Sunday, 8 February 2015

Between Us: This is embarrassing...

I read your article a long time ago where you were advising a lady how to tell her boyfriend about his bad breath. I have a similar problem; my girlfriend has the most embarrassing body odour, increased even more when she has her menses. The big problem is that she does not seem to want to take her bath regularly at that time. She claims the water makes her skin itch. Is this a medical problem? How can I advise her?

Leave this magazine lying around with the answer underlined
The problem of body odour is both embarrassing and awkward for those who suffer from it and those who suffer because of it. I am sure that you have used all the first principles to get her to take control. There is a medical condition where some people itch particularly after cold water baths but there are also a few remedies – using hot water, putting a few drops of olive oil in the bath water or using it to rub the skin after a bath. Whatever the case, there is simply no excuse for a lady to have pungent body odour in these modern times where there are so many inexpensive solutions. Encourage her to put a few drops of sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) in her bath water, to bath two to three times daily during her menses and eat a lot more fruit. Fruits help reduce body odour. Get her plenty of the inexpensive body sprays and compliment her profusely whenever she has made an effort to smell nice. Try and encourage her to change her underwear every time she changes her sanitary pad. If nothing else seems to work, leave this magazine lying around with the answer underlined…
I hope this helps?

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Saturdays Are For Weddings

Indeed Saturdays are for weddings!! And we can't get enough to some of these beautiful numbers. From gorgeous Aseobi's to beautiful jewellery, check out some of our favourite looks! 







Happy 37th Birthday Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

She's a mother, a wife, a philanthropist, singer and an accomplished actress. She has been a pioneer in The Nollywood film industry and this has seen her honoured in Time Magazines list of the 100 most Influential people in the world, along side the likes of Michelle Obama.

As she turns a year older today, we at Genevieve wish Omotola continued Blessed years.

Here's to our very own OmoSexy:

Fashion From The 46th Annual NAACP

The 46th Annual NAACP held recently. We can't get enough of all the glam on the red carpet.
Who gets your best dressed vote?

Friday, 6 February 2015

Our History: Yoruba Literature

Yoruba literature is the spoken and written literature of the Yoruba people, the largest ethno-linguistic group in Nigeria, and in Africa. The Yorùbá language is spoken in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo, as well as in dispersed Yoruba communities throughout the world.

Yoruba did not have a common written form before the nineteenth century. Many of the early contributions to Yoruba writing and formal study were made by English-educated Anglican priests. The first Yoruba grammar was published in 1843 by Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther. He was of Yoruba origin himself. The written form of the Yoruba language comes from a Conference on Orthography from the Church Missionary Society in Lagos, in 1875. The first history of the Yoruba people was compiled by Reverend Samuel Johnson, who was also of Yoruba origin, in 1897. Thus, the formation of written Yoruba was facilitated by Yoruba people themselves despite the use of the Roman alphabet.

Yoruba religion is intertwined with history, with Yoruba claiming to descend from divinities, and some kings becoming deified after their deaths. Itan is the word for the sum of Yoruba religion, poetry, song, and history. Yoruba divinities are called Orishas, and make up one of the most complex pantheons in oral history.

Ifá, a complex system of divination, involves recital of Yoruba poetry containing stories and proverbs bearing on the divination. A divination recital can take a whole night. The body of this poetry is vast, and passed on between Ifa oracles.

The first novel in the Yorùbá language was Ogboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmale (The Forest of A Thousand Demons), although the literal translation is "The bravery of a hunter in the forest of demons", written in 1938 by Chief Daniel O. Fagunwa (1903–1963). It contains the picaresque tales of a Yoruba hunter encountering folklore elements, such as magic, monsters, spirits, and gods. It was one of the first novels to be written in any African language. Fagunwa wrote other works based on similar themes, and remains the most widely read Yorùbá-language author.

Amos Tutuola (1920–1997) was greatly inspired by Fagunwa, but wrote in an intentionally rambling, broken English, reflecting the oral tradition. Tutuola gained fame for The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1946, pub 1952), and other works based on Yoruba folklore.

Senator Afolabi Olabimtan (1932–1992) was a writer, along with professor, and politician. He wrote Yoruba language novels about modern Nigerian life and love, such as Kekere Ekun (1967; [Lad Nicknamed] Leopard Cub), and Ayanmo (1973; Predestination).

5 Minutes With Lady Biba

Nigerian design label Lady Biba created by Bisola Adeniyi, is putting a fashionable spin on architecture and geometry with its new Wardrobe Staples for Women LookBook. We caught up with her for 5 minutes as she shares her artistic influence and her plans for the future. 

- Shade A' Onakoya

Where does your artistic influence come from and when did you start making clothing?

It's something I've always had. Like a second nature. I never questioned my interest in design. I was always a fashion lover from a young age but I took my love a step further by taking sewing lessons in the summer of 2012 and officialy started my business in 2013.

If you hadn't been a designer, what other line of work took your fancy?

Definitely writing, cooking or some sort of creative management job. I still do these anyway.

How did you develop your interest in fashion design?

I'll say it was put by God. It's part of my purpose. The only fashion influence I had growing up was my Aunty who was going to fashion school while living with us. I guess my interest piqued as I would play around with sample fabrics and rouse through her 80's fashion catalogues. Even now, I spend a lot of time reading and researching fashion. I'm interested in all aspects of fashion design from the production to the consumer. I love being involved in every stage of it.

We’re still in love with your last collection “Refined Opulence”, what was your inspiration behind the collection?

The inspiration behind the collection was old money.. I had to actually tell my team the story before we started the shoot so that we could tell It well without words. I imagined a woman born into wealth. It's no stranger to her, she's spoilt with luxury but that doesn't define her taste. She prefers the simpler things in life and likes to look good in an understated way.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself with a more organised business structure managing production, distribution and marketing. I see Lady Biba building a community. We will stay inspiring and adding value not only to our customers but everyone we come in contact with.

Lady Biba recently launched its Spring/Summer 2015 collection; Wardrobe Staples for Women, if you missed it view it here.