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Zinkata’s Styling Adventures: Rounding Up 2011, Hello 2012!



I fervently wish this article gets across to a wide variety of people, or should I say a wide audience? Nope, it is not a matter of grave importance or a moment of astounding wisdom. It is just a slight attempt at brightening the amazing season with witty writing (I hope) or perhaps for vanity reasons, trying to make sure people get to read what I have to say, and the more the better right? To aid my desperate climb and machinations at attaining “celebrity” status! 🙂

It is the end of the year and we are ever so grateful, to finish the year, alive. This in itself is a major reason to be thankful. 2011 was so interesting! I have rehashed so many times on this forum, I am self employed. With it comes a lot of turbulent feelings and experiences.Reminiscing on 2011, where do I start?

Perhaps I can start from the “oh no she did not! moments”. Thinking back, I remember going for the launch of Mania magazine dressed in a skirt and top that was paired with a bow tie. I totally loved this look and would wear it all over again. However, not everyone shared my sentiments, and I was literally taken down! While, it is quite normal to get flak from the readers, a stylist being taken down looks slightly odd, as you are meant to be above reproach, fashion wise. At first, I was slightly worried this would affect my job and my clients believing in me and my skills. Luckily, this was far from the case. Stick to your guns and do what makes you happy. Perhaps, not going out stark naked!

Oh dear, shall I rehash my Jos fiasco? Wow! Did that go down the wrong way! My tribute to Jos through a photo shoot got me steady hate mail for a while. I almost crawled under a rock for a while,“Almost”. I stood strong, proud and believing in myself and sticking to my beliefs with a clean heart. These two events stick out, but of course there are more, and with it even much more triumphs.

O well, I shall not bore you with all the positive stuff that happened this year. This will certainly send you all to sleep at this point. And would uncomfortably make me sound like a “self loving, likes to talk about herself and pretend to be humble while boasting, kind of girl”, and we all know that is not the case here. Ok, not really.

It is the end of the year, I am happy to be present. I grew in strength, I met wonderful people, I got slightly fatter, less vain, vainer, richer, broke, sometimes depressed, most times very happy. God is awesome! He always stands by us, and picks us up even when we feel we do not deserve it. We should celebrate the season, and love him and everybody harder. Forgive! Be generous of heart! Accept people’s faults!

I am happy. I love everybody! I am excited about the next year! I am proud of my accomplishments! I owe it all to God. I shall accomplish more next year!

Happy Holidays everyone and stay happy and thankful!


I am going to give out 2 free gifts. I will style 2 brides for their wedding in the New Year, free of charge. The first 2 brides to send an email to [email protected], shall get my wedding styling service free!

Ezinne Chinkata is a leading Fashion Stylist/Image Consultant/Writer/ Fashion Editor in Nigerian Fashion. She has styled numerous lookbooks and editorials and is the current Fashion Editor at WOW! Magazine. Follow Zinkata on Twitter: @Zinkata1; Contact: [email protected]


  1. onyeka

    December 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Nice way 2 end d year Zinny but on d free gift, u didn’t specify location, meaning its opened yeah?

  2. Skybaba

    December 31, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Nice blogging. Stumbled on the link while using my wife’s phone 🙂

    Like the way you sound down to earth and keeping it real!!

    All the best in 2012!!!!!!

  3. DeBuzz

    December 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Nice, very sincere.

  4. cathy

    December 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    nice one babe. BABA GOD is your strength noni

  5. ashi

    December 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    happy holidays to you too….Im glad you kept pushing regardless of anyone/anything….you are who you are today because of that.!

  6. Laps

    December 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Love you too!!! Happy 2012! God bless!!

  7. Naomi

    December 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Oh c’mon Ezinne. Why brides now? Show some love to your true unmarried, not-going-to-be-married-anytime-soon diehard fans.

  8. Ella

    January 1, 2012 at 2:02 am

    So proud of u darling. Wishing u all the best.

  9. Fokasibe

    January 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Just wanted to say Yeah, I know I gave you some flack but at the end of the year! I saw your growth and I daresay you are my fav of all the stylists(is that right?) Wishing that you shine brighter in 2011 and exceed your aspirations….bless you Ezinne!

  10. chei I love this

    January 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I wish people were as down to earth as the write. But at all… not this chick

  11. titi

    January 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    This is real and im happy im not all alone. u captured it all in words av bin trying to form. Wishing ‘US’ all a beautiful 2012. What a shame I missed the freebies.

  12. faith

    January 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Love U̶̲̥̅̊ cos U̶̲̥̅̊ r strong…wish U̶̲̥̅̊ well in 2012…

  13. bukioni

    January 2, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Keep doing what you do mama. 2012 is your year! Stay fashion fabulous hun, cos you rock!

  14. Blossom

    January 2, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Haha! I remember the Jos incident. Eiya

  15. Chee

    January 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Zinkata, I actually love your style. I might be in the minority on this one, but I think you stay looking good. You are also an ex Feddy alum so heyy, I might be a little partial. Hahaha. Looking forward to seeing more of you on these red carpets. Happy new year!

  16. Anona

    January 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Kudos and cheers to a greater even more accomplished 2012. This article was hard to read though- bellanaija basic editing might have helped..or is this actually a blogpost?

  17. Oyinkan

    January 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Always have and probably always will love Ezinne’s style. Shes a risk taker and thats what life is all about anyway….Cheers to 2012 mizz zinkata!

  18. oro

    January 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I still think that the Jos photo shoot was wrong in its entirety-Come on!That being said, it seems like you had a successful year.All the best to you and the BellaNaija team in 2012. God bless.

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