Tuesday 5 December 2023

I had a failed jewelry line, no longer engaged despite my privileged background, says DJ Cuppy

I had a failed jewelry line, no longer engaged despite my privileged background, says DJ Cuppy

Popular disc jockey, Florence Otedola, better known as DJ Cuppy, has revealed how her life has gone through its ‘ups and downs’ despite coming from a privileged background.

She made this known while speaking at the Wimbiz London Conference, where she told the audience about her breakup with her fiancé, Ryan Taylor, her failed jewelry business, and her struggle with her academic pursuits at one of the world’s best universities, Oxford, in the United Kingdom.

She, however, said she was okay with the ‘uncertainty’ of life as more and better days lie ahead for her.

Her words: Failure is inevitable. We will all have failures in our personal lives and in our professional lives.

"Now I can stand here and tell you how unpredictable my life has been despite being from a privileged background. Whether it’s my failed jewelry line, which I did at 28 years old, or going to the University of Oxford at 29 and almost failing class.

“Last year, I got engaged, and I’m no longer engaged, but such is life, and I know my story is still happening; there’s more to come, and I’m okay with the uncertainty."

Saturday 2 December 2023

I’m very rich, own 30 mansions – Portable

I’m very rich, own 30 mansions – Portable

Controversial singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has boasted about his wealth, revealing that he owns about 30 mansions across Lagos and Ogun states.

The ‘Zazu’ crooner also said he is generous with his money, noting that is the reason behind the progress in his music career.

He said, “I’m a superstar, man of the people. People come to me for aid and I have to give them because the more I give them, the more I blow.

“I have a lot of money. The amount of money I spray… I’m not normal but I get 30 mansions. I have houses in Abule-Egba, Ikeja, Sango-Otta, and Abeokuta. I just bought the houses down because of tomorrow. Nobody knows that I’m the owner of those houses.”

He bragged about being richer than most of his colleagues who he met in the industry, alleging that most of them flaunt “fake lifestyles” on social media.

Thursday 30 November 2023

“How my boss tried discouraging my husband from dating me”- Comedian Helen Paul shares

“How my boss tried discouraging my husband from dating me”- Comedian Helen Paul shares

Helen Paul, a Nigerian comedienne and actress, has revealed how her former boss attempted to discourage her husband, Femi Bamisele, from dating her.

She revealed in an interview with the Honest Bunch Podcast that her former boss had questioned why her husband, who was her boyfriend and a lawyer at the time, was interested in someone like her.

She claimed that her boss tried to discourage her husband from dating her by dismissing her. She went on to say that her boss had instructed him to only have fun with her and not walk down the aisle with her.

“My boss called my husband and said Femi is it that Helen you want to date? You are more than this but if you just want to enjoy yourself with her, it’s okay.

My HR looked at my husband and said “Look at how clean you are, a lawyer. Why the choice of Helen?”.

Taking to social media, many expressed disappointment at the boss as some revealed their plight.

One I Am Ini wrote, “Them plenty, the truth is karma is catching up with them one by one. Them get sisters o, born baby girls too. But God gave me double for their shame. Even your close friend too

One Aforlene wrote, “Enemies are not far from us

One Ogechukwu Rita wrote, “Exactly what my cousins did to me. God will judge them all

One Jane Ijeh wrote, “Just to spoil her, it takes the Grave of God for something like this to stand. God came through for her

One Nchofa K wrote, “The fact that you hate someone doesn’t mean they won’t succeed. God is not from your village. Bad belle people everywhere

One Tuga wrote, “Most men do this Sha. Allow people make their choice

One Nasa Lives wrote, “Big ups for her husband, he has a mind of his own and was very sure of what he wanted.

Monday 20 November 2023

‘Poorest I have ever been is $1200’ - Femi Otedola’s daughter, Temi reveals

‘Poorest I have ever been is $1200’ -  Femi Otedola’s daughter, Temi reveals

Temi Otedola, Nigerian actress and daughter of billionaire Femi Otedola, has revealed the poorest she has ever been.

The 27-year-old disclosed the poorest amount she has ever had was $1,200 (about a million naira).

She made this known in an interview with popular YouTuber, Korty EO’s latest vlog.

Korty EO asked: “What’s the brokest [poorest] you have ever been?”

Temi said, “$1,200.”

She further revealed that she gathered the amount after working in three retail stores when she was 15.

She explained that she had to work after her parents at the time decided to stop giving her pocket money.

Temi said the experience taught her the value of money earned.

Recall that singer and entrepreneur, Mr Eazi recently revealed that he has tied the nuptial knots with his fiancée, Temi Otedola.

He said contrary to popular opinion, his marriage to Temi was not a secret as the video of his song ‘Legalise’ was enough disclosure.

Sunday 19 November 2023

Why I Hid My Mother's Identity For Years —Nigerian Singer, Mayorkun

Why I Hid My Mother's Identity For Years —Nigerian Singer,  Mayorkun

Why I Hid My Mother's Identity For Years — Mayorkun

Nigerian singer Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, popularly known as Mayorkun, has revealed why he kept his mother's identity hidden for four years.

In an interview with media personality Taymesan published on YouTube Saturday, Mayorkun, the son of Nollywood veteran Toyin Adewale, stated that he hid her identity to curb the fake love her fame attracted.

The 'Mama' crooner said, "Growing up, my brother and I did not like that our mom was a famous actress. We wanted freedom, but with her fame came fake attention and all. 

"I hated going somewhere and being treated differently, not because you like me but because I am Toyin Adewale's son.

"Even in my university, people did not know she was my mother for four years. I was intentional about this.

"My mom brought food to me at school once, and a girl saw her. I quickly ran to where she was to get the items she came with just so no one else saw her."

Credit: YouTube | Tea With Tay Podcast

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Lagos Fashion Week Trunk Show Returns to Moda Operandi for Fourth Year

Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) and Moda Operandi, the global online luxury fashion platform, are pleased to announce their fourth annual collaboration. From November 14-December 15, 2023, Moda Operandi will host a Lagos Fashion Week capsule collection featuring four of Nigeria’s most exciting contemporary designers: Kilentar, Orange Culture, Lilabare, and Orire.

This initiative is part of Lagos Fashion Week’s ongoing commitment to supporting and promoting African fashion on a global scale. By partnering with Moda Operandi, LagosFW is able to provide its designers with access to a global audience and the opportunity to sell their collections to customers around the world.

Since launching in 2011, Lagos Fashion Week has played host to emerging and established African designers alike who honour their heritage and unique cultures through unparalleled designs and authentic craftsmanship. For fashion lovers, the Lagos Fashion Week capsule collection is a unique opportunity to discover and purchase the latest designs from some of Africa’s most talented designers. The collection features a wide range of pieces, from ready-to-wear to accessories, in a variety of styles and price points.

Omoyemi Akerele, Founder Lagos Fashion Week, said,“It’s great to have consistent partners in Moda Operandi. For Lagos Fashion Week, it’s important that we explore avenues beyond the runway, opportunities that provide access to new markets. This season, we introduced our community to fresh talent from across the continent, and it's exciting to see that reflected in our trunkshow with Lilabare &  Kilentar. As well as seasoned brands Orange Culture &  Orire. Each is distinctive in storytelling & craftsmanship, which should make an exciting  discovery for Moda Operandi customers.



Discover the Designers & Their Inspiration

Ria Ana Sejpal | LilaBare

 "Our process isn't about quick trends or mass production. Instead, it's a harmonious blend of ancient craft, innovative technology, and conscious choices."

Adebayo Oke Lawal | Orange Culture

"The collection plays with some super delicate silhouettes and matches them against rigid cuts and fabrics, which range from an exploration of denim to a variety of printed linens, cotton, and organza. love playing with fabrics as a point of emotion in collections, and that exploration continues this season."

Michelle Adepoju | Kilentar

"We draw inspiration from various time periods and cultures across the continent, celebrating the authenticity of traditional African designs while infusing them with a contemporary and artistic perspective."

Orire Aleshinloye | Orire

"I wanted to tell a story about Lagos and the celebratory spirit that defines the city. These pieces accurately represent the thrill and vibrant culture of Lagosian party dressing. There are several plays on asymmetry, volume, color, bold silhouettes, and texture embodying the frenetic energy of home."

The Lagos Fashion Week capsule collection will be available exclusively on Moda Operandi.

For more information regarding Lagos Fashion Week 2023, kindly visit lagosfashionweek.ng or follow our Instagram page @lagosfashionweekofficial.

Sunday 12 November 2023

I miss Nigerian food whenever I travel abroad – Nigerian Fashion Designer, Mai Atafo

I miss Nigerian food whenever I travel abroad – Nigerian Fashion Designer,  Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo, a fashion designer, shared his thoughts on traveling and his experiences in Italy and South Africa with MOTUNRAYO AKINRUN. He mentioned that he always looks out for fashion when he travels and finds inspiration in different cultural aspects. Mai also enjoys taking long walks and exploring interior design stores for inspiration while abroad.

When asked about his travel experiences, Mai admitted that he doesn’t enjoy the process of traveling such as packing, going to the airport, and dealing with immigration and customs. However, he loves visiting different destinations and travels almost every month.

Mai mentioned that Italy and South Africa offered him the most memorable experiences. He was particularly drawn to the passion displayed by Italians in everything they do and the beauty of South Africa’s landscapes.

In South Africa, he visited several tourist attractions, including Mandela’s prison, Lion Head, Table Mountain, and a polo tournament. Mai also mentioned his must-have travel items, including headphones, hand sanitizer, and credit and debit cards.

Offering advice to potential travelers, Mai emphasized the importance of being open-minded and observant while abroad. He encouraged people to seek new perspectives and ideas from their travel experiences instead of just aiming for leisure.

Regarding citizenship, Mai expressed contentment with his Nigerian and British citizenship and stated his lack of interest in obtaining citizenship from another country. He appreciated the security, orderliness, and infrastructure in Italy and South Africa, expressing a desire to see similar improvements in Nigeria.

Lastly, Mai confessed that he misses Nigerian food the most whenever he travels outside the country and expressed a desire to visit Singapore, Sweden, Indonesia, and Australia in the future.