Thursday, November 29, 2012

A billion reasons to believe in Africa (@Cocacola_ng)

Reason #9,999,912

Folorunsho Alakija Overtakes Oprah Winfrey as Richest Black Woman in the World


Nigerian billionaire CEO of Famfa Oil, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija has been dubbed as the richest black woman in the world. The Nigerian-born mother of four turned an unwanted oil well into a $10M/day company according to Ventures Africa. An oil well that became so profitable that the Nigerian government demanded a high stake in the company. Through strong will and belief in the Nigerian justice system, this demand was revoked, leaving the oil well to Famfa Oil.

A testament to the extremely hardworking nature of African women, Folorunsho Alakija has proven that with the right amount of knowledge and persistence an AFRICAN can build something out of our very many resources tagged to be supposedly nothing. Even while raising four sons, Mrs. Alakija was able to keep a clear head and fight an oppressive regime while being a mother. Mrs. Alakija isn’t only an inspiration to African women everywhere but to men as well, we shouldn’t have to wait for people to come from outside of our continent to build the continent, we are very much capable.

Folorunsho Alakija gives every one of us a reason to believe in Africa, just the way she did. Coca – cola’s celebrates her today as she is one of #abillionreasonstobelieveinafrica.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa

Reason #999,999,001

Chika Unigwe’s NLNG Prize Win

I read On Black Sisters Street by Belgium-based Nigerian author, Chika Unigwe, last year on a recommendation from a friend. The book struck a chord with me because I did not expect it to be as good as he said it was. It tells the story of four Nigerian prostitutes living in Europe’s infamous Red-Light District under less-than-comfortable conditions. I was amazed by the level of intricacy with which the author seamlessly told the stories of each of the characters. Upon finishing it, my friend told me he read the book for a class at his University in Ohio, USA. Needless to say, I was impressed.

This week, I was delighted to learn that Unigwe, for her stunning book, took home the NLNG Prize for Literature. She is a truly deserving author, and a reason to believe in Africa.

Every time you watch the news or listen to the radio and something comes up about Africa 99.9 percent of the time its negative, I guess that’s why this story touched me so much, finally something to be excited about, something that made me glad to be African, and that’s what COCA COLA is doing, trying to remind us to be proud of where we are from and believe in it, believe in an Africa that exudes positivity, believe in a better Africa, that’s why I’ve joined Coca cola’s campaign, and I ask you join too, write about reasons to believe in Africa. Lets expose the world to a better Africa.

P.S FOLLOW Cocacola_ng on twitter and join the COCA COLA abillionreasonstobelieveinafrica campaign on facebook.

Much love

Monday, September 24, 2012


Reason #999,998,012

Flaws and All!

I could hear my heart beat faster as I ran, ran through the green grasses that represented everything I feared, representing a culture I feared so much, a culture I didn't believe in, until today.

Growing up for me wasn't always as easy as I'd hoped, I questioned almost half of my short existence what the hell it is that I'm doing in a continent such as this, a continent with not so constant electricity, a continent perceived to be backward and seemingly fraudulent, a continent with so much corruption that bribery has become an occupational bonus and poverty is her middle name. I wanted so much to be elsewhere, anywhere else but here, until ...
Just like the race though the green grass, I had to run through my fears to get to the finish line, to get to that gold. All of these problems, all of these seemingly persistent and unending problems gave me reasons not to leave. Never leave when the storm is the most intense, is what my heart kept screaming. 

There would be no better place to make a mark than here, everything that comes out beautiful starts off rough, this continent may seem like it is one of those diamonds that will forever be lost in the rough, but no diamond is lost forever ; no matter how long it takes it will be found, and polished to shine.

So If there is any reason for me to remember to believe in a continent such as mine, it is our many flaws, the flaws that make us who we are, the flaws that give us more reasons to become beautiful , the flaws that make me believe we can make a better tomorrow, if we believe, if we believe in our continent, our Africa and build a great continent by fixing its flaws.

Let's work through our flaws, and make Africa the best diamond found in the rough.

Coca Cola "A billion reasons to believe in Africa"

Sunday, June 24, 2012

From Paris. With LOVE

Hey everyone. sorry I've been M.I.A. its been a busy busy couple of months ; work, fashion, more fashion and now travelling. So instead of giving excuses, I've decided to keep you in the loop with photos of where i am and what I've been up to, or at least try to. lol

Right now I'm in Paris with my gorgeous styling partner ; Bubu Ogisi - shes also a designer (checkout, its been an amazing couple of days. I'm here working on my new collection (, out in September and also working on a few ideas for BUBAAI

Here are a few photos;

From Paris
With Love

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MY YNAIJA 30 DAYS, 30 VOICES ARTICLE ; 7mm of Silver

I Stood still in the elevator as my big brown eyes watched his emotions evoke heavily from his excitedly aged balls of sight, he stared at her as she swayed into the elevator in her next to nothing loose fitting chiffon shirt and her skinny minis; tight as the walkway of a busy train station, she said good morning and smiled at him, like she already knew were he was going, he smiled back at her like he had gotten the much desired green light he required, he said hi and her hello came out like the sentimental scent of a Chanel no. 5, she knew what he wanted and she wanted it to, he asked for her number and as he raised his hand to give her the phone to type it in, BINGO! There it was, that supposedly silver 7mm contractually binding restrictive band, that band that in my very hopeful mind would stop this soon to be conversation from happening but guess what? … IT DIDN’T! She typed it in like her life depended on it and even gave a celebratory smile as she left the elevator, a sign of victory I say, which he generously responded to with a soft wink as he watched her well sculpted backside roll out of the elevator with no respect for little me standing right beside him in that brightly lit up elevator.

For the first time in my 22 fashionable young years I questioned the institution of marriage and sorta related positively to the unengaged emotional state of “Brangelina” before they decided to bring in a ring. Why exactly do we rush into an institution we don’t really understand and mock it so openly like the ring is nothing but another fashion accessory, Is it our environment? Our country and its many forcefully imposed mandates? HELL TO THE YEAH.

From the aunties who remind the 22 year old girls as they fling their caps at graduation, to the judgmental married women who chatter into each other’s expensive cologned ears when the successful unmarried woman strolls by in her skirt suit, to the grandparents who remind their 25 year old grandsons that they want to carry their grandkids before they die, and of course to the many people who question your sanity when you suggest an atom of happiness in singledom, we are immersed in pressure to get married and reproduce on a daily basis.

I think people just need to stop for a second and think! Maybe this pressure is the reason the rate of divorce in Nigeria is increasing on a daily basis, maybe this Is the reason marital murders/abuse seem to be a monthly event in this our supposedly “happy” country, maybe it’s the reason people cheat, maybe it’s the reason the ring meant nothing to the married man in the elevator or to the single woman that found the married man so sexy, Maybe...

What do I know after all, I’m just a fashion boy with a colorful disposition.

For those who credit me enough to listen, I ask that you question yourself before jumping into jumping the broom, why exactly am I doing this, marriage is supposed to be special, joyful, and last forever, so alittle thought I would hope should be put into it. No pressure is worth losing your life over, marry when you’re ready, when your heart feels ready and love the one you choose to marry, after all it’s supposed to forever, and not a KIM Kardashian affair, make that 7mm of silver count.


Monday, May 14, 2012


So I'm sorta a music slut, today I'm in love with Robyn, tomorrow Lana and the list goes on and on. So in this gorgeous month of May, 2012, my heart has found shelter in the loving arms of a gorgeous songstress called Kimbra.

Her music takes so many different but very lovable forms; "quirky, emotional and even playful, her beautifully scented vocal chords will take you"

I love Kimbra and i want everyone to love her too.
Listen to her on

My favourite songs on her album ; Build Up, Two way street and settle down. AMAZEBALLS.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Are you Nigeria's Elite Model?

International acclaimed modeling competition – Elite Model Look which takes place in over 80 different countries is back, bigger and better for its 2012 edition. The prestigious competition has tremendously accelerated the careers of many aspiring and upcoming talents to become International top models and this edition will not be different. Elite is offering thousands of girls and boys the opportunity to live their dreams and walk in the footsteps of top models like Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford, David Agbodji, Ty Ogunkoya, Cindy Crawford and Gisele Bundchen. The relentless Elite Nigeria team will go to Calabar, Enugu, Abuja, Delta and Lagos for castings from Saturday 2nd June 2012 – Saturday 30th June 2012. With the Elite Model Look Nigeria celebrating its 5th year anniversary, it aims to offer greatest opportunities for women and men to take part in one of the most renowned modeling contest and to keep up its reputation of being the world’s most prestigious agency.

Log on to their Website –

For all media or press enquiries please contact C-Chelsea Communications, Azuka Ogujiuba at or call 08033119984

The 2012 Edition of Elite Model Look is sponsored by Moet & Chandon, Black Up,
Place, BellaNaija, Cool FM and more

Friday, May 4, 2012

In Need Of A Stylist?

Africans are finally beginning to recognize just how necessary having a stylist (especially when you're in the limelight) is. So if you're in Lagos, Nigeria and you realize you need an image specialist asap, here are 12 bankable stylists/image consultants you can call on to hook you up. Here are samples of their amazing work;

Bolaji Animashaun

Dimeji Alara

Veronica ebie odeka

Tayo Shonekan

Ezinne Chinkata

Yoanna Pepper Okwesa

Onyinye Fafi Obi

Ebun Aboderin

Sharon Ojong (D.E.E.V.A.s Mgt)

Lucy Phil Ebosie

Kike Soyode

Bidemi Zakariyau

Bonus - BUBAAI (Bubu,Bayo and Aisha)

These chosen 12 are stylists that have been tried and definitey tested, so dont hesitate to CALL EM UP!
Good luck


For further enquiries on their contacts, email us.
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