Sunday, August 11, 2013

Toyin Lawani’s Maternity Style: Which of the Celebrity Stylist’s Recent Looks is Your Favourite?

The baby bump watch is on for Toyin Lawani.
The 31 year old celebrity stylist/designer recently revealed at the 2013 Africa Fashion Week London that she is expecting her second child with her 21 year old fiancé Trigakess.
Since the announcement, the Lagos stylista has been seen rocking some stylish outfits. Pulling a Kim Kardashian by not opting for the everyday maternity wear, here are some of her recent looks
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To announce that she was expecting her second child, Toyin wore a red-and-white polka dot dress by Tiannah Styling.
She styled the dress which showed off her growing bump, with gold drop earrings, a gold bracelet,  a gold wrist watch and white sneakers.
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She later hit the streets of London with her daughter in a long white shirt, denim shorts and cool multi-coloured sneakers.
She finished the look with dark shades, a black tote and black hat.
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For her next look, Toyin opted for a print shirt, denim shorts, a red cap and dark shades. We guess the pregnancy is taking its toll as she chose slippers on this outing.
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Toyin went sporty chic for her next get-up.
Her blue varsity shirt was styled with a gold necklace, dark shades and white sneakers.
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Rocking her white sneakers yet again, she chose a sleeveless yellow pineapple print top, yellow pants and a camouflage jacket.
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Toyin rocked a black long sleeve top, black-and-white print skirt, black socks and red converse. Looking matchy-matchy with her daughter, she finished the look with a gold necklace, dark shades and a red hat.
I like look 5. Which is your favourite? Let us know!

Designer Deola Sagoe to play Fela's mother in Nollywood debut

Renowned Nigerian fashion designer Deola Sagoe has made her Nollywood debut in a movie titled October 1, produced by ace film maker, Kunle Afolayan. Ms Sagoe is playing the role of Funmilayo Ransom Kuti, the late mother of late Afrobeat musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti. See more behind the scene photos after the cut...

October 1 Synopsis
It’s September 1960, and with Nigeria on the verge of independence from British colonial rule, a northern Nigerian Police Detective, DAN WAZIRI, is urgently despatched by the Colonial Government to the trading post town of Akote in the Western Region of Nigeria to solve a series of female murders that have struck horror in the hearts and minds of the local community. On getting to Akote, more murders are committed, and with local tension high and volatile, Waziri has a race on his hands to solve the case before even more local women are killed.

Set against the backdrop of the national celebratory mood of the impending independence, Waziri is pulled into a game of cat and mouse as he and the killer try to outwit each other… leading to the climatic end in which the life of a popular local female teacher and village belle, TAWA, is held in the balance. Waziri has to race against the clock to capture the killer, save Tawa and solve the crime before the British flag is lowered and the Nigerian flag raised on Independence Day… October 1st.

Celeb Hair Update! Tonto Dikeh, Stephanie Linus, Beyoncé, Rihanna & More – Whose Style will You Try?

Women around the world love to make statements with their hairstyles.
And recently, BellaNajia Beauty has noticed some of our favourite superstars are ditching their signature looks for refreshing new styles.
Check out the stars who have unveiled new looks!
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Tonto Dikeh
Nollywood star Tonto Dikeh has tried different blonde styles over the past few months. Poko shocked all when she unveiled her corn rows.
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Nollywood star Stephanie Linus recently debuted her curly ombre locks for her trip to Malta with her husband. Do you like it better than her blonde pixie cut?
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Toke Makinwa
Media personality Toke Makinwa left her long wavy locks for a curly style.
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Yvonne Nwosu, the stylish Nigerian designer of Vonne Couture has been seen in this afro for a while but she changed it to long red locks for her birthday on Thursday.
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TV Personality Stephanie Coker changed her signature locks for a twists.
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The most shocking hair update of the month is definitely Beyoncé‘s. The 31 year old American pop star whose wavy locks has been whipped on almost every strange around the world is now a pixie cut.
Beyonce’s hair stylist recently confirmed to People Magazine that she did have a long hair, after online criticism that this might actually have been her hair length over the years.
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Rihanna is no stranger to new dos. From black, red to blonde, we have seen her in them all. She recently changed her wavy locks for a short curly do.
Whose style will you rock anytime soon? Let us know!

Call for Applications! Participate in British Council’s 5-Day Fashion Film Workshop 2013

Fashion-Film-WorkshopThe British Council (in partnership with Lagos Fashion and Design Week) is pleased to invite applications from filmmakers interested in exploring fashion as a theme, adding range to their body of work and contributions made to art.
This fashion film workshop will take participants through the central aspects of the fashion filmmaking process. The workshop includes:
  • An illustrated introduction to film language using examples of fashion film;
  • Introductions to planning, shooting and editing a fashion film.  
  • Participants then plan, film and edit a simple sequence.
CRITERIA (who should apply)
The workshop is open to filmmakers and their teams which should include a minimum of the following: editor and director of photography / lighting technician. The team can also include art director (optional).
Each selected film making team will work with a design team comprising – fashion designer, stylist, hair / makeup stylist.
  • Experienced filmmakers, especially those interested in producing short films and experimenting in the genre
  • Applicants should be able to assemble the team required to produce their film (as listed and underlined above)
Download the application form here.
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED (you need to provide)
  • HD Cameras (e.g. Canon 7) for each film maker
  • Laptops with Final Cut Pro software
  • Lighting equipment for the shoots
  • Access to a location to shoot fashion film
In preparation for the workshop participants are expected to spend a bit of time thinking about their concept for their film and prepare:
  • Concept outline/mood board. This could be visual references for inspiration and express what they are hoping to achieve –  it might be written, but also could include imagery, examples of settings, lighting, shots, films, styling or art direction for example.  This can be physical or online – i.e. pinterest/clipboard
  • Select 1 fashion film they think is good and explain why. The links below show some examples of fashion film but applicants are expected to carry out more research to respond to the question
Yoko Ono – Fluxist Artist – early sixties movement inspired by Dadaists.
Interplay of art/ commerce and music.
  • Identify 2-3 potential, accessible shooting locations with consideration to a variety of settings, including indoors, outdoors, studios,
  • Selected participants will be given a brief in advance of the workshop to guide them on this preparation
Monday 9 September 2013 - (designer, director, stylist, hair/makeup, art director (if necessary), editor and a director of photography)
  • Introduction to Fashion Film
  • Creating a concept, mood boards treatment, storyboards, shot list
Tuesday 10 September 2013 – (designer, director, stylist, hair/makeup, art director (if necessary), editor and a director of photography)
  • Location Recce & b Shoot set up
  • Shoot on location
Wednesday 11 September 2013 (designer, director, stylist, hair/makeup, art director (if necessary), editor and a director of photography)
  • Shoot on location
Thursday 12 September 2013 (designer, director, editor)
  • Sound to visual exercise
  • Editing
Friday 13 September  2013 (designer, director, editor)
  • Editing
  • Present films to all participants
Fashion Film is a growing trend among fashion designers and an area of fashion communication in which the UK has a leading position. It is an alternative medium for fashion designers who would like to tell the story of their collection apart from presenting their work in a catwalk show.
The workshop will be facilitated by London born film director, Grace Ladoja. Grace has worked on films for an array of clients including Nike, and has gone on to found her own production company, Ladoja & Sons. In two short years it has created a name for itself with its steady output of music videos, fashion films and personal projects, becoming a truly unique platform with a heavy creative output.
More information on Grace Ladoja.

Weddings Giveaway: WINNER Announcement – Kate Spade Charm Wedding Shoes

We have a winner for our 1st BellaNaija Weddings social media giveaway! Her IG and Twitter handle is:
In case you missed it, we were giving away these classic wedding shoes: Kate Spade Charm bow glitter sling-backs.
Thee winner could pick any colour & any size!
There are 4 colours:
  • Pink (multi colored)
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Blue
To win the person had to follow the rules listed: HERE
How we chose the Winner:
We used this randomizer to input all the correct entries from Twitter and Instagram (there were over 100!). Whoever’s name came out  at the top of the list was the winner.
We have contacted the winner and she  has picked the size and colour of the shoes she wants and they will be with her in the time promised.
Keep your eye out for more competitions. Thank you so much for participating and we wish you luck for next time!

The Next Afro Pop Star? Watch Ayo Jay in His Mini-Documentary “The Boy Wonder – Chapter I”

Ayo Jay is about to change the rules of the game. He has been in the studio recording with J-Sleek, E Kelly, Sarz, Tee-Y Mix and many more producers. He just shot the video for his new single, “Your Number“. The video will be out in a few weeks.
Play Ayo Jay – Your Number


Oil & Gas Entrepreneur Chima Anyaso & Adanna Nzeribe’s White Wedding | First Photo & Wedding Scoop

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Congrats to Oil & Gas Entrepreneur Chima Anyaso as he tied the knot with his sweetheart Adanna Nzeribe yesterday, Saturday 10th of August 2013 in Essex.
This is the second marriage for Chima who was previously married in January 2011.
BN has all the exclusive details on their intimate yet stunning wedding. The wedding ceremony took place outdoors at the bride’s father’s home in Essex. With flower arrangements lining the all-white aisle, Adanna was accompanied by her father as she walked towards her groom.
Chima & Adanna Wedding2The bride Adanna looked beautiful in her dress named “Dauco” from the Pronovias 2013 Costura collection while the groom chose to make to style statement in an ivory and black modern interpretation of the traditional morning suit paired with a black top hat.
With leading comedian Gordons as the MC, the couple were ushered into their reception which took place in a specially erected marquee where they danced in with their bridesmaids in asymmetric red dresses and groomsmen in black tuxedos. The rest of the day was fun filled with lots of dancing and great food.
Congrats to the couple!

So Charming! Nigerian Music Star Sean Tizzle & MBGN 2013 Anna Ebiere Banner cover The Redsheet Magazine’s August 2013 Issue

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We are so loving the new issue of The Redsheet Magazine.
Firstly because we are presented with two fresh faces and secondly, they both look charming.
Up-and-coming Nigerian music star Sean Tizzle and the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Anna Ebiere Banner are the muses for the publication’s August 2013 issue.
Sean Tizzle who shot to limelight with his hit track Sho’ Le, rocks a white shirt, a black bow tie and diamond studs. His cover look is completed with a lady’s fingers on his face and chest. The rising star tells the mag that “I can’t alk down the street, because even a dog knows me”.
Just last month, Anna Ebiere Banner was like most Nigerian girls who never dreamt of winning the coveted title of MBGN. The 18 year old smoulders on the cover, flashing her picture-perfect smile.
She tells the lifestyle publication that she wants to be a beauty queen that young girls can look up to.
And we couldn’t agree more. Who is making you love the cover more, Sean or Anna?

Chika Ike: “I Left My Marriage because I was a Victim of Domestic Violence” | Nollywood Actress shares Story of Physical Assault

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Here you have it world, Chika Ike is sharing one of the main reasons she divorced her husband.
Last month, the 27 year old Nollywood actress announced that her divorce is finalised. Ever since her separation, she has received lots of backlash on social media on her failed marriage – from speculation that “she was not a loyal wife” to rumours that “she got married for money”.
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Single, happy and living life to the fullest now, she shares the reason why she filed for divorce. Her husband, known as Mr Eberibi physically assaulted her for years. One of the many fights resulted in a miscarriage.
Read Chika Ike’s Heartbreaking story;
The past three years has been a very emotional period for me, I focused my energy on work and to build back my self esteem.
It’s been really hard for me to come out straight and talk about this because sometimes, I pinch myself to wake up and not believe that I was a victim of domestic violence. I’ve been through a lot in my life, faced a lot of challenges but this is one topic I’ve tried so hard to avoid and have been waiting for the right time but I have come to a resolve that there’s really no right time because every second of the day, lives are being lost due to domestic violence.
I was a victim of domestic violence in my marriage and that was the singular reason I left my marriage, aside other reasons.
Growing up as a girl, I was always known as the sweetest kid on the block, before I got married, I have been through some relationships and for once no man had ever laid a finger on me. The first time it happened in my marriage I didn’t understand it because I am not the type of woman a man beats but I guess there are no types.
It just happens and no woman deserves it. As a young girl I thought it was love or his way of expressing his emotions,after every beating he pleads , cries and says it won’t happen again, once again I thought it was love and made excuses for him.
Over the years when it kept happening consistently, I started looking for other definitions for it. I started loosing my self pride, self esteem, self worth, and most painfully I lost a pregnancy (Miscarriage). I almost lost my life in the process then I realised how serious and abnormal it really was.
I have heard and read a lot of accusations from ignorant people who don’t know my story, I guess that’s why they are ignorant. I was 20 yrs old and very naive to the world when I got married . “They said I married for money” LOL. I was married to a corporate guy, who had a 9 to 5 job in a bank, lives in a rented 2 bedroom apartment at Egbe.
So do the math! I married for love. I did a traditional wedding. A white wedding and a court wedding. So that’s how much I wanted to be married forever. For five years I hoped, prayed & wished that one day it will all change. But the last straw that broke the carmel’s back was during a heated argument he threw a glass jug to my face and I dogged it and it shattered on d wall.
I saw death flash before me and I made a decision to save my life. I left my marriage.
I am not saying this to draw pity from anyone because we are entitled to our opinions and believes.i am not also saying this to discourage people from falling in love because it’s a beautiful feeling and I still believe in it.
I am saying this to educate, share and talk about my experience as a victim of domestic violence because it is real.

Hot or Not? Media Personality Moet Abebe shows-off Cherry Foot Tattoo

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Moet Abebe sure knows how to make a statement.
After debuting her microphone tattoo in June, the vivacious Soundcity VJ shows-off her new Cherry foot tattoo.
The Nigerian media personality who is currently in Joburg, South Africa unveiled the new artwork via Instagram. She calls the Cherry tattoo “a symbol of desire, femininity and fertility”.
Check out the tattoo.
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Also see her microphone tattoo
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Do you think the tattoo is hot or not? Let us know!

From the MBGN Red Carpet to the Crowning Moment! A Look Back at the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2013 in Bayelsa

Isabella Ayuk & Anna Ebiere Banner
Last month, the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria took place in Yenagoa, Bayelsa. 18 year old aspiring beauty queen Anna Ebiere Banner won the coveted title.
Over the weeks, BellaNaija Beauty has been receiving requests on more photos from the event and guess what? We have them.
From the electrifying on stage performances by Kcee and Timi Dakolo as well as the presentation of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde‘s Silverbird Personality Award and the crowning moment to all the red carpet drama, we have it all.
Check it out!
Exclusive Photos
Hosts – Chioma Agwunobi and Chris Okenwa
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Guy Murray Bruce & Wife
Guy Murray Bruce & Wife
Ben Murray Buce
Ben Murray Bruce
Jared Murray Bruce
Jared Murray Bruce
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Governor of Bayelsa Henry Seriake Dickson, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde & Ben Murray Bruce
Timi Dakolo
Timi Dakolo
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MBGN Little Beauty Queens Performing
Miss Amnity
Miss Amnity
Miss Charismatic
Miss Charismatic
Miss Photogenic
Miss Photogenic
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MBGN 2013 Contestants
Isabella Ayuk
Isabella Ayuk
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Isabella Ayuk & Anna Ebiere Banner
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Governor of Bayelsa Henry Seriake Dickson & Anna Ebiere Banner
Anna Ebiere Banner & Her Mum
Anna Ebiere Banner & Her Mum
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Harrysong, Chioma Agwunobi, Kcee & Anna Ebiere Banner
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Stephanie Okwu (MBGN Miss Universe), Anna Ebiere Banner (MBGN Miss World) & Powede Lawrence (MBGN Miss Tourism)
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Red Carpet
Layole Oyatogun
Layole Oyatogun
Seun Akindele
Seun Akindele
Isabella Ayuk
Isabella Ayuk
Juliet Haggerman
Juliet Haggerman
Victoria Pepple
Victoria Pepple
Diamete Charles Granville
Diamete Charles Granville
Ifeoma Umeokeke
Ifeoma Umeokeke
Henry Seriake Dickson & Wife Patricia Dickson
Governor of Bayelsa, Henry Seriake Dickson & Wife Racheal Dickson
Rachael Dickson
Rachael Dickson
Yvonne "Vixen" Ekwere
Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha & Wife
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha & Wife
Abdul Mohammed, Yvonne "Vixen"Ekwere & Chris Okenwa
Abdul Mohammed, Yvonne “Vixen”Ekwere & Chris Okenwa
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Photo Credit: Di-ACT Photography