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“Football is a religion” – The fashion vs football war gets intense on Twitter

by Kolapo Olapoju


It all started last weekend when popular designer, Lanre Da Silva appeared on Channels TV show, Sunrise, to harp on why she thinks fashion is more important than football.

Shortly after, Nigerian football icon, Daniel Amokachi went on radio station, Brila FM, to deliver a rebuttal to her assertions, where he made a case for the overwhelming importance of football in the life of an average Nigerian, as opposed to fashion’s influence.

The comments from the pair had a ripple effect on users of micro-blogging platform, Twitter, as proponent of both fashion and football attacked each other, while trying to make their points.

As it stands, football seems to be gaining the upper hand, and below are tweets to prove it:


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“Fashion is bigger than football in Nigeria” – Top Twitter reactions to Lanre Da Silva’s comments

by Kolapo Olapoju


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Nigerian fashion designer, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi was a guest on Channels Television programme, ‘Sunrise Today’, on Saturday, 25 October, and she harped at length on her love for her craft, fashion.

The face behind the rising LDA couture managed to step on the toes of football fans as she attempted to articulate why fashion is more important than football. Ajayi sneered about the Super Eagles’ recent falterings in the ongoing AFCON qualifiers.

She said, “Imagine we were beaten by Congo and the federal government spends 235million naira on NFF monthly!”.

Her comments sparked a Twitter war between fashion and football lovers, with the hashtags, #Gofashion and #Gofootball trending as fans on both divide defended their passions.

Here are the top Twitter reactions from Da Silva’s comments



We are loving President Jonathan’s outfit to Israel (LOOK)

by Damilola Jagun

A Navy-blue suit and black bowler hat will do any day…

President Goodluck Jonathan’s outfit to Israel is immaculate and sharp, while remaining presidential.

The President arrived Israel on the night of Friday, 24 October, to undertake a brief pilgrimage, and his smart garb caught our attention.



Jonathan was accompanied by the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba and his principal aides.

During his time in Israel, he will visit Christian Holy sites, and also join Nigerian pilgrims in a prayer session for the well-being and progress of the country at an Inter-Denominational Service in Jerusalem on Sunday.

The president is expected back in Abuja on Monday.


What attracted me to my husband – Adaeze Yobo opens up

by Akan Ido

Former beauty queen, Adaeze Yobo can’t stop talking about her relationship with Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo.

In an interview with the Sun Newspapers, the beautiful lady spoke about her love for the Fenerbache FC defender, her love for fashion, what it’s like being a mother and much more.

Read excerpts from the interview below:

When exactly did you leave Nige­ria?

As soon as I met my husband, I left the shores of Nigeria for further studies. I went to New York. I got married in 2009 and in 2010, I had my son.

What do you miss about Nige­ria?

I have been coming for Christmas. I usual­ly spend two weeks intermittently in Nigeria and return , because I’m in school. I’m study­ing New Media in Turkey. I miss Nigeria a lot because of fashion and music back home.

What’s your perception of the fashion show?

I enjoyed every bit of the show. I’m re­ally honored to be the Ambassador of Africa Fashion Week London. I said yes without hesitation.

The show surpassed my expectations. I didn’t know what to expect at the Africa Fashion Week London. I was inspired to see everything here. The designers, models, ex­hibition stands, everything was just perfect. I attended a fashion week in Istanbul but I haven’t attended any African fashion show before this one. I had no clue about what to expect in the show because it’s been a long time I left Nigeria, so I haven’t seen the latest styles in African fashion and how the African fabric has been modernized. As the AFWL 2014 Ambassador, I have to learn more about African fabrics and designer names. I absolutely love what I saw in the show. Henceforth, I will wear more of Af­rican prints.

How did you meet your hus­band?

I met him in Nigeria through a friend at an event. From there, we became close friends. I became pregnant and we got married immediately. Everything happened in a very short time. A lot of people thought it wasn’t going to work but at that moment, I knew I felt something I had never felt with anyone in my life and I said to myself, why not take that chance? I’m quite prayerful, so I knew there’s no way I could err, though I never planned getting married so early. I had so many dreams of what I wanted in life. Mar­riage was the last thing on my mind. It happened so fast and I thought I should give it a shot.

So, what attracted you to him?

When we first met, I didn’t know who he is really. He didn’t know that I was the most beautiful girl in Nigeria. When I knew he was a footballer, I said to myself this relation­ship might not work or lead us anywhere, because of the lifestyle of some footballers who have so many girlfriends.

Do you regret marrying him?

Not at all. No marriage can ever be perfect. Even my relationship with my mum can never be perfect. I have never regretted any moment with my husband and I always say to my sisters and cousins that I don’t know what I could have been without my hus­band. I wondered the kind of man I would have ended up with if I didn’t marry him. I thank God that He planned my life and I’m living the life He planned for me. God has been gracious to me in every way.

You’ve remained so beautiful, what’s the secret?

I’m a product junky. I buy things and when I get bored I just buy another one. I have all sorts of make up. When I learn of a product that clears acne , I buy and if I’m told the next day another product prevents stretch marks, I buy it. I have loads of body treat­ment products and I use and dump them because I can’t use everything.

What kind of things do you wear, your dress sense?

If I go shopping and see shoes that I am not comfortable in, that’s what I’m attracted to. If I see shoes that are so difficult to walk in, that’s what I love to buy. I remember at the question and answer session at MBGN pageant, when I was asked about my style, I replied that style is wearing whatever you are comfortable in but now my response to that question has changed. For me, anything that I’m not comfortable in is what I’m ac­tually attracted to these days. If it’s a dress that is uncomfortable that is what I love to buy. I love things that stand out . I love colours, I love to be seen and known. I have loads of yellow stuffs because it’s attractive.

Could you recall your pleas­ant times as a beauty queen?

I bought the application form just a few days before the closing date and filled it. I prepared and asked for God’s guidance. Everything went well and as you know, I was declared the queen over 30 plus con­testants. It was a fantastic experience. I had a super year. It made me understand that if you believe in your dreams, nothing can stop it from becoming a reality. As a beau­ty queen, I was able to meet many people from all walks of life. I could see that being a beauty queen was an opportunity to be responsible for others. It was at that time, I had to focus on my foundation which was dedicated to sickle cell anemia patients. We did our best to create awareness about the disease , which plagues people of African de­scent. To be candid, I would always be grateful to the Silverbird family for giving me the opportunity of being a beauty queen. As a child, it was my dream to be a beauty queen. Back then, I would catwalk round the room and my mom would say “My Miss World’ and I would reply ‘yes mummy’. It was a real dream come true.

So, af­ter your education what next do you plan to do?

I intend to work by God’s grace. I thought of doing business before I got married but I had to shelve that until I finish my education. After school, I might have another dream. Educa­tion is very important to me, not for the making money aspect of it , but the fact that I’ve learnt to be disci­plined as a student. I remem­ber my very first day in school, I was w a l k i n g with an at­titude , but things have changed. Now, I have to be punctual at school and I’m very organized. I think that would help me in future. I’m in my third year now.

What’s it like being a mother?

It’s been a wonderful experience being mother to this wonderful son of mine. When the little boy came out from my body, I dis­covered that he’s my first real love. I thought I was in love with my husband not until I saw my son. I have never loved somebody that much in my life.


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Double dose of style: Check out Ex-Miss World, Agbani Darego’s stunning EMLN outfits (PHOTOS)

by Isi Esene

She brought glory to Africa after winning the 2001 Miss World pageant in South Africa and pretty Agbani Darego has never looked back since.

The beauty queen was yesterday spotted at the Elite Model Look Nigeria (EMLN) finale in Lagos looking fab in orange jumpsuit which held the delicate curves below her chest and hung loosely on her mile-long legs.

The Rivers state born Darego apparently wanted her Instagram followers to do a comparison as she shared a picture of her EMLN 2013 look – this time, a purple bandage dress which stops right above her knees accesorized with a black clutch bag and shoes to match.

It’s too close to call but we’ll leave you to make your choice.

Check out her 2013 EMLN outfit below and tell us which one you prefer:

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She’s HOT like that: OAP, Toolz dazzles at the EMLN finale in Lagos (LOOK)

by Isi Esene

On-Air-Personality, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru was her radiant self at the Elite Model Look Nigeria finale which took place yesterday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The NdaniTV host glammed up in a top by Nakenohs Style Studio and velvet Oleku pants made by celebrated designer, Ejiro Amos Tafari.

The EMLN event had several A-list fashionistas in attendance including Peter ‘Psquare’ Okoye, Genevieve Nnaji, Toke Makinwa, Munachi Abii, Dolapo Oni and many others.

Elite Model Look is the most renowned international modeling contest which attracts more than 350,000 participants every year. The winners of this year’s EMLN competition are Mayowa and Victor while the runners-up are Bolu and Adesola.

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It’s Kim Kardashian WEST! Reality star shuts down GQ event in dazzling outfit (PHOTOS)

by Isi Esene

Kim Kardashian appears to have finally gotten the respect she deserves as she is named GQ Woman of the Year at the Royal Opera House in London on Tuesday night.

The Keeping With the Kardashians star attended the event wearing a dazzling custom-designed haute couture gunmetal skirt made by Ralph & Russo – with an Atsuko Kudo latex bodysuit with Tom Ford heels… and did she make a statement or what?

Kardashian was accompanied by her rap superstar husband, Kanye West who couldn’t take his hands off her.

The reality star was all poise and smiles during the event only having to make a stern statement when GQ’s editor, Dylan Jones somehow forgot to add ‘West’ to her name.

Here’s what she said after she was presented with the award: “It’s Kim Kardashian West!

“I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day,” she added.

Sure thing Kim…

Check out Kimye doing their thing below:

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Pan African Designers, Osei Duro, Sophie Zinga and Thula Sindi to attend LPM Africa inaugural edition

by Kolapo Olapoju

For 5 years, Le Petit Marche – The Little Market, birth in Nigeria to mirror the popular Portobello Market in London has been a shopping favourite since its launch in 2009, it has successfully gathered the best of the city’s high street fashion brands and Fashionistas – monthly all under one roof, since its launch, every last Sunday of the month!

For every anniversary, there has been a theme starting with their 1st year Buy Nigerian Edition, 2nd Year Charity Edition with the Freedom Foundation, 3rd year – launching their retail concept store -L’Espace; which won the British Council Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award in 2013 at the Lagos Fashion & Design Week, 4th Year, Discovering Design.

This little market has made a very large impact in Nigeria’s budding Fashion Industry in helping introduce a fun retail experience for all.

To celebrate their 5th year they are looking to harness the buying power and desire for other African brands that are inaccessible to the Nigerian market and the LPM Community, and eventually tour Africa with an exciting mix of brands such as Osei Duro from Ghana, Thula Sindi from South Africa, Sophie Zinga from Senegal, Weizdhurm Frankyln from Nigeria to name a few – taking the LPM Experience and community around the world!

The LPM Africa’s inaugural edition will take place on the 31st of August, 2014, at L’espace.