February, 2009

Portobello arrives in Lagos this weekend – Le Petit Marché

Portobello arrives in Lagos this weekend – Le Petit Marché

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Something exciting is coming to Lagos this weekend.
Le Petit Marché – translation for those who skipped out on French class – ‘The Small Market’ is being launched on Saturday, 28th February 2009 at Lagos Toast…, 12A TBS (Next

New Video: Faze – Originality

New Video: Faze – Originality

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Here is the new video from Faze for his hit song, ‘Originality‘. While all the videos for his singles from his last album ‘Independent…‘ were ultra glossy and shot in South Africa, Faze took things back

HipHop Love @ Swe

HipHop Love @ Swe

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

SWE bar once again lived up to it’s billing as the melting point of Nigerian entertainment’s best and brightest when on the 14th of February 2009 it celebrated ‘Hip Hop Love @ SWE’
Guests enjoyed the intimate and lively showcase…

Prêt a Porter de L’Atelier d’Afrique: Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi for Vlisco

Prêt a Porter de L’Atelier d’Afrique: Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi for Vlisco

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Victorian.
Frills.
Volume.
Bows.
Ruffles.
These are the images that are evoked when you think of Nigerian label, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi… (LDA). With their Victorian-era inspired pieces, the label has been able to create such an indelible identity that even

Namibian Stunner Venantia Lights Up Livingstone

Namibian Stunner Venantia Lights Up Livingstone

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

If there was ever any doubt about the beauty of our continent, contemporary art such as the photos below kick those thoughts away.
Face of Africa 2006 Winner, Namibian Venantia Otto… is the showcased model of the The Livingstone 2009

To Be Young, Chic & Loved: Jewel By Lisa for Vlisco

To Be Young, Chic & Loved: Jewel By Lisa for Vlisco

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Jewel by Lisa‘s collection for Vlisco… was fresh, upbeat and cosmopolitan.
Given that ankara is the label’s signature palette, we all knew that the collection was going to be good. However, JBL raised the stakes from good to great

Recession-Proof Beauty!!

Recession-Proof Beauty!!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Economically speaking, we know that times are hard but that does not mean that your skin has to suffer for it. In the next series of posts, I will help you learn ways to save BIG and look great while…

New Video: Ruggedman – Bangin’

New Video: Ruggedman – Bangin’

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Fearless is one way to describe award-winning rapper, Ruggedman…. He has no qualms about speaking his mind even if it stings. His first major single ‘Ehen’ was a testament to that. The stinging criticism from Ruggedman bruised some artistes

The Winners, The Collections, The Red Carpet! Glamour Amplified at Vlisco Urban Beat

The Winners, The Collections, The Red Carpet! Glamour Amplified at Vlisco Urban Beat

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The anticipation had been building for weeks. Vlisco was bringing Urban Beat to Lagos and we couldn’t wait! Brand new collections from Nigeria’s top designers using Vlisco fabric; Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Tiffany Amber, Jewel by Lisa… &

11 Year Old Olutunji Ebun-Cole Attends the Oscars

11 Year Old Olutunji Ebun-Cole Attends the Oscars

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

While India and the rest of the world raves about the cute kids in the Oscar winning Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire, Africa can also revel at our own little star.  11 year old Tunji… attended yesterday’s Oscars ceremony yesterday due

Journey to ‘Killz Zone’ with Ikechukwu

Journey to ‘Killz Zone’ with Ikechukwu

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Ikechukwu… doesn’t play by the rules. Mr. Killz pretty much does his own thing when it comes to music. When some thought the Nigerian music game wouldn’t accept his American-infused rap sound with the heavy beats, hard hitting lyrics and

Singer Ayo in Banana Republic Ads

Singer Ayo in Banana Republic Ads

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I was walking down 42nd street last week and immediately halted at the picture of Ayo on the window of a Banana Republic store. Nigeria-German singer Ayo , is among nine music artists chosen for BR’s City Stories campaign. Ayo…

Shank invites Akon & D’Banj to ‘King Kong’

Shank invites Akon & D’Banj to ‘King Kong’

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

We know him as the guy who sang ‘Julie’. That song that lit up the clubs from Volar Lagos to Crystal London. There was something just so infectious about that track! Now the question is, can the artiste known Shank…

BN New York Fashion Week Review

BN New York Fashion Week Review

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The economy was definitely the un-fierce elephant in the room as many fashion week attendees felt this year’s fashion week was much scaled back. A lot of the main designers decided not to show this year and if they did,…

Ade Bakare Presents the 2nd Young Designers Creative Competition

Ade Bakare Presents the 2nd Young Designers Creative Competition

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

For as long as we can remember, Ade Bakare… has been at the forefront of the international Nigerian designer movement. Mr. Bakare has been a worthy fashion ambassador over the decades and now he is building things at home. On

‘Obama Dress’ headlines Lola Faturoti’s new collection

‘Obama Dress’ headlines Lola Faturoti’s new collection

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Designer Lola Faturoti in Obama Dress
Nigerian-American Designer Lola Faturoti… has fond memories of her childhood in Ondo State
The sights, the sounds, the fashion and the passion!
Like many people living in America, Lola was inspired by the election

New Video: Mo’Hits All Stars Play ‘Ten Ten’

New Video: Mo’Hits All Stars Play ‘Ten Ten’

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Wonder if they are planning on releasing another blockbuster album. Their last group album ‘Curriculum Vitae’ was a banger! Another hot video from the Mo’Hits crew.…

My Style: Oyeyemi Wemi-Akinsola

My Style: Oyeyemi Wemi-Akinsola

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The Bella Naija style page launched the reader based feature; My Style… last week, and am glad that we have another fashion fab reader to feature today!
If you will like to be featured on this page, simply send two

Fashion Auction House debuts with ‘Mint Condition’

Fashion Auction House debuts with ‘Mint Condition’

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Sotheby’s. Christie’s. Tokini’s?
The history of auctions is long and varied. From the million dollar international art auctions to the antiques auctions in quaint little English towns. Nigeria is now on the auction map. Fashion Auction House was created by…

Phunk Afrique Showroom Launch

Phunk Afrique Showroom Launch

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Phunk Afrique Designer, Funke Ogunde
On Sunday 15th February 2009, rising fashion label Phunk Afrique… opened the doors to their new showroom. The showroom will serve as the hub for all things ‘phunky’. The label used the showroom launch as

Lanre Da Silva, Jewel By Lisa, Tiffany Amber & Odio Mimonet alongside budding designers do Vlisco Urban Beat this weekend

Lanre Da Silva, Jewel By Lisa, Tiffany Amber & Odio Mimonet alongside budding designers do Vlisco Urban Beat this weekend

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

We told you about the Vlisco Fashion Academy some weeks ago and now the finale is here! On February 22 at the Eko Hotel, Vlisco Nigeria will host a fashion competition that will transform the life of one lucky winner…

BN Nollywood Insider: Hanging with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttall

BN Nollywood Insider: Hanging with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttall

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

BN Nollywood Insider is back and you know its all about the exclusives! Your look into the life and times of Nollywood’s biggest and brightest.
Its Nolita here again and today I have two of my favourite Nigerian actresses Genevieve …

New Video: Bouqui premieres ‘MoRiLe’

New Video: Bouqui premieres ‘MoRiLe’

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Here is the brand new video from Bouqui for her single entitled ‘Mo Ri Le…‘. The video was shot in London, UK. The launch of the video opens a new chapter for Bouqui as its the first creative

Designer Amede shows off Vibrant Simplicity

Designer Amede shows off Vibrant Simplicity

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The philosophy behind Amede Nzeribe…‘s designs is simple.
Its all about that homegrown basics.
Organic fabrics such as cotton and silk dyed in rich hues then sewn into pieces with relaxed fits. Its great to see our traditional Nigerian

Life Through Our Eyes Volume II

Life Through Our Eyes Volume II

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Life Through Our Eyes is our Movement.
Our special way of reaching out and seeing life through the eyes of our BN readers.
“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and …