Thursday, September 19, 2013

You’re Invited to the Lagos Gift & Stationery Fair 2013 | Friday 27th September 2013

Lagos Gift & Stationary Fair 2013 - BellaNaija - September 2013
This September 2013, over 40 top grossing businesses and more than 1000 enthusiastic business minded men and women with one thing in common, will meet under one roof.
The Lagos Gift and Stationery Fair (LGSF) 2013, brought to you by PaperStyle Limited, is a public trade event dedicated to showcasing corporate gifts, premium and promotional products, printed and non-printed stationary and related businesses.
The event will provide the opportunity for business people like yourself, to be well informed, network and experience new products and service trends. Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy products and services from over 8 industry segments, source for new ideas on corporate gifts and premiums, maximize their time and resources; all at the LGSF 2013. This event is proudly supported by the Enterprise Development Centre (an arm of the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos)
Event Highlights
- Industry Talk Session (Seminar) on interesting and engaging topics by seasoned professionals in the industry
- Lucky Draws to win prizes
Entry Fee: 2 (two) Complimentary Cards only.
Date: Friday 27 September 2013
Time: 10AM – 6PM | Exhibition Talk Session 10AM – 12Noon
Venue: Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos
For more information please visit their website at | Call them at : 08182762953 or 08032118727 | Email: or

Native & Vogue International Fashion Week Port Harcourt | September 20th – 22nd 2013

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Neo Mantra, an intellectual property development company in partnership with Allure Magazine and Bunor Creazioni, Nigerian based fashion design, consultancy and model management firm headed by Frank Osodi in conjunction with Red Dahlia Production, a South Africa-based Company renowned for seasoned fashion and pageant show management and Rivers State Government bring to you Native & Vogue Port Harcourt International Fashion Week The key anchor person/headliner will be the first Black African ever to win the Miss World beauty pageant. This is the very elegant Agbani Darego.
The Native & Vogue project is a 3 day fashion week that primarily brings together already established fashion designers from Nigeria and beyond who will showcase their wares. This will serve as a base and spring board for the upcoming and aspiring designers to cease the opportunity for a career launch after undergoing a short tutelage under the already established designers.   The aim of Native & Vogue is to foster the growth of this seemingly silent but vibrant industry by providing structure and grand economic purpose.
The entire three day period will be filled with fanfare and activities that will draw attention to and bring goodwill to Rivers State. Some of expected activities include: Meet & Greet, Fashion Shows, Exhibitions, Workshops and Fashion Competitions. The key resource person of The Native & Vogue project is Mr. Frank Richard Osodi, a man with over 20 years experience in the fashion and modeling industry. Some of his participatory and organizing accolades include: South Africa fashion week, Vukani Fashion Awards, Mozambique Fashion Week, Africa Fashion Week London, PAHBA Awards, Miss Africa U.S.A, Atlanta and Barbados and a host of other fashion fairs all over the world. Frank dressed the first black African to win the miss world crown, Agbani Darego.  Other designers who will be showcasing are:
National Designers:  Ituen Basse, Femi Adebayo Jones,  Davida Coutures, Mai Atafo, AlVince Coutures,    Sunny Rose, Paul Van Zyl, international guest designer
Port Harcourt Designers: Zhalima Grazioni, DakVal, House of Odysee, Beelicious, Tejiri, Revamp Your Style, Rosbinna Collections.
Rivers Based Upcoming Designers: Ady By Linda, Joon,  Joe Pagatanga,  Jason Porshe,  Promzy Collections,  Imikan & Stephens,  Omos Fashion,  Jazz Effects,  Dilem Designs, Sira Stitches
Date: September 20th to 22nd, 2013
Venue: Aztech Arcum
More Information: call:08077274106 or visit,, Twitter: @nativeandvogue

“I Had an Idea, I Didn’t Have a Laptop” Young Nigerian Billionaire Ladi Delano Speaks to Forbes Africa in its September 2013 Edition

Here’s an excerpt from the report:
The path may have been well lit, but hardship lurked around the corner. In his student days, Delano found he suffered from mild dyslexia and deafness in one ear. Learning became more and more difficult and the idea of school waned. Despite this, with the help of extra lessons, Delano made it to a top university on a day he describes as glorious. The novelty soon wore off and academia became Delano’s nemesis. In his second year of a political science degree, he made up his mind. “It became quite clear that I didn’t have a passion for my course. I think that lead to me being easily distracted and that, ultimately, culminated in me thinking that rather than flogging a dead horse, it would make more sense to do something I was more comfortable with. There are two types of education and each form of education is equally as valuable. The academic approach to education is vital, no business can operate and be successful without those who have spent the time to understand the academic side of anything. However, that approach to education is not necessarily for everybody. And in my case it wasn’t. So, I decided to withdraw from university,” he says. Delano’s decision didn’t go down well at home, but there was no stopping him. At least university had planted the idea of becoming an entrepreneur.
In April 2012, Delano moved back to Nigeria—a country with 60% of the population under the age of 35 and a youth
unemployment rate sitting at 43%. “I just love Nigeria… I want to provide jobs and help the youth develop themselves. It’s an honor to be able to contribute to the economy in this way,” he says. The first contribution will be made through a mining asset acquired in May. “We now have $100 million to spend on the asset in order to get it to production. We anticipate that the asset will be in production within the next year or so and we’re hoping that this will kickstart the mining revolution in Nigeria,” he says. “We recently advised Ladi on completing his first mining deal where he energetically drove the process and discussions with multiple stakeholders through to a successful outcome. Ladi is already focused on several opportunities and we see him doing very exciting things going forward,” says Raj Khatri, head of metals and mining for Macquarie Capital, Europe. From London, to Chicago, to China and West Africa; through vodka, mining and hotels; it has been a roller coaster ride for Ladi Delano in his first 31 years and you get the feeling he has only just got started.

To find out more about this super inspiring young man, you have to pick up a copy of the September edition of Forbes Africa.

Emerging Nigerian Design Label Sisiano presents its Debut Collection – “Ms. Green – The Beginning”

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Okay BN Fashion Lovers, it’s time to put on your fashion goggles and find out if this emerging label has got what it takes. New to the fashion scene, Nigerian design label Sisiano presents its debut collection – “Ms.Green – The Beginning”.
The collection features a range of feminine pieces in chiffon, floral prints & lace in white, brown, blue hues, green, red & yellow. It has been created for the luxurious woman and her appreciation of fashion and devotion to looking fabulous all the time.
So BellaNaija Style Rangers, what do you think?
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Phtot Credit:
Photography: Temi Adebayo
Makeup: Bunmi Olunloyo
Hair: Bernard Okon
Models: Stefania & Angel (BETH Models)

Pick Your Fave: Agbani Darego & Thandie Newton in Stella McCartney

Style Watchers – think rocked this look best.
BN Pick Your Fave - Agbani Darego &  Thandie Newton in Stella McCartney - BellaNaija
Agbani Darego & Thandie Newton in Stella McCartney
Today we have Hollywood star Thandie Newton and Miss World 2001 Agbani Darego battling it out for you favourite in Stella McCartney.
If you are an avid BN Style follower, you will know that most of our Nigerian stars and socialites are fans of the British design label. We’ve spotted Tiwa Savage, Nkiru Anumudu and Elohor Aisien in pieces by the brand.
Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton - BN  Pick Your Fave - September 2013 - BellaNaija
Where: Half of a Yellow Sun Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada on Sunday 8th September 2013.
How she wore it: At the much anticipated Half of a Yellow Sun TIFF Premiere (Click here for photos), British actress Thandie Newton wore this jersey wave color block bodycon dress.
The actress who took on the role of “Olanna” in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie‘s best selling book, also revealed at the premiere that she and her writer/producer husband Ol Parker are expecting their third child.
The actress styled the sleeveless sheath black-and-white dress with diamond stud earrings, a Stella McCartney marbled acetate box clutch and a pair of black ankle strap Stella McCartney heels.
Her look was completed with a sleek ponytail and neutral lipstick.
Agbani Darego
Agbani Darego - BN Pick Your Fave - September 2013 - BellaNaija
Where: Glam Report TV Launch at the Social Place, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday 15th September 2013.
How she wore it: At the star studded launch of lifestyle magazine show Glam Report (which BN will bring you all the shots), ex beauty queen turned entrepreneur Agbani Darego rocked the same dress.
Styling her hair down to her shoulders and opting for smoky eyes, Agbani gave the cameras her best pose on the purple carpet.
She styled the outfit with a black wrist watch, a black clutch and a pair of black peep toes.
The Dress
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney

Monday, September 16, 2013

Meet the 2013 Miss Earth Nigeria contestants

24 stunning girls are vying for the ultimate prize at this year's Miss Earth Nigeria pageant, which will hold next week Sunday September 22nd at Oriental Hotel in Lagos.

Reality star Amber Rose, Hollywood actor Boris Kodjoe, Karly Redd and our own Genevieve Nnaji have confirmed attendance according to the organizers of the pageant. D'banj and Timi Dakolo are billed to perform. See the rest of the contestants after the cut and tell us who your favorites are...

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Who deserves to win Glo XFactor's N24m & a Sony Music contract?

Africa’s biggest music reality show is coming to an end. With 24 million naira and an international Sony Music at hand, these three ladies will battle to the end. Will it be Ghana’s Eshun with her haunting and dazzling persona or the charismatic and dynamic DJ Switch, or will the prize go to the petite enigma Vicky known as the Voice? Continue...

It is entirely in the hands of the audience to decide Africa’s first X Factor winner. Voting lines open at 8.00 p.m. on Saturday and close at 8pm on Monday. Voting is done by sending the contestant’s voting number via SMS to “33680. The voting numbers are Eshun“501”, Vicky “503” and DJ
Switch “504”.

Follow the conversation #GloXFactor. @GloXFactor on Twitter.