Wednesday, July 18, 2012

THE STORY OF Tara Fela-Durotoye

Tara Fela-Durotoye (born March 6, 1977)[1] is a Nigerian makeup artist and lawyer. A pioneer in the bridal makeup profession in Nigeria, She launched the first bridal directory in 1999, set up international standard makeup studio, and established the first makeup school in Nigeria.

She is the founder and current CEO of House of Tara International[2] the creator of the Tara Orekelewa Beauty range, Inspired Perfume and the H.I.P Beauty range.

In 2007, She was awarded the Africa SMME Award and the Entrepreneur award in South Africa.
 Tara Fela-Durotoye.

Early life

Tara Fela-Durotoye was born at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, the daughter of Mr John Ejegi Sagay, a commissioner at the Federal Civil Service, Nigeria and Mrs Felicia Omaghomi. The Couple separated when She was eight months old; born into a polygamous home, she was brought up by her father's wife Mrs Modupe Agnes Sagay. She started her education at Command Children School, Victoria Island and proceeded to Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Ojo, where she was a boarder. In form 5, she was made the Sanitary and Welfare Prefect. She graduated from the Lagos State University, with a degree in Law and proceeded to fully establish the beauty Company, House of Tara International.

She is married to Fela Durotoye, a Prolific Business Strategist and Corporate Activator; Chief Executive Officer of Visible Impact and blessed with three sons, Mobolurin, Demilade & Morolaoluwa.

Contributions & Achievements

Over the past 12 years, Mrs Tara Fela-Durotoye has been dedicated to realising her vision of building a globally respected beauty company of African origin.

Tara is the Managing Director and Creative Director of HOUSE OF TARA INTERNATIONAL, a leading player in the make-up sector of Nigeria's beauty industry. The organisation has grown into a franchise enterprise with three main lines of business namely The Make-up Studio, The Makeup School and the TARA product line comprising beauty products and professional make-up kits.

Tara is widely considered as a veteran in the beauty industry, who has pioneered the bridal make up profession in Nigeria, starting her make-up business whilst an undergraduate in the Faculty of Law, Lagos State University.

Tara is a trained and certified make-up artist of Charles Fox, Convent Garden, London. In a series of first, she launched her bridal make-up business in 1998. Thereafter, she launched the first Bridal directory in Nigeria in 1999. In 2000, Tara facilitated the first-ever series of Bridal seminars, drawing for the first time-ever in Nigeria celebrated professionals in the bridal industry to speak to brides.

She has franchise spread across Nigeria (branches in Lagos, Ibadan, Port-Harcourt and Abuja) and with emerging footprint on the West African coastal countries of Cotonou, Ghana and Senegal.

She established the country's first make up school in 2004, and also launched the TARA product line comprising a range of professional tool kits (such as make-up boxes, brushes and purses) for make-up artists and a wide range of make-up products including eye shadows, eye liner, lip gloss, foundation and powders on a brand platform promoting ethics and ethnicity, by empowering young women for economic independence without moral compromise, just as it flies the proudly Nigerian flag.

In 2008, at a record-setting celebration of her tenth anniversary in Lagos, she surprised the nation with the launch of her first perfume fragrance aptly called "Be Inspired".

She is a highly sought after speaker at entrepreneurial platforms including conferences, TV programmes, newspaper and magazine publications and electronic media platforms. She is a favourite speaker at women business conferences, youth empowerment seminars and faith-based gatherings where she speaks on topics ranging from finding your purpose, identifying your talent, building and managing businesses, maintaining a successful career and marriage.

She is also a mentor for make-up artists and small business owners. Through her make-up school, Tara has developed and trained about 300 make-up artists who are now active players in Nigerian beauty industry. She has also succeeded in empowering over 600young ladies (most of who are in the tertiary institutions) with the Tara Orekelewa beauty representatives' initiative that makes them financially independent, improving their self esteem while building their marketing and entrepreneurial skills.


Some of Tara's many national and international awards include:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year (The Future Awards)
  • Young Person of the Year 2007 (The Future Awards)
  • Best Makeup Artist (Fashion and Style magazine)
  • Award for Excellence in the Beauty Sector 2006(City People magazine)
  • Pioneer Award for Beauty 2006. (Fashion and Style Award)
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Lagos Enterprise Award)
  • Wedding Planner Honorary award for mentoring other make artists, January 2008
  • Award for excellence (beauty), city people
  • 1st lady award for Women empowerment

Under her leadership, House of Tara International has won several awards including

  • Right Vision Movement Award Creativity & Productivity Make over Outlet of the year 2006.
  • The Africa SMME Award presented in South Africa and the Entrepreneur of the Year award.2007
  • Creative business award of the year, success digest 2008

She is presently working on her book How to Turn Your Hobby into a Thriving Business.

The Future Awards 2012 Full Nominees List

Ladi Delano Toju Foyeh

As always, it’s the most anticipated list this year! The Future Awards, described by the World Bank as “The Nobel Prize for Young Africans”, after unveiling its spectacular Young Person of the Year nominees earlier this week, has now released the full Nominees List for all 21 categories.

Voting begins immediately! The voting numbers are 33120 (All networks) for Nigeria, and 1523 (Expresso & MTN), 1910 (Airtel) for Ghana. You can also vote on According to the organisers, voting takes only 50% of the second stage of judging, so winners are not selected by voting popularity – there is a 4-stage judging process involving a Board of Judges and an Independent Audit Committee. There is also a one-week period for members of the public to make complaints about any of the nominees to the awards Central Working Committee (CWC). Please send complaints to
All the nominees will be celebrated at an invitation-only media and VIP Nominees Reception on Saturday, 4 August 2012 – where they will also be inducted into the elite The Future Alumni Network. The Reception is also a yearly charity fundraiser – and this year, the event will be raising money for the Down Syndrome Association of Nigeria, a pioneering advocacy platform for children with Down’s Syndrome.

“Though there were remarkable difficulties in getting young leaders and entrepreneurs closer to 20 than 30, but we are excited to have yet arrived at an inspiring run-down of young Nigerians,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is executive director of The Future Project. “We gave ourselves the tough task of finding innovators, entrepreneurs and the kinds of young people you don’t always hear about, which is the essence of The Future Awards and we are as always, incredibly proud of the nominees we have.”

Profiles of the nominees will be published on the official website and on by July 31, 2012. Let the race begin!


Best Use of Advocacy
  1. Ferdinand Adimefe (Interface Foundation) 28
  2. Olumide Makanjuola (The Initiative for Equal Rights) 25
  3. Orode Jade Uduaghan (Pink Pearl Cancer Foundation) 22
  4. Adamma Umeofia (WeBuilt: Nigeria) 20
  5. Chizoba Imoka (Unveiling Africa Foundation) 25
  6. Esther Agbarakwe (Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition) 28
  7. Priscilla Usiobaifo (Brave Heart Initiative) 28
  8. Babafemi Oyediran (Rural Enterprise Development
Project) 29
Best Use of New Media
  1. Japheth Omojuwa 28
  2. Gidi Traffic 22
  3. Ediong Umoh 25
  4. #OccupyNigeria
  5. #SaveOke
  6. Seun Fakuade (Beacons) 29
  7. Nmachi Jidenma 24
  8. Wale Adetula 27
Creative Artist Of The Year
  1. Obi Somto (Photographer) 23
  2. Bayo Omoboriowo (Photographer) 25
  3. Chibundo Onuzo (Writer) 21
  4. Bobo Omotayo (Writer) 29
  5. Imole Balogun (Photographer) 23
  6. Remi Adegbite (Photographer) 30
  7. Onyeka Nwelue (Writer) 30
  8. Mohammed Abbagana (Painter) 26
Designer of the Year
  1. Adebisi Anita (Ms Makor) 23
  2. Kola Kudus (Kola Kudus) 30
  3. Olorunyomi Omoniyi Makun (Yomi Casuals) 27
  4. Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku (Toju Foyeh) 23
  5. Osakwe Amaka (Maki Oh) 26
  6. Rukky Ladoja/Obi Obi/Tola Ayanwale (Grey) 27/29/27
  7. Ugonna Omeruo (House of Nwocha) 28
  8. Akpos Okudu (Akpos Okudu) 25
  1. Akin Rotimi (Ekiti State Governor’s Office) 31
  2. Banks Omisore (National Assembly) 29
  3. Chime Asonye (The Presidency) 26
  4. Ohimai Amaize (Ministry of Sports) 31
  5. John Gomiluk Otokwala (Securities and Exchange Commission) 28
  1. Adaeze Nnamani (Ministry of National Planning) 31
  2. The Corper (National Youth Service Corps) All ages
  3. Hadiza Abdullahi (The Presidency) 31
  1. Chiemelie Ezeobi (Thisday) 24
  2. Tolu Ogunlesi (NEXT/Forbes Africa) 29
  3. Alkasim Abdulkadir (CNN) 31
  4. Toyosi Ogunseye (The Punch) 29
  5. Oluyinka Ezekiel Adeparusi (National Mirror) 30
  6. Tomi Oladipo (BBC) 27
  7. Barnabas Hunjo (Radio Nigeria) 28
  8. Elo Nkereuwem (NEXT/Premium Times) 31
  1. Adim Isiakpona (Marketing Manager, HP) 27
  2. Seyi Ogunro (Associate, Banwo & Ighodalo) 29
  3. Aneto Okonkwo (Manager, Google) 27
  4. Ngozi Nkwoji (Senior Brand Manager, NB Plc) 30
  5. Tomiwa Adesida (Head of CSR, Sahara Group) 32
  6. Tomijogun Ogunlesi (Campus Brand Manager, Reckitt
Benckiser) 28
  1. Kayode Jegede (General Manager/Head of Facility
Management, Deux Project) 30
  1. Tokini Peterside (Communication Manager, Moet
Hennessy) 24
Science and Technology
  1. Ahmed Mukoshy ( 23
  2. Nnoduka Eruchalu ( 22
  3. Olumide Adewunmi (Gidilounge) 27
  4. Zubair Abubakar (Nigerian Constitution BlackBerry App) 32
  1. Chinwe Njokwu (Novel designs for microwave antennas using
Nanomaterials) 27
  1. Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT) 26
  2. Femi Alade (Pliris Mobile) 30
  3. Raheem Temitope Bello (geoUtil, a solution for 70%
current household energy consumption) 19
  1. Gossy Ukanwoke (Beni Online University) 24
  2. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Bookneto) 21
  3. Tosin Jegede (One Child, One Book) 31
  4. Adebayo Adegbembo (ASA) 29
  5. Otto Orondaam (Slum to School Project) 26
  6. Desiree Craig (Efiko) 23
  7. Tolulope Sangosanya (Love on the Streets) 30
  8. Obinna Okwodu (Robotic teaching in secondary
schools) 21
  1. Oyigoye Doyle (Nylahs Catering) 30
  2. Kola Oyeneyin (Venia Business Hub) 31
  3. Titus and Tobias Igwe (Speadmeals Mobile Kitchen) 24
  4. Aisha Maina (Aquarian Consult) 31
  5. Ayodele Arigbagbu (Dada Books) 32
  6. Osaru Alile & Lape Caxton-Onakoya (Caxton-Alile) 30
  7. Ola Orekunri (Flying Doctors Nigeria) 26
  8. Ladi Delano (Bakrie Delano Africa) 30
  1. Ajo Kunnuho John (Animal husbandry) 29
  2. Omoteso Sogo Ayodele (Piggery/Fishery/Poultry) 27
  3. Tochukwu Onyemelukwe (Jaeet Nigeria Limited) 30
  4. Olukayode Adeoye (Whails and Chase) 32
  5. Ayodeji Adeyinka Adeoye (Irewolede Farms) 30
  6. Fawolu Taiwo (Abivict Farms) 28
  7. Olusola Amusan (Olusola Amusan Company) 22
  8. Zechariah Obasola (Crop farming) 30
  1. Julie Odia (WOW) 31
  2. Adaora Mbelu (Innovation Factory) 26
  3. Uyi Omokaro (DM2) 30
  4. Bobby Taylor (Bobby Taylor Consulting) 30
  5. Komolafe Adesola (Media Insight) 30
  6. Samuel Olatunji (Big Sam Media) 30
  7. Uche Pedro (BainStone) 27
  8. Funmilade Alalade (Elev8) 28
  1. David Adeleke (HKN) 20
  2. Keke Hammond (Flytime Productions) 30
  3. Tana Adelana (Tana Adelana Productions) 28
  4. Emmanuel Dole Onoja (Delphino Entertainment) 28
  5. Don Jazzy (Mo-Hits/Mavin Records) 30
  6. Cobhams Asuquo (CAMP) 31
  7. Mamah Nwanchukwu (Ape Planet) 28
  8. Clarence Peters (CAPital Dreams Pictures) 29
  1. Ayodeji Adewunmi/Opeyemi Awoyemi/Olalekan 28/24/28
Olude (Jobberman)
  1. Ajibola Modupe (OTG Playa LLC) 29
  2. Jason Njoku (Iroko Partners) 31
  3. Eno Essien (Rheycrak) 30
  4. Bode Pedro (Veda Technology) 29
  5. Kayode Disu (IISA) 29
  6. Temi Kolawole (Antigravity) 27
  7. Femi Alade (Pliris Mobile) 30
On Air Personality of the Year (Radio)
  1. Oladotun Kayode (Cool FM) 28
  2. Twitwi (Wazobia FM) 32
  3. Toke Makinwa (Rhythm FM) 26
  4. Maltida Duncan (Rhythm FM, Abuja) 31
  5. Tolu “Toolz” Oniru (Beat FM) 30
  6. Nike Adewuyi (Splash FM, Ibadan) 27
  7. Lorenzo Menakaya (Lion FM, Enugu) 26
  8. Mazino (Smooth FM) 30
On Air Personality of the Year (TV)
  1. Dolapo Oni (Studio 53/Mnet) 28
  2. Denrele Edun (Channel O) 28
  3. Uti Nwanchukwu (Jara/Mnet) 30
  4. Ill Rymz (Nigerian Idol) 27
  5. Andre Blaze (Nigezie) 29
  6. Adams Ibrahim (Soundcity) 24
  7. Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere (Silverbird TV) 25
  8. Maupe Ogun (Channels TV) 29
Musician of the Year
  1. Davido 19
  2. Wizkid 22
  3. Tim Godfrey 31
  4. Ice Prince 26
  5. Flavour 29
  6. Naeto C 30
  7. MI 30
  8. Bez 29
Actor of the Year
  1. Ini Edo 30
  2. Tonto Dike 26
  3. OC Ukeje 31
  4. Ivie Okujaye 26
  5. Gideon Okeke 29
  6. Ramman Hassan 30
  7. Kabirah Mojisola Kafidipe 31
  8. Lala Akindoju 25
Producer of the Year Music
  1. D’tunes 22
  2. SamKlef 27
  3. DJ Klem 28
  4. Jesse Jagz 28
  5. Ikon 29
  6. Fliptyce 30
  7. Legendary Beats 23
  8. J Sleek 24
Producer of the Year Screen
  1. Clarence Peters 29
  2. Victor Sanchez Aghahowa 29
  3. Onye Ubanatu 31
  4. Ishaya Bako 26
  5. Ladi Odebunmi 21
  6. Adeola Oloyede 32
  7. Anietie James Ekins 27
  8. Deji Adeniyi 31
  1. Bankole Wellington [Banky W] (Musician/Entrepreneur/Activist) 31
  1. Dapo Oyebanjo [D’banj] (Musician/Entertainment Entrepreneur) 32
  1. Jason Njoku (Media Entrepreneur) 30
  2. Peter and Paul Okoye [Psquare] (Musician/Entertainment Entrepreneur) 31
  1. Linda Ikeji (Blogger/Media Entrepreneur) 31
  2. Chinwe Njoku (Scientist) 26
  3. Idris Akinbanjo (Journalist) 30
  4. Raheem Temitope Bello (Scientist) 19
*Note that, due to the adjusted The Future Awards calendar (it was moved from its traditional January to August, the period in review is October 2010 – May 2012. Nominees who were still 31 years as at March 2011 (six months into the period in review) are therefore eligible.

LASTMA offiial dies chasing after a vehicle

Heard the LASTMA official was ran over as he chased after a moving vehicle. The sad incident happened yesterday in Lagos. Peep the photo after the cut...but viewer discretion advised please!..

Bomb discovered and defused at a hotel in Ikeja this morning

What the anti-bomb squad brought out from the hotel this morning, the black bag with the pillow
Got quite a number of calls from people around the area this morning about a bomb that was discovered in a hotel in Ikeja. According to eyewitnesses, a bomb was found in a room at Reliance Hotel located on Emina Crescent off Amore Crescent, off Toyin street, Ikeja.

The hotel shares same fence with St Leo Catholic Church and is directly opposite Assemblies of God church. According to hotel sources, three guys slept in the hotel last night and checked out this morning. Housekeeper went to clean the room and discovered the 'surprise'. The hotel alerted the anti-bomb squad. The streets surrounding the area was condoned off for hours as the anti-bomb squad worked to detonate the bomb. When they did, they brought the bomb out with a pillow and left it on the streets for a few minutes, then left with it in their blue vehicle. A LIB reader took that photo and sent to me. Hopefully the police will say something about this incident.

Tosin Jegede loses mum

The former child singer lost her mum, Mrs Martha Onyemuchechi Jegede, on Wednesday 11th of July 2012. Mrs Jegede had been ill for quite sometime, after being diagnosed with a muscle disease. She passed away at a hospital in London at the age of 60. May her soul rest in peace...amen.

Prophet T.B. Joshua's camp deny social network prophecy rumour

I'm sure some of you heard the rumour. It appeared on a few sites online yesterday and today and according to the publication, T.B Joshua predicted the death of 2go and Facebook users. Well, the church is denying he made any such statement! And on that note, Goodnight my beautiful readers...let me rest my eyes. Ciao!

Angela Onyeador buried today

The late popular socialite who died in the US on Saturday June 16th was buried today in Lagos. Her body was flown into the country over the weekend. Her funeral service held today at the Church of Assumption, Falomo, Ikoyi and she was buried at Vaults and Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos. May her soul rest in peace...amen!

5 scavengers sent to prison in Lagos for entering dump site illegally

According to PM News, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) dragged five scavengers to a Lagos court for allegedly entering a refuse dump site at Igando, Lagos, illegally. They were remanded in prison after the arraignment.

Do you guys understand what you just read? Those people who go to dump sites, pick things you are I have thrown away, sell them or whatever it is they do with them, just to make a living, were arrested and locked up.

The men are: Sunday Oyedele, 33, Waisu Ayeni, 23, Akinwumi Akintoye, 38, Fadeyi Sampson, 35, and Mathew Igene, 45.

Lady Gaga goes naked to promote her fragrance - Fame

See all the little people on her body. Sexy or creepy?

Cocktail & Summer dress collection on, closing in 24hrs

The “Cocktail Dress” and “Summer Dress” collections on will be closing in 24 hours. There are just a few items left so you need to hurry over there if you want to get in on the shopping action.

The cocktail dress collection is at
The Summer dress collection is at

Remember you have to be a member to shop. is a members only fashion website offering timed collections put together by Kamdora stylists. This means:
  1. You have to register as a member to gain access to Kamdora’s timed collections. – but membership is free J
  2. Kamdora runs timed collection so items are available for a limited time or till items run out – so its advisable to shop quickly.
  3. When Kamdora stylists release new collections, registered members get to hear about it first.

As a Kamdora member you can shop on the site from anywhere in Nigeria. Members in Lagos can pay cash on delivery and also get free delivery of items within Lagos.

To become a member go to

Introducing the new Afrikitch @8 Jibowu Street, Yaba

Afikitch (an acronym for African Kitchen) is a brand of The Finicky Company whose other brands are Finicky (the orange fast food outlets) and Adun (the outdoor catering and corporate kitchen outsourcing arm of the business).

Afrikitch since inception in February 2005 operated a display counter mode of service. However in a bid to improve its services and quality of food, they have scaled up just a bit but still remaining as pocket-friendly as possible. Food will now be served straight from the kitchen while you wait relaxing in a friendly and comfortable restaurant catching up with the latest music, football and other sports news and gist with friends and family.

Why go all the way across the bridge or down Ikorodu Road when right next to you in your neighborhood is an amazing, pocket-friendly restaurant with a uniquely African ambience to soothe your moods and help you relax after a hard day’s work or with the family during the weekend.

Afrikitch will be excited to have you enjoy lunch with them or a dinner maybe, but whatever you choose, they will be there to serve you like the royalty that you are.

Watch Exclusive Footage of Olu Jacobs, 2Face Idibia, Segun Arinze, Asa, Naeto C, Justus Esiri, Tiwa Savage, Keziah Jones and Many More at the New Worl

This past weekend, on Sunday, 15th July, 2012, the Bank of Industry, Nigeria sponsored a massive opening event “New World Nigeria Showcase” at the G-Live Centre in Guildford, Surrey.

The event, one of three scheduled for this summer, saw Nigeria showcase the best in business, arts and culture to the rest of the world, as the likes of Nollywood legends, Olu Jacobs and Justus Esiri performed in the stage play “The King Must Dance Naked” by acclaimed director and scriptwriter Fred Agbeyegbe.

To round up the night of festivities, Nigerian music superstars - 2Face Idibia, Tiwa Savage and Naeto C performed some of their hits to an excited audience, and were later joined on stage by The Nigerian Diasporama All Star Band featuring Asa, Dele Sosimi, Tony Allen and Keziah Jones.

All the artists will be back for a Nigerian cultural extravaganza at Nigeria House, Theatre Royal in Stratford, London between 19 July to 12 August. This time they’ll be joined by the likes of King Sunny Ade, M.I, Seun Kuti, Jesse Jagz, Wande Coal, Bez, Brymo, Ice Prince, Waje, Wizboy, Weird MC and many more.

The 2nd event will also showcase other Nigerian creative arts such as Nollywood films, arts and crafts, and fashion exhibitions over its 4 weeks. Top Nollywood Stars Joke Silva, Segun Arinze, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey and Bimbo Akintola will also join in the festivities.

Wole Soyinka’s play, “The Lion and the Jewel” will be staged from the 30th-31st July, while Fred Agbeyegbe’s drama ”The King Must Dance Naked”, will be performed again on the 4th of August.

Factory78 TV has all the exclusive footage and interviews.

Barack & Michelle Obama caught on Kiss Cam; see what happened

The first time, they refused to kiss (left)...but they kissed the second time (right)...:-)
President Obama and his wife Michelle attended the USA-Brazil pre-Olympic Exhibition game which held at the Verizon Center yesterday night. While there, they were featured on Kiss Cam but the Obamas refused to kiss, getting boos from the arena. Later in the night, Kiss Cam featured them again, and this time - they kissed! Awwww. See the video where they refused to kiss after the cut...

Is Wizkid changing his name?

The music star turned 23 yesterday and it seems he no longer wants to be referred to as a kid. He Tweeted:

Nigerians are the Most Sexually Satisfied in the World, Japanese the Least, and the Greek have the Most Sex – Durex

After releasing a report that Nigerian women are the most unfaithful in the world, condom manufacturer, Durex, has again released another report on the sexual status of Nigerians. This time, they are saying that Nigerians are the most sexually satisfied in the world.

In a statement on Tuesday, Durex said the online study questioned more than 26,000 respondents across 26 countries about every aspect of their sex lives in a bid to chart comprehensively “what constitutes intimate well-being.”

The survey put Nigeria in pole position at 67 percent, followed by Mexico at 63 percent, India at 61 percent and Poland at 54 per cent.

The least sexually satisfied people in the world, according to the survey, are the Japanese, with 15 percent of respondents from that country giving their love lives a thumbs-up.

“On average, South Africans have sex 120 times a year — considerably more than the global average of 103,” the statement read. “It is the sexed-up Greeks who have the most sex, at 164 times a year; with Brazil next (145), followed by Poland and Russia (both 143). The Japanese are the least sexually active nation, being intimate just 48 times a year.”

The survey also measured average time of sexual intercourse among respondents. “The Nigerians take the longest time over sex, at 24 minutes per session, while Indians have the quickest sex, at 13 minutes,” it stated.

If 26,000 respondents across 26 countries were questioned, then probably only about 1000 Nigerians were used to get this statistics. This seems small compared to the millions of Nigerians who are sexually active.

However, what are your thoughts? Do you think Nigerians are the most sexually satisfied in the world? Do you think we take the longest time over sex at 24 minutes per session *cough*?

Please share your thoughts.

News Source: Daily Times

black|Up Paris set to launch its 1st international stand-alone store in Lagos

Montaigne Place Exclusive Retailers and partners with black|Up Paris in Nigeria is set to bring the first black|Up stand-alone shop outside Paris to Lagos. The store will be formally launched on the 22nd July 2012 at the Ikeja City Mall, Alausa, Lagos, Nigeria.

The Launch event will take place at the new black|Up store and will gather together special guests and celebrities. This unique event will feature live makeup demonstrations by a team of make-up artists headed by international Celebrity Makeup Artist and Creative Ambassador of black|Up, David Coranson, and presentations by professional models.

Founded in Paris in 1999 by a professional makeup artist of African ancestry, this is the first premium brand to enhance the look of black women and all women of colour. It offers luxurious skin care and makeup focused on modernity, elegance and innovation.

The black|Up woman
Since its creation in 1999, the brand has created products for a free and modern woman. A woman of colour who is proud of her roots and absolutely anchored in her era. Stylish and triumphant, a symbol of elegance, she accepts who she is and cultivates her beauty as well as her personality.

black|Up develops products that pair professional quality and pleasure of use: velvet textures, magical pigments, intense colours, as well as perfect coverage. Offering a wide choice of textures and shades adapted to the specific needs of black and golden skin.
Every black|Up product is developed and formulated to answer the specific needs of women of colour and to enhance their natural beauty. Give in to the addiction of the black|Up range of products that include:
Foundations are oil free and provide a perfect matte finish. They are designed to offer a high coverage and provide an even complexion while giving a natural makeup result. They are also enriched with luminous red, orange and yellow pigments which instantly light up golden and copper undertones contrary to mainstream brands which favour beige and pink undertones predominant in Caucasian skins. These light-reflecting pigments deliver an incredible radiance and instantly light up the skin from the first application.

Say goodbye to a dull complexion, a veil of powder to beautify the skin's natural radiance. The popular ones are the Two Way Cake and Cream to Powder foundation, star product of blackUp Cosmetics, is your best friend for this season. You can build as much coverage as you want with this 2-in 1 compact powder and foundation, giving a light finish and shine-free result.

Eyeshadows in vibrant tones are the ideal make-up in a chic and glamorous version, customised for women of colour. Get the glowy touch and shape the facial features and brighten the complexion in the blink of an eye, no need to reach for the peachy pink or peach blush which fades on a golden or ebony skin. Colour can be enhanced thanks to a clever blend of shades.
Get the glamorous touch with a variety of Eye liners that are bound to set off any look you choose to go for.
This ultra-fine, silky textured Blush in a full range of warm, sparkling and sophisticated colors help accentuate and highlight cheekbones, finishing your complexion with a fresh, bright and radiant look.
Smile to bring out cheekbones, then gently sweep brush over cheeks with upward movements towards temple.

Lipsticks that come in candy pink, vibrant coral, poppy red or flashy plum and matte. Thanks to their smooth texture, the lipsticks glide on the lips to offer perfect coverage and radiant colour. Infused with wild mango butter, with moisturizing and healing properties, the lips stay ultra-comfortable. Shades are fine-tuned to show on dark lips.
Our superb collection of Lip glosses that leave lips with a high shine vinyl finish and a delectable fruity scent. The non sticky moisturizing formula contains Hyaluronic Spheres combined with Marine Collagen to keep lips soft and luscious. With this fabulous collection of shades, your lips will truly be pout-perfect and irresistible. Non-sticky, smooth and moisturizing texture nourishes lips subtly delectable fruity fragrance with ultimate comfort.
Get a flawless complexion with Perfect Matifying Primer, already a best seller thanks to its ultra matifying action and velvety finish. It is enriched with a new powerful active called Evermat, this new matifying gel is a 4 in 1 product which prepares the skin and sublimates makeup but also helps to minimize the look of pores and control excess sebum production.

Skincare products offer the ideal range of products to address the concerns of this skin type such as excessive sebum, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, dull patchy skin and lack of radiance.
Also available are Fragrances that were developed around noble and precious ingredients, as if crafted by a goldsmith. black|Up teamed up with Firmenich to create its first fragrance, constructed around spicy accords and a beautiful and sensual musk. A breeze of exotic lands and sun-ripened fruit for this amber-coloured essence that evokes women.

black|Up Boutique
black|Up is also available in 18 stores throughout Nigeria and in all Montaigne Place outlets.
For more information on black|Up, visit:

Montaigne Place is the trading name of Montaigne AH Ltd, the luxury cosmetics, fragrance and well-being company that brought many exclusive and leading brands to Nigeria such as Clarins, Creed, Lalique, Dr Murad, Chanel, Christian Dior and many more.
Montaigne Place, Exclusive partners of the black|Up brand, launched the brand into the Nigerian market a few years ago; today this young brand known for innovation, style and modernity is a leader in the Nigerian premium cosmetics segment. Montaigne Place spearheaded by Alali H. Hart, who holds an MBA from Insead, France, has consistently broken grounds in the beauty and well-being industry.
Montaigne Place has consistently been recognized for its outstanding professionalism, innovation and contribution to the development of the Nigerian beauty and well being industry and as a result, the black|Up brand was chosen as the Exclusive make-up brand for the Inaugural Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Lagos 2011 and was responsible for all the exquisite and stunning make-up looks seen on the runways. A team of 30 black|Up makeup artists worked tirelessly behind the scenes to create looks for 50 different shows in the three days of the fashion week.
Montaigne Place and black|Up have also been the exclusive makeup partners for the Yearly international Elite Model Look Competition, currently in its fifth year.
The company currently has Fifteen stores located in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, with plans to roll out three more outlets in 2012.
For more information on Montaigne Place, visit:

Visit any of the Montaigne Place stores nationwide:
black|Up Boutique
Shop L072, Ikeja City Mall
Ikeja, Lagos.
Tel: 0708 068 0172

Visit any of Montaigne Place outlets:
Montaigne Place- The Spa
Plot 226b Muri Okunola Street
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 01 270 5596, 270 3735
894 1717, 0803 713 0408, 658 5485

Montaigne Place
Shop 16, Palms Shopping Centre
1 Bis Way, Lekki Expressway
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel: 01 851 7774, 0806 486 3969

Montaigne Place
Shop 8, Air Side, Departure Level
New Murtala Mohammed
Local Airport, Lagos.
Tel: 01 279 9889

Montaigne Place
Shop 10 Land Side, Departure Level
New Murtala Mohammed
Local Airport, Lagos.
Tel: 01 448 2230

Montaigne Place Shop
Ikeja City Mall, Shop L033
Obafemi Awolowo Road
Alausa, Ikeja
Tel: 0819 045 0712

Montaigne Place
Shop 8, Adebola Shopping Mall
53 Isaac John Street
Gra Ikeja, Lagos.
Tel: 01 270 7913

Montaigne Place
Shop B7, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall
Adeniran Ogunsanya Street,
Surulere, Lagos.
Tel: 0813 029 5258

Montaigne Place
Ground Floor, 150 Awolowo Road
Ikoyi, Lagos
Tel: 01 279 9121

The Clarins Shop
Shop 13b & 14b, Delta Plaza, Balogun
Lagos International Tradefair Complex
Lagos- Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
Tel: 0819 180 7801

Montaigne Place
Silverbird Entertainment Centre
1161 Memorial Drive, Cadastrial Zone
Central Business District
Tel: 0819 180 7807

Montaigne Place
Shop F17, Febson Plaza
2425 Herbert Macaulay Way,
Zone 4, Abuja.
Tel: 09 523 6929

Montaigne Place
Ground Floor, Worldway Plaza
129 Aba Road, Port Harcourt
Rivers State.
Tel: 084 462 975

Montaigne Place
Genesis Center, Shop 2b1
Tombia Street, Gra Phase 2
Port Harcourt.
Tel: 0819 045 0711

Montaigne Place
Happy Bite Plaza, 1 Stadium Road
Opposite Air Force Base, Aba Road.
Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Tel: 0819 180 7805

Win Tickets to Davido Live in Concert

To win tickets all you need to do is tell me why you love Davido's music. The best answers will get the tickets.

Davido's album launch will take place at Eko Hotel and Suite, July 22nd, 2012. He'll be performing alongside all the artists he had collaborations with on the Album; Wizkid, 2face, Naeto C, May D, Ice Prince and KSwitch.

Tickets are available at Eko Hotel, Images & Print, Silverbird Galleria, and Ozone Cinemas. Get yours now!

Norbert & Gloria Young, Rachael Oniga, Iyke Okechukwu, Carol King & Bimbo Manuel to Star in Thespian Family Theatre’s Stage Play “The Five Maids of Fa

The Thespian Family Theatre is excited to present a rich playlet for the entertainment of the family – The Five Maids of Fadaka.

The stage play which would be performed from the 19th to 22nd of July at the MUSON Center, Onikan, Lagos is a rich blend of folklore, traditional dance and theater that naturally transports the audience to a typical African village setting.

As with all Ayo Jaiyesimi’s plays, is a total theater concept involving dance, drama and musicwritten in operatic rendition. The cast will be featuring Nollywood stars such as Norbert Young, Rachael Oniga, Iyke Okechukwu, Carol King, Bimbo Manuel and some Tinsel stars. The cast also cuts across various upcoming actors and actresses which represent major ethnic groups of the Nigerian society.

The play will be directed by Abiola Segun Williams (Mama Salewa of Tinsel). The Five Maids of Fadaka is a must watch for the whole family!

Day 1
Date: Thursday July 19th 2012
Time: 12 Noon & 3 PM
Category: Children

Date: Friday July 20th 2012
Time: 1:30 PM & 6 PM
Category: Children & Family

Date: Saturday July 21st 2012
Time: 3 PM & 6 PM
Category: Family

Date: Sunday July 22nd 2012
Time: 6PM
Category: Family/Command Performance

Venue: Agip Recital Hall, Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos

Ticket Prices: Children N 1,500 | Couples N 3,000 | Family N 5,000 | VIP N 10,000 | VVIP N 25,000

Ticket Sales Points: Tasty Fried Chicken at Opebi, Surulere, Victoria Island, Lekki, Marina | Barcelos at Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja | MUSON Center, Onikan | Health Plus, Shoprite, Lekki | Cinimons opposite Ocean View, Victoria Island

Contact: For more information and general enquiries, reservation, sponsorship, call Ireti on 08022220049 | Wole 08073288574 | Femi 08067440000

A Chinese Man Living With A Massive Hole In His Head

Incredible! The hole is deeper than my tea cup!

You guys may think this photo is photoshoped, NO! It is real. He is Chinese currently on wheel chair as the massive hole in his head has almost render him

Hmmm this kiNd thing no bE our portion oh. In Jesus Name?

B*R*E*A*K*I*N*G NEWS! Youths Arrest 2 Boko Haram Suspects In Kaduna with Bare Hands.

In Kaduna, an eyewitness said, “the gunmen came and said they were looking for the ‘Hakimin Mahuta’ (District Head of Mahuta), disguising as members of his subjects. So, when they allowed them into the house, the ‘Hakimin’ was not comfortable with them, so he ran back inside. “The suspects ran after him and shot at him severally, but their shots missed him, instead a small boy, Nura was hit. When they discovered that the ‘Hakimin’ had escaped through the back exit, they came back outside and picked their bike and trailed him to Mahuta.”

On getting to Mahuta, the three gunmen started shooting sporadically, but the youths dared them. They moved nearer, even as they were firing at them. An elder in the community, who identified himself as Mallam Abdullahi, told our reporter that “the young gunmen came on a bike and started shooting, but having discovered that, our youths were ready for them, they started withdrawing into the bush and the youths were closing in on them with bare hands”.

According to Abdullahi, “at a point, their bullets got finished and they loaded another round of ammunition, but despite that, the youths were able to apprehend two of the three gunmen, while the last one ran away.” Abdullahi, however, said that although, they shot seven of the youths, who were being treated at some undisclosed hospitals in Kaduna, but none of them died.

Speaking on the action of the youths, the Mahuta Ward Head, Alhaji Yusuf Muhammed Mahuta, said the community had long resolved to collectively rise up against terrorists and jealously protect every member of the community against hoodlums. He assured that the community will go after the fleeing suspect, no matter how powerful he is. Also, the District Head of Afaka, who escaped death by the whiskers, confirmed the incident to Daily Sun on phone. He said: “I was attacked, but God saved me.

“A 20-year-old boy was killed in the process. And I also heard that they attacked Mahuta community. I also saw the boys who wanted to kill me after their arrest by Mahuta youths”, he said. Confirming the incident, the police spokesman for Kaduna State command, DSP Aminu Lawal, said, “two gunmen were arrested by residents of Mahuta community near the National Eye Centre in Kaduna today (Sunday).”

“The two gunmen in the process shot and injured seven residents of the community during the face-off. They are now receiving treatment at the hospital,” said Lawal. He thanked members of the community for their vigilance and quick response which led to the timely intervention of the Joint Task Force, made up of the military and the police. In Kogi State, Daily Sun learnt that an explosion occurred when the suspected car conveying the bomb targeted at the Living Faith Church was prevented from entering the premises by the security. In the process of manoeuvring the car by the driver, the bomb exploded immediately.

Worshippers at the Winners’ Chapel and the Deeper Life Bible Church located within the vicinity of the blast scampered for safety. There was no report of the number of casualties at Press time. Sources, however, said that the security personnel around the area have arrested a man in connection with the bomb blast at Obeira in the Okene area The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr.Ile Simon, confirmed the incident, saying that there was a bomb blast by the suspected Boko Haram sect. - Nigerian Magazine.
4 Gbosa to these Heroes!