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Vivacious Amira Ibrahim-Alfa Emerges As New Face of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria/London 2017

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Read more: Vivacious Amira Ibrahim-Alfa Emerges As New Face of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria/London 2017Africa Fashion Week Nigeria/London 2017 said, “We are so excited to announce the fast rising presenter Amira Ibrahim-Alfa , as this year’s face of Africa fashion week Nigeria/London 2017. Amira have been chosen to be the Face of Africa Fashion Week 2017 because of her model presentation of today’s young African woman, who is vibrant, vivacious, and unafraid to dream by stepping out of the norm to make her mark in a career.
On her return to Nigeria in 2016, Amira Ibrahim- Alfa was first sighted at the corridors of the AFWN 2016 while co-hosting with Derenle Edun on the red carpet. Since then her career has escalated and we are proud to have her as the Face of AFWN/L 2017.

 

ABOUT AMIRA IBRAHIM ALFA

She is a graduate of Advertising from the University of The Arts London, UK. Who also currently completed her masters last year 2016 in Theatre Arts from Middlesex University London, UK. She attended and passed the performing Arts school in Lamda, UK.
During her masters program, she came to Nigeria in 2016 and did her internship with EbonyLife TV in Production.

She started school production act at the age of 3yrs old and broke into the Nigerian media scene at the age of 9yrs old, when she stared alongside Joke Silver, Olu Jacobs, Buky Ajayi and Bimbo Manuel in an award winning film by Fred Amata, THE KINGMAKER. She then took a break to further her education in England, where she continued to train and participate in productions like e.g. Sweet Charity- As Nickie, OLIVER- As The Artful Dodger, Ipi Tombi, just to mention a few.
She was honoured with the 2012 Excellence Drama award in England ( Mounts St. Mary’s College, Derbyshire).
Amira has worked alongside designers such as FinAfrik, Nikki Khiran, Ade Bakare etc. She did Editorial with Complete Fashion and Bridal shoot with Bellanaija in 2016.
She has been photographed by some of the best photographers in Nigeria e.g. Emmanuel Oyeleke, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and Chinedu Odogwu.Read more: Vivacious Amira Ibrahim-Alfa Emerges As New Face of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria/London 2017

She was one of the presenters for the before and after party at the just concluded AMVCA 2017. Amira has hosted few red carpet events in the past including, Africa fashion week Nigeria 2016, Ethan and Harriet 2016, Lagos fashion and design week (presenter for Prime Tv), runway FADAN 2016, a judge on the Miss ideal Nigeria 2016 pageant and got Glam & Essence most promising red carpet host award 2016, at the Glam & Essence style award & runway show.

Like she better describes herself in an interview. “I am very adventurous. I dont have one particular style, because I love trying new things and exploring new clothing ideas and trends”.

AFWN 2017
At the event which happened 3rd and 4th of June Amira Ibrahim-Alfa interviewed dignitaries on the red carpet and also had a photo session with them. Here are some of the photos:

Denrele Edun and Amira Ibrahim-Alfa are the official Red Carpet Host for Africa Fashion Week.

Africa fashion week Nigeria 2017 was a huge success. Kudos to Princess Ronke Ademiluyi- Founder, Kamari Ademiluyi- Co-Founder, Aiki Odiawa- COO/ Editor, Ms. Kemi Adewunmi- VIP Protocol/VIP Logistics, Bayo Haastrup- Creative Director, Morsi PR- Curator/Editor, CJ Ademiluyi- Entertainment, Jide Adedeji- Head Stylist, Zuby- Head Director and all others of AFWN 2017 Team.

QUINCY HERBALS FINALLY BERTHS ON KEVIN HARRINGTON'S AMERICAN TV SHOW SHARK TANKS....Partner 'AsSeenOnTV'

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Read more: QUINCY HERBALS FINALLY BERTHS ON KEVIN HARRINGTON'S AMERICAN TV SHOW SHARK TANKS....Partner...The much talked about breakthrough of Quincy Herbals across the world has finally come into reality with the official launch of partnership with world famous Kevin Harrington of Shark Tank in a DRTV Campaign for some products of Quincy Herbals.

The collaboration which which was purely on merit in regards to tested efficacy of Quincy's Products was done together with AsSeenOnTV.pro a full-service production, branding, and marketing company that specializes in direct response television, short- and long-form commercials, and brand-building  in the United States. The deal which will see some of Quincy products regularly advertise on Kevin Harrington Shark Tank TV Series in America is poised to make the brand a global one that will be sort after across the world.Established in 1996 by Dr Mrs Quincy Ayodele, a World Health Organization [WHO] expert on development of natural Medicine, as a small, family owned and operated company dedicated to meeting the wellness needs of the community in a safe and natural way.  The founders noticed that most of the dark spot-correcting and anti-aging serums on the market don't target all skin types or ethnicities.  Nor do the products they observed accomplish the full combination of dark spot-correcting, anti-aging, anti-acne and anti-blemish functions all at once.  What was needed was a facial care product that was as natural and chemical-free as possible with simple, easy-to-read ingredients.  The company's flagship product, Skin Illuminating C-Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, provides intense, oil-free moisturization, helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fades dark spots, freckles, blemishes, melasma and dark patches … all with naturally derived ingredients.  No fragrances or colors are added.  "We feel we have an important product for improving a person's appearance and skin health," says Tobi Keeney, Co-Founder of Quincy Herbals.  "And we're excited about the chance to announce it to the world through this As Seen On TV commercial campaign."

 

"We're happy to have Quincy Herbals on board for this upcoming campaign with As Seen On TV," says Paul Douglas Scott, Executive Producer at AsSeenOnTV.pro.  "Our commercials are the perfect vehicle for increasing awareness of these products and their ability to preserve and improve the health of people's faces, as well as their self-confidence and their lives."

 

As part of its DRTV campaign with AsSeenOnTV.pro, Quincy Herbals will be appearing in 30 and 60 second spots set to air nationwide and which feature the original Shark himself, Kevin Harrington.

 

EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION AS ARIYA REPETE STORMS LAGOS, ADO-EKITI

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Read more: EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION AS ARIYA REPETE STORMS LAGOS, ADO-EKITIAspiring Fuji and Juju artistes in Lagos and Ado-Ekiti have expressed excitement and enthusiasm as Ariya Repete, the biggest Yoruba music talent hunt show storms both cities on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 to discover new artistes in both genres.

Audition in Lagos holds at Marblefield Hotel and Event Centre in Oshodi while Midas Arena, Midas Avenue will play host to artistes in Ado-Ekiti.

Local artistes in both cities are already warming up to avail themselves of the opportunities presented by the talent hunt platform.

Tajudeen Usman, an aspiring Juju artiste based in Lagos revealed that he intends to storm the audition with great optimism. “I have been looking for an opportunity like this to express myself musically, especially in Juju music,” he said.

He further expressed his excitement and lauded Goldberg and Nigerian Breweries Plc for the inclusion of Juju music in the talent hunt show “which will represent the entirety of Yoruba culture through music,” he said.

Explaining the rationale behind the talent hunt platform, Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc explains that “the brand seeks to discover new talents in the two indigenous Yoruba music genres, which will in turn promote the culture and tradition of the people of South West Nigeria,” he said.

Winners in both category would get One Million Naira and a recording deal

Nigeria Is The Cheapest, Safest Place For Holidaying, NTDC Boss, Folly Coker

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Read more: Nigeria Is The Cheapest, Safest Place For Holidaying, NTDC Boss, Folly CokerMr Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, the Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) fondly known as Folly Coker, has advised Nigerians to spend their holidays within the country instead of travelling abroad. Folarin-Coker told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Nigeria is endowed with safe natural attractions and sites for both local and foreign tourists to recreate. According to him, Nigeria is the cheapest place where tourists and visitors can also learn from diversified cultural values and traditions of people. “ As the American dollar exchanges for N400, we are better off spending our currency in the country as that will make holidaying cheaper and affordable. “Costs of accommodation, transportation, feedings and drinks are cheaper in the country compared to dollars that they will spend while outside the country. “Also, we will be boosting our economy and strengthening our currency by reducing capital flight from the country,’’ he said. He advised Nigerians to explore their domestic tourism potential by patronizing made-in-Nigeria products. Folarin-Coker also said that tourism stakeholders should also package their products to make them attractive to would-be tourists. Tour operators should venture into religious tourism as it is a fast-growing tourism destination many Nigerians were interested in at present, he said. Folarin-Coker also solicited partnership between the public and private sectors to enhance the development and promotion of tourism. He said the synergy between both sectors would boost tourism agenda of the country. Folarin-Coker said that NTDC would continue to collaborate with NANTA, NATOP and other tourism organisations to propel the growth of tourism in the country.

Woman Rising returns April 8th and 9th 2017

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Read more: Woman Rising returns April 8th and 9th 2017Woman Rising, the annual celebration of women through Music, Arts and Networking returns on April 8 and 9, 2017 in a two-day extravaganza in its usual extension of the annual celebration of International Women’s Day.

Now in its seventh year, WOMAN RISING has evolved from a small 50-person gathering which debuted in 2011 to a comprehensive, far-reaching and impactful annual 2-day meeting of women across the creative and business spectrums alike - attracting over 500 women cumulatively.

Our 2017 ensemble will feature Adunni Nefertiti (all-female acapella folk group), Kaline, amazing newcomers Evelle, Debbie and Sheillah, as well as our international guest percussionist Angela Paz Alhucema (Chile). We also look forward to having longtime friend of the house, ChiGurl finally on the WOMAN RISING stage.

The two-day event will be hosted by award winning actress, Lala Akindoju across various venues allowing women and the men who love them to connect, empower and celebrate womanhood and the accomplishments of women in business, the humanities, philanthropy and the arts. The weekend will begin with Woman Rising’s landmark exclusive networking brunch and will be concluded with a grand and very critically acclaimed music concert featuring ALL WOMEN performers. The weekend will also feature a private fringe art salon - all focused on womanhood and creativity.

In a formal statement, Ugoma Adegoke & Zebra Living, conveners of the event, gleefully announced “we proudly present WOMAN RISING 2017, the 7th edition scheduled for Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of April 2017. In a nutshell, WOMAN RISING our own way of celebrating International Women’s Day and WOMEN through the very powerful tools of Music & The Arts and Networking year after year. Our celebration format has infused various aspects of the arts (literature, visual art, dance, film) over the past 6 years and this year we are proud to continue in that tradition. We are planning an uplifting and connecting weekend featuring the most exciting female creatives, artists and artistes - for the enjoyment of the entire city (men and women alike). We continue to harness strategic partnerships and friendships with sponsors and artists to present a high quality and carefully curated and entertaining programme in 2017.”

Continuing, the statement added “this year’s Woman Rising celebration will hold in April, slightly later than usual, but the conveners have noted that “The focus on and celebration of women is after all a year-long fact (and therefore not restricted to March) and we believe we can deliver the best experience and achieve better support from sponsors now, considering the economic woes we see across sectors and country. We need our sponsors and are prepared to walk with them in the challenging times and mould our needs to suit their capabilities.”

WOMAN RISING 2017 is presented by Ugoma Adegoke & Zebra Living and supported by FBN Quest, Cointreau, The Wheatbaker, Strada Media, sabinews.com and The Guardian. 

 

 

 

O’NATURALS BEAUTY SALON RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE

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Read more: O’NATURALS BEAUTY SALON RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCEO’Naturals Beauty, the parent company of O’Naturals Natural Hair Salon and O’Naturals Bride, has been recognized for professionalism and excellence in the natural hair styling industry.

The recognition is coming on the heels of their numerous efforts. They are raising the standards of natural hair styling and natural hair care through creative and healthy hair professional tips, advise and counseling.

Christian Nyassa, General Manager, Professional Products Division, L’Oreal, Sub-Saharan Africa visited the office on Saturday, March 25, 2017 where he commended the management for their professionalism in promoting natural and healthy hair styling. “No doubt, O’Naturals is a leader in natural hair styling services in Lagos and indeed Nigeria. Their professional approach at promoting and ensuring the healthiness of natural hair of its various clients is worthy of commendation and recognition,” he revealed.

This, according to him, is backed by their attitude of excellence in the beauty business and he commended the management for their efforts.

Ms. Omozo Ehigie, CEO/Co-Founder O’Naturals Beauty, expressed her excitement and revealed that the vision of O’Naturals goes beyond meeting the physical needs of its customers which is beautiful hair but also dealing with how they can achieve healthy hair goals.

She further revealed that the recognition would aid the organization’s vision of not only  expanding its salon locations but also offering training and support progammes to aspiring natural hair stylists and hair care professionals. This is so that stylists, hair care professionals and also the public recognise that natural hair care is a valid and viable professional career path. And natural hair is not bad or ugly but beautiful and can look professional.

Ugo Igbokwe, MD/CEO of Make Me Beauty Salons Lagos, who also visited, confessed that O’Naturals is a pace setter in natural hair styling services in Lagos. “O’Naturals Beauty Salon is very professional in natural hair styling and deserves recognition for its wonderful work in the industry,” he said.

Doctor Oladele Jejelola (a Pediatrician), is an O'Naturals customer. She  reiterates that O’Naturals approach to hair styling is phenomenal. “O’Naturals is not just about making you look beautiful but making you have healthy natural hair by giving you tips and ways of making your hair healthy.” She further reveals that their service delivery is apt as the service she gets at O’Naturals can be compared to none.

O’Naturals regularly works with trichologists and dermatologists to meet the healthy hair requirements of its customers. 

 

DSO To Provide N100b Boost For Nollywood Distribution Network - Minister

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Read more: DSO To Provide N100b Boost For Nollywood Distribution Network - MinisterThe Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Broadcasting is set to create a N100
billion Naira per annum FreeTV distribution network for Nollywood,
among a number of positive spin-offs, the Minister of Information and
Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Thursday.

Speaking at the launch of the DSO in Abuja, the Minister also listed
job creation, 30 free digital channels, free and easy access to
Government and Public information through a touch of the remote
control, current affairs and news available through the middleware on
the boxes and a world class Electronic Programme Guide that will make
television viewing an unbeatable experience

''We have watched our beloved Nollywood move from VHS tapes to VCD to
DVD, and whereas the whole world has moved to digital consumption
of content with its attendant benefits and democratisation of distribution,
we have been constrained by limited penetration of Internet in our homes.

''With the middleware in our Set-top boxes/Receiving equipment, homes
will be able to buy and watch the latest Nollywood movies without the
need for Internet. Imagine a film released on Monday morning being
immediately available to 24 million plus households at the touch of a
button,''
he said

In his speech entitled ''The Best of Television For All Nigerians,''
Alhaji Mohammed said the local manufacture of Set-top boxes, which has
already begun, is already extending to local Smart TV and Tablet
manufacturing, thus creating jobs.

''With our strong consumer base, we can quickly become the supplier of
these equipment to the whole of West Africa. As we speak, jobs are
already being created as we engage Engineers, Technicians, Retailers,
Distributors and Marketers, among others,'' he said.

The Minister said the Electronic Program Guide will also be a platform
for Application (App) developers to create products that will make
life easier for the home consumers, thereby creating and promoting an
industry of developers that will operate in both the Television and Telecoms
industries.

In addition, he said, the increase in Free-To- Air channels and the
separation of transmission from content aggregation will spur an
increase in TV production activities, as the channels will now be able
to focus on
their TV shows and harness the variety of human and creative skills to
compete to become the most watched channel.

Alhaji Mohammed said the DSO would also help to grow the TV
advertising market by $400 million per annum through audience
measurement, adding: ''Our digital environment will give equal opportunity to
everyone to be rewarded for investment in creativity, and that is what
the regime of forensic Audience Measurement, which Digitisation
offers, will afford.
If it is your programme people are watching, you will be the recipient
of higher revenues because the advertisers will run to you.''

He reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to meeting the
deadline of June 2017 for the analogue to digital switch over in
Nigeria and other West African countries, as set by the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The Minister commended Pinnacle Communications, the signal distributor
for the Abuja DSO, for its massive investment that heralded the
success of the launch, as well as the National Broadcasting Commission,
Digiteam, content aggregators CCNL, software provider Inview,
Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria and RATTAWU.

The Pilot Scheme of the DSO was launched in Jos, Plateau State, on 30
April 2016, after two previous failures - in 2012 and 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo, commissioned the Abuja DSO at the offices of Pinnacle
Communications Ltd.

The President said the Federal Government is ''irreversibly
committed'' to meeting
the June 2017 deadline for the switch over and congratulated the Minister of
Information, the Director General of NBC, Pinnacle Communications and
Set-top box
manufacturers SMK ''for a world class performance on this switch over''.

FG WILL LEVERAGE POWER OF MUSIC TO PROMOTE NATIONAL RE-ORIENTATION CAMPAIGN

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Read more: FG WILL LEVERAGE POWER OF MUSIC TO PROMOTE NATIONAL RE-ORIENTATION CAMPAIGNThe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said
the government will leverage on the power of music to promote the
National Re-orientation Campaign tagged “Change Begins With Me.”

The Minister said this in Abuja on Wednesday when he received a group
of collectors of music dating back to 1914 under the banner of the
Evergreen Music Limited on a courtesy visit to his office.

He hailed the enviable role of music in inculcating morals and uniting
the country, saying good music has no tribe, section or religion.

“We believe that this is very important to us because when you look at
our campaign, it’s about returning to those old morals and values that
stood Nigeria in good stead and you can learn more from music than
anything.

''That is why I believe that we will gladly partner with you because
we are pitching from the same side of the field. We want Nigerians to
go back to this old music because they not only preach good values but
they have actually chronicled the history of Nigeria,” Alhaji Mohammed
said.

He saluted foremost musicians like Rex Lawson, Dan Maraya, Victor Olaiya,
Victor Uwaifo, IK Dairo, Mamman Shatta and Fela Anikulapo Kuti who stood
up against injustice while also promoting morals through their music.

The Minister also underscored the role music plays in advocacy and in
mobilizing the people to pursue a common cause.

“Music has been used to build government and for advocacy. When
Nigeria changed from driving on the right to the left, it was the
likes of Ebenezer Obe and Ayinla Omowura that were used to sensitize
Nigerians. When we transited from Pound Sterling to Naira and Kobo, it
was the same musicians that were used.” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed commended Evergreen Music Limited for being the
repository of Nigerian music, saying it is doing a great service for
posterity.

Earlier, the Chairman of Evergreen Music Limited, Chief Femi Esho,
said the group has a collection of about 150,000 African songs dating
back to 1914.

He said the group delved into the collection of old music in order to
prevent them from going into extinction, especially because of the
messages they convey.

Chief Esho advised the present crop of musicians to emulate the old
ones by enriching their music with good content.

“I like what the present boys are doing but 90% or 95% are making
noise not music, because good music should have content and it has to
talk about something in particular,” he said.

He commended the Minister's vigour in promoting Nigeria’s culture,
particularly in the area of music, saying he is doing an invaluable
service to the nation.

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