BY REMI DIAGBARE
In a society where indulgence is overlooked, where people with no clear source of income are welcomed and celebrated simply because they have a bit of cash, values are often eroded, integrity existing only in the dictionary.
This, sadly, is what our society has degenerated to. So, when the idea was muted to celebrate young and vibrant single ladies, integrity, beauty, elegance and out-there attitude were indispensable criteria to guide us on those we will feature on the list.
We chose to celebrate all these single ladies as part of our continued celebration of the International Women’s Day. They are intelligent, fashion-forward, beautiful and are riding high. So, why have they not been snapped up? Your guess is as good as mine just not enough good looking, achieving men to claim these princesses.
We celebrate these women by profiling them and take a critical look at their style.
Adora Oleh is a broadcast journalist and TV Presenter. She is also the host of The Adora Oleh Show which airs every Sunday at 3.00p
Oleh who studied Law, was also last year’s co_host of MTN’s project Fame West Africa. She is the owner, Chiad TV Productions, a business broadly involved with The Nigerian Music Awards in London, Miss Nigeria UK, The Ghana Professional Awards, and The Nigerian Institute of Accountants Award. She has also worked with the Princes Trust (Prince Charles’s official charity) and the MOBO Music Awards. Adora holds a post_graduate Diploma in Media Law and Journalism. She also has a postgraduate in Public Relations from the London School of Journalism.
Dolapo is Studio 53 Extra Presenter, shown all around Africa on MNet Channel 102 on DSTV.
She trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in the UK. Globe_trotting Dolapo Oni became one of the most admired television presenters in 2010.Plying her trade at MNet where she is one of the most celebrated personalities, petite Oni is a regular at red carpet functions where she leaves no one in doubt of her predilection for high street fashion.
Referred to as Nigeria‘s longest reigning beauty queen before relinquishing her crown last year, Ene Lawani‘s foray into the limelight began in 2004 when she came out tops at the Miss Nigeria pageant. Six years after she was crowned, Lawani has sustained an appearance on the social scene. Appearing at events dressed in eye_catching attire, Lawani has become a force to be reckoned with. Ene recently lunched her Turban collection, called the Ene Maya turban collection, it is a combination of head wraps, scarves and accessories. The aim she says is to introduce the trend in young Nigerian women to accessories any kind of outfit.
Ex-model, entrepreneur and blogger, Linda Ifeoma Ikeji has the most awesome blog. She is also an Authour, she wrote ‘It Takes You’ a 130-page book of 30 inspirational, motivating and life changing articles and is said to be guaranteed to get you through those tough days in Naija
Eku Edewor is a graduate of the New York Film Academy and presenter of Studio 53 Extra. Blessed with a flawless complexion, Eku Edewor first hit the limelight with the advent of Studio 53 Extra, the television show which she co presents with a Dolapo Oni. Her teeming fans not only look forward to judicious reportage of events, mostly red carpet functions she attends, her careful selection of attire and accessories often dominate discourse.
In a short period, she has become one of the most favourite on the red carpet and in 2010 alone, she graced the cover page of several magazines including Allure.
Stunning Eleanor Goodey crept into the social scene not too long ago. A professional photographer, the University of Lagos graduate has executed a few high-profile jobs since relocating to Nigeria from her hitherto foreign base.
Ugonna Omeruo is Chief Executive of HOUSE OF NWOCHA a premium luxury clothing line that was launched in 2006. The brand caters to fashionable women of all ages.
As a designer, she is a true ambassador of her label House of Nwocha. On the red carpet, she’s you can trust Ugonna to be at her ‘A game’ at every event she attends. Her colourful wardrobe is young and appropriate, fun and fresh, as she mixes it up with hair, make_up, accessories and keeps us guessing with her style choices! While she favours short lengths, silhouettes that hug her petite frame and dramatic sleeves, she is not afraid to add texture, play on contrasts, go heavy with the accessories. Every of her collections has been a great scent of attraction to all lovers of high street fashion.
Many Nigerians first saw her when Big Brother Nigeria was first launched, when she took centre stage, along with the 12 housemates and her co_presenter, Olisa Adibua, on the show. She sparkled as she bantered with the housemates before they went into the house to begin their three_month stay in pursuit of the prize of $100,000.0
Born in Germany, Michelle holds a Post Graduate degree in Communications, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing, Barchelor’s degree in Fashion Marketing( The American College in London).
Award winning actress Genevieve is considered the best actress in Nollywood and also the best paid actresses. Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then_popular television soap opera “Ripples” at the age of 8. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted. She has featured in a good number on movies and several commercials. In 2004 she became the “Face of Lux” and 2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, “St. Genevieve”, which donates its proceeds to charity.
Genevieve Nnaji was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in an episode ‘Meet the Most Famous People in the World‘. A montage of photos and a video clip (from the movie ‘Bursting Out’) featuring Genevieve was shown as her various career highlights were mentioned. Gene who was referred to as the “Julia Roberts of Africa” on the show was chosen due to her wide appeal across the African continent and all over the world. Other stars from around the world including Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan (India) and Lu Yu (China) were also featured on the show. In May 2010 Nnaji was appointed to be the official “Face of MUD” in Nigeria.. She was voted the sexiest Nollywood actress in a poll conducted by Vanguard Newspaper in 2008.
Nigeria’s Nollywood drama queen has come a long way in the industry right from her days on TV programs such as Children’s Variety(on the NTA), Junior Opinion. because of her excellent and unique singing and dancing talent, Rita whose hobbies include acting, singing, watching movies, reading and traveling graduated from University of Port_harcourt with a BA Degree in Theatre Arts in 1999. She hails from Abiah Mbaise local government area in lmo State and belongs to the Royal Waturuocha family. Blessed with stunning and very attractive looks, Rita’s dress sense can be best described as ubber chic and enjoys spending time with her friends and family when she is not on a movie set.
Her willowy frame instantly stirs attention wherever she goes. She possesses a look that can easily be construed for that of a fashion savvy. Her fair judgment of trends is buoyed by the fact that she is a designer of repute who is gradually working her way up the ladder of success.
Yvonne Nwosu launched in December 2009 and in just six months, they already have a ‘signature piece’, this sharp shouldered structured textured jacket. We get to see the jacket worn in 4 totally different ways – dressed up, casual, formal and totally glam.
5ft.9inch Makida is the face of Sleek. Moka whose mother is Nigerian and father Jamaican considers herself a Nigerian she lived in Nigeria most of my life. She went to nursery, primary and secondary school in Lagos, Nigeria, and hopes to study Media and Broadcasting at the university. Moka describes myself as ambitious, fierce, intelligent and friendly.
Top model and television presenter Isio Wanogho is on top of her game doing what she knows best. The former Spice TV girl has brought fun and glamour on TV as a co-presenter of the G-basm show.
Designer, Yvonne Nwosu of VONNE was one of the Official Designers for the Elite Contest, 2010. The pretty designer who relocated to the country sometime last year is famous for her edgy structured jackets and classy style.
The daughter of Polo boss, John Obayuwana, Jennifer is Executive Director at Polo Limited. The career minded and fun loving Director is always one to express her personal style with bold, edgy, and fashion forward pieces
OMAKÁA and Z.bird designer Kiki Kamanu, of American & Nigerian parentage, was raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and educated both in the United States and France. She now divides her time between New York and Lagos.
This former runway-model-turned-corporate event planner with Harvard University, is the face of her eponymous fashion label. With several years experience designing her own clothes and her love of travel, she is able to draw her inspiration from a myriad of sources.