Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Clothing women keeps me busy, says Bayelsa-born designer, Olivia

Olivia Dafeta, Bayelsa-born fashion designer and Chief Executive Officer of Elvida Clothings, has disclosed that creating and clothing women is a 24 hours’ work that keeps her busy round the clock.






This, she noted, is attributed to the fact that women love to wear new clothes everyday unlike their male counterparts. 

Speaking with our correspondent in an exclusive chat, the Milan-trained fashion designer stated that her designers are focused on active lifestyle of women who love wearing new clothes to different occasion adding that she enjoys working on them as it improves the confidence and outlook of a woman.

Dafeta, who stated that she is not gender-friendly in her designs, added that dabbling into male cloths will not guarantee her enough patronage from men unlike women but that men also have great fashion styles.

“Probably, I am not gender-friendly because women wear dresses every day while men wear dresses occasionally.  Women, when they have a birthday party, they want to wear a dress while men are not like that, therefore, I won’t get the kind of patronage I want if I had to dabble into men fashion design.

“This does not mean men do not have fashion sense because they have a great fashion style as well but I am into women only for now because it enables me to work 24/7, there is always something to do. It helps me to improve on my creativity and styles because women wear dresses every day and the fashion world is evolving,” she said.

Dafeta noted that Elvida Clothings come with simple designs for women with an active lifestyle, noting that the designs are contemporary to meet the day-to-day dressing needs of their clientele.

On her recent award on Fashion-Designer-of-the-Year, Dafeta said there is no magic to it but hard work, stating that when somebody is diligent at his work, it will bear result.

“The truth is that when you work and you are diligent in what you do, it will speak for you.  All you need is to be diligent in what you do, committed and passionate to it because you want to grow, as you do this every day you will most definitely come out with a good result,” she noted.


‘I Go Save’ honours philanthropists at ‘I Go Save Unusual’ concert

Otaghware Otas Onodjayeke, a.k.a ‘I Go Save’ shook the fabric of Benin City to its foundation with the 9th edition of his annual ‘I Go Save Unusual’ concert which held recently.

But the major highlight of the event besides the musical and comedy session was the award session where the humour merchant decided to honour three philanthropists who, through their magnanimity have positively impacted on the lives of so many other.

They were Amb. Terry Igiebor, CEO, VIP Room; Chief Lawrence Emareyo, Founder, Lawrence Emareyo Foundation and Chief Brown O. Tesigimoje, Chairman, Gimbrown Marine Security Oil and Gas Limited.


The show was a sold out event which had over 2,500 people in attendance entertained with rib-cracking jokes from comedy heavy weights like Basketmouth, Igodye, Buchi, Gordons, Bovi, Senator and musical performances from Maleke, Orezi and Duncan Mighty.

‘I Go Save Unusual’ concert is also called the comedy champions league because it’s one of the comedy concerts that parades the Nigerian comedy heavyweights whenever it comes up. Over the years ‘I Go Save Unusual’ concert had paraded comedy titans like Alibaba, Basketmouth, I Go Dye, Gordons, Klint d Drunk, Akpororo, Princess, Buchi, Bovi, Maleke and many others.



Being an entertainer was my dream right from birth – Afolayan

Popular actor, Gabriel Afolayan has revealed that being an entertainer was the only thing on his mind since he was born. “I have never had anything on his mind apart from being an entertainer as an option since I was born,” he revealed.

The talented actor made this revelation while in a recent chat.

He also debunked insinuations that he has not been working with his elder brother, Kunle Afolayan who’s a renowned film maker all this while.

Gabriel is featuring in Kunle Afolayan’s forthcoming movie, “Citation.” alongside veteran actor, Sadiq Daba, Jimmy Jean Louis, Temi Otedola among others.

Gabriel revealed that he has never had anything on his mind apart from being an entertainer as an option since I was born.

On his relationship with his elder brother, Gabriel said they have always had feelings towards the same thing. “We have always wanted to do film and it has reflected in our lifestyles from a very young age. I grew up in Ibadan, while Kunle grew up in Lagos. Anytime I came for holiday, he would always take me to cinema houses to watch films. It was during period that I discovered that we like doing same thing, we like to delve into what our late dad was doing when he was alive-telling stories.

‘‘It has always been an attractive zone for us. So, working with him now is a dream come true. There is no film Kunle shoots that he doesn’t give me the script to go through. So, it’s not true that we don’t work together. I just work more behind the scene.”

Gabriel said his late father, Ade love would be very super proud that his siblings are sustaining his legacy in films.

Speaking further, Gabriel who delved into music in 2017, after releasing his hit single, “Kokoro Ife”, Love Bug, also hinted about dropping his second single before the end of February. The single titled, ‘Alternative trip’ will be a 16-tracker. “I’m planning to feature 9ice in the single. I’m still speaking with him,” he said.




Olamide made Phyno popular, Twitter user says, Nigerians react

A Nigerian man identified as @uncleajala on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, appears to have gotten a lot of Nigerian music lovers upset, after coming out to state that indigenous rapper Olamide played a significant role in Phyno’s rise to fame.

Ajala had urged music lovers to learn to appreciate Olamide for everything he has done in the music industry. He listed artistes like Lil Kesh, Naira Marley, Chinko Ekun, Fireboy DML alongside his colleague Phyno, who all owe their success to the rapper.

In an unexpected twist of event, the inclusion of Phyno in the list resulted in a series of arguments on the social media platform. Many noted that before the two music stars started collaborating on projects, Phyno had been well known in the eastern part of the country.

@frank said Olamide didnt make Phyno in any way, they dropped a collaboration that buzzed, win win for both. Phyno took the platform off the great song they made & continued making more bangers Phyno did all his blowing himself, taking Igbo rap mainstream. It looked impossible but he did it.

@tunde tweeted someone because of his tribal sentiment wanted to argue that Olamide didn't "blow" Phyno in Nigeria. Yes he was big in the East but the industry didn't know him until Ghost mode with Baddo. Some things are obvious naw.











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