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Just want to start by saying a huge THANK U for last week……
I really enjoyed reading all the comments and everything…I really appreciate all the support!
Well, I had a really great weekend…From Friday to Sunday…utterly fab!
So what did you get up to? Let us know

Anyway, let’s kick off the week with someone I admire a great deal…
Funmi Iyanda is often referred to as Nigeria’s Oprah…
Vivacious and bold, Funmi is really an inspiration…
I have admired her for a while and have observed her meteoric rise…
Funmi hosts a very popular morning show in Nigeria – ‘New Dawn with Funmi’…an entertaining and educative talk show…
Anyway, check out this cover feature from Sleek Magazine.
Sleek is a fab new Nigerian lifestyle magazine…
I LUV it and really hope they can keep it up!
Anyways, ENJOY!

Photography: MAKAti
Hair: Trimmindales (UK)
Make-Up: John Ojukwu (UK)
Accessories: Carrisadiamonds
Stylist: Symon Adeji
Clothing: Momo Couture (using Exquisit Fabriks)
Location: Marrakesh, Morocco

Wow! I luv the location and the clothes…very vibrant and exotic!
Kudos to Sleek Magazine. Make sure you grab a copy whenever you get a chance!
You can check out the ‘New Dawn With Funmi’ website HERE
And the Sleek Magazine site – HERE
Mona has 2 blog posts on Funmi, specifically, her show and her non-profit work – Part 1 and Part 2 …Thanks Mona, very informative!

Let us know what you think?
Have a great week!

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  1. teekay

    October 16, 2006 at 6:18 am

    Hi bella, i think funmi is absolutely fab. Now i really want to go to Morocco, uuh, life not fair, first i missed the concert, now some ppl are doing photoshoots in exotic places. Man i need to quit my job and get a more ecxiting life. My weekend? Partying, partying and more partying lol. Im actually done for the year.

  2. Overwhelmed Naija Babe

    October 16, 2006 at 9:39 am

    don’t know much about her.. but she’s pretty and seems really put 2getha..

  3. Mona

    October 16, 2006 at 10:32 am

    Wow she looks good oh…yea I have a post on funmi just type in funmi iyanda at the top of the blog it also informs you about organsations you can join to help do something for naija…

    actually see this:

    and this:

  4. dipo tepede

    October 16, 2006 at 11:38 am

    I was interviewed by her like 3 years ago pertaining my book on unemployment called POeT’s Manual; she has utterly changed; Thank God for her!

    Nice one; Madam Bella!

  5. Dimples

    October 16, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    Yeah i’m a BIG fan..have always been…and would most likely be…Well done Miss Iyanda

  6. Reen

    October 16, 2006 at 1:45 pm

    dont know who she is…but the pics are really nice and she looks really pretty in all the outfits…

    As for my weekend it was really crapy it was rainy all weekend and i had to do a ton of homework….

  7. PSB

    October 16, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Those out fits are way cool! And funmi just looks fantastic in them, Very much like a gazelle!

  8. Kemster

    October 16, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    I know you guys have had enough of Jay-z and Beyonce in Nigeria but here’s the video of Beyonce singing the national anthem in case anyone is interested.

    I’m sorry I know this is totally off topic 🙂

  9. Bella Naija

    October 16, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    thanks kemster!!!! u rock!
    you can also see here

  10. TaureanMinx

    October 16, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    She gave us some great advise over coffee the other day. See me posing like I knew she’d be there lol. She’s really an inspiration.

  11. TaureanMinx

    October 16, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    er Advice…

  12. Koki

    October 16, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    Shes gorgeous, I love that shes also using her life to make a diffrence in other peoples lives. Good for her!

  13. Icy

    October 16, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    She just rawks. She’s an exceptional Role Model and my head is seriously swelling right now for this.. Thanks bella. That’s just hot!

  14. Uzo

    October 16, 2006 at 4:17 pm

    Oh dear. I am afraid this is one area where we disagree. Cannot stand her and i think that comparing her to Oprah is the biggest sign of disrespect there is. I am not a fan at all. Her half naked dressing at some occassions irritates me. Maybe i am just really conservative.

  15. DQueenb

    October 16, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    Hey…Smoothvibes sent me this link and I must say I am very proud of her. She is an amazing spirit and a wealth of information. I have mad respect and admiration for her. I have forwarded this link to her and I am sure she will be flattered. She is not Oprah or Tyra she is Funmi Iyanda and her name will be remembered generations to come.

  16. koshie

    October 16, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    she looks very articulate and poised. i love her foto shots. nice one.

  17. Natasha Ashwe

    October 16, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    I absolutely adore Funmi Iyanda. She continues to expand beyond the definitions I try to come up with, and this is a good thing … hmm, the best thing in the world, actually.
    There are no boxes provided for people that are larger than life.
    They create them for themselves.
    And so Funmi Iyanda is Funmi Iyanda.
    Doesn’t my love just shine through? lol.
    The pictures are fabulous. She is.
    And this website is pretty cool altogether.
    Loving it xxx

  18. Dammie

    October 16, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhh, I LOVE this woman!

  19. Dammie

    October 16, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Ohhhh, and she’s such a good poser!!

  20. Anonymous

    October 16, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    i saw the mag and its cool but did we really have to send her all the way to … to do the photoshoot?i’m sure we have some beautiful tourist attractions in cross river or somn that she could pose near…great blog tho…

  21. africanprincess

    October 16, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    Fabulous pictures.

  22. Anonymous

    October 17, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    Ok. I am getting hooked this your site. You are even more dedicated than real Naija entertainment magazines. Anyhoo, i will start sending you some exclusives if you have a contact email.

  23. Bella Naija

    October 17, 2006 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks so much anonymous…
    my email address is [email protected]
    i’ll be dlookin forward to your email…


  24. bhookey84

    November 3, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    yea just read fumis blog, im so in love with her already!

  25. bintifulbabe

    August 8, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Apart from being humanitarian, I adore the fact that Funmi Iyanda represents naija…. she does not speak with any stupid accent so she successfully endears herself to all nigerians.
    BTW Bella – I hate yr blog.. I m spending billable hours reading it… I started from the very 1st post and I m still at Oct ’06. The fact that it is very colorful and has tons of photos does not help matters… A quick look at my screen will show that I m not doing any serious work. Hats off to u.

  26. Anonymous

    February 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Hi bella, I luv the make on funmi thats what I call natural. I also like the designes of the african prints used.

  27. Mohammed Jafar Dan Kano

    July 14, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Aliko Dangote Quotes
    “I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so much interested in business. Even at that time, I was very used to buying and selling. It is in my mind all through. I did that on a part-time basis. I usually bought packets of sweets and gave some people to sell for me. I would join them whenever I closed from school. I would collect my profit and give them something out of it. And we continued like that,

    “The family had many servants. So, some of them were selling things. I would say, ‘Please, sell these for me’ and he would sell and render accounts afterwards. That was what I was doing. It was not as if I established shops.”

    “If you give me today $5 billion, I will not invest any abroad, I will invest everything here in Nigeria. Let us put heads together and work.”

    “{Nigerians} can even be bigger than Aliko Dangote. The whole thing is that you have to really be very determined. You have to believe that, yes, there’s a future in this country of ours and I can tell you right now, I don’t believe we have even started doing anything in Nigeria because the opportunities are so enormous. I don’t even know where to start from.

  28. That CALi GiRL

    August 10, 2008 at 12:16 am

    this is so cool because i know the lady who manages the line of sleet makeup and she is a really nice person if you shall one day meet her. 🙂

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