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Happy Monday!
I said I had something special planned for today so here goes.
It’s the BellaNaija Hot List II
Its my take on the hottest things of the moment – People, Destinations, TV Shows and many more…
Its my opinion so you don’t have to agree but I would love you to enjoy so here goes…

__________________________________________________________ THE LOOK – Yellow & Puff-Sleeves
Without a doubt, Yellow is the colour of the season.
You don’t have to go all out with this and do a matchy yellow outfit.
Throw on a yellow dress or bag or even just a yellow headband, a dash of yellow is enough to make you look uber-fab….
Puff-Sleeves are definitely in! They are flattering to people with various figures. Try a puff-sleeved shirt with a more classic bottom (jeans/pants/skirt) or go all out with a puff-sleeved dress in a bright colour.
Check out Deola Sagoe’s embellished yellow puff-sleeved dress or Kemi’s more avant-garde Lanre da Silva-Ajayi outfit. The yellow bag is by celebrity-favourite, Nigerian handbag designer, Onna Ehrlich.

THE SPOT – 6°n
6°n (sixdegreesnorth) is the spot. With its high concept design, atmosphere and crowd, 6°n is THE Hot Spot.

THE DESTINATION – Cross River State, Nigeria Cross-River State is the ultimate tourist destination in Nigeria. From Obudu Ranch Resort to Tinapa, there is a mélange of possibilities for you to explore. Ask anybody who has been, its totally worth a visit! You will be quite proud of Nigeria.

THE MAG – What’s New

What’s New? I’m sure you’ll like to know.
To find out the hottest and freshest places to visit in Lagos, you need to grab a copy of ‘What’s New – The Lagos City Guide’. Photos, articles, reviews and all you could possibly want to know about the current Lagos social scene. I guess the first form of flattery is competition so look out for new city guides such as Time Out Nigeria.

THE BIZ – Nigerian-Owned Makeup Lines

Nigerian-owned Makeup Lines such as Tara Fela Durotoye’s Tara Orekelewa, Toni Payne Makeup, BM Pro by Banke Meshida-Lawal and LISE by Enitan Balogun are doing extremely well. They are a favourite among women who want quality makeup that is especially made with the African woman’s lifestyle in mind. Some of the lines also offer young Nigerian women an opportunity to earn extra income by acting as retailers of the products. Entrepreneurship + Beauty = Definitely HOT.

THE READ – Yellow Yellow

Kaine Agary’s ‘Yellow Yellow’ has built a lot of buzz! From the editor-in-chief of Takaii Magazine comes a surprisingly poignant tale of a lost soul with the Niger-Delta region as a worthy backdrop. Yellow Yellow is definitely worth checking out!

THE PHENOMENON – TV Talent ShowsLast year it was Big Brother Nigeria, this year, its Nokia First Chance, Shine, Star Quest and most famously, Idols West Africa, there are so many current TV Talent Shows yet the viewing audience can’t seem to get enough. TV Talent Shows are the hot phenomenon.

THE CAREER – Styling/Image Consulting
Last year it was Make-up Artistry, this year is the Year of the Stylists.
From former Miss Lux, Ifeoma Njoku Williams to uber stylists – Omoyemi Akerele and Bola Balogun back to Ezinne Ihe Okuneye and Chalya Shagaya, stylists are doing big things. From the photo spreads you see in True Love Magazine to styling the contestants on Idols West Africa and Nokia First Chance to fashion shows. Styling/Image Consulting is a fun and HOT career. Worth exploring? That’s up to you!

THE WOMAN – Osayi Alile Oruene

Through encouraging and teaching young Nigerians about the merits of entrepreneurship and training them for their future entrepreneurial ventures via the FATE Foundation, Osayi Alile Oruene has made an indelible mark on the next generation. She was recognized as one of 250 Young Global Leaders for 2007 from the World Economic Forum.

– Matthew Mensah
Health PR’s Matthew Mensah along with Femi Amure conceived the idea for the UN CatWalk the World – Fashion For Food Program – See CatWalk the World Accra coverage which has raised immense awareness and thousands of dollars for the World Food Program provides food to the World’s most vulnerable hunger victims. He is currently involved with SAVE OUR CHILDREN – Orphanage Campaign Africa which raises funds and awareness for orphaned children via celebrity endorsement and other innovative campaigns. Previous campaigns include orphanage visits and fundraining in Sierra Leone and Liberia.


That’s it Folks! Have an absolutely fabulous week!!!! Pleaaaaaase leave your comments ’cause that’s what makes it all worth it! In case you missed the First Edition or the Year End ‘Best Of 2006’ Review just click. Ciaooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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  1. Dammie

    April 30, 2007 at 8:45 am

    YaY!!!!….It’s the hot list. I loveeee it Bella!!! Lovely one!!!!


  2. Dammie

    April 30, 2007 at 8:48 am

    …and Osayi Alile Orune, is SUCH A BLOODY INSPIRATION….Definately deserves ‘The woman” title!…

    …WoW, did I just take 1st AND 2nd position?!…LoL

  3. Peridot

    April 30, 2007 at 9:05 am

    Totally agree with the list esp the Make up artists.!

    Nice one

  4. chidi

    April 30, 2007 at 9:20 am

    can’t see the pics again!!! ***sob *** someone tell me why? is my computer messing up??

  5. racquelle-cutie

    April 30, 2007 at 9:26 am

    i’m luving the yellow puffy sleeve thing

  6. Favoured Girl

    April 30, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Great post Bella! I’ll come back to digest it properly after work. Just wanted to say that you are spot-on with the puffed sleeves. They are everywhere in shops right now!

  7. LondonBuki

    April 30, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Very good post!

    Um… Yellow-Yellow… I read it earlier this year o and ummmm… I did not like it AT ALL… Anyway, one man’s meat…

    Have a beautiful week and this is a very good post…

  8. Dimples

    April 30, 2007 at 11:00 am

    WOW!!!..i havn’t read this yet…but I LIKE …I REALLY LIKE…men Bella this chic u are runnin things o…nice one…something to rad after work…without getting sacked…Thanks hun


    April 30, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Nice one bella!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Ugo Daniels

    April 30, 2007 at 11:41 am

    I thought i was gonna make da LIST!

    Aaarrgh…just kidding. another good one Bella. You Go Gal!

  11. ExcitedJade

    April 30, 2007 at 11:56 am

    ose jare my dear.. nice one

  12. BabsBETA

    April 30, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Bella, when is your magazine launching?
    Your concepts Rawk!

  13. Pink-satin

    April 30, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    dis bella sa!nice post..luvly pics

  14. chicala

    April 30, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    i’m not so into yellow(thinking of trying some this summer for a change though ), and the puffs, not so sure. I prefer smaller puffs, lol.
    The make up industry’s def gone far, no doubt. they’r doin a good job.
    o girl na wa o, nice post as ever.

  15. catwalq

    April 30, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    I am first twenty yeeeeee.
    have to go read the blog first

  16. Anonymous

    April 30, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Went to 6 degrees several times over the xmas break. This might seem like something small, but it’s really important for a ‘nightspot’s atmosphere’ – the sound system is horrible! You can actually hear the speaker panels vibrating! And sometimes it makes this loud pitchy sound in between.

    Was really disappointed cause the decor was not bad…Highlights a recurring problem with many places/businesses in Naija – lofty ideas, but poor finishing/attention to details. Surely enough money has been made from Bacchus over the years that they can channel a little extra to their audio equipment. Just saying…

    really enjoy reading your blog Bella…

  17. Anonymous

    April 30, 2007 at 2:35 pm


  18. tatafo!

    April 30, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    awww Bella! great job…you seem to be coming out of your slump, thank goodness!

    But the Mensa dude is really impressive, that’s what I want to do when i grow up (lol)

    Have a great week!

  19. Anonymous

    April 30, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Bella great post, but totally disagree with 6 degrees being the “spot” o. For those that don’t live in Lagos, it’s just a hopeless extention of dingy Baccus club..a half-a**ed attempt to revive the place. Don’t even bother. The place sucks.

  20. Ladybrille

    April 30, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Love the compilation. Beautiful. Strong choices. Have a great day!

  21. Uzo

    April 30, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Matthew Mensah is hot…LOL. I agreew with the make-up by Nigerians. I dont wear much makeup but i am suprisingly loving the stuff from Tara. Yellow-Yellow – emm, it was a hard read for me..

    Absolutely fabulous

  22. Anonymous

    April 30, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    I sooo agree with Anonymous 3:15 & 2:29, i was in 6degrees during my last visit, and i was highly disappointed!

  23. TC

    April 30, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Bella, u try oh! You should be doing this at least once a week ( a really exhaustive post for your readers 🙂 i really like deola sagoes dress, all in all a tip top post. Oh and Mr Mensah looks Hattt 😉

  24. Adaure

    April 30, 2007 at 6:19 pm


    Ironic that the color of the season is ‘Yellow’ and the book is ‘Yellow-Yellow’ …Cute one Bella and definitely A HOT LIST.

  25. Ikechukwu

    April 30, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    lovely note…the last two entries in the note really caught my eye!! amid all these enhancements in the Nigerian social scene, we still need to remember that the backdrop is often at times abject poverty for a lot of our people…so let’s strive to uplift both worlds at the same time. great note though!!

  26. BOBBY

    April 30, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Finally Mensah got on here…he deserves to be recognized.

    Meanwhile you missed the party, just have Miss T gist you.

  27. Anonymous

    April 30, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    nice post bella! I’m a lurker on your blog. Do you have webpage for tara and the other make up artists? tanks

  28. Anonymous

    April 30, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Mathew Mensah – what a nice ghanaian mix breed just like our very own Boris Kodjoe and Van Vicker.

    God bless his heart and his philanthropic ways. That alone is Very attractive – shows he is kind, generous and thoughtful of the poor. Love him for that.

    And so i also ask Matthew “Wa Ware Anaa”? are you married?

  29. Kpakpando

    April 30, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    bella are those your lips? odikwa risky oh! Too bad I’m too yellow to look good in it 🙁 I realy like the color too. Sha I think i’m the only Nigerian who hasn’t read the books on the “i am a nigerian hear me roar” reading list including Yellow Yellow. Nice one bella

  30. classybabe

    April 30, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    I am liking the puffs thingy,but dont know about yellow sha not one of my favourite colours

  31. Anonymous

    April 30, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    see all of dem ashawos…lol..looking for fine husband.MATHEW IS ENGAGED TO A YORUBA GIRL WHO LIVES IN LONDON.

  32. Anonymous

    May 1, 2007 at 12:47 am

    wooohoo…Osayi Alile Oruene ROCKS…my sister is TRES cool!

  33. Anonymous

    May 1, 2007 at 12:48 am

    oh and of course Kemi Adetiba too…woohooo

  34. RJ

    May 1, 2007 at 1:06 am

    Impressive list bella, never heard about six degrees north, the decor (in the pic) looks really nice. Just the other day I was actually thinking whether Lagos has a city guide? good to know they do.
    And can a sister pls get Matthew’s number? Damn! 😉

  35. Wizzee00

    May 1, 2007 at 3:15 am

    Osayi IS MY HERO!!! i love her to death! 🙂

  36. Anonymous

    May 1, 2007 at 6:29 am

    Loved It!!!! I could not wait to see when you mentioned you had something special…..

    Tanks girl, u make my stay at home mom days go by faster.

    Chi-town Mummy

  37. Dimples

    May 1, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Lol…@ all ya’ll Mensah hungry chics….sorry girlies he is spoken for???….
    So Rj u can reach him via the Save Our children Campaign..assuming that u are looking to contribute of course.

    Anonymous @ 11.25pm..ur gist true small..but really on the engaged part chill now…where u there when he proposed ni??

  38. pink gloves

    May 1, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Nice with the yellow. the guy carrying the kid is georgeous oh.

  39. Anonymous

    May 1, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    @DIMPLES…lol,i dey dia when h eproposed to madam teni o,infact na me carry camera take pishure dat dey,no mind me jare,i was just sending a message across to all these MASTER MENSAH hungry chicks that he is SOOOOOOOOO SPOKEN FOR,some of us sef think that teni don mix something else for him kenke,CUS DAT BWOY NO DEY JAH ANY BODY FACE OH AND BELIEVE ME DIMPLES AWON GIRLS DON TRY SOTEY some gbeboruns labelled him closet gay.
    and please keep doing your thing.
    we will see soon.

  40. Overwhelmed Naija Babe

    May 1, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    oh my gosh i love this writeup especially seeing as Yellow has just become such a favorite of mine within the past month… keep on rocking bella naija… i’m loving it… i bet the first dammie is my friend.. to say that girl is your fan is an understatement.. lol

  41. Bluntremi

    May 1, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Kai Bella…and youre my friend o…
    Totally forgot me in the stylist category…not fair o!!


    Great write up as usual.

  42. Dimples

    May 1, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Lol @ Anonymous be jazz really LOVE dem de call that one oh!!!..God de sha…
    We too we will find our own Mensah soon!!!

  43. Addicted to Retail

    May 1, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Yellow is definately hot! Check out my site.

  44. SET

    May 1, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Fabulous, thx for the info

  45. Mona

    May 2, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    We love the BN hot lists! :o)

  46. mensah

    May 2, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks to Bella Naija for putting some light to the campaign we are doing for Orphans across Africa.
    (& thanks for the compliments posted, Very much appreciated) I am happy to announce that TUFACE have joined our campaign for Stop Child Hunger in aid for Orphanages and will personally be joining me and UN WFP on the campaign across Africa. On the 12th of May will RMD and I go to Sierra Leone to take part in the Walk For Stop Child Hunger and help some Orpanages there. We will be doing a press confernce in Lagos where all the Nigerian UN selected celebs will be present including my close friend Ramsey, Stella, RMD, Omotola and ofcourse Tuface… I am sure you will see more to the campaign via Bellanaija.
    Ps: It is true that my fantastic girlfriend is Yoruba and its true that WHEN I marry it can only be to a Nigerian girl BUT that I am engaged already is news to me and I am sure to my Girlfriends family. Ha ha. Not Yet!

    Thanks to all of you who help us create a better life for the children in need & please remember it is not about money but One can help just by visiting an Orphanage and bring food, books, clothes or just spend time playing with the children.


    Matthew Mensah

  47. Adaure

    May 3, 2007 at 5:47 am

    WOW!!!! at that last comment from ‘Matthew’ or his ‘PA’.
    I can just see all the girls fainting

  48. ladybrille

    May 3, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    It is really Mensah,Adaure. Gave him heads up about the post and teased him about being married. I certainly did not get an invitation and I thought I was Numero Uno Nigerican gal on his list. lol! He was hilarious when he replied that he did not know he was married. LMAO! He is geunine and Bella he does love your blog. Keep up the good work!

  49. Anonymous

    May 3, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    great hot list. yes we all know that bola and yemi pioneered fashion styling in nigeria they have styled tons of mags, tv shows, celebs,fashion shows and ad camapaigns etc. but these other “stylists” have not even accomplish nothing have any of them styled anything succeful or memorable in nigeria please bella only talk about the real deals not publicity hungry “fashionestas”

  50. Anonymous

    May 4, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    luv this hot list.

    one slight concern is your recommendation of Yellow Yellow. It must be the worse book i have ever read in my life. We read it in my book club and for the first time, all 20 of us were in agreement as to the quality of the writing.

    but keep it up.

  51. Anonymous

    May 24, 2007 at 6:28 am

    hi bella,
    nice job i’ll say, i never liked all this blog wahala but ur articles have attracted me in such a way that i come online to see whats new every night b4 going to bed,great job ma sista , may the fire never die,keep-on-keepin-on.
    segun- gele

  52. BBA

    September 3, 2007 at 4:57 am

    Nice. I love the puffy thingy on the yellow dresses.

  53. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Yeah!!!! Good question
    Is Matthew Mensah Single???

  54. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Bella what is your first name, if i may ask? Is it Ifeoma or Ebele or neither? Matthew Mensah is he married with kids? because he seems to like children.

    Deola Sagoe is one of a kind. Very talented, innovative, fresh, different … and what have you? Pls, keep following her career. It would be great to read updates on her. You know what i mean!

  55. Sisi P

    January 31, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Lol I just want it to be known that I’m posting a comment almost 10 years after the post was sent. Lol

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