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March 2015

Reading on the go

Books are gradually moving away from the traditional print form to computers changing the lifestyle of modern day readers write FUNKE OSAE-BROWN and OBINNA EMELIKE Chiedu Uzor is an avid reader but he has a little challenge. The tight schedule of his new job does not give him time to…

The brand Wizkid

AYODEJI BALOGUN, best known as Wizkid, is a musician who has been on top of his game. In this interview, he tells FUNKE OSAE-BROWN what it takes to build his brand. He was a little late for our appointment that sunny Thursday morning at Allen Avenue, Ikeja. I had actually…

‘Penumbra’: A review

Title: ‘Penumbra’ Author: Songeziwe Mahlangu Publisher: Kwela Books, Cape Town Pages: 212 Reviewer: Funke Osae-Brown Life in post-apartheid South Africa could be very tough. It is the toughness of trying to find a place in a society where discrimination was once and still rife is what Songeziwe Mahlangu seeks to…

A bed to dream

Mattresses are being redefined again as greater attention is paid to both material and comfort, writes FUNKE OSAE-BROWN.   Ikechukwu was in search of a bespoke mattress with headboard. He wanted a custom-made size mattress with special shape. His choice was Devon-based Vispring King Size bed. A mattress he describes…

Costume change

There is an explosion of vibrant costume jewellery that is recapturing the golden era of couture, with limited editions of highly inventive and intricately crafted designs writes FUNKE OSAE-BROWN Chinyere Okpala was in search of exquisite collection of jewellery, something simple yet sophisticated. Her taste for rare statement jewellery has…

Tunde Jegede’s sound of music

Late last year, TUNDE JEGEDE, joined the MUSON CENTRE as its new artistic director. In this interview, he tells FUNKE OSAE-BROWN about his life as a composer and music   Spotting a black patterned shirt on a pair of black trousers, soft-spoken Tunde Jegede walks into the mini boardroom at…

On the cuff

FUNKE OSAE-BROWN A few years ago cufflinks were the connection that was missing between corporate bland and creative bling. They made style statements and gave insights into a man’s personality. Fashion critics argue cufflinks break the uniformity of the business mould. In the modern era, for a man to adorn…

Apple smart watch: Technology on the wrist

FUNKE OSAE-BROWN The newly unveiled Apple smart wrist watches have taken technology a notch higher. Unveiled on Monday, March 9 in London, the watch is an incredibly accurate timepiece that does everything a watch should in ways no existing watch ever has. The watch is connected to the user’s calendar,…

Cabinets of curiosity

Contemporary cabinets can be extraordinary works of art. These days, home owners are shopping for glamorous and intriguing-looking cabinets, worthy of the personal treasures they would hide or reveal, says FUNKE OSAE-BROWN.   As Omotola walked into her friend’s living room that warm Tuesday evening in February, she saw a…

A passionate leader

ABIMBOLA OLASHORE, chairman, board of governors, Olashore International School, in this interview, tells FUNKE OSAE-BROWN about his life and what the school is doing differently. The imposing walls of Olashore International School stared us on the face as our bus drove into the expansive courtyard of the school. In the…

A creative touch

FUNKE OSAE-BROWN Her small frame belies the power of creativity that lies within in her. Yemisi Omoniyi sits atop a creative enterprise that seeks the way the contemporary Nigerian woman is adorned and perceived. As a smart entrepreneur and one who is interested in adorning today’s woman, Omoniyi went on…

British Airways special Easter offer

With flowers in bloom, warm weather coming, and nature readying itself for spring, British Airways in celebration of Easter has announced a special bumper fares in its World Traveller and World Traveller Plus to an exciting range of worldwide destinations. Whether you choose to take a break, embark on an…

Boutique cognacs

Once the preserve of royals and high society, refined cognac is attracting a wider audience with its elegant, silky-smooth warmth says FUNKE OSAE-BROWN Chukwudi loves the smooth velvety taste of the cognac. He sits on his patio this humid Saturday evening in February. He swings the wine glass with his…

A new lifestyle shop in town

A prime location, fashion showroom, exquisite salon. Welcome to a new genre of showroom that aims to encapsulate the lifestyles of its clients, says FUNKE OSAE-BROWN.   On a week day, Oyin Jolayemi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, is usually very busy. It is home to about three banks and the…