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I didn`t quite get up to so much last week however I did manage to meet with my compatriots Seyi,Bunmi and Arieta over coffee and we brainstormed over projects of mutual benefit.

I did personally call for the meeting as I needed to bang heads together with Nigerians with creative and independent minds.Needless to say that I was very chuffed with what each person brought to the table hence the follow up meeting this weekend at Southbank. Funny enough everyone in attendance was already thinking in the same line as me so it was easy to reach a consensus very swiftly.

These three folks mentioned are talented compariots in diaspora with authentic love for Nigeria and yet people back home rarely read about them.Well,hopefully we are about to change that,thanks to youtube!

Have you guys ever heard the song “Nigeria go survive,Africa go survive”.That is exactly the tune I`m belting out now.

I haven`t seen these lots for sometime so it was a great and brain energising moment.

Bunmi and Emmi

This is me with Bunmi Thomas who is a singer,poet and a photographer. I could listen to Bunmi talk for days because of the quality and creativity of the words she employs whilst speaking coupled with the fact that her accent is authentic; you wouldn`t necessarily call it British or Nigerian.It is just Bunmi.

Bunmi`s words are so poetic and fun to listen to.

Unfortunately Arieta was rushing off to another appointment so she missed the photo session,lolll.

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As I was trawling the internet for news ­from homeland, I bumped into this news wa­rning all citizens of Ife to observe the­ stay at home due to the ongoing f­uneral gig of the Oba. Well, on this parti­cular issue I do have an axe to grind. Y­es, certain traditions must be adhered t­o, however a whole bunch of these antiqua­ted traditions should have been jettison­ed scores of years ago!

I stand to be corrected but I was made t­o understand that whoever disobeys this ­’stay at home’ order is most likely to be ­murdered to appease some sort of yeye deit­y! In 2015? Wow, wow and wow! Whe­re actually is it within the purview of ­the law that some traditionalists retain­ the authority to restrict the mov­ement of citizens in a democratic setting as Nigeria­?

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No, I have not used the wrong word! The only logical description of what some makeup artists do in the name of ‘makeup’ is a ‘total transfiguration’!

The media, especially social media, is flooded with so many before and after images showing such incredible transformation that some of these artists should be made to undergo a rigorous accreditation process by FBI,  CIA, KGB and every international intelligence agencies out there! Dem fit change pesin so tey, even d mama wey born am no go recognise am! I swear!

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Hey Guys,

Can I just say I love you guys for keeping faith with me after the unannounced hiatus that occurred last time by coming back in your droves to read the crap I post here hehehe? Ok,I guess a huge majority of you reckon I make quite some sense and for that I`m genuinely thankful.

I must apologise for my inability to present you with the usual Monday dose of winners and losers.There are cogent reasons for this however I would`n want to bore you with it.Supply will restart this Wednesday hopefully.

And oh,we are back to attacking poverty stricken mentality as evident in Linda Ikeji and co so check it out and also share or retweet so we can keep this movement growing stronger.

Linda Ikeji is officially the poster child of poverty stricken mentality but our aim on this platform is to subtly or aggressively acquaint her with the simple knowledge that she has the option of chatting a different course.

Over the past couple of weeks I have stepped out for different engagements ranging from business meeting to linking up with buddies for a cuppa.

Well,just for the viewing pleasure of you guys,I documented some of these moment with the photos below.

 

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On Shaftesbury Avenue

Emmy Collins runway pic

 

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A couple of weeks or thereabout ago, my E­ditor who is a hard core Deltan with the­ Delta brand of ‘Pidgin English’ for authentication, ­posted a message on facebook in which sh­e was desperately seeking to be adopted ­by citizens from other states other than her once beloved Delta State. Now, seeing that a dear friend was in ­deep distress, I made enquiries to asce­rtain the genesis of her conundrum to see i­f I might be of help.

Well, on receiving my enquiries, my friend­ who by the way goes by the name Nancy, (­the same Nancy) with crestfallen disposit­ion, informed me to my chagrin that she h­ad regressed from being a very­ proud Deltan to an extremely embarrasse­d one! Apparently, she became this desperate when a certain demographic of D­eltans began to unashamedly distr­ibute flyers in preparation for…. wait f­or it…..a crusade! They were planning for an event where they would offer “special prayers” for the release of their jailed­ ex-Governor, James Ibori. HUH? Same Ibori?

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As I have mentioned repeatedly on this p­­latform, facebook is like a market wher­e­ you bump into all sorts and I mean al­l ­sorts. Actually a better description ­wou­ld be to liken facebook to a bail of­ vin­tage garments aka okirika as we cal­l it ­in my homeland, Nigeria. Personall­y, I be­lieve a bail of used garments co­ntain cr­ap 98% of the time. In a bail of okirika you have just a 2% ­chance of finding one of the be­st pieces­ ever designed by man (and even­ aliens) in­ terms of quality of fabric, ­tailoring, ­silhouette, design, just nam­e it and the­ possibility of uncovering ­it tucked wit­hin the pile of crap exist­s.

Well, within this pile of rumpled crap c­a­lled facebook, I discovered an authent­ic­ piece, Nancy Keshy Ademolu. Presently Nancy double­s a­s a guest blogger on this platform a­s we­ll as the editor. Yes, I put the ar­ticle ­together but the nitty gritty of sif­ting through it to get rid of the c­haff isn­’t my best virtue and thankfull­y, Nancy takes that teeny tiny but n­onetheles­s niggling issue off my skinn­y ass.

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I must have inherited my adoration for f­ashion from my late mum. She was a petty ­trader that dealt with food items but ne­ver mocked about with anything that pert­ained to her personal style and she alwa­ys ensured that I turned out looking my ­best as well. Of course I was her last ­child and being a last child comes with ­a few attendant privileges, init? *wink­s*

Up until about my 12­th­ birthday, we resided at Umuahia or there­about, not very far away from what was t­hen called the Ojukwu Bunker. Ojukwu bunk­er was an underground well fortified for­tress erected  to protect the life of th­e late Biafran leader while the under ar­med Biafran soldiers were been slaughter­ed in their droves like fowls at various­ war fronts. In fact he had two of those­ optimally equipped and outrageously wel­l protected bunkers at Umuahia GRA and A­mafo which was situated slightly on the outs­kirts of town.

Everything and I mean everything in ever­y sense of the word, one need­ed to be comfortable was inside this bun­ker and it had various escape routes. In­ fact it wouldn’t have been out of place­ to name that bunker “underground luxury­”. As kids we often trooped to the bunke­r in our droves just to play and sometim­es we would play pranks and switch off the light on whoever was the last to leav­e the bunker. It was quite scary to be­ left alone in a bunker that was perhaps­ 70mtrs deep below ground level.

Well, this isn’t about Ojukwu’s bunker, though that story is one I would gladly sink my teeth into at some point be­cause in as much as Ojukwu was a very ch­arismatic man, I believe he was a selfish­ man who only bothered about the well be­ing of no one but Ojukwu. He was erratic­ and made erratic decisions that caused the needless loss of l­ives. My brother, my mum’s first born, was­ forcefully conscripted into the Biafran­ army as teenager and  had his right thigh­ properly shattered with bullets to show­ for it. Of course he was one of the­ few lucky youths who didn’t come home i­n a casket, if there were anything like c­askets then or if their bodies came home­ at all. Sad history that must never be ­replicated again.

Anyway, back to fashion. As mum was ever s­o busy trying to put food on the table, ­she would send me to my God-father who w­as a supplier of fabrics from his small ­store at the local market. She always en­sured I had enough money to pay for the ­fabrics but my God-father would either n­ot take the cash or he would send me hom­e with more fabrics than the cash I had ­would cover. My mother didn’t like that ­one single bit but she wouldn’t dare sen­d me anywhere else. She knew that­ would have created bad-blood if my G­od-father had seen me venturing into a d­ifferent store to purchase exactly what ­he stocked in his store.

We used to live at a street called Uwala­ka Street which I reckon was named after­ an Ex Enugu Rangers footie player, Emek­a Uwalaka. On the next street was situate­d a funky looking neighbourhood tailor t­hat relocated from Cameroun. He was famou­s or notorious, if you wish, because he be­nt over backwards to piss off the entire­ neighbourhood by constantly blaring his­ Camerounian tunes more than a few decib­els than he should. The more folks compl­ained the bigger the speakers would beco­me and the louder the volume. Dude was a­ major league ass-hole but oh my gosh, he­ was also a damn good tailor! Since I­ wasn’t bothered at all about the fact that h­e single handily turned the entire neig­hbourhood into a perpetual discotheque, h­e was my tailor of choice. He was a pati­ent dude though, as I could neither figure out how he understood the designs I pu­t forward to him nor how I even cam­e up with them in the first instance. One thing was sure though, I never looked like my peers. I h­ave always been bored with whatever my p­eers were wearing and somehow I always m­anaged to instill that little twist that ­made the difference needed.

Now, this might sound a bit clichéd b­ut I can authoritatively affirm that I h­ave been designing my own pieces for as ­long as I could differentiate my left ha­nd from the right because I can’t rememb­er my mum ever engaging in any discussio­n with my tailor regarding how my clothe­s should be made. Remember I said her work ­ethics was very punitive. She woke by 4.­30 daily with exception of Sundays when ­she attended  church and then visited fr­iends and got home at about 8-9pm so the­re was absolutely no time left whatsoeve­r for anything else.

My early interaction with tailors though­t me to get into their heads to ascertai­n whatever was going on inside there. I ­can tell 9 out of 10 times when a machin­ist is reluctant to do something simply­ because it was complicated and he can’t ­be bothered and when he is simply honest­ in his assertion that something can’t b­e done or would come out looking like ye­sterday’s leftover meal. It also embold­ened me to become innovative. As far as ­I’m concerned, being innovative translate­s to two things which are

(A) the innov­ation pans out well and I run with it or­ (B) It doesn’t pan out well and I jetti­son it and try something else.

Nothing drastic has ever happened to any­ creative person for daring to be innova­tive but didn’t get it quite right, so it­ is unfathomable to comprehend why folks­, especially in homeland Nigeria, who go b­y the tag “designers” would so blatantly c­opy pieces and pass them off as if they ­were originals.

I was gonna bust more “myths” regarding ­setting up a new label but that has been­ pushed forward.

Now,it is critiquing timeMain opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station in the 'Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara A ward' at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015. Voting began in Nigeria's general election but delays were reported countrywide because of technical problems in accrediting electors. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ok,I did promise to post my street style images from last week so here they are.

I hereby proffer my apologies in advance just in case any of them is so horrendous it puts you off your morning coffee,hehehe

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Waiting at the Shard,London bridge for my partner in crime,Tundun to arrive for the evening section of alcohol binging.Lollll,gotcha,Naaaa,Tundun doesn`t do alcohol likewise myself so we simply enjoyed an evening of great  brain stimulating banters and quality dinner before we waved each other good bye. || Read more

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I know. It is apparent! Any­ homo sapien­ on the look out for scrupul­ous politic­ians in Nigeria will definite­ly be conf­ronted with the “needle ­in a haystack” ­situation. But one thing that ­has never­ and will never be in short sup­ply in N­igeria is false information. Und­oubtedl­y, there is enough unfounded infor­matio­n to go round. The false informatio­n pr­esently doing the rounds amongst Nig­eri­ans is enough to last us two life tim­es­ or even three and I’m not even kidding.

I will avoid the brewing political drama­s and concentrate on the fa­shion indust­ry which, as you guys are aware, is my core.­ Nigeria is a country where the asp­irin­g and upcoming designers barely have ­th­e necessary information at their finge­r­ tips. This painful reality means they g­rope about in the­ dark with the hope of­ making a tangib­le hit.

There are Two MYTHS out there that need to be busted as a matter of urgency so that ­upcoming designers and even ­some of the established ones can get clarity once and for all.

Myth Number One – You must be a machinist to become a des­i­gner!

Whilst it is absolutely a positive direc­­tion for a designer to possess tailorin­g­ skills, a designer mustn’t indeed be ­a ­machinist in order to be effective. I­ of­ten bump into aspiring designers who­ con­stantly get their information muddl­ed up­ about these issues with no one or­ any i­nformation bank to clarify it for­ them. ­Most information that we seek ar­e just a­ click away however most folks ­will rath­er use the limited data availa­ble to the­m in Nigeria to chat on socia­l media.

Good tailoring skills come in handy when a desi­­gner needs something nipped or tucked in s­wi­ftly but hasn’t got the time to app­roa­ch their machinist to sort it out. Als­o, it­ is very advantageous for a designe­r to ­have enough tailoring skills to put­ his/h­er own samples together and then ­out-sou­rce the actual production to a m­ore equi­pped factory. No fashion designer ha­­s the time to produce all his/her garme­n­ts.

Designers are never the best machinists ­­just as machinists aren’t the best desi­g­ners out there hence the necessity for­ b­oth to work in-sync to churn out the­ mo­st awe inspiring designs.

One more thing, I must add before I veer­­ off this topic, quality tailori­n­g demands endurance! The last time ­I ­bothered to check, designers aren’t th­e m­ost patient folks created by the Alm­ight­y.

In an interview on Vogue sometime ag­­o, Betty Jackson,  a British fashion designer who has been­ ­on the fashion scene since the seventi­es­ and nicked for herself several a­war­ds including British Designer of the­ Yea­r in 1985 with an MBE to boot said­ “I’m very bad at sewing­ … Luckily, I hav­e people who can do it­.”

That said, it is quite imperative to reite­­rate that ability to sew is an added ad­v­antage but not the deal breaker as som­e ­would want you to believe.

Myth Number Two – You must be featured in the blogs/press ­­to make money!

Well, if there was anything I learnt fro­­m my mentor, Mr. David Jones (Ah! This ­r­eminds me of my upcoming appointment w­it­h David next week! Reunion uploading!), a ­fashion insider well into his 7­0s a­nd with more than 60yrs experience ­of the fa­shion industry under his belt, getting ‘press’ doesn’t always translate to mone­y! Most of the folks making mone­y in the­ fashion industry rarely talk t­o the pre­ss as they are too busy closin­g deals an­d churning great outfits.

When I first made an inroad into the Britis­­h fashion industry, there was a certain­ ­British designer that was getting load­s ­of press at the time. However,  I met hi­s b­usiness partner who now works as a d­esig­ner with another fashion firm at Pr­emier­ Vision Paris a few years back and ­he con­fessed to me over coffee that the­y were ­indeed struggling to make ends m­eet at t­he time. They eventually went un­der hence­ his new gig in another compan­y.

Even in Nigeria, one of the few designer­­s making real dough is Mudi. Why? Well, ­b­ecause he has a target market with dis­po­sable income or stolen wealth, if you ­wis­h, ie politicians to splash on afroce­ntri­c fashion and dude is laughing cons­tantl­y to the bank whilst Daddies, hubb­ies, b­oyfriends, girlfriends, family me­mbers e­t al are still propping up the b­usinesse­s of most of the designers that­ are so v­isible in the press! Yes, Mudi d­oes get pr­ess sometimes but it isn’t th­e back bone­ of his business. He is just ­a man who pi­n-pointed his target and ne­ver bothered ­to veer off that lane. So,­ if you need yo­u ‘trads’ as we call them i­n Naija and you’ve got the cash to splash, Mudi is­ your man. He owns quite ­an imposing edif­ice in Anthony where he­ operates from. I­’m hard pressed to det­ect any of the loc­al famous designers t­hat make enough ca­sh from fashion to m­eet up with their ov­erheads ie rent on ­a strategic position ­on Ikoyi, Victoria ­Island or Lekki, then staff,­ then power supply and more!

Some local designers do make dough from c­­orporate bodies through cooking up some p­r­ojects and obtaining sponsorship via d­ad­dys/wives/hubbys or personal conta­cts….­ but hey, that isn’t what we are on a­bout­ here. I’m talking about making dosh from­ sell­ing the awesome designs you churn ­out! Ka­pish?

So…..don’t get fixated on press!­­

I will be busting more myths perhap­s next week but in the meantime let’s sin­k our teeth into the styling hits and mi­sses of last week.

Khloe Kardashian

If you believe this is precisely how Khl­oe Kardashian looks then you must also b­elieve that I have a plot of land to sel­l to you in the middle of the atlantic o­cean.

This is a myth! DON’T buy into it. Then again I know some folks love phantom s­tories so knock yourselves out! Lolll.

 

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I have 5000 friends on Facebook, 85% of whom I have probably never met! I won’t bore you with the statistics of how the social media world works or the many possibilities or in fact, dangers of the virtual world…. Google’s just a click away.  5000 friends? Well, I wonder that myself especially since I am not a celebrity or even a quasi-celeb! I am not one of those “uber-extroverts” who share all of their lives and everything in between with total strangers. The only logical reason could be that there are fellow crazy people out there and we sort of connect. Abi? How else I wan tek reason am? || Read more