
they come to me for advice, it just gives me all
the fulfillment I need. One of the things I also do
is, pay school fees for students, I get a lot of calls
from their parents praying for me and thanking
me, this just gives me the greatest joy.
What can you highlight as your biggest
achievements as Special Adviser on New Media
to the former Minister of Communications?
It was the setting up of social media for good
governance, it happened once a year for a period of
two years. What we did was to bring together social
media handlers from every single MDAs in Nigeria
including the state MDA’s, and taught them how to
use social media effectively in governance. On the
first day of each event, we sensitized the top level
i.e. Governors, Ministers. On the second day, we
brought in trainers to train the handlers on the best
way to use social media in governance.
What is the most tricky part of being a special
adviser to a Nigerian politician?
It is the fact that everybody thinks you are
making a huge sum of money and they keep
requesting. People also assume that I am always
available and when you are not available, you come
across as being rude and that too is not true. How
many phone calls can I take in one day or how
many whatsapp messages can I answer in one
day? So, the money and time is really hard, but it is
a labour of love and the reward comes from heaven.
How do you ensure that your research and
recommendations do not end up as mere paper
Luckily for me, I work with a proactive minister,
so most of the things that we work on, there is
always a memo that goes to him both; hard and soft
copy. And every memo has recommendations and
next steps which he acts on, and advises the
internal ministry accordingly.
Where things are not moving as fast as it should
be moving, I will normally ensure that there is a
reminder memo, that contains the same next steps
that were profferred in the beginning, I will then
proffer new or additional next steps; because,
situations might probably have evolved like a
change in national circumstances; anything might
have altered the initial memo. But I have been lucky
to have a very proactive minister. Every time you
say or give something to him as long as he’s okay
with it, it is going to fly.
How do you successfully brand a public officer
who grossly under-performs?
I like the word under performs. I don’t think
anybody is completely useless. Do a SWOT
analysis of who you are working with, to understand
them a lot better. Try to block all the leakages and
any area of weakness, find how you can assist them
in getting somebody that is strong in that aspect. So,
it is good when you have somebody who even
when he is under performing, he is still ready to
But if you are faced with someone that is under
performing and not ready to listen, focus on
amplifying the good works. That way, the general
public is still positioned to gain something from him.
When he goes, they will still have one thing that can
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stand as a legacy for him.
You’ve just clocked 41; what has life taught
you these past 41 years?
The biggest lesson life has taught me is to put
God first over everything. I would be dead today
without God. God is my source and every other
person is a vessel He uses. If anything happens
to those vessels, your source can never cease
to exist. It doesn’t mean you need to be fanatical
about it, it just means he needs to reside in your
heart, and to be involved in everything you do.
You may make mistakes, you may take the
wrong turn, but you will always get back on the
right path because God is your source. Never
make anybody your alpha and omega. Nobody is
more significant or important than God and with
God comes humility.
Briefly, tell us about your recently released
My book, 40 Going on 80 is a book I actually
wrote this year, to reflect on what I have been
through, what I am going through, and what I am
going to go through. It was time to tell a little bit of
my story and some of the things that shaped me.
I was born with a silver spoon and privileged
for which I bless God. But my boss always says
that, we can only create opportunities and it is left
for you to tap into them. I have seen an
opportunity and I want to utilise it to the best of
my ability, so that the universe can conspire to
give me back as much as I deserve. So, I
needed to tell people a little bit about my journey
and my struggles.
Holding two portfolios with the erstwhile
Minister of Communications and now, the
Minister of Youths and Sports, didn’t happen
because I am from Oyo or because a family
member introduced me to the minister. It
happened because I volunteered for an event, I
was because of hard work
My book is more about telling my story, telling
people that it is not luck, it is not beauty, it is not
nepotism, it is none of these things that got me to
where I am today. I just hope that my story
inspires someone not to give up; because it is
not about light being at the end of the tunnel,
there is light inside that tunnel, you just need to
find it. My book is about trying to help people find
the light while they are inside the tunnel.
If you were to start allover again, what would
you be doing differently?
I really wished I went to school more, I am still
trying to get my Ph.D now. I would have loved to
have five degrees; one in Psychology, one in
Engineering, one in Mathematics, one in English
Language and one in International Relations. I
am someone that loves learning but now, I think I
am a bit too tired, and too old to learn. I am going
to finish that Ph.D by his grace but I wished I
studied a lot more and got more accolades or
certificates to my name when I was younger and
be at a top position in the World Bank at the age
of 23. That would have been fantastic.
I am not so sure about marriage; I would have
preferred to be married when I was younger. I am
too aware of myself now to settle for mediocre so
to speak. When you are younger, you can so
easily be blinded by love and even these faults
you don’t see them.
When you are not working, what takes your
I love cooking, I love reading, I really love
going to a spa for a massage, and being
pampered. But the truth is that, I am literally
always working because I do have other things
that I do, my underwear store in Abuja, my Public
Relations company and a lot of other things that I
am involved in, that I volunteered for, even
though sometimes, it doesn’t feel like work
but it is work.
Who inspires you locally or
I have a few ladies that inspire me; Dr.
Jumoke Oduwole. I admire her carriage, her
poise, her charisma and for her knowledge.
Michelle Obama inspires me because I like
the way she is able to be a fine lady, well
educated, and an amazing mother and wife.
We don’t see her issues come up to the
surface as much as we see of many other
women in the limelight. She is always
wearing a smile.
I also like the former Minister of
Communications, Omobola Johnson. She is
well spoken with good carriage
Can you describe your personal style?
l like to stand out but blend in. I’m not
really a fan of exposing parts of my body
even though I do wear a lot of mini skirts. I
won’t expose the top region and I won’t be
provocative or overly different. That, for me,
is blending in. I also like the boss lady style.
Sometimes, I prefer maculine clothes so I’m
an eclectic mix of styles. I don’t like to drive a
female car. I prefer masculine cars. But
whatever it is, let it ooze class and let it be of
quality. I love clothes and fashon. So my
style is as fashionable as possible.
What is your most cherished fashion
I don’t think I have any, but maybe a wrist
watch and bracelet I got on my birthday last
year from people I cherish. I don’t think I
could ever throw away those accessories
because I cherish the people who gave them
me is to
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SATISFYING YOUR LADY IN BED (2)
Bring in the element
of oral sex - Give her a
surprise by introducing oral sex
which is far more enjoyable. It is
seen as the best way to satisfy a
lady in bed. Do this by licking, biting, grabbing
and playing with her skin; there is so much to do
with that body. Tease her, lick her, love her, use
your hands to play with her body, touching
everywhere. Massage her boobs, stimulate her
down there, use your tongue for teasing and a
bit of licking will do wonders, and she will
respond by being an active participant to these
moves. A soft bite on her folds of skin will make
her groan with pleasure.
Always ask her what she likes or
desires - Do not impose your moves, ask
her how she would like to be loved. Make her
needs and desires a priority. Give importance to
what she prefers and how she prefers it, which
will help in shedding her inhibitions on sex and
also answer your own basic questions on how
to fully satisfy sexually.
Make out at different places in your
home - Never restrict yourself to the bedroom;
explore other spots in the house like the kitchen,
library, staircase, study or even bathroom. You can
use public places if you are the adventurous type, to
experience that rush of adrenaline. This will add new
memories and every time she is at these places, it
will make her smile and more importantly, she will
long to relive those moments.
Try using sex toys to spice up
things a little bit in the
bedroom - You may have mastered the
art of sex but if you want to be the Don in
the game, use sex toys. The use of a
vibrator along with actual sex can turn your
lovebird on big time, as it not only heightens
pleasure for women in bed, it’s also good for
The most important tip is to let her achieve
orgasm before you do. If you reach an
orgasm before her, chances are, she will
have to make do without one. Get to control
your erection, let her have the first high point
in your lovemaking session.
Fingering - Is another way of pleasing
your lady. The fingers can do a lot more
than you think when it comes to giving
sexual pleasure. It can help your woman get
ready for sex and even lubricate her vagina
naturally. For those women who find sex
painful, start with fingering before
penetration to make her comfortable. Begin
with a finger, as things heat up, use two and
once she’s at arousal state, blow her away
with great sex.
Praise her - Nothing boosts
one’s confidence like a genuine
compliment. If you love something
about her body, tell her. Praise her
figure, give her a compliment
about how good a kisser she is, or
when you love something she
does to you. This will not only
make her happy, but she will be
willing to try new things with you.
So, the best way to make her feel
special is to pamper her sexual
desires as they help to get her
aroused. Once you light the fire,
she’s ready to roar.
WAYS TO ADD COLOURS
TO YOUR LIVING ROOM
Not everyone can afford a full living room makeover, but there are some
creative and inexpensive ways to use colour so it feels like it was one big
Paint One Wall
Paint a wall in your living room one colour.
Make it an accent wall. Choose a vibrant,
contrasting colour from your living room’s
Toss in a Few Pillows
Add a touch of colour with strategically placed
and carefully chosen throw pillows.
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Experiment with solids and pops of
pattern, and add in a solid to soften the
look if you prefer.
Choose greenery that’s meant to thrive in
your indoor space; so, you can embrace
your living space with nature’s most
Spread Colour Underfoot
Area rugs soften up a room and add
warmth, but a dense rug strategically
placed under a coffee table or in front of a
chair, can add colour and texture to a
Light Up a New Lamp
Lamps add colour and personality to any
living room. Whether you buy a new
lamp, revamp an existing one, or just
update the shades.
Bring in Bold Art
In a large space in a living room, one
colourful piece of art, introduces hues and
Throw on the Colour
Warm, cozy quilts, throws, or blankets
can now be added to the living room
instead of being kept confined to
bedrooms. A handmade quilt or oversized
faux fur blanket adds colour and texture
to a neutral sofa or armchair in the living
DIY Lip Scrub
By - Yemisi Suleiman
If you are a lip licker or have naturally dry skin that
always seems to be shedding, then you need a
strong lip balm to the rescue. However, if you find
that your favourite lip balm is not doing its job of
keeping your lips flake-free, then it’s time to bring
in an exfoliator.
Unlike most lip balms which work to hydrate and
soften lips, a lip scrub can totally remove dead
skin, clear out any uneven texture left behind, and
give your lips a great base to add moisture back
Do It Yourself (DIY) lip scrubs made at home are
usually more gentle than a store-bought product.
DIY lip scrubs are very easy and economical to
make at home with ingredients in your kitchen.
These ingredients are safe for your health and fine
if you end up eating some by mistake, as they
have no side effects, plus they taste good.
In store-bought scrubs on the other hand, can
include synthetic fragrance and
flavours that are not good to
ingest and they are
HOW TO MAKE A LIP
Below, is a DIY lip scrub list that is created to gently
exfoliate your lips without major irritation.
What you’ll need:
A. 1 tbsp organic cane sugar
B. ½ tbsp organic coconut oil
C. ½ tsp organic cacao powder (optional)
D. A small bowl
E. A spoon
1. Add organic cane sugar, organic coconut
oil, and organic cacao powder (if you like the
taste of chocolate) to a bowl and mix
into a paste with a spoon.
2. Massage into lips and rinse off.
3. Behold soft and hydrated lips and if
you end up eating some, we won’t tell!
4. With your leftovers, you can scrub
your hands, feet, and body, or save for next time.
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launch first line
Stories by -
Burna Boy’s Mother
Power Players List
Burna Boy’s mother and manager,
Bose Ogulu, has been named as
one of the 2021 International Power
Players by Billboard. The American
Billboard Magazine famous for its
top music charts, recognizes leaders
in the music industry on a global
level. Honourees are nominated
by companies and peers in the
business, and then selected by the
editors, with primary responsibility
outside the United States.
On this year’s list is Bose Ogulu
Nigerian talent manager and cofounder,
Spaceship Collective, which
represents Afrobeats superstar and
Grammy award-winner Burnaboy.
Describing Bose Ogulu, also
known as Mama Burna, Billboard
“Amid the pandemic, Ogulu coexecutive-producer,
promoted the “Twice As Tall” album
from Nigeria’s breakout global star,
Burna Boy (aka her son, Damini
Ogulu). He is signed to Bad Habit
and Atlantic in the United States
and Warner Music International for
territories outside of Africa. “Twice As
album at this year’s Grammy
Awards. Ogulu has set up a
publishing company through
Spaceship Collective to enable
Africans to own their own catalogs
“so that the authenticity of our
stories, our glory, our culture is
sustained,” she says.
Responding to the recognition,
Ogulu shared the news on social
media saying, she is honoured to
have made it to Billboard’s 2021
international power player list, and
she looks forward to breaking down
Also on the list are; Obi Asika,
co-head of U.K. office, and cofounder
of Afro Nation as well as
Chinedu Okeke, MD, Universal
Major luxury brand,
Valentino is set to launch
its first line of cosmetics
for its brand lovers. While
many of its competitors,
like Chanel, Dior and
Givenchy have been in
the cosmetics game,
Valentino is one of the
major luxury brands
without a beauty
line. In the coming
weeks, Valentino is
set to launch a line
of cosmetics including
lipstick and foundation in
The cosmetics launch
will also be accompanied
by the launch of a new
cosmetics clutch bag, big
enough to hold a lipstick
and face powder.
According to a
on social media, the new
Valentino beauty collection
will feature fourteen core
products, and the brand is
also planning limited beauty
drops to coincide with their
The luxury brand is
betting on a beauty rebound,
as the world works on
emerging from the COVID-19
It was an exciting week
for young makeup artists in
Lagos as leading cosmetics
brand, Zikel, threw a fun party
to announce the launch of its
new ‘Lipglaze’ in collaboration
with Bregha, a beauty
influencer and professional
The new Lipglaze by Zikel,
comes in six luscious variants
of pigmented, ultra shine,
super hydrating, and metallic
lipglazers to complement our
Speaking via his handle
on the choice of Bregha for
the collaboration, CEO of Zikel
Cosmetics, Kelvin Ezikiel noted
that Bisola Omoregha (Bregha)
is one of the best makeup artists
in Nigeria who has distinguished
herself in what she does. Again, a
lot of our clients have yearned for
this collaboration which is why we
decided to do this.”
The Zikel Bregha lipglaze,
he says, is specially formulated
with unique mineral complex
that provides a glossy seal
of conditioning colour, which
moisturizes, hydrates, and plumps
Andra Day in
4 great looks from
the Academy Awards
The 93rd Academy Awards which
held last Sunday may have looked
very different (no thanks to the
pandemic); however, one thing that
remained constant was the parade of
stunning creations on the red carpet.
From a blue duchess satin gown by
Louis Vuitton on Regina King, which
obviously stole the show, and a gilded
Vera Wang dress on Andra Day to
Angela Bassett in a 1980s-inspired
moment by Alberta Ferretti, the ladies
brought on their A-game for the night,
and took some chances along the
Here are four stars who stood out
at the 93rd annual Academy Awards,
and took home an Allure best-dressed
nod for their efforts.