May 15, 2022
IN THIS ISSUE
4 Cover : Game Changing
6 Sexmatics: Aging Equals
Improved Sex (2)
Fashion : Obinna Omeruo, Felix Asuquo,
Sophie Chamberlain Emerge Winners At
The Amvca Runway Show
Beauty : Why You Should Wear Sunscreen
Even On Cloudy Days
15 MAY 2022
From being in front of the
camera, women are beginning
to move to the back, to join
their male counterparts who
have held sway in majority
position as producers and
directors in Nollywood. These
incredible women who are
showing that they can tell their
own stories, their own way and
refreshingly too, have in recent
times, dominated the movie space with their
creativity and they are being applauded for it.
In this edition, Rita Okoye, spotlights these
amazing women whose body of works have been
inspirng and drawing other women to follow suit.
As movie practitioners-actresses and
producers anticipate the annual AMVCA awards,
organizers have held first-ever, Africa Magic
Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) Runway
Show tagged, Design For The Stars competition.
Yemisi Suleiman reports. Pg. 3
There are reasons for wearing sunscreen other
than protection from the sun. Find out what they
are. Pg 7
Catch up on important news stories on our
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Enjoy the edition and
have a great week.
“You never know how
strong you are, until
being strong is your only
- Bob Marley
“You can’t let your
failures define you. You
have to let your failures
- Barrack Obama
“Wealth is not about
having a lot of money;
it’s about having a lot of
- Chris Rock
“Care about what other
people think and you
will always be their
- Lao Tzu
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Sophie Chamberlain Obinna Omeruo Felix Asuquo
Felix Asuquo, Sophie
Winners at the AMVCA
by - Yemisi Suleiman
Three emerging designers, Obinna
Omeruo, Felix Asuquo, and
Sophie Chamberlain last Sunday
at The Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos,
moved from obscurity to fame, when
they emerged winners of the Design For
The Stars competition at the first-ever,
Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards
(AMVCAs) Runway Show, the second
event from the 8-day lineup of events for
the eighth edition of the Africa Magic
Viewers’ Choice Awards.
Selected from hundreds of entries for
the competition, the young designers
worked to create unique collections
displayed at the show. They were
coached by some of Nigeria’s biggest
designers; Lanre Da Silva Ajayi of Lanre
Da Silva Ajayi, Mai Atafo of ATAFO and
Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture.
The event saw nine finalists; Amy
Aghomi, Azeezat Alawusa, Ezioghene
Egbelefiyo, Felix Asuquo, Ikechukwu
Nwosu, Obinna Omeruo, Omowunmi
Pillot, Oseluese Okpamen, and Sophie
Chamberlain showcase colourful, vibrant
collections in avant garde, red carpet
and punk designs for men and women.
However, Obinna Omeruo, Felix
Asuquo, and Sophie Chamberlain were
selected as winners by judges; Ebuka
Obi-Uchendu, Denola Grey, Idia Aisien
and Stephanie Coker. The trio also
clinched most of the votes from the
audience for their exceptional talent and
creativity, walking home with N5 million
One of the high points of the night
was the presentation of the Pepsi Street
Style collection by the contestants.
Pepsi, tactical sponsors of the
AMVCAs, rewarded the winners of
this segment; Obinna Omeruo and
Sophie Chamberlain, with N1 million
each, bringing their total grand prize
to N6 million each.
Another highlight of the evening
was the showcase of unique, and
show-stopping hairstyles by Lush
Hair ambassadors which included
award-winning, Afropop singer, Yemi
Alade and popular media
personality, Denrele Edun.
Guests were also entertained
by urban afro pop duo, Ajebo
Hustlers, and treated to a
spectacular performance by the
defunct R&B pop group, Styl
Plus, who, came together for
the night, getting the
audience on their feet with
some of their favourite hit
The show according
to Executive Head,
Content and West
Africa Channels, MultiChoice
Nigeria, Busola Tejumola, this
year’s show is “taking the
competition further, putting the
spotlight on fashion in
acknowledgement of its
pivotal role at the
AMVCAs and its role in
the African film
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Game Changing Pr
Words By - Rita Okoye
Despite Nollywood’s male dominated space, women have, in
recent times, heavily invested in the growth of the industry.
Within the past few years, the industry has witnessed
invaluable contributions of female filmmakers who have churned
out top-notch movies as producers or directors. Today, female
filmmakers in Nollywood rule the space and continue to inspire
their generation. Vanguard Allure shines the spotlight on the
young female filmmakers calling the shots, and changing the
narrative in the Nigerian movie industry.
Judith Audu is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and actress. She
holds a certificate in directing from the London Film Academy, a
Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from University of Lagos
and a B.A. in French also from the University of Lagos. In 2019, she won
the Best Nollywood Female Filmmaker and Best Director from Toronto
International Nollywood Film Festival.
In 2021, she also received a recognition award for her production from
Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
“My career in producing movies began in 2014 after I created my
production company, Judith Audu Productions. We kicked off by partnering
our friends to create a short film on domestic violence titled, ‘Not Right’,
that went on to get screened in several film festivals, and, also, got several
nominations and was used as an advocacy video in several NGOs against
domestic violence,” she had said in an interview with Vanguard.
The CEO of Judith Audu Productions who had her directorial debut on a
short film titled ‘Mirabel,’ has continued to soar in the industry, leaving no
stone unturned in changing the narrative for female filmmakers in a male
She has to her credits, The Kings Horseman (Elesin Oba), Hook Up,
Special Friends and lots more.
In March 2022, Chinonso Arubayi premiered her debut
production, ‘I Am Nazzy’, a film about life, dreams, and hope
“It was really difficult. Filmmaking requires sacrifices,
dedication, and discipline. The hardest part was learning to be
present, and stay in character as an actor, while experiencing
some production challenges. I pulled through acting and
producing in same movie with the help of an experienced,
patient, and understanding director, Mr. Kayode Peters. The
crew members were passionate, the actors also gave their
best, in characterization and also delivery,” she had shared her
experience as a first time producer with Vanguard Allure.
Arubayi also noted that After I Am Nazzy, she definitely has a
lot more to come.
“Imagine what we were able to achieve despite all the
limitations we experienced. I’m looking forward to great
partnerships to do more”, she said.
Definitely, Chinonso Arubayi’s next production would surpass
the achievements of her debut.
In 2021 Adunni Ade ventured into Film production
with her Film production company Lou-Ellen Clara
Company Limited. She debuted her first film,
SOÓLÈ as an executive producer, featuring top
actors such as, Sola Sobowale, Femi Jacobs, Meg
Otanwa, Shawn Faqua and Lateef Dimeji.
The blockbuster movie tells the story of a group of
travellers on a bus journey home for Christmas but
find themselves entangled in a cat-and-mouse
game with dangerous criminals.
Suffice to say that the Nigerian movie industry
is gaining global momentum especially through
movies creatively done by female filmmakers.
Since Adunni Ade’s transition from acting to
production, she is not resting her laurels, and she
continues to make an impact with her talent.
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emi wears many hats. She is an actor,
drama instructor, casting director and
ducer. She has featured in over 70 theatre
ductions and a number of films around the
ld. She recently directed the musical, Ada
Country. Kemi Lala Akindoju was
ounced Actor of the Year at The Future
rds 2010, nominated for the same award
012, won Best Young/Promising actor at
2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards, and
honoured with the trailblazer award at the
ca Magic viewers’ choice awards in 2016.
holds a Masters Degree in Media and
munication from the PanAfrican University.
h resounding experience as an actor and a
ducer, Lala runs The Make It Happen
ductions. She produced some of the most
ed about plays in Nigeria including; The V
ologues, The Wives and London Life
Lala has worked as the casting director
ica) on HBO’s Lewis and Clark; Casting
ctor and Associate producer with Ndani TV
Gidi Up’, featured in MNET Africa’s Tinsel,
ed the lead role in Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling
ge, featured in Kunle Afolayan’s THE
, Biyi Bandele’s FIFTY. Not one for shoddy
duction, she continues to up her game.
nem Peter who started her
journey in Nollywood with a
cameo appearance in Wale
Adenuga’s Papa Ajasco, has
produced over 15 films, in the
likes of Five Wives, Last Date,
Lying Game, Hard Fate, A
Perfect Past, Broken Wall, My
Darkest Dream and more.
She has also featured in
many other productions like
The Village Lord, A Perfect
Past, Corporate Maidens and
According to the delectable
actress and Instagram
sensation born Joy Peter
Uboh, she derives more
satisfaction in movie
production, as it gives her
ample opportunity to tell her
story just the way she wants
it. Peter is better known for
shooting mostly relationshipbased
Uduak Isong Oguamanam, it is unarguable that creativity runs in the family; she is the
younger sister to Emem Isong, a seasoned filmmaker. Isong is also an established
Nollywood movie director, scriptwriter, and producer.
In 2015, Uduak produced her first movie, “Falling” under her self-owned production
company “Closer Pictures”.
Her latest project, Beautiful People which was premiered a few days ago, explores
relationships across different generations.
Isong, who recently bagged a Master’s degree in Film from the University of Kent,
United Kingdom, said, “I made this film primarily to entertain but also, to provoke and
initiate conversations about gender roles, particularly in family settings.”
She is a graduate of Communication Arts and Russian languages from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State,
Nigeria, and has continued to give the men in the industry a run with her blockbuster movies.
Producers like Chinneylove Eze usually lurk in the
background, unknown and often underappreciated.
She is the producer of quite a number of movies, including,
Hire A Man, Hire A Woman, Devil in Agbada, You Before Us,
The Boy Next Door and lots more.
Like many other Nigerian movie producers, Chinneylove
Eze started her Nollywood journey as an actor before
transitioning into a producer.
“I have always wanted to be a producer. I just didn’t want
to get into the industry as a producer. I wanted to really get
acquainted with the industry, make friends, and know
basically how it works. But I really never had a passion for
acting,” she said in a recent interview.
Her decision to understand how the movie industry
works before diving into film production, paid off; she is now
one of the most sought- after young female filmmakers in
Nigeria. The graduate of Economics and Statistics from the
University of Benin, was on set again a few days ago,
shooting her latest project; The Devil You Know.
Born on August 11, 1988, Chinneylove hails from Aguata
in Anambra State and has over 30 movies to her credit.
This beautiful plus size actor, producer and entrepreneur is another brand changing the
narrative in the make-believe world. As a movie producer, she has featured Stan Nze, who is
now her husband in most of her movies.
She is the Chief Executive officer of D’Esparanza Media Production. She has a couple of
movies to her credit such as The Recipient, Dirt Dirtier, Binta Kolonko etc. She has also featured
in blockbuster movies like, Elevator Baby, Prophetess, Game of Chess while Fractured,
launched her into the limelight.
From Abia State in the South Eastern part of Nigeria, the ebony-skinned thespian, attended
Federal Government Girls College, Umuahia before proceeding to study Industrial Relations and
Personnel Management at the University of Lagos.
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AGING EQUALS IMPROVED SEX (2)
ike, I always say, do what works for
you. It’s quite possible you might not be
as comfortable with some sexual
positions as you once were, but that’s
not to say you should hang up the boot
for an activity that is pleasurable for you.
Otherwise, you’d be missing out on being intimate
with your spouse.
Remember it’s not always about vaginal sex, or
recreating the way things were when you were
younger; instead, it’s about the key to a great sex
life- Finding out what works for you now like
Schedule sex - Change your routine; this
can help to improve your sex life. Your calendar
can come in handy for this, you have sex at a time
that’s most convenient; anticipation and longing is
the fuel to your desire.
Foreplay - Is an important activity at this
phase of life because it might take longer for you or
your partner to get in the mood. Spend quality time
on foreplay to set the stage for the real action, like,
an evening of dancing, extensive touching,
cuddling/kissing etc. Being playful with your mate is
important for a good sex life at any age, and it’s very
helpful as you age. Teasing or tickling whatever it takes
to have fun, may be the ticket to relaxation.
Maintaining a sex life into your senior years is a
matter of good health, thinking of it as something that
can keep you in shape, both physically and mentally.
The path to satisfying sex as you age is not always
smooth, understanding the problems can be an
effective first step to finding solutions. Possibility of
overcoming these bumps in the road is really high
even, when libido get stalled naturally.
Sex is just as healthy and necessary as exercise
and like exercise, just “do it” and you will be surprised
with the pleasure and satisfaction you will gain.
Get back into the act and once you’re back
there, you will start to feel better and your sex
drive would naturally get boosted.
Know when to seek professional help-
Regardless of your age, losing your desire for
intimacy and touch, calls for concern. Loss of
interest or function may be signs of a medical
problem that, may be treatable and curable and
that is best addressed by a doctor. Anything
that affects your general health and well-being
can also affect your sexual function.
Keep the line of conversations open, this is
the roadmap to maintaining a satisfying sexual
life. Talk with your lovebird, schedule time to be
sensual and sexual together and share your
thoughts about love making. Let your spouse
understand what you want from him/her. Be
honest with your feelings, physically,
emotionally and otherwise.
Many books are available about how to
maintain a healthy sex life at this stage of one’s
life, and, if it happened that the problem is not
physical, your doctor can refer you to a sex
therapist to help you work through any
emotional, relationship or psychological issues
that are affecting your sex life. The therapist
can teach you and your partner, ways to
manage problems like lack of desire or trouble
Finally, know your body’s sexual response-
Pay attention to how your body reacts. What
kinds of touch get you in the mood and
orgasm? By doing this, you will learn how to
keep the passion alive as you age, sexual
feelings does not have to vanish as the years
So, find out which aspects of your sexual
health that is likely to change with age and how
you and your lover can adapt. Ask yourselves
about what is satisfying and mutually
acceptable: Sex can still be fulfilling and
Ideas for creating a
Whether it’s the kitchen or the master suite, most rooms in your home are worth
upgrading to create the space you love. Choosing a kid’s room design, on the
other hand, doesn’t have to be an expensive process. “The bedroom needs of a
child change from year to year as they grow,” says interior designer Phillip
Thomas. When they’re four years old, what was important to them when they
were babies becomes totally irrelevant. It’s the same when they’re in elementary
school versus when they’re teens. In order to design your constantly changing
child’s room, you can use a few do-it-yourself
hacks to create a stylish aesthetic.
Pick your theme wisely
Pick a theme that can grow with your child. A
child’s room does not have to be overly juvenile
in order to be joyful and age-appropriate. You can
use fantasy themes for teenagers as well as
toddlers. You can use peel-and-stick decals of
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woodlands and fairies to decorate the
room of a young child. The covers of
popular fantasy books or sculptures of
fantasy figures displayed on shelves may
appeal to older kids.
Be smart about furniture
You should invest in furniture that can
change function as your children grow.
Bunk beds that can be converted into
twin beds as siblings grow up are an
example. A craft or play area for a young
child can be transformed into a study or
lounge area for an older one with slight
rearrangements, but you need pieces
that adapt as they do.
Get creative with the walls
Playing with different design features
instead of sticking to a basic painted wall
is more fun. With dry erase boards, your
kids can redecorate every day, drawing
polka dots, stripes, or simple landscapes,
depending on their mood. It’s also an
easy option to use peel-and-stick
wallpaper since it’s not permanent. It
allows you to completely change a room’s
look without investing a lot of money or
Change sheets and
Combining top and bottom sheets and
pillowcases gives you endless options for
color, pattern, and texture. Get a few
inexpensive sets of sheets. You can save
money by changing other small
accessories as your child grows.
convertible twin bed
bedroom wall paper
sheet and pillowcase
The depletion of the ozone layer has
increased our risk of sun damage from
harmful UV rays— so much that even
the mildest of sunburns can have
damaging effects. Sunscreen blocks
these rays, greatly reducing the
likelihood of sunburn. It generally
helps to minimize the penetration of
UV rays into the skin and the
triggering of a variety of skin disorders.
Keeps Complexion Even
Sunscreen helps prevent discoloration
and dark spots from sun damage,
helping you maintain a smoother and
more even skin tone.
On Cloudy Days
by - Josephine Agbonkhese
Applying sunscreen daily may seem like an unnecessary step
to add to your skincare regimen, especially if you are just
going from the car to your office and back again, but it is
crucial to maintaining the health of your skin. Experts say
wearing sunscreen should be a year-round preventive health
measure— not just on sunny days. Without it, you are particularly
exposing the sensitive skin on your face to unnecessary
damage from the sun’s rays— 80 percent of which can
pass through clouds. As the rainy season gathers momentum,
resist the assumption that it’s ‘OK’ to forgo protection on
Here are the top five reasons why applying sunscreen
should be a daily habit year round; fortunately, modern sunscreens
are water resistant, and are included in many cosmetics
and beauty products, such as primers, foundations,
serums, and creams.
We all want youthful, radiant,
and healthy looking skin. But
overexposure to sunlight can
increase the appearance of
fine lines and wrinkles. In
other words, using sunscreen
can help protect against the
harmful effects of premature
aging or skin aging.
Experts say the skin is healthier
overall when you use sunscreen.
Essential proteins in the skin
like keratin are protected when
sunscreen is applied. These
proteins are primarily
responsible for keeping the skin
smooth and healthy, both in
appearance and function.
May 15, 2022 /
Karis & Eleos partner
to empower 1,000 women
Karis and Eleos Hand of Hope
Foundation in partnership with Coca-Cola
Nigeria Limited, have announced the
completion of its women empowerment
programme, tagged ‘Catalyst for change
2.0”, with the graduation of 1,000 women
in Onigbongbo, Ikeja, Lagos.
At the closing ceremony which marked
the conclusion of a four-week intensive
skills acquisition training, the beneficiaries
were each provided with start-up kits to
help kick-start their businesses.
The women were trained in tie & dye,
hair and make-up, wig making, fashion
and designing, household essentials, bag
and shoemaking, while business training
modules were delivered by experienced
facilitators with a focus on personal and
product branding, business foundations
and basic accounting.
The Small and Medium Enterprises
Development Agency of Nigeria
(SMEDAN) also provided support to the
In her welcome address, Mrs Bukola
Bamiduro, Founder of Karis and Eleos
Foundation, urged the women not to
sleep on what they’ve been taught and
be good ambassadors of the programme
by first adding value to themselves, their
families, communities and the nation at
Public affairs, communications and
sustainability manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria
Limited, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe,
charged the beneficiaries to place value
on themselves so they can render value
to others, and leave a legacy. “Start small
to be a transgenerational business like
Coca-cola that celebrated 126 years in
business recently.” She said.
Stories by - Temitope Ojo
“The Perfect Arrangement”
Premiere In style
It was a ‘Fun Flirty’ evening in Lagos, recently, when
Inkblot Productions hosted selected guests, Nollywood
veterans, and members of the diplomatic community
amongst others, to an exclusive premiere of its film,
‘The Perfect Arrangement’.
Guests embraced the ‘Fun and Flirty’ theme for the
night, as the red carpet buzzed with stylish dresses as
celebrities tried to outdo one another.
The movie “The Perfect Arrangement” which hit
cinemas on Friday, May 13, tells the story of Tade, a
free-spirited scion of a respected political family, living
her best life without a care in the world.
It features a lineup of A-list actors including, Dorcas
Shola Fapson aka Ms DSF, Rotimi Salami, Adunni Ade,
Wofai Fada, Mimi Chaka, Sharon Onoja, Bovi Ugboma,
Pere Egbi, Debo “Mr Macaroni amongst others.
The surprise hit of the screening was a nuanced
performance from ace comedian Bovi Ugboma, whose
portrayal of the character “Chidi”, was brilliant.
Written by Oluwapelumi Elujoba Bifarin and Chinaza
Onuzo, who also doubles as director, the movie was
produced by Chinaza Onuzo and Zulumoke Oyibo with
Eku Edewor as co-producer.
The founder and
Officer of the Riza
Natural Oils and
explained why the
usage of aromatic
oils is best for solving
people’s hair, skin
and total well-being.
which has continued to gain more recognition in
science and medicine, uses aromatic essential oils
medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind,
and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional
She stated further that it is with this mindset that
Riza Natural Oils and Remedies was launched in
Lagos in 2019.
The CEO noted: “Riza utilises an abundance of
beautiful botanicals, antioxidants, fatty acids, and
essential oils to restore skin and hair’s natural vitality
“The brand’s range of products is the best kind for
Africans and those from the Caribbean, offers natural
treatments for skin and hair issues and wellness for
both men and women using aromatherapy,” she said.
Underscoring the efficacy of the brand’s product,
The Riza founder and CEO, who professed that she
loves travelling and helping people, hinted that her
motivation for leaving her high-paying corporate job
was the motivation “to start solving people’s hair or
skincare issues, whilst travelling the world.”
Celebrities turn up for actress
Ini Edo’s birthday bash
Nollywood actress, Ini Edo, threw a belated birthday
bash on Sunday, May 1.
The delectable actress celebrated the milestone
age of 40 on April 23.
Expectedly, movers and shakers of the
entertainment industry, friends and family, turned up in
large numbers to support and share in the joy of her
arrival on the fourth floor; and they did so in style.
Many A-list celebrities came in stunning looks, in
compliance with the ‘Brown Sugar at 40’ dress code
for the occasion.
Notable celebrities who attended include; Richard
Mofe-Damijo, DBanj, Kate Henshaw, Iyabo Ojo, Mercy
Aigbe, Toke Makinwa, Mo Abudu, Toyin Abraham,
Shaffy Bello, Peter Psquare, Ayo Makun and many