MISS WORLD 2009-CAN NIGERIA BRING HOME THE CROWN AGAIN?

GLORY CHUKWU

Miss World is an annual beauty pageant with various contestants from different parts of the world.This year’s contest is going to be the the 59th Miss World pageant and will be held on December 12, 2009 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa where 112 contestants from all over the world will be competing for the crown alongside Gidi’s very own Glory Chukwu.

Back in 2001,  Agbani Darego was crowned Miss World making her the first and only Nigerian to ever win the title.Yhe season is here again and we can only hope that Glory follows Agbani’s footsteps.

SOME OF THE OTHER CONTESTANTS

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STYLE ME SEASON 3-EPISODE 5-I CAN TRANSFORM YA!

ANTHONIA AFTER

 

We are almost halfway through the Style ME season and there is a big twist coming next week!
This week, its time for another lifechanging makeover.

This week’s style subject is Anthonia Ama Ndubuisi
Anthonia is a 39 year old housewife and mother of 4 children
According to Anthonia, she applied to be madeover on Style ME because her children have said she really needs a makeover!
She will like to improve the way she dresses. For Anthonia, its not all about being trendy.
She simply wants to feel more vibrant and independent.

Style ME host Isioma shares that she can relate with Anthonia as she has 4 children as well!
She knows first hand that while being a great wife and mother is a priority. It is important to feel and look great as well.

Anthonia undergoes her makeover and is revealed in a beautiful wrap dress.

Her cute children also share the moment as they walk into the studio to admire their mum.

ANTHONIA BEFORE & AFTER

Borrowing the words of Peter Ishkhans ‘Change your image, change your life’.
Very apt in this case!

Style ME – Season 3 – Episode 5 – Full Episode

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

G.Y.E PRESENTS FUNFERE KENIYE KOROYE.”I AM A DESIGNER BY BIRTH AND AN ENGINEER BY NATURE”

Funfere Keniye Koroye

Funfere Keniye Koroye is one young man who stands out in the crowd,he stands out not only for his impeccable style or his mind blowing designs but also for his intellects.Funfere who is currently a second year student of  Industrial Engineering at Savannah College of Arts & Design, is not just an ordinary student but one thats on the Deans list.Funfere is definately a force to reckon with and we at GidiNoize were privileged to have an interview with this talented chap.

GidiNoize Interviews Funfere Keniye Koroye.

1.WHO IS FUNFERE KOROYE?

Funfere koroye is the definition of “cool” lol, even though that word is used in a very uneducated way but for real though I am who you want me to be; I am a lover and a hater, a cynic and a romantic. I am a designer by birth and an engineer by nature. I say a lot and too little, yeah I know I am a parody of myself and that’s what makes me wake up to this hard knock life we live in. Don’t go to bed without being all of you in everyday of your life.

2.CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND(EDUCATIONAL,FAMILY)?

Well I have been to so many schools, damn, seat of wisdom, genesis, Christ the redeemers college, trinity international college, British international school, academy of art San Francisco and now Savannah college of art and design. Not sure why I have switched so many times but I always had a reason. I used to live in Maryland in Lagos then moved to Lekki phase 1. I am the only son of my father (unfortunately) and I have three sisters who I kind of like, joking, love them to death. I grew up in humble beginnings, my father Mr. Koroye works in a bank and my mom Mrs. Koroye builds and sells houses formerly a fashion designer until Nigerians messed that up by not buying local. They have always supported me and I thank them for that.

3.WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD A KNACK FOR FASHION?

As a kid I always picked my outfit, when most people left it up to their mums and ended up looking a hot mess. I had phases from the army man camouflage look to the church boy waistcoat and suit look. Yes I played dress up in my own way. People around me always asked where I got my clothes or told me how they wanted it. I never took it as stylish, I just did what I felt and some liked it, pretty sure some hated it too.



4.WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?

My style is too many things combined, I do as I please, and I can be preppy today and sporty tomorrow. The weather prescribed me my medication to my dedication for style. Don’t step out of the house and tell yourself you didn’t have enough time to think about what you wore because that shows a lack of responsibility. I don’t always wear a tie but I look presentable. Sometimes I dress as I feel; I wear dark colors if I feel down and bright colors to show I am happy.

6.DOES YOUR STYLE REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY,IF SO,HOW?

Well I wouldn’t say my style reflects my personality, I have been asked if I am in a marching band but I say no and people wonder why I wear band jackets. I wear what I want so I guess my personality is outgoing and unpredictable. On second thoughts my style represents my fluidity and dynamism.


7.WHATS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR STYLE?

Inspiration is too vast to pin point. I have always admired Michael Jackson, Pharrell Williams, Jimi Hendrix and Outkast. I love people with personality and flare. I don’t mean wear a chicken as a hat and expect my adoration but don’t follow trends and you will be you. I also draw inspiration from surroundings, in California I got introduced to skinny jeans and the scarves and in London the graphic tees and skinny ties. I look around and inspiration is always in plain sight.

8.CAN YOU LIST A COUPLE OF CELEBS IN GIDI AND BEYOND WHO’S STYLES APPEAL TO YOU?

This is tough, in Lagos I never actually see anyone in the entertainment industry that inspire me. I mean M.I., Naeto C and 2face idibia are decent in their style but they are fairly new to what I consider stylish in Lagos, actually I like Denrele Edun’s bravery but not all of what he wears haha. As mentioned before I like the Pharrell Williams, Jimi Hendrix and Outkast with the addition Justin Timberlake, The Dream, Jeremih, Kanye West and Jean Paul Gautier. Honestly most stylish just have money and no real sense of style.


9.WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE STORES?

When it comes to stores I don’t do expensive (for the most part)

· Topshop

· Next

· Gap

· Footlocker

· Primark

· Rue 21

· Gucci

· Nike

· Etsy.com

· Oki-ni.com

· Louis Vuitton

· Urban outfitters

· Marc Jacobs

· H&M

· Express men

· Ed hardy

Kid robot

· Bape

· Stussy

· Kaws

· Hot topic


10.WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS?

I am not all about brands, I also know my designers, to name a few

· Calvin Klein

· Anne Klein

· Marc Jacobs

· Donatella Versace

· Oscar de la Renta

· Kanye west

· Tom ford

· Ben Sherman

· Henry Lau (spy)

· Dolce and Gabbanna

· Guccio Gucci

· Jean Paul Gautier

· Deola Sagoe

· Tare koroye

· Tiffany amber

· Joan Okorodudu

· Zizi


11.OUTSIDE THE FASHION/STYLE SCENE, WHO IS FUNFERE?

Outside of style I am an industrial designer; I am sure you are making up definitions that don’t apply to what it really means. I design and make everything, yes everything. I design and make toys, phones, cars, boats, planes, cutlery, furniture interiors, alternative energy and even pens. I love what I do as an innovator and it gives me a chance to incorporate style into the ugly beasts that engineers come up with (sorry engineers). I am going strong for two years, hope to start my own design consultancy and energy logistics company in Nigeria and spread across Africa. My website http://www.funferekoroye.com shows my work in more details. I strongly believe that before I die I have leave inspiration and awe in the minds of the people around me and my career choice is my one true way of doing that.


12.ARE YOU SINGLE?LOL

Well everyone is single if they are not married, trust me I know I am right. Yes I am single, not too long ago I was in a relationship but work got in the way.

13.APART FROM FASHION DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST?

I love to write music, books and poems. I love building and creating, any form of art and design is my passion. I like to blog and generally show the world for its creativity and sometimes its destruction. No joy without pain. I also dabble in a majority of sports from soccer to badminton; I believe good health is good wealth.


14.DO YOU INTEND ON GOING INTO THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN FUTURE PERHAPS OWNING YOUR OWN CLOTHING LINE?

Right now I am working on my clothing; my website for the line http://www.fusionkelvar.bigcartel.com is a work in progress. I am working with my partners to get investors to get it off the ground. I hope I don’t disappoint myself and lose momentum.


15.WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?

In ten years, I see an office view with my name on the building. I want to be the man in charge of his own destiny. Funfere will be a name to reckon with in the world of industrialization. I pray my work will be in every shelf, drawer, bathroom and closet space.

16.WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE WHO LACK DRESS SENSE?LOL

Ok for you guys looking a hot mess (forgive me) just put a simple shirt and jeans (no stupid slogans) please forget how you rep “Naija” or how u are a bad girl if it doesn’t look tasteful. It looks tacky when I have to read a whole story on your shirt. If u stuck type my blog: http://www.funferekoroye.blogspot.com. I always have tips to keep you styling and save you money. Don’t try to look Hollywood in Nigeria because it’s a 100 degrees fool, stop wear fur coats and wool scarves. I see you guys and girls glistening with you bedazzled tops, not a good look if you not a background dancer for Britney spears. Please stop giving Africans a bad name. When people see me they know am not American but at least they don’t think I am oblivious to style. You can be African and still be stylish. In Lagos look up my home boy Adebayo lawal in Lagos, always on point in formal and traditional.


17.IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WONT BE CAUGHT DEAD WITHOUT?

I can’t leave the house without a fresh wrist watch, a fitted shirt, a clean haircut and some out of this world eyewear. From time to time I put on a scarf “Gucci bandana” or two, my rosaries, bracelets and my Louis back pack.


18.IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WONT BE CAUGHT DEAD IN?

I will never be seen in an extra long white tee, baggy three quarters, baggy jeans, grills, hot pants, a man thong, fish net shirt, bell bottoms, a shower cap(sorry snoop), fur coats in the summer, fur boots in the summer and please no jean shirt on jean pants unless you singing country music. If I continue I will start to offend, I know some things aren’t accepted like my skinny jeans or man purse even though the educated term is luggage. Don’t wear anything that makes you look like you need divine intervention; friends please let each other know when you look like a storm in an old lady’s closet. I am not trying to hate of people who don’t work out but don’t wear tops that hug to tight if it is not attractive.

FUNFERE’S STYLE AND DESIGNS.



EXCLUSIVE-GIDINOIZE INTERVIEWS ADEOLA ARIYO(TOP AFRICAN MODEL).

ADEOLA ARIYO2In 2005, Adeola Ariyo was one of the Nigerian contestants and finalists at Nokia’s Face of Africa. Since the competition she has graced various runways worldwide.Furthermore, Adeola Ariyo is not only a Top African Model but she’s also an actress and on the 14th of March 2008 in USA she debuted on the big screen as a Nurse in the Neil Marshall directorial – DOOMSDAY. We at GidiNoize were privileged to have an interview with the Adeola Ariyo herself.

GidiNoize INTERVIEWS ADEOLA ARIYO

1. WHO IS ADEOLA ARIYO?

Adeola ariyo is a 24 year old model/ psychology student at the University of South Africa.

2. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND (EDUCATIONAL, FAMILY)?
I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I grew up in London, went to primary school and some of my secondary school there, I’m currently studying my BA of Arts, majoring in psychology. My father is from Ondo and my mother is half Ghanaian, half Nigerian.

3. GROWING UP, WHO WERE YOUR INFLUENCES?
When I was growing up, my dad played a big part in my life. He was my best friend, we had so much in common and I also saw him as my bodyguard(he is 6’4) I can call him my role model because he has taught me a lot of things, which I still implement in my day to day life.

4. WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOUR MODELLING TALENT?
When I was 14

5.HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MODELLING FOR?
Officially, I would say I have been modelling for four years! I initially started when I was 14 and stopped at 16. Started again when I was 19.
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6. HOW WERE YOU DISCOVERED?

My dad and I were in Topshop at the west end and MODELS1, one of the biggest agencies in the UK, possibly in the world, were scouting for models. My dad found out they were on the ground floor and made me tag along to go see them. I had no idea what was going on until the scout pulled out a Polaroid camera and asked me to stand still for a picture. Two weeks after that, I got a phone call from the agency telling me they had signed me up. I was so excited as I was with the same agency as Kate Moss and Alek Week at the time 🙂

7.WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN PART IN VARIOUS RUN WAY SHOWS CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THEM?
Yes, I have taken part yearly in Cape Town fashion week, Durban fashion week. London fashion week happened in 2007. It’s always an adrenaline rush when it comes to fashion weeks, fashion shows to be precise. No matter how many times I have walked down the ramp, its always so nerve racking. The fear of slipping, sometimes falling on the runways creeps in. And it has happened a few times (smiles)

8.WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST MOMENT OF YOUR MODELLING CAREER?

The greatest moment in my career for me, was the very beginning. Being in the Face of Africa competition in 2005, ending up in the top 5, being able to experience the things I did, travelling around Africa and meeting wonderful people. The icing on the cake was finally meeting OLUCHI!!
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9.THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU HEAR MODELLING IS DIET, WHAT IS IT LIKE?
Well people differ. Some diet and some don’t need to. I won’t say I diet, I eat just about anything. I do try to drink as much water as I can and also throw in some fruits from time to time though. For those who diet, it’s pretty strict. It also means a lot of exercise, and also needs a lot of determination. It doesn’t mean eating one celery stick or carrot stick and drinking lots of coke or coffee, No! People tend to take it a tad bit too far by saying models don’t eat at all. We do eat just like everyone else; let’s just say we are blessed.

10. WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN YOU’RE ON THE RUNWAY AND ALL EYES ARE ON YOU?

Haha!!! Firstly it’s the nerves, hoping not to slip or fall because the runway can get slippery at times. Also I think about the brief I got during rehearsals in terms of how fast to walk, whether to smile, look sad or whatever the case may be.
And it’s also that little moment/ time to shine. In my mind, I’m like ‘ work it baby!!!’ LOL.

11. OUTSIDE THE MODELLING SCENE WHO IS ADEOLA ARIYO?

Outside the modelling scene, Adeola is pretty much studying. I like my own space, I love staying at home when I don’t need to be out there, working or going for castings.

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12. WHATS A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE LIKE?
During season, when there is a lot of work, a typical day is waking up early, going to castings the whole day which could be from 3-8, or shooting the whole day. A day’s shoots lasts from 8-12 hours!! It becomes very tiring. When I get home from my castings or from a job, I try to catch up on school work.

13. ARE YOU SINGLE? LOL

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14. OTHER THAN MODELLING, WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST?
Right now, I’m totally focused on school. I haven’t really had time for other activities. But having said that, I love sports and if I had the time I would start running again. 100m, I was quite fast back in high school LOL

15.WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?

In the next 10 years I see myself married, settled down and owning my own company(still on the hush hush…)

16.WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING MODELS?
The number one advice I have is to BE YOURSELF!!! It goes a long way. Be ready for rejection because the industry is a cut-throat one. You can be the in thing today and before u know it, someone else would take your place.
Be warm and always smile. A smile goes a long way. And say NO to DRUGS!!

EXCLUSIVE-GIDINOIZE INTERVIEWS ADEOLA ARIYO(TOP AFRICAN MODEL)

ADEOLA ARIYO2

ADEOLA ARIYO

In 2005, Adeola Ariyo was one of the Nigerian contestants and finalists at Nokia’s Face of Africa. Since the competition she has graced various runways worldwide.Furthermore, Adeola Ariyo is not only a Top African Model but she’s also an actress and on the 14th of March 2008 in USA she debuted on the big screen as a Nurse in the Neil Marshall directorial – DOOMSDAY. We at GidiNoize were privileged to have an interview with the Adeola Ariyo herself.

GidiNoize INTERVIEWS ADEOLA ARIYO

1. WHO IS ADEOLA ARIYO?

Adeola ariyo is a 24 year old model/ psychology student at the University of South Africa.

2. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND (EDUCATIONAL, FAMILY)?
I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I grew up in London, went to primary school and some of my secondary school there, I’m currently studying my BA of Arts, majoring in psychology. My father is from Ondo and my mother is half Ghanaian, half Nigerian.

3. GROWING UP, WHO WERE YOUR INFLUENCES?
When I was growing up, my dad played a big part in my life. He was my best friend, we had so much in common and I also saw him as my bodyguard(he is 6’4) I can call him my role model because he has taught me a lot of things, which I still implement in my day to day life.

4. WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOUR MODELLING TALENT?
When I was 14

5.HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MODELLING FOR?
Officially, I would say I have been modelling for four years! I initially started when I was 14 and stopped at 16. Started again when I was 19.

6. HOW WERE YOU DISCOVERED?

My dad and I were in Topshop at the west end and MODELS1, one of the biggest agencies in the UK, possibly in the world, were scouting for models. My dad found out they were on the ground floor and made me tag along to go see them. I had no idea what was going on until the scout pulled out a Polaroid camera and asked me to stand still for a picture. Two weeks after that, I got a phone call from the agency telling me they had signed me up. I was so excited as I was with the same agency as Kate Moss and Alek Week at the time 🙂

7.WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN PART IN VARIOUS RUN WAY SHOWS CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THEM?
Yes, I have taken part yearly in Cape Town fashion week, Durban fashion week. London fashion week happened in 2007. It’s always an adrenaline rush when it comes to fashion weeks, fashion shows to be precise. No matter how many times I have walked down the ramp, its always so nerve racking. The fear of slipping, sometimes falling on the runways creeps in. And it has happened a few times (smiles)

8.WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST MOMENT OF YOUR MODELLING CAREER?

The greatest moment in my career for me, was the very beginning. Being in the Face of Africa competition in 2005, ending up in the top 5, being able to experience the things I did, travelling around Africa and meeting wonderful people. The icing on the cake was finally meeting OLUCHI!!

9.THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU HEAR MODELLING IS DIET, WHAT IS IT LIKE?
Well people differ. Some diet and some don’t need to. I won’t say I diet, I eat just about anything. I do try to drink as much water as I can and also throw in some fruits from time to time though. For those who diet, it’s pretty strict. It also means a lot of exercise, and also needs a lot of determination. It doesn’t mean eating one celery stick or carrot stick and drinking lots of coke or coffee, No! People tend to take it a tad bit too far by saying models don’t eat at all. We do eat just like everyone else; let’s just say we are blessed.

10. WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN YOU’RE ON THE RUNWAY AND ALL EYES ARE ON YOU?

Haha!!! Firstly it’s the nerves, hoping not to slip or fall because the runway can get slippery at times. Also I think about the brief I got during rehearsals in terms of how fast to walk, whether to smile, look sad or whatever the case may be.
And it’s also that little moment/ time to shine. In my mind, I’m like ‘ work it baby!!!’ LOL.

11. OUTSIDE THE MODELLING SCENE WHO IS ADEOLA ARIYO?

Outside the modelling scene, Adeola is pretty much studying. I like my own space, I love staying at home when I don’t need to be out there, working or going for castings.


12. WHATS A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE LIKE?
During season, when there is a lot of work, a typical day is waking up early, going to castings the whole day which could be from 3-8, or shooting the whole day. A day’s shoots lasts from 8-12 hours!! It becomes very tiring. When I get home from my castings or from a job, I try to catch up on school work.

13. ARE YOU SINGLE? LOL

….

14. OTHER THAN MODELLING, WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST?
Right now, I’m totally focused on school. I haven’t really had time for other activities. But having said that, I love sports and if I had the time I would start running again. 100m, I was quite fast back in high school LOL

15.WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
In the next 10 years I see myself married, settled down and owning my own company(still on the hush hush…)

16.WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING MODELS?
The number one advice I have is to BE YOURSELF!!! It goes a long way. Be ready for rejection because the industry is a cut-throat one. You can be the in thing today and before u know it, someone else would take your place.
Be warm and always smile. A smile goes a long way. And say NO to DRUGS!!


STYLE ME SEASON 3.

Lizzy (middle) with hosts Zainab and Isioma

This week’s style subject is 39 year old Lizzy Enahoro.
Lizzy’s life revolves around her family. She is happily married and is a mother with 3 children.
You can call Lizzy a ‘professional homemaker’. Since she got married, she has been a stay-at-home mum, tending to the needs of her husband and children.
Now Lizzy is ready for some new challenges. She is starting a new business and will like a makeover to help her tranistion from ‘mum-ager’ to manager!
Isioma and Zainab help her do just that!

Episode 1:

Style Me Season 3 – Episode 2

Part 1

Part 2
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Part 3

Before and After

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AGBANI DAREGO-WHAT SHE’S BEEN UP TO.

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AGBANI DAREGO needs no introduction but for those of you who do not know her , Agbani Darego was crowned Miss World on November 16, 2001 making her the first  NIGERIAN to win the title.Born in 1982, Agbani hails from  Rivers State in Nigeria. Her full name is Ibiagbanidokibubo Asenite Darego, and she’s the sixth of eight children in her family.As a little girl Agbani Darego spent many hours , paging through foreign fashion magazines,little did she know what she had in store for her.

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Now that I’m done with the Introduction, Lets get down to business.

Many of you havent heard much about Agbani lately or have you?Nahhhhhhhh right? Anyways, she’s still as stunning as ever as you can see from the pictures above.

Before Agbani won Miss World, She was a Computer Science Undergraduate but due to all the happenings at that time she took some time off.Agbani has now decided to go back to school and she is currently studying a Business related course in NYU so all you Nigerians in NYU should be on the look out..lol.Nevertheless Agbani stays true to her modelling career and is still on her modelling grind, of which not too long ago she signed a contract with Donald Trump..Yes oh and I repeat DONALD TRUMP..lol anyways the aim of the contract was for her to e a Ford Model.So there you have it,What Agbani has been up to!!!!!!!

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