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BN Exclusive: Project Runway? Nope! Nigerian Songstress, Essence to Launch Fashion Reality TV Show “Sew Off” | Speaks Against Indecent Dressing in New Track “Sexy”



Who is the latest Nigerian celebrity set to unveil a reality show? BN knows and we have the exclusive scoop.

Recently, BN has brought you details on upcoming reality shows, which is fast becoming the norm in the entertainment industry, produced or presented  by some of your most loved celebrities and socialities.

So who is set to launch her own reality show soon? The answer is Kennis Music star, Essence. The music star is set to light up our TV screens soon with a fashion reality TV show, “Sew Off”.

Speaking exclusively to‘s correspondent, Adeola Adeyemo, the songstress revealed more details about the upcoming show. She says “It’s basically a design competition and I am the presenter. It is the brain child of a university buddy of mine and she was into television presenting before but now wants to dabble into production and so we joined forces and set the ball rolling.”

The show which has already been shot in the houses of the contestants, on the streets, in a hotel and at a dress making school would air early next year. All selected 13 contestants stand the chance to win a whooping sum of $3,000 and  a center spread in City People’s Fashion and Style Magazine as well as a chance to showcase their clothing line in the Nigerian Television Fashion Show (NTFS), organized by Galaxy TV.

On how she felt about celebrities including Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Jim Iyke and Toni Payne,  towing the path of reality shows, the Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Ibadan said it is a “good thing”. Elaborating more, the Kalangolo star said “You see people on television and you think that is their everyday life. The reality show affords the opportunity of people seeing them with their family; the normal side of themIt is disconcerting when people assume you emerged out of thin air and you don’t have family and friends you went to school with and so on. It’s good for people to see your family members and how you relate with others on a normal day.”

Check out photos from the “Sew Off” Set

View clips from the upcoming show

Some weeks ago, Essence released a song titled “Sexy”, a song which speaks about decency and proper dressing for a woman. As the lyrics say, “A real woman leaves everything to your imagination”, Essence preaches against indecent exposure and speaks about the song. “I have a new single on air titled “Sexy” and contrary to the general notion that I’m trying to declare my sexiness, it has an intellectual conotation. It’s a call for all women to look and feel good about themselves. Real women don’t come in size zeros and so dressing the body you have and celebrating it with a positive attitude is what will draw the admiring glances of the opposite sex to you and that is “Sexy”.”

So then, what is her idea of dressing sexy? Essence says “My mantra is ‘Sexy is an Attitude and not a state of undress’. It’s also a call for us to respect our bodies and leave things to the imagination. Too much visuals will get you no where at least with any decent member of the opposite sex because at the end of the day when all is said and done and when you want to settle down, your past and poor dress sense will be a deal breaker for you.” 

Listen to Essence – Sexy

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Chattyzee

    November 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    hmmmm looks promising. But that school boy tho… lmao.. he sure can walk d red carpet!

  2. konnie

    November 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Nice song. I gree with you
    If I see one more picture with hands akimbo, I am going to scream.

  3. sugar

    November 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Nyc concept tho, I dont think that child( d little boy) is faking it ,with the way his legs balance on the ground, i think he finds it a bit difficult to work properly (just slightly)..

  4. cathy

    November 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Good one to her. kudos! nice song too

  5. i no send

    November 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    nice voice ..and she looks nice in these pics

  6. roomandpalor

    November 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    D-List celebs galore. Hurting my eyes.

  7. nene

    November 7, 2012 at 1:21 am

    not only sew off. SEW ON. abegi essence don’t waste your time.

  8. Mena

    November 7, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Wow. I hate to hate on things, but this is horrible. I’m sorry to say that! It’s good they had the idea but the execution is terrible. It just drags Nigeria back to the ancient days.

  9. Amale

    November 7, 2012 at 8:18 am

    When your music is not selling, u divert to something else. lol
    you are talking about Indecent Dressing in New Track “Sexy” what about the way u dress. “yo ipin oju”

  10. ayetoro kan

    November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

    oh essence,oh essence…why…why…why! not fashion this time…. remember ur prom dress at the headies,thats enough clue that you should stay away from fashion till u score major notes. bn team,post my comment.

  11. Hadassah

    November 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    See who’s talking about dressing decently! is she decent in all those pictures, she’s always exposing her fat arm and forming sexy face… she should find something else to sing about please! i wonder who buys her music tho?

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