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BY MODUPEOLUWA ADEKANYE/ GUARDIAN.NG

Milan Fashion Week is here. The digitally-focused schedule is stacked with brands on the half-hour, starting with Missoni, Alberta Ferretti, and Kim Jones’s highly-anticipated ready-to-wear debut for Fendi.

Born in different parts of Africa but all operating under the Made in Italy brand, here are the five designers who opened Milan Fashion Week as part of a collective Wednesday:

Fabiola Manirakiza, 50

Fabiola Manirakiza Image AFP

She was born in Burundi but it was in Zaire, which became the Democratic Republic of Congo, that she learned how to sew, in a school run by Italian nuns. A doctor by training, she used this skill when she founded her label Frida Kiza in Italy in 2016, the name a tribute to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Fabiola Manirakiza’s Piece Image AFP

She describes her work as a “mix between Africa and Italy”, like her silk scarves with Masai prints inspired by Botticelli’s painting, “Primavera” (Spring).

Claudia Gisele Ntsama, 29

Cameroonian fashion stylist Claudia Gisele Ntsama (C) from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion” poses with her models on February 17, 2021 in Milan/ AFP

She was born in Cameroon, has since childhood wanted to be a designer and particularly in Italy, as “fashion is Italy”. She spent eight years learning Italian before moving to Italy in 2012, where she worked in odd jobs, in cleaning and at football stadium entrances among others, before getting a diploma in design from Bologna. She “fell in love” with hemp, “one of the most ecological fibres”, and built her own label.

Mokodu Fall, 45

Senegalese fashion designer, Pape Mokodu Fall/ AFP

He is originally from Senegal, has worked as a cartoonist, actor, and then painter. He came to Italy at the age of 22 “to experience the art and culture”. “My collection reflects my African origins,” explained the diplomat’s son who splits his time between Rome and Dunkirk in the north of France. “They are works of art that I transpose onto clothes.”

Models present creations by Senegalese fashion designer, Pape Mocodou Fall, aka Mokodu from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion” on February 17, 2021 in Milan during the filming of the fashion show that opens the Milan Fashion Week on February 24, 2021./ AFP

Joy Meribe, 43

Nigerian fashion stylist Joy Ijeoma Meribe Image AFP

She left Nigeria where she was born because there, “designers have no status”. She obtained a master’s in international business before entering fashion, adding: “I’m not an ethnic designer, I live in Italy, I studied in Italy and I produce in Italy.

A model presents a creation by Nigerian fashion stylist Joy Ijeoma Meribe from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion”/ AFP

” Her inspiration? “Strong, intelligent African women, like my grandmothers.”

Karim Daoudi, 27

Moroccan shoe designer, Karim Daoudi from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion” / AFP

He born in Morocco 27 years ago, arrived in San Mauro Pascoli in northern Italy at the age of 13 with his family, “looking for a better future”. “At 17, I started working in a workshop making shoes for major brands,” before winning a competition on shoe design in Rome. His collection, entitled “Journey into the forest”, brings together shoes in bright colours that remind him of Morocco. To finance his passion, he works as a postman.

Posted On Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:22 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

The 14th edition of the prestigious Headies award held on Sunday.

The event, which was virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic, was hosted by funnyman Bovi and Nancy Isime.

Fast-rising singers like Fireboy DML, Bad Boy Timz and Omah Lay received their first plaques.

Fireboy was the biggest winner at the 14th Headies on Sunday night snagging four awards — including the ‘Best R&B Single’, ‘Best R&B Album’, ‘Headies revelation’, and ‘Best Pop Album’ categories.

Here is the full list of the winners:

Producer of The Year

  • Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

  • Niniola – Addicted

Best Vocal Performance (Male)

  • Praiz – Under The Sky

Best Street Hop Artiste

  • Mayorkun – Geng

Rookie of The Year

  • Bad Boy Tims – MJ

Best Pop Single

  • Nobody – DJ Neptune feat Joe Boy and Mr Eazi

Read Also: 14th Headies: Wizkid wins artiste of the year

Best Collabo

  • Ladipoe and Simi – Know you

Best Alternative song

  • Moelogo – I wonder

Best Rap Single

  • Falz – Bop Daddy feat. MS Banks

Best R&B Album

  • Fireboy DML – Tears, laughter and goosebumps

Best Alternative Album

  • Roots – The Cavemen

Next Rated

  • Omah Lay

Viewers Choice Award

  • Wizkid

Songwriter of the Year

  • Simi – Duduke

Best Pop Award

  • Fireboy – Apollo

Lyricist on The Roll

  • Ilbliss Goretti – Country

African Artiste Recognition Award

  • Master KG

Headies Hall of Fame

  • King Sunny Ade
Posted On Tuesday, 23 February 2021 18:28 Written by

By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Nollywood veteran actor, Victor Decker, was found dead in his apartment on Monday by his neighbours at about 5 pm.

The Nation gathered Decker’s neighbours broke down the door to his apartment before they found his lifeless decomposed body in his sitting room.

He was 72 but the cause remains unknown.

Mayor of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Abuja, Jesse Nazareth, confirmed the incident.

“Yes, Victor Decker is dead. I am in the mortuary where they want to embalm him. I am not aware of the cause of his death. I just got a call that his neighbours did not see him for days so they got concerned.

“They went to his house, knocked on his door but got no response so they had to break down the door. That was when they saw him sitting on his chair lifeless.

“He was already smelling as he was decomposing. I rushed down there to arrange the necessary things.”

She added that several hospitals rejected the body of the late actor because it was already decomposing.

“I had to obtain a police report and cars to convey him to a hospital. I took him to several hospitals but they rejected him because his body was already decomposing. At about 3 am this morning, we were referred to a private hospital in Bwari, Abuja, where they accepted his body. This morning, they are embalming his body but they need to first reduce its size as he has swollen.”

Decker starred in films like Double Strings, If I am President and Lotanna.

Posted On Wednesday, 17 February 2021 18:22 Written by

As the world celebrates St. Valentines Day, some women in Jos say they would prefer ”meaningful gifts” than receiving flowers, cards and chocolates, usually accepted as standard lovers’ day gifts.

A survey of both married and unmarried women also indicated their preference for spending quality time at home, than going out to fancy restaurants, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Valentine’s Day is a holiday when lovers express their affection for one another with greetings and gifts, and lately this had expanded to expression of affection between relatives and friends.

Other activities identified with the holiday, believed to have its origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February, is in simply spending time with loved ones and reading romantic Valentine’s Day quotes; or posting a Valentine’s Day caption on a cute couples social media photo.

Mrs Ajalah Omusa, said: “I don’t want any flowers for Valentine, it really doesn’t mean so much to me, flowers to me are not special, I want other gifts that I will see every day to remind me of the special day.

“I don’t get to receive gifts very often from my husband, so I will want something very special on a special day like Valentine,” Omusa said.

Mrs Amy Cassidy, on her part, said she would prefer to be pampered and would not mind getting a credit alert from her husband.

“I don’t want any flowers, I just want to be pampered at home like having dinner in bed and spending quality time with my husband, as we don’t get to do this all the time due to the nature of our jobs.

Mrs Gift Udom said she would prefer her husband taking the kids out on an outing, while she relaxes at home all by herself.

Udom said, resting at home, without the kids for some hours, would help her rejuvenate and also afford the kids the opportunity of spending quality time with their father.

She also noted that a credit alert would also brighten up her day and make her happy.

Miss Mary Izang, stated that she would prefer the roses to come with a proposal, than just roses and chocolates.

“Last year, my boyfriend bought me rose flowers and chocolates, we also hung out and I appreciated it, I would want the roses to come with something different.

“It will be romantic if he bought the flowers and hid a ring in it. We will go out later today, so I hope that happens,” a hopeful Izang said.

Some men who spoke to NAN, however, expressed displeasure on receiving no gift at all, while some stated they only received singlets and boxers all their lives.

“I will not stress myself too much about Valentine this year because I don’t get gifts at all, Jonathan Iliya said, adding, “I always do the buying and get a hug and a thank you at the end of the day, it should be reciprocal, that will make it beautiful”.

Mr Isaiah Badung, said women were fond of buying boxers and singlets for their men as Valentine gifts, a norm which he said should stop.

He stated that he would celebrate Valentine at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAN observed in Jos, at the weekend, that several eateries, hang out spots and shopping centres were decorated in red with several shoppers queuing to buy gifts, while a few residents were spotted in red attires. (NAN)

Posted On Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:23 Written by

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sabur Dimeji Bankole, will, on Friday, January 15, tie the nuptial knot with Miss Aisha Shinkafi Saidu, daughter of the Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu.

Bankole, who divorced his first wife in 2017, had, in the past few years, been a much sought after bachelor in the circle of eligible spinsters both within and outside Nigeria.

Friday’s marriage ceremony will draw the curtain on speculations regarding his matrimonial intentions since the divorce.

The bride, a lawyer and graduate of the University of Hull in the UK, is a granddaughter of the late political heavyweight and onetime head of Nigeria’s security organisation, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, Marafan Sokoto. The bride’s mother is Shinkafi’s daughter and a sister to the former Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi.

A statement from the Bankole family of Iporo, Abeokuta, disclosed that a quiet introduction between the two families had taken place a few weeks earlier to kick off the joining together in line with Islamic and traditional injunctions.

At the introduction ceremony, the Governor of Sokoto State and Bankole’s successor as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, had led the groom’s family to the bride’s family home to seek her hand in marriage.

Friday’s event will be the culmination of a courtship that both families had kept very discrete. Political observers, however, note that the marriage would appear to straddle Nigeria’s great political divide, as Bagudu is the chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, while Tambuwal is the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.

Meanwhile, the Bankole family advised that in keeping with the requirements of COVID-19 protocols, the ceremony would be low-key. It, therefore, implored invited guests to observe all health and safety directives at the event, while appealing to friends and well-wishers who might not have received invitations for their understanding given the uncertainties of the present times.
Posted On Wednesday, 13 January 2021 03:42 Written by

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Posted On Tuesday, 15 December 2020 04:13 Written by

Agency Reporter

Twenty beauty queens from 20 African countries are expected to participate in Miss Africa Calabar 2020 beauty pageant scheduled to hold on Dec. 27.

Mr Thomas Ikpeme, Senior Special Assistant, Events and Tourism/Head of Production, Miss Africa, said in a statement on Friday that the event would hold in Calabar.

Ikpeme said that the auditioning was done in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

“After a challenging and captivating round of registration and auditions, the Miss Africa organisation is pleased to announce the 2020 contestants who will be representing their respective countries in Miss Africa 2020 Calabar.

“The pageantry is holding on Dec. 27, 2020 in the beautiful city of Calabar, Cross River.

“The names and countries are; Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia

Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“Subscribe to watch behind the scenes and the road to Miss Africa 2020. Watch the journey to the throne on the grand finale 27th Dec. 2020 at www.missafrica.tv and follow @missafricacalabar on social media for all the live updates,” he said.

The special assistant added that the premier of the show would start on Dec. 12. (NAN)

Posted On Saturday, 05 December 2020 02:16 Written by

By Taiwo Okanlawon/ PM NEWS

Nollywood actress, Juliet Njemanze has said that she feels ashamed to say that she’s an actress because of the stigma that has been attached to actresses.

Juliet also said that the poor pay actors get is another thing that discourages her about the acting profession.

The Kano State-bred actress made this known in an interview with Potpourri, while sharing a bit on her journey in the industry.

She said, “Every industry has its own problem but I will say the thing that turns me off is the stigma attached to actresses in Nollywood. The stigma is crazy that sometimes I feel ashamed to tell someone I’m an actress because people look at you as a prostitute.

They believe you must have slept with directors and producers to get to where you are. Acting for me is my life, my career, it’s my everything and I love it with passion but people’s impression about the job is really discouraging. Another thing that turns me off is the poor pay. The actors don’t get enough pay for their work except you are a superstar.”

“I would say my Nollywood journey has been a cool ride full of fun. I really went through a lot starting out in the industry because I put all my focus in it as it was the only thing I was doing at the time. It was really tough financially, most of the time I work for people and I don’t get paid. I was almost discouraged and depressed at the beginning of my career.

The lesson I would say I have learnt from this industry is that no one can make you, only you and God can make You. A lot of producers and directors will promise to help you and make you a star, they will promise you heaven and earth just to get something from you. The most important lesson I learnt is to pray for grace of God and don’t depend on any producer or director to get you to the next level, you can do that yourself,” she says

Juliet is the kind of actress who would take on any challenge that does not put her faith and moral at stake.

“I won’t take a role that will make me say negative things against God. If it’s in the script, they will have to take that part out. My relationship with my God is more important than my career. And secondly, I can’t go nude in a movie, not even in Hollywood with a mask. I don’t think it’s an option for me to go nude,” she added.

Posted On Monday, 09 November 2020 19:48 Written by

By Taiwo Okanlawon/ PM NEWS

Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has reacted to allegations that she was bribed after she questioned the Lekki Toll Gate shootings.

The movie star in a tweet last week, asked that the family members of those who reportedly died during the Lekki toll gate incident, to come forward, and she asserted that if there were no deaths, people should stop with the sensationalization.

The mother of 4 wrote on Twitter ”If People died during the Lekki Toll Assault, let their people speak out please and if there were No deaths then enough with the sensationalization because it does not remove from the Crime that happened. PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WERE ATTACKED. WHY? BY WHOM! #EndImpunityinNigeria”.

The now-deleted tweet angered some Nigerians and they blasted her for using ”if” and being insensitive to those who lost someone during the protest. Some insinuated that she has been compromised by the government.

Omotola has now cleared the air, saying she has never received bribe or a dime from the government.

“I am not somebody you can lure with money. I have never in my life been bribed by government, I have never collected government dime” she said.

FROM PM NEWS, NIGERIA

Posted On Sunday, 01 November 2020 00:47 Written by

By Taiwo Okanlawon/ PM NEWS

Nollywood stars have reached out to one of theirs, Joke Jigan whose beauty store was looted by hoodlums who stormed Cherub Mall, New Road Bus Stop Lekki, Lagos.

The actress had shared video and photos showing the present condition of her shop after goods worth millions of naira were carted away by hoodlums.

However, Actress like Toyin Abraham, Mercy Aigbe, Iyabo Ojo and others have reached out to her in her hard times and contributing money for her to stay afloat.

Jigan took to her Instagram page to post photos of the actresses who have helped with some funds.

Posted On Monday, 26 October 2020 14:41 Written by
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