June 20, 2015

Get to know Jennifer Gentet

Who is she? She's the founder and CEO Innovative Creations and Communications Limited (ICC), Author—6 Effective Steps to Your Better Self and Founder—Lagocians Expats Social (LES), the first Meetup group I found in Nigeria was about LES.  I met Jennifer recently at an exclusive red carpet event we happened to be in together.  Great minds thinks alike it seems as we were lost in conversation, talking about our great country, the need for more of us to bring our talents back home. She has single handedly created a platform that brings foreigners and locals together, big companies are courting her, some already on her roster, now that's a powerhouse! The ever so curious me want to know everything, so I ask her.
Jennifer at her book launch party recently, at a red carpet event with me.

Why LES?
I started the LAGOCIANS EXPATS SOCIAL as I moved to work in Lagos. Given that I have expatriation experience and history and a multicultural background. I have lived and worked in different continents around the world. Each place I lived I found blogs and or forums that enabled foreigners to interact with one another or forums that gave foreigners useful tips about a country which was quite interesting, I discovered similar things when I arrived to Lagos. However during all my years of traveling I never saw a forum, blog or platform that physically brought the expatriates/Foreigners and the locals together. Which means many expatriates would live in a foreign country for years and never get really to interact with the locals therefore would miss out on some amazing experiences. 
Upon my arrival to Lagos I created LAGOCIANS EXPATS SOCIAL (LES), a platform and a social network where expatriates in Lagos/Nigeria and substantial and classy Nigerians can come together and meet new people, interact with one another, have fun, share and enjoy various interesting activities, fabulous parties and fun events. LAGOCIANS EXPATS SOCIAL (LES) is also a great networking opportunity for professionals and entrepreneurs to come together and meet new people, whether to Improve their social lives or to network and communicate their businesses and/or brands.
LAGOCIANS EXPATS SOCIAL launch party took place at the Oriental Hotel VI Lagos on Dec 6th 2014. Since our launch we organized and have hosted some events and have had interesting turn up of members, media attention and sponsors, L'OREAL West Africa was one our sponsors. LES is indeed fast growing in its own right.  
We subsequently organize tasteful events and fun activities, to welcome new members and introduce them to already existing members. Our famous Red Carpet Events, Private Beach parties, Barbecue parties, Salsa nights, Game nights, and Jogging sessions, are to mention just a few of activities available on LES platform. I have discovered that the expatiates enjoy interacting with Nigerians and Nigerians welcome foreigners gracefully
Our mission to is grow into one of the largest platforms in Nigeria, with thousands of active members, a go-to platform that provides great tips and guidance, creates fun actives and events, and celebrates multiculture. Visit http://www.meetup.com/LAGOCIANS-EXPAT-SOCIAL-Meetup and join us! Don't miss out there is something for everyone.
The printed copies of my books are sold in major book stores in Lagos such as, the HUBS book store located in the PALMS MALL/SHOPRITE at Lekki, Terraculture book store in Victoria Island etc. They are also sold in Paris, France. The eBook version of my book is sold on Amazon.com, Amazon.uk, Amazon.fr etc. You could just type in the title of my book “6 EFFECTIVE STEPS TO YOUR BETTER SELF” on a Google browser to lead you to the lists of the online platforms where the eBook version are sold.
Well you read it here, head on to the link and get the latest, maybe next time you're in Lagos, check it out. We need a lot more of this back home. Don't forget to get a copy of Jennifer's book.


Msadaku.

Lagocians Expats Social (LES)

Thanks to my good friend, Jennifer Gentet, Brand builder, Author—6 Effective Steps to Your Better Self, founder of LES, I learned about a social event that can benefit a diaspora like me.  Lagocians Expats Social is a platform created to bring expatriates together right in the city of Lagos. Folks from all over the map were at this party recently (just watch the video), expatriates hoping to establish themselves in the country with their talents and ideas. While there's a lot of work to the done in the country by way of infrastructure, i.e steady electricity, running water, available and affordable fuel for vehicles, it has not killed the zeal of many in the diaspora or foreign expats. Nigeria provides for various business opportunities and these folks are jumping on those opportunities. Foreigners are ever so curious about the motherland, folks in the diaspora feel the nostalgia of home and realize there's no place like it. It's refreshing to know that amidst the chaos of disorder, there's a platform such as this one.
Poolside party was an opportunity to mix and mingle and connect, dance a little and enjoy the entertainment and good Nigerian food.  Folks got to contribute their two kobo on the current situation, state of affairs of the country and how they can contribute to make the country better. My guess would be this is a soft landing strip for folks trying to assimilate or re-assimilate back into the country, you still get the best of both worlds. The platform's mission is to bring folks together and interchange ideas, get to know the locals, they'e also involved in various humanitarian causes.

More on LES here.


Msadaku.

June 13, 2015

MTN Nigeria unveils 2015 Brand Ambassadors

2015 MTN Brand Ambassadors: Dr. Sid, Chidinma, Tiwa Savage, Saka. More photos here.
May 27 marks a remarkable day for Nigeria. Its Children's day—set aside to appreciate the little joys in our lives, if you're a parent that is. This particular day in 2015 is also remarkable for the entertainment industry, strengthening the synergy already formed with some of its biggest stars and one of Nigeria's biggest telecom companies to date.

May 27, 2015 marks the day MTN Nigeria unveils its brand ambassadors—Nigeria's music and film superstars. The telecom company has long formed lasting synergy with the entertainment industry as a way to promote its brand. Stars crowned this year include Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Chidinma, Harrisong, Iyanya, KCee, Praiz, Dr. Sid, Sound Sultan, Mr. Hafiz Oyetoro a.k.a Saka with Nedu of Wazobia FM rounding up the roster of long-term and brand new stars that inked the deal on paper to on-lookers and the media.

Mr. Richard Iweanoge, MTN's Consumer Marketing GM was on deck to help ink the deal. He stated this year's nominations were influenced by overwhelming votes by fans. He indicated that this day signifies the continued relationship the brand has with the entertainment industry. Its chosen stars always have a home and are never left alone. Iyanya agrees during the brief Q&A session conducted by MC Dotun of Cool FM during the event.

This exclusive event was held on the top floor at the Fuse Lounge in Saka Tinubu, Victoria Island, Lagos, attendees enjoyed the latest homegrown music as well as mainstream hip hop, hors d'oeuvres and mixed drinks. The event was met by notable music stars and entertainment personalities in Nigeria.

Congratulations to all the stars nominated and awarded this year, couldn't help but notice the glowing mama, Tiwa Savage, awaiting her bundle of joy.

More Photos on my Facebook page.
 

Msadaku.

May 18, 2015

FAEA celebrates 10th anniversary, rebuild schools in Nigeria

The Friendship Association Education Assistance, Inc. invites YOU to join our 10th Anniversary Charity Golf Outing on June 6, 2015. This year’s event will tee off at the top-rated Blue Mash Golf Course in Laytonsville, Maryland with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. All golfers will receive lunch, dinner and invited to participate in different contests and a raffle to potentially win two tickets to the Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge in September. Register today!

May 13, 2015

Natural Hair, Beauty Show to hold this weekend

Brought By Kinky Apothecary
The Kinky Apothecary brings you the Nigerian Natural Hair and Beauty show. Nigeria's first ever expo dedicated to healthy hair care, beauty & lifestyle.

Featuring The Loving Your Hair With Natural Care workshop by natural hair expert and celebrity stylist (to stars such as Jill Scott, Teyonah Parris & Will Smith) there will also be panel discussion, shopping, make up & pamper lounge, networking, giveaways, goodie bags and others.

Date: 16 May, 2015
Time: 11AM
Venue: Federal Palace Hotel 6 - 8 Ahmadu Bello Way, Lagos






Moore Uwandu is a contributor in Nigeria

Msadaku.

May 7, 2015

Meet AFWN designers...too

INTRODUCING
AFWN 2015 DESIGNERS PROFILE | VOLUME 2

We are pleased to introduce to you Volume 2 of designers that will be showcasing at the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria. The event will hold at Eko Marquee on the 23rd of May 2015 and Eko Conventional Hall on the 24th of May 2015. The Eko Convention Hall will play host to the Pre Gala and Gala Show. Full Schedule for both days is now up on our WEBSITE.

May 6, 2015

Meet AFWN designers...

INTRODUCING
AFWN 2015 DESIGNERS PROFILE | VOLUME 1

We are pleased to introduce to you, designers that will be showcasing at the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria. The event will be held at Eko Marquee on the 23rd of May 2015 and Eko Conventional Hall on the 24th of May 2015. The Eko Convention Hall will play host to the Pre Gala and Gala Show. Full Schedule for both days is now up on our WEBSITE.
We have a number of pre events happening before the day which we will reveal to you soon.

2nd time is the charm: Houston welcomes Dr. Sid

April 27, 2015

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF 2015)

The first edition of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) will take place from 7 to 9 September 2015 in Calabar, Nigeria under the theme “Investing in Women Entrepreneurs: Unleashing Africa’s Economic Growth” (www.awieforum.com).

April 24, 2015

 Take your business on tour with Wed Expo!

Nigeria’s Largest Wedding and Lifestyle exhibition starts from Lagos then moves to Abuja and ends in Port Harcourt this April to May.

Are you a wine or beauty brand or even a wedding vendor or a brand that caters for weddings or looking for the young energetic clientele? Then this is the Expo for you. With thousands of young people coming into the exhibition your brand cannot go wrong.

April 22, 2015

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Houston this weekend

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to address the Houston community just weeks after Nigeria’s historic election

Pivotal Figure, Former President Inspires a New Generation of Change!

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR will address the Houston community and students on the “Political and Economic Situation in Africa with a focus on Nigeria” at Texas Southern University. This is a highly anticipated visit following Nigeria's historic election, where for the first time the opposition candidate won against an incumbent president.

April 18, 2015

AFRICA MAGIC SUPPORTS AFWN 2015

Africa Fashion Week, the leading platform for showcasing emerging and exciting fashion talent in the country, has announced Africa Magic as its Media Partner for the 2015 edition of the Fashion Week in Nigeria. The annual African Fashion Week Nigeria provides aspiring Nigerian designers with an opportunity to showcase their works to the continent and the rest of the world. AFWN 2015 will take place on the 23rd and 24th of May 2015 at the Eko Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

April 17, 2015

Wizkid headlines Industry Nite in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas is getting ready to host the second edition of Industry Nite with Wizkid, the In My Bed crooner as the major artiste.
The show will feature live performances by Wizkid and top Nigerian American acts like Wowo Boyz, Stylezz, Bils, Teddy A.
This Show is hosted by current internet sensation Craze Clown.

Date Of The Event: May 6, 2015

Venue: AYVA Centre, Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas.

Time: 8-12pm
 



Moore Uwandu is a contributing writer in Nigeria.

April 12, 2015

Evolution of Iro and Buba - AFWN

AFWN's goal is to showcase Nigeria's heritage through fashion. This year, we take a step back to fashionistas of our past to get a glimpse of how they lived. Through the years styles evolve but kinda remain the same (sort of).  Let's just say we get our stylish gene from somewhere (wink!) AFWN will put up an exhibition on May 24th, Gala night that consists of images of fashionistas' best expression in Iro and Buba. Competition starts now, read on for a chance to enter.

April 10, 2015

Meet the Face of Africa Fashion Week London 2015

Maggie wears dress by Bestow Elan and accessories by Pebblelondon.com
Maggie Smith
Africa Fashion Week London is the biggest event in Europe with a focus on African and African inspired fashions, and Face of AFWL is the flagship competition, awarding the winner with the chance to work with and learn from industry professionals at this high-profile event.

Maggie was the overwhelming favourite, chosen by the public on our social media platforms and takes over the mantle held by our lovely 2014 winner Chi-Chi Nwuba.

March 22, 2015

Meet the chosen ambassadors for AFWN 2015

Meet Abiola Okoya 

Ms. Abiola Okoya continues as the global goodwill ambassador for AFWN. Ms. Okoya can teach many women what it means to be stylish yet classy.  Her aim is not just about fashion, Ms. Okoya is a passionate advocate for a cure for Sickle Cell Anemia. More on her here.

March 21, 2015

3 ways to style distressed denim

Modeled by my good friend Sharon. Remember her? Get a clue here. The fashionista has taken the time to show us distressed denim is trendy right now. It's got to be rocked the right way though. Here are three looks, which do you like the most?

March 19, 2015

To the Principal's office: Dr. Sid, a no-show at a Houston concert this past weekend

Dr. Sid, Houston wants her money back!

The Surulere hit maker has a lot of making up to do in appeasing his Houston fan base. A no-show is a no no! When fans are shelling out their hard earned Benjamins to come out to see their favorite artist, you show up, "that's what you do" (borrowing a line from a Geico commercial).

February 8, 2015

Africa Fashionweek Nigeria Press and Bloggers Brunch

Celebrating African Fashion

January 30, 2015 at Amaris lounge in Lekki Phase 1, AFWN held an exclusive press and bloggers brunch to unravel what it's got up it's sleeve. This year's event is potentially big, expect bigger presentation with more notable designers on board. Noteworthy is the fact Nigeria is now supporting it's own. Right now, there's no better time to be part of a forward moving country, at least in the fashion sector. Lovers of fashion who want to be part of a cause are welcome. This event hosted numerous bloggers and members of the press. We all have our fingers crossed, can't wait for this year's event.

Notable designers this year include ÀsȧkéogéAnuba couture, Lines by ChabOvemsfashionOmaemihe, King Hakbal, Marco Martinez, Souza Fashions. Expect to see more showcase by emerging designers.
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