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Filmmaking is a hobby – Frederick



Filmmaking is a hobby – Frederick

Frederick Leonard is a Nigerian actor, filmmaker and model. He is the CEO of Cineworx Entertainment. Known for his physical attributes, and movies such as “Mr. Perfect”, “Heartbeat”, “Discontent”, “Alero’s Symphony”, “The Surrogate”, “Indian Doctor”, and “Emergency”, among others, Leonard is currently one of the trending actors in the country. In this chat with EDWIN USOBOH, the Anambra State born thespian, speaks on his new movie, Void, the demise of his mother, his thoughts on the industry, women and other issues


As a celebrity in his ‘40s’, and still single, don’t you feel any void?

I will like your tabloid to help me correct this, I am not up to 40 yet. I don’t know how bloggers came up with that figure. I am in my late thirties. However, I still think it’s about time that I got hooked. But we live in a time where marriages are ending every week for the wrong reasons. Let’s just say that I am being very careful. I am looking for someone who understands family values. I am looking for someone who understands what keeps partners in marriage. What makes a relationship work is not just love. Love is not enough. What keeps you going is the decision to make it work. I am looking for a square peg in a square hole, someone whose life is patterned the way mine is patterned as well because it just makes it a whole lot easier. So for me, love only doesn’t keep relationship going, love is just a by-product, something by the side. Don’t get me wrong. Yes, it’s important.

That’s why I create love story. Love is something that creates that bonding, affection and the condiments that help relationship to flourish, but what keeps both of you together is the decision to make it work. That decision gives birth to humility, understanding, tolerance and compromise. Valuing your partner is important but you rarely find that in this generation. We used to have that in Olu Jacob and Aunty Joke’s generation. Because of enculturation and imbibing the western culture, something has shifted and that’s why we have a lot of broken marriages, baby daddies and babies mama all over the place. So, I am praying to God fervently because I do not want to fall into that hole, hence the delay. I am very careful because I do not want a broken home. I was brought up in a very beautiful family and I think that’s how God plans it to be.

Your new movie, ‘Void’, premiered in Cinemas recently. Tell us about it.

Void is my second movie as a producer. I am quite excited to have gotten on the project. Void is a thrilling love story that will catch people’s fancy. No matter what we go through in life, there is a void to be filled. Void is a love story told from a very unusual perspective. So, I will like people to go out there and have a good time. They will not be disappointed at all.

Which movie was your first work as a producer?

My first work as a producer is my movie titled ‘Grey’, a romantic comedy, in summer 2018. I just love to tell love stories because no matter how much we try to form strong and firm, we all need love in our lives. Grey tells a story of a woman with a terminal disease but finds love in her dying days. ‘Void’ is my second work. I am really excited about Void. It’s written by a very brilliant writer, Doris Chinasa Ariole. She did a wonderful job. So, I said to myself that I must do even a better job when translating the script to motion picture.

What should fans expect from the movie?

Fans should expect to fall in love again after seeing Void. Fans should expect a lot of captivating camera movements unlike what we are used to in our films where you have lot of still shots. Also, expect to see where a director tells a story through camera movements, we also don’t get to see that in Nigerian films. You see that a lot in Hollywood movies. Within the first three minutes in Hollywood movies, through the camera movement, you can tell if it’s a horror film, a psychological thriller or a romantic comedy. So with ‘Void’, you can tell through the camera works that there is something not right in the male character played by me. The director, Chris, who translated the script to screen did a fantastic job in telling the story through camera works. You should expect a fantastic acting in Void. I did the casting and I focused on getting actors who are very good, not just actors for the glam, but actors who understand the essence of role and character interpretation and making it quite believable. So, I have Chioma Akpotha who has great antecedents. There is fast rising actress, Lota Chukwu; a veteran, Ayo Adesanya; Empress Njamah; and and myself. It’s a movie of few cast, but good acting and role interpretation. #Void will joggle your emotions.

What makes Void unique?

‘Void’ is a love story told from a different perspective. Usually, a love story can either make you or break you. A love story can either excite you or bore you. In ‘Void’, we ensure that you don’t get bored. There is something else to look out for in Void, it’s the sound track. I co-wrote some of the songs. I went to the studio and sat down with the artistes that did the song and they did a tremendous work in ensuring that the music carries your emotions. The moment that the movie opens, you can just feel it.

In your personal life, what void exists?

Can you see while the movie Void is essential to all because we all have a void to fill (laughs)? I have areas in my life that I am working towards satisfaction. I have certain areas that I need to fill up and there are certain areas that I have filled up over the years.

The absence of your mom, is that an area that you have filled?

That is a void that I don’t think anyone can fill. My mom had me in her early twenties. So, it’s pretty more like we grew up together. I didn’t just lose a mom, I lost my best friend, I lost my gossip partner, I lost the love of my life, I lost the central of my world. I do not think anyone can fill that void. People say when I get married I would, but let’s see. I don’t know if it will be possible because my mom was just my rock. It’s been a struggle for three years to live without my mom. The death of my mom hurts more than any other thing. Whoever is reading this should know that the death of a mom hurts differently. It’s been hard and tough living without her but I am happy she saw a bit of the stardom. I am happy she saw a bit of what she worked so hard for. She saw me sign autograph for people who walked up to me at different points. She saw me buy her a couple of things when I travelled abroad. I remember when I was jumping Molue and Okadas, she told me to hold forth, stay focused and remain consistent. But I just wish that she was here to see more. So, I miss my mom terribly. It’s not a void that I have filled. It’s a void that I don’t think will be filled. Sad to say, but it’s the truth.

What drives your fashion sense?

I have always been a fashion kid. I think it’s my mom’s influence on my personality. I remember as a kid she used to take me to Lagos Island and she would tell me, ‘Emeka’ which is my native name, ‘point what you want.’ Sometimes, she guides my choices by telling me, ‘oh, pick that colour and match it up with this colour’. So, I am pretty much a fashionable person. I don’t live above my means and I don’t care what societal pressure or social media says. I try to live within my means but also look good. Looking good doesn’t mean you wear the most expensive outfits but once I can afford them, I go for them. It just comes naturally to me to put on the right stuff and step out there looking good and putting smiles on people’s face so when they look at me, smile and say, ‘you look good’ and I would reply, ‘I’m humble, thanks very much mahn!’ (Laughs).

How do you manage admiration from opposite sex?

I think it creates a void for attention which I give to them. I try as much as possible to respond to thousands of direct messages on my Instagram handle. I shall be doing meet and greet for ‘Void’ at the cinema. That’s part of filling up the void. As it relates to the urge to meet Frederick Leonard, I am out there and I relate with them. I ensure we have cordial relationship. You can’t get intimate and marry all your female fans.

How do you relax when not on set?

I stay indoors. I am not the party type. I don’t fancy drinking or smoking, it’s not my style. I have very small cycle of family and friends. I just relax indoors, go to church, visit family and friends when necessary. Filming is just very stressful and tedious

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Nollywood actress, Dolly Nwaduba, in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA shared her journey in the movie industry, her unforgettable heartbreak and plans to have a secret destination wedding at Vegas or Hawaii



Could you tell us more about yourself?


I’m Dolly Nwaduba, a writer, producer and actor. I’m from Aniocha south, in Delta State.


I have been in the movie industry professionally, two years now. I came back to Nigeria in 2017 after my graduation from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and produced my first movie “Lights Out” and thus began my journey in Nollywood.


Was that your first experience?


It was quite different from my experience in Hollywood.


Because, I had initially worked there for a year after graduation. Things are done differently here, so, I had to learn a whole lot from that first movie I wrote and produced here. Production in Nigeria is easier to achieve, but at the same time more tedious to execute.


It’s a bit complicated, really.


What were the challenges you faced?


First, it was the casting.


As a writer, I’m very particular about who plays every character in my stories. But I had to learn to cast actors who would not only fit my character description, but also guarantee my money back. There’s also this “returnee problem ” I had because I went to a film school abroad. People just automatically assume you think you’re better than them so they try to openly correct and sometimes even humiliate you for not knowing how they “run things around here. ”


They forget you have a whole different experience from what they have. Some even challenged and accused me of going to waste money overseas when I could have just learned the ropes of movie production from under one of the prominent producers/directors for much less. It was crazy.


How did you pick your cast?


I usually have particular actors in mind when I’m writing. So, when I’m ready to shoot, I’ll contact these actors, and if they’re available, we work together. If not, I’d find suitable replacements. Do you have a new project? Oh yes, I’ve written and produced four movies since then. I’m currently working on the fifth.


I just finished one few weeks ago titled “one wish”. It was directed by Tchidi Chikere and will be out by next month.



Could you tell us more about your new project?


It’s an unconventional love story that I wrote last year after a very bad breakup. I was really depressed and had a lot of really messed up thoughts in my head but for the fear of going to prison or worse. I had to refrain myself from going to the extreme.

So, I did what every great writer would do. I poured out my thoughts on the pages of my book, and being blessed as an actor, I got to carry out my very evil plot of kidnapping my ex on his wedding day without fear of actually going to jail for it.


I got the best cast ensemble and the best director to tell this beautiful heartbreak story of mine.


Are you saying it is a true life story?


‘One Wish’ is my actual love story.


Well, except for the ending, which will shock everyone.


What led to the break up?



Truthfully, I became a bitch. It was my very first time actually falling in love with someone other than myself, so it consumed me that I became possessive to the point of obsession I think. I was constantly snooping around and nagging.


He met someone else who started giving him the peace I used to give him when we first started dating. I’m not saying he didn’t have his own faults, he did.


But I contributed majorly to the breakup. I literally drove him nuts.


How did you feel seeing him move on?


I felt really bad. The girl was so hot! I used to stalk her Instagram page. She’s the perfect slay queen! Whereas I struggle to even put on powder on my face. I felt so bad. What if he finds out about the movie, don’t you think he would know you are not over him yet? Well, I really don’t care what he thinks anymore. I’m so over him.


But yeah, of course he’ll know once he sees the movie or read this interview So, who are your cast and is it a cinema movie? Well, I of course played “Naomi” the heartbroken one.



Frederick Leonard played Philip my ex, Diana Okoh played my not so smart best friend who’s ready to kill for me.


While Lotachukwu played one of my best friends who happens to be my only voice of reason (the sensible one among the trio) and Ada Karl also known as Ada Slim played my no nonsense elder sis, who would rain down hell on anyone for her naughty sister who she sometimes avoids as well. And no, it’s not a cinema movie.



I’m not ready to produce a cinema movie yet. I would be by the end of the year though. It’s all in the works currently.



How do you get finance to fund your projects?


I financed myself and some were financed by private investors. One Wish was produced by my friend and record label owner “Philip Samuel ” the CEO of Make Sound From Minds Records (MSFM Records).


He’s someone who believes in me and wants to see me grow, as well as make money too. Are you currently in a new relationship? As much as I’m very open about my life, there are some things I still like to keep private.


My relationship status is one of them.


So when the time comes, what kind of a man do you desire as a ‘husband material’?


All I really want in my husband is high intelligence level, at least higher than mine. Kindness, generosity (he must spoil me with gifts oh) and tenacity. I don’t want a man who will easily give up on our marriage at the slightest turbulence.


With me, it’s going to be for better or worse you know. Well, hopefully mostly better.


When is the wedding bell expected to ring?


Again? Private please.



Well, my wedding is going to be very quiet! Probably a Vegas or Hawaiian ceremony. Just the two of us. So no one will probably know until our anniversary.


Oh dear! The things I want are sometimes so awkward. I hope he feels the same way too, make I no go enter one chance

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Waje’s daughter stars in video of new song, ‘Udue,’ featuring Johnny Drille



Waje’s daughter stars in video of new song, ‘Udue,’ featuring Johnny Drille

In the run up to her highly-anticipated first concert, award winning R&B star, Waje, has just released images from the set of her upcoming video, “Udue” featuring Johnny Drille.


Starring the singer’s stunning daughter, Emerald as Johnny Drille’s love interest, the video was shot on location at the scenic Lufasi Park in Lagos state, Nigeria and follows the upbeat, soulful and seamless flow of the song which tells the story of a young couple in love and enjoying each other’s company close to nature and far-away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


The video for “Udue”, produced by Fatima Omokwe and directed by Catalyst, will be released on August 20, 2018 while Waje’s Red Velvet concert is billed for September 1 at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

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‘Udiroko Festival’, a celebration of cultural essence of Ado people – Oba Aladesami



‘Udiroko Festival’, a celebration of cultural essence of Ado people – Oba Aladesami

The annual Udiroko Festival is a celebration of the cultural essence of the Ado people dating back to the establishment of Ado Kingdom, says Oba Rufus Adeyemo Aladesami, the Ewi of Ado Ekiti. He also stressed that the Festival is a ritual free celebration predicated on history, culture, and traditions of Ado Ekiti.


The Monarch stated that during the festival which commenced on Monday and will end on August 20, at the Ewi Palace, Ado Ekiti, there would be no deity worshipping, idolatry and secret ceremonies.


The Ewi, who spoke in Lagos penultimate Wednesday, said ‘Udiroko Festival’ is purely the celebration of the cultural essence of the Ado people, and that it has nothing to do with rituals, fetishes and idolism. “I wish to emphatically state that the foregoing articulation of the historical pedigree of Udiroko Festival and its celebrations over the years in Ado Ekiti is for the purpose of further educating the public.


“Thus is done with a view to fostering its acceptability as one of the components that form the tripod history, culture and tradition) upon which has been so from the inception of the Ado Kingdom,” he said. He assured that the organising committee has put in place effective security measures to ensure smooth hosting of the festival.


He urged all sons and daughters of Ado Ekiti at home and in Diaspora to come home for the new year celebration of Udiroko Festival. “It is hoped that the Udiroko Festival would gain international recognition that would propel it amidst its cultural peers in other kingdoms and climes within and outside Nigeria,” he said.


Also, part of the activities at the festival is the provision of medical free checks for people. Director General Ekiti State Arts Council, Wale Ojo Lanre, said: “The council has the full mandate of the government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi to promote our culture as well as our core values in order to evolve a state that manifest the vision of its founding fathers; this explains the passion and commitment of the council towards a collaboration with communities to transform their festivals into prosperity instrument for the people.”


He noted that since it is within the purview of the council to inject critical innovation into the original manners of celebrating festivals in Ekiti, ‘we initiated the world press conference in furtherance of the strategic marketing of some Ekiti festivals.’


“We have noticed the energy and vigour with which the Ewi and the people of Ado prepare and celebrate Udiroko annually, hence our decision to partner Ado Ekiti people to rebrand the festival, globalised its celebrating, seek marketers for the festival so that it becomes self sustaining and involve Ado Ekiti indigenes in the diaspora as well as those outside the shores of Ekiti,” Ojo-Lanre said.

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Dancing has taken me to at least 60 countries across the world – ‘Dayo Liadi



Dancing has taken me to at least 60 countries across the world – ‘Dayo Liadi

Dayo Liadi stunned Nigerians as a professional dancer long before the likes of Kaffy even came on the scene. Since featuring impressively in the video of the popular song, “Olori Oko” by Infinity over a decade ago, Nigerians have forgotten about him. In this interview with ADEDAYO ODULAJA, the talented choreographer said it is very unlikely he will dance in another video


How right is it to say dancing is your comfort zone?


I have done so many kinds of stuff; I have worked with so many artistes all over the world. I have done contemporary dance forms, musical dance forms, African modern dance forms and creative dance forms, among many others. I don’t think I have a comfort zone when I am working because I experiment a lot and try different things and different kinds of stuff in what we regard as performances.


How do you determine the dance form to perform at an event?


Generally, we have dance forms from different parts of Africa and they are created from North Africa, East Africa, West Africa and all other places. What we do is to infuse them into the event we are organising.



Noting your training and life of dancing, how long have you been involved with it and would you say it is your means of livelihood?


I have been dancing for 30 years.


The first five years was for training. So, professionally I have been dancing for 25 years.


This is all I do; I don’t do anything else apart from dancing. It must have sounded strange that a man settled for dancing as a means of livelihood.



What’s the story behind it?


I am from a dance family. My dad was a beautiful dancer; my mum was a dancer too. I found myself in a family where my parents were dancers.


When we had parties in my family, it was like a competition between me and my brothers and sisters.


The boys competing with the girls and the girls competing with the boys. It was fun. I am from a fun-filled family.


When it comes to remuneration, what is it like for dancers?



I wouldn’t want to talk about how I am being paid for security reasons, but I am grateful to God. I have been to 67 countries around the world since I started and I am well paid. I don’t do small shows. I only do it to encourage young artistes; I love encouraging young artistes to help them boost their stuff.


What is the story behind your discovery a professional dancer?



I was discovered at the age of 16 by some foreigners who came to Nigeria.



Immediately after my secondary school education, I got a scholarship to go and study dance in France at Centre Choregraphique National De Nantes (National Choreography Cen-   ter of Nantes).



After that, I got another scholarship to study dance at the International School of Dance and Choreography in Senegal. Upon completing that, I got yet another to study in Danceweb in Vienna, Austria. I got so many really but the last one was almost 10 years ago when I studied at a university in Korea.


Would you prefer to dance live or in a music video?


They are both memorable. I only did one music video because I am not a music video dancer by training. I did Olori Oko because I wanted to prove a point to music video dancers.


Was the point about challenging stereotypes or seeking a new terrain?


The point was that you can take dancing away from the ordinary.



That was the reason I accepted to appear in “Olori Oko” and it was a highly experimental dance routine. I just wanted to prove a point and it was well accepted by Nigerians and Africans alike.



So would you be willing to feature in another music video like that?


I wouldn’t want to do another music video like Olori Oko.



I would rather be a dance consultant for any other music video and help them achieve it as a dance consultant and a dance director. I am not a music video dancer.



My training is to perform live and conceptualize different dance ideas around the world, in Africa and in different countries. I love music videos but only if I am well paid. Musically, videos don’t give good money and that is the major reason why I don’t go for it. I go for mega projects.


Knowing it helps one’s fitness and all, does your kind of dance have any health implications? If you don’t take care of your body, it will fight back. When you are dancing, you have to be careful, don’t dance with everything, but use everything.


You have to dance with care.


Which other dance forms and routines have you toured the world with?


I have toured “Ori, When The Gods Go Crying” and “In Imagination”.


Some are my own choreography concepts while I co-choreographed others with other choreographers from abroad. I do a lot of co-choreography projects between Europe and Africa, most especially, South Africa, Uruguay France, Germany, and several others.


How would you rank yourself in Africa?



I would say that I am one of the best. We have so many great dancers in Africa.


Some are my senior because they trained me.


There are legendary choreographers in the world and I always see them as my inspiration and mentors. With all you have seen and done, is it likely to get to the time you retire? Dance is my life, so I am not thinking of quitting now or in future.

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Flattering pink agbada



Flattering pink agbada

Interestingly, pink is no longer for the female gender alone.


Fashion and its versatility have made it possible for men of style to step out dashingly in pink outfits without committing any fashion mistake.


Agbada is a popular, flowing, wide sleeved robe and the Agbada style has become regular attire for men and women for special events like weddings.



While the idea that pink clothes are just for women has long been considered outdated, many men still find it challenging to rock this colour.


Pink agbada can add a fantastic dash of diversity to your wardrobe, injecting colour while maintaining sophistication.


Pink agbada is stylish and can flatter any skin tone with one of its many shades. So, don’t let pink agbada trend pass you by. Instead, embrace this fantastic colour with an easy-to-wear yet highly dramatic agbada.



Men dressed in agbada attires are looked at with much admiration because the attire is unique and extraordinarily cool. If you don’t already own one, you should add a pink agbada to your wardrobe immediately because not only is it a fantastic alternative to your usual white or blue agbada, it can also be highly flattering and versatile.



All you need to do is pick the right shade. For an understated appearance, choose a washed-out or dusky pink.


For a bolder look, select a sorbet shade or vibrant watermelon hue. But, be sure also to consider your complexion to pick the most flattering option.


If you are looking for a way to ease yourself into wearing pink, a striped shirt may be the way to go.


Pink is surprisingly versatile and can work well with many other colours.


In particular, subdued tones, such as navy, black, white and grey tend to pair best with this somewhat statement hue.


However, don’t be afraid to experiment with your colour combinations. Pink can also work with a range of other colours, including cream and even dark green.


A well-fitting cap may be all you need to finish off your pink agbada looks.


Accesorize appropriately; nothing screams dapper with pink agbada than sleek black shoes.

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Tosyn Bucknor’s hubby, sister celebrate her posthumous birthday



Tosyn Bucknor’s hubby, sister celebrate her posthumous birthday

Less than a year after the death of popular broadcaster, Tosyn Bucknor, her husband, Aurélien Boyer and sister, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, have taken to social media to celebrate the OAP’s first posthumous birthday.


The former Inspiration FM presenter would have been 38 on Thursday, and in tribute, her husband, shared a photo of both of them together with the heartfelt caption: “Yesterday in my arms, forever in His. You would have been 38 today. But more importantly, God blessed us with 37 years by your side. Happy posthumous birthday, Wyfo. Rest on well.” On her own, Funke, a popular events planner and CEO of Zapphaire Events, paid tribute on late Tosyn’s posthumous birthday by thanking people for being supportive while stating how much they miss her. “Happy birthday sister of mine …


Everyone has been supportive by calling , praying and just generally being kind . Your first birthday without our usual ritual. Keep on shining on my super smart , intelligent, talented , kind and gentle Tosyn Bucknor …


“The voice of Lagos , Areaboss ( we miss you , mummy misses you , Oloruko misses you , Omowale misses you , your friends really miss you , the world misses you…” Tosyn, whose death occurred in November 2018, was found dead by her husband, with Bucknor-Obruthe, her elder and only sibling, confirming that she died of complications arising from her sickle cell anaemia condition.

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Home remedy for cracked heels



Home remedy for cracked heels



It’s that time of the year when many experience cracked heels as a result of change of weather. Dry and cracked heels are common complaints in the harmattan period.


Cold, dry harmattan air sucks the life out of smooth heels. Other factors that contribute to cracked heels include aging, nutritional deficiencies, a genetic predisposition, dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, an unhealthy diet, prolonged standing on hard floors and wearing the wrong types of shoes.


There are several home remedies for cracked heels that you can try to resolve the problem. There are many lotions and moisturizers in the market to combat dry skin.


But most of them come with a big price tag. Natural home r emedies are not only cheap, but also quite effective in nourishing and hydrating cracked heels back to a healthy state.


Cracked heels are a very common problem and can range in severity from a cosmetic issue to a painful problem.



The problem may be accompanied by symptoms like redness, itching, inflammation and peeling skin. A variety of vegetable oils can be used to treat and prevent cracked heels.


Olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil or any other hydrogenated vegetable oil will work.


For best results, use this remedy before going to bed to ensue you allow ample time for the oil to penetrate the skin.




•Soak your feet in soapy water and scrub your feet with a pumice stone.


•Wash your feet and then dry them thoroughly


•Apply any vegetable oil liberally on your heels and soles.


•Put on a pair of clean socks and leave them on overnight while you sleep. In the morning, your heels will be noticeably softer.


•Repeat this for a few days until the cracks in your heels are gone completely.

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Complete your dapper looks with polka doted necktie



Complete your dapper looks with polka doted necktie

Is there anything that makes a man well dressed and dapper like necktie? Necktie when well paired it gives the wearer a defined gentleman’s look in a blink of an eye.


Ties are probably the smallest fashion accessories yet very functional style item a man can have in his closet.


A tie does a lot more than just decorate your neck and shirt: when people see you wearing a colourful, polka doted ties, they will take notice of the fact that you went the extra mile, and will terat you accordingly.


Ties complete a man’s appearance, add style to it and set the best apart from the crowd.


Wearing a tie was a symbol of professionalism in the past, and nothing has changed today in the formal sense but necktie is becoming more than just a formal business accessory.


There are various elements to consider while making the choice of what goes with your polka dotted tie.


Getting yourself a neckwear that is of the right proportion for your body and is of a colour and pattern that works well with your shirts, is the first thing. Many men wear striped neckties for business.


Polka dots, especially small and intricate patterns, have become quite popular and are perfect for business, leisure, and even semi-formal events. While shirt and suit tend to be more conservative in terms of colour, it is the necktie that allows men to display almost any colour without compromising a professional look.


Even though it is acceptable and even fashionable to show colour on your tie, avoid too many colours in one design.


Therefore, when wearing a polka dotted necktie, make sure that only two colours are present; that is one on the background and one on the dots.





zzSolid colour dress shirt will be the easiest solution for polka doted necktie.


Polka dots are considered a “playful” pattern and the larger the dots the more casual it will appear.


Small patterns have a trendier and fashionable appearance.


Polka dotted neckties should not be worn for very serious functions such as funerals or strict black-tie events.


You might think wearing any kind of tie will make you appear professional, but that’s not always the case.


For formal occasions, colours should be neutral (black, grey, burgundy, mauve or blue).


For more of a casual business professional setting, a silk knit tie with weave polka dots pattern can also do the trick.

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I love Rita Dominic’s style –Okodo



I love Rita Dominic’s style –Okodo

Gloria Okodo is an upcoming actress, the talented actress. She spoke with SUNDAY NWACHUKWU about how her journey into entertainment industry started, her celebrity fashion model and many more


Are you satisfied with your choice of career?


I love what I do.



What is your personal style?


Comfortable and sexy


What do you intend to change in the entertainment industry?

The one thing I would love to change or make better will be the editing world especially special effects. If learnt and done properly in a movie, it will woo the hearts of film lovers.


Which of your movies brought you to limelight?


I am still on my way to the limelight.


Do you have any specific research process when you take a new script?


If I am given a role, I just try to understand the character, the emotions and everything that makes the character whole.



Was there anyone in your family who made you develop interest in Nollywood?


Nobody. But my dad is my biggest supporter now.


Who inspires you the most in entertainment industry?


The able Rita Dominic.


Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? I will answer that in five yearse. I don’t give myself plans that I won’t execute. Let’s wait and see. It’s a surprise.


Are you a fan of Ankara prints?


Oh yes, who wouldn’t love the flamboyant colourful and rich Ankara prints!


What is your take on African wears?


They are beautiful and should be worn all the time because they can easily be incorporated with the western fabrics.



Do you consider any fashion item indispensable?


No, but it is crucial to wear clothes.


How easily do you get your fashion items in Nigeria?



Very easy. Lol. I am not a fashion person.


While shopping, which fashion item catches your fancy?




Which fashion accessory do you live for?


I would say Jeans all the way.


Do you conform to trends?


Which fashion trends do you love most?


No, I don’t. In fact, I run away from anything that is in vogue.



How comfortable do you feel in jeans and T-shirt?


Very comfortable. They are my go-to everyday


What makes a woman well dressed?


A woman is well dressed when she is comfortable in what she wears.


Whose celebrity style do you like most?


I love Rita Dominic’s style. Fashion wise, do you have a role model? I don’t but I am happy when a woman is well dressed in her body size. What is your ready to go outfits? Shirts and Jeans


When it comes to fashion, would you say your physique works to your advantage?


Sometimes it does and other times it doesn’t.


I can go to a shop to get a gown and all the gowns will be in small sizes. It’s crazy! Which outfits take up most space in your wardrobe? Shirts and Jeans


What is your costliest fashion possession?


How much did you get it?


I won’t say, I would like to keep it secret. How do you love your shoes? I am not a girly girl most of the time but when I am, I love to wear heels.


What determines what you wear?


The weather because I don’t want to wear a sweater only for the day to be sunny.


What do you think of modern designers?



I love them. There are so many talented designers out there now and I say kudos to all of them for their level of creativity.


Who is your best designer?


I love Mai Atafo designs


Do you have a signature perfume?


I would say mine but it’s still in the pipeline so my favourite for now is Vince Camuto.


Do you have any fashion obsession?


Watches. I love watches but I won’t say I’m obsessed though.


How did your journey into becoming an actress start?



I didn’t even know about Theatre Arts until I got admission to study it in the University. In my 300 level, one of my lecturers sent me and some of my colleagues for an audition in Asaba for a TV Soap Opera directed by Norbert Young and I was selected to play a role and that’s how I started acting for TV.


There are people looking up to attaining the height that you are now, what is your advice for such people?


I haven’t even started. I have much to do but my little advice for people coming in is to be humble.


There is no need to rush, if it’s your time then it is your time. Be humble at all times.



Aside acting which other businesses are you into?


Apart from acting, I work as a temporary Secretary for my dad in Port Harcourt. I want to start my perfume business but it’s still in the planning stages. Entertainment industry seems saturated; how do you intend to keep afloat?



Like I said, keep my head down and do what I do and learn as I go As an actress, how do you cope paying bills?



To remain humble and learn more as I grow.


Does your background influence who you are now?


Yes it does. I was raised with high sense of humility, my parents never taught me to be proud and that has helped me a lot.


What is the major challenge young artistes face in Nigeria?



I would say, finance is an important challenge as an upcoming artiste in the industry.


If you don’t have something doing, it’s difficult to go out for auditions around the country, finance it is for me.



Would you say government has done enough for creative people in Nigeria?




I think the government needs to put more effort in being involved in the entertainment industry as a whole because the industry is going to another level.

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Adeniyi Johnson congratulates ex-wife, Toyin Abraham, on birth of baby boy



Adeniyi Johnson congratulates ex-wife, Toyin Abraham, on birth of baby boy

In a move that surprised and appeared well-intentioned, Nollywood actor, Adeniyi Johnson, congratulated his ex-wife, Toyin Abraham and her new husband, Kolawole Ajeyemi, on the birth of their baby boy on Thursday.


The actor sent his message to the new parents whose wedding was said to have taken place months back via an Instagram post.



“Congrats on the arrival of your baby.. Mr &Mrs Ajeyemi ….


He shall be a source of joy to you ….. God bless the baby, the mother and the dad,” he wrote in a move commended by many of his fans and followers as a sign of maturity and a being devoid of bitterness.


A day earlier, wedding photos of the controversial actress and Kolawole Ajeyemi, known to be one of the popular faces in the Yoruba section of Nollywood in the last few years, hit the public space on Wednesday.


Adeniyi Johnson and Toyin Abraham were briefly married before filing for divorce on the grounds of infidelity in 2015.

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