Why An African Girl Child Must Be Educated

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Why has there always been a debate as to if an African girl child needs to be educated? What makes an African girl child not fit to be educated? Why are most African societies gender biased when it comes to education?

These and many more questions comes to mind when you see an average African girl child at an age where she is supposed to be in school but you find her doing chores at home, selling at the market store or even being married off as a wife to a man who in most cases is old enough to be her father.

Education has and will always be a vital tool that is required for a successful life journey. It is very important as it is used to mitigate most of the challenges faced in life. The knowledge that is attained through education helps open doors to a lot of opportunities for better prospects not only in a career growth but in the general disposition of any individual be it boy or girl.

In Africa, it is all too common for girls to be excluded from formal education. Statistics has shown that in Sub Saharan Africa, some 16 million girls are not in school. Why? The answer to this question includes social, traditional, economical, political problems and so on.

Why should an African girl child be educated? The common response to this is because today’s girls are the leaders of tomorrow, entrepreneur, business moguls, wife and mother but is this really all there is to why an African girl child needs to be educated? It includes equipping her to be able to ‘pilot’ her day to day activities in whatever situation she may find herself in life. It includes the acceptance of gender equality and access to education, and its connection to the alleviation of poverty.

An African girl child needs to be educated because her education leads to positive growth in the economy. When you teach girls to read and write they tend to get good jobs in the workforce and contribute positively to the economy. While contributing to the economy, they earn a good income and in most times higher income which reduces the rate of poverty and dependency on their male counterpart.

Educating an African girl child also reduces early marriage and encourage fewer children. It is known that uneducated girls are always pushed into early marriage. We often see them being married off when they are still kids themselves. They can’t work or have a life of their own. They are only good for birthing children which shouldn’t be so.

When you educate an African girl child, you build up a child who is wise and exposed. A girl who has gone through the four walls of the University, explored the world and learnt a lot and is ready to give back to her society. An African girl child who is educated will not be forced into an early marriage. She will live out her childhood to its fullest and decide when and if she wants to settle down as a wife. She will give birth to the number of children she can care for and let her husband understand that women are much more than baby makers.

Improving female education, and thus the earning potential of women, improves the standard of living for their own children, as women invest more of their income in their families than men do. She will support her husband not only physically but financially and in so doing create a healthy home where children see both parents working hand in hand to make life easy and comfortable for them. Healthy homes birth healthy societies and in turn birth a great nation.

Educating an African girl child cannot be over emphasized as every child is born with a potential that needs to be harnessed and education is the right avenue to do so.

Education creates opportunities which should not depend on whether a child is born female or male. Therefore, it should play a role in shaping attitudes and transforming behaviours to improve a better society.

An African proverb says that if you educate a boy child, you educate one person but if you educate a girl child, you educate a family and a whole nation. This proverb is a simple reminder to us that today’s girls are tomorrow’s wives, mothers, caregivers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. They are the ones who will nurture the generation yet unborn hence educating girls is a major key to ending the cycle of underdevelopment and poverty.

Will An African Woman Ever Rule The World?

Naturally, women are adapted to nurture while men are adapted for conquest. The benefits of empowering women are undeniable. Women are the engine driving global economic growth.

Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, tells women to simply be themselves. “You are the only person who can make your unique contribution. Your authenticity is your strength, be you.”

What would the world look like if women ruled it? OR What will the world look like if an AFRICAN WOMAN ruled it?
What we do know is that when women are in leadership positions, or involved in decision-making, societies work better.

Today, who would think that African women are backward or subservient? Indeed, they have evolved from playing more traditional and cultural roles to relatively impressive, if not enviable leadership positions. Invariably, some of them are outshining men in the pursuit of their dreams and destinies. Education, activism and awareness have helped to empower others into playing dynamic roles in a long struggle for emancipation of women towards achieving a reasonable level of advancement and appreciation.

Let us take a look at some leading African women of today both past and present:

Maya Angelou is a celebrated poet, author, activist and educator. Her work in literature has won her critical acclaim both here and abroad. Meanwhile, Angelou has remained at the forefront of politics and racial empowerment by appearing at inaugurations, rallies and sharing tales of discrimination and struggle with the world.

Anna Tibaijuka is the highest ranked African female in the United Nations, heading the UN-HABITAT program. She is a Swedish-educated, Tanzanian-born leader who has fought for the rights of women living in slums or without homes. Since becoming the Executive of UN-HABITAT, she has greatly increased its budget and function in the United Nations.

Karen Bass is currently the U.S. Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district. She is also the first black woman to hold the role of Speaker in any state Assembly. In California, Bass has focused on improving education facilities, health care and the foster care system. Bass served as chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, which seeks to better understand California’s black population and their needs.

Others are: Ngozi Okonjo-iweala, Rebecca Enonchong, Robin Kelly, Dr. Dorothy Heist, Irene Charnley, Asha Rose Migiro to name a few.
Africa has elected two women presidents in Malawi, Southern Africa and in Liberia, West Africa. A former World Bank economist, 70 plus year-old Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was re-elected to a second term as president of Liberia, a former settlement for freed American slaves.
Sierra Leonean women are playing enviable roles in the nation’s recovery, rebuilding and reconciliation. The Chief Justice- Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh started life from humble heritage and was appointed by President Ernest Bai Koroma who was recently re-elected.

Nigeria, the most populous African nation, now boasts of 61 year-old Folorunsho Alakija, the first African woman billionaire who’s worth about $3.3 billion and richer than Oprah Winfrey the famous US talk show host.
She did overcome endless obstacles in her path to attain this level of success. Societies around the world are changing and so are the fortunes of women once considered underdogs. Some of them are pursuing their personal aspirations, motivations, independence and freedom. This trend is possible because education is making a difference in their lives and influencing various cultures around the world.

Across Africa as a whole, women are the backbone of society and the economy. Women’s issues affect the family, nation and the world. Definitely, freedom and women’s rights are on the march here.
African women start from a position of strength. Some African countries are in fact trailblazers in the promotion of women’s leadership. Rwanda, for example has the highest female representation in the world: 61% of its MPs are women. South Africa has well over 40% parliamentary representation by women. A further seven African countries have parliaments where more than 30% of their members are female. Uganda ranks 31st out of 195 countries globally, with 34% of our MPs being women. The UK, with 30% female representation, ranks 46th.

Will an African woman ever rule the world? Africa still has a long way to go and the progress is slow, but it is nonetheless real and can be achieved. If the current trend can be sustained, we will see more African women aspiring for leadership roles.

Power comes in different forms; and it is always associated with men who make up the majority. But in recent years, women have risen to power either through their achievements, political status or wealth. Today it is not uncommon to find female Presidents, female entrepreneurs in engineering and technology or many others who have worked hard to make a name for themselves in different fields formerly dominated by men.

The African woman will not shy away from controversy, since they live with the controversy exposed on their skin and gender. They are the ones who will struggle against the system and ultimately change it, since their struggle is inevitable. The female brain is naturally wired with long-term strategic vision. African women are taking the lead gradually, they are the new leaders in the fight for the future.

With the trends of events it is obvious the African woman today is beating the odds in making a name as compared to the past. This dream is not far-fetched. It will be actualized sooner than we can imagine.

10 Exciting South African Fashion Brands You Need to Know

10 Exciting South African Fashion Brands You Need to Know

The South African fashion industry is no doubt one of the leading fashion industries on the African continent as a result of the creative sense of fashion each stylist from the nation possesses. Each of the South African fashion brands one way or the other finds a special way to insert a piece of detail which relates to their heritage or culture into their collections. These South African fashion brands have showcased their collections with a mix of contemporary and urban detail both at home and at international fashion runway shows which in turn has resulted in them bringing home awards and also having their work at some of the best stores abroad. The Mercedes Benz fashion week in South Africa always brings freshest lifestyle beyond fashion and style. From MaXhosa by Laduma, to David Tlale to Pichulik – here are some of South African fashion brands you need to know about.

MaXhosa by Laduma

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: MaXhosa by Laduma
The monochrome world of MaXhosa. © MAXHOSA BY LADUMA/Instagram

This is one of the leading fashion brands in South Africa launched in 2011 by Laduma Ngxokolo, Who since the unveiling of the brand has been soaring high in the fashion business. Known to produce the finest collection of knitwear on the African continent, MaXhosa celebrates the rich culture of the Xhosa people and at the same time providing traditional clothing for Xhosa initiation rituals. MaXhosa pieces are stocked in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Tokyo and London.

Pichulik

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: PICHULIK
PICHULIK limited edition earrings + choker with a pineapple flava. © PICHULIK/Instagram

This is one of the most sorted accessory brand in South Africa known to produce an array of bespoke necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The brand which is inspired by a team of women led by Katherine-Mary Pichulik uses some of the best locally manufactured rope and other materials used in producing some of finest jewelries from South Africa and others are being sourced from other parts of Africa such as Wood beads, semi precious stones and metals. Pichulik has been seen on runways across the world and on Solange Knowles as well as the Williams sister.

David Tlale

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: David Tlale
David Tlale runway display at the New York Fashion Week. © David Tlale/Instagram

Laughed in 2003, the brand ‘David Tlale’ has won the heart of both fashion lovers and that of influencers within South Africa and beyond as a result of the brand’s mastery in creating some of the finest pieces of Couture with excellent sculptural detailing. David Tlale has showcased his collections of fine Couture both across South Africa, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show New York back 2012 and other shows abroad.

Lukhanyo Mdingi

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Lukhanyo Mdingi
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Lukhanyo Mdingi is known to have created his first two collections while completing his degree in fashion at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The young creative director believes in making powerful impact on the African landscape through his finely sourced and cut pieces with a style of insightful storytelling on the African heritage in each prevention and collection.

Laird Cherry

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Amanda Laird Cherry Apparel
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This bespoke fashion line founded by Amanda Laird Cherry is known to produce some fine work of Couture from ladies wear, to men’s bespoke outfits as well shoes for the fashionable women. Amanda who studied Clothing Design and graduated in 1983, is known to tell her own personal stories through cloth and thread has been featured on some of the reputable media publications across South Africa and abroad such as Time Magazine, Y-Mag, British Vogue and others. She has also showcased her designs at the London Fashion Week Expo as well as others.

Thula Sindi

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Thula Sindi
Off the shoulder Thula Sindi Batik dress. © thulasindi/instagram

Thula Sindi, sometimes called the King of fashion in South Africa produces the most sophisticated yet contemporary women’s Couture which are elegantly timeless and goes along with current fashion trends. Thula who happens to be a graduate of the National School of Arts, Johannesburg and also studied at the London International School of fashion has exhibited various collections of elegant women’s clothing at runway shows in South Africa, Lagos, New York as well as Paris in 2007.

Selfi

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Selfi
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Selfi is contemporary fashion line based in Capetown which reinvents traditional apparels and pays attention to every single detail on each wears produced. The brand which consists of a team 4 skilled women with expertise in the line of women’s couture and founded by Celeste Arendse, had exhibited it’s fine piece at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week both at Capetown and Johannesburg and they are also stocked in local and international stores.

Isabel de Villiers

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Isabel de Villiers
Isabel de Villiers multi-tie dress. © Isabel de Villiers/Instagram

Isabel de Villiers is inspired by the African woman shape with an eye for quality garments and attention to plus size women, Isabel is known to produce some of the most beautiful ready to wear outfits. In other to ensure the exquisite quality of each her pieces, Isabel and her team women on produce small quantities for each collection.

Jenni Button

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in South Africa: Jenni Button

This is one of the most respected fashion brand in South Africa which caters to fashion needs of each of it’s clients with the most unique pieces of fabric which are cut and sewn with extreme care so as to bring out an exquisite end result. The brand which was founded by Jenni Button, operates from Capetown and only caters to the needs of women with the desire to wear something totally stunning and different from what could be found at stores with mass produced clothing. Her collections has been on the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show in South Africa, while she has stores in Paris, New York and London respectively.

Simon and Mary

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Simon and Mary
Simon and Mary Hats. © simonandmary/instagram

This line of head wear which has been passed from generation to generation for over 70 years is known to produce some of the best works of fine millinery both for men and women. According to the makers of this fine works of craftsmanship, the hats are much more than a piece of clothing item, but rather a way of life. Each piece pays tribute to the family traditions and values of the earliest makers of this brand dated back to 1935.

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In The Style Nigeria: What They’re Wearing in Lagos

In The Style Nigeria: What They're Wearing in Lagos

Lagos has fast become a trend setting and fashion-conscious city, being home to fashion lovers and local fashion brands in Nigeria and Africa. A lot of olden days trends have also made reappearances over the years – from the most traditional legacy to social media fashion influencers pushing the craftsmanship in Lagos fashion and style. Some of the trends that have fast become a constant and most especially amongst the residents of Lagos. We take a look at the most influential fashion trend in Lagos, Nigeria. In the style Nigeria – whether it’s Gucci gang or ankara inspired outerwear, there’s sure to be something to spark your style, creativity and taste when it comes to Lagos style.

Ankara

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Ankara has become very popular in this part of the world going from representing the unique African culture, to being a run way style, to becoming an interior designers tool, to a Thanksgiving Sunday uniform, to an office Friday uniform, to being part of a fashionistas style story. It is one authentic article of African clothing that has set a permanent spot for itself in fashion as well as culture.

Cold Shoulder

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With its air of sophistication, the cold shoulder is a fashion trend that evolved from the 1950s and 60s, proving to be a trend that stands the test of time by remaining despite the evolution of fashion that every year brings. The cold shoulder trend found its way to being installed in every piece or fabric of clothing ranging from the Ankara to the English wear and it is one style which is compatible with every kind of bottoms.

Block Heels

Style Nigeria: Fashion Trend
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This is the go-to footwear for comfort and style in every woman’s guilty pleasure. Being comfortable with its chunky heel and leveled platforms, the block heel still gives off the fashionista, sophisticated and mature aura even compared to the pencil heel. It is every beginners initiation into the art of wearing heels, taking the spotlight from wedges. The block heel styling is not complex as it can accentuate every piece of clothing and give off a level of confidence.

Statement Sleeves

Style: Lagos Fashion Influencers
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Statement Sleeves made its way into fashion in the 1830s in Europe and America and with its over exaggerated designs, it is one that is hard to miss and is compatible with every piece or clothing. The statement sleeve is one design that has been installed into fashionable pieces like the wrap top, cold shoulder dresses and blouses, the Ankara amongst others. Despite its lack of subtlety, it is not restricted to being a celebration costume but can be worn regularly and officially.

Fringe

Style Nigeria: Fashion Trend
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Fringe’s first appearance in fashion came with the flapper look in the 1920s. Its spontaneous flattering style always makes a statement. Its style overtime has become incorporated in almost every piece of clothing and the most ludicrous yet is the denim.

Denim

Style: Lagos Fashion Influencers
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Denim appears to be a never ending trend and it has revolutionized from a runway style to a daily fashion attire. The denim has instilled itself both as a singularly worn brand to a pair style.

Bright Colors

In The Style Nigeria: What They're Wearing in Lagos
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Bright Colors have always and will always be a daring fashion trend because of the difficulty in pulling it off with regards to skin tone, accessories and even pairing but that hasn’t been a barrier as we see people pull it off on a daily basis in color blocking mode, monochrome, matching, among others.

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5 Reasons For Wearing Rubber Footwear Every Season

5 Reasons For Wearing Rubber Footwear Every Season

The rainy season is upon us and there is the need to dress appropriately, else one experiences the unfortunate re-occurrence of getting drenched by the rain. This is the time to constantly carry about an umbrella and to wear the appropriate footwear so as avoid the unnecessary spoils that occur with leather sandals/shoes, especially after been soaked by the rain. Apart from regularly moving about with an umbrella, one must consider the importance of always having rubber footwear. Rubber shoes aren’t just suitable for rainy seasons; they can serve as the best footwear investment for all seasons. Rubber footwear have been in use for ages but recently became trendy by its widespread use among college female students. It was the fashion era of what became known as “color blocking”; this period was termed color blocking because of how females could wear clothes with more than three sharp colors as long as it matched their bags and shoes. It was a color wheel period as every color on the color scheme was comfortably worn without anyone raising an eyebrow.

Then suddenly, there was a mass production of brightly colored rubber sandals, they flooded the market and every female wanted to have them. These sandals came in different styles and brilliant colors, and some sold for exorbitant prices in boutiques and retail shops.

It became some sort of identity for recognizing females; anyone who had those footwear on was definitely in the know about fashion and considered a Fashionista.
Then came the evolution and change of the current fashion trend, color blocking became a thing of the past and a majority of people moved on to the new trend, abandoning their colorful penciled trousers and rubber footwear. Currently people only consider rubber footwears during the raining season. Here are 5 Reasons Why Rubber Footwear Are Appropriate For Every Season:

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Rubber Footwear Can Withstand Any Weather

Unlike their leather counterparts, these footwear are the lilies of all seasons. They remain relevant and useful irrespective of the weather change. They are the perfect dolls for the rainy season considering the fact that they can’t get damaged by the rain, they were specially made to flourish during the rainy seasons. They can also withstand the hot dry seasons; they do not gather dust or suddenly look dull from exposure to dust.

Affordable And Available

These footwear are also readily available and very affordable. You can get a pair of rubber slippers for as low as N300 and sandals or sneakers for as low as a N1000. The pricing clearly depends on the market where purchased, bigger markets in Port Harcourt like the popular Mile I market or Creek Road market in Town always sells at very cheap rates and you have larger varieties to choose from.

Rubber Shoes: 5 Reasons For Wearing Rubber Footwear Every Season

Easy To Clean

Rubber footwear are easy to clean and this takes no time at all. All you need to get the work done is a soft foam, any detergent of your choice and some water. After some scrubbing and rinsing with clean water, your footwear instantly becomes good as new. The above cleaning routine comes in handy especially with white rubber footwear, scrub until your shoe is sparkling white; rinse out and dry in the sun.

Durable And Low Level Maintenance

A pair of rubber footwear can last up to three years or more depending on the level of usage and maintenance. Regular scrubbing with a soft foam and drying out in the sun does all the work. It’s also easier and cheaper to repair than its leather counterpart.

Appropriate Footwear season

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New styles pour into the market every time which means they are always available in more trendy styles than the last time. They keep updating with innovative and more chic pieces, there’s always something new to pick. It’s hard resisting such fashion goodness.
Rubber footwear are never going to go out of fashion or usage. Especially as it seems to have more advantage over any invisible disadvantage. The market keeps getting flooded with modern designs. Go get a rubber footwear today.

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Ugo Mozie: The Stylist and Young Leader of Style

Ugo Mozie: Stylist & Young Leader in Style & Fashion

Ugo Mozie is a young stylist who has worked hard to establish himself in the fashion world and urban culture. Born on November 16, 1991 in Enugu State Nigeria, at the age of 3 Ugo Mozie moved to Los Angeles California with his family. In 2005 he got his first modelling gig with the help of mega hip hop mogul Jay-Z at age 14 modelling at an Urban Modelling tour where he worked with the likes of G-unit and Sean John. The popularly known young iconic fashion legend has taken the international fashion scene by storm. Ugo is an advanced stylist with strong passion for tailored suits and high-end menswear. A risk-taker that always positively push his clients to shine – which has gained him immense respect and report that makes him a young leader in style and fashion.

In 2009 his love for fashion took him to New York City at a very young age of about 16, he was instating the concept of his unique style all around the city. In 2011 at age 18 Ugo Mozie collaborated with Quinn Aston his best friend and business partner debuting his first fashion line “Aston Mozie” expressing his style in each piece. In 2014 he was appointed the United States P.R Director to the Fashion House of the iconic Vivienne Westwood. A year later in 2015, Ugo Mozie released his luxury hat line which has graced the heads of many A-listers including Justin Bieber, Celine Dione, Travis Scott, Beyoncé, and so many more.

Ugo Mozie: Stylist & Young Leader in Style & Fashion
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He is multi-talented as he has worked in Television Series previously such as Sex and the City, Dateline News, 51st Grammy Awards and Tribeca Film Festival, and his contribution to WAD, Ghubar and 360 Magazine where he was popularly recognized for his contributions as a Fashion Editor. Apart from being one of America’s hottest stylists, he is also a fashion designer, hat designer, jewelry designer and creative director. He styles shoots and editorials for celebrities such as Wale and brands all around the world.

Ugo Mozie: Stylist & Young Leader in Style & Fashion
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Ugo Mozie envisaged himself being at the forefronts of the fashion world today. He is a trend setter through his styling and creative direction. He travels all over the world discovering new cultures which he incorporates into himself and his life. He loves and gets inspiration from Paris France. He believes in making his own way in the fashion industry with his clothes and styling choices. To him, expressing yourself is more important that going according to the rules of the fashion week’s do’s and don’ts. His Nigerian heritage influences him as you can see from his name Ugo which means “Eagle”. He soars high like an eagle, he loves Michael Jackson and has said in an interview that his ideal style will be a balance and mix between the iconic Michael Jackson and Fela Kuti.

Ugo Mozie: Stylist & Young Leader in Style & Fashion
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He balances all his responsibilities so well which gives him icon status, he has styled so many celebrities including the much loved Chris Brown, Larry King and his hat line has graced the heads of A-listers such as Gabrielle Union Wade, Floyd Mayweather, Mary J Blige, and the list goes on. No wonder he has been featured in many international and local magazines for his contributions to the fashion and style industry all around the world. He also writes music and loves public speaking. Ugo Mozie wants to be remembered as a creative fashionist who left a legacy of inspiration and broke barriers in fashion. At the age of 26 Ugo Mozie is an inspiration to all.

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5 of the Best Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram

The Nigerian Fashion industry has grown and garnered a lot of attention of fashion and style lovers from within the country and also abroad. This couldn’t have been possible without the effort, creativity and sense of style at which Nigerian fashion influencers style and curate fashion pieces through their social media platforms and appearances. Most brands today depend on influencers to use and review their products and services so as to help create massive awareness to the general public in other to attract consumers to purchase their products and items. From Steven Onoja to Noble Igwe, here’s a selection of 5 of the best Nigerian fashion influencers on instagram to follow.

Noble Igwe

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Noble Igwe
Noble Igwe – © noble_igwe/instagram

Noble is no doubt one of the most influential fashion and lifestyle blogger Nigeria has ever produced. He’s been seen styling both African and western outfits to taste with extreme and total class. He recently launched his very own fashion brand “Tribes by Nobs” where he produces ready to wear male African inspired outfits from Ankara pants to dashiki long sleeved and sleeveless tops. He has worked with A list fashion brands within Nigeria such as Mai Atafo, Yomi casual, Reves clothing, Lolu, orange culture amongst many other notable brands.

Zina Anumudu

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Zina Anumudu
Zina Anumudu – © ozinna/instagram

Ozinna as she is popularly known as by her social media handle is a fashion goddess on her own who styles everything from African inspired dresses to western clothing such as jumpsuits, shift dresses and many others which sometimes come in African inspired fabrics. She happens to be many female Nigerian fashion lovers’ go to person for style and fashion inspiration as a result of her exquisite taste of fashion and combination of accessories and colors. Ozinna is also the founder of popular Nigerian creative brand consulting company “The Style Concierge” which caters to the needs of brands and their development.

Sharon Ojong

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Sharon Ojong
Sharon Ojong – © sharonojong/instagram

Sharon is one of the best multi talented fashion blogger and influencer within Nigeria who specializes in personal styling and creative direction for fashion brands. Her exquisite taste and love for fashion is one that we admire so much and can’t get enough of her. Asides from her being an influencer, Sharon also offers her services to brands that needs business and personal brand assessments which she does effortlessly.

Steven Onoja

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Steven Onoja
Steven Onoja – © stevenonoja/instagram

Exquisite style and fashion connoisseur, Steven Onoja has claimed a spot in the list of the best dressed and most influential fashion curators within Nigeria and abroad. He’s been spotted multiple times styling African inspired outfits and fabrics to taste into suits and other creative styles. His passion and love for fashion can be seen through his social feeds as he spotlessly nails down his every outfit to full details. He is also a creative consultant and also a professional photographer.

Denola Grey

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Denola Grey
Denola Grey – © denolagrey/instagram

Known for his clean cuts and suits and ties, Denola Grey has gained the love and affection of most fashion lovers within Nigeria from male to female. He is mostly seen wearing pieces of well tailored suits and pants as well as well cut shirts and combination of shorts to fit. His creativity in the art of styling and knocking off each piece of clothing he wears both African inspired and western has got him to work with the best people and brands within Nigeria such as Jumia fashion, orange culture, magic of Lagos and Uber Nigeria. Did we forget to mention that he’s also a media presenter and a fashion consultant.

Slide in our comments section to tell us your favorite Nigerian Fashion icon as we always love to hear from you. 

Technology and The Rise Of Financial Inclusion in Africa

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Financial inclusion is all about individuals and businesses having access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs. These needs could be transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance which are delivered in a responsible and sustainable way.

On-the-go financial access facilitates day-to-day living, and helps families and businesses plan for everything from long-term goals to unexpected emergencies.

Banking

Although being one of the most populous continents in the world, Africa is still a mid-level player in the banking sector and lags behind some continents with respect to Financial Inclusion. We have really come a very long way and still climbing.

Before now, everything banking has to be done in the banking hall and with the use of pen and paper but not anymore. Over 80% of banking operations do not have to take place in the banking hall anymore. You now have the choice of performing banking operations on the go which is a lot easier and fun.

Of course technology has been a major player in the rise of financial inclusion in Africa. A lot of financial institutions are now leveraging Digital technology, or “fintech,” to make their services more accessible to the masses.

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You can now perform major banking operations like money transfer, account opening, account balance checking, and pay several bills on your mobile phone.

Who would have thought that Africa of all continents would come this far.

It’s such an exciting era for Africans.

Apart from banking operations, African based businesses are springing forth every day that are rendering financial solutions through the use of technology.

Even loan facilities can be accessed either through mobile device or just by the click of a mouse. How amazing!

As accountholders, people can now use other financial services, such as credit and insurance, to start and expand businesses, invest in education or health, manage risk, and weather financial shocks, which can improve the overall quality of their lives.

  • It has become easier than ever before to open an account
  • Cash-payments has been Digitized making the phrase – cashless society more real to Africa than the illusion it used to be.
  • A lot of Mobile-based financial services are bringing convenient access even to remote areas

As our continent have accelerated efforts toward financial inclusion, it is very important that we put measures in place to combat factors that may impede our progress. These include:

  • Ensure that hard-to-reach populations, including women and the rural poor also has financial access and services extend to them.
  • The government should increase citizens’ financial literacy and capability so they everyone including the illiterate gets to understand different financial services and products
  • Ensure that everyone has valid means of identification, and a low-cost, accessible means for them to be authenticated. This will go a very long way in combating crime.
  • Devise useful and relevant financial products, tailored to consumer needs
  • Create and implement very robust financial consumer protection, relevant regulatory and supervisory authorities to ensure that everything is done right.

Although we are still coming up, we have the foundations well laid and in the nearest future, we should be able to measure up to the developed countries in the area of financial inclusiveness.

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7 Best Fruits and Vegetables for Six Pack Abs

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Diet For Abs: Do you want a six pack abs? Sweating it out in the gym every day but still can’t get a six-pack? It’s disheartening, we know. First you have to be eating healthy food. Your diet is crucial to beat the belly bulge. Here are 7 healthiest fruits and vegetables packed with health benefits that will help build your abs – they are also healthy foods for weight loss.

Blueberries

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Blueberries have long been valued for their unique anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and loaded with polyphenols; chemical compounds that prevent fat from forming – actively burn belly fat. This food is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and considered one of the healthiest fruits and a great diet for abs. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, and a very good source of vitamin C and vitamin K.

Bell Peppers

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The fresh bell peppers is mainly composed of water (92%). Bell peppers, also called sweet peppers or capsicums are eaten as vegetables, either raw or cooked and makes a very healthy food. Fresh, raw bell peppers are enriched with health benefits; packed with vitamin C and nutrients that can lower levels of cortisol during stressful situations, helping those abs take centre stage. Bell peppers are also a decent source of fiber, carbohydrates and small amounts of protein and fat. They make good diet for abs.

Cherries

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Cherries are one of the healthiest fruits. Whether it is fresh, canned or frozen, this flavourful stone fruit is a true superpower fruit – a delicious rich snack and a true superpower fruit. Tart cherry is the true cherry bomb – very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium; which is a wonderful diet for abs. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. Cherries should be a regular part of your diet as its health benefits are numerous; help your eyesight, belly fat reduction, control cholesterol, improve your sleep, ease aching joints and guard your colon.

Apples

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The simplest fruits are the healthiest fruits – Apples are among the most popular types of fruit in the world. Apples are one of the very best sources of fiber, vitamin C and various antioxidants, which means you should eat them at every opportunity. They are also very filling, considering their low calorie content. Intake of soluble fiber per day helps in belly fat reduction that those abs needs. The pink lady variety contains the highest level of antioxidant flavonoids (a fat-burning compound), of any apple. So stock up and eat them at every opportunity!

Broccoli

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This flowery beauty is one of the healthiest vegetables and also an amazing diet for abs. Broccoli is a very healthy Food and has health benefits beyond nutrition’it’s also cancer fighting – warding off prostate, breast, lung and skin cancers.  This flowery vegetable can also help you whittle your middle. According to medical studies and research, broccoli contains a phytonutrient called sulforaphane that increase testosterone and fights off body fat storage. This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It’s also rich in vitamin C, and a good source of protein, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) – nutrients that can lower levels of cortisol during stressful situations, helping your abs to reveal.

Bananas

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Bananas are one of the world’s most appealing fruits and Bananas are known for their high potassium content. Fight back against bloated belly, the gas and water retention with bananas. Look to the banana to boost your potassium levels and fibre intake. Bananas are easily one of healthiest fruits, they are great for digestion and weight loss – they taste sweet and are filling, which helps curb cravings. Kick the bloat to the curb, so you can show off your body with confidence. Banana its a very good source of vitamin B6.

Spinach

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Spinach is an amazingly healthy food and a good diet for abs. It looks unassuming, but it is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, and considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables. This vegetable is overflowing with protein and can help take your calorie-burning potential to the next level with nutrients that aids post-pump muscle recovery and growth. Eating spinach benefits your eye health, reduce oxidative stress, help prevent cancer and reduce blood pressure levels. It is also a good source of niacin and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K. This wonder leafy vegetable is also rich in thylakoids, a compound known to significantly reduce cravings and promote weight loss.

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6 Incredible Health Benefits of Ginger and Garlic

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Medicinal Foods: Health Benefits Of Ginger and Garlic – Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. It is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bio-active compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. The health benefits of Ginger and Garlic cannot be overemphasized. Get down with the healthy lifestyle!

Garlic Health Benefits: Garlic too is a species in the onion genus. It has an intense aroma and is used as a popular cooking ingredient due to its strong smell and delicious taste. Both ginger and garlic are in the list of the most sought after and most researched herbs and has been proven to possess many therapeutic and health benefits. Their benefits ranges from fighting infections to preventing cancer and reducing inflammation among other various applications. Below, we take look at the 6 main health potentials of ginger and garlic.

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Healthy Lifestyle: The Health Benefits of Ginger and Garlic

Garlic For Heart Disease

Garlic is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, inherited high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, reduced blood flow due to narrowed arteries, and “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis). Garlic can also play the role of a blood thinner, which makes it a useful tool in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

Preventing Colds

Ginger has been proven as the best medicine for cold in Chinese ayuverdic and traditional medicine. Just drinking of ginger tea at least three times a day can help to fight symptoms of cold. Also, according to one 2001 study published in “Advances in Therapy.”, garlic may have the ability to help prevent the common cold, the study found that over 12 weeks, participants who took one capsule of an allicin containing supplement were much less likely to contract a cold virus.

Antiseptic for Wounds

Ginger contains gingerol, a substance with powerful medicinal properties. The bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help to lower the risk of infections in a wound. Ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria. It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Fresh ginger may also be effective against the RSV virus, a common cause of respiratory infections. Garlic is also thought to have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can be applied to the skin to treat fungal infections such as ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot.

Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Ginger extract is said to be an alternative treatment for several forms of cancer. The anti-cancer properties are attributed to 6-gingerol, a substance that is found in large amounts in raw ginger. Also, according to the National Cancer Institute, due to the various antibacterial properties, its power to stop cancer-causing substances from forming and its ability to promote DNA repair that garlic may work to prevent cancer in several ways.

 Menstrual Pain

Ginger Health Benefits: Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to cure pain. Ginger helps relieve nausea, arthritis, headaches, menstrual cramps and muscle soreness. According to one 2009 study published in the “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.” The study showed that 250 milligrams of a specific ginger extract taken four times a day for three days at the start of menstruation alleviated pain in up to 62 percent of women in the study.

Also, garlic has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help with arthritis and other pain. For example, a 1999 study published in the “Soviet Archives of Internal Medicine” found that a garlic preparation taken twice a day for four to six weeks can work just as well as conventional therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatment of Diabetics

Ginger decreases the blood sugar levels. Actually, drinking 1 table spoon of ginger juice mixed with 1 glass of water in the morning can help to control the sugar level. Garlic can also control blood sugar as it strengthens the level of insulin in the blood. This can help in the control of diabetes.

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