Akeem ReachnaijaApril 20, 2019


As the cream of the fashion world converge in Lagos for this year’s edition of Arise Fashion Week (AFW), Super Model, Naomi Campbell, yesterday announced that she is in partnership with the Gucci brand, is set to launch an ambitious fashion fellowship in universities in Lagos, Ghana and Cape Town in a bold move aimed at unleashing the hidden talents that abound in the continent.

The University of Lagos will be the beneficiary in Nigeria.

Making the disclosure at the second session of Arise Talks moderated by Laila Johnson-Salami where a panel comprising Campbell, Reni Folawiyo, Barbara James and Funsho Olusanya deliberated on the topic, ‘Business of Fasion – Exploring all Facets of the Emerging Markets in Africa, the fashionista explained that after 33 years on the runway, she had decided that the time has come to use her network, experience and talent to work for Africa.

At another Arise Fashion Week forum, Minister of Trade and Industries, Okechukwu Enelamah hinted that the federal government was planning to raise $500 million to facilitate the setting up of three economic zones in Lekki, Funtua and Aba in Lagos, Katsina and Abia states respectively
Campbell explained to the audience at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, that her current initiative was in line with late Nelson Mandela’s entreaties to her when she visited him in South Africa that she should use her talent and experience to create a new Africa narrative.

According to her, “After 33 years in the business, I have decided that it is time to come back to Africa and begin planting seeds to give opportunities to young talents. Africa has always been in my mind since 1993 and I want to be part of Africa. Africa has amazing talents but lacking in exposure. So it is wonderful to partner Arise Fashion to bring this about.

“We are partnering the Gucci brand and they have agreed to launch fellowships in Lagos, Accra and Cape Town to open design schools that would train the much-needed fashion talents that abound in Africa. The aim is to change the perception and negative narrative as Nelson Mandela asked me to use my voice to do.”

On the issue of private equity funding, Barbara James of Henshaw Capital said the best source of funding required for the fashion or creative industry was either private equity or venture capital, regretting that both of these sources are still too small for any impact to be felt.
James proposed a $1 billion equity fund that would attract such big weights as Gucci, Ebay, government and another fund known as Technical Funding that could possibly pool $20 million to target capacity building in the creative industry.

In her contribution, Funsho Olusanya of FSDH noted that in as much funding remains a major challenge, “as a banker, what we look for is the bankability of a project that would make returns on investment. Unfortunately, most of the young entrepreneur lack very basic knowledge of financing, project bankability etc. What we are willing to do now is to support the industry with financial advisory to enable them get on their feet.”

The CEO of Alara, Reni Folawiyo lamented the dearth of skill manpower, infrastructure and human capacity development, arguing that these factors contribute to making the products expensive and of low quality.

Folawiyo noted that while talent was on the upswing, all factors need to be improved to ensure that solutions can be provided to bring down prices and produce quality goods and services.

Pro-chancellor of University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin, SAN, lauded Campbell and the Chairman, THISDAY/Arise Media Group, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, for choosing the University of Lagos for the fellowship, adding that it was coming at a time the authorities are seeking alternative means of revenue generation that “we’ll support, encourage and give our all to make this work.”

Obaigbena praised Campbell for deciding to dedicate the rest of her life to develop talent in Africa: “She has spent 33 years already in the business, now she is ready to dedicate the rest of her 33 years to building the African brand and new narrative for Africa.”

The Arise Fashion Week continues today at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island.

The festival will culminate on Easter Sunday, April 21, with exciting shows on the runway.

Designers that will grace the runway include Turfah, Torlowei, Mai Atafo, Tokyo James, 3.Paradis, Tzar, Clan, Papa Oppong, Nkwo, and Selam Fessahaye.

Other designers to watch on the runway include Style Temple, Andrea Iyamah, Lanre Da Silva, Tiffany Amber among others.
In all, 37 local and international designers will showcase their creativity on the runway this Easter weekend.

Described as ‘the most beautiful runway in Africa’ the fashion festival, which was berthed over a decade ago, is adjudged the most prestigious platform to showcase Africa’s creative talents through fashion and music.

International models like Naomi Campbell, Grace Bol, Georgie Badiel, Millen Magese, and Oluchi Orlandi, have walked the AFW runway over the years, showcasing the best of African designs.

Since its return last year, AFW has continued in its commitment to push the African narrative, positioning the black continent as a hub of creative talents.

Last year’s edition recorded an impressive attendance and a dazzling runway that once again, placed the continent on the global stage. 45 designers from between 12 and 14 countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Germany, Canada, France, Morocco, the United Kingdom, United States, the Caribbean and Nigeria walked the runway at the 2018 edition.

As part of its commitment to groom fashion designers that will distinguish themselves globally, Arise Media, which organizes the yearly fashion fete, introduced a life-changing novelty known as the ARISE Fashion Management and Mentoring Programme (AFMMP). The AFMMP was designed for start-ups in the fashion business that can be nurtured to international brands.

Apart from shining the light on the continent through fashion, AFW also contributed to the arts and tourism sector of Lagos State such that the state recognized it as one of the key events to attend this year in the state’s arts and culture calendar.
Enelamah: FG to raise $500 million for Lekki, Funtua, Aba economic zones

Also at the Arise Fashion Week forum, Minister of Trade and Industries, Okechukwu Enelamah hinted that the federal government was planning to raise $500 million to facilitate the setting up of three economic zones in Lekki, Funtua and Aba in Lagos, Katsina and Abia states respectively.
Enelamah who was part of a panel comprising of Barbara Barungi and Ituen Bassey that discussed “From Retail to Export – Building a Sustainable Market” urged Nigerians to work with the present administration to make Nigeria work and great.

At the panel discussion moderated by the Director General, Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Segun Awolowo, the Minister explained that the federal government was aiming at creating a pull strategy in areas where the country has comparative advantage.

According to him, “we are at the moment looking at the entire value chain including in the fashion or creative industry to create a pull strategy and facilitate this by creating industrial infrastructure to position Nigeria where it can compete globally in areas where it has competitive advantage.

“We are working with investors and various players to create industrial parks while we as a government would provide the incentives. Overall, we are creating an enabling environment for fashion or the creative industry to gain a foothold so we can realize our full potential in both markets and population.”

He said the government was also working to develop the economy in order remove sub-economic cost to lower cost of production and funds, adding that it was encouraging innovation, creativity and production to make inroad globally.

In her contribution, the MD, Imara Africa Consulting, Barbara Barungi said apart from funding challenges, African are yet to take the issue of intellectual property seriously, calling for what she described as “a legal dimension to protect the fashion industry.”

Albert Okumagba of BGL in his contribution pointed to the red tapism in sourcing financing from the banks and urging government to rather seek alternative sources of funding from the private sector to support the creative industry.

Akeem ReachnaijaApril 19, 2019

In 2016, Arya Permana became the world’s heaviest child as he was weighing 192 kilograms which was equivalent to 30 stones.

But in just 3 years, he was able to work it out to loose over 100kg, he currently weighs 86 kg after so much hard work.

In an interview, he was asked what he wanted most in this life, and his response was that he wanted to become thin. According to him, he stopped taking noodles, oily food and many others to achieve his current goal.

Akeem ReachnaijaApril 19, 2019

If you are looking for where to visit this Easter period, Lagos is home to so many beaches and we are glad to bring you list some of the beaches you can visit during Easter. enjoy the beauty of the Lagos Atlantic .

1. Elegushi Royal Beach
Elegushi Private Beach Resort, lkate Elegushi, Lekki,
Gate fee: 1,000

2. Artican Beach
Abraham Adesanya Road, Okun, Ajah,, Lekki Phase II,
Gate Fee: 1,500

3. La Campagne Tropicana
Ikegan, Ibeju (off Lekki / Epe Expressway), Lekki, Lagos
Gate Fee : 5,000

4. Tarkwa bay –
Gate Fee : 200 Boat Ride Between 500 to 5,000 Depends on where you are coming from

5. Oniru Beach –
1 Ligali Ayorinde Street, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Eti-Osa,
Gate Fee 500

6. Whispering Palms
Whispering Palms, Iworo Village, Off Lagos Badagry Expressway, Aradagun, Badagry, Lagos.
Gate Fee

7. Lekki Leisure Lake –
Lekki Leisure Lake Lekki Eti-Osa, Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria
Gate Fee : 1000 on Saturday and 1500 on Other days

8. Coconut Beach Beach / Eleko Beach
Gate Fee : 500

9 Casa Ilashe

10 Chaka Resort – 1, Chaka Road, Off Lekki Free Trade Zone Way, Mosayo Beach Eleko Lekki,

11. Inagbe Grand Resorts

12. Lekki Beach Resort

13. Ibeshe Lagoon Beach Club & Spa

14. Alpha Beach

15. La Manga Luxury Beach Villas – Along Ilashe Beach, Ilashe Island, Lagos Nigeria

Akeem ReachnaijaApril 15, 2019

What is owambe without Gele? Gele tying is one of the difficult tasks most of us face when going for an owambe.

We have different types of Gele;

Couture Gele, casual Gele, infinity pleats, flowery umbrella, perfect rose, side rose, bling Gele, wide flower design, Avant Garde.

Auto Gele is another alternative for those who find it hard to tie gele, it simply is gele made easy.

Images of different styles of Gele below:

Akeem ReachnaijaApril 14, 2019


62 year old Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, sure knows how to live the big life. According to Shipsandports, the President of Dangote Group, owns a luxury yacht, which he bought in 2013 for a mouth watering $43 millIon (₦15.5 billion Nigerian Naira).

The picture above shows the 100th richest man and his friends having a nice a time on his custom-made luxury Watercraft that features well furnished bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom with sauna, just to mention a few.

From L-R: Femi Otedola of Forte Oil, Segun Awolowo of Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Sam Nwajokwu, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Donald Duke – former Cross River State Governor, Tunde Ayeni – former Chairman of the defunct Skye Bank and Charles Ahize hanging out on Dangote’s luxury yacht in Lagos.

His luxury yacht ,christened Mariya, is nothing but luxury at its best as the pictures below shows.

Akeem ReachnaijaApril 13, 2019

Meet Mr. Babajide and Miss Ayomide, who tied the knot today as they said bye-bye to Bachelorhood and Spinsterhood (#Ayojide’19). It was reported that Mr. Babajide was once a lecturer to Miss Ayomide in her previous institution before she graduated at Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU). Their courtship started back then when she was still a student under his tutelage.

Below are some pictures;

Akeem ReachnaijaApril 12, 2019

Kimono is the Japanese word for a particular style of clothing. Kimonos are sewn as a Straight-line-cut’

The types of fabrics used for kimono are linen, silk, silk brocade, satin, etc. Now-a-days Ankara fabrics are being used to make them and we all know that the Ankara fabric is one of the most relevant fabrics in the fashion world today.

Kimonos can be worn for any event, e.g. an outdoor picnic, parties, formal events. You can also put on kimono to the office on a Friday. Kimono is fashion clothing that all ladies should have.

Kimonos can be worn for any event, e.g. an outdoor picnic, parties, formal events. You can also put on kimono to the office on a Friday. Kimono is fashion clothing that all ladies should have.

Here I’ll be showing us pictures of ladies that slayed Ankara kimono and a few of them that also slayed kimono made with other fabrics.

If you don’t have the kimono outfit, you should try them out!