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As fashion keeps evolving, it actually gets crazier. Since sheer outfits made its debut on most red carpets around the world, celebrities have hounded the fabric to see who will come out with the craziest outfit. Sheer fabric has been used before to make some sexy outfits like peek-a-boos and sheer cut outs.

 

But lately, celebrities have begun to make outfits with just the sheer material and barely anything left for the imagination underneath.

 

Nigerians are hot to copy fashion styles on international red carpets and runways and they seem to be also caught with the see-through sheer bug. Hollywood and Nollywood stars seem to be in a race to know who is going to churn out the most outrageous sheer outfit on red carpet.

 

Our African celebrities are not only evolving with movies; they are also evolving with style. Red carpets all over the world including Nigeria have been besieged with ladies in jaw-dropping sheer dresses; making the world wonder if fashion would soon end up with ladies stepping out on red carpet completely naked!

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Edo big boy, Joseph Osawaru acquires new hotel

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do state-born Oil & gas baron cum hotelier, Joseph Osawaru, who is popularly known as Jose is presently the centre of attraction and one of the most talked about in capital city of Edo state, Benin. This is because the dark skinned dude has just completed another hotel project that would have been officially commissioned as you read. The latest addition to Jose’s existing hospitality venture is named, Exquisite Home 2 Hotel & Lounge.

 

Extremely beautiful and delicate edifice, Exquisite Home 2 Hotel & Lounge that is situated in the heart G.R.A is poised to redefine hospitality at its finest in Edo State. Edo big boy, Osawaru, is an employer of labour and has contributed to the development of hospitality business in Edo State when he delved into the sector with the opening of Loyalty Hotel at Ugbor Road about five years ago.

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Lanre Teriba, Yinka Ayefele, others, set Lagos agog with radical praise

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anre Teriba ranks among gospel singers whose relevance has stood the test of time. It is clear the handsome, versatile singer has continually evolved to move with the tide. 

 

Aside his talent, Lanre’s creative and innovative abilities have continued to place him ahead even as he’s not showing any sign of slowing down.  It is in this vein Atorise, as he’s also known will be debuting with a new idea that will see him hold a concert on annual basis. The first edition that is tagged, ‘Radical Praise’ will be holding in a matter of days.

 

If there is any event that is being talked about at the moment, it’s certainly Lanre Teriba’s initiative, ‘Radical Praise’. The event is schedule to hold on 28th of July at Excellence Hotel, Ogba.  The concert, according to Lanre is basically about praising God is going to set a new standard. While Lanre who will be returning from US music tour will star at the event; other great artistes have also been lined up to add spice to the concert. Some of them include: Yinka Ayefele, Busola Oke, Woli Agba, Asiwaju Sax and Dele Gold. Others include: Voice of Zion Percussion Group, Ayiki & the Trados, Alambus and Princess Ifemide. 

 

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World most expensive coffin costs N78 Million

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Since the dawn of human civilization, people started spending crazy resources in order to build tombs and graves where they could be buried after their death. In most cases due to various beliefs about the afterlife, the tradition of burying someone with style has been kept alive through the years, spawning a huge industry.

 

 

 

While people have different ceremonies they perform in order to pay their respects to the dead, most include the burial of the dead person in a casket or a coffin.

 

In fact, some people believe that life is more blissful in death so while they’re alive they make arrangements for unbelievably expensive caskets to celebrate their death day. That is why a coffin can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars and people still buy them to bury their dead while some others buy it while alive to ensure they will have a classy route to eternity.

 

Take for instance; the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, was buried in one of the most expensive coffins in the world. Jackson’s coffin is a solid bronze casket lined with blue velvet. What makes ‘The Promethean’ as it was called is truly spectacular; it features a gold surface with a solid bronze body with a hand-polished 14k gold plate finish.  The coffin cost $25,000.

 

But there’s even a more expensive casket in the world right now and it found in Malaysia.

 

The Malaysian 14-Karat Gold Coffin is the most expensive coffin in the world. It costs $217,000 (about N78 million).

 

It is made entirely of 14-karat gold, not like other expensive coffins that have some parts made of gold while other parts are not.

 

The interior decoration and quality of bedding gives an unbelievable comfort to the body, creating the most amazing atmosphere for the soul to be glad even in death.

 

The exquisite coffin simply called ‘Malaysian 14-karat gold coffin’ has also been featured at a coffin exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Apart from expensive space in Forest Lawn Memorial Park where one burial space in the ground can cost up to $825,000, the Malaysian 14-karat gold is the most expensive stand-alone or physical casket.

 

 

It is one coffin some celebrities choose as their final resting place.

 

Categorized as one of the most expensive coffins in the world, the Malaysian 14-Karat Gold Casket costs as much as $217,000 due to the fact that it is made up entirely of 14-Karat Gold, as the name suggests.

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et’s just admit that we’ll never get tired of statement shoes. Not only because it’s the highlight of most of our looks, but it also allows us to be as extra as we want.

 

Let’s be honest, all women are shoeaholics! No matter how many shoes you have in your closet, you will always find new ones that will ideally fit your new dress!

 

Beautiful actress, Ini Edo, in this gorgeous Christian Louboutin heels is definitely serving us some hot shoe goals! She absolutely looks stunning in her two piece outfit that got elevated to another level by the beautiful statement shoes she complemented them with.

 

Therefore, get statement shoes that will always elevate your off- and on-duty wardrobes.

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Protect your teeth from red wine stains

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Eat your way to stronger teeth

 

Along with seeing your dentist regularly, there are foods you can eat that will build strong teeth. Foods rich in calcium, like milk and cheese, along with leafy greens, legumes, and seafood help to strengthen the enamel. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium, and is found in egg yolks, cheese, and cod oil or tuna. Vitamin A helps to build strong teeth and bones, and can be found in fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens and bell peppers.

Brush your teeth before you drink

 

Granted, if you brush your teeth right before you drink, your palate probably won’t appreciate the blend of peppermint with Pinot noir. But brushing about an hour before you drink can keep red wine from clinging to the plaque, tartar, or any hidden debris on your teeth. And since you usually brush your teeth before you go out anyway, this one should be pretty easy to incorporate into your routine.

 

Don’t brush your teeth right after you drink

 

You’re probably thinking that brushing your teeth right after drinking red wine is the best way to rid your mouth of those stains, but that turns out to be a bad idea. The high acid levels in the wine you just drank are going to end up working with your toothbrush to cause more abrasion in the enamel, leaving them susceptible to long-term damage. Eventually, of course, you’re going to brush your teeth again. Just make sure to drink some water or eat something to stimulate your saliva and help rinse away the wine left in your mouth before you attack your teeth with a toothbrush.

 

Culled: learn.winecoolerdirect.com

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Fun ways to rock Little black dress

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The first little black dress was designed by Coco Chanel and first appeared in Vogue in the 1920s. The little black dress is timeless, an essential piece in every woman’s closet. It always looks good and you can wear it every day if you want to!

 

It’s a modern classic, and for good reason. Both here in Nigeria and in other parts of the world, the little black dress, LBD, has taken the centre stage in every woman’s wardrobe and it can take you from morning to evening and even to the next day effortlessly and in style. No matter the occasion, there are different ways to style your favourite little black dress with what you may already have in your closet.

 

Here are fun ways you can rock your LBD and still own the style:

 

Sparkle it up with accessories – Put a little sparkle into your little black dress with accessories like broaches. Accessorize it to transition your black dress from plain to fabulous.

 

Make it casual –Dress the little black dress down with a scarf, sneakers or flats.

 

Layer: Layering is the key; it keeps your outfit fresh all the time. Wear a jacket or chambray shirt on it, a belt or wear a top underneath your LBD and you have a totally new look. Add jewelry and accessories as they add more depth to your outfit.

 

Make it professional – Wear a blazer with your little black dress so you can wear it to your internship an important meeting.

 

Pair it with a fabulous pair of heels –Wear a pair of outrageously colourful heels or go with something simple. It all depends on your personal style. But make sure your heels are extraordinary.

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Delicious Nsala soup with cat fish

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fe Nsala (Nsala Soup) is a delicious soup, popular in the eastern part of Nigeria. It is also known as ‘white soup’ because of the absence of palm oil. Nsala Soup with cat fish is perfect for a cold rainy day due to its spicy taste.

 

Ingredients

 

 

• Cat Fish

 

• Fresh or dry Utazi Leaves

• Thickener: few pieces of raw white yam

• Habanero peppers to taste

 

• Salt

• Handful of crayfish

 

• Dry fish

• Stock fish

• Stock cubes

 

• Ogiri Okpei (Nigerian traditional seasoning)

• Cow leg, Ponmo, beef (optional)

Cooking directions

 

• Boil a few cubes of raw white yam. When soft, pound with a mortar and pestle till a smooth paste is formed, then set aside. You can substitute white yam with yam powder or potato puree for the thickening.

• Wash and pound/blend the utazi leaves, the chilli pepper and the crayfish and set aside. Utazi is bitter in taste and only used for flavouring so one or two leaves should be enough especially when using the fresh leaves.

• Place the catfish in a pot and pour enough water to cover the fish. Add the seasoning. Feel free to add already cooked beef, cow leg or ponmo and dry fish to this soup recipe.

• When the catfish is almost done, add the crayfish, pepper and utazi leaves blend. Also add the yam paste in small lumps and salt to taste.

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Step up with stylish shoes

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t’s often said that the first time you meet someone, you’re evaluated on a number of factors but it centres on three main things: your hair, clothes and your shoes. Shoes can either say if you should be taken seriously or not.

 

Shopping for shoes can be overwhelming; especially as there are different shoe styles seen in shops and stalls. 

 

Keep calm as we narrow it down to five basic essentials every man needs to have in his wardrobe.

 

• Suede Bucks- they can be used for weddings and look pretty good with a cotton suit.

 

• Brogues- they are called the perfect business casual shoe, ideal for formal settings, can be worn on suits, don’t wear on baggy trousers. They come in different types of lacing system: Oxfords, Derby, Monk straps and Slip on.

 

• Loafers- a must in your wardrobe; try not to wear socks with your shoes, as it keeps it stylish and cooler during hot weather.

 

• Sneakers- they could be canvas, trainers or plimsoll. They are comfortable, ideal for sports, taking a stroll or hitting the club, they give out a chilled look.

 

• Moccasin or driving shoes- a must have for every man, it can be used with shorts, jeans, native wears, and chinos, and it could be used without socks.

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Suddenly, he stopped struggling with them and one of the two security men trying to drag him outside missed his step and nearly fell down.

 

 

“Oh sorry,” Jay told him, reaching out to steady him.

 

The other security man stopped. One could see the surprise on their faces.

 

“I’m really sorry. I lost it in there. She’s my wife. Something took over me. Can’t explain it. Lemme take some deep breath outside. I’ll get back to her. I need to steady myself. Please go ensure my wife is okay,” he said.

 

His voice was tinged with remorse. Or so, it appeared to the two security men. The two security men looked at each other. Jay nodded at them and they nodded back at him.

 

“I’m Jay. What’s your name? He asked the one on his left.

 

He was sure the young man said something. He wasn’t listening though. He turned to the one on the right. That one also introduced himself.

 

“Oh good. I’ll join you soon,” he said, sauntering to the right.

 

His car was parked further down. As the two men moved back towards the restaurant, Jay quickened his steps. By the time the huge glass door of the restaurant closed behind them, Jay was already in his car. The engine came to life almost immediately and he nosed the car towards the gate of the complex. The initial confusion outside had eased, though some cars were driving out. But then, many other cars were driving in.

 

Inside the restaurant, some people were gathered at the corner where the two women were. Some one asked for a fan. A diner grabbed a napkin and handed it to the man who was squatted beside the two women. Another diner grabbed a napkin and started fanning them too. The other woman sat up, looking around her. In no time, another young man was bent over Adele, fanning her with a napkin too. She opened her eyes briefly and closed them again. There was blood at the corner of her lips.

 

The two security men got to the scene and saw the two women still on the floor. After observing the frantic efforts being made to revive Adele, one of them went outside in search of Jay. Helped by her partner, the other woman got up and left.

 

When the security man got outside, he moved to the direction Jay went. He was nowhere to be found. There were many cars at the park and many were coming in and going out. He went back to the park and looked around again. He didn’t see that man who said he was going to get a grip on himself and get back to his wife. Confused, he returned to the restaurant and whispered something into his colleague’s ear. Ashen faced, the senior security man rushed out of the restaurant. After a few minutes, he ran back in, shaking his head.

 

“Her husband is nowhere to be found,” he told no one in particular.

 

“Whose husband?” Someone asked.

 

“The man that slapped her. He told us that she’s his wife. He said he wanted to try and rein in his anger. We left him outside. We didn’t know he wanted to run away,” the senior security man said.

 

Immediately the import of his statement hit them, some of the people gathered there left. Understandably, no one would want to write statement at the police station if things turned ugly. All but three people remained. Two older men and a young man. He was looking at Adele curiously.

 

“We need to get her to the hospital. She must have a phone. Where’s her bag? We can at least identify her,” one of the men said.

 

They looked around and found no phone or bag around her.

 

Adele opened her eyes and looked around her.

 

“My clutch bag is on the table,” she told them.

 

Someone had apparently stolen her bag during the confusion for none was found on the table.

 

“There’s no bag on this table ma’am. Someone could have taken it. We’ll call a member of your family, if you’d give us a phone number,” someone said.

 

“I can’t remember anybody’s phone number right now,” she whispered.

 

The truth was that she didn’t know anyone’s phone number by rote…apart from Jay’s. And that was the last person she would want to speak to right now. She was bothered though. She didn’t even know Bolan’s phone number by rote. Funny how one would recognise a phone number but wouldn’t know it. She attributed it to mental laziness. She closed her eyes as weariness enveloped her. She hadn’t rested in days. She felt faint suddenly.

 

The people who wanted to help her were at their wits end.

 

One of the men turned to the security men and said, “She needs to be taken to the hospital. I’ve got to leave. You also have to get her family members since her husband seemed to have abandoned her here”.

 

A man strode towards them and they all looked up.

 

“He’s the manager,” one of the security men said.

 

“Oh great. She needs medical attention. Seems her husband beat her up here and ran away,” the first man told the newcomer.

“Good evening sir. Does anybody know who she is? The manager asked.

 

“It seems her bag and phone had been stolen,” someone said.

 

“That’s serious. She needs first aid treatment,” the manager said.

 

“Not first aid, she’s got that already. She needs medical attention. A doctor has to see her,” the first man said.

 

The manager looked around confused.

 

“Is she still alive,” he asked.

 

They all stared at him. The young man shook his head, surprised at the manager’s question.

 

“Of course she’s alive,” the first man said, irritated.

 

“I’m really sorry. Didn’t mean to sound callous. I wasn’t just thinking right. Sure, we’d get her to the nearest hospital,” the manager said apologetically.

 

“I’ll go with you,” the young man, who had been staring at Adele all this while, said.

 

“Oh good then. I need to run home now. My wife has been calling my phone since,” the first man said, straightening up.

 

He took a few steps and turned back.

 

“Could I have your number? He asked the young man.

 

“Yes sir,” the young man said.

 

They exchanged numbers and he left. By that time, Adele’s eyes were open again and she was looking from one man to the other.

 

They tried to help her up and she screamed immediately she stood on her feet and collapsed on the floor again. Her ankle ached. She must her twisted it. The man ran back to her and knelt down.

 

“What’s the matter madam?” He asked Adele.

 

 

She said nothing but pointed at her aching ankle.

 

“Where’s the nearest hospital?” He asked the manager.

 

“I think I’ve seen one on the next street…not sure though. I don’t live around here,” he said.

 

“Okay, let’s take her there,” he said.

 

They lifted Adele and took her out while the remaining diners minded their business.

 

*****#

 

Jay watched his rear view mirror as he drove out of the restuarant premises. He wanted to be sure no one was following him. From all indications, no one noticed his movement. When he had some buildings between him and the restaurant, he pulled off the road and applied his brakes.

 

Oh no! He had done it again! Each time there was an opportunity to mend fences with his wife, he would misbehave and get himself into deeper problem. This wasn’t the first time he would beat her up and run away. It wasn’t as if he planned to cause her pain. He never did, but he just couldn’t control his anger. Now, he had spoilt his case. This wasn’t something done in secret; there were witnesses.

 

 

The public watched him batter his wife in a restaurant! Did someone make a video of that? In this age of social media, one had to be careful. What if a video of that incident surfacd online? Scenes from the incident flashed through his mind and his skin crawled. Did he draw blood again? He felt he did, though he wasn’t too sure. Once again, he had bungled a chance to reconcile with his wife. How would he begin to clear this mess he had consistently soiled himself with? Well, he would have to go back to that restaurant and apologise to his wife! Yeah, no shame about it. He’d do it. He carefully did a U-Turn and drove back to the restaurant. At the restaurant’s gate, his phone beeped. It was Debola. He checked the time and it was almost two hours after their last phone conversation. Debola had threatened him. He had to see her! He had already driven into the restaurant premises and had parked in a corner, opposite where he parked the first time. He killed the engine and alighted from his car and walked slowly towards the side of the restaurant’s building. On second thought, he stopped. What if they had called in the police? Moreover, the two security men who dragged him out about an hour ago and who he deceived and ran away would readily recognise him. He walked back to his car. After turning on the engine, he waited and watched the entrance door…

 

*******

 

Bolan was worried. With Adele’s two phones in his car, he knew she wouldn’t be comfortable. The phones had been ringing almost non-stop but he couldn’t answer any. He knew how he felt the day he left home without his phones. It was as if a part of him was missing. He couldn’t concentrate on anything. He had to go back home to get it. So, he knew how Adele would be feeling right now. If she drove to her dinner date, he wouldn’t be so worried. But she was supposed to call him and she didn’t have her phones with her. Also, that call from her husband’s line was disconcerting. Why would she call him minutes after he dropped her at their rendezvous? And with her estranged husband’s line! It didn’t add up at all! He had a feeling that something was amis. He decided to drive back to the restaurant. When he got there, he nosed his vehicle to a point where he had a clear view of the restaurant door and parked. He would wait until she would come out through that door. He kept the engine running. He noticed the car that drove in few minutes later but paid no attention. The car parked few cars from him at the well-lit parking lot. The man that stepped out of the car looked familiar. Bolan watched as he walked past him to the side of the building. Something about him was definitely familiar. He watched as the man halted suddenly and moved quickly back to his car, entered, kicked the engine to life and pulled out of the parking lot towards the gate. Immediately his tail light disappeared into the night, Bolan sat up. That was the guy whose picture was displayed on Adele’s phone when her estranged husband called. That must be him! If he drove in just now and drove out again almost immediately, then, something must be wrong. Could it be he called to reschedule their date and couldn’t reach her? But why didn’t he go into the restaurant? Had Adele been alone in the restaurant all this while?

 

He killed the engine of his vehicle, alighted and strode into the restaurant…

 

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Let’s continue this journey on Sunday!

 

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Tolu Bally, popularly known as TBally is the young designer behind celebrity beloved brand, 2207ByTBally. TBally is one of the most sought-after stylists and designers in the country. She has top celebrities like Ini Edo, Toyin Abraham, Cee-C, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Beverly Naya, Toke Makinwa and so many others proudly rocking her designs on the red carpet. She tells VANESSA OKWARA how it all started and the kind of man she’ll like to settle down with 

 

What was growing up like?

 

I grew up in a family of 13 children. We are a big extended family; I’m the last child of my parents and the only girl of my mum as well. Growing up, I had a lot of people to look up to. I had my brothers and sisters who were doing well in their work, families and different phases of life. I had a lot of role models basically and it was really exciting.

 

 

Would you say you were born with a silver spoon?

 

Yeah, I was born with a silver spoon. I lost my dad when I was very young. I was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, were I did my primary and secondary school. I moved to London, were I did my college and university education before moving back to Nigeria.

 

Why did you decide to move back to Nigeria?

 

I actually came for NYSC. During the course of being here, I noticed that there were lots of opportunities. Things worked out for good and bad as well.

 

When did you realise you had love for fashion?

 

Fashion has always been my thing. I moved to the UK when was 17 years old, so I had to pick up a job and I all the jobs I had done while on the UK had to do with the fashion industry. I’ve worked with
companies like Zara and other big names in London and it has always been fashion related. Anytime I visit Nigeria, I’ll come with like three boxes of clothes and I wouldn’t leave with any as I will give it out.  So I now thought out the business side of it, rather than just giving out clothes, I’ll also bring boxes of clothes to sell next time I visit Nigeria and when I did that, I sold out all the clothes I brought. That’s how I started initially by retailing other people’s brand before I started my own brand, 2207.

 

When did you start your own fashion label?

 

 

I can remember vividly because it keeps coming in my head: I was going round a mall and said to my friend then that this is my dream to have something like this where people could come and buy their everyday clothes and we just laughed about it because I was very young then. It was something I said without putting so much emphasis on it. I think God heard and answered me. So when I had my child in London, I was home for a very long period of time and when I came back to Nigeria, I was already tired of staying in London after being there for 10 years, so I decided to stay back.

 

So when I came back to Nigeria with no job and being a single mother, I had to think of what to do. My mother was into fashion designing although not regularly.  Mind you, my Dad of blessed memory was also a fashion designer as well and was quite successful. He was the one making NYSC clothes during his time as a big government contractor. So I can say fashion runs in the family.

 

So I decided to buy off the sewing machines from my mum, got one tailor and there was already a store I could use and then I got five yards of fabrics. That’s why I tell people you don’t need a big capital to start and I made a Kimono from that fabric. I had 1000 followers on Instagram, so I posted the picture and people started to like it and make orders. The five yards went that same day because I had to use it to make for two people. So I went back to the market to buy more fabrics as the order kept coming in. After that, I made a jumpsuit and a lot of people wanted it too and boom! That’s how I started. So in a few days, I sold one design in 12 pieces and that gave me the boost I needed to continue.

 

How long is your business?

 

It’s going to be three years in November.

 

                                                                                                                           

What inspires your designs?

 

I love colours. If you are conversant with 2207by TBally, you will realise that I love colours a lot. What inspires me mostly is seeing women in different body types and thinking how I can create something that will suit her better. So every woman inspires me from the market woman to the nurse, corporate ladies; they all inspire my creativity. I’m a lover of fabrics as well. I’ve a lot of fabrics I’ve not even touched. When I see a fabric, I immediately know what I want to do with it; when I see fabric, I see design.

 

Do you do the actual sewing and designing as well?

 

I’m the creative director behind the brand. I bring out the design, sketch and have my tailors bring them to life and I have to watch them closely to bring it out exactly how I imagined it.

 

What’s the biggest challenge you had while starting your business?

 

That will be tailors!  They’re never consistent people. At the beginning of this year I sacked all my staff. So for two weeks, I and my supervisor were alone. It was a tough decision; I had a lot of orders I had to deliver but to God be the glory, I have what I can call my family now. The tailors I’ve now are fantastic.  They work effortlessly. I’ve been able to build them in the last six months to what I want and we are good now. Now I’ll say no more tailor problems but power.  The amount of money we spend on diesel is frustrating. Another major challenge is copying of designs. If I bring out my style on a Monday, by Wednesday, it’s everywhere!  There’s no copyright law on this country. When I started, I use to call out those copying my style and I will even get abused in the process. So copyright and power is the major problem we have in this business.

 

So how does it feel to be one of Nigerians celebrity designers?

 

I’m grateful to God and appreciate it but like I said earlier, I’m not seeing it yet. The exposure is there and people have gotten to know about the brand. I want to take this brand internationally and globally so I’ve not seen anything I’ve achieved in terms of this business. I’m just happy I’m doing something and people are accepting it. My yearly earning is still not up to Amazon but I’m glad that when you talk about Nigerian brands, you can talk about 2207 by TBally. People should expect more because we shall do better.

 

Which of the celebrities did you design for that actually brought you to limelight and made other celebrities to take note?

 

When I started 2207, I had a family friend, popular actress, Toyin Abraham.  We discussed collaboration in this business. So when AMVCA came in 2017, we created a dress for Toyin, a nude ball gown for her and she looked totally different from the regular Toyin and she really loved her dress.  Immediately we posted the picture, my phone was on fire! I could remember because it was a memorable day for us. Toyin’s look was totally different that day and every blog carried her as one of the best dressed that year. It was indeed phenomenal!  That was the start of the awareness for my brand.

 

Can you mention some other celebrities you’ve worked with since then?

 

Oh, quite a lot! I’ve my ladies like Ini Edo, she always praises my designs on her page; she helped bring the brand out too after Toyin. Also Linda Osifo wears my brand a lot too.  Others  are: Lilian Afegbai  Bolanle Olukanni, Omotala Jalade Ekehinde, Mimi Onalaja, Uche Jumbo, Toke Makinwa , Ini Dima Okojie, Beverly Naya, my girl from Ghana, Nana;  Cee-c too. It’s best I don’t keep mentioning so I don’t make others feel bad.

 

Do you have role models you look up to?      

 

Yes I do, her name is Conna Walker and she’s the House of CB Founder. Her story is just like mine. She started out being a retailer; she’s a London girl from Essex. Today, Conna Walker is on Forbes now. She clothes top international celebrities like Beyonce, Kylie Kendall. When you think about High street retail store, you will think of House of CB. Her style is fantastic. She’s young but doing very well.

 

Describe your own fashion style.

 

I’m very confident when it comes to my style. I could wear and pull anything.  I love colours. I don’t shy away from loose or tight clothes. My style also depends on my mood. For my every day, you’ll see me with jeans and T-Shirts mostly; I’m a very comfortable dresser when it comes to normal days. I can show any part of my body.

How do you keep your body in good shape?

 

I just eat well and exercise. I’m a diet freak, I watch what I out in my tummy.

Why is the name of your brand ‘2207’ in particular?

 

It’s my son’s date of birth, 22nd of July.

 

How do you handle being a single parent?

 

It’s demanding you’re the father, mother and decision maker. You learn along the line. It becomes easier when you have a good family support system. My family is very supportive. I’m a fantastic mother to my son and that’s my greatest achievement in this world.

 

When it comes to relationships, are you a romantic person?

Yes, I am.

What are the qualities you look out for in a man for marriage?

 

I’m the kind of person that blanks my mind when it comes to these things but I know that the person I’m going to get married to loves me and I love him right back. I will marry my friend basically.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

 

That I’ve achieved the things I wanted to achieve and for my brand 2207, we would’ve had the international exposure we are looking for.

How do you relax?

 

My relaxation has to do with food. I love food so much, go to a good lounge or restaurant and have a good meal.

 

Best vacation spot?

I will like to go to Santorini in Greece; I’ve never been there before. For me it’s really more about the company. I could go to Ondo State and really gave a good time. I went to Kenya once and that has been my best holiday so far.

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