Our Fave Fashion Moments From #TheVoiceNigeria Finale


Our Fave Fashion Moments From #TheVoiceNigeria Finale

By 234 Star

After weeks of intense competition and glamorous fashion, the second season of The Voice Nigeria came to an end last night with Idyl of Team Timi going home with the much coveted price.

While we’ve seen the hosts and coaches try to put their best style foot forward these past few weeks, they seemed to have saved the best for the finale.

From IK Osakioduwa and Timi Dakolo looking very dapper in their different Mai Atafo tuxedos to Stephanie Coker who looked like a princess in two different dresses and the femal coaches Waje and Yemi Alade who wouldn’t be outdone, everyone brought their A game last night.

Check out some of our fave looks from the finale below.

Stephanie Coker

Stephanie has gone all out style-wise since the show kicked off a few weeks ago and last night wasn’t any different.

For her first look, she shone brightly in a mono-sleeve embellished silver dress by Gert Johan-Coetzee with her diamond wedding ring and a pair of earrings serving as accessories.

Her hair was neatly swept away from her face to allow all attention be on her gorgeous dress and flawless facebeat which consisted of red eyeshadow and nude lips.

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By Osagie Alonge

The 2012 edition of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week is around the corner and organizers have announced that a total number of 77 designers from six continents will be participating in this year’s fashion week.

The much anticipated fashion week sees an increase in designers as compared to last year which fielded 55 designers. This year’s edition will include designers from India and the Caribbean.

The event’s producers have however brought the date closer as opposed to the the earlier March 12 announcement. Arise Magazine Fashion Week will now run for an extended period of six days from Tuesday March 6 to Sunday March 11 2012 in three tents on the grounds of the luxurious 5-Star Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.

The designers selected to participate include

NIGERIA AND (NIGERIA/UK)

HOUSE of DIVAS, House of Farrah, House of Nwocha, ICONIC INVANITY, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Eki Orleans, Frank Osodi, Funlayo Déri, Davida, CLAN, Be-Grey , Bridget Awosika , Buki Akib, Jewel by Lisa , Lanre Da Silva Ajayi , Mai Atafo , Maki-Oh , Meena , NKWO, Odio Mimonet , Okunoren Twins, Re Bahia, Sunny Rose, Tiffany Amber, Tsemaye Binitie, U.Mi-1, Virgos Lounge, Viv La Resistance , William Okpo.

OTHER COUNTRIES

CHICHIA (UK/Tanzania), Christie Brown (Ghana), David David London (UK), Duaba Serwa (Ghana), Gavin Rajah (South Africa), Gloria Wavamuno (Uganda), Imane Ayissi (France/Cameroon), Jacob Kimmie (UK/South Africa), Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest (USA/Ghana), Kaveke (Kenya/UK), Kevan Hall (USA), Kezia Frederick (UK/St.Lucia), Kiki Clothing (Ghana), Kinabuti (Italy), Klûk-CGDT (South Africa), Koke (Botswana/India), Korto Momolu (USA/Liberia), LaQuan Smith (USA), Laurenceairline (France/Ivory Coast), Loza Maléomsho (USA/Ivory Coast), Madam Wokie’s Couture (Sierra Leone), Mataano (USA/Somalia), Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania), Osman (UK), Paul Hervé ELISABETH (Martinique), Poisa (Kenya), Sandra Kennedy (Jamaica), Sandra Muendane (Mozambique/Portugal), Taibo Bacar (Mozambique), the Vessel. By Lois (USA/Jamaica), Timo Welland (USA/South Africa), and Zekaryas Solomon (Eritrea/UK). Adama-Paris (Senegal/France), Amine Bendriouich Couture and BS (Germany/Morocco), Amrapali (India), Angelo Van Mol (Belgium/Ghana), Bestow Elan (UK/Ghana).

The finale of the show will host the spectacular ARISE Magazine Fashion Awards. The very best designers picked at the awards will be invited to participate in the annual ARISE Magazine Fashion Gala at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week in September 2012.

The show will be produced by New York-based producer, Kevin Krier & Associates and UK-based Inca Productions.

There has been a surge of interest from around the world including major UK and American brands this year, following our successful inaugural event last year, which is why we have decided to give even more designers an opportunity to participate. The world has recognised that Nigeria has much to offer in the way of vibrancy and extraordinary talent in abundance making it the cultural capital of Africa. Once more we are proud to be associated with nurturing new designers from the vast continent – and continuing our support of those who are more well-known in Nigeria and in the Diaspora‘, ARISE Magazine founder Nduka Obaigbena says.

ARISE Magazine launched in 2008 and is one of Africa’s leading global style and culture titles. Its most recent show was at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Made In Africa By Arise Magazine in the Avery Fisher Hall, New York.

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Her second look was also by the South African designer – a red ball gown that featured a thigh-high slit. She paired the red number with gold heels and drop earrings while maintaining the beauty look from her first appearance.

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By Osagie Alonge

About four years ago, a young singer stepped into the scene – underrated but filled with so much potential, which has now moved him into a more recognizable sphere of the industry. Bez is full of talent, and by hooking up with the multi-talented Cobhmas Asuquo, he has easily expanded his listening audience from Nigeria to the rest of the world.

In this interview, he talks about his journey so far, the many girlfriends in his life, and what the future holds.

How do you feel about the international exposure your videos have been getting?

I really feel grateful and I’m quite excited as well because of the opportunities that can come from it.

Please tell us how your music journey began…

I started playing the guitar when I was nine years old. My father taught me how to play and then I honed my skills in secondary school and in university. After that, I kept playing and we started something called ‘Taruwa‘ with my sister [Lydia Idakula]. Taruwa served as a platform to make me better in my craft, helping me learn how to perform in front of people and to have that confidence. Eventually, I met Cobhams in 2008 and my musical journey as a signed artist started.

How did your family influence you in music?

My dad used to play the guitar, so he and my mum used to sing in church. They had this tape recorder where they usually recorded themselves playing and singing. So that was like where it started from. I could hear my parents on the tape, there were family meetings, bon fire; gatherings where we sing like a family. Every Sunday, we listen to albums; that was where the influence came from. It was really great growing up.

In which part of the Nigeria did you grow up?

I grew up in Jos. It is a quiet town. Everybody seems to know each other and there was some sort of competition around when it comes to things of the art like music and sports.

Which schools did you attend?

I attended Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja and then Covenant University, Otta, where I studied Information Communication Technology. During that process, I just did what I love, which is music. I hooked up with Dr Frabz, who was also in Covenant at that time. We started a small band; we would rehearse, create music and do backup for people. So, when I was leaving school, I knew that was what I wanted to do.

How did your parents react when you decided to go into music professionally?

My mum took it well because one time she said, ‘you know if you and your sister go into music, you guys would make it?’ My sister used to go for events, music was her life. So she (mum) thought my sister would actually go into music. She just mentioned it, but at that time I wasn’t really interested in it. But when I decided that was what I wanted to do, my mum was like ‘are you sure that’s what you want to do? Are you sure you don’t want to go for your masters or take a job somewhere?’ I was like nah, I just want to go into music straight and she was cool with it.

What’s the first song you ever recorded?

First song I ever recorded is ‘Zuciya daya‘ with Cobhams

How did you hook up with Cobhams?

Back in 2008, Cobhams called me from out of the blue and asked if I was interested in opening for Asa for her performance in Nigeria. I was really excited about it, so I went to the studio, and he asked me to play a song for him with the guitar. I played and he really liked it. And he was like ‘cool, so you are going to open for her’. He did most of the set but I came in on the seventh song. The response from the crowd was really awesome, and that was when we knew that we would work together. There was this kind of bond that we developed. We just clicked. So, it was easy to relate with him; he could see where I was coming from.

How has it been trying to make Nigerians love your music?

It hasn’t been easy at all, but you get a shock absorber from your passion. So when you are passionate about it. and you know you’re not doing it solely for commercial gain, you are able to make a lot of sacrifices and have the patience to see that the music gets to where you want it to be. Nigeria is a platform, but we have the rest of the world, and there are a lot of people that will love this kind of music. If you can use Nigeria as a launch pad to reach the rest of the world, then it’s good, but it takes time, so you have work through that time. It’s been tough

Do you strictly perform with a live band?

Ten out of ten, I perform with a live band. I’ve never used a CD to perform, it’s not a conscious thing, it’s just that I don’t know how to. I would flop. It would be a messed up performance. If I’m going to do a solo performance, it will just be my guitar and I, sometimes I have a backup singer and I have a violinist accompany me. It’s really a small setting. Sometimes, I go with my whole band and always perform live.

Some people consider your kind of music elitist, and say it’s the kind of music that doesn’t reach out to the average Nigerian. Do you consider them also when you write?

There was a point in my life I was asking these questions. Who am I targeting, who am I writing to? Who will be listening to my music? I could write in proper English without using Pidgin, or sometimes put Hausa in it because that’s my first language. I just did what came naturally to me. I write the way I feel; the way it comes to me, that’s how I write it.

So when I get inspiration, I just write it that way. Now, if I have instrumentation that can capture that mass audience plus my writings, then I think it is something that can work. Sometimes people don’t even listen to what you say, they just want to dance. So imagine I’m writing something very intellectual and then I have a beat that is just making people dance, they won’t even listen to what I’m saying, but just dance. That’s another way you can capture the masses.

How long did it take you to work on the album, ‘Super Sun’?

When I met with Cobhams in 2008, I gave him a demo of songs that I had written; he listened to it for close to a year. In 2009, we started production. We didn’t have a set schedule, sometimes when a new song would come, we’d just go quickly and then record it. We were free that way.

What would you rate your album?

I will give myself a seven. Some people may give you less; some people may give you more. I know I worked hard getting the album done but I also know that I could have done better. There’s a lot more room for improvement.

Your video recently had a world Premiere on BET. It means you are in the international zone right now. What plans do you have for the international media and breaking out as a bigger artist?

We are following the waves. By the grace of God, we have created a larger following. We are going to ride on into the waves and just wait for doors to open and use our opportunities wisely. We’ve booked some tours that we are going to have in Europe and America. I’m scheduled to play in Houston, Texas in March, 2012. I’m meant to speak in Harvard Business School, as an entertainer in March as well. Those are the kind of ways we see that we can affect people in the right way and garner more fans and followers.

Most people would have expected a more ‘Pop’ Nigerian artist to get airplay on BET; what do you think about the fact that you got there first?

I think it’s a great plus and I’m happy about it. ‘That Stupid Songis sort of ‘poppish.’ And I wouldn’t say it’s the best music out of Africa. It was just an opportunity and it was a blessing from God and working with Praiz. He is a great artist who brought a lot of value to the song. We were able to project things that bring memories; that people love; that they are familiar with; that is one of the strategies we used in working the song that got people loving it. I think it’s a great song, a great video by Clarence Peters and it was just a great opportunity.

VIDEO: ‘THAT STUPID SONG’ – BEZ FEAT PRAIZ

Do you have a girlfriend?

I have many girlfriends o. I think girlfriend means girls that are your friends. Why do you have to ask about relationships? Can I plead the fifth?

How do you relate with your female fans?

It’s not that hard to deal with. It’s great to have all that attention, but I think it’s great to manage it as well, so you are not overwhelmed and take the wrong route, instead of being where you are supposed to be.

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Yemi Alade

Ever the superstar, Yemi made her first appearance of the night in a monochrome playsuit that clung to her curvaceous body.

She injected her signature African touch into the outfit accesorising with a statement tribal neckpiece.

Her beauty look was also in tune with her bold afro chic style, with black lips, tribal eye makeup and a big afro.

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By Osagie Alonge

The late Whitney Houston is finally being laid to rest a week after she passed away at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Her family, friends and a few celebrities made their way to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J for a private memorial organised for the 48-year-old singer. Guests included Rev. Jesse Jackson, Kevin Costner Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry and Stevie Wonder.

Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina was also in attendance.

The funeral started at 5PM and took as long as two and a half hours. It was live streamed online for the whole world to watch and featured tribute performances from Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder. Others who gave speeches include Tyler Perry and R Kelly.

Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown also attended the funeral service but left before the service was completed after he got into a heated argument with Whitney’s family members over disagreement on seating arrangement.

The casket of Whitney Houston will be heavily guarded until the burial Sunday morning, February 19, 2012.

Whitney’s daughter – Bobbi Kristina
Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown
Alicia Keys
Jesse Jackson
The New Hope Baptist Church
Police escorts

The body makes it way to the church
The coffin…

The New Hope Baptist Church

The coffin is brought into the New Hope Baptist Chirch
R Kelly
Stevie Wonder
Alicia Keys
Tyler Perry
Fans pay tribute to the late Whitney

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She switched it up for her second look, this time, going for a high-low off-the-shoulder black dress by Cinani Nhlapo.

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By Osagie Alonge

The late Whitney Houston was finally been laid to rest a week after she passed away at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a day before the 54th Grammy Awards was to hold.

Her family, friends and a few celebrities made their way to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J to mourn the 48-year-old singer. Celebrities include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Kevin Costner Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry and Stevie Wonder.

Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina was also in attendance.

The funeral started at 5PM and took as long as two and a half hours. It was live streamed online for the whole world to watch and featured tribute performances from Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder. Others who gave speeches include Tyler Perry and R Kelly.

Ex-husband Bobby Brown also attended the funeral service but left before the service was completed after some congregation say he got into a heated argument with Whitney’s family members.

Whitney’s daughter – Bobbi Kristina
Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown
Alicia Keys
Jesse Jackson
The New Hope Baptist Church
Police escorts

The body makes it way to the church
The coffin…

The New Hope Baptist Church

The coffin is brought into the New Hope Baptist Chirch
R Kelly
Stevie Wonder
Alicia Keys
Tyler Perry
Fans pay tribute to the late Whitney

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Waje

For her performance with her team, the “In The Air” singer wore a flirty Lanre DaSilva Ajayi number that was embellished with feathers and styled it with pink heels.

Her second look was a very sexy and elegant black dress by Mai Atafo.

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R&B hottie Tiwa Savage and highlife singer Flavour N’abania are sex symbols in the Nigerian music scene, whether they have intentionally created their brand that way or not, that’s another discussion for another day.

Both acts are at the top of their game; knocking down shows with stunning performances and becoming fan favourites in such short time.

Flavour features Tiwa on the remix of his single ‘Oyi’ and she does a good job too.

Watch below…

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