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Eclectic 21, Yeye Cabaret, Premiere Short Film Titled “Nkem” on Mothers’ Day

Yeye Cabaret – the biggest annual Mother’s Day showcase in Lagos, Nigeria – on Sunday, 8th of May 2022 hosted guests to its 8th edition of an unforgettable evening of fine dining and movie premiere at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi – Lagos with the theme for this year; “A Gift Of Love”.

This is coming after the brand had gone on a 3-year hiatus owing to the pandemic and the need to rebrand and rejuvenate to match the trajectory of its vision to offer the ultimate Mother’s Day experience.

The short film premiered; “NKEM (My Own)”, produced and directed by Ayodele Ogundipe – Creative Director, Yeye Cabaret – buttresses the subject of surrogacy within the Nigerian society and gives insight into the possible paradigm shift toward parenthood among the millennial generation to reveal the unvarnished truth of the journey of motherhood that is often less represented.

Speaking on the objective of this year’s edition, Executive Producer and Director, Ayodele Ogundipe said, “The objective is to expand the scope and make Yeye Cabaret more socially relevant and impactful, discussing issues surrounding motherhood as it affects us in Nigeria in line with the reality of the political and social culture of our environment”.

Amongst the list of attendees who graced the event were – Abimbola Fashola (Her Excellency, the former First Lady of Lagos State), Mrs. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett (veteran actress), Iniabasi Leye (CEO ROOMS Art Therapy and the Face Of Yeye Cabaret 2022), Esther Chimodi Ofomata (Dana Air representative), Titi Fowora (Creator, Interiors By Design), Tola Akerele (Director, Bogobiri House), and many more.

Some of the event highlights include the presentation of the Four-Generation Portrait that featured the family of Mrs. Lola Animashaun. A few lucky guests in attendance got to win return tickets to Abuja during the raffle draw, courtesy of Dana Air.

The Yeye Cabaret magazine was also published and given to each guest in attendance, which will also be available onboard Dana Air to passengers flying with the airline.

The event was produced by Eclectic 21 TM in partnership with Dana Air, and The Mobile Spa. Official media partners were Beat 99.9fm and Lagos Talks 91.3fm.

For more information, kindly contact ayo.ogundipe@eclectic21.com 

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RIF Trust Joins The Luxury Network Nigeria as its Latest Member

The luxury affinity group, aimed at building a network of the most prestigious brands in Nigeria, has recently onboarded RIF Trust as its newest member.

The Residency and Citizenship by Investment Specialists, founded in Dubai and has now opened a new office in Lagos, caters to private clients by offering investment migration government advisory, tax residency, and residency & citizenship by investment consultations.

With over 2,000 successful clients, 10 years of operation, over 100 years of collective industry experience, and a global presence that cuts across 22 offices, RIF Trust provides meticulous and transparent second citizenship and residency application processes for High-Net-Worth Individuals seeking to achieve the best quality of life, through investment opportunities and financial planning.

The Managing Director of The Luxury Network Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Abiola-Jacobs in a statement to welcome RIF Trust, emphasized the importance of being open to such an initiative in the Nigerian context. “Nigerians and Africans at large are very high potential and highly mobile people, there are so much more opportunities to explore and that’s why we are delighted to welcome on board our new members, RIF Trust. According to the facts presented to us by RIF Trust, 20% of Nigerian HNWIs have applied for second citizenship since 2016, while 25% of African HNWIs plan to obtain a second passport or citizenship in 2022- 2023, these numbers indicate that there is a need to ensure that these individuals are provided with the right information and procedures”.

For more information, please visit https://www.riftrust.com/  

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Eclectic 21 Set to Premiere Short Film Titled “Nkem” in May 2022

Eclectic 21 Ltd, the artistic content and cultural curator – producer of Yeye Cabaret – the biggest annual Mothers’ Day showcase in Nigeria is set to premiere its short film titled “Nkem” (My Own) on Sunday, May 8th, 2022 at The Wheathbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“Nkem” is a psychological drama based on surrogacy. It explores the intrigue of power play, economic opportunity, teenage pregnancy, culture clash, and emotional manipulation.

The script features two women – Uloma and Achebe on their journey to motherhood, under different circumstances. As they navigate their path on this journey – each dealing with their lot in life – the decision of one changes the narrative altogether with some dire consequences, especially for the unborn child.

In an intriguing way, Nkem is a story of ownership, ownership of the right, to love a child. When the narrative of motherhood is nuanced, the lines of morality can become blurred.

The short film – Nkem – invites viewers to bear witness to the price and prize of motherhood. Here, the moral code of who is right and who is wrong is simply a rhetorical question to ponder.

The refreshingly fun and entertaining short film is set to premiere at the annual Yeye Cabaret in May, which is aimed at celebrating mothers – the joy and pain of motherhood.

With an unexpected plot twist and a stellar lineup, Nkem is already set to be one short film that will keep people talking for a long time.

Commenting on the backstory of the film, Ayodele Ogundipe, Executive Producer and Director, states that the film is set to explore an uncommon area of motherhood that is often shied away from. He further explained the deep emotions portrayed in the film and how it is set to honor mothers on a special day, regardless of how they came to be mothers.

The short film written by Ingrid-Mary Okiya features Oluchi Odii, Tracey George, Floyd Igbo, Chikanmma Romanus, Okoro Uwale Essence, and Amos Mofaramola.

Eclectic 21 is a production company that operates as a creative concierge to service the needs of the Tourism and Educational markets – creating artistic showcases of cultural relevance and entertainment value for live or virtual experiences.

For sponsorship and more inquiries, please email ayo.ogundipe@eclectic21.com

Tickets are available for purchase at Bogobiri House, 9 Maitama Sule St, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Exclusive Invitation to the Africa Expo 2022 in Malaysia

The ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)My Events International, and The YD Company are inviting African Fashion and Beauty companies with a desire to break into the Asian market to the Africa Expo 2022 in Malaysia.

The Africa Expo 2022 is a multi-industry exhibition and networking event in a complete showcase of an array of sectors from more than 28 African countries and more than 30 Asian countries. Set to hold from the 14th – 20th July 2022 at The World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the high-level 6-day event will be dedicated to the local and international industry stakeholders to explore the business opportunities and to learn the latest needs of the world today.

The exhibition has been designed to create an avenue for African brands to upscale and expand their market shares within Africa and Asia. It has been designed to foster the mutual trade operations between the two continents embarking on the opening of their emerging economies.

Featuring top industry experts, thought leaders, financial advisers, and knowledgeable speakers across various sectors, as well as exhibitors from the African nations, ASEAN, and the Asia Pacific, they will be providing their wealth of knowledge in international businesses, ease of export and import, access to finance, access to the Asian market, standardized of products and many more.

The Africa Expo 2022 is projected to host approximately 200 companies, 500 trade delegates, and 10,000 visitors at the 6-day event. The Africa Expo 2022 aims to become the most important platform for high-level diplomacy to take place in Malaysia and is positive about receiving support from the Malaysian Government, respective African Embassies located in this region, and other trade-related bodies.

Speaking on behalf of the organizers, Hema Kandy, CEO of MyEvents International shared the plans and projections for the event. she said “The Africa Expo is well on its way to becoming the number one platform to cater to businesses across such a wide range of industries and countries at the same time. We are committed to providing all the necessary help and support for brand owners and even their customers across Africa and Asia. We are optimistic about the 6-day event which will cover many areas of a business exhibition on an international level.

Yetty Ogunnubi, CEO of The YD Company (YD Limited) expressed the importance of her Alliance with the organizers of the Africa Expo. In her words, “Our partnership with the Africa Expo is a major game-changer for African businesses. The exposure and growth opportunities that come with the platform are enormous and economically viable. Our goal is to promote African brands, focusing on the fashion and beauty industries to attract partnerships, investment opportunities, and sales. The Africa Expo is arguably the biggest platform for African and Asian brands. We are not only creating business opportunities for African brands; we are also giving them an opportunity to generate highly targeted and lucrative business leads”.

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Africa Expo 2022 Secretariat,

Selangor, Malaysia

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Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. Please contact africaexpo2022@yettyd.com for more information visit the website www.africa-xpo.com

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED FACE-OFF FIGHT NIGHT 2 

The second edition of the Face-Off Fight Night™ series powered by UFC Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman, and produced by 54 Limited, was held at The Eko Hotels and Suites, Convention Center on March 18, 2022, creating a new trend of international standard fight and entertainment events in Nigeria, catering to a fast-increasing fight fan-base and top celebrities and influencers.

Besides Kamaru Usman, the A-list dignitaries and celebrities included 2Face, Phyno, Bovi, Falz, Larry Gaga, Wofai, Banky W and others, along with top executives of private and public organizations and sponsoring brands, the Face-Off Fight Night 2™ showcased spectacular MMA fights and great interaction from over 800 fans in attendance. Fighters – Damilare Abdulrahim, Ikenna Michael, Chi Attoh, Ugochukwu Melvin, Emmanuel Eweh, Richard Onem, Cornell Thompson, Segun Ogunoike, and Daniel Emeka – emerged winners in their respective fights of the night. 

The Face-Off Fight Night 2™ was broadcasted live on cable, and terrestrial channels across Nigeria and 45 other African countries on Dstv and Gotv SuperSport channels, Silverbird Tv with a remarkable list of sponsors including Nigerian Breweries, Mikano, AIICO Insurance, Bet9ja, and Tolaram. 

“This is going to be bigger than football. We will be having people from various countries come to watch this event. It is already changing lives. These fighters will be paid for their efforts. This is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents” Usman said in his closing remarks.

Face-Off Fight Night 3™ is set to hold in July 2022.

Follow @theakoshow for more information and updates.

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U.S. Consulate in collaboration with Ascend Studios Foundation Announces Application for 2022 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Lagos – For the fourth year of AWE, the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos in partnership with Ascend Studios Foundation and Venture Garden Foundation has officially opened the 2022 application for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) – a U.S. Government initiative set up to empower female entrepreneurs all over the world. participants will be selected from the 17 states of southern Nigeria for the 2022 cohort. To support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants, 50 female returnees will also take part in the program. 

200 participants will be selected from the 17 states of southern Nigeria for the 2022 cohort. To support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants, 50 female returnees will also take part in the program. 

Accompanying this highly competitive program is the opportunity for the graduates of AWE to become automatic members of the U.S. government exchange alumni community, conferment that grants them access to an extensive network of top and similar business-minded professionals all over the country.

Statistics have shown that women’s participation in the economy drives better global businesses, resilient values, economic growth, and sustainable development. The AWE initiative is an enormous platform for female entrepreneurs in Nigeria to access classroom-like theoretical and practical insights, expand their networks, and build sustainable businesses.

The program offers complete business training through intensive and well-curated sessions facilitated by seasoned industry experts and business leaders on one part and access to the DreamBuilder platform – a blended business training course developed for women through a partnership between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and global copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan, on the other.

In giving her thoughts on this year’s partnership and program, Ascend Studios Foundation’s CEO, Dr. Inya Lawal appreciated the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria for the initiative. In her words “this is another great opportunity for women to participate in the economic and leadership space and we encourage many female entrepreneurs to apply for the program. This program is a game-changer for business owners. We have seen exponential growth in the businesses of our alumnae, and we look forward to welcoming successful applicants this year”.

The application link for interested female entrepreneurs to apply is now open and it is free.

The deadline for applications is 7th April 2022.

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Mastercard Foundation and My World of Bags’ Kafawa Training Program graduates its first cohort of young talent

Ibadan, March 2022 – Following its launch in October 2021, the Kafawa Training Program, a partnership between My World of Bags and the Mastercard Foundation, has formally graduated its first set of fully-trained leather industry artisans, entrepreneurs, craftsmen, and women. The program’s focus is to train young Nigerian women and men in leather and non-leather manufacturing work.

The program up-skills young Nigerians in artisanal work and provides them with the tools they need to find work opportunities or to venture into entrepreneurship. To date, the program has enrolled over 400 young women and men through in-person and virtual sessions.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Femi Olayebi, Creative Director, FemiHandbags, explained that through initiatives like this, the company has sought out ways to level the playing field and improve access for Nigerian MSMEs operating in the leather space. The goal, therefore, for Kafawa is to drive the growth of the leather sector and improve youth unemployment rates.

L-R: Jerry Tagang, Director, Directorate of Leather Training and Production Technology, Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST); Sefiyat Ismaila, Kafawa Handbags Manufacturing Trainee; Ridwan Ige, Kafawa Footwear Construction Trainee; Femi Olayebi, Program Director, Kafawa and CEO, My World of Bags/FemiHandbags.

“We are encouraged by the enormous potential that exists across Nigeria’s youth group and we are excited to be creating channels that will tap into that potential. ThroughKafawa, hundreds of young dreamers have started defining their goals and taking control of their futures, and we are immensely proud of their progress and achievements. We are honored to be driving such change, and we look forward to deepening this impact in the coming years”, said Olayebi.

Commenting on the program, the MSME Finance Lead for Mastercard Foundation, Chioma Nwagboso, revealed that one key area of the Foundation’s charitable objective is access to learning, of which the Kafawa Training Program is ideally aligned to this purpose. “We are grateful to our partner, My World of Bags, for creating opportunities for young people in Nigeria to thrive and succeed. We are confident that the Kafawagraduates will use their newly-acquired technical and soft skills to reach their full potential”, she said.

In Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy seeks to enable access to dignified work for 10 million youth by 2030 – with a 70% focus on women -across the agricultural and adjacent sector, the creative industry, and through digital interventions.

Beyond access and empowerment, Kafawa’s vision is to change the narrative around production, tailoring, and manufacturing jobs, with most of the program’s recent graduates starting their own businesses or joining the workforce.

“When I see my work and I’m able to do things that I thought were impossible, it gives me inspiration that I can do more. Kafawa has given me so much hope for a future, so much hope as a shoemaker”, said a recent graduate, Opeyemi Okanlawon.

The graduating cohort received completion certificates, and in some cases, certificates of achievement for outstanding performance. In addition, following a trade test (held earlier) administered by the Nigerian Ministry of Labour, Productivity, and Employment, candidates received national certification, which qualifies them to operate as fully-fledged leather artisans. There were also business awards and grants given to the top graduating students, courtesy of the Lagos Leather Fair.

Kafawa is set to roll out the next set of training sessions in late 2022.

Media Enquiries

My World of Bags Ltd

Oluyemi Olukanni

Communications Lead, My World of Bags/FemiHandbags

programs@myworldofbags.com

www.kafawa.com

Mastercard Foundation

Nonye Mpho Omotola

Country Lead, Program Communications, Nigeria

nomotola@mastercardfdn.org


About My World of Bags

My World of Bags (MWOB) is a bag design and corporate accessories manufacturing company, and the parent company of Femi Handbags — a bespoke line of leather handbags and accessories. Founded in 1992 by Femi Olayebi, the company designs and produces a dynamic array of products for businesses and individuals alike.

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The Luxury Network Nigeria Hosts Exclusive RIF Trust Dinner

The Luxury Network Nigeria (TLN Nigeria) in collaboration with The Luxury Network UAE (TLN UAE), organized an exclusive VIP Dinner with the RIF Trust, a world-class residency and citizenship advisory, on Thursday, the 3rd of March 2022 to discuss the benefits and path to acquiring second citizenship via investment.

The event, which was held at The Good Life Restaurant by The Seattle Residences and Spa, situated at Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, had a number of eminent players, relevant stakeholders, and influential high-net-worth individuals in attendance. At the event were Mr. Samuel Abiola-Jacobs (Managing Director, The Luxury Network Nigeria), Mr David Regueiro (Group COO, RIF Trust), Mrs. Ezinne Nwazulu (Managing Partner, 234 Finance and Retail Business Manager, Nepal Oil), Mr. Alex Ekeoma, (Executive Director, Geo Travel and Tours), Miss Isabel Ashipa (Private Wealth Advisor (Private Banking and HNI) – FBN Quest), Mr. Oromena Ajakpovi (Partner – Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie), Mrs. Oyetola Okusanya (CEO – C&C Luxury), Miss Adetutu Osho (Marketing Manager, AvanteFly), Ms. Yetty Ogunnubi (CEO The YD Company), amongst other VIPs.

The main highlight of the discussion at the event centered on providing a detailed road path to greater freedom to travel and securing second citizenship through high-yield investment placement for high-net-worth individuals.

Speaking at the dinner, Mr. Samuel Abiola-Jacobs, whose confirmation of appointment as TLN Nigeria’s new Managing Director was announced at the event after 5 years’ service as the brand’s Executive Director, highlighted the significance of this laudable event as it concerns the global order today. He commented that TLN Nigeria is delighted to partner with her UAE counterpart to organize this luxury dinner for RIF Trust in the exploration of business opportunities surrounding citizenship-by-investment and residency all over the world. He also mentioned that in attendance at the event were distinguished guests who are friends, clients, and members of the network and reiterated the need to have an open discussion about second citizenship as it pertains to global mobility and investment.

The Luxury Network strives to help their member luxury brands grow and develop business regionally through targeted signature events and benefit them with such initiative to meet and present their company’s new business development ideas and objectives with other like-minded luxury brand directors with the same objectives as in the case of The Luxury Network Nigeria’s member, Avantefly – an exclusive luxury travel and concierge service platform – that featured in 29th issue of The Luxury Network Magazine.

The RIF Trust private dinner is also featured and available to read in the latest edition of The Luxury Network Magazine.

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5Five 4Four’s Second Face-Off Night Fight to Hold in March 2022

In anticipation of the sequel of the Face-Off Fight Night series, 5Five 4Four Limited, the producers of The African KnockOut Show, announced the second edition of the fight series, FaceOff Fight Night 2 to hold on the 18th of March 2022 at Eko Hotels and Suites.

Powered by the UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, the first FaceOff Fight Night was launched in Nigeria on January 7th, 2022, in a star-studded event with celebrities including The African Giant Burna Boy, comedian Bovi, reality TV star Nengi Hampson, DJ Spinall, Olisa Adibua, Wofai Fada, William Uchemba, amongst many others in attendance.

The event which will broadcast live on cable and terrestrial channels across Nigeria and 45 other African countries is sponsored by Legend Extra Stout, Climax Energy Drink, Bet9ja, and AIICO Insurance.

UFC Champion, Kamaru Usman, who returned to Nigeria to host Face-Off Fight Night 1 — the first edition of the Martial Mixed Art (MMA) fight series, revealed the vision behind this historic partnership with 5Five 4Four to grow the sport in Africa and provide opportunities for African fighters. He said “I have thought about it over and over on how I can help. How can I go back and create opportunities for children like myself? This is the best way to do that. I was able to run into my amazing partners who had a similar vision as well, and this vision is to create opportunities to be able to get all those kids like myself to change their lives or their families’ lives”. Kamaru went on to affirm that “it’s not just about doing a show, we want to do big things with this event, we want to be able to change the culture. We want to be able to change the way things are right now. We are not only creating those opportunities, but we want to do it for future generations to come.”

FaceOff Fight Nights are a series of high-end MMA events organized by 54 limited and powered by Kamaru Usman aiming to create a new trend of premium activations, merging sports and entertainment in an internationally proven concept, and giving MMA fans an opportunity to watch professional fights live.

For more information, visit www.ako.show and follow @theAKOshow on socials for updates.

Watch Kamaru Usman’s invite

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