The Making Returns – 10 Designers, 10 Lookbooks, One Winner!

The Making – A fashion and photography project initiated in 2011 is back for a second season after a successful premier edition.
The project provided visibility for unknown creative designers and opened up distribution and retailing channels for their brands. The designers featured Xenia Ejidike (Ozora by Xee) and Bubu Ogisu (Iamisigo) were shortlisted for the MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week under the Young Designers of the Year Award while Tobi Martins (Prima Rouge) and Olatide Adeniyi (Editalo) showcased their works at the AFW London and AFW New York respectively and model, Adedamola Cruz was crowned Best Model of the World (Africa).
It was definitely an unforgettable experience with some of the leading professionals in the industry such asOmoyemi Akerele (StyleHouseFiles), Mai AtafoLisa Folawiyo (Jewel by Lisa), Mobowale Biobaku(Mobos), Ezinne Chinkata and Saze Osayande sharing their wealth of experience with the young talents.
For its second edition, The Making will screen 30 designers and 10 will be chosen to have their collections photographed and featured in Nigeria’s top fashion magazines, websites and TV Stations. At the end of the season, one out of the 10 designers will walk away with cash prize as well as retail and sponsorship contracts.
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 Judges of the Nigeria's Got Talent; Dan Foster, Kate Henshaw and Yibo Koko

The Nigeria’s Got Talent train has gone from state to state over the last couple of months and time is set for it to land on our TV screens this September. After the NGT train got to Lagos for the final auditions, all selected candidates from the seven states were brought to the NGT Freedom Studio for the final judging before the show commences in full come September 16, 2012.

The Project Manager, Adaora Mbelu, when asked about the amazing talents that have been displayed so far, said“I think we’ve had an overdose of talent. In Warri we had an 8-year-old ballet dancer, who totally stole the heart of the judges, with her form and style. We had a magician in Ibadan that amazed us with his tricks, and kept us wanting to see more. I'll let you watch out for the rest.”

The show will be aired on the following stations as from September 16, 2012; AIT, NTA, STV,TVC and also on HITV UK.

Judges of the Nigeria's Got Talent; Dan Foster, Kate Henshaw and Yibo Koko

 Furthermore, three fantastic persons with different characters and from different areas in the entertainment industry have been selected as this season’s judges with Andre Blaze as the presenter. Dan Foster (one of the most respected, loved and in demand award winning On Air Personality in Africa), Kate Henshaw (a Nigerian actress who has won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role), and Yibo Koko (a creative and innovative individual with a strong academic and professional background in the dramatic arts).

‘The judges have great chemistry. They all have different personalities. Kate is quite the emotional one - when she is touched by a performance, you know it! Dan is absolutely hilarious - he helps keep the contestants a bit relaxed. Yibo is the most analytical - he is almost like a teacher. All in all, the NGT judges are great at keeping the contestants positive, and encouraging them to diversify their talent and keep it exciting at every stage of the show,“said Adaora Mbelu.
 Anchor of Nigeria's Got Talent; Andre Blaze

CEO Optima Media Group; Mr Femi Pedro, Nigeria's Got Talent Judges; Dan Foster and Kate Henshaw, Group Brand Director; Achieng Butler , NGT Judge; Yibo Koko and Chief Marketing Officer; Olu Akanmu 
The Airtel sponsored show will air on TV stations across the country from September to December 2012'. The Got
Talent franchise worldwide, which is in its sixth year, has produced many notable performers in the last couple of years including Diversity, Bianca Ryan and Britain’s Got Talent’s 2009 1st runner up Susan Boyle, whose debut album became thefastest selling UK debut album of all time, selling over 3 million copies in the U.S.

Isoken Ogiemwonyi of Obsidian wins the 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week/British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur Award

Isoken Ogiemwonyi

Isoken Ogiemwonyi, the  creative director of Nigerian contemporary fashion label Obsidian and co-founder of retail brands, Le Petit Marche (a monthly shopping event in Lagos, Nigeria) and L’Espace (independent fashion and lifestyle concept store) has been chosen as the 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week/British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year!
Isoken wins a whooping N2,000,000 cash prize and a Tour of London Fashion Week courtesy British Council who will also be hosting 30 other Young Creative Entrepreneurs from different parts of the world!
The search for the 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week/British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur Award winner included online applications and rigorous screenings in Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos. The panel of judges included Bukola Kajero and Ibobo Chukwuma representing sponsors MTN, Ojoma Ochai from the British Council, Veronica Ebie-Odeka of Vane Style and fashion designer Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi.
Young entrepreneur Isoken is a graduate of Law (LLB Law – Hons.) from the University of Nottingham with a PGD in Hospitality Administration from GIHE, Switzerland and an MSc in Management from BPP London. She has been in the business of fashion since 2006.
The 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week will kick off on the 24th of October.

The Club, Bar & Restaurant (CBR) Awards 2012 Celebrates Excellence in the Industry 

Set to become the first and most prestigious annual ceremony celebrating excellence in the nightlife and hospitality industry in Nigeria, the Club, Bar & Restaurant (CBR) Awards 2012 has announced its Major Categories nominees at the Avenue Suites, Victoria Island. The event which is scheduled to hold in December 2012, will honour players in the industry who continue to set creative trends in style, music, design, lighting, sound, food and drink, and all that blend to form the Art of Going Out.
“Clubs, Bars, and Restaurants have always played a major role in any city’s cultural framework of what makes a city great,” Scott Taylor, Director of Operations, CBR Awards. The event celebrates the best and brightest clubs, bars, and restaurants on the Lagos scene along with the people who make the industry great.
The Awards ceremony will be held to provide such recognition at a strictly private affair limited only to patrons of the restaurant and nightlife industry, their friends, related businesses, and carefully selected members of the press and media.

The CBR Awards Press Conference
Below is the list of establishments that have been nominated in the Major Categories of the Club Bar and Restaurant Awards 2012:
Movida Night Club (BC001)
Auto Lounge (BC002)
Aura Lounge (BC003)
Chrome (BNC01)
Rumours Nightclub (BNC02)
Dv8 Night Club(BNC04)
Cub N-Tyce (BNC05)
The Place Nightclub (BNC06)
De Marquee (BB001)
Sky Lounge (BB002)
Swe Bar (BB003)
Likwid Lounge (BB004)
Sip Lounge (BB005)
Bar Campione (BB006)
Sip Lounge (BNB01)
Likwid Lounge (BNB02)
Level 7 Lounge(BNB03)
Bar Campione (BNB04)
Bar Campione (BR001)
Bungalow (BR002)
Lagoon Restuarant (BR003)
Yellow Chillis (Victoria Island) (BR004)
Bangkok Restaurant (BR005)
Villa Medici (BR006)
Sip Restaurant (BNR01)
Bar Campione (BNR02)
The Grill- Talindo Steak House (BNR03)
Yellow Chillis – Ikeja (BNR04)
Bisto 7 (BNR05)
Brazzeire Restaurant (BHR01)
Four Point Sheraton Hotel, VI
Voyage Restaurant (BHR02)
Radisson Blu Hotel, VI
Dinning @ Southern Sun (BHR03)
Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi
Casa Chianti (BHR04)
Eko Hotel and Suites, VI
Sky Restaurant (BHR05)
Eko Hotel and Suites, VI
Oriental Garde (BHR06)
Oriental Hotel, Lekki Road
The Grill Restaurant (BHR07)
The Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi
Level 7 Lounge (BHB01)
Avenue Suites, VI
Sky Lounge (BHB02)
Eko Hotel & Suites, VI
Blue Bar (BHB03)
Four Point Sheraton Hotel, Oniru, VI
The View Bar (BHB04)
Radisson Blu Hotel, VI
Asiwaju Lounge (BHB05)
Oriental Hotel, Lekki road,VI
Rendz-vous Bar (BHB06)
Eko Hotel & Suites, VI
Sky Lounge & Restaurant (BRB01)
Eko Hotel and Suites, VI
Sip Restaurant & Lounge (BRB02)
Bar Campione (BRB03)
Villa Medici (BRB04)
Wear It All Bar (BBB01)
Elegushi Beach
360 Beach Bar (BBB02)
Elegushi Beach
Sweet 16 Beach Bar (BBB03)
Elegushi Beach
DV8 Beach Bar (BBB04)
Elegushi Beach
Voodoo Beach Bar (BBB05)
Elegushi Beach
G12 Beach Bar (BBB06)
Oniru Beach
To select the winners in each category, we will be scoring each nominee with a Public Vote that will count as 60% of the total score and a Vetting Process by the Judging Panel that will count as 40% of the total score. Voting opens to the public Friday 14th September 2012 on