Category: Style

Low Purchasing Power: Consumers Reduce Spending On Alcoholic Drinks

By Nse Anthony-Uko (Sundiata Post) – Nigerian consumers have shifted their preferences from top notch alcoholic drinks to cheaper ones as high inflation rate alongside low  minimum wage make less funds available for such luxury items, BusinessDay reports. The Nigerian economy, which experienced an eight consecutive decline in its inflation rate to 15.91 per cent still, is below the central bank’s 6 per cent and 9 per cent target. The country’s minimum wage of N18,000 ($59), which has been stagnant for a period of two years, raises concerns about the ability of consumers to cope with increase in the price ... Read more

Designer seeks collaboration in fashion industry to harness youths’ talents

By Nkiru Ifeajuna   Lagos   –      A designer, Gabriel Solomon, has urged governments to collaborate with stakeholders in fashion, to harness the talents of youths for the purpose of making the country attain global recognition. Solomon, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Russell Fashion House, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. “Every single youth has a talent waiting to be harnessed. “If governments collaborate with us stakeholders in the industry, it will go a long way to help empower the youths in the fashion sector, promote our culture and arts ... Read more

Heineken Unveils 1st Africa Inspired Fashion Collection At Lagos Fashion & Design Week

LAGOS, (Sundiata Post) — In collaboration with Africa’s hottest emerging design talent, Lulu Mutuli and Azra Walji, global beer brand, Heineken® (www.TheHeinekenCompany.com) has launched its first-ever African fashion collection, unveiled on the catwalk of the closing show at Lagos Fashion and Design Week on Saturday 28 October 2017. The initiative is the next chapter in Heineken’s ‘Open Design Explorations’, a global co- creation programme that connects emerging creatives and gives them a platform to showcase their talent. The Heineken® Africa Inspired Collection is a fusion of the two designers’ concepts and is the first of many design apprenticeships that the ... Read more

Worship God with your lifestyle, not just songs – Kolade

Lagos   –       Former Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Christopher Kolade, says Christians have a duty to worship God not only with songs, but much more with their lifestyles. He spoke at a musical programme, “Festival of Songs“, organised by the choir of Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos, on Sunday. Kolade, who was a special guest of honour at the event, said God inhabits the praises of His people, but is also interested in the kind of lives they live. “The way we live is the best way to worship Him,’’ he said, noting that when ... Read more

It is time we start exporting locally made fabrics, says Olugbade Fashion

By Oladapo Udom   Lagos   –      Mr Ayodeji Olugbade, Managing Director, Atlantic Exhibition Nigeria Limited, says that it is time that Nigeria starts exporting locally made fabrics as an alternative source of income. Olugbade told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Nigeria was blessed with diverse fabric materials and talented fashion designers to garner enough income for the country. He spoke at the ongoing two-day 6th Lagos Fashion Exhibition at Eko Hotel and Suites. “Nigeria is a blessed country with diverse cultures and textile designs which if properly harnessed can contribute to the growth ... Read more

Fashion Expert solicits FG support for indigenous designers

By Collins Yakubu-Hammer   Abuja   –    Maimuna Abubakar, a fashion expert, has appealed to Federal Government to support indigenous designers with soft loans to boost the sector and create employment in the industry. She made the called in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. She said “I want to urge Federal Government to support fashion designers across the country with soft loans to enable us to do more and create employment for youths and make them self reliant. Abubakar, the publisher of Tozali (Eye liner) Magazine, said “we need to exploit the talent ... Read more

Fashion giants LVMH, Kering to ban underweight underage models

Paris   –     French fashion groups Kering and LVMH will stop hiring excessively thin models on catwalks worldwide in response to criticism the industry encourages eating disorders. The two groups, whose fashion labels include Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci, said they had signed a charter for “the well-being of models”. The charter also forbids the hiring of girls under the age of 16 to pose as adult models for shows or shoots. France in 2015 passed legislation outlawing ultra-thin models from working in the country’s fashion industry. Fashion agencies face fines of up to 75,000 ... Read more

Despite Recession Nigerians Crave More Luxury Goods, Services

(Sundiata Post) – Africa’s melting pot of creativity and commerce gears up towards hosting another edition of the Luxury in Africa Roundtable, the premier gathering of executives operating within the African Luxury segment. At a time when the nation is groaning under reduced oil incomes, experts predict the country’s economy will expand by 1.3 per cent in 2017. Believe it or not, the former capital city is still a hub for the luxury lifestyle with Range Rovers, Rolls Royce Phantoms and Mercedes Benz G-wagons becoming furniture on its many pot-holed streets Restaurants like Nok, Izanagi and Shiiro remain filled to ... Read more

Fashion promoter, Ademiluyi, advises schools to patronise local fabrics as uniforms

By Josephine Obute Lagos  –    A top fashion promoter, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, has told parents and school authorities to embrace `ankara’ as school uniforms, rather than patronizing foreign fabrics. Ademiluyi, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN on Wednesday in Lagos said that embracing ankra would make Nigeria to save the foreign exchange usually expended on importing fabrics. She said that the measure would also promote the Made-in-Nigeria policy being promoted by the present administration. Ademiluyi, the promoter of the yearly Africa Fashion Week carnival, spoke to NAN at the end of a ... Read more

African Fashion, Most Vibrant Worldwide – Dutch Fashion Promoter

By Josephine Obute Lagos  –  A Dutch-African fashion promoter based in Holland, Joan Drost, has described African fashion as the most vibrant and colourful in the world. Drost told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that variation of, especially, Nigerian outfits made them stood above the rest of the world. “”The Nigerian fashion is quite colourful and diverse. The styles are so numerous as the designs and fabrics. “”Especially in festive periods, the Nigerian fashion glitters. You hardly find five persons with same outfit or colour, unlike the English fashion that is one directional. ” When ... Read more

Textile: Designers Charge African Govt On Trade Policy

Funmi Ladipo Abuja  –   Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN) has called for the liberalisation of trade policies that hinder export of textile material within the African region. Mrs Funmi Ladipo, National President of FADAN spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. She said though governments efforts on trade so far must be lauded more needed to be done. “Governments are trying to assist African designers but I think they can do more to remove trade barriers killing our local textile industries. “Raw cotton is exported to different countries like China, where it is ... Read more

Fashion Can Be Used To Boost Nigeria’s Iconic Cities — Ademuluyi

By Josephine Obute Lagos  –  The founder, Africa Fashion Week London/Nigeria, Ronke Ademiluyi, says that fashion can be used as a veritable platform to enhance the profile of the nations iconic cities. Ademiluyi made the assertion during a visit to the Lagos office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Tuesday. According to her, we realised that most of our historic monuments are going down and we need to sell it to the outside world to draw them into our country. “Nigeria has the potential to become one of the biggest tourism havens in Africa, if we do not promote ... Read more

Nigerian Designers Seek Establishment Of Fashion Council

By Collins Yakubu-Hammer Abuja  –   The Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN) has urged the Federal Government to establish Fashion Council to formulate policies that would boost garment and textile industry in the country. Mrs Funmi Ajila-Ladipo, the National President of FADAN made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. “When established, the council would look into relevant garment policies and put in place policies that would support garment and textile industry in Nigeria. “Fashion and textile are not entertainment, it is business so we have to attached business ... Read more

African Fashion Attracts High International Demand — Ademiluyi

By Josephine Obute Lagos  –  Ronke Ademiluyi, a renowned UK-based Nigerian fashion designer, says that African designs have come of age in the international fashion circuit and must  be a source of pride to every Nigerian. “The African fashion industry is currently worth about $31 billion, so we must collaborate to promote it within our country, we should be proud of our culture because it is rich.’’ Ademiluyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that African fashion had grown so big in London and could be used as a compelling promotional tool by the government. ... Read more

FAFA Creations Set Trends at Accra Fashion Week Fashion Show

Leading South African apparel store, FAFA creations has finally launched in Ghana. The brand with presence in high end markets across Africa, set the pace for modern Pan-African fashion when it took turn on the runway of the 2016 Accra Fashion Week event which took place over the weekend. The brand which caters for both African women and men is currently in Ghana to provide abundant African clothing and accessories with ambitious intents of becoming a central hub of shopping activity for local African populations and others who enjoy wearing African apparels. Accra Fashion Week Fashion Show With a dynamic ... Read more

Dolce & Gabbana fashion brand mixes tropics with traditions at Milan fashion show

Milan –  Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana transported guests to a warm and busy Italian street setting for their spring/summer 17 catwalk show, in one of the most flamboyant displays of Milan fashion week. A big red “Tropico Italiano” sign hanging from the ceiling, banana trees, coconuts and white sand contrasted the ambience of an Italian village festival as soon as lights went off. The young street dancers hit the catwalk, moving to the beat of tarantella folk music. The loud and bright collection by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, known for their rich and embellished looks, carried all ... Read more

Fairytale and army-inspired looks open Milan fashion week

Milan –  A kaleidoscopic fairytale by Gucci and Fay’s military-inspired looks opened Milan’s women’s wear fashion show on Wednesday with a display of clothing and accessories for spring and summer 2017. The Italian capital of fashion would for the next six days be the setting for runway shows. It would also be the setting for art exhibitions, boutique openings and events as fashionistas, buyers, designers and bloggers flock to the city from around the world. In Gucci’s magic lanterns collection, layered and ruffled gowns, gold decorations and outfits echoing a hippy style took center stage. Dragons, jelly fish and parrots ... Read more

London wraps up fashion week amid Brexit uncertainty

London,- London wrapped up its seasonal fashion week on Tuesday after five days of luxury and high street labels unveiling colourful and eclectic collections amid Brexit uncertainty.   Holding its leg of the spring/summer 2017 shows after New York, London staged its first fashion week since Britain shocked the world by voting in June to leave the European Union.   As well as runway trends, the uncertainty of how Britain’s exited from the EU (Brexit) would affect the industry was also a hot topic among fashionistas. “There have been a lot of questions about post-Brexit. Is this going to change? ... Read more

Colourful collections on Paris catwalk at Manish Arora show

Paris – Rainbows, flowers and birds dominated Manish Arora’s colorful collection at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday, with the Indian designer offering plenty of vibrant prints and intricate embroidery for women next spring. Models strutted down the catwalk in an array of tops, skirts, trousers and dresses adorned with patterns of fruit, flowers, flamingos, parrots, seahorses and fish. Some looks were navy-inspired with sailor hats and striped tops. One model wore a neck collar resembling a fried egg. The looks, which began in pastels and moved on to bold colours, were accessorised with calf-high socks and tie-up platform shoes with ... Read more

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies aged 86

France – French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, known for her brightly coloured striped sweater dresses died on Thursday at the age of 86. Jean-Marc Loubier, the Chairman and Chief Executive of First Heritage Brands, the parent company of the Sonia Rykiel label told Reuters that Rykiel had left a legacy behind. “It is a sad day, but Sonia Rykiel left behind her an extraordinary legacy. “She was a pioneer who helped women and society evolve.’’ Rykiel founded her fashion house in 1968 when France was rocked by violent student riots, with the aim of creating a counter-culture to stiff, bourgeois ... Read more

David Bowie plaque unveiled at late star’s Berlin home

Berlin –  On Monday, a plaque honouring late rock star David Bowie was unveiled at the home where he lived during his stay in Cold War-era Berlin. Bowie moved to Berlin in the mid-1970s where he lived and worked on albums “Low” “Heroes” and “Lodger”. The rock star died in January 2016. The plaque was unveiled on Monday by Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller reading “David Bowie (1947-2016) lived in this house 1976-1978”. The plaque also quoted a line from “Heroes”. “I think one can say David Bowie and West Berlin had quite a special partnership,’’ Mueller told the crowd. Before ... Read more

Bishop Onah celebrates 60th birthday with prison inmates

Nsukka – The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Prof. Godfrey Onah, on Thursday celebrated his 60th birthday with the inmates of Nsukka Prisons. In a homily during the mass to mark the birthday in the prison, Onah said took the celebration to the prison to give the inmates a sense of belonging and let them know that God still loves them. “Today August 18 is my 60th birthday and I choose to celebrate it in Nsukka prisons in order to give them a sense of belonging and let them know that God still loves them. “No matter where we are ... Read more

Ejeh of Ankpa – Ahmodu dies at 73

Lokoja –  Alhaji Yakubu Ahmodu, the Ejeh of Ankpa in Kogi State, died in his place on Monday at the age of 73. Family source said the monarch returned to Ankpa from Benin on Sunday where he attended the conference of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that Ahnodu ascended the throne on Aug. 7, 1993. He is survived by wives, children and grandchildren. Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi said the death of the monarch was painful and a great loss to the people of the state. He said Ahmodu died at a ... Read more

Commonwealth Nigeria Pageant To Hold Audition In Benin

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Commonwealth Nigeria Beauty Pageant, which is one of the biggest pageants in Nigeria that celebrates family life, is set to take the ancient city of Benin by storm with its first audition for the 2016 edition of the competition. The audition is scheduled to hold on Sunday, August 7, at Prestige Hotel and Suites on Ihama Road, G.R.A, Benin City, by 1:30pm The national director of Commonwealth Nigeria Pageant, Akinwalere Ayo, according to a statement made available to Sundiata Post, stated that the requirements for the audition are white or black tank top, blue or black ... Read more

Biafrans and Onumah’s ‘prophecies’

By Ibrahim Ramalan Title: We Are All Biafrans Author: Chido Onumah Publisher: Origami Year: 2016 Pages: 214 Along the line of my quest for knowledge, I have always come across this cliché that Nigeria is a land of milk and honey: Arable land, mineral resources, and a large and enterprising population; variables that make a nation great. Regrettably and in spite of all of these, we have been in a pitiable situation. Whenever I ruminate over these conundrums, a whole lot of rhetorical questions keep agitating my mind. Setting my eyes on this book, its title, We Are All Biafrans, ... Read more

Pakistan social media star Baloch killed ‘by brother’

By Shazia Bhatti A Pakistani social media celebrity whose selfies polarised the deeply conservative Muslim country has been murdered by her brother in a suspected honour killing, officials said Saturday, prompting shock and revulsion.

Nollywood actor James Uche needs N11million for kidney transplant—FWON

Abuja –  Mr Sunday Awoji, the National President of Filmmakers Welfare Organisation of Nigeria (FWON), says ailing Nollywood actor, Prince James Uche needs N11 million to undergo kidney transplant abroad. He stated this on Friday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. “Prince James Uche has been very sick and incapacitated for some years now, and it has become obvious that he cannot provide the required funds to have the necessary medical attention. “He is currently hospitalised in Lagos due to kidney related ailment, and urgently needed to be taken to Indian for a transplant ... Read more

Name Producers Trading Roles For Sex – Movie Producer Challenges Ozokwor

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Emerging movie producer, Mr. Desmond Utomwen, has challenged veteran actress, Patience Ozokwor to name the producers accused of demanding for sex from young female actresses before handing them roles in movies. Utomwen, who stated this while speaking to journalists in Abuja, said it was pertinent for anybody with verifiable information about the much rumoured sex boom in Nollywood to step up and make the information public as part of the steps to ensure sanity in the Nigeria Movie Industry. Ozokwor had reportedly in an exclusive interview with a tabloid accused movie producers of sexually abusing young girls. ... Read more

Book Review: Using foreign debt to turn around ailing economies

Title: From Economic Downturn to Turnaround & Prosperity; Strategy for Economies hit by Recession but which have Idle Capacity Author: Dr. Abraham Nwankwo Reviewer: Simon Ibe A new book by Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, the Director-General, Debt Management Office, DMO, has, in great detail, outlined how Nigeria, and other countries that, like her, are experiencing economic adversity, especially those that have idle capacity, can move from economic downturn to turnaround and prosperity. The compact book, aptly titled From Economic Downturn to Turnaround & Prosperity; Strategies for Economies hit by Recession but which have Idle Capacity, is brutally frank about what must ... Read more

FG To Reactivate Project Nollywood, Convenes Stakeholders’ Workshop

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The Federal Government is to organise a workshop for stakeholders aimed at restructuring and reinvigorating Project ACT Nollywood, the N3 billion grant programme established by the Federal Government to solve the main challenges impeding the growth of the Nigerian movie industry. According to a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Salisu Dambatta, director of information, Federal Ministry of Finance, the workshop, which is scheduled for July 1, would be attended by representatives of the key stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry, such as the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the leadership of Nollywood, the ... Read more

Contemporary dance, ‘We Almost Forgot’ to premiere in Abuja

ABUJA – A contemporary dance production “We Almost Forgot’’ by Choreographer Mr Qudus Onikeku is set to be premiered in Abuja on June 26. This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by Ms Lea Granados, Cultural Programme Officer of the Institute of France in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Onikeku is a graduate of National School of Circus Arts, France for almost a decade. He had maintained his presence in the country’s choreographic scene and had won awards in that area. According to the statement, the production has also been scheduled to hold in ... Read more

Muhammad Ali’s remains arrive his hometown

New York – The remains of late boxing legend Muhammad Ali arrived at his hometown in the U.S. city of Louisville, Kentucky on Monday, the city’s mayor, Greg Fischer, said. Fischer said “Ali is now home. The burial will take place on Friday after a memorial procession through the city that will be covered live on the Internet.” “The route will pass locations that were meaningful in the career of the three-time world heavyweight champion.” Ali died on Friday at the age of 74 at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, after a 32-year fight against Parkinson’s disease. (dpa/NAN)

IOC President Bach leads tributes to Muhammad Ali

Lagos –  International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has led the tributes to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has died at the age of 74. This is contained in a online publication, `Insidethegames’ published on Sunday.. The three-time world heavyweight champion, widely regarded as one of the greatest sportsmen of all-time, died on June 3 at a hospital in the American city of Phoenix after being admitted on June 2. He was suffering from respiratory issues with reports suggesting his breathing problems had been complicated by Parkinson’s disease, which he had suffered from since 1984 – three years after ... Read more

2 more claimants to late Prince’s estate emerge

Minnesota (U.S.) – Two more individuals claiming to be relatives of the late pop star Prince, came forward on Wednesday to seek a piece of the musician’s estate. Lawyers for Brianna Nelson, filed papers in the Minnesota probate court asserting they are among his heirs. The duo are identified as a niece of Prince, and an 11-year-old girl identified as his grandniece and her initials “V.N.” in court documents. Both claim to be surviving descendants of Prince – born Prince Rogers Nelson – as daughter and granddaughter to his late half-brother, Duane Nelson Sr., who once headed Prince’s security detail ... Read more

African Movie Academy Awards announces nomination for 12th edition

ABUJA – The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has announced its nomination for the 12th edition of the annual movie awards. This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the 2016 AMAA Jury, Mr Shaibu Husseini, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. “We are excited to share the African Movie Academy Award’s 2016 nomination list with you first, bearing in mind your strategic position in the African media space. “I am very happy about the quality of works that came into the competition this year because we had a ... Read more

Are we all Biafrans?

By Abdul Mahmud In a few weeks, precisely on the 31st day of May, 2016, the writer and political activist, Chido Onumah, will present his latest book, We are all Biafrans– A Participant-Observer’s Intervention in a Country Sleepwalking to Disaster, to the public. The book is a deserved addition to his two previous books, Time to Reclaim Nigeria and Nigeria is negotiable. A word or two on Chido Onumah, here. There is something original and courageous about Onumah who, in so many ways, engages our humanity with courage, exposes some of its triumphs and defeats, writs his finer thoughts that ... Read more

Tributes pour in for late Big Brother Africa housemate, Evelyn Eveva

Abuja – Fans of the popular reality show, Big Brother Africa, Season 8 “The Chase’’ housemate, Evelyn Eveva have continued to pay tribute to the star. Eveva passed away on May 11, at the age of 29. The star was involved in an accident in 2014 which had impaired her leg, making her to undergo various medical and physiotherapy treatments. The former Big Brother housemate had undergone many surgical operations on her leg, but however, the last one on Saturday May 7, led to complications which caused her death. The Big Brother Africa show had made Eveva and other contestants ... Read more

Joan Rivers’ daughter settles malpractice lawsuit in mother’s death

New York – A New York City Clinic has settled a malpractice lawsuit filed by the daughter of Comedian Joan Rivers. The settlement was for an undisclosed amount over an ill-fated procedure that led to the celebrity’s death, lawyers for the Rivers family said on Thursday. Rivers was a popular Television presenter of “Fashion Police’’ on the `E’ Channel. Rivers, 81, suffered a loss of oxygen to her brain on Aug. 28, 2014, as physicians at the Yorkville Endoscopy centre in Manhattan inserted instruments to examine her throat and vocal cords. She died a week later at a New York ... Read more

Fans pay tribute to late Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nene

Abuja –  Fans have continued to pay tribute to upcoming Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nene who passed away in Lagos on Tuesday after battling with malaria and typhoid. Nollywood Director and Screenwriter, Ike Nnaebue announced the death of the actress on his instagram page on Wednesday. The Mbaise, Imo born actress had been diagnosed with malaria and typhoid by a doctor and was said to have been on prescribed medication for more than a month. The actress had featured in movies such as “Hottest Strippers’’, “Hottest Virgins’’, “Quest of a Life Time’’, and “Romantic Heart’’ among others. The actress before her ... Read more

Congo lays to rest music and fashion legend Papa Wemba

By Amedee Mwarabu Kiboko KINSHASA   – Hundreds of thousands of mourning fans came out on Wednesday to bid a final farewell to Papa Wemba, the legendary Congolese singer who brought his tumultuous country’s music to a world audience and became a national hero in the process. Wemba, born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in Lubefu in what was then the Belgian Congo, collapsed and died on stage while performing at a music festival in Ivory Coast on April 24. He was 67 years old. [nL5N17R0BM] A steady stream of mourners filed past his white and gold casket in the ... Read more