Naomi Campbell Covers Interview Magazine September 2014 “Photographer’s” Issue Alongside 5 Other Beauty Muses

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For their September Issue, Interview Magazine is recognising some of the world’s most influential photographers. One of the 6 covers for the September 2014 issue of Interview Magazine features Naomi Campbell, who covers Interview Magazine’s September issue along with five other celebrities handpicked by their respective photographers for individual covers.

The magazine tapped six well-known photographers, who chose women whom they felt represented beauty. Steven Klein selected Nicole Kidman, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott picked Naomi Campbell, Patrick Demarchelier chose Keira Knightley, Craig McDean tapped Amber Valletta, Peter Lindbergh selected Léa Seydoux and Mikael Jansson photographed Daria Werbowy.

Interview editor-in-chief Keith Pollock stated, “It was like doing six cover shoots. There were no restrictions. There was a lot of travel. We shot in Sweden, Ibiza, London, Paris, New York. No photographer was in the same place. I think that themed issues are very ambitious. It can be such a huge risk. But it was really wonderful, and there were moments when I thought this was going to tank, but we really pulled it off.”

We love Naomi Campbell’s cover with the supermodel looking fierce in nothing but statement gold cuffs and choker. Check out the other covers below – which is your favourite?

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The Ebola Debate: A Night Out at The FAB Lounge

With the touch-down of the Ebola Virus in Lagos, Nigeria via an ‘American-Liberian’ (Pardon my emphasis on the fact that the late Mr. Sawyer was actually American but this has been down-played on various media outlets) a lot of controversial reports and theories have come forth and I will attempt to highlight some of these based on a series of conversations I had with friends over drinks last Friday.

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The FAB Lounge Lagos

So, last Friday, I had an Ebola debate that I had not planned beforehand. I had called a friend, Jiga (not real name) to meet up with me at the newly opened FAB Lounge in Ikeja GRA in Lagos and the first question he asked was whether or not it was packed as he had just gone by a another lounge that he termed an ‘Ebola Transmission Centre’ basically because the place was packed to overflowing with Friday night fun-seekers. I laughed it off saying we don’t do crowd at the FAB Lounge, thinking he was just joking about his earlier statement. I realised that he was not really joking when he finally came through, poked his head in the door holding the door handle with a handkerchief before signing to me at the bar that he would be right back. Yes he came back in with four other friends looking overjoyed and the Managing Director of a major health facility, Chika (not real name) danced in doing a moon-walk. Yes! They yelled! Now a place where we can ‘chill.’ Apparently, they had driven round Ikeja looking for a perfect, non-crowded spot to enjoy their Friday night and after they had settled in, received their orders of peppered chicken and chips plus Hennessy, I joined them in the VIP room and the discussion started with various theories postulated:

The Ebola Virus

The Ebola Virus

Why Mr Sawyer was in Lagos

Jiga said to us’ ‘you know I have been thinking that it seems Sawyer was sent to Lagos to ensure Nigerians are infected with the disease, I mean, why would he be peeing on people and forcing his blood,’ and when I ask why the late Sawyer would have such an intent, he says, ‘The west was not paying attention to their countries plight and Ebola scourge because they did not have enough financial interest in Liberia. However, it was different with Nigeria and once Nigerians were at risk, their (The West) businesses would also suffer, hence, they (The West) were bound to take action in curbing the spread of the disease and Liberia would also be beneficiaries by extension.’ The friend of my friend, Chika let out a loud, ‘wow!’ He now says, ‘I see how that totally works as now the whole world is paying attention to the virus being in Nigeria and why won’t they be? All those flights to and from the United States and the United Kingdom and of course Europe as well. Not to mention all the oil interests amongst other things. Hmmmm!’

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Mr Sawyer

The Origin of Ebola

A young lady, Nike (not real name) who had been quietly absorbing the ‘gist’ and looking a bit disturbed as she sipped her Hennessy and Coke then quietly mutters, ‘but how did ebola come about in the first place? Are you sure it wasn’t even the government of west who genetically engineered it and targeted Africa?’ Well, I said, the first case of Ebola, I believe was in the 1970’s so it is really not a new phenom or is it? Jiga then answers saying, ‘I strongly doubt that the American or UK government is involved. However, it may be one of those big pharmaceutical corporations who will, just like the regular computer anti-virus companies create the virus in a bid to sell the anti-virus for a lot of money.’ I then start to ponder out loud saying, ‘but why Nigeria? Why now?’ Nike then says, ‘Is it not a possibility that they may now have sent the virus to a country with 170million people hoping that they could infect a great number of people and sell tonnes of the ‘cure’. Wow!’ I then come in and say, ‘well, I strongly doubt that too unless the virus was malfunctioning as the period between gestation and death was too short for the propaganda to be effectively deployed through media and enough people infected to generate the required response.’

Prevention

I have made it compulsory to wash or disinfect my hands after handling money, public door handles and anything else that may have been exposed to the public, I said, Prevention they say is better than cure especially in this case where there really is no proven cure. Yes o! Jiga screams, pulling out a tiny plastic container with jell-like content. Chika also screams, ‘The Ebola Antivirus!’

The Africa-Ebola propaganda

Philip who had been quietly sipping his drink and watching the news on one of the 54-inch LED screens in the lounge then lets out an howl followed by a silent and assertive remark, ‘Nigeria and indeed Africa will not be characterised by the Ebola virus.’ Nike looks at him wondering where that random thought could have come from and he says, ‘Have you not been watching all the news channels? All they have to report on Africa now is Ebola and if they keep this up for another three months, it will become the first thing you will hear when you visit Europe or America.’ True! Says Chika, ‘next time you get off a plane, the immigration officers will say he is so sorry for your loss and when you ask him what he means, he will tell you he is sure you must have lost a relative to Ebola.’ We all laughed for all of 10seconds not at ourselves but at the level of ignorance on display in the West even though they’re supposed to be the more developed entities and then we stop laughing almost as though on cue and then all deep in thought for another 60seconds, almost like we held a minutes silence for those we had lost to the Ebola scourge until Jiga said, Nigeria and Africa will be Ebola free someday in Jesus’ name to which everyone answered in chorus, ‘Amen!’

The toast

Philip gets up, holding his glass and screams, ‘To an Ebola-free Africa!’ Of course you know what happens thereafter…We partied. Damn! The DJ was good!

Toast!

Toast!

**Key facts to note about Ebola

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.

EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.

Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

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Ebola first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

Transmission

Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.

Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids. Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.

Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD. This has occurred through close contact with patients when infection control precautions are not strictly practiced.

Among workers in contact with monkeys or pigs infected with Reston ebolavirus, several infections have been documented in people who were clinically asymptomatic. Thus, RESTV appears less capable of causing disease in humans than other Ebola species.

However, the only available evidence available comes from healthy adult males. It would be premature to extrapolate the health effects of the virus to all population groups, such as immuno-compromised persons, persons with underlying medical conditions, pregnant women and children. More studies of RESTV are needed before definitive conclusions can be drawn about the pathogenicity and virulence of this virus in humans.

Signs and symptoms

EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.

People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory.

The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.

See more at www.ebolafacts.com

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Ugandan Model & ANTM Cycle 1 Winner, Aamito Stacie Lagum For Glamour South Africa August 2014 Issue

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Ugandan model and winner of Africa’s Next Top Model’s Cycle, Aamito Stacie Lagum, is featured in a fashion editorial for Glamour South Africa magazine’s August 2014 issue in an editorial tagged “Botanical Beauty”.

The editorial features Aamito rocking these seasons’s floral trends in different ways as the trend takes on a darker shade for the shoot. Wearing pleat dresses, print coats, felt coats, sling-back heels and more, Aamito Lagum shows how to give floral trend a twist.

20-year-old Aamito Lagum is styled in brands like Topshop, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Alexandra Hojer, Morphe, Mari and Me as well as several other brands.

Check out more shots of the editorial below:

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Photo Credit
Photography
: Marguerite Oelofse
Fashion Director: Bronwyn Day

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Chanel Iman & A$AP Rocky Get Sensual For Vogue US Magazine’s September 2014 Issue

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Model Chanel Iman and rapper A$AP Rocky are more than a stylish duo put together for a fashion editorial in Vogue US magazine’s September 2014 issue, the two are also a real couple so the chemistry between them in the magazine pages is undeniable.

Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky show off their best moves in the editorial of Vogue US September 2014 entitled “The Dance of Seduction” lensed by photographer Mikael Jansson. Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky pose as a couple of sultry ballroom dancers doing the paso doble, foxtrot, cha-cha, the hustle and more.

The fashion editor Camilla Nickerson dresses Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky in looks of fall 2014 collections from the likes of Miu Miu, Prada, Michael Kors and more.

Check out the editorial below:

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Top Model Cara Delevingne Goes Naked for Tom Ford “Black Orchid” Fragrance Ad

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Yet another model strips down for fashion brand Tom Ford as Mario Sorrenti photographs British model Cara Delevingne for the new campaign image of Tom Ford Black Orchid fragrance.

Cara Delevingne poses sensually and naked in a pool of water (with purple orchids) with a seductive gaze while holding a bottle of the Tom Ford fragrance in her hand.

A luxurious and sensual fragrance of rich, dark accords and an alluring potion of black orchids and spice, Tom Ford’s black orchid is both modern and timeless. Bottled in fluted, black glass, black orchid makes an unforgettable statement of iconic style and worldly glamour. Encased in black bottle with Tom Ford’s signature gold accents, it’s glamorous yet provocative at the same time.

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Jeneil Williams In “True Blue” For Marie Claire US September 2014 Issue

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Jamaican model Jeneil Williams is a vision in white and blue as she poses in a fashion editorial for Marie Claire US magazine’s September 2014 issue photographed by fashion photographer David Schluze.

In the editorial Jeneil is seen in various looks styled by Benjamin Sturgill with hair by Andre Gunn and make-up by Talia Shobrook. The editorial focuses on cool yet chic looks playing around minimal colours or prints.

Placed against a white background, Jeneil Williams wears mostly white pieces such as a turtle-neck blouse, a white blouse and more. Her beauty look is done with a touch of blue and perhaps this is where the name of the editorial comes from.

Check out more looks from the editorial below:

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Publication: Marie Claire US September 2014
Model: Jeneil Williams
Photographer:  David Schulze
Fashion Editor:  Benjamin Sturgill
Hair: Andre Gunn
Make-up: Talia Shobrook

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NY Based Photographer, Remi Adetiba & Model Ify Jones Collaborate In An Editorial For The Style HQ

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We love a good editorial and when we stumbled on this lovely Remi Adetiba x Ify Jone editorial for The Style HQ we just had to share. The Style HQ is sharing new collaborations between some of the diaspora’s most prized creatives. First up are Remi Adetiba and Ify Jones.

According to The Style HQ, “NY based photographer and creative director, Remi Adetiba is the kind of producer, that’s known for his mastery of numerous crafts. Recently, his creative direction led him to Africa’s Next Top Model by Oluchi, where he was one of the standing judges. Ify Jones, Nigerian model of  Fenton Moon, also based in NYC has been the face of Samsung and walked in major international fashion weeks as she continues to gain more visibility as a top model to know. For our collaboration week, the two NYC creatives got together in the studio to make a no fuss editorial that screams edgy and chic.”

Check out a brief interview with Remi Adetiba about the inspiration for the shoot Here and check out the editorial below:remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-2 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-3 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-4 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-5 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-6 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-7 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-8 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-9 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-10 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-11 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-12 remi-adetiba-ify-jones-hardware-the-stylehq-13

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Creative Direction/Photography: Remi Adetiba
Model: Ify Jones
Styling Assistance: Ifueko Igiehon
Hair: Katy Albright
Makeup: Romana Lai

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Marie Claire Celebrates “20 Women Changing the World” with Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Taylor Swift + More

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20 women changing the world!

In honour of their 20th anniversary and for their September 2014 issue, Marie Claire magazine has put the spotlight on “20 Women Changing The World”.

The list includes names from the world of entertainment such as Taylor Swift, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner and more as well as politics like Chelsea Clinton, Gabrielle Giffords and Barbara Bush.

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The women are described by Marie Claire as 20 movers, shakers, mavericks, and badasses who are boldly, bravely, audaciously blazing new paths for women and girls.

According to the magazine’s Editor-in-chief, Anne Fulenwider, “Marie Claire has always celebrated women who are making a difference, and to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we looked for 20 women who are successfully carrying out the magazine’s mission to inspire, empower and engage women and girls around the world,”

Find out the full list of women featured Here.

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Dpipertwins Fashion Brand Unveils Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

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Dpipertwins, Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper have been blazing the fashion trail and doing quite well for the fashion brand. The identical twins, of Ghanaian and Caribbean heritage, are definitely taking the fashion world by storm.

Since re-launching in 2013, the brand formally known as Kastle Designs and Treasure Chest, has been shown at fashion weeks all over the world, including New York Fashion Week, Arise Magazine Fashion Week Glitz Africa Fashion week in Ghana, Caribbean International Fashion Week and more.

To continue their “wow-factor” in the fashion industry, Dpipertwins has unveiled its Spring/Summer 2014 collection and we are loving it. Full of gorgeous prints and vibrant colours, the Dpipertwins Spring/Summer 2014 collection is an easy collection with simple yet chic pieces.

Check out more pictures from the collection below:

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Liberia Imposes Curfew & Quarantine Due To Rising Cases Of Ebola

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Liberia’s president has officially declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced late Tuesday that a curfew is going into place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Security forces also will be ensuring no one goes in or out of West Point, a slum in the capital where angry residents attacked an Ebola observation center over the weekend.

Liberia already imposed a state of emergency earlier this month, but the number of deaths from the disease has continued to climb.

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“We have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the government,” she said. “As a result and due to the large population concentration the disease has spread widely in Monrovia and environs. May God bless us all and save the state.”

At least 1,229 people have died of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the current outbreak, and more than 2,240 have been sickened, according to the World Health Organization. The fastest rising number of cases has been reported in Liberia, with at least 466 dead.

Three Liberians are currently being treated with the last known doses of ZMapp, a drug that had earlier been given to two infected Americans and a Spaniard. The Americans are also improving, but the Spaniard died.

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Sagacious Questions, Season 3 Episode 2 By Dolapo Aina

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Did you know that service gives you rewards in Heaven while righteous living ensures you make it to Heaven?

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Did you know that according to CCN Travel; Leopard Beach Resort in Diani Beach, Mombasa is perhaps the best resort on the African Continent?

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Did you know that Esther Mbabazi of RwandAir is the youngest female pilot flying Boeing Planes in Africa?

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Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are 2 of the top 3 wealthiest people alive. But they don’t own private jets. Can Nigerian moneybags learn from these real billionaires?

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What was and is still more shocking; that Manchester United lost her first match this season or that Nuhu Ribadu decamped to PDP?

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Could it be possible that Nuhu Ribadu decampment has just coined the new phrase #NuhuGate?

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What happened to Nuhu Ribadu’s tweets of Wednesday, April 9, 2014; where he tweeted that his decampment to PDP was unfounded?

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Do Nigerian politicians realise that a leader’s values are personal but never private?

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What is the state of the government of Nigeria’s preparedness to safeguard her cyber space?

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Isn’t it prudently wise to recruit and train Nigerian hackers on ethical hacking; to protect government’s sites which can be hacked by any IT novice?

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Why do African government officials love displaying statistics but simultaneously wonder why such statistics aren’t reflecting in the lives of the populace?

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When would Nigerian politicians and their politics deviate from the N500 currency notes placed in loaves of bread and handed to illiterate voters in rural and urban areas?

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When would Nigerian politicians realise that the women who they still think are illiterate and can be cowed with loaves of bread stocked with 500Naira, now have and take large food preserving coolers to polling centres?

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In Nigeria, can a Divisional Police Officer arrest a group of serving governors just because they were having a strategic gathering?

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Did you know that the decrease in the funding of education and the decline in the global reading culture are necessitated, so that the global ruling class keep information; thereby eliminating competition?

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Did you know that there are thousands of non-English books not translated, known or read by English speakers including you?

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Before the Brasil World Cup commenced; It was reported that $800,000 was about to be budgeted for 10 Nigerian celebrities to travel to the World Cup in Brazil to cheer the Super Eagles! Would this have brought the World Cup to Nigeria?

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Just been curious, where are the Rolls Royces of all those artistes who decided to have theirs some years ago?

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Somewhereto_ Presents “A Day With Fred Butler”, A Short Film Highlighting Opportunities Available To Young People Through A Location Finding Service

somewhereto_ teamed up with Fred Butler this summer to be an industry mentor for the summer of somewhereto_ festival where the designer donated her free time to do workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring with aspiring artist and designer Kay Davis and Shireeka Devlin.

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Fred Butler is a respected fashion designer and creative consultant who brings her imitable style and unique brand to her collections and projects. Having pieces commissioned for the likes of Lady Gaga, Nike, Swatch and Selfridges just to name a few, she is an inspiration to emerging young designers who are looking for a creative outlet.

somewhereto_ is a UK wide project delivered by Livity and funded by a £7m grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support its UK wide expansion to 2016.

somewhereto_ is a free nationwide location finding service, which helps 16-25 year olds, access free spaces in their communities. Whether young people are interested in music, fashion, art, tech, starting an enterprise or participating in urban sport, somewhereto_ is an incredible opportunity which allows young people the freedom to realise their potential, kick start ideas, sell their products or services, showcase creative concepts and boost their skills.

Watch the video below:

About somewhereto_ ( http://www.somewhereto.com)

somewhereto_ is a UK project funded by a £7m grant from the Big Lottery Fund, which offers a free nationwide service in helping young people aged 16-25 access free spaces in their communities. Since launching in June 2010, somewhereto_ has unlocked over 400,000 sqft of space across the UK which was previously empty or underused, which if leveraged, the rent value would exceed £3m. Engaging thousands of young people and reaching millions through high-profile activity around space, somewhereto_ has negotiated over 8,500 direct matches between space holders and young people. Delivered by Livity, a youth marketing agency, somewhereto_ is a 2012 London legacy project, initially funded by Legacy Trust UK (LTUK) between June 2010 and March 2013 with an investment of £4.35m. In 2012, Nesta awarded somewhereto_ £50,000 from their innovation into Giving Fund, enabling somewhereto_ to enhance its online user experience and streamline its digital offer. And in December 2012, somewhereto_ was awarded further funding by the Big Lottery Fund to help support its expansion over the next four years.

About The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) ( http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk)

somewhereto_ is funded by a £7m grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), granted in December 2012 to support its UK-wide expansion over the following four years – opening up thousands more spaces; engaging hundreds of thousands of young people; introducing a path to endorsement, to recognise the skills and training gained by young people involved; and supporting youth enterprise UK wide.

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Upcoming Artist Benny Bizzie Affirms Arrival Among Urban Elite With New Single “Someone”

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London-born R&B artist Benny Bizzie, has released his latest single, Someone’ this summer. Benny Bizzie recently gained significant rotation on Capital1Xtra with ‘Komole’ which also featured Wretch 32, Paigey Cakey and Rebler.

The first of two upcoming single releases, “Someone” depicts the dreams of the young artist, whose main aspiration is to inspire young people from similar backgrounds away from a life of gangs and street life.

Having collaborated with Wretch 32, Ghetts and Scorcher, Benny Bizzie’s upcoming pre-album EP entitled ‘The Traveller’ shares his personal journey of striving to become an established artist in his own right, featuring songs about acceptance, hardship, love and hope.

“Every artist has a story and I believe my story can instil drive and determination into the youths and empower them to know that they have a chance. Not everyone has to have a bad story, they can start to strive to achieve their dreams from an early age” says Benny Bizzie.

Watch the video below:

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One Mic Naija Set To Rock August With Nigerian, Ghanaian And Kenyan Music!

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Lagos! Get ready for some excitement- it is One Mic Naija season!!!

This time, the Nigeria’s coolest concert series brings together artistes from Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. Falz the bahd guy recently released his debut album and now, you can hear some of the material live as he performs on Sunday August 31st at Ember Creek. Then there is Mr Rozayy himself, Ketchup who will be performing at One Mic Naija for the first time ever.

Also performing will be X3M Music’s new signee, Simi whose singles, “Tiff” and “E no go funny” are fast becoming a favourite. Don’t say you heard it from us, but if you want to see her new video shot in South Africa for the first time ever, One Mic Naija is the place to be! Ruby of Loopy Music returns for a second time to perform “Good Man” and some new material and Project Fame winner, Olawale is set to get everyone to “jupa”. The lineup is rounded off by some Kenyan flavour in the form of Chocolate City’s Victoria Kimani, and Ghana bombshell, MzVee.

One Mic Naija is a bi-monthly artiste showcase with the sole aim of providing concert goers with live music, and connecting artistes with fans. There will be an autograph session, an open mic known as Audience Freestyle that gives members of the audience a chance to shine (and win), and a surprise appearance! Fans can stay connected as the artistes rehearse and go on a media tour via social media. Just follow, add or like “OneMicNaija” across all social media platforms.

All of this and more on Sunday the 31st of August at Ember Creek, 32 Awolowo Road Ikoyi Lagos.

Tickets cost N1000 and are available at the gate or online via YSG Hubs. One Mic Naija is proudly supported by 360 Nobs, AbOriginal Productions, Pulse.NG, NET, Top Radio 90.9, Too XClusive and YSG Hubs

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DJ Caise Keeps The Close Up Uni Tour In Momentum With Performance To Remember At AKSU

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DJ Caise, who is signed on to record label Chocolate City, continued giving fans and students the experience of a lifetime at the Akwa Ibom State University last weekend courtesy of Close Up on the “Close Up University Tour”.

With banging music and an eager audience the stage was set for DJ Caise to turn things all the way up and this he certainly did as people partied till the early hours wanting the music to just keep going.

Th Close Up Uni tour has been on for a couple of months and has seen DJ Caise deliver a Dj-ing masterclass to students at IMSU, Uniben, Uniport and University of Ibadan.

Next stop this weekend is FUTA at Akure, Ondo State. Check out pictures from his visit to Akwa Ibom State University below:

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