Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 01/17/2010 - 01/24/2010





Saturday 23 January 2010

Runway 2010 - Walk and Fashion for PEACE.

Runway 2010 - Walk and Fashion for PEACE.
The two day event is being put together to help raise awareness for the need for peace to reign in Nigeria. With Nigeria being put on the US watch list, the religious unrest in the North; the kidnappings in the East, the Niger Delta crisis in the South, it is imperative that every industry in the country Speak-Up. Runway 2010 is the Fashion and Modeling industry's contribution to peace in Nigeria.

The two-day event, billed to take place in April 2010, in Lagos, will involve a five kilometre walk on the streets of Lagos on a Saturday in April and a Gala Night/Fashion Show the next evening. The 5km walk will feature Nigerian models, designers, make-up artists, fashion photographers and writers. (Celebs and concerned youths interested in joining us are welcome). The Gala Night will feature top Nigerian models and celebrities on the runway, dressed by the best Naija Designers.

This grand event is being put together by my company BlackDove Communications and we need money to be able to pull it off. So sponsors, partners and collaborators are needed. If you have a company or know someone that knows someone that knows someone that knows someone that owns a company and is looking for a platform to project their products or services or just simply want to support this cause or be part of it, please contact me directly on - 08033595004 or lindaikeji@gmail.com or contact the event's Creative Director, Odega Shawa on 08038387370

This event is endorsed by the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria, FADAN.

Yemi Blaq wins season 2 Celebrity Takes 2

Nollywood actor, Yemi Blaq has emerged winner of the Season Two Celebrity Takes 2. He gets a 2009/10 Prado Suv. But what happened really? I'd thought Stella Damasus would win it. Well, congrats to Yemi.


Kini omo yi wo???
Nice tatoo tho :-)

Talk With Funmi Premier

The long awaited TV Talk show Talk With Funmi will soon be available for anyone to watch on television.

Talk With Funmi will premiere exclusively on DSTV's Africa Magic channel at 7pm on February the 7th 2010. So cancel your appointments and prepare to watch an entirely new type of programme.

For more info...http://www.talkwithfunmi.com/

Obsessed with being perfect...

Why do you think some women are so obsessed with being seen as 'perfect'?

Search and rescue ends in Haiti quake

The Haiti Government today, called off the search and rescue operations going on in the country after it was hit by earthquake. Officials acknowledge there is little chance of finding anyone alive 11 days after the quake struck. So far, 111481 people have been confirmed dead.

Too sad!

Friday 22 January 2010

Africa's top ten sexiest women of 09

Jamati Online has been running an annual highlight of some of the sexiest African women and men around the world today. Each year it gets harder to pick a handful from the large numbers that are out there. 

They've come up with the top ten sexiest women in Africa for year 2009 and they are...in no particular order...

* Adama Diallo - Senegal

Adama was one of three winners in the 2007 Elite Model Look France. She was only 16. She signed with Elite Paris and has graced the pages of several magazines. Her catwalk has had many in the industry sit up and take notice. We will be seeing more of her in the future.

*Gloria Mika - Gabon

A designer favorite, Gloria Mika has used her platform to make a difference for the people of Gabon.

*Zamajobe - South Africa

This jazz artist is a hot commodity in South Africa. Her style is unique and has earned her awards in the music scene. Her elegance brings great style to the jazz scene.

*Lupita Nyong'o - Kenya

She worked on the crew for the movie 'The Constant Gardener', and is part of MTV's campaign (MTV Staying Alive Ignite drama series) to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Talented and beautiful, she embodies true African sexy!!

* Elizabeth Ahmed - Nigerian/Russian
She was hot on Ray-J's show and is a real stunner. She has appeared in several magazines, speaks Russian, and loves athletic activities.

*Sera Lubowa - Uganda

Sera Lubowa is a go-getter who started a step-dance troupe at her high school, took acting classes, and works as a model. She's confident and that is HOT!! (photo: Kauwuane Burton)

*Ataui Deng -Sudan

She is the hot newcomer on the catwalk and everyone is abuzz. With legs that go on forever, she is sure to make waves on the catwalk for a long time.

*Maud Bourek - Egypt

Long legs and a sassy attitude. She has been seen on several campaigns

*Tomi John - Nigerian

She has appeared in True Love West Africa, Mode Men Magazine, NTFS, Couture Exotica, JBL, ITK Magazine, and Deal Or No Deal.

*Christelle Avomo- Gabon

This R&b singer emigrated to the US in 2006 and, 18 months later, hit the R&B charts with a Top 40 song. Her sound has been described as 'Beyonce-meets-Rihanna' and her looks are definitely a great bonus

*Thabi-South Africa -Africa

Stunning South African model who's been in the industry for over 6 years.

Good list...just a few names missing for me...like Nonhle Thema...Sarah Ofili maybe? I wonder what their criteria is really. Thoughts?

Mass Cervical Cancer Screening

Mass Cervical Cancer Screening. For those in Lagos it is Happening at Optimal Medical Centres and Across Several Local Govt Health Centres. The First Centre is at 5a Adeyemo Street, Mafoluku-Oshodi Lagos and the Second Centre is at 9 Anibaba St, Ikosi - Ketu Lagos. Our Partners Wish for Africa and George Kerry Foundation are the ones handling it. In Abuja Stand Up To Cancer Naija, Breast Without Spots and Ego Bekee Cancer Foundation are handling the Abuja Screening. (We all need to Collaborate) Joining hands to fight Cancer.You are Welcome on Board. You can also Sponsor the Screening. We want to Thank our Great Media Partner Exquisite Magazine for the great job they have been doing in the aspect of fighting Cervical Cancer. Also our other partners La Pooza,Yeside Fashion Stores, Myk Services,Habitare Space Managers, SistaSista, Blaze Magazine,Silverbird Cinemas and so many more.
~ Stand up to cancer Naija

Photo of the day

Funke Akindele (second left) on the set of her new movie. People are guessing it's Jennifer part 3...amen!

Women who swallow semen reduce the risk of cancer...

Women who perform the act of fellatio and swallow semen on a regular basis, one to two times a week, may reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 40 percent, a North Carolina State University study found.

Doctors had never suspected a link between the act of fellatio and breast cancer, but new research being performed at North Carolina State University is starting to suggest that there could be an important link between the two.

In a study of over 15,000 women suspected of having performed regular fellatio and swallowed the ejaculatory fluid, over the past ten years, the researchers found that those actually having performed the act regularly, one to two times a week, had a lower occurance of breast cancer than those who had not. There was no increased risk, however, for those who did not regularly perform.

"I think it removes the last shade of doubt that fellatio is actually a healthy act," said Dr. A.J. Kramer of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research. "I am surprised by these findings, but am also excited that the researchers may have discovered a relatively easy way to lower the occurance of breast cancer in women."

"Only with regular occurance will your chances be reduced, so I encourage all women out there to make fellatio an important part of their daily routine," said Dr. Helena Shifteer, one of the researchers at the University. "Since the emergence of the research, I try to fellate at least once every other night to reduce my chances."
This study was reported in a Journal of Medical Research
Swallow semen? BS! Tell me something else...
What do you guys think of this?

Marriage: Do or die? Really?

By Lola Avari

I honestly do not understand why marriage is viewed as a do or die affair. Marriage is no one's last bus stop but some people make it seem so. Why is it that in the Nigerian society marriage seems to be so crucial? This obviously causes desperation in men and women... yeah I said it, there are also desperate men. This is also one of the reasons why so many marriages are failing. People are pushed to looking for a lifetime partner due to social and family pressure and no one is looking for Mr or Miss right for me but they are busy marrying Mr and Miss right now.

If a lady is approaching her thirties and is not in a relationship heading for marriage or married, it is always a problem. Then when they pass the 30 age mark it becomes a problem to find a man to take you as wife... and even if he did, his family may have a big problem with it. Notice how when you are married the people who pushed you into it are not the ones actually living your life or helping you deal with the emotional, mental and physical stress caused by the marriage rushed to early...

Why RUSH? Is marriage just about the wedding and letting people know yeah I'm married now... what is it about marriage that tells people just do it anyhow... it is a thing that requires the two P's: patience and prayer.

So even when you don't marry, why is it such a big deal? especially for the women. If the right person has not come along must the desperation lead you into a lifetime of sorrow or a marriage of chance (meaning you don't know if it will be a happy or bad union).

I know loneliness is not the best way to live a life but its better than suffering with a companion from hell. Why not wait for the right moment; be it age 30, 40 or 50. I do not like the idea of a divorce and it hurts to know that this is the new solution for a problem in a marriage; this is because the match was not the right one from the start...

So I ask, is marriage really a do or die affair??? Or a DO OR LIVE???

Thursday 21 January 2010

Africa's top ten sexiest men '09

Ladies, ladies, ladies - check out what I found. The tallest, finest, sexiest men, with the baddest bodies our beloved continent has to offer. Oh dear, who's this Djebril guy? Damn, some women have all the luck...lol
This is the Top Ten Sexiest African Men of 2009 
As written by Shirlene Alusa Brown

Great looks, great bodies, and a strong sense of determination and passion to make a difference in the lives of those around them. It was indeed a had a hard time choosing the sexiest ones so... here they are...all put out for you to enjoy in random order.

*Djebril Didier Zonga - Central African Republic

 Now here is a fine man. A model who has been in several ad campaigns and in featured in many magazines, it is easy to see why he is one of the favorites.

*Timal - Moroccan-French

He is a feature model for 'Sensitif' magazine who transitioned from boxing to modelling. He is passionate about physical fitness and wants to become a professor of physical education. We are sure his class will be popular!

*Modu Seye - Senegal

Wow.....there isn't much left to say. Great muscles, and fantastic eyes. Modu Seye is a hit on the runway and in several ad campaigns. Keep an eye out for this one. He's HOT!!

*David Nso - Cameroon

My life experience has fueled my desire to accomplish a successful career in modeling and acting. The value attained from life’s challenges led me to my first photo shoot in early 2007. Since then I have appeared on various TV shows and an HBO original series program. “African Vibes” Magazine, “The Wire”, “Nordstrom Men’s Fall Collection; “Ugly Betty”, “Lipstick Jungle” “Damages”. Being sexy is one of the greatest tools in this trade.

*Tene Gaye - Mali

Tene Gaye is a Malian model who won the 2006 World Model competition. He has done an Armani fashion week and is quickly becoming a name to remember.

*Chris Attoh - Ghana

Now this is one guy we can take home to mama. But that look holds such promise! Chris Attoh is on M-Net's popular television series, 'Tinsel'.

*Kelenna Azubuike - Nigeria

Kelenna has those adorable eyes and some wonderful arms. An NBA player with the Golden State Warriors, he has an impressive record as an effective player who makes relevant plays. That's sexy too!

*Chike Okeafor - Nigeria
 Tcheka uses traditional music styles combined with a batuku style of music that helps make his music intoxicatingly sensual. He's easy on the eyes too...what a smile.

*Ali Kiba - Tanzania

Why men shouldn't write advice columns...

Hope you all can read it...

Wednesday 20 January 2010

Question of the day...

I'm directing this question at The Nigeria Labour Congress (That's if we still have one). Hopefully someone there or someone who knows someone that knows someone that knows someone there reads this blog. Bia biko, dis fuel scarcity no reach una side?

Since early December or was it late November, there has been scarcity of fuel...with no end in sight. What is going on? There's been no comment from you guys. Usually by now you would have addressed Nigerians, or started making trouble with the federal government, or even called for a nationwide strike, but nothing at all.

NLC, Why the silence? Have you people been pacified? Why is no one saying anything? If you don't address this fuel scarcity problem, who else will?

P.S - Been stuck at the office all day (notice the blogs? :-)) 'cos I don't have fuel to move around anymore. I don't have the patience to queue and I'm tired of buying black market.

Please do something NLC, we can't keep living like this.

Photo of the day

OBJ - Yar'Adua - IBB
Hmmmm....wonder what these three have in common...:-)

Central Bank asks Ovia, Elumelu to step down

Banking titans Jim Ovia and Tony Elumelu, who have dominated the sector in recent years, are among those who must step down on or before July 31 this year, under new guidelines by the new Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) limiting the tenure of bank chieftains to 10 years.

Mr. Ovia has been the managing director/chief executive of Zenith Bank Plc from its inception in May 1990, while Mr. Elumelu, who served as the managing director of the defunct Standard Trust Bank (STB) in 1995, emerged as the group managing director/chief executive of United Bank for Africa (UBA) in 2004, following the merger of the two banks.

Akinsola Akinfemiwa, the managing director/chief executive of Skye Bank Plc, will also be affected by this guideline, as he assumed position in 2000.

The new guidelines announced yesterday (Tuesday) at the end of the Bankers Committee's meeting in Abuja, are in line with the ongoing banking reform initiated by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Central Bank governor, to enthrone good governance in the nation's financial system.
News source: 234next.com

Seriously I don’t know what Sanusi is up to. Should CBN be deciding the tenure of bank MDs? Is this done anywhere in the world? Not that I have anything against it - my father is not a bank MD :-), I'm just wondering if CBN isn't taking things too far...

Dr Newton Jibunoh's 'Desert Warriors' reality show

The Dr. Newton Jibunoh Desert Warriors Expedition is scheduled to take off in early 2010 as a joint venture between Lagos State Government's Ministry of Environment and FADE Africa.

Prior to the expedition, there will be a preliminary/screening stage, which will take the form of an Endurance Reality Show. It would involve 50 men and women aged between 18 and 40 years of age who will be selected from applicants who paid N 3,000 to apply at any of FCMB, Intercontinental, Zenith and UBA branches.

The 50 selected participants will be invited to become contestants on The Endurance Reality show in Agadez, Niger. They will join the Nigerian ambassador to Niger Republic, and will work with officials of the Republic of Niger's Ministry of Environment on various greening projects, community services and endurance exercises.

For those who don't know, Dr. Newton Jibunoh is an engineer known mostly as the explorer who crossed the world’s largest desert alone- twice. He undertook his first Sahara crossing as a youthful adventurer and his second journey as an environmental crusader.

For more on this reality show, check out their website here...http://www.lagosdesertwarriors.com/

Angelique Kidjo set to release next studio album

To all fans of Angelique Kidjo, wait till you hear this. The extremely talented singer is set to release her next studio album titled “OYO’ in February 9th.

“OYO” which is primarily comprised of covers, was recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado and produced by Jean Hebrail. She collaborated with John Legend and Diana Reeves.
I'm a huge fan. Can't wait!

Actress Ini Edo is new face of Chivita

Beautiful actress Ini Edo is the new face of Chivita drink. She put pen to paper late last year for the mouth-watering contract. Right now all arrangements have been planned and sealed to fly the amiable screen diva to India to shoot a world-class commercial.

Festus Keyamo turns 40

Social crusader, lawyer, critic and columnist, Festus Keyamo will be forty years old tomorrow Thursday January 21 2009.
Happy birthday!!!

EFCC seizes 103 properties belonging to Cecilia Ibru

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Sunday released a list of 103 choice properties allegedly belonging to a former Managing Director of Oceanic Bank International Plc, Mrs. Cecilia Ibru, and affirmed that the said properties remained seized.

The commission had earlier seized the properties and shares linked to her in 27 companies, including banks, oil and gas, telecommunications, aviation as well as real estates and manufacturing firms.

The anti-graft agency claimed that some of the properties were bought with funds belonging to Oceanic Bank.

Details showed that the choice properties were in Nigeria, South Africa, Dubai, London and the United States.

Source: Punch newspaper.

Quote of the day

"The thing that's interesting is I don't need Sasha Fierce anymore, because I've grown, and I'm now able to merge the two. I want people to see me. I want people to see who I am." Beyonce

What? No more Sasha Fierce? Don't try it o Beyonce...don't even try it!

And here she is on the Cover of Allure Magazine. Sasha Fierce ain't going nowhere...lol.

Funny language...lol

Is English really stupid or the people that invented the language???

Let's face it: English is a stupid language.
There is no egg in the eggplant, no ham in the hamburger, and neither Pine nor apple in the pineapple.
English muffins were not invented in England; French fries were not invented in France.

We sometimes take English for granted. But if we examine its paradoxes we find that Quicksand takes you down slowly, boxing rings are square and guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

If writers write, how come fingers don't fing?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth.
If the teacher taught, why didn't the preacher praught.
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what the heck does a humanitarian eat?
Why do people recite at a play yet play at a recital?
Why do people Park on driveways and drive on parkways.

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language where a house can burn up as it burns down and in which you fill in a form by filling it out. And a bell is only heard once it goes!

People, not computers, invented English and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which of course isn't a race at all). That is why when the stars are out they are visible, but when the lights are out they are invisible.
And why is it that when I wind up my watch it starts but when I wind up this story it ends?

And there's more...

Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
Why are "a wise man" and "a wise guy opposites"?
Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make terrible?
Why isn't 11 pronounced onety-one, since 22 is pronounced twenty-two?
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?

Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you a wall has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?
If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does hebecome disoriented?
If people from Poland are called "Poles," why aren't people from Holland called "Holes"????

Author unknown

Loves it!!!

W4 is back with two hot singles

Nigerian Star “W4” of the Temperature, and Solo fame is back and hotter than ever with two hot singles and a new swag. The two singles “No Go Wan Go” and “That Girl” which are currently enjoying massive airplay on radio, sees the artist back in his element as one of the hottest acts in Nigeria.

W4 started his professional music career back in 2005 and it was during this period he released his first single titled “Temperature”. He later followed up with an album also titled “Temperature” which featured hit songs like Solo, High Club Party (too kpokpos), Amen, and Lover Love which made him an instant fan favorite.

Since he started his professional career, W4 has worked with various artists such as 2face Idibia, Sound Sultan, Ruggedman, 9ice, Black Tribe, 2Shotz and Ghanian artist Tinny. A multitalented artist, performer, singer, songwriter, W4 has featured in many collaborations, some of which include Bushmeat with Sound Sultan, Egbami with Jahborne, just to name a few.

W4 is currently being managed under Toni Payne Concepts. For more information please visit www.tonipayneng.com or e-mail info@tonipayneng.com
If you ever read this W4, I am a huge fan. Solo was my ringtone for several weeks in '09. Goodluck and welldone.

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