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May 2014

When The Lens Bears Witness

‘Saying it as it is’ drives contemporary photographers, writes FUNKE OSAE-BROWN On a first meeting, Chriss Nwobu does not readily come across as a photographer but for his somewhat overgrown hair which gives an inkling of his creativity. His journey with the lens began some years ago when he discovered…

The Business Of Fashion In Paris

FUNKE ADETUTU writes from Paris that there is a growing competition between new and old style labels creating a viable market in French fashion tradition It’s few minutes past four this Saturday evening and the long stretch of Avenue des Champs-Elysees is full of tourists streaming along the sidewalks. The…

Emmy Collins: Gentlemanly Does It

Chic and approachable, high fashion; Nigerian fashion designer, Emmy Collins sells clothes that defy categorization. With a studio in London, he speaks with FUNKE OSAE-BROWN on the methods behind his designs and more. Our interview that sunny Thursday morning is billed for Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island. At one…

Three Scores Of Highlife Music

The meeting point for our interview that Thursday was the Stadium Hotel at Iyun Street, Surulere. Stadium Hotel sounds familiar to those who knew what enjoying life was in the 1960s and 1970s in Lagos. It was just the right place to be at weekends or during the week after…

Book Review

Book Review Author: Antonia Meadows-Oyeneye Publisher: Verbatim Communications Limited, 2012 Pages: 197 Reviewer: Funke Osae-Brown In some parts of the world, a woman’s journey toward personal discovery is often enhanced through exercise and meditation, but Antonia Meadows-Oyeneye in her new book, ‘Inspiration for Sistahs’ gives a new perspective. These days,…

T.W.O On Their Two New Singles

When he began singing as a young secondary school student at St. Gregory’s College many years ago, he never knew he would take it up as a career and eventually meet his heartthrob in the process. An unknown classmate submitted his name for a new school band that was being…

Ankara In The Boardroom

Balogun is a flurry activity on a hot afternoon in January. The stalls on this stretch of road are all open for business and beautiful pile of African prints adorn their frontage. Balogun market situated close to Lagos’ commercial centre, Broad Street and Marina, on Lagos Island, is perhaps the…

In A Woman’s World

When they came up with the idea then, not a few people would have called them jokers, considering the fact that it was not then a common practice among the male folk. As FUNKE OSAE-BROWN discovers, these men who dared to venture into the world of hairdressing profession, hitherto mostly…

Urban Allure

Today’s modern fabrics are inspired by unexpected combinations, as dreamlike scenery unites with heritage and sophistication. Hence designers are not taken unawares even though they are caught in a landscape of patterns. The assemblage of designs on the fabric they use may appear random, yet they produce the ultimate living…

A truly First African Start-Up

The swollen waves of the Senegalese sea land forcefully on the shore as the camera focuses on the subject of this week’s edition of ‘African Start-Up’, a programme that focuses on small businesses across Africa, which airs every Wednesday  on CNN’s ‘Connect the World’ at 1500 GMT. Stephen Senghor has…

Posh Neighbours Mean Genteel Business

Lush environment, sprawling lagoon front, great walkways have always been the attraction for those who live on the Island, but more than ever before, FUNKE ADETUTU discovers that the person who lives next door counts. On a cool Saturday evening in September, Yomi Adeleke is strolling on Queens Drive Ikoyi…

Stones Make Bold Return

There is a growing desire for rare gemstones among consumers and investors. This has led to the craving for cool, calm, classic precious stones as a contemporary alternative to gold jewellery. In this report, FUNKE OSAE-BROWN discovers that precious stones are safe store of wealth, a tangible asset with serious…

What’s In That African Cuisine?

The hot October sun shines brightly above as I drive through Oju Olobun Street on Victoria Island. This neighbourhood is largely inhabited by corporate offices who are off from work because of the public holiday. However, there is a building on the road whose Yellow colour makes it stand out…