Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Genevieve Nnaji 'Nigerian Dream'

 Genevieve Nnaji is hot on the new cover of Y! Magazine! - Nigeria's Sweetheart headlines the 'Nigerian Dream' Issue. Straight from its exclusive cover interview with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Y! Magazine berths right on time with another exclusive interview with actress, Genevieve Nnaji - who never seems to go out of fashion, and readers are already excited!

Themed 'The Nigerian Dream' Issue, this edition explores the wide polarities of living and growing in Nigeria - on the one hand, a country where dreams are born and where you can enjoy a full, rich life of fulfilment and excitement; and on the other, a country  that gives so little and takes so much.

"It speaks both to the ideals we aspire to and the realities we live with as Nigerians," says its editor, Chude Jideonwo. "Juxtaposing powerful images of loss, of want and of need with glamorous shoots, sparkling
editorials and of course a delightful mishmash of the season's pop culture highlights. It's a full meal!"

On the other hand, Cover girl Genevieve opens up to Jideonwo about her rise from "everyday girl" to "everyone's favourite girl" in a spectacular shoot photographed  by Kelechi Amadi-Obi, styled by Maryanne Alabi and Yolanda Okereke with make-up and hair by Ugo (Make Me) and David (for MUD Studios). Recalling her first audition, the rumours of a Bond girl role, and her many endorsements, Genevieve tells parts of her story many haven't heard  before, and makes a clear statement: "I think the problem is a lot of  people have forgotten where I am coming from."

 As usual of course, there are entertainment and lifestyle reviews and
interviews - including TY Bello, Lami, Matilda Obaseki, Joseph Benjamin,
Makida Moka, and others; and "the high priest of Nigeria's pop culture'
 also presents fashion extraordinaire with a fabulous photo shoot aptly
themed Colour Deluxe. Yemi Olowu, Onyinye, Fafi Obi and Obi Somto light up
the pages with summer colour!

 The magazine juxtaposes two visions of Nigeria; one where 'dreams are born' and one where 'dreams die'.

Fresh off the captivating Genevieve tale, the theme continues with a piece about the rise of Nigeria's new set of technology visionaries with their eyes of Twitter, Facebook and Groupon; as well the tale of how the
revolutionary ReVoDa mobile app was developed. And in Bikes, Boats and Balls, 'Gbenga Awomodu takes a trip through Luxury Lane, profiling Nigeria's fine breed of bikers, golfers and boat lovers.

 On the other hand, are exclusive interviews by Isioma Osaje with young youth corps members who almost lost their lives in post-election violence in the North. A gripping essay by 'Funlayo Akinosi on the battle to  survive in Nigeria, and a fiery debate between young intellectuals Amara  Nwakpa and Cheta Nwanze on the question of Nigeria as a failed state.

 In between, are a delicious piece by fashion designer and columnist Rukky Ladoja who makes the case for her obsession with shoes; a feature on the end of Balogun Market as we know it and the rise of sexy new shopping complexes by rave style columnist Ifeanyi Dike JR, and a feisty 'Who're You Calling A Spoilt Rich Kid' piece by 'Ifreke Inyang, amongst others. The inimitable Tolu Ogunlesi also takes a critical look at CNN big shot Piers Morgan in 'The second - or third - coming of Piers.'

A detailed listing of the stockists for the cover shoot as well as where
to buy Y! In Lagos, Abuja and the rest of the country are on the website

 Find Y! with vendors and at stores and newsstands from Monday 8th August


 House of Nwocha (HON) - No 6 Alhaji Bashorun, off Norman Williams Ikoyi,
Lagos - 08034335280

 ACCESSORY- 6, James Robertson Road, off Akerele, Surulere Lagos -
07044693527, 07044693795

 SALLY BAWA - 1, Biaduo Street, off Keffi, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos -
08068005857, 07034170518

 EYIMIFEbliss - 9, Alara street, Onike, Yaba, Lagos - 08035824028

 Liz Gavyz - 95 Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos, opposite FinBank; C12 Shoprite,
Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere; E13 Ikota Shopping Complex, V.G.C  Road
7, near Bakehouse, Lagos - 08075413191

 Jumoke Maiye (Makeup) - 08033052369

 MANGO - Shop 18, The Palms, Lekki - 08099995599


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