October 12, 2014

League of Nigerians in Diaspora celebrates Nigerian Independence in lavish gala with Port Harcourt's first son.

Duncan Mighty performance
October 3rd, 2014, at Houston Marriott, Westchase, Nigerians in the diaspora gathered to commemorate Nigeria's 54th birthday. LNID threw a lavish black-tie gala, bringing together folks from different walks of life: entrepreneurs, filmmakers, medical professionals, educators to meet and mingle and discuss Nigeria. Theme of the event: Transformative Leadership, Learning and Nigeria Human Capital Development. LNID endeavors to attract the diaspora to not forget its roots, where its people come from, to harness its talent and put it to good use in the motherland.

October 8, 2014

It's "Double Wahala" for Houstonians, It's @Oritsefemi in the house for Nigeria's 54th

October 5, 2014

Artist profile: Basketmouth.

Basketmouth dazzled the crowd at Ayva center, Houston Texas, spiting out homegrown jokes with the usual crude spin.  He had the audience on a roll! Every funny bone was struck.  Basketmouth was on his Basketmouth Uncensored tour, making his gracious stop over in Houston.  The event was welcomed by a packed venue with little standing room.  There were roars and cheers as the audience were taken on the misadventures of a dysfunctional mind.  As usual, his comedy is not for kids, he warns "You all paid for this shit!" forewarning the audience on the impending unleashing.  Nothing is safe or off limits as long as this comedian is concerned, tackling issues on sex, family, religion, Nigerian police, the diaspora, the government, the gay community.  He got comfortable as he settled down to the anticipating crowd.  Basketmouth is an animated performer, every body part is engaged in his routine.  Notable are his springy step, how wide those eyes can open and how fluid his limbs fly with his fingers as an accessory.  

Basketmouth has honed his craft over many years, coming from humble beginnings during his school years, to days when he could be found on YouTube, till now, filling arenas.  He's now a highly sought after comedian on an international scale, working with heavy weights like Cedric the Entertainer. He's manged to garner so many loyal fans waiting for what would come out of his mouth next.  He can rightfully retain the title as the leading comedian in Nigeria.  

It's the Sekem master: MC Galaxy live in Houston @Mc_Galaxy1

It's Nigerian rapper Skales live in concert in Houston @YoungSkales

October 2, 2014

LAGOS NIGERIA: Traclist Upgrades eCommerce Platform for Fashion Consumers.

Hello Naija fashionistas, an online shopping hub is here. Traclist is an e-commerce platform for latest fashions at affordable prices. Right now there's an Independence day sale going on with prices up to 70% off, sale ends October 15th! Check 'em out now. More on Traclist below. Happy 54th Nigeria! Stay well-dressed my people!
In a bid to improve the online experience and deliver better services to its fashion consumers, Traclist, a fast growing fashion e-commerce platform has upgraded to a more trendy and simplified portal. The refreshed platform is a marketplace designed and crafted to provide seamless connections between fashion merchants and online buyers of local and international labels for real-time experiences.

September 19, 2014

A worthy cause.


Just received this information from a dear friend of mine in Nigeria and I feel compelled to share.

A particular epidemic sometimes hits close to home and become an unwelcome guest, worse it takes our loved ones away. A lot of women are walking around unaware they have an unwanted guest in their bosom, for those that know, ignorance still prevails on how to fight it. If you happen to be in Nigeria this would be a worthwhile cause for you.

September 13, 2014

Omotola wants you to meet her today.



Planning on going to the movies today?

Sure you are. It's Saturday. It's also the countdown to the movie premiere Blood in the Lagoon at AMC Loews Fountains 18.

There're so many choices when it comes to things-to-do here in Houston. You've always made the choice to support something worthwhile. Well, this movie is one of them. Instead of traditional blockbuster cinema, why don't we support our own and actually learn something?

Children of the Diaspora, it behooves you to continue in awareness of what's going on with us home and abroad. Put our thinking caps on and come together and be the face of a new generation, one that encourages positive, better life for generations to come.

August 25, 2014

The Latest: Africa Fashion Week Houston

Fashion is not just in New York, Paris and Milan anymore.

It's right here in Houston. Africa Fashion Week Houston just wrapped up at Ayva Center, August 14-16 2014. As usual, it's the pageantry of beautiful fabrics, models and the people that make them. African inspired fashion has rapidly gained momentum on a global scale. Once it started making it's way into the collections of acclaimed designers, there isn't a doubt African designs and print had gained a mainstay.

August 10, 2014

Basketmouth uncensored.

It's funny man and international sensation Basketmouth in the house at Ayva center, Houston Texas.  The venue was packed with no open seat and little standing room, surprisingly African Time or CPT did not apply here.  That's what happens when you've managed to garner loyal fans.  Basketmouth is welcomed by a rousing audience with roars and cheers to his very hilarious performance, every funny bone was struck.

July 21, 2014

In concert with Triple MG... Artists to watch.

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The date is July 12 2014, the venue is Ayva center, Houston Texas. Triple MG a.k.a Iyanya, Emma Nyra (its first lady), Tekno Miles—rising African music star, hit maker - Dance. Pleasantly surprised to learn about the young man that made the song anthem of 2014.  

July 14, 2014

Are you a D.E.E.V.A.S?

Rekana Sharon Ojong is the brain behind D.E.E.V.A.S—Different, Elegant, Eclectic, Versatile, Ambitious, Sassy.  As Creative director, she believes every individual woman represents one of these attributes and it drives her creativity.  "Be You" campaign is open to creative minds and collaborators, individuals with talent looking for an outlet.  Nigeria is brewing with much talent but not enough creative outlet.  There an individual is concerned with survival and not living their best life.  Even the creatives have additional challenges compared to the rest of the world.  In Nigeria, there are lots taken for granted in the Western world yet to be attained in the country.  The issue of unreliable power supply continue so pervasive and entrenched, it can be considered the culture there.  To a lot of us who can relate to our homeland and the outside world, we know how vital something as simple as having electricity is.  Along with that is another developing infrastructure—the internet.  This now vital commodity, easily accessible in most parts of the world can as well be considered a luxury in Nigeria, not everyone can afford it.  For those that can, they can't rely on a strong network signal.  So if you're doing business in Nigeria, these are factors to consider.
Sharon is pioneering individual creativity, helping to develop a culture that nurtures passion and dreams until it's fruition.  She kick starts Be You campaign in 2014 and with plans to make it seasonal.  This season showcases some young women that are creatives in their own right, among the people to watch.  Collaborators and partners are welcome.  This is a chance to show another facet of Nigeria on a global scale.

May 20, 2014

Road to MAMAs with Absolut Vodka, Cocktail party, Elegushi Beach, Lagos

I had to privilege recently of working with folks at Absolut Vodka.  At a cocktail party held at the popular Elegushi beach in Lekki, Lagos, drones of fans and connoisseurs alike showed up for an event meant to support the Road to the MAMAs (MTV Africa Music Awards) campaign.  The event delivered with the likes of Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade performing for the enthusiastic crowd her signature single "Johnny."

May 5, 2014

Lagos!

So here in the motherland there's a lot going on.  I found myself in a jungle like none else.  Lagos, once a nation's capital has now become amongst other things, an entertainment hub.  Aspiring artists now navigate this jungle in other to make it big.   Here in recent times, it's the ever growing music industry.  Musicians have shot through the waterworks.  there are a lot already on the scene in the music videos in the dedicated channels.  Music is just as big here as any where else.

December 9, 2013

Zoe: The Book Launch

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with one of my fast becoming favorite book authors - Nkem Denchukwu.  This woman's hard at work.  She's been on a country wide tour promoting Gem of the Rainforest.  In between, she managed to pen down a children's book: Zoe—the first in a series to come (available here).  All of this on the heels of a full length novel titled Tribal Echoes released last year (available here).  All in all, she's managed to pull all that off as a single mother of four (phew! Now that's a woman after my own heart!).  I met up with her at her home as she's readies for anticipated guests of the book launch.  Now I've never been to any book launch that catered to the guests with gourmet ethinic foods to salivate and warm the palate as you toured her warm and inviting home and checked out her latest effort.

October 8, 2013

New York City.


The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps.

I used to live in this city.  The pinnacle of NYC lies on Times square, between 42nd street and 47th.  Every night this place transforms into a light show spectacle, people from all over the world visit daily to take in the scenery; it's like nothing you'd find anywhere else (maybe Tokyo).  There's Broadway and the shows that take residence, flagship stores that attract thousands of customers, MTV has fans lining up for the next celebrity appearance, waiting to catch a glimpse through its glass walls.  This is where the ball drops at the turn of every new year, there's intense traffic, yellow cabs, high rises and huge billboards, glamour, tourists, funky smells, homeless folks, street hawkers...  You can find them all right here.

August 25, 2013

Dark Girls.

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I watched a documentary on OWN recently that focused on a particular human prejudice; one I've been oblivious to; to think of it even now, is absurd.  The documentary focused on the notion that there's not just racial prejudice, but one against different shades of brown skin color.  The fact that light skinned ethnic girls are preferred over their darker counterparts has been perpetrated for a long time.  At first I thought, as a dark skinned woman, not only do I have to worry about the lack of responsible, good looking Black guys out there, but now I have to worry that I might have missed out on potential good ones because they preferred a lighter skinned girl over me?
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