…as Bisola shrugs off disappointment
Efe Ejeba, the winner of the reality show, Big Brother Naija, was last Tuesday presented with the keys to his SUV at a press conference held in Lagos to welcome him and Bisola Aiyeola, the first runner up of the show.
Efe emerged winner after beating 11 other contenders to clinch the star prize of N25million and a Sport Utility Vehicle. Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, speaking at the event, said MultiChoice was not only celebrating Efe but other people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the show was a phenomenal success.
“The Big Brother Naija show was a veritable platform used in educating and enlightening the viewers about the many challenges, both social and environmental, being faced by people across the country through the many creative presentations made by housemates. In addition, it showed the power of voters as the winner emerged based on their votes,” said Ugbe.
In his remark, Efe thanked MultiChoice Nigeria for giving him the platform to show the world his person and for the opportunity.
He said: “The feeling has been so amazing right from the airport up till this moment. I want to thank MultiChoice for this opportunity and the sponsors, Indomie, Minimie and Heritage Bank – for organising and paying for my wedding in the house – as well as PayPorte for all the beautiful clothes and shoes.”
Chief Executive Officer, PayPorte, Eyo Bassey said: “PayPorte is proud of the show which had sold Nigeria to the world and we are happy with the sponsorship and relationship. We have already engaged four of the ex-housemates and we will take it further by supporting their business plans and even securing office spaces where they can begin. We are grateful for the opportunity”.
Also in attendance was the Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Heritage Bank, Fela Ibidapo, who thanked MultiChoice for the privilege to support the show and give it value.
“Heritage Bank hoped to define the platform and we are proud of our involvement as we took banking beyond financial activities,” Ibidapo said, adding that the bank will continue to grow capacity for the ex-housemates.
Other ex-housemates present at the conference included Bassey, Bally, ThinTallTony, Jon, Soma, Gifty and CocoIce.
Meanwhile, Bisola and ThinTallTony’s dalliance in the Big Brother Naija house was one of the highlights of the 11-week reality show.
TTT obviously took advantage of Bisola’s emotional weakness, told the lady he was not married and almost double-dated with one of her best allies in the house. Well, the game is over and both are back, but one as the victor the other as the vanquished.
Bisola turned out to be the first runner-up while TTT got unceremonious exit. And Bisola, who got an appointment as an Ambassador of ONECampaign for the Girl-Child education, shrugged off disappointment on Tony’s marital status at a news conference jointly held with Efe Ejeba winner of BBNaija at The Wheatbaker, Lagos on Tuesday.
Bisola, who was romantically involved with ThinTallTony, said that she does not see the need to have a conversation with him as to why he hid the fact that he was married with kids. She explained that she has just found out that Thin Tall Tony was married with a family and in “my mind I’m like, ‘dude, you are one amazing actor”.
She said: “Good thing, I did not have it in my head that I was going to come out and have a sort of romance with you. I hope your wife did not deal with you too much.
“But somehow I feel sort of slightly betrayed that he betrayed that friendship that I thought we had, I thought we could really be close buddies outside of the house.
“So, yes, Tony, I hope your family is doing great, well done to you, to them, feel just a little betrayed that, we were really close, come on, we shared a lot of things together. “This one thing that you didn’t say, I don’t know why.
Anyway, it’s your choice, you played the game the best way you know how to.
”The Big Brother Naija show was aimed at identifying, nurturing, and promoting young talent to a wide range of viewers across the African continent.
After a 10-year hiatus, the show was repackaged to give more Nigerian youth the opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.
The year’s edition was hosted by former Big Brother Nigeria housemate, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. Other ex-housemates present at the conference included Bassey, Bally, ThinTallTony, Jon, Soma, Gifty and CocoIce.
Stella Uzo: Savvy fashionista
When the creme de la creme of social media fashion are mentioned, the name Stella Uzo of ‘J’adore Fashion’ will not be far from their lips. It is not rocket science really; her blog is crawling with some of the most “out of this world” styling choices. Her wardrobe engineering skills are off the charts and for this she has the following of all and sundry that have a passion for all things fashion.
Because her style is edgy, fun, flirty and often sexy, she has an eclectic following of over 139, 000 on Instagram as there is always something for everyone no matter your styling preference. She obviously loves to experiment with prints, patterns, colours and shoe designs as is evident in her clothing pieces.
Born in Enugu State, Nigeria where she lived until she was 14 years old, she currently has a Bachelors’ degree in Nursing and a Masters in Business Administration. She is married with a son. Stella has a soft spot for florals, black and white, lace, tulle, skater dresses and peplum (tops and skirts). Her all time soft spot is for shoes which she admits that she refuses to count. She has confessed however, that her husband doesn’t understand why she has to accumulate so many shoes. One of our favourite looks of her is in this peonies print prom dress with a nude belt and neon sandals. We also love her in black and white tulle as she ends up looking so sweet and flirty all at once.
Watch out Stella, as we will not stop stalking you whenever you step out.
Edgy work looks for 9 to 5 chic
We’ve noticed that most new organisations and upscale corporate companies are drifting from the normal suit and tie to sophisticated casual-corporate style. Except for strict work dress codes for banks, insurance companies or oil companies that require a certain colour and strict adherence to the dress code, most corporate organisations are allowing their workers to push the boundaries of work fashion with edgy outfits. With that, the work chic can be the centre of attention if she knows how to work her way through!
Take for instance, if Mondays aren’t colourful, make it colourful through your outfit and attitude. Nothing beats a bright, cheerful and confident look on a Monday morning! Simple styles too are classic if you know how to complement your look.
You can bring a bit of sexy to work by knowing how to style an extra crop top hanging in your wardrobe to give you that edgy but sophisticated work look and never leave the house without a statement shoe!
40 years after, stakeholders extol Duro Ladipo’s legacies
Forty years after his demise, the memories of the world-acclaimed dramatist, composer and actor, the late Duro Ladipo (December 18, 1931 to March 11, 1978) reverberated last week in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
This time, it was at a one-day colloquium on his enduring legacies, organised in collaboration with the family of the Yoruba cultural icon to commemorate the 40 years of his death at the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Abere in Osun State.
The colloquium was entitled: “40 Years: Reflections on the Legacies of Duro Ladipo (1931-1978).”
The objective of the colloquium, according to the organisers, was to reflect on the legacies of Duro Ladipo’s life, works and impact on contemporary film industry.
“It is also meant to appeal to the policy makers and stakeholders alike to priotise the use of indigenous languages in our various national life,” they added.
While setting the tone of the colloquium attended by tradition rulers, members of the academia, top government functionaries, members of theater family, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of CBCIU.
Former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, lauded the matriarch of the Duro-Ladipo’s dynasty, the personification of the legendary amazon of Yoruba history, Moremi, and the embodiment of Duro-Ladipo artistic legacy, Chief Abiodun Duro Ladipo a.k.a. Oya Oriri.
He described her as a good symbol of womanhood, a champion of pristine family and cultural values and a role model exemplar.
According to him, the CBCIU was established early in 2009, as category II UNESCO affiliate along the Institute for African Culture and International Understanding (IACIU), Abeokuta.
Oyinlola, however, hinted that the colloquium was part of celebration of the contribution of Late Duro Ladipo, the iconic theatre art practitioner, composer and playwright to the promotion of Yoruba cultural heritage and advancement of humanity.
The event, he noted, therefore, negates the classical statement of William Shakespeare in Julius Caesar that, “the evil that men do lives after them, and the good are interred in their bone.”
Since the death of the foremost dramatist in March 1978, no evil thought or discourse has been directed towards him till date. I thank God and humanity for the mercy, favour and posthumous honour bestowed on this cultural ambassador.
If history is our guide, I recall that an event similar to this was organised in 2008, exactly 30 years after the death of late Duro Ladipo, at the premier university, the University of Ibadan. At this event, there was a public presentation of a book, “Duro Ladipo: The Thunder-God on Stage,” published by IFANET.
The book written by Remi Raji-Oyelade, Sola Olorunyomi and Abiodun Ladipo, the former governor pointed out, was an archival documentation of the nature, aesthetics and dramaturgy of Ladipo’s plays.
While extolling the virtues of the late theatre icon, Oyinlola said this and similar events were organized across the globe as a recognition of the noble contributions of Duro Ladipo to the development of theatre and culture in Nigeria, and African continent.
He recalled that the creativity and critical thinking of Ladipo made him to stand out among his contemporaries such as late Hubert Ogunde and late Kola Ogunmola, who were also professional theatre practitioners.
“What I can say about late Duro Ladipo is that he usually went for what he knew was good for him and always strove hard to attain his goal and he would not relent until this was done,” he noted.
He also said the event was relevant to the contemporary cultural discourses which have been redirecting attention to the restoration of African heritage as the contribution of the continent to the contemporary cultural renaissance across the globe.
Scholars and linguists, he noted, had argued that the only way to kill a culture or exterminate a people is to take away their language from them, saying this statement reveals the significance of language in human society.
According to him, one of the ways to prevent a language from becoming endangered or moribund is through persistent use in literary and non-literary communication, and this was exactly what Ladipo had done with Yoruba language in all his major plays such as Oba Koso, Oba Moro and Moremi, among others.
He said: “The features of culture are always present in all of the plays of late Duro Ladipo. His plays always carry the weight of his culture. His most popular play, Oba Koso, attests to all these features in his plays. He paid much attention to the significance of language in the promotion of culture of a people and sustainable national development.
“These plays were performed in Yoruba language with communicative competence for Yoruba and non-Yoruba audience. The use of Yoruba for the performance of these plays does not reduce the reception of his plays, particularly Oba Koso beyond the shores of Nigeria.
“The dramaturgy and language aesthetics of Duro Ladipo’s plays encouraged some white culture enthusiasts such as Ulli Beier to embark on the translation and transliteration of Duro Ladipo’s Oba Koso and some other plays into English, the language of wider communication.”
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