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Brunch with Beauty & Lifestyle Enthusiasts! Photos of Tara Fela-Durotoye, Banke Meshida-Lawal, Joyce Jacobs & More at the House of Tara Bruncheon in Lagos

A gathering of beauty buffs in Lagos.
On Wednesday 6th November 2013, House of Tara hosted make-up artists, bloggers, lifestyle entrepreneurs and the media for the first edition of its beauty bruncheon.

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Debola Falana, Joyce Jacobs & Fatima Garba

Debola Falana, Joyce Jacobs & Fatima Garba

A gathering of beauty buffs in Lagos.

On Wednesday 6th November 2013, House of Tara hosted make-up artists, bloggers, lifestyle entrepreneurs and the media for the first edition of its beauty bruncheon. The networking event held once a year, is created to foster engagement among key stakeholders in the Nigerian beauty and lifestyle industry.

Guests at the event were leading make-up artists – Tara Fela-Durotoye, Banke Meshida-Lawal, Bolanle Okusanya-Feyita and representatives from international brands L’Oreal, MAC Cosmetics, and the Brand Manager Maybelline New York Bukola Balogun.

Also at the event were a talented group of new generation make-up artists including Funmi Abeke, Lolade Ogunjim of Dainty Affairs, Joyce Jacobs, Theodora Mogo of Doranne Beauty, Debola Falana, Omontese Akhetuamn of BeautyCookStudio and Stella’s Addiction.

Media personalities Kemi Ogunleye, Noble Igwe of 360 Nobs, Wana Udobang, Adaure Achumba, Onah Nwachukwu, Michelle Dede, Kaylah Oniwo and a host of bloggers and beauty enthusiasts also gathered to network over a delicious brunch.

In her keynote address to guests, Tara Fela-Durotoye (Founder, House of Tara International) said “As a pioneering company when House of Tara created the makeup institute it was with the vision to build makeup artists for the industry. In staying true to that vision, we have produced 1820 makeup artists. We support them and their businesses through mentorship and after training programs. In a bid to extend this support to the Beauty Industry as opposed to just Alumni, we created the Beauty Bruncheon”.

Bimpe Onakoya was honored for her contribution to make-up artistry and for her recent appointment as the Artistic Director for Maybelline New York in Nigeria. In addition, Love Olaleye, Winner of the Face to Face Makeup Competition at The Makeup Show in Orlando Florida & a House of Tara Make-Up school alumnus was recognized.

Adesuwa Onyenokwe of TW Media who was the special guest of honour, in her short speech to guests expressed her delight in being in such an inspiring environment, and reiterated the vision for the Beauty Bruncheon, as expressed by Tara Fela Durotoye, who said “I hope that the beauty bruncheon becomes an empowering platform were collaborations and partnerships emerge, were mentorship thrives and support groups develop”.

The highlight of the event was the speed mentoring session when guests were given the opportunity to ask questions and be given valuable advise by Lola Maja-Okojevoh, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Bimpe Onakoya, Banke Meshida-Lawal and Bolanle Okusanya-Feyita.

When asked about her thoughts on the Beauty Bruncheon, Stylist & Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Veronica Ebie-Odeka said, “It was really amazing! It is such a positive and encouraging intiative for the Lifestyle industry. I am pleased to have attended and next year, I hope to hear more speeches from veterans in the industry”.

Ocho Adaji, a make-up-artist who attended all the way from Kaduna said, “It was fun, it was definitely worth my trip, I thoroughly enjoyed it”.

One of the major reasons behind the Beauty Bruncheon was to facilitate necessary conversations, when asked if that was accomplished, Beauty Entrepreneur & Presenter, Liz Yemoja said “Yes! I was in the midst of likeminded people and loved the general atmosphere. I definitely made new contacts. As for partnerships, Glam Lashes will now be stocked at House of Tara studios!”

Germany’s ARD TV crew was around to capture all the fun and exciting moments at the brunch.

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The Scene

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Hello, I’m Here
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Adaku Ufere

Adaku Ufere

Tokyo James

Tokyo James

Stella Marris

Stella Marris

Kaylah Oniwo

Kaylah Oniwo

Adaku Ufere & Ijeoma Ndekwu

Adaku Ufere & Ijeoma Ndekwu

Theodora Mogo of Doranne Beauty

Theodora Mogo of Doranne Beauty

Temi Akingbe & Ezinne Alfa

Temi Akingbe & Ezinne Alfa

Tara Fela - Durotoye & Noble Igwe

Tara Fela – Durotoye & Noble Igwe

Kaylah Oniwo & Adesuwa Onyenokwe

Kaylah Oniwo & Adesuwa Onyenokwe

Let’s Get Talking

Temi Akingbe (Head of Marketing, House of Tara)

Temi Akingbe (Head of Marketing, House of Tara)

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Tara Fela-Durotoye (Creative Director, House of Tara)

Tara Fela-Durotoye (Creative Director, House of Tara)

Ezinne Alfa

Ezinne Alfa

Funke Babs Kufeji of This Day Style

Funke Babs Kufeji of This Day Style

Noble Igwe

Noble Igwe

Wana Udobang

Wana Udobang

Tosin Ajibade of Olorisupergal

Tosin Ajibade of Olorisupergal

Michelle Dede

Michelle Dede

Debola Falana

Debola Falana

Onah Nwachukwu

Onah Nwachukwu

Kemi Ogunleye

Kemi Ogunleye

Theodora Mogo

Theodora Mogo

Banke Meshida Lawal & Joyce Jacob

Banke Meshida Lawal & Joyce Jacob

Banke Meshida-Lawal & Tara Fela-Durotoye

Banke Meshida-Lawal & Tara Fela-Durotoye

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Yemisi Dada & Ezinne Alfa

Yemisi Dada & Ezinne Alfa

Bimpe Onakoya

Bimpe Onakoya

Bimpe Onakoya & Banke Meshida-Lawal

Bimpe Onakoya & Banke Meshida-Lawal

Love Olaleye & Adesuwa Onyenokwe

Love Olaleye & Adesuwa Onyenokwe

Lola Maja-Okojevoh & Tara Fela Durotoye

Lola Maja-Okojevoh & Tara Fela Durotoye

Hafsat Abdulraman & Ameera Thomas

Hafsat Abdulraman & Ameera Thomas

Yemisi Dada & Bolanle Feyita

Yemisi Dada & Bolanle Feyita

Enitan Olajugbe, Rhema Akabuogu - Retail Operations Manager and Temi Akingbe

Enitan Olajugbe, Rhema Akabuogu (Retail Operations Manager) & Temi Akingbe

Theodora Mogo, Love Olaleye, Kaylah Oniwo & Stella Marris

Theodora Mogo, Love Olaleye, Kaylah Oniwo & Stella Marris

Lola Maja, Tara Fela - Durotoye,Banke Meshida Lawal & Kemi Ogunleye

Lola Maja-Okojevoh, Tara Fela-Durotoye,Banke Meshida Lawal & Kemi Ogunleye

Teniola BBN, LolaMaja, Yemisi Dada,Stella Marris &  Barara Onianwah

Teniola BBN, LolaMaja, Yemisi Dada,Stella Marris & Barara Onianwah

Omontese Akhetuamn, Gbemi Adebayo, Bimpe Onokoya, Laura Nwabia & Barbara Onianwah

Omontese Akhetuamn, Gbemi Adebayo, Bimpe Onokoya, Laura Nwabia & Barbara Onianwah

Enitan Olajugbe, Ogo Okereke, Cynthia Oloruntoba, Ajoke Odumosu, Banke Meshida Lawal, Tara Fela - Durotoye, Rhema Akabuogu, Amira Thomas, Yewande Ereherhe

Enitan Olajugbe, Ogo Okereke, Cynthia Oloruntoba, Ajoke Odumosu, Banke Meshida Lawal, Tara Fela – Durotoye, Rhema Akabuogu, Amira Thomas, Yewande Ereherhe

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40 Comments

  1. Don Draper of Mad Men

    November 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Men! Bolanle Okusanya is strong! dazall! Godspeed dear.

    I can see all the ‘love’ at this event.

  2. Kemi

    November 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Bolanle okusanya! The good Lord is your strength! May He completely be your strength at this time…it is well! No words!!

    • Jesseswife

      November 13, 2013 at 2:42 am

      I dont know what happened to her but must you people come
      and be using style to let people know she went through something
      tough?Send her a text, give her a call…no need for public display
      of iranu.

    • D.A

      November 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

      Exactly!

    • Ngobeke

      November 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      For your information she happens to be Bolanle Okusanya, daughter and sister to 2 of the gentlemen from MIC who lost their lives in the Associated aircrash….so now you know.

    • Miss_Flygerian

      November 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      What is this one saying? mschew!!

  3. Joan85

    November 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Noble Igwe though…nwanne m, wetin you go find n’ikpo umu nwanyi? lol 🙂

  4. Godsluv22

    November 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    The makeup and wedding projects are booming in Naija…..Naija peeps are full of talents sha 🙂

  5. X- Factor

    November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Nice Pictures!

  6. Onyeka

    November 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Awwww see Bolanle . . . . The Lord is your strength.

  7. Mama

    November 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Pls how old is Banke???
    She looks 55… she needs to do something about her look fast!

  8. Yawns

    November 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Some of u ppl …must everyone know wat happened to bolanle? Smh. Great event great pix

  9. goldfinch

    November 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Her hair…….Oh My Gosh! I’m so jealous. Girl please share your secrets
    http://cdn.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/House-of-Tara-Bruncheon-November-2013-BellaNaija034.jpg

    Sometimes, I don’t know if Michelle Dede is laughing or crying. Which one is she doing here?
    http://cdn.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/House-of-Tara-Bruncheon-November-2013-BellaNaija031.jpg

    Love Olaleye….I see you, congrats dear! I’m so happy for you. Greater things to come.
    http://cdn.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/House-of-Tara-Bruncheon-November-2013-BellaNaija030.jpg

  10. xoxo

    November 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Hahan!! Noble Igwe!! Must you be everywhere??? Chei!!!

    • ms lala

      November 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      dude will attend the opening of an envelope literally..so far small chops dey. he and toke need an award..

    • nonye

      November 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

      if he is an event planner or needs to maintain a network in this industry (whatever it is, fashion, entertainment… really cant tell the difference these days) then he probably needs to remain visible in these sort of gatherings. Really indifferent towards the fellow, i just figured that might be related to how he earns a living

  11. nene

    November 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    what happened to bolanle? is she sick? is it her
    face?

  12. Anon

    November 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Nice to see Bolanle. Stay strong.

  13. Truth

    November 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    My opinion, this is the best event of 2013. A lovely event
    without does claiming to be celebrities. Breath of fresh air with
    all the beautiful faces and extremely classy with people who are
    themselves (not trying hard to impress). As for Noble
    Igwe…………………

  14. tokunbo

    November 13, 2013 at 2:40 am

    What happened to Bolanle nau?? And for those of us that
    don’t live in Nigeria or follow naija society news, wetin do
    her??

    • tokunbo

      November 13, 2013 at 2:44 am

      Never mind! Google became my friend. She lost her family in
      a plane crash. May God comfort her and give her peace.

  15. Miss Mo

    November 13, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Cousin Bolanle I see you. Great to see you doing what you love. May God continue to be your fortitude. Well done to the other MUAs. Keep up the good work. God bless your hustles. 🙂

  16. tunde ade

    November 13, 2013 at 6:09 am

    great job the houseoftara team.staying true to what they have always been known for empowering
    Am proud of the industry and the veterans like tara.#Inspiring

  17. kemi o

    November 13, 2013 at 6:12 am

    such a classy event.nice location too.House of Tara.always doing new things

  18. labelle

    November 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

    please what is the name of the weavon or attachment that Tara and the other lady used to braid their hair and where can i find it?

    • NYK

      November 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      it is lugo

  19. meme

    November 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    This Adaku must be everywhere sha….

    • Chichi

      November 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Smh at you. Can you not read that it was a networking event for bloggers and people in that industry, is that not what she does. Do you see her at Anne Idibia’s baby shower or club openings or random events? Kmt, pls carry your bad belle from here, I see some pple are trying to board an Adaku hate train and its not working boo boo. If you read her blog (and I’m sure you do or else you won’t have appointed yourself Adaku Secret Police) you’ll see that she came to this event from her 9-5. Abi its paining you that she has a successful career as well as a successful side hustle. FOH with your hating ass abeg.

      And yes, I’m her friend and very proud of how she’s made a success of every endeavour she’s undertaken. So I’ll carry her matter on top my head, thanks very much.

    • Bleed Blue

      November 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Chichi I feel your pain…not sure why peeps have decided to try and Toke-fy Adaku but I sincerely hope it doesn’t become the order of the day. Especially when there’s nothing actually constructive in most of the comments I’ve seen lately.

      Unlike your case, she’s not my friend but I must admit I have great admiration for the chica, I read her blog quite a bit and she’s a brilliantly educated lawyer and writer who simply has an affinity for things related to style and beauty, hence her blog, hence her attendance at events like these. So what’s the problem really?

      Anyway, very nice event Tara. I like the way you keep it classy and strive for perfection. No cutting corners for you. Well done!

  20. Dids

    November 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Why is Toke not here?? Nobody invited her? I don’t support this!

  21. Modella

    November 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Bunch of clean beauties..This is what we are talking about..I love Adaku physique..BN plssss give us the full glam of her looks

  22. Beauty Enthusiast

    November 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I think is a such a great event that showcases the collaborative spirit of the House of Tara. If all industries could be as empowering and supporting as this, business would be more lucrative or everyone!

  23. vivien a

    November 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

    It is nice to see an event that is about something more than just having a good time. What a fresh and unique concept.

  24. doxy ola

    November 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Wow! Have been hearing so much about house of tara lately. The team is doing a great job and this event is so classy. Keep it up!

  25. myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com

    November 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I love events like this! great to see some of my favorite makeup/beauty bloggers! Way to go House of Tara

  26. Rita

    November 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    There’s something about this Kaylah ,she’s cute, infectious smile.

  27. Itchic

    November 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    You can trust House of Tara to be behind such a nice concept as this. I imagine Tara herself encourages collaboration. More grace. Lovely pictures. Me likey

  28. fiesty chic

    November 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    @ xoxo and @ ms lala
    Noble igwe runs a nigerian style and enterntainment online mag. He is being called to those events for publicity and even if he wasnt, he would still have to attend to get the latest information. it’s called 360 nobs. google is your friend o!

  29. Ade

    November 14, 2013 at 8:10 am

    What happened to Banke Meshida, gosh she look too old for her age

  30. Aduke

    November 17, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Very clean n classy looking event with lovely ladies!
    Gorgeous location as well. Ijeoma Ndekwu that statement necklace of
    urs is giving me life!!
    >>>>>>>>http://cdn.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/House-of-Tara-Bruncheon-November-2013-BellaNaija011.jpg

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