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Top Socialites, Celebs Turn Up At Nigeria Fashion Show Unveiling In Abuja

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It was an evening of glamour and razmataz as Transcorp Hilton Abuja hosted the Nigeria Fashion Show reality Tv series’ unveiling event. In attendance were top deplomats, captains of industry, top government functionaries, Abuja socialites and fashionistas.

Guests arrived to the red carpet and networking cocktails from 5pm.

The event kicked off by 6.45pm by the hosts of the evening – Julius Agwu and Inya Ode. The 20 young designers that were being unveiled were introduced by Lexy Mojo-Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Limited, organizers of the Nigeria Fashion Show.

The fashion show started with the 20 designers showing a collection of 5 pieces each. They presented their collection in the following categories – casuals for a male and female, corporate for a male and female and 1 evening for a female.

There were goodwill messages by Mr Valatine Ozigbo, Managing Director of Transcorp Hilton, host partners of the event and His Excellency, the German Ambassador to Nigeria who were co-sponsors. There were also short remarks by 2 other partners – Tilahun Tadessa, traffic Manager of Ethiopian Airlines and Doyle Edeni, Managing Director of Blue Seal Group of Companies and Suso Initiative

The evening was spiced up with Music and comedy by Stainless, Attih Soul, Abbey Sax and Amuta Stone. Victoria Avemano Couture and Ogodor from Lagos and Abuja respectively presented their summer collections as guests designers

It could be recalled that the 20 designers were selected out of 200 young designers from zonal preliminaries held in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos in October 2018.

These designers are Perpetua Chukwukere – Perpzy Fashion (Imo State), Ogbo Sunday of Sundkings Clothing (Edo State), Annabel Chi – Bianel’s Clothing (Anambra State), Tega Obahor – TS Finery House of Fashion (Delta State), Akon Etim Asuquo – Fitted Affairs (Akwa Ibom State), Chinenye Nwasike Nenysty (Anambra State), Ibrahim Bunmi – Fabbody By Yeni (Kogi State), Umweni Ekhoowa – Ekosidentity (Edo State), Agada Love – Luvbucks – Benue State, Emenike Okereke (Abia State), Faith Utoro – Buraye (Delta State), Chienye James – Unusual Breed (Anambra State), Adedamola Oyelade – Adela Kiel (Oyo State), Austine Dibia – Plush Outfits By Dibiachy (Delta State), Nathaniel Gideon – Onyxgem Clothing (Oyo State), Adewole Olaide – Olis Collections (Ondo State), Alexander Nwoke – Xaint Xander (Abia State), Olegbenle Adegoke – Saints Calypso Couture (Osun State), Sheidi Owuza – Ow Couture (Kogi State) and Jide Anthony – J-Anthony Designs (Enugu State).

Partners for the Nigeria Fashion Show unveiling include Design Essentials, Ethiopian Airlines, Suso Initiative, Atunda Entertainmenet, Ebony Life Tv, Studio 24, AIT, Option A International, Alex Report and Blue Seal Group of Companies.

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Nigerian Journalist, Rita Okoye Wins ‘Entertainment Writer Of The Year ‘Award

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Gifted journalist, Rita Okoye of The Sun Newspaper Nigeria emerged Entertainment Writer of the Year at the just concluded 13th edition of Nigeria Media Nite-Out Awards (NMNA).

The enterprising writer clinched the award alongside Ayo Alonge, and Funsho Arogundade of the aforementioned Newspaper who won the ‘Business writer and Society writer of the year’ awards respectively.

The event which was held at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on Sunday, and themed: “The Nigerian Economy and Political Development: Finding the Missing Piece,” had the keynote address delivered by a former presidential aspirant, John Onche Shaibu, with Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, who was special guest of honour, recognized as the Most Security-Conscious Governor of the Year.

Rita Okoye popular for her weekly entertainment page, Inside Nollywood, is a seasoned entertainment and lifestyle writer who is has become one of the nation’s most sought after entertainment correspondents. Okoye’s knack for unique story angles makes her page a must-read.

The Anambra Stare born sought after media gal has worked and made a visible impact in reputable media houses in and out of Nigeria.
This includes the likes of Complete Fashion, Beauty Box, Hints, Nigeria Films, Entertainment Express, Kemi Filani News, Vanguard Allure Magazine, Dailypost, Al Jazeera, defunct National Life and more.

Rita Okoye also owns and manages her personal blog; pearlsnews.com

Expressing her excitement, Ms Okoye stated that her joy knows no bounds as she looks forward to bigger achievements.
“I’m happy to say that indeed hard work pays. I appreciate the organizers for putting this together to encourage all media practitioners out there. We need to celebrate ourselves, this job is not an easy one. I also hope and pray for more recognition home and abroad,” she said.

Over the last 13 years of its existence, the NMNA has been acknowledged as a platform which seeks to recognise the sterling performances of journalists and all media professionals across the country. Organisers, at the event, said all awardees deserved their respective laurels, as adjudged by the jury, having played their parts in the development of their careers and the profession of journalism in general.

One of the high points of the event was the posthumous recognition of Late Precious Owolabi, the corps member with Channels Television who was killed in Abuja, during the clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shiites, and the police.

Late Owolabi was honoured with the award of the Reporter of the Year. A property development agency, Revolution Plus, also gifted a plot of land in Lagos to his parents who could not hold their tears, while receiving both the plague and gift.

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Olamide, Mayorkun, Rema, Others To Thrill Customers At Zenith Bank Aspire Music Festival 2019

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Zenith Bank Plc is set to treat its loyal customers to good music and maximum entertainment at the forthcoming ‘Aspire Music Festival’ which will hold on the 21st of September, 2019.

A-list artistes Olamide, Flavor, Mayorkun, Phyno alongside energetic singer Niniola and fast-rising Mavin Records Artiste, Rema, will be dishing out good music at the Aspire Music Festival.

The event is strictly for Zenith Bank customers who have an active account with the bank.

Visit www.zenithbank.com/style to register your attendance

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Xenophobia: Tiwa Savage Cancels Performance In South Africa At DSTV Festival

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Popular Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has canceled her performance at the upcoming DSTV festival in South Africa.

Tiwa Savage announced this on Tuesday following xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The mother of one lamenting about killings of Nigerians said her decision was in solidarity with victims of attacks in South Africa.

On her verified Twitter page, she wrote: “I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK.

“For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.”

Calling for an end to the killings, Tiwa added that the solution to fighting crime is not by killing one another.

“Killing anyone that is African is bad my people, whether they are Nigerians or not.

“I’m not in support of drug dealing nor am I in support of killing. The solution to fighting drug crime is not killing my dear brother,” she added.

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