Glamsquad Magazine July 2022

Tiwa Savage: Woman, Superstar, Mother & The Leaked Tape

Tiwa Savage: Woman, Superstar, Mother & The Leaked Tape


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Editor-In-chief /


Remi Diagbare


Amenna Dayo

Managing Editor

Sebastianne Ebathemi

Deputy editor

Chioma Esui


Praise David

Grace Effiong


Staff Writers

Sasha Bokamoso

Glory Uyi


Dr. Nkechi Omoson

Chef Amaka Obiefuna

Social Media

Yewande Falana

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ello there,

After two months in Nigeria,

I am back at my Glamsquad

operational office in the United


It is an average-sized desk – home

to my Macbook, writing pads, and

an ever-increasing pile of the best

magazine issues I can lay my hands on.

It is not much, but it is where I contribute

my quota to the fantastic team at


For those who do not know,

Glamsquad magazine has operations

in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, and

my recent visit to Nigeria was nothing

short of fulfilling. I made sure to meet

every member of the team operating in

Nigeria, and we had some memorable

times together.

This edition is special to me for many

reasons – but chief on that list is our

cover star – Tiwa Savage.

I first met Tiwa Savage in May 2013 at

the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos. I was

on a two-week visit to Nigeria for a family

function, and a friend invited me to an

event at the Wheatbaker.

At that time, I didn’t know I would

attend a listening party. I had been at

the hotel a few days before and was not

going to say no to going back. Yes, it is

such a great place.

It was the listening party for Tiwa

Savage’s first studio album ‘Once Upon

A Time.’ Not only was I blown away by

her personality, but I was impressed

by her body of work which she started

working on three years prior.

I couldn’t wait for the album, which

was released on July 3, 2013. Since

then, I have been one of Tiwa’s

biggest fans, both at home and


Her exclusive in this edition

was not achieved over one

sit-out. It is a product of multiple

conversations, and I am

positive that we have the most

wholesome exclusive of one of

Africa’s finest.

Every story and feature in this

edition was carefully selected and

crafted to perfection.

Once again, the team has

done a great job delivering

the perfect issue that balances

health, lifestyle, entertainment,

fashion, and more.

As you would notice, we

have published five letters from

readers. We will publish more in

the coming edition and would

love yours to be one of them.

So, please write to us at editor@


As always, lots of love from all

of us at Glamsquad Magazine

we love you dearly!

Forever Yours,

A .

Ameena Dayo

Editor, G.S

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digital edition of Glamsquad Magazine were

sourced freely online.

Glamsquad maintains no rights over the

images/photos, while we have tried to give

appropriate credit where due, we are aware

some artistes were not credited.

We remain committed to supporting

intellectual property and creativity.

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Woman. Superstar. Mother

By Ameena Daayo

Tiwa Savage is lovely; do not

let anyone tell you anything

different! Apart from being

one of Africa’s most talented

and successful musicians, Tiwa is a

strong woman, a superstar, and a

great mother.

Many have come and gone, but

Tiwa continues to be evergreen,

and this is because she has evolved

with times and seasons. She is not

only a talented individual but a

hardworking human being who is

always looking to improve herself for

the best.

In this exclusive, we focused on

the hard buttons – the real questions

we should be asking. If you want to

know Tiwa Savage – the woman, the

superstar, and the mother – then this

exclusive is for you.

We didn’t ask the usual ‘Tell us

about yourself?’ – It was intentional.

We wanted you to see through

the eyes of this human being and

experience her journey firsthand.

So that in your words, you can say,

“Tiwa Savage is……”

Without wasting any more time,

we give you the one-and-only Tiwa







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Glamsquad Magazine: You

moved to the United Kingdom

at a young age. How did it all


I moved to London when I was

10 years old and discovered that

what was supposed to be a holiday

was actually a permanent move. It

was a daunting experience.

I was bullied by schoolmates

and was subjected to physical

harassment. It got so bad that

I tried to bleach my skin and

attempted suicide on two

occasions. I even got a police

escort to school. Yes, it was that


Glamsquad Magazine: How

did you discover your path in


In order to get the attention of a

boy I was crushing on, I auditioned

for a role in a school play. I was 15

at that time, and my talent gave

me some prestige in school.

Glamsquad Magazine: When

did you decide to go into music

full time?

When I was in my 20s, I decided

to pursue my music career fulltime.

After some advice from a

friend of mine – a drummer who

played with the Black Eyed Peas,

I moved to the United States of


But I didn’t have a working

permit which meant I had to stay

in a shelter for underprivileged girls

for 6 months. I worked as a backup

singer and waiter for a long time

before saving some money.

Glamsquad Magazine: When

did the big move occur?

After saving up enough money,

I moved to New York. There, I got

a publishing deal and moved to

Los Angeles. The rest is history. I was

able to get numerous gigs as a

backup singer.

I have done backup for stars like

Whitney Houston, Maryjane Blige,

and George Michael.

Glamsquad Magazine: When

and why did you relocate to


In Los Angeles, I had back-toback

gigs. But eventually, I met

Nigerian comedian, Babyface.

After an interesting conversation

about Fela Kuti and African music, I

became interested in the Nigerian

music industry and decided to

come back home to do my thing.

Glamsquad Magazine: So far,

what makes you most fulfilled

about that decision you made

many years ago?

There is nothing more fulfilling

than meeting total strangers who

tell me how much my music brings

them joy. Also, I am able to be a

source of inspiration to young girls

– especially black girls – this always

touches my heart.

Glamsquad Magazine: What

are the downsides of being a

famous musician?

I do not like the fact you

no longer have your privacy.

Everything you do is under a

microscope, and you are judged

by everyone.

Glamsquad Magazine: What

would you say is the most difficult

aspect of stardom?

For me, the most difficult thing

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about stardom is the reality that

you no longer live for yourself.

You are living for the people,

and this can have its effects

because you will continue to

question yourself.

But I have learned to be

myself, and with God by my

side, I will go even farther than I

have come.

Glamsquad Magazine: If

you weren’t a musician, what

else would you have been?

Honestly, I have never

thought of this. It has never

crossed my mind. To be honest

with you, I have never thought

about this, and I do not think

I will do anything aside from

music. This is what I was born to


Glamsquad Magazine:

Who has made the greatest

impact in your life and stood

by you?

Honestly, I would have to say

it has been God and my family

– especially at difficult times or

when something comes up in

the press. They know who I really

am, and they have continued

to stand by me.

Glamsquad Magazine:

Speaking of the press, what is

the worst thing you have read

about yourself?

There have been so many

negative things about me. But

the worst for me was when I

read that I was adopted. I even

had to call my mum about it.

But you know, it was untrue and

the worst fabricated story about


Glamsquad Magazine:

Can you tell us about the

recently leaked sex tape?

Well, that is not a sex tape.

It was an intimate moment

between my partner and me.

I’m not going to call it a sex

tape, but it’s a video of the

person I’m dating right now

and me. And it got out. It is very

recent, just a couple of months


The person who uploaded

it was trying to blackmail me

and ask for money. But I insisted

that I was not going to pay.

I’m not going to allow anyone

to blackmail me for doing

something that is natural. This

is an intimate moment with

someone I’m dating.

Glamsquad Magazine:

Oh, you are seeing someone

currently? Who is the lucky


He’s someone I care about

a lot. He’s a sweet guy; he’s

very supportive.

Glamsquad Magazine:

Your son, Jamil Balogun –

would you want him to be a


Honestly, I do not want Jamil

to go into music. Apart from the

music and being able to touch

people, there is a dark side to

being in the limelight, and it

comes with it, and you deal

with it, and I don’t want him to

go through that.

Glamsquad Magazine:

How do you relax and unwind

when you are not working?

When I am not working,

I love to sleep and spend

quality time with my family. To

my family, I am Tope, not Tiwa

Savage – and this means a lot

to me because it reminds me

Honestly, I do not

want Jamil to go

into music. Apart

from the music

and being able

to touch people,

there is a dark

side to being in

the limelight, and

it comes with it,

and you deal with

it, and I don’t want

him to go through


that there are people who genuinely

love me.

There you have it! What is there

not to love about this wonderful

personality – who, despite her

challenges and struggles, continues

to bring smiles to millions across the


When I look at this beautiful

and strong woman, superstar, and

mother, I see a wonderful human

being and role model – Tiwatope

Savage. Who do you see?




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Tiwa Savage Tim

All You Need To Know About The Celebrity

Past, Present, Achievements, Success

Stories And Other Facts


Tiwa Savage is a popular singer.

On February 5, 1980, Tiwatope

Savage, a British-Nigerian singer,

songwriter, and actress, was born.

She moved to London when she was

11 years old to attend secondary

school after being born in Isale

Eko. Five years later, she began

her musical career by making

synthesizer sounds for musicians like

Mary J. Blige and George Michael.

Savage joined Sony/ATV Music

Publishing in 2009 after winning

the UK version of The X Factor and

completing his studies at Berklee

College of Music. Motivated by

the changes in the Nigerian music

industry, Savage returned to Nigeria

in 2012 and signed with Mavin


Once Upon a Time, her debut

studio album, was released on July

3, 2013. Along with it, seven singles

were made available: Kele Kele

Love, Love Me, Without My Heart,

Ife Wa Gbona, Folarin, Olorun Mi,

and Eminado. The album was

nominated for Best Album of the

Year and Best R&B/Pop Album at

the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment

Awards. R.E.D., Savage’s second

studio album, was released on

December 19, 2015. The album’s

singles included “My Darlin” and

“Standing Ovation.” In June 2016,

Savage and Roc Nation came to

a management and publishing

agreement. Her first EP, Sugarcane,

was released in September 2017.

R.E.D. and Sugarcane have

received nominations for Best Album

at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Tiwa Savage happens to be the

first female musician from Nigeria

to receive a BET Award nomination

in 2014. The same year, she took

home the prize for best female at

the Channel O Music Awards (2014).

In 2018, she was also a candidate

for the award. In 2014, she was

nominated for the MTV European

Music Award; she later won it in


When Savage won Best African

Act at the 2018 MTV Europe Music

Awards in November 2018, she

created history. She disclosed her

record deal with Universal Music

Group and breakup with Mavin

Records in May 2019. Savage’s

music combines elements of

afrobeats, R&B, pop, and hiphop.

She sings in both English and

Yoruba. Savage has won many

honors for her contributions to the

Nigerian music scene. She has

supported programs that seek to

empower young people, identify

breast cancer, and raise money

for the construction of schools in



When Tiwa Savage was

16 years old, her career

officially began. Along with

Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan,

Blu Cantrell, Emma Bunton,

Kelly Clarkson, Andrea

Bocelli, and Ms. Dynamite,

she sang background vocals

for the English singer George


In 2006, She participated

in an audition for the UK

version of The X Factor. She

advanced to the final 24

contestants before being

eliminated as the 12th. She

had trouble handling the

spotlight while competing.

The singer entered into a

production agreement with

Sony/ATV Music Production

in 2009. She was permitted

to contribute to Babyface,

Kat Deluna, Fantasia,

Monica, and Mya as part

of the agreement. Her

collaboration with Fantasia

on the song “Collard Greens

& Cornbread” earned her

a Grammy nomination in

2010. Jaicko’s “Oh Yeah,”

which features Snoop Dog,

and Deluna’s “Push Push,”

which features Akon, were

both written by Tiwa Savage.

She contributed background

vocals to the I Look to You

album by Whitney Houston

in 2009.






Once Upon a Time, Tiwa Savage’s

debut studio album, saw the start of

production in 2010. Tiwa returned

to Nigeria in 2012 and signed

a deal with Mavin Records after

being encouraged by the country’s

developing music scene.

In 2012, she signed with

Mavin Records and on the label’s

compilation album Solar Plexus, she

was one of the lead artists. In 2012,

Savage made an appearance in

the “Oyi” remix. She created her own

version of the song before working

with Flavour.

In May 2013, she held an album

listening event at the Wheatbaker

Hotel in Ikoyi. She unveiled the

complete track listing for the album

and confirmed Iceberg Slim,

Sarkodie, and General Pype as

featured musicians during

the listening party. The

album was made available

to Nigerians on July 3,

2013. A day before it hit

stores, it was accessible on

iTunes. Savage chose the

name Once Upon a Time

to highlight the positive

aspects of her life. By

sharing with other aspiring

musicians that she once

dreamed of becoming a

star as a young child from

Isale Eko, she said she

hoped to inspire them. The

2014 Nigeria Entertainment

Awards had Once Upon a

Time up for Best Album of

the Year. Additionally, it was a 2014

Headies nominee for Best R&B/Pop


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On January 31, 2014,

Tiwa Savage made the

Spellz-produced song

“Love in Yellow” available in

celebration of Valentine’s

Day. The music of the song

has a classic Rhythm and

Funk feel to it. The 2014

Reekado Bank song “Turn It

Up,” which included Savage,

was produced by Don

Jazzy. “Dorobucci,” a song

produced by Don Jazzy and

starring Savage, Don Jazzy,

Dr. SID, D’Prince, Reekado

Banks, Korede Bello, and

Di’Ja, was made available

by Mavin Records on May

1. Savage performed at

the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards

on June 7, 2014, alongside Miguel,

Flavour N’abania, Davido, Mafikizolo,

Uhuru, and Oskido.

For the DStv campaign in June

2014, she collaborated on the song

“Africa Rising” with Mi Casa, Lola

Rae, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz,

and Davido. The campaign aimed

to motivate Africans to participate

in neighborhood-based social

investment programs. South African

production company Callback

Dreams shot and directed the music

video for “Africa Rising.” At the Africa

Rising launch event in Mauritius,

the musicians gave the song a


Record By


On December 19, 2015,

Savage’s second studio album,

R.E.D., was made available.

R.E.D., which stands for romance,

expression, and dance, is an

acronym. Don Jazzy, Olamide,

Dr. SID, Iceberg Slim, 2face Idibia,

D’Prince, Busy Signal, and Reekado

Banks are among the artists who

appear on the

album. Baby

Fresh, Altims,

Spellz, and P2J

also contributed,

with Don Jazzy

serving as the

main producer

overall. “My

Darlin” and


Ovation,” two

singles, were

released to

promote the


Wizkid and

P-Square provide

guest vocals

on the deluxe

edition, which

was released in February 2016.

The 2016 Nigeria Entertainment

Awards’ Best Album category

included a nomination for R.E.D.

When Savage was expecting

her first child, she recorded the

album. On December 21, 2015,

MTN Music made the album

freely downloadable for digital

streaming. It rose to the top spot

for most-streamed albums on

Spotify in the first day after release.



Tiwa Savage gave a

performance at The O2’s Indigo

arena on August 24, 2018. A few

hours before the event, all entry

tickets were gone. Don Jazzy,

Reekado Banks, Di’Ja, Dr. SID,

Awilo Longomba, Mystro, and the

Alternate Sound Band all gave

performances during the show.

Savage opened a pop-up store

on Berwick Street before the show.

When she won Best African Act at

the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards

in November, she did so as the first

woman ever.




On December 2, 2018, Savage

gave a performance as a part of

the 2018 Global Citizen Festival:

Mandela 100 at the FNB Stadium

in Johannesburg, South Africa. The

lineup of performers for the March

13th Wireless Festival in 2019 has

been expanded to include Savage.

On May 2, 2019, Universal Music

Group revealed that Savage had

agreed to a seven-year publishing

and distribution deal with the

business. She further asserted that

she had left Mavin Records.

On September 5, 2019, Tiwa

Savage’s “49-99,” her first song

with Motown Records, was made

available. The phrase “49 sittings,

99 standing” from Fela Anikulapo

Kuti’s 1978 hit song “Suffering and

Smiling” is referenced in the song.

Afrobeat, R&B, and pop elements

are combined in “49-99” along

with rhythmic percussion, humming

background harmonies, and sharp

snares. The “49-99” music video

by Meji Alabi is a vibrant collage

of imagery and symbolism. Eliot

Elisofon’s iconic photographs of

Congolese schoolgirls from 1972

served as the inspiration for one

of the video’s scenes. Savage’s

long braids in another scene are

reminiscent of Diana Ross’ floweraccented

hairdo from the late


On November 19, 2019, Celia

Savage released “Attention,” a

single made by Black Jheerze, and

“Owo Mi Da,” a song made by

Pheelz. While in “Owo Mi Da,” she

criticizes an unnamed borrower, in

“Attention,” she reprimands her

love interest for failing to pay

attention to their relationship. On

the slow-burning ballad “Ekó”

from Coldplay’s eighth studio

album Everyday Life, Savage

provided background vocals

(2019). On August 18, 2020, Tiwa

Savage unveiled the track listing

for her upcoming album, Celia,

and declared that it would be

released on August 28.

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On November 23,

2013, Tiwa Savage and

Tunji Balogun ties the knot

in a customary ceremony

at the Ark in Lekki. On April

26, 2014, the couple

exchanged vows in a white

ceremony at the Armani

Hotel in Dubai. Savage and

Balogun revealed they were

expecting their first child

together on January 1, 2015.

Savage gave birth to their

child six months later. On April

28, 2016, Balogun accused

his mother-in-law of witchcraft

and his wife of adultery. Later,

she refuted her husband’s

accusations of adultery and

instead blamed him for his

financial mismanagement,

drug use, and abandonment.

She claimed to have

divorced Tunji.

On July 19, 2021, Tiwa’s

father passed away after

a protracted battle with an

unidentified illness.


The contents of the leaked sex

tape were later revealed to be

sexual intercourse with Savage

being a party to it and the identity

of the male partner unknown on

October 19, 2021. In an interview

on October 8, 2021, Savage

claimed that someone was trying

to extort and blackmail her with

a leaked sex tape of her and her


Some fans have asserted

that the leaked video was

nothing more than a marketing

gimmick in response to the sex

tape controversy, which has

drawn mixed reactions. While the

majority of viewers and public

figures disapproved of Savage’s

sex video, other celebrities, such

as Mercy Aigbe, Harrysong, and

others, supported her on social


Later, she posted a mysterious

message on Instagram with the

cryptic message, “Change that

sh*t to the game and never talk

about it again,” seemingly telling

the audience to forget what they

had seen.



In Nigeria, Tiwa Savage

has taken part in a number of

initiatives aimed at empowering

young people and detecting

breast cancer. She assisted in

fund-raising for a neighborhood

group that constructs schools.


In July 2013, Savage agreed

to a 30-million-naira endorsement

deal with MTN Nigeria.

Additionally, she is supported by

Pepsi, Forte Oil, and Maggi.

In June 2016, Savage

reportedly agreed to a

management and publishing

agreement with Roc Nation. She

became the first Nigerian artist for

the company on July 29, 2016,

when she made the deal public

on her Instagram account.


Not only is Tiwa Savage one

of the most well-known musicians

from Nigeria, but she is also one

of the richest. With a $9 million

net worth, Tiwa Savage is the

richest female singer in Nigeria,

according to Forbes.


Tiwa Savage is a well-known

musician with a sizable following

abroad. She has 5.2 million

Twitter followers and more than

15 million Instagram followers.

The following is a list of her social

media accounts.

Instagram: tiwasavage

Twitter: @TiwaSavage

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Post-Covid 19 Thrill:







Words by - Kabirat Opoola

The 2022/2023 international

fashion collection featured

different creative, captivating,

uniquely designed ready-towear

outfits. Fashion designers

and creative directors brought

their A-game to the fashion world

after the lockdown effect of the


The inspirations behind what

GS has themed the ‘post covid

collection’ was no doubt a burst

of freshness which produced

an equally captivating first post

Covid19 collection.

Moschino for example,

introducing a nursery

brand to the runway for its

Spring-summer collection

depicts a new life. Louis

Vuitton similarly unveiled a

collection incorporating the

notion of time.

Top luxury fashion houses

including Fendi, Versace,

Christian Dior, and Gucci

all filled the runway with

high-class looks bursting

with new ideas.

Here are our 6 top

international fashion

collections for 22/23:




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Popular Italian luxury fashion

house and brand Versace

unveiled its spring summer

2022 collection during the Milan

fashion week.

The fashion house that deals

majorly in ready-to-wear outfits and

accessories debuted a collection

of creative outfits and designs.

The confluence of supermodels

and celebrities including Dua Lipa,

Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, and

Emily Ratajkowski almost broke the


The Versace spring summer 2022

runway show opened with Dua lipa

in a cut-out jacket and slashed skirt.

The ready-to-wear collection

featured a variety of themes.

Corporate and casual outfits of

different colours sauntered down

the runaway. The collection includes

both menswear and womenswear

ready-to-wear outfits.

Slashed skirts and gowns, colorful

mini skirts and blazers, and

patterned outfits enough to satisfy

ones fashion desire. Creative

director of the fashion house

Donatella Versace knows how to

capture attention with its young

and playful outfits. The collection

also consists of pajama sets,

handkerchiefs, and bikini tops as

well as patchworks.




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Italian fashion house Gucci

revealed its 2022 Spring

Summer ready-to-wear

collection to the public. The

luxury fashion house which

specializes in handbags,

ready-to-wear outfits, footwear,

and accessories unveiled its

collection in Los Angeles.

The collection titled, ‘Love

parade ‘ is designed by the

creative director of the fashion

house Alessandro Michele.

The collection was presented

along Hollywood Boulevard in

Los Angeles.

Lace and lingerie-inspired styles

were presented alongside

Alessandro’s distinctive take on

tailoring in a show that explored

the many nuances of desire.

Tailored pieces in iridescent

fabrics, vintage-inspired belt

buckles, the Gucci Diana tote

embellished with a dragon

print, ankle-high shoes with

contrasting belts, cowboy hats,

and geometric eyewear. The

Gucci Spring Summer 2022

collection also consists of fur

coats styled in unique designs.

Blazers, menswear collections

were included in the love

parade show. Alessandro

made creative use of colour.

combinations in his latest





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Dolce &


Dazzling fashion; the Dolce and

Gabbana Spring Summer

2022 collection features

dazzling ready-to-wear outfits. The

luxury fashion house maintained its

reputation for mixing and matching

some of its iconic colours. the

use of camouflage outfits served

as one of the highlights of the


The Dolce and Gabbana Spring-

Summer Collection features

creative styles designed with unique

and high-quality features. The

fashion house incorporated floral,

graphics, animal prints, brocades,

lingerie, denim, and jeweled fabrics

into its spring-summer collection.

“We thought we’d do something

not similar, but in the same mood

as that 2000 collection. We’re

coming out of a dark time”—

meaning the pandemic—“and we

want to enjoy life. We want light.”

Co-founder of the fashion house

Gabbana revealed backstage. The

post-pandemic collection features

beaded fringe skirts, exaggerated

shoulder crop tops, lace dresses,

exposed lingerie, and logo

underwear. Denim trousers were

stressed and adorned with stones

to give a dazzling look. the 21-yearold

fashion house debuted an

interesting and dazzling collection.




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This season of Louis Vuitton

Spring Summer’s ready-towear

collection incorporated

different creative designs to

give an interesting result. French

fashion designer and Creative

Director of the fashion house

Nicholas Ghesquière has been

fascinated by the notion of


The collection which was

unveiled in the Louvre’s beautiful

passage Richelieu left a lot in


The Louis Vuitton collection

features an invitation to the

grand ball of a time, uniting

wardrobes of different eras while

creating a fusion of different


With the fashion house

celebrating the 200th year

of its founder Louis Vuitton,

Ghesquière had the opportunity

to incorporate his love of

time into the collection. Each

garment had a unique feature

that makes it captivating and

difficult to ignore.

For its spring and summer

collection, the fashion house

made use of satin, denim,

sequin, silk, and leather

fabrics designed into amazing





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The Fendi Spring Summer 2022

ready-to-wear collection

showed sophisticated and

classy ready-to-wear outfits. The

collection features an outfit you can

wear as an elegant lady. The type

of outfit you wear when you want

to make an entrance into a formal

environment director of the Fendi

womenswear collection Kim Jones

kicked off the Milan Fashion Week

with high-class looks. The collection

was the first in-person collection

for Kim Jones after he became

the creative director of the fashion

house which was formerly occupied

by the late Karl Lagerfeld

The Fendi Soring-Summer 2022

collection incorporated a lot of

designs but was all based on

simplicity and elegance.

The fabric used includes silk fabric,

cotton, fur, patterned fabric,

and lace fabric. These Fabrics

are incorporated into outfits like

sleeveless silk gowns, flirty bralettes,

and metallic party dresses.

The runway show opened with a

boxy white wrap coat, a tailored

best suit, and the signature Fendi fur





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Moschino Spring Summer

2022 collection

introduces an entirely

new concept we all weren’t

expecting. Creative director of

the fashion house Jeremy Scott

introduces nursery brand to the

runway for its spring-summer

collection. The collection which

debuted in Bryant Park during

the New York Fashion Week

pays homage to the childhood

years of Jeremy Scott in New

York, Circa in the 1990s.

Scott in the show notes

explained that the Spring

Summer 2022 collection is

proper but not exactly prim.

He described the theme as a

nursery rhyme and referred to it

as a baby lady.

Some elements such as

babydoll coats, hot pants, and

some animal characters were

represented through fashion.

The accessories used also

complemented the fun of the

collection. Colourful purses in

different designs were rocked

together. The runway show was

opened by supermodel Gigi

Hadid in a matching mini skirt

suit and jacket.

On the models were spotted

outfits having animal

characters. Elephants trunk,

Bunny hair was designed to

highlight some outfits.




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Everything You Missed From

Men’s Fashion

Month SS23

By Dan Robinson

& Sasha Bokamoso

Men’s Fashion Month

has officially

wrapped up and

there was a lot that

happened. Here’s everything

you need to know about what

happened at Men’s Fashion

Month for SS23.




The main message on Milan’s

runways was earthy patterns

inspired by the sea, earth,

and classic silhouettes.

Soft neutral designs were

complemented by texture

and souvenir accessories

at the fashion capital and

animal prints seen at Fendi

and Etro, all signs of nostalgia


Versace burst onto the

runway with the brand’s usual

eccentric burst of colour,

fitting for the heatwave that

covered Milan. This time

round Donatella Versace

focused on eco-conscious,

sustainable materials.

Denim played a huge part

in the lineup while heritage

met the present at Dolce


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& Gabbana as distressed

short and macramé-wearing

models walked down the

runway. Tailoring was still very

much apparent at Prada in

head-to-toe fits for the backto-office

goers – signature of

Raf Simmons. Emporio Armani

opted for the brands Sartorial

roots in quintessential tailoring

adding a new nomadic



Over in Paris, the great

outdoors dominated the city.

Louis Vuitton reigned supreme

at sending a marching

band down the runway at

the heart of the Louvre. The

lineup was a colourful clash

of oversized tailoring and

floral prints. Outlandish paper

plane shapes against a yellow

brick road honoring the late

designer Virgil Abloh’s legacy.

Kendrick Lamar performed

from the front row and sat

among a lineup of stars.

Models walked quite

literally on water for Mathew

Williams’ first stand-alone

Menswear show at Givenchy,

showcasing urban, laser-cut,

sport and uniform-inspired

pieces with the brand’s

signature logo. Dior opted

not to collaborate with a

brand for SS23 and instead

transported us to Normandy

with lawns of wildflowers,

blue skies, and a life-size

reproduction of Christian

Dior’s house. Dior’s signature

style was apparent – tailoring

mixed with streetwear was

ever-present. Sporty bags and

accessories complimented

monochromatic looks.




Loewe sent out models

wearing grass embroidered

clothing and shoes grown

with real plants. Creative

Director JohnathanAnderson

continued to explore nature

and technology by teaming

up with Spanish bio-designer

Paula UlarguiEscalona to

grow and water the collection

over 20 days leading up to

the show. Hermès focused

on lightweight, weatherproof

fabrics and superior

craftsmanship, evoking

feelings of the vacation and

traveling spirit.

Finally, huge crowds gathered

outside the Palais de Tokyo

to witness Celine’s return to

the runway after over a twoyear

hiatus. The collection

closed Paris fashion week,

referencing all-American rock

star fashion, leather jackets,

pointed-toe boots and

ripped denim, reminiscent

of Creative Director

HeidSlimane’s signature LA


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Day: Louis Vuitton

Marelle Tote Bb

For a day outing, the Louis

Vuitton Marelle tote bag can

be paired with a dress, a suit,

or even a blazer and denim

combination. The size of the

tote bag is enough to carry

all your business accessories.

Night: Chanel 2.55 Handbag

For an evening or night outfit, you need a

classy mini handbag to accompany your

beautiful dressing.

The Chic List:

Day And Night

Looking good has an

unexplainable feeling it

gives. Apart from getting

compliments you also find

yourself happy and eager to

explore the world.

Finding the right outfit and

pairing it with the right

accessories gives a gorgeous

result. Having a sophisticated

and elegant look influences

feelings like confidence and

happiness .

Dressing often depends on the

event or occasion you want to

attend. The way you dress to

work during the day is different

from how you dress for night


For a day outing, a smart or

corporate outfit paired with

the right accessories will do

the trick while for an evening

outfit, you can step up your

style game a bit to something

By Kabirat Opoola 2

like a dress or even trousers

and pair it with glittery,

party accessories:The right

accessory combination is

what matters.

Being fashionable consists of

numerous things. You have

to get your outfit right and

also look for accessories

to pair with it. Accessories

like handbags, earrings,

necklaces, and shoes all

compliment an outfit.

In most cases, the accessories

used defines the type of

look one wants to portray.

Having a chic look requires

one to incorporate different

accessories into ones dressing.

A complete outfit for example

includes earring, necklace,

shoe, bracelet, and handbag.

Here in this Chic list are 10

items for a glam look for the

day and night.


Day: Dolce and Gabbana

Leather belt with baroque

DG logo

For a day outing, the belt design should be

kept classy and moderate. The dolce and

Gabbana leather belt meets this requirement.

Night: Moschino Chains

Calfskin belt

The Moschino chain belt can be worn to spice

up a dress or give a dress a fitted look for

evening wear.








Day: Chanel Clip-on


Earrings are an important

accessory that compliments

the face and outfit. For a day

casual, corporate, or formal

look, the Chanel clip-on

earrings will do the trick.

Night: Moschino

pacifier drop


A statement

earrings also serve as

one of the highlights

of your dressing. The

Moschino pacifier

drop earrings can

be the perfect

accessory for

evening wear.

Day: Fendi Gold-coloured

Fendace necklace

The gold-coloured fendace necklace gives a

simple yet elegant look. A perfect accessory to

blend with your day Outfit.

Night: Chanel bouton de

Camélia choker

For nightwear,

sometimes you need

a statement accessory

to compliment your

outfit the Chanel

bouton de Camélia

choker gives a chic

and classy look.



Day: Louis

Vuitton Archlight

slingback pump

For a day outing, it’s better to be on the

safer side for the shoe style. The Louis Vuitton

pump is comfortable and classy to wear.

Night: Versace Medusa

aevitas platform pumps

Let go of all the work stress and have

a fun night, the Versace Medusa

platform shoes can be paired with a

mini or maxi dress.

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Day: Chanel Crochet

detailing Jumper

The Chanel crochet top can

be paired with a jean or a skirt

for a day outing. The hairstyle

for this outfit combination is best



Night: Louis Vuitton

open-back crop top

For a date night or night out with

friends, the Louis Vuitton openback

crop top can be paired with

jeans, pants, or a skirt and rocked

alongside an elevated shoe.



Day: Fendi Tailored

cropped trousers

The Fendi Tailored cropped

trousers can be paired with

a white shirt or turtle neck

and rocked alongside a

pump, mules, or sneakers

depending on the place

you want to attend.

Night: Dolce &

Gabbana slit-cuffs

high-waisted jeans

The Dolce & Gabbana

slit-cuffs high-waisted

jeans can be paired

with platform heels and

cropped top and rocked

for a night out with friends

or for a date night.

8 Skirt

Day: Chanel Tweed Black

and Multicolor Skirt

The Chanel tweed black and

multicolor skirt speaks of elegance

and style. It is a perfect outfit for

formal and corporate wear.






Day: Moschino

Cady Dress with


The Moschino Cady

Dress can be worn

during the day for a

casual, corporate, or

formal outing.



dress in black


For an evening

dress, the Fendace

black dress gives

an elegant yet

sophisticated look.



Day: Gucci Ace leather


The Gucci sneakers can be paired

with a jean, a dress, or a skirt

and rocked stylishly for a day


Night: Versace tweed

chain skirt

The Versace tweed chain skirt

can be paired with a crop top

and a platform heel for a night

out with friends

Night: Fendi Force sneakers

Sneakers are more of a day Outfit rather

than a night outfit. However, the Fendi

Force sneakers have an elevated

height that can replace the heels.

The sneakers can be paired with

a mini dress or skirt

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Glam Mode




By Chioma Esui

Chantelle Whitney Brown-

Young, known professionally as

Winnie Harlow, is a Jamaican-

Canadian fashion model and

public spokesperson on the skin

condition vitiligo.

She gained prominence in

2014 as a contestant on the

21st cycle of the U.S. television

series America’s Next Top Model.

At the age of four she was

diagnosed with vitiligo, an

incurable skin pigmentation

disease that causes colorless

patches to develop on a

person’s body.

Winnie is the first model with

vitiligo - a skin condition that

causes patches of pigmentation

loss on the skin - to walk the

runway for the lingerie giant.







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One of the high flyers in the

entertainment world is Benjamin

Joseph. He is unquestionably a

favorite of the film industry and a

natural character at event anchoring

and public speaking. His outward

appearance does not

always reveal some of

the challenges he faced

while working on his dream

years ago, as they say,

appearances can be


Check his full inspirational

story below as captured by


“Before acting, he worked

as a bus driver, security

guard, waiter, baker, and at

Balogun, he sold shoes.

The aforementioned

incident serves as a reminder

to us all to treat everyone

with respect, regardless of

their current situation. You

never know when you might be shining

the shoes of the Federal Republic of

Nigeria’s next president. Be a person

who respects themselves as well as








The actress is no doubt a living legend in the world

of entertainment. Omotola has made an imprint

on the world’s traditions and Nigerian culture from

her earliest days in the acting industry to her current

position. She formed a major inclusive part of Times

Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People

in 2003. Such heights are unattainable for some


The life of Omotola, on the other hand, has been

a crucible one, from which she has emerged fine and

refined like gold. Think about her inspirational lifestyle


She, her mother and her two siblings were left with

no choice but to scavenge for food on the streets.

They would wait on the streets of affluent Nigerians

in the hopes of receiving leftovers for the day, but

they were frequently let down. Her perseverance and

luck kept her from succumbing to the temptation to

become a prostitute. Today, the rest is a story as she is

regarded as a top notch celebrity.

Without disputing facts, the joy

of every human being on

earth is to live a fulfilled life,

despite the hurdles and challenges of

life. The truth is that, some celebrities

are regarded as role model because

of their inspiring lifestyle. Some

celebrities have been able to set a

remarkable landmark for upcoming


It is pertinent to note that, many

celebrities boast of inspiring lifestyles

but few are touching.

In this article, we are going to

elucidate on top 10 celebrities with

inspiring lifestyles as reported by

glamsquad magazine.




Linda Ikeji

The entrepreneur/celebrity

blogger is a genius in addition

to having a pretty face and a

Coca-Cola body. But, like every

other human being, she has an

inspirational story as revealed


Linda has shown the

strength of a woman in

overcoming the various

challenges that life throws

at her on a daily basis, from

being admitted into a course

she hate at the University

of Lagos, to struggling as

a writer in newsrooms, to

modeling and finally selling

beer as a waiter in hotels. She

reveals how she usually leave

lectures, check into a hotel,

and sell beer from 1 to 10

p.m. According to her, she

explains that it was something

she did for a while, but have

to endure.” Today, she is regarded as

an achiever by using her inspirational

lifestyle to impact lives.

ities With

g Lifestyles


Unquestionably, Nigeria’s best and

hottest entertainment star is WizKid. His

real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun.

When he was 11 years old, Wizkid

decided to follow his musical calling. It

wasn’t as simple as you might think for Lil’

Prinz in the beginning.

Wizzy, unlike some other artists, was

not born with “golden spoons” and did

not have billions in the bank accounts

prior to entering the music world. In

order to achieve his goals, he practically

turned into a studio rat, sleeping and

eating in well-known studios. These were

the days of Surulere and Ojuelegba.

He never accepted parental help or


He has shared stages with many

of Nigeria’s top performers and his

collaborations with well-known musicians

like Drake have helped him gain

international recognition.

The truth is that Wizkid will always be

celebrated in the world of entertainment

because of his inspiring lifestyle.


The truth is that Patoranking formed

a major inclusive part of celebrities

with inspiring lifestyles. He is currently

Nigeria’s most well-known reggae/

dancehall musician. Patoranking

has demonstrated his versatility as

well as the results of his labour as the

spokesperson and brand ambassador

for a number of prestigious companies

and institutions.

Now that people see the glitz and

glamour that envelops and emanates

from him, they wish their life was as

glamorous as his. Before you become

too enamored with the glory you

perceive, let’s explore his inspirational


He was a bricklayer before

he entered the spotlight. If you’re

wondering what it means, here it is: He

was carrying “kponkpon” in addition to

laying bricks. He supplemented his side

hustle by selling rat poison on the street

to support his family (he was the first

born) and his musical career. No one is

capable of helping him.

The singer narrated that it took the

grace of God before breaking limit and

today he is regarded as role model with

his inspirational lifestyle.

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In 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book,

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling had

recently divorced, was on government assistance and could

barely afford to feed her baby. She couldn’t afford a computer,

let alone the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so

she manually typed out each version to send to publishers.

Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, decided to give it another

shot after the CEO’s eight-year-old daughter fell in love with it.

Indeed, the story is worthy of emulation.

J.K. Rowling

When Stephen King first

attempted to write, he was

broke and struggled to survive.

He worked multiple jobs to

support family while pursuing

craft work. He had to borrow

wedding gowns and had given

up on phone because it was

too expensive.

Because he received many

rejection letters for his works,

King devised a system for

collecting them.

In his words “By the time

I was 14...the nail in my wall

could no longer support the

weight of the rejection slips

impaled upon it,” he writes

in his book On Writing. “I kept

writing after I replaced the nail

with a spike.” He received 60

rejections before selling. “The

Glass Floor,” his first short story,

for $35. Carrie, his now-bestselling

novel, did not take off

right away. He finally sold it to

Doubleday Publishing for a

pittance of an advance after

dozens of rejections, and the

hardcover sold only 13,000

copies—not great. However,

Signet Books agreed to pay

$400,000 for the paperback

rights, with King receiving

$200,000 of the proceeds.



Stephen King

Perry is another movie

star that had a difficult

upbringing. As a child, he

was physically and sexually

abused, was expelled

from high school, and

attempted suicide twice—

once as a preteen and

again as an adult. When

he was 23, he moved to

Atlanta and worked odd

jobs while pursuing his

stage career.

In 1992, he wrote,

produced, and starred

in his first theater

production, “I Know I’ve

Been Changed”, which

was inspired in part by his

difficult childhood. Perry












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Carrey Jim is another celebrity with an

interesting lifestyle. When Carrey was 14,

his father lost his job, causing his family

to struggle. They moved into a VW van

on the lawn of a relative, and the young

aspiring comedian—who had mailed his

resume to The Carroll Burnett Show when

he was 10 years old—took an eight-hourper-day

factory job after school to help

make ends meet.

At the age of 15, Carrey performed

his comedy routine on stage for the first

time in a suit made by his mother, and he

was unfazed. He dropped out of school

the following year, at the age of 16, to

devote his full attention to comedy. He

moved to Los Angeles soon after, where

he would park on Mulholland Drive every

night and fantasize about his future

success. On one of these nights, he

wrote himself a check for $10,000,000

for “Acting Services Rendered,” dated

Thanksgiving 1995. Just before that date,

he made his money with Dumb and

Dumber. He placed the deteriorated

check he’d kept in his wallet the entire

time in his father’s casket.

t all of his savings into

show, which bombed

erably; the run lasted only

e weekend, and only 30

ople saw it. To make ends

et, he kept up production

taking on more odd

s and sleeping in his car.

ry finally broke through six

rs later, when the show

came a success during

eventh season. He’s had

ery successful career as

irector, writer, and actor

e then. In fact, Forbes

med Perry the highestid

man in entertainment





Parker was born as the youngest

of four children in a poor coal-mining

town in rural Ohio. Her parents

divorced when she was two, and

her mother remarried soon after,

having four more children. Parker’s

stepfather, a truck driver, was

frequently out of work, so she began

singing and dancing at a young age

to supplement her mother’s teaching

income and feed their 10-person


Parker’s mother encouraged her

children’s interest in the arts despite

financial difficulties and occasional

stints on welfare. Parker and his family

relocated to Cincinnati, where he

attended a ballet, music, and theater

school on scholarship. Her family

traveled to New York when she was

11 years old Parker had to go to a

Broadway audition. The trip was a

success; she and her brother were

both cast, and the family moved to

New York. Parker worked hard and

landed roles, eventually becoming

the title character in the television

phenomenon Sex and the City.

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Makeup Esse



Concealer is one of those

basic makeup essentials to

keep on you at all times (just

in case). Choose a creamy

formula that can hide undereye

circles and uninvited


By Chioma Esui

Makeup trends come and go,

but some can stand the test

of time. Whether it’s an all-time

favorite designer lipstick or a

‘can’t-live-without’ mascara, we

all have beauty bag staples

we’ve fallen in love with over

and over again.

Below are our top 10 makeup

essentials that have changed

our lives. Check them out!

Neutral Eye Shadow

A neutral beige or taupe eye

shadow is an instant brightener

when swiped across the upper


Blush Brush

This brush is a bit smaller than your big

powder brush and is the right size for dabbing

the cheeks with color and blending along the





ntials That Have

d Our Lives


When it comes to choosing a

go-to blush, look for a warm tone

that adds a splash of color to the

apples of your cheeks (and a little

life to your whole complexion).


How about some color? Lipstick (or tint, gloss, or

stain, if you want a less saturated look) is the perfect

antidote to the midweek blahs. You’ll be stunned

what a swipe of color can do for your lips, face, and

mood. Not feeling bold and bright at the moment?

Opt for a natural pink or a nude lipstick instead.




Keep one big,

rounded makeup

brush to dust on

setting powder once

you’ve finished your



Foundation is, well, the foundation

of any makeup routine—basic or

elaborate—but you don’t need to

slather it all over your face. Just apply

in places where you see uneven skin

tone or discoloration. If you don’t need

as much coverage as foundation

provides or prefer something a little

lighter, consider a tinted moisturizer



There’s no better way to wake up and define

those eyes than by enhancing your lashes—

and a good mascara is all you need. Stick

with basic black mascara (or dark brown if

you have light hair and lashes). It’s up to you

whether or not you use waterproof mascara.

Eye Liner

You can use your

darker shade of

eye shadow as

a liner along the

lashes—or use a

dark brown or black

pencil to create a

thin line that defines

and enhances your



Keep a pair of

tweezers in your

makeup bag to

clean up any stray

hairs around your

brows that show up

in between brow


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How Serena

Williams Saved

Her Own Life

By Serena Williams

Black women are nearly

three times more likely to

die after childbirth than

white women. Serena

Williams was almost one of

them. Here, in her own words,

she tells her story.

My body has belonged to

tennis for so long. I gripped

my first racket at age 3 and

played my first pro game at

14. The sport has torn me up:

I’ve rolled my ankles, busted

my knees, played with a

taped-up Achilles heel, and

quit midgame from back

spasms. I’ve suffered every

injury imaginable, and I know

my body.

When I found out I was

pregnant two days before

the 2017 Australian Open, my

body had already switched

allegiances. Its purpose, as far

as it was concerned, was to

grow and nurture this baby that

had seemingly materialized,


Being pregnant wasn’t

something I could tell Alexis

over the phone; I told him to fly

out to Melbourne right away.

When he got here, I handed

him a paper bag filled with six

positive pregnancy tests I had

taken all in one afternoon.

Of course, being pregnant

didn’t mean I couldn’t play

tennis. I was scheduled to

compete at eight weeks along. I

wasn’t sure how the Open would

go; during training, I was getting

more fatigued between points.

Each morning—and I’m not a

morning person to begin with—I

was still determined to play fast

and hard before the Melbourne

heat socked me. I won seven

matches, all in straight sets.

Since I’ve had my baby, the

stakes of the game have shifted

for me. I have 23 Grand Slams to

my name, more than any other

active player. But winning is now

a desire and no longer a need.

I have a beautiful daughter at

home; I still want the titles, the

success, and the esteem, but

it’s not my reason for waking up

in the morning. There is more to

teach her about this game than


I’ve learned to dust myself

off after defeat, to stand up for

what matters at any cost, to call

out for what’s fair—even when

it makes me unpopular. Giving

birth to my baby, it turned out,

was a test for how loud and how

often I would have to call out

before I was finally heard.

“Giving birth to my baby, it

turned out, was a test for how

loud and how often I would have

to call out before I was finally





Let’s go back to the

beginning. My first trimester

brought headaches and a weird

metallic taste in my mouth,

but all in all, I had a wonderful

pregnancy. I guess I’m one of

those women who likes being

pregnant; I enjoyed the positive


I’m used to getting negative

attention from the press and

critics, but this was different. I

settled into a whole new way of

being. I was relaxed not playing:

my life was just sitting at home,

and it was wonderful. I still had

plenty of work to do, but my

focus narrowed to keeping

myself healthy for the baby.

Don’t ask me why, but I was

obsessed with having the baby

in September, so I put off the

doctors when they wanted to

induce me in late August. I finally

went in on August 31, and they

inserted a little pill inside of me

to get things going.

Contractions started shortly

after that, and it was great! I

know that’s not what people

are supposed to say, but I was

enjoying it, the work of labor. I

was completely in the moment.

I loved the cramps. I loved

feeling my body trying to push

the baby out. I wasn’t on an

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epidural; to get through it, I

was using my breath and all

the techniques I’d learned

from birth training (I had taken

every birthing class that the

hospital had to offer).

By the next morning, the

contractions were coming

harder and faster. With each

one, my baby’s heart rate

plummeted. I was scared. I

thought I should probably get

an epidural, but I was still okay

with the work so I didn’t. Every

time the baby’s heart rate

dropped, the nurses would

come in and tell me to turn

onto my side. The baby’s heart

rate would go back up and

everything seemed fine. I’d

have another contraction, and

baby’s heart rate would drop

again, but I’d turn over and the

rate would go back up, and so

on and so forth.

“Being an athlete is so often

about controlling your body,

wielding its power, but it’s

also about knowing when to


Outside my birthing room,

there were meetings going on

without me—my husband was

conferencing with the doctors.

By this point, I was more than

ready for the epidural, but after

20 minutes, the doctor walked

in, looked at me, and said,

“We’re giving you a C-section.”

She made it clear that there

wasn’t time for an epidural or

more pushing.

I loved her confidence;

had she given me the choice

between more pushing or

surgery, I would have been

ruined. I’m not good at making

decisions. In that moment,

what I needed most was that

calm, affirmative direction.

Since it was my first child, I

really wanted to have the




baby vaginally, but I thought

to myself, “I’ve had so many

surgeries, what’s another one?”

Being an athlete is so often

about controlling your body,

wielding its power, but it’s

also about knowing when to

surrender. I was happy and

relieved to let go; the energy in

the room totally changed. We

went from this intense, seemingly

endless process to a clear plan

for bringing this baby into the


I was nervous about meeting

my baby. Throughout my

pregnancy, I’d never felt a

connection with her. While I loved

being pregnant, I didn’t have

that amazing Oh my God, this

is my baby moment, ever. It’s

“Being an

athlete is so often

about controlling

your body,

wielding its power,

but it’s also about

knowing when to


something people don’t usually

talk about, because we’re

supposed to be in love from the

first second. Yes, I was a lioness

who would protect her baby at

any cost, but I wasn’t gushing

over her. I kept waiting to feel like

I knew her during pregnancy, but

the feeling never came. Some

of my mom friends told me they

didn’t feel the connection in the

womb either, which made me

feel better, but still, I longed for it.

When I finally saw her—and

I just knew it was going to be a

girl, that was one thing I knew

about her before we even had

it confirmed—I loved

her right away. It wasn’t

exactly instantaneous, but

it was there, and from that

seed, it grew. I couldn’t

stop staring at her, my


I spent the night in the

hospital with my baby in

the room. When I woke

up, she was nestled in my

arms. The rest of my body

was paralyzed. I couldn’t

get out of bed because my

legs were still numb, but it didn’t

matter. Alexis and I sat there,

alone with our new baby. It was

surreal to feel the presence of

this third person in the room. Who

was this new little creature?

So much of what happened

after that is still a blur. I may

have passed out a few times. In

my haze, I wondered if I should

ask someone about my drip.

In 2010, I learned I had blood

clots in my lungs—clots that,

had they not been caught in

time, could have killed me. Ever

since then, I’ve lived in fear of

them returning. It wasn’t a

one-off; I’m at high risk for

blood clots. I asked a nurse,

“When do I start my heparin

drip? Shouldn’t I be on that


The response was, “Well,

we don’t really know if

that’s what you need to be

on right now.” No one was

really listening to what I was

saying. The logic for not

starting the blood thinners

was that it could cause

my C-section wound to bleed,

which is true. Still, I felt it was

important and kept pressing. All

the while, I was in excruciating

pain. I couldn’t move at all—

not my legs, not my back,


I began to cough. The

nurses warned me that

coughing might burst my

stitches, but I couldn’t help it.

The coughs became racking,

full-body ordeals. Every time

I coughed, sharp pains shot

through my wound.

The complete article

appeared in the April 2022

issue of ELLE.

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1. Peace Be Unto

You (PBUY) - Asake

YBNL record signee artist, Asake

popularly known as “Mr Money” recently

released another single on June 16, 2022.

The new music ranks number one

on Apple music’s top 100 as of the time

of this article. Asake’s new tune “Peace

Be Unto You (PBUY) has a familiar sound

to “Palazzo” according to fans on social


PBUY certainly carries the signature of

the artist as it opens with a sound bite of

the viral video of a policewoman shouting

“help me” as she was being driven to an

unknown destination.

Top 10

African Songs of


By Deborah Dan-Awoh & Joy Uyi


round-up of new releases,

collaborations and

trending Nigerian songs

from the beginning of the

year according to streaming

platforms like Apple, Spotify etc

Without batting an eyelid,

anyone would agree that

Nigerian pop artists dominate

the music conversations

in sub-Saharan Africa, with

groundbreaking streaming

numbers and major

collaborations with international


Especially with the

inauguration of an Afrobeatsdedicated

segment on

America’s Billboard Charts-more

Nigerian records will stand a

greater chance to tilt towards

global relevance

Girlfriend -


“Girlfriend” is a single

from Ruger’s “Second

Wave” deluxe album.

The song currently ranks

number two on Apple

music’s top 100 in Nigeria.

Ruger’s tune is a rhythmic

body of work that will leave

you swaying to its dance

hall elements.




Woman -


A slow sensual rendition, of

“Woman” by famous awardwinning

Nigerian singer, Omah

Lay narrates the story of love

between the singer and his

lover. This is Omah Lay’s first

single this year after releasing

his chart-topping Afrobeat

song, Understand last year


The song, Woman is

produced by P.Priime.

Dada - Young Jonn feat


‘Dada’ is a scintillating collaboration of 30BG president

Davido and Young Jonn that will leave anybody swaying to

the beat.

Talk about a party starter and Dada is blasting through

the room. It’s no wonder that it is trending on both Apple

music as top 100 Nigeria and Spotify’s hot hits Naija.

Buga - Kizz Daniel feat


Produced by Reward Beatz and co-produced

by Blaise Beatz, Young Willis, and Micky Geetarist, Kizz

Daniel’s song ‘Buga’ has become the song of the

moment with trends on Tiktok at 2.4m, and on social

media as a challenge.

No doubt Kizz Daniel has a grand reputation for

dishing spicy viral hits since he entered the music scene.

The Afropop single is a follow-up on ‘Barnabas’ with 7

tracks having a guest appearance from the ‘cavemen’’.

‘Buga’ was recently rated the world’s top five Afrobeat

trending globally. This report is according to Shazam, an

app that identifies music, which has tagged the single

as Most Shazamed Song in the world.

Kizz Daniel’s masterpiece, Buga has also entered the

lead song on Apple Music’s top 100 in Nigeria and top

one among the top 100 on Apple in Kenya.

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Sugarcane (remix)

- Camidoh feat King

Promise, Mayorkun,


If you are a lover of good music

then, this song by Camidoh is part of

your playlist for the week. Sugarcane

remix features great Ghanaian vocalists

like King Promise alongside Darkoo and

talented Nigerian singer Mayorkun.

An incredible tune with a hook in the

chorus this song ranks no. 7 on the Apple

Music playlist and on TikTok it currently

boasts of a 712k trend hashtag.

Finesse - Pheelz

(feat. BNXN)

The year sure started on a good

note with this buzzing single from

Pheelz-one of Nigeria’s leading


With Buju’s sleek input on the

new music, it didn’t take long for it

to become the hottest song out in

Nigeria so far.

“Finesse” hit the viral mark soon

after it was teased on TikTok by the


Pheelz set a new pace alongside

a legion of men singing about living

in the fast lane. Interestingly, “Finesse”

became the most Shazamed song in

the world within one week of release.

It even began a social media

trend with wonderful pop culture with

quotes like “if I broke, na my business”.




Palazzo - DJ

Spinall, Asake

Palazzo is another hit

single from the stables of DJ

Spinall featuring vocals from

Nigerian singer and YBNL’s,

newly signed artiste, Asake.

The mid-tempo song carries

nuances of ‘Omo Ope’s’


Palazzo alongside its

stunning music video was

directed by TG Omori. The

record is co-produced by

Magix Sticks and Spinall.

mixed and mastered by


Stand Strong - Davido

feat Sunday service


Davido’s collabo with the Sunday service

choir adds the juice to this heavy piece

of goodness called Stand strong. The Fall

singer aimed for perfection because this

song is nothing like we have seen from


And that’s why as of the time of this post,

anyone can say that Davido’s Stand strong

produced by Pheelz has earned its place

on Spotify’s top Naija hit songs list.

Last Last - Burna Boy

Grammy award-winning singer Burna boy seduced his fans with

his new single Last Last of his anticipated album “Love Damini”. It was

originally performed live during his Madison Square Garden (One Night

In Space) show.

Last Last lyrics hints at Burna’s failed relationship with Stefflon Don.

E don cast (e don cast) Last last (last last) Na everybody go chop

breakfast (na everybody go chop breakfast) Have to say bye bye oh

Bye bye oh To the love of my life

Anyways, the self-acclaimed African giant has his fans spellbound

with this single.

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– How We Can Support

Trafficking in persons is a serious crime

and a grave violation of human rights.

Every year, thousands of men, women

and children fall into the hands of

traffickers, in their own countries and

abroad. Almost every country in the world is

affected by trafficking whether as a country

of origin, transit or destination for victims.

Most countries have national human

trafficking laws but still people continue to

be trafficked. To fight this heinous crime, in

2013 the United Nations General Assembly

declared the 30 July as the World Day

Against Trafficking in Persons.

This year the focus is on the first responders

to human trafficking: the people who work

in different sectors – identifying, supporting,

counselling and seeking justice for victims

of trafficking and challenging the

impunity of the traffickers.

On the Day, both the international

community and civil society have

the opportunity to reflect on what

each of us can do to decrease

vulnerabilities to trafficking, or

the risks that follow from such


The Long History of Human


People are trafficked for multiple

reasons: sexual exploitation, forced

labour, forced begging, forced

marriage, selling children as child

soldiers, as well as for removal of

organs. Sexual exploitation is the

most common form of exploitation

followed by forced labour.

Globally countries are

detecting and reporting more

victims and are convicting more

traffickers than ever before. This

might be the result of increased

capacity to identify victims

and/or the increased number

of trafficked victims. In 2016,

the total number of detected

victims reported to the United

Nations Office on Drugs and

Crime (UNODC) was 25,000.

“We need to do more to

protect trafficking victims and

prevent vulnerable people from

being exploited by criminals. On

this World Day against Trafficking

in Persons, let us pledge to work





pandemic, these providers are

keeping vital services going

throughout the crisis – identifying

victims, ensuring their access to

justice, health, social assistance and

protection, and preventing further

abuse and exploitation”, Guterres


Secretary-General Guterres

emphasized how the COVID-19

pandemic has left millions of people

at greater risk of being trafficked.

In addition, the pandemic is hitting

women and girls the hardest, who

already account more than 70% of

detected human trafficking.

How You Can Get Involved?

• Join the conversation

and use the hashtags

#EndHumanTrafficking and

#HumanTrafficking on social


• Highlight the work of first

responders in your country,

community or organization.

• Donate to the United Nations

Voluntary Trust Fund for

Victims of Human Trafficking,

which provides on-the-ground

assistance and protection to

victims of trafficking.

• Join the Blue Heart campaign

that is an awareness-raising

initiative to fight human

trafficking and its impacts on


• On the 30 July, livestream a

live virtual concert organized

by UNODC. All the money

raised will go to the United

Nations Voluntary Trust Fund

for Victims of Trafficking in


Theme for 2022 World Day

against Trafficking in Persons

This year’s theme puts victims

of human trafficking at the centre

of the campaign and will highlight

the importance of listening to and

learning from survivors of human


The campaign portrays survivors

as key actors in the fight against

human trafficking and focusses

on the crucial role they play in

establishing effective measures

to prevent this crime, identify and

rescue victims and support them on

their road to rehabilitation.

Many victims of human trafficking

have experienced ignorance or

misunderstanding in their attempts to

get help. They have had traumatic

post-rescue experiences during

identification interviews and legal


Some have faced revictimization

and punishment for crimes they were

forced to commit by their traffickers.

Others have been subjected

to stigmatization or received

inadequate support.

for inclusive societies and

economies that leave no

one behind”, United Nations

Secretary-General, António

Guterres said to mark the day.

The COVID-19 & Human


The COVID-19 crisis

has made the role of first

responders to human

trafficking even more vital,

particularly as the restrictions

imposed by the pandemic

have made their work even

more difficult.

“Like the frontline heroes

saving lives and sustaining

our societies in the COVID-19

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By Vrinda Garg


he world marks 28 July, each

year, as World Hepatitis Day to

raise awareness about this viral

disease and work towards a

hepatitis-free future.

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition

of the liver, commonly caused by a viral

infection. We recognise 28 July as World

Hepatitis Day each year. The purpose is to

raise awareness about this viral disease and

achieve a hepatitis-free future.

The theme for this year is “ Hepatitis can’t

wait”, urging people to take immediate

action as over 100 people die of hepatitis

related illness every hour across the globe.

According to the World Health

Organization, globally, an estimated 296

million people live with chronic hepatitis

B and around 58 million live with chronic

hepatitis C.

In 2019 viral hepatitis caused nearly

1.1 million deaths globally, despite the

existence of safe and effective vaccines

that can prevent hepatitis B and antiviral

drugs that can manage chronic hepatitis B

and cure most cases of hepatitis C.

An estimated 60 million people in

the Region live with chronic hepatitis B

and around 10.5 million live with chronic

hepatitis C.

In 2019 around 180 000 people in the

Region died of hepatitis B and about 38

000 died of hepatitis C – both completely


All You Ne

Causes of Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a communicable disease and has five

main stains - A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis A is a shortterm

disease while B, C and D are more often than not

chronic. Hepatitis E is usually acute but can be chronic

and dangerous in pregnant women.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted through

contaminated food or water, carrying traces of faeces

from a person infected with this virus.

Hepatitis B and C are transmitted through bodily

fluids namely blood, semen, or vaginal secretions.

Hepatitis D, also called Delta Hepatitis, is a blood

borne disease and is contracted through direct

contact with infected blood.




cirrhosis ( scarring of the liver),

kidney disease or inflammation

of blood vessels.



You can avoid contracting

Hepatitis A and B with a

vaccine. Sharing of dirty

needles to inject medicines

or drugs; having protected

intercourse and avoiding

consumption of large amounts

of alcohol are essential.

It’s important to take

precautions while getting

tattoos or piercings; consume

bottled water while travelling

to areas with poor sanitation

and to ensure that the food

you consume is hygienic. Lastly,

awareness is key.

Educate yourself and those

around you about the illness.

In case you experience the

symptoms, you must contact

your healthcare provider.

ed to Know

Hepatitis E is a waterborne

disease and is common in

resource-poor countries that

lack sanitation and clean water


Faulty autoimmune

system response, excessive

consumption of alcohol and

other toxins can lead to non

infectious hepatitis.


The chronic strains of the virus

may show symptoms at a later


However, signs of acute

hepatitis include fatigue,

sudden weight loss, pale stool

and dark coloured urine, loss

of appetite, abdominal pain,

yellowing of skin and eyes

and other flu-like symptoms.

These signs may not be very

prominent in case of chronic


The chronic strains of

hepatitis interfere with the

functioning of the liver and may

lead to liver damage, cancer,


Ultrasounds and blood tests

are used to diagnose the

disease. Although there is no

specific treatment for Hepatitis

A and B, most people are able

to recover on their own with rest

and hydration within a couple

of weeks.

Hepatitis C can be cured

with antiviral medication. The

treatment of Hepatitis D and E

focuses on supportive care.

Research is being done on

therapies and medication that

might help eliminate the virus.

In instances where the virus

causes excessive liver damage,

the last resort is a liver transplant.

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Health & Wellness

Tips for Every


Credit: Dr. Priyanka Marakini (BNYS), Alpa Momaya

(B.Sc., PGD, RNC), Swati Shukla(PhD)

Build a support circle

Several research studies show that social circles of

friends and family increase your likelihood of surviving

health problems, increase your level of happiness and

even help you live longer. The best way to build a support

circle is to be a part of someone else’s support circle.

That way you can be there for each other. You can also

build a support circle by volunteering. This way you get to

meet new people and also make new friends. Helping can

mean as simple as picking up a friend’s child from school

or even visiting your elderly neighbor for coffee.

Balancing the demands of

career, family, significant

other, and sometimes

even coping with societal

pressures to look good or

conduct oneself in a certain

way can be quite draining for

women. As she passes through

several milestones in her life, it

is necessary that every woman

out there makes sure to put her

health above everything else.

Although ‘taking care of yourself’

doesn’t rank #1 in the priority list

of most women out there, this

year ‘It’s Time for You’ to take

care of your health, your fitness,

and prioritize yourself among

other things. After all, all the

people who do depend on you

can only do so, if you are at the

top of the pyramid in terms of

health and wellness.

To help women in their quest to

take better care of themselves,

we have compiled 10 health and

fitness tips that will come use to

women from all walks of life.

These tips are based on

information gathered from

several sources and personal

experiences. So, no matter

what your age or overall health

status is, these tips will help you

increase your chances of better

health and fitness all through

your life.





Did you know heart disease

is the leading cause of death

among women? However, this

disease can be kept at bay with

exercise. Women must make

sure to get at least 30 minutes of

exercise every single day to keep

the heart functioning properly.

Aerobic exercise which includes

walking, jogging, bicycling and

dancing are good for women’s

health. In fact, any form of

physical exercise, even the usual

running around to the grocery

store is better than nothing.

Ultimately, it’s all

about you!

One of the best health and

fitness tips for women is to

make time for “just you”. A

happy and healthy woman

is way more driven than a

stressed-out one. The time

you take out for yourself

should be filled with what

you want and the things you

want to do, and you get to

decide and dictate. A daily

dose of just 10 minutes for

yourself is one of the many

healthy habits you can do

every day that will keep you

feeling you’re very best.

Ladies, it’s called

the most important

meal of the day

for a reason

We, women, love reading up

on health and fitness tips, but

always feel we do not have

the time to honor them. Well,

it’s time we change that.

Having breakfast not only

provides you energy for the

rest of the day but also kick

starts your metabolism. So, it is

very essential you keep aside

15 minutes in the morning to

make something healthy and

set yourself up for a productive

rest of the day.

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Regular checkups

This is one point that we cannot

emphasize enough on! Health

screenings are an important

way to help recognize problems

in the body – sometimes even

before you show any signs or

symptoms. Even if you feel well,

early health checkups and

screening tests can not only spot

signs of serious diseases and

conditions but also have a better

chance of successfully curing or

effectively treating them. Thus, we

recommend that you schedule a

checkup every year with a primary

care doctor to stay on the safer

side of things.

Two most important

minerals every woman


Apart from calcium, Zinc and Magnesium

are two other minerals that are most needed

by women’s bodies. Consume Zinc, because

a deficiency in this mineral impairs the

immune system, which results in thinning of

hair and acne. Magnesium, on the other

hand, is most essential as it helps with sleep,

bone health, and may also help in relieving

premenstrual symptoms, anxiety, and


Keep calm and hydrate

This tip may seem basic, but it is one of the most crucial steps to a

healthy life. Staying hydrated leads to healthy physical and mental

functioning. Drinking lots of water during the day is also key to keeping

yourself fit from the inside out. To avoid dehydration, it is best to carry a

water bottle as a reminder. Hydrating yourself is also crucial to weight loss

or maintenance because it not only reduces the feeling of hunger but

also helps you eat less during meal times.

Sleep solves


Sleep is one of the best things

women can get with all the busy

schedules, cooking, and running

around they do. For a productive

day at home, or at work, or even

at the gym, it is imperative that

you get a good night’s sleep.

Insufficient sleep not only brings

down your productivity but also

affects the mental and physical

state of your body and overall

well being. While 8 hours can be

a luxury, a minimum of 6-7 hours

is vital. So, do make sure to clock

in those hours.




Eat well, live well, be well

As women, many of us are prone to

neglecting our own dietary needs. You may feel

you need to put your family’s needs first or you

are too busy to adhere to a set diet. However,

you must ensure that you get all the nutrients

you need from the foods you eat. You want to

eat as close to a natural food diet as possible.

That means a variety of fresh vegetables,

fruits, whole grains, meat, fish, poultry, low-fat

dairy products, and lots of nuts. Among other

things, women, in general, need lots of calcium

to build healthy bones and teeth to keep them

strong as you age. Good sources of calcium

include dairy products, grains, leafy green

vegetables, tofu, and cabbage.

Maintain a healthy weight

Weight loss is a subject that runs in the minds of

most women. Although quite distressing, reaching and

maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall

well-being. Being overweight can significantly increase

the risk of several chronic diseases and can reduce the

quality of your life. Therefore, the best way to maintain a

healthy weight is to have a good relationship with your

food, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.

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By Chef Amaka Obiefuna


fried chicken recipe which is full of aromatic flavor and

tangy spices. This dish brings out the authentic and

most favourite south Indian spice of the dish.

You can cook this dish easily at home for a dinner

party as a side dish. It goes well with some rice as well as any

Indian bread of your choice.

Kerala chicken roast is a semi-dry, delicious blend of marinated

and tender chicken, fried and sauteed with a spicy, tangy masala


Teamed up with some chillies, fried onions and lemon juice to

bring out that extra zing in this dish.

Ingredients of

Kerala Chicken


• 1 Kg chicken

• For the marination:

• 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

• 1/4 tsp chilli powder

• 1/4 tsp coriander powder

• 1 tsp vinegar/lemon juice

• 5 Garlic cloves

• 3-5 Green chilliesto taste


• For roasting:

• 3 medium onions




• 1 large tomato (remove

skin & make puree)

• 2 Green chillies (slit)

• 3 sprigs curry leaves

• 1/4 tsp garam masala


• 1/4 tsp pepper powder

• 1 Lemon (juiced)Oil

How to Make

Kerala Chicken


1. Clean and cut the chicken

into medium sized pieces.

2. Make a paste of all the

ingredients under marination.

3. Marinate the chicken

pieces with this paste and keep

aside for an hour.

4. Cut onions into very thin

slices and fry in hot oil. Drain

them and keep aside.

5. Fry the chicken pieces in

the same oil until almost done.

Keep the pan covered so

that the chicken does not get

browned, but is cooked inside.

Drain them and keep aside.

6. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in another

pan (You can use the same oil

in which we fried the chicken

pieces. This will enhance the

flavour). Add slit green chillies and

curry leaves. Saute for 1 minute.

7. Add the tomato paste to

this and saute for 1 minute.

8. Now add the prepared

chicken & roast until it is dry.

9. Make sure that all the

chicken pieces are well coated

with the tomato paste.

10. Sprinkle garam masala &

pepper powder and mix well.

11. Add lemon juice and mix

well. Check for salt. Add a little if


12. Now add the fried onions

and mix well.

13. Tasty Kerala Chicken roast

is ready.

Recipe Notes:

The taste makers in this dish

are the fried onions and lemon

juice. So, be generous when

adding them.

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