Okay readers, here it is, we will still have the African Indian wedding post as promised in our subsequent post.
What we find interesting today though is the renewed interest in Shilpa Shetty few days after Jade passed away.
Coincidence or just another reality star interest? You be the judge!
Well it is "now news" that Shilpa will be moving in with her "Fiance" Raj Kundra who happens to be a millionaire.
Some folks have insinuated that he broke up with his wife all because of Shilpa Shetty.
According to the DAILY MAIL magazine:
"Raj Kundra was separated when he met Shilpa, but his estranged wife publicly blamed the actress for the break-up of the marriage.
However, in this week's edition of Hello magazine, Shilpa refutes the allegations, saying: 'I made it clear to him that our relationship could go no further than friendship until he actually had his divorce.'
The Bollywood star found fame in Britain when she appeared alongside the late Jade Goody in Celebrity Big Brother - winning the series.
The 33-year-old met millionaire Kundra shortly afterwards, but after the two were photographed shopping together the resultant newspaper headlines caused her heartache.
'It actually made me feel physically ill,' she said. 'To be called a marriage-breaker was the worst thing possible. It brought such shame on to my parents, and I felt so bad for their sake.'
Shilpa claims it was only when his divorce was finalised that they began their relaitionship: 'To be honest, I think I was in love with Raj from day one – but I was in denial.'
The couple are planning to marry around October, and Shilpa says she can't wait to start a family.
'I’m desperate to start a family – I just love children, and we’ve a beautiful ready-made nursery. I want at least two children.'"
They are apparently moving into a £5million seven-bedroom mansion in Weybridge, Surrey, which Kundra bought when he was still married to his ex-wife.
Hint? Lets just say it is an amazing Indian and African wedding. Need another hint? How about watching the video clip below, but in a happier lighter mood.
Just a quick note, this clip is from a favorite movie of mine:
Hope you enjoyed it, watch out for the wedding post coming up next!
I have highlighted the interesting parts of the article, my favorite? the take home pay!
Professionals in certain fields are now more well-paid than in the past," says Hassan Usman, an HR Manager at a telecoms firm in Abuja. He says the emergence of upmarket buyers is the result of a boost in salaries of workers in certain fields. "An entry-level telecoms professional could earn up to N100 000 while one in mid-level as much as N350 000. Now, with an earning power like that, tastes would have to change," Usman adds.
But fat salaries can't be the only source for upmarket buyers. Where would additional finance for newly-acquired tastes come from? Banks. New generation banks offer varieties of loan and finance packages to people in certain income-earning brackets and the upmarket buyers willingly apply and utilise the packages. With the power of a bank's loans behind them, the next questions is 'What to buy?'
Young professionals and entrepreneurs mostly have a point to prove, says Yemi Solade, an accountant at a finance house in Lagos. "They need to show that they have 'arrived' and what better way than to purchase the latest cars in the market?" Solade says a need to impress drives most of his colleagues to cruise nothing less than the current year's models of luxury brands like Honda, Lexus, Mercedes Benz and even more exotic brands. "I own a 2008 Honda Accord, whose purchase was of course financed by a bank," Solade says, adding that he will finish paying off the loan in four years.
Cars are not the only things upmarket buyers zoom in on. Hadeezah Gambari, an IT consultant at an Abuja-based firm says: "I make so much money and I love to shop. It's a no-brainer that I'd go for luxury goods. Italian designer shoes, bags and other accessories are all that'll do." Gambari, single and in her early 30s, says she takes home a minimum of N400 000 every month. "So, for me, it's perfectly healthy to spend a good chunk of it on retail therapy," she added.
George Nnaji was getting fitted for a suit in the Pierre Cardin store at Ceddi Plaza, home to outlets of Barcelo's, Nu Metro, Wrangler and other consumer brands. "I don't care if this suit costs a quarter of my monthly wages. It's worth it, and besides, I earn more now and that means I can afford it," Nnaji said. The 27-year-old is visiting in Abuja as he works at a PR firm in Lagos which handles the briefs of two big telecoms companies. "A senior copy writer has to look good during presentations, you know. Plus I have actually grown a taste for sleek, costly suits," Nnnaji said.
The Nigerian luxury market is currently dominated by imported goods. High-end perfumes, clothes, gadgets and automobiles are not produced in the country, but there is an ever-climbing need for them from upmarket buyers. "I like Nigerian clothes. I own two or three sets but I love Italian suits and Swiss watches," says Igbagbon Olumide, a self-professed 'power-dresser' and self-confessed 'couture junkie'.
Upmarket buyers, it turns out, are not limited to Lagos and Abuja. Port Harcourt, in oil-rich Rivers State has a large number of expatriates who rely on imported goods for a taste of home, and that makes it convenient for Nigerian upmarket buyers with a taste for the foreign. Daniel Oko, who works for an oil company says he has been working with the firm for two years but he has changed cars thrice, each following one more expensive than the last.
Recognising the increased presence of upmarket buyers in Nigeria, local and foreign investors are cashing in. Non-Nigerian brands like the aforementioned Barcelo's, Wrangler and Nu Metro, Nando's, Shoprite, Game and many others are making a recognisable impact on the economical – sometimes cultural – landscape in the country. In restaurants, long queues are ever-present, indicating a large yet-to-be untapped market. Many an unhappy customer walks out of clothes stores with his money because he wants is out of stock. "I want to buy the latest iPod Nano for my niece, but they have none," says Ladidi Abdulkareem of a large shop of South African origin. She laments that she will have to wait till late December when she travels to London for Christmas before getting one. "Or I’ll ask my brother to send one from South Africa," she sighed.
What are your thoughts on the new demanding the young and affluent? Mind you most of them live at home or have their homes paid for!
According to CNN,
Natasha Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress and member of the famed Redgrave acting family, died Wednesday after suffering injuries in a ski accident, according to a family statement. She was 45.
Natasha Richardson fell on a beginners' slope in Canada. Richardson, wife of actor Liam Neeson, was injured Monday in a fall on a ski slope at a Quebec resort about 80 miles northwest of Montreal.
Richardson's family released a statement saying, "Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."
So truly sad, say a prayer for the family, would you?
PICTURE THIS! KIMORA LEE SIMMONS AND DJIMON HONSOU MARRIED IN A TRADITIONAL CEREMONY IN BENIN AFRICA!
The mainstream media is calling it a commitment ceremony but we all know the deal. In Africa, it is called a traditional ceremony; this ceremony has the same rights conveyed if not more in some instances to the official wedding ceremony!
According to us magazine
"Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou held a commitment ceremony in his native Benin, Africa over the summer, a source confirms to Usmgazine.com.
"The couple is very happy and dedicated to each other one hundred percent," Simmons' rep tells Us.
The source tells Us the couple -- currently expecting their first child together -- went to Africa to meet Hounsou's family and decided to have the traditional ceremony "since they knew it was a special opportunity to all be together.""
Congratulations to the couple, what do you say?
Pius Utomi/AFP/Getty Images
Check this out, number 601 on Forbes BILLIONAIRE'S LIST
Net Worth:$1.2 bil
Country Of Citizenship:Nigeria
Marital Status:married, 4 children
Politician's son used a majority stake in African Petroleum to get himself appointed its chief executive last year. Now he plans to merge it with his private firm, Zenon, to create the continent's largest oil company. Deal has stalled in the face of government concerns about a monopoly, with his assets temporarily frozen last year. Nigerian regulators lifted the ban in January. Conflict abounds in Otedola's life: he claims his friend and fellow billionaire, Aliko Dangote, broke a gentleman's agreement when he thwarted Zenon's bid to buy Chevron's local subsidiary in September. In retaliation, starting buying shares in Dangote's publicly traded sugar company.
Boy are we having fun or what? Watch out for our next post on the billionaire's list, should be impressive to say the least.
Here is how it is listed on FORBES:
"Net Worth:$2.5 bil
Fortune:inherited and growing
Source:sugar, flour, cement manufacturing
Country Of Citizenship:Nigeria
Though initial offerings of his sugar and flour companies were oversubscribed in 2007, stocks in both have fallen nearly 70% since last February. Using his role as committee member on government economic advisory board to encourage federal government to rescue the nation's capital markets. His conglomerate, the Dangote Group, has expanded its cement operations with new plants across Nigeria and as well as South Africa and Ethiopia. Sparring with new Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola over oil and gas concessions; Otedola parried by buying up stock in Dangote's companies. Dangote began career as trader at age 21 with loan from his uncle; built his Dangote Group into conglomerate with interests in sugar, flour milling, salt processing, cement manufacturing, textiles, real estate, and oil and gas. Closely linked to Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo."
Not bad, wouldn't you say? 261.
Hi readers, I have been crazy busy working on some amazing posts this week; We have also changed the look of the site. Do you love the background Ankara style?
Okay enough small talk, lets get down to the lucrative business of SPAs in Lagos! Dream Big and you could make it happen.
- BEAUTY CONCERNS: You would receive tender loving care or TLC at this spa; now who goes to this particular spa, you might wonder? Well wonder no more! It- girls and city slickers; their specialty is the Ha wain four hand massage, two massage therapists. Here is what it would cost to get pampered at beauty concerns, N5000 -N10000 for facials. Massage N3500; and for your man N25000. Not bad right considering the dollar rate is now 170 to one!
- Downtown Beauty Salon: A personal favorite of mine. High maintenance grooming assured. who goes there? Ajebutters (seriously) and Nolly dollies. Be prepared to spend N3000 for a full body one hour massage; seaweed wrap massage from N4000-N10000; HOT Stone massage N6000. You can also get your hair done but be ready to spend quite a bit to buy weave at their beauty supply store. Also there is a doorman at the door who would open the front door for you!
- Veni Vci SPA: What you would receive? buffed and polished perfection. Who goes there? Brides to be or BRIDEZILLAS. Their specialty back flip rub with crystals; what it costs? N5000 for a massage; N7000 for a body wrap.
- BMS SPA: If you love Asian massage, you would love this place. Their specialty is in Indonesian massage; be prepared to spend at least N7000 for a massage!
- Montaigne Place spa: This shop located on muri okunola is the place to go for head to toe pampering; they specialize in anti aging treatment; their specialty? Get this, "BRA IN A JAR" CLARINS BUST BEAUTY GEL; What it costs? On an average N6000; Massage (1hr) 3750; full leg wax N2200
What it costs ? JUST N1500 under 10 dollars!
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Tyra's america's next top model starts today, guess what Aminat is a contestant on there. Way the go girl! We will be rooting for you
More about Aminat:
She is gorgeous isn't she? Watch the premiere tonight! Should be a whole lot of fun!
Check out an interview given recently and note what Peter says in regards to his getting married to his son Cameron's mom, Lola. Enjoy.
Peter and Paul Okoye are Nigeria’s hip singing sensation and they remain king of dance choreography what with their energetic stage performances.They have played in every big gig you can imagine and have travelled across Africa, performing, times without number.
Their have close to 50 awards both from within and outside the country. Yet their professional singing career is only about five years old. Following the ban on singer ‘Dapo Oyebanjo aka D’banj from the Glo Rock N Rule, fortunes smiled on the R N B twins- P-Square when they were beckoned on as replacements.
Shelving other engagements, they accepted the offer and they have gone from Ibadan to Akure, and then Makurdi- where we caught up with them back stage and hurried this interview. Here Peter- whose older lover Lola Omotayo delivered a baby boy about four months ago- comments that he’d like his family matters kept away from the press. How’s the Glo tour coming along?
So far, its been good. Sometimes people say after the festive season, there’s gonna be a break. But for P-Square, there’s never been a break because we always go in and out of the country almost every week.
But this time, luckily enough for us, when Glo contacted us, we started talking to people outside the country letting them know what’s going on. All because, this is our country and what’s going on with us right now is that we’re trying to balance our timing.
For those we already promised shows after the festive period, we have to reschedule because now we have the Glo shows to perform.
What’s your relationship with Globacom?
Its business. Glo means business for us.
How would you describe your experience on the Rock ‘N’ Rule tour. This is your third show.
Yes and it has been fantastic, lovely. I think the tour buses are very accommodating. The first experience we had was a great one but then we told them to boost the security because it wasn’t good enough. And they have done that now.
How true is it that you are recording your next album?
I don’t know where that came from because we are not recording. You know maybe because of the people that come around the house and see us working in our studio, they conclude that we must be recording our next album.
Whereas when we say recording here, its not as if we’re recording for an album. We record songs everyday. We don’t go to the studio because we want to release albums.
So when do we expect your next album?
What kind of songs should we expect to hear?
People are going to see the mature P-square; not that we were amateurs before but now you’ll see the grown up P-square. We’re 28 and people should expect more from us. Now we’re more experienced and more addicted to what we do.
Is your style going to change?
Its not going to change because its not about changing styles. If you listen to the kind of music playing in Nigeria now, you’ll find out that there are some day-to-day styles and I see people beginning to complain. So I think it’s going to be kind of stupid for us to go ahead and adopt those kind of music.
If you look at the ‘Do Me’ and ‘Get Squared’ albums, songs like ‘Ifunnaya’ and ‘No one like you’ are tracks that people of all class can identify with. It’s general for both people on the streets, corporate people and everybody. So we’re looking at more classics like that.
So we’re expecting more love songs...?
Definitely. Anytime, P-Square comes out, you should expect love songs.
There are a lot of new artistes coming up. Are you guys in any way scared of competition?
I don tire for the industry sef (laughter). It’s not like that. It’s just that there is more than enough space for everybody.
You guys were more outside the country last year than inside, is it going to be the same this year too?
Yeah we made it that way despite the fact that our album was selling fast. We tried as much as possible to go out because people outside the country needed us too. Sometimes you need to balance things; stay home a little, go outside then come back.
What’s your relationship with W.A.C.K?
Wack is a new event company that just did our birthday for us. They sponsored our birthday and that’s all.
How is your son doing, Peter?
My son is doing very well. Very, very great too.
When are you planning to finally tie the knot with your ‘baby mama’, Lola?
In ten more years.
What is your son’s Igbo name?
His name is Cameron. Why do you want to know his Ibo name?
Because his father is Igbo and I’m sure you would have given him a native name.
Chinonso. His Ibo name is Chinonso
And how are mother and son getting along without ‘Daddy’?
They are already in the country. They’ve been in for about two and half months now.
Why did you have a low key naming ceremony?
I did it quietly because I don’t want the press to know about us anymore. I want to keep my family life private. I don’t want them to be like me on whom everybody is running their mouths. I’ve done it and I’ve done it (naming ceremony) but many people don’t know and I love it that way. I want to keep my family private.
The pictures are simply beautiful. I like her hair it looks really nice. She looks so happy oh love is an amazing thing. Ini here's to you and Mike!
Halo dedicated to Ini Edo
What do you say readers?
Rihanna has taken Chris brown back! According to a PEOPLE,
Rihanna and Chris Brown are "definitely together" and focusing on a reconciliation, a source tells PEOPLE.
The pair, who are currently spending time together at Sean "Diddy" Combs's house on Miami Beach's Star Island, are staying indoors as they hash things out.
"They are definitely together and care a great deal about each other," says a Miami source. "They feel like staying in and working through their issues. So far they have not wanted to go out."
Brown, however, did venture out earlier on his own. On Thursday he hit the water to Jet Ski with pals.