Mark Iterson Speaks At Fashion Business Series And More Highlights From Day 2 Of #HeinekenLFDW17

The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week kicked off on Day 2, October 26, 2017 with the Fashion Business Series, a platform that serves as a forum for fashion experts and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, network and explore strategies to grow the African fashion industry.

Themed ‘Technology and The African Fashion Industry; What lies ahead?’, the series featured Mark van Iterson, Global Head Design of Heineken; Cosmas Maduka, resident/CEO, Coscharis Motors; Sissi Johnson, Brand Strategist; Mode Aderinokun, Founder, Studio Modé among others.

While speaking on the importance of Technology in the African industry, Mark van Iterson emphasized that technology provides a collaborative platform for stakeholders in the fashion industry to cross pollinate ideas to enrich consumer experience. “As product designers at Heineken, we collaborate with technologists and fashion designers to inspire innovation”. We are always in on building an experience around Heineken. Not just for the bottle or the can, but everything around it and fashion is an important part of that.”

Mark stressed the importance of technology in creating a platform for African designers to showcase their talents and making sure that creativity can flourish in the continent’s fashion industry through the Heineken Africa Inspired Fashion Challenge and the Lagos Fashion and Design Week which Heineken sponsors.

The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week continues on Friday, October 27, with more collection showcase from top African designers and the Heineken African-Inspired Fashion Collection on Saturday, 28 October, 2017.

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“33” Export Brings Back Exciting Friendship Party To Ibadan And Lagos

The “33” Export Friendship party returned to the South West last weekend as friends and consumers of the brand were treated to a fun-filled experience.

Known for its code and values of friendship, the “33” Export train, made a stop in Ibadan, Oyo, and Ikotun, Lagos, on the 20th and 22nd of October, 2017 respectively to give consumers a fantastic evening of fun games, comedy, and amazing music.

Commenting on his experience, Adebowale Ajani from Ibadan stated that the event was a remarkable initiative – an avenue for him to spend quality time with friends courtesy of the No. 1 Friendship Beer.

“My friends and I had a good time, and to cap it all, we also won a refridgerator after taking part in one of the numerous fun games,” Ajani said. “I can not wait for the brand to celebrate with Ibadan consumers again.”

Francis Nwanneka, a guest at the friendship party in Lagos expressed his appreciation to the brand for creating a platform to celebrate friends.

“My friends have been my support system for a long time and I absolutely love hanging out with them. Over the years we have helped each other through dififficult times and I am happy that “33” Export recognises and celebrates our frienship,” he said.

Speaking at the friendship party in Ikotun, Lagos, Mfon Bassey, the “33” Export Brand Manager stated that celebrating friendship is important because it is a human quality of great value.

“We are focused on sharing the values of friendship while creating opportunities for its numerous consumers to bond and create memorable moments. The brand will continue to build on this great platform to allow consumers experience great moments with their friends,” Bassey said.

The atmosphere was electrified by the finest DJs and MCs while lots of prizes such as refridgerators, power generators, hair clippers, standing fans, and more were won by guests.

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Jidenna Arrives Nigeria Ahead Of Heineken Live Your Music Parties In Lagos And Abuja

Nigerian-born American music artiste, Jidenna arrived Lagos on Tuesday, October 24th ahead of the Heineken Live Your Music parties.

He is expected to perform on Friday 27th October at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja and on Saturday, October 28th at the Eko Atlantic in Lagos.

Jidenna was announced as host at a press cocktail for the 2017 Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week held at the Heineken House on Friday, October 13th by Franco Maria Maggi, Marketing Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc.

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Heineken Unveils Jidenna As Host Of Heineken’s Live Your Music Parties In Abuja, Lagos

International premium beer brand, Heineken has unveiled Nigerian-American artiste, Jidenna as host of the 2017 Live Your Music parties set to hold in Abuja and Lagos on 27th and 28th October respectively.

This was announced by Franco Maria Maggi, the Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, at a press cocktail event for the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (HLFDW) on Friday, 13 October, 2017.

Heineken Live Your Music, a global Heineken music platform built on the collective passion of consumers for experiencing music was a memorable experience last year, then hosted by T-Pain and top Nigerian Hypeman Do2dtun. This year promises to be even more exciting.

Speaking during the announcement, Franco Maggi said, “We’re excited to have Jidenna host the ultimate music experience – Heineken Live your Music this year. It’s a global platform that puts the spotlight on music fans as they share their experiences with others”.

The Heineken Live Your Music is scheduled to hold in Abuja on the 27th of October at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel and in Lagos on the 28th of October at the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island. The Lagos party will serve as the official afterparty of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week, also sponsored by Heineken.

With a roll call of top Nigerian artistes and DJs, lights and special effects as well as the interactive music takeover sessions where attendees get to choose the music that plays, the Heineken Live Your Music party is surely going to be one not to miss.

Follow @Heineken_ng on Twitter and @HeinekenNg on Instagram for more updates on Live Your Music.

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Pastor Siju Iluyomade Leads Onari Duke, Sola David Borha, Kate Henshaw, Others On Arise ‘Walk For Life’

As part of the activities to launch this year’s Arise Women Conference, organisers of the annual event dedicated to improving the lives of Nigerian women through empowerment, held the ‘Arise Walk for Life’ on Saturday, 14th October, 2017.

Led by the Convener and Host, Pastor Siju Iluyomade, the Walk for Life featured prominent women such as Onari Duke, Managing Partner, Duke and Bob Manuel; CEO of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Sola David Borha; actress, Kate Henshaw, amongst others.

The charity walk which was held to promote preventive health care among Nigerians, also featured free medical screening & disease prevention talk, dancing, music and exercises.

Speaking with participants during the charity, Pastor Siju Iluyomade reiterated the need for preventive healthcare as a means to establish higher quality of life among all Nigerians.

“According to World Health Organisation, about 10,000 cancer deaths are recorded annually in Nigeria, with 250,000 new cases recorded every year. It is worrisome that only 17 percent of African countries are said to have sufficiently-funded cancer control programmes, while less than half of all countries in the world have functional plans to prevent the disease and provide treatment and care to patients,” she said.

Themed ‘Branded for Christ’, this year’s conference will host over 15,000 women from different parts of the country, including the wife of the Nigerian Vice President, wives of the current and previous governors of Lagos, Kwara, Edo, Imo, Kebbi, Enugu, and Abia States.

“Arise is a platform for the total woman with a special focus on the impact each of us can make on our communities, regardless of the social strata. Every year, we use the conference and our voices to raise awareness for the work to be done for many more women, especially in providing access to treatment, and most importantly, prevent diseases,” she concluded.

This year, the conference will also have in attendance Pastor Sarah Omakwu, CEO, Family Ministry International (Africa) as guest speaker; Her Excellency Mrs. Omolara Omolewa Ahmed, Wife of Kwara State Governor; Her Excellency Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, Wife of Edo State Governor; Ebenezer Obey; Tope Alabi; Tim Godfrey; BJ Sax amongst others.

Arise Women Conference is set to hold on Saturday, 28 October 2017 at R.C.C.G. City of David, 1, COD Church Road, Dideolu Estate,Victoria Island, Lagos.

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”33” Export Excites Owerri With Friendship Party

With the celebration of friendship as its key message, “33” Export Lager Beer, Nigeria’s No. 1 Friendship Beer, hosted consumers to an evening of fun at Bongo Center, Owerri, Imo State on Sunday October 15th, 2017.

Before the Owerri event, other cities across Nigeria including Lagos, Ibadan, Uyo, and Port-Harcourt had felt the friendship vibe as consumers were entertained by top DJs and comedians like Comedian Bash, I Go Save, Shakara, Ajebo, DJ Kentalky, DJ Real and several other entertainers.

Chika Dike-Paul, a guest at the event in Owerri, could not keep his excitement in as he praised the “33” Export brand for creating memorable moments with the friendship party.

“As a hardworking person who believes in the importance of friendship, the weekends are the best opportunities to connect. For us, the friendship party has become an event we look forward to because we spend time together relaxing and creating new memories, especially when there is always good music and comedy,” he said.

In his remarks, Brand Manager “33” Export Lager Beer, Mfon Bassey, restated the brand’s commitment to promoting friendship by providing platforms for people to come together and have fun.

“The success of the “33” Export Friendship Experience is built on the opportunity it provides friends to connect,” said Bassey. “No matter where they are, the “33” Export Lager Beer will be found anywhere their friendship leads,” he concluded.

With auctions and other interesting activities at the party, friends in Owerri were rewarded with gifts such as generators, refrigerators, standing fans, T-shirts and many more.

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‘I Cannot Continue To Stay Alone,’ Says 87-Year-Old Ex-Senator Cyrus Nunieh

An 87-year-old lawyer and former lawmaker, Senator Cyrus Nunieh, said he decided to marry another wife because he was alone and needed a companion.

Nunieh officially married a lady in her 40s on Tuesday at the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The former member of the National Assembly, who said he was now a king in Ogoniland, River State, explained that he had been alone after his former wife died in 1991.

Speaking on the wedding Nunieh pointed out that his children were all adults, who had ventured into various business of their own, adding that he could no longer cope with loneliness.

He described his new wife, Rosemary, as an intelligent woman, who would always be there for him and share ideas with him.

“I cannot continue to stay alone. I love her and she loves me. We understand each other and she is also intelligent. In marriage, there are advantages somewhere and disadvantages in other areas.

“There is no limitation in age. Some may say you are old; you may soon die. But some were dead even before they were born. Some were one year or two years old and they die. Death is not always dependent upon a man’s age,” he said.

About her new wife, Nunieh said, “You know that rose is the best of all flowers and we have two Marys in the Bible; we have Mary, the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

“She too (Rosemary) is a believer of the Bible. But why are you particular about her age? She is not an infant. She is a very charming woman.”

The Punch

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Nwankwo Kanu Launches N1bn Jackpot Lotto To Support Kanu Heart Foundation

LAGOS, Nigeria, October 16, 2017/ — Legendary Nigerian footballer and philanthropist, Nwankwo Kanu, is launching the biggest lotto in Africa to raise funds for the Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) and help build a specialist cardiac hospital in Abuja.

The KHF lotto offers a jackpot starting at N1 billion and will be run in conjunction with AfroMillonsLotto. It offers twice-weekly draws with bigger jackpots than all the lotteries in Nigeria combined, as well as being the largest jackpot anywhere in Africa. Twenty percent of every ticket sold will go directly to KHF to help it continue its work ensuring underprivileged children across Africa with heart problems get the treatment they need.

Since its launch in 2000, KHF has helped not just people in Nigeria, but also paid for 538 children to be treated at facilities throughout the world. Commenting on the lotto initiative, Kanu said:

“We are excited to launch this major fund-raising initiative for the Kanu Heart Foundation and hope people support it by buying tickets, helping us to build a new heart hospital for Nigeria.”

“Not only could people change their own life with the potential to win the jackpot of over N1 billion, they can help to change the lives of other people by supporting our Foundation”.

The first draw takes place on Wednesday 18th October and the website also offers nine, ‘Candy Crush’ style, Instant Win games, which can be played for fun or to win cash prizes of up to N12 million. If there isn’t a jackpot winner, the prize money rolls over, increasing by N100 million with each draw until it reaches a maximum of over N2 billion.

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James Abinibi’s ‘Mentally’ Film Set For Premiere And Cinema Release

Following the successes recorded from the release of his past efforts, ‘A Great Day’ and ‘Honourable’, one of Nigeria’s fast-rising filmmaker, James Abinibi who is famous for his artistic cum creative digital works is set to premiere his new movie entitled ‘Mentally’.

‘Mentally’ officially premieres on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the Genesis Cinemas, The Palms Mall, Lekki, Lagos, with some of the finest stars and cast of the movie billed to be in attendance.

Shot in Lagos and Ogun States, ‘Mentally’ tells the tales of Akin, a University graduate who in the quest to eke out a living, embarked on a journey to Lagos. Despite his mother’s warnings, Akin opted on relocation to Lagos where his only contact Emeks (a former school mate) promised him enormous opportunities where he can fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming successful.

Akin’s story is reminiscent of the coming-of-age story that many young Nigerians have to tell.

Starring popular faces such as award-winning actor, Frank Donga as the lead character, ‘Mentally’ also features sultry actress, Toyin Aimakhu, ace comedian, Yaw, Adekunle Gold, Jude Chukwuka, Woli Arole, Senator Comedian, Sunkanmi Omobolanle, Erick Didie, Soma, Wale Waves, and Koloman Prosper.

‘Mentally’ is a comedy, drama and adventure film with a bit of satire in the mix that will thrill every Nigeria due to its relatable story and how it connects with the audience.

Speaking on the project, the movie director, James Abinibi said “the movie takes a cursory look into the life of an average Nigerian who in the quest for survival decided to embark on a journey with little knowledge of what obtains in the new environment. It best explains the quest for greener pastures by young Nigerians in a bid to survive in the usually demanding world we live in.”

‘Mentally’, written, produced and directed James Abinibi is due for cinema release on Friday, September 29, 2017.

The movie is a follow-up to Abinibi’s short film ‘Honourable’, which made the selection for the 3rd Edition of Masharaki African Film Festival

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Royal Norwegian Embassy Announces ‘The Lost Café’ Film Screening

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nigeria has announced October 1, 2017 as the screening date for the film, The Lost Café.

Featuring a fine mix of local and international stars such as Tunde Aladese, Belinda Effah, Ann Njemanze, Terje Lien, Jenny Bonden, Anders Lidin Hansen and others, ‘The Lost Café’ will be screened to a select audience including members of the diplomatic community.

The Lost Café is an uplifting story about a girl’s decision to rise above dark family secrets and culture shock to live her dreams abroad while finding the most unusual answers to her troubling questions.

The film, which was directed by Kenneth Gyang and produced by Regina Udalor for Peridot and Cinema Kpatakpata, is supported by Project Act Nollywood, Angenieux, and Catapult Film of Nigeria, France, and Norway respectively.

The Norwegian screening of the The Lost Café took place on September 1, 2017 in Drammen. In attendance were the Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud; Mayor of the port and river city of Drammen, Mr. Tore Opdal Hansen,and the Director, Norwegian Film Institute, Sindre Guldvog.

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GTBank Fashion Weekend Set to Showcase “Africa’s Finest” This November

Fashion lovers all over the world can once again look forward to an unparalleled fashion experience as the 2nd edition of the GTBank Fashion weekend is set to hold on the 11th and 12th of November, 2017. The 2-day event will treat attendees to an enthralling journey across a wide variety of Africa’s finest styles and trends whilst offering small businesses in the Nigerian Fashion Industry a free and vibrant platform to connect with a wider segment of their consumers as well as experts in their industry.

The GTBank Fashion weekend is a free business platform that was created by foremost African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, as part of its efforts to showcase the best of Africa’s Fashion to a global audience whilst promoting the effervescent enterprise of the continent’s growing fashion industry. The 2016 debut of the consumer-focused event received very positive reviews nationally and internationally. Attracting over 30,000 guests over the 2-day period, the event featured a series of master classes, runway shows and a curated retail exhibition – creating the biggest, most thrilling exposé of African fashion to take place on the continent till date. The retail exhibition gave the over 90 Small Businesses that participated the opportunity to exhibit, sell and connect with consumers, as well as discover new markets.

This year’s Fashion Master Classes will feature global fashion experts such as reality TV personality and runway coach J Alexander, best known for his work on America’s Next Top Model, to renowned fashion entrepreneur and celebrity stylist, June Ambrose to award winning fashion designer, Giles Deacon.

Other fashion and global media experts scheduled to host master classes at this year’s GTBank Fashion weekend include; Editor in-Chief of Essence Magazine, Vanessa De Luca; Kenyan-born Vanessa Kingori, publisher of British GQ Magazine – the famed gentleman’s fashion and style magazine; multi talented Nigerian photographer TY Bello; professional Makeup Artist and Educator, Danessa Myricks; and Fashion Editor & Style Consultant, Shiona Turini.

Fashion enthusiasts will also be treated to the ultimate shopping experience as dozens of Small Businesses will showcase a diverse range of carefully curated affordable and luxury apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty items, and much more. As part of the retail experience there will be a crafts market featuring indigenous fabric and accessories. Each day of the event will close with a series of epic Runway shows featuring Africa’s finest designers and renowned international designers.

Commenting on the 2017 GTBank Fashion Weekend, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank explains the vision behind the event as an “initiative that is unlocking growth opportunities for small businesses and putting African fashion on a global pedestal. The 2017 GTBank Fashion Weekend will not only give visibility to the amazing talents and entrepreneurial drive of our people at home, it will also connect them with fashion leaders abroad, in order to build local capacity and expertise across the entire Fashion Value Chain.”

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The GTBank brand is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank is also going beyond the traditional understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as corporate philanthropy by intervening in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses operating in these sectors.

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Medical Expert Warns Women Against Oral Sex While Pregnant

It’s bad news for expecting couples, as experts reveal that there could be severe consequences for women who have oral sex whilst pregnant.

Due to their compromised immune system, pregnant women are at a greater risk of contracting STIs, particularly in their third trimester.

The biggest risks become apparent if the expecting mother or her partner contracts genital herpes, a nurse practitioner and author of The Good News About The Bad News: Herpes: Everything You Need to Knowtold Vice.

If an expecting mother contracts the disease whilst pregnant, the baby has a 50 per cent chance of being born with it, she explained.

However, the risks are reduced with babies born by cesarian, obstetrician Natalie Greenwold explained.

“If they are born through vaginal delivery and the mother has contracted herpes, it is far more dangerous for the unborn child, who will likely enter the world with an STI,” she told The Independent.

There is even a possibility of infant death if there is further infection at birth.

Thus, for mothers who do have an STI a cesarian birth is the far safer method of delivery.

STIs can be transmitted even if a condom is worn, therefore, the safest way to avoid infection of the pregnant mother is to abstain from engaging in oral sex all together, STI experts advise.

The amount of information regarding safe sex for pregnant women is limited, with some arguing that it comes down to the stigmatisation that expecting mothers are not sexually active.

Doctors are urging expecting partners to seek help regarding the practise of safe sex from the outset, to ensure that both parents are fully aware of the possible dangers and can subsequently take the necessary precautions.

The Independent

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