Monday, 25 January 2016

We Hope To Be The Number One Charity Organization In Africa – Ufuoma Emerhor-Ashogbon

Ufuoma Emerhor- Ashogbon is the very passionate and inspiring lady behind “Fair Life Africa”, a non-governmental charity organization established to help the disadvantaged in the society. The softspoken graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, where she studied social work recently launched a charity television show focused on giving sponsorship to disadvantaged children with skills and talents. In this interview with Qismat Yinus,she speaks on the talent search, and her charity organization in general.

Can we meet you?
I am Ufuoma Emerhor- Ashogbon. I am the oldest of my siblings. I run Fair Life Africa Foundation.

What is Fair Life Africa  Foundation about?
Fair Life Africa is a charity organization that seeks to empower people for a fairer life through social care initiatives. Through these initiatives, we are able to work with specific groups of people ,and currently our focus is on disadvantaged children, between the ages of 9 to 17.

Can you tell us about this talent hunt which you are currently working on?
The talent search is basically to get five gifted children in the areas of art,craft,sports, for us to sponsor. We will be giving them five years of sponsorship to pursue  their talents, develop their skills,and ultimately achieve their potential. The main thing is that they are disadvantaged, and have potentials or gifts. We have sixteen children that are being sponsored in school. These are brilliant children that we have assessed. It wasn't easy to assess children who have talents,so we thought about organizing a talent search. Originally we thought it would be a small in-house thing,but by the time we started planning,and looking for sponsors, it became bigger. We approached Ultima Studios, and decided to make it a television show.

So when will the television show start to air on tv stations?

I can't tell you precisely when it will start to air, but we are aiming for April 2016,and we will be reaching out to stations like Silverbird, Ebony Life TV, and GET TV which is from Ultima. Cool TV, and Superscreen too.

What inspired you to start these charity works?

I just believe that those who are blessed have a duty to share. I am blessed, and God has favored me, so I have a reason or burden to help those who are less fortunate. So that is why I do it. I do it because of God. For the talent search, we don't want to be just an academic focused charity organization. We recognized that there are many children people who have skills but can't put them into use because of obstacles that get in their way.So they end up just begging,or selling things on the street,and not maximizing their God given potentials.

Why did you decide to focus on children?

I want to start where the need is greatest. I don't think we should neglect children. We need to ensure we groom them right, nuture them well at this young age, because they are the ones that will mentor the children who come after them. When we help children,we are also helping ourselves.

Are you looking at spreading your tentacles throughout Africa,as your name implies?

We are looking at taking it beyond Africa. Our aim is to be the number one charity organization in Africa. We are starting where we are,which is Nigeria. This initiative is still Nigeria focused, but as we grow and develop,we will reach out to other countries in Africa. That is my aim for Fair Life Africa.

How do you get funds to run the organization?

We seek funds from partners,corporate organizations,and friends. Most of our funding or donations from past years have been from our trustees, but in year 2015, most of the contributions have come from corporate organizations. I am hoping that more individuals and corporate organizations will support us this year. We don't get funds from Government, or foundations that give grants. We are actually a non-governmental, not for profit organization.
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Friday, 22 January 2016

QYB STYLE: Modern Hijab Fashion Trends

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Hello Lovelies! Here's wishing all the Muslims in the house Jummah Mubarak. Y'all know how much I love fashion,and how I love to keep you up to date on the latest fashion trends. 
So,I've noticed a lot of developments in the fashion industry here in Naija, especially in terms of Muslimah fashion,and thought to share with you. Here's a little something for all my Muslim readers,and anyone who loves fashion generally.

Traditional and modern hijab trends have equal importance and values related to Islamic morality and modesty. Modern hijab fashion trend has plenty of modern ways to wear head scarfs in accordance with Islamic sharia,and Muslimahs all around the world are gradually embracing this trend. A lot of Nigerian Muslimahs are quite trendy,and have found ways of embracing modern hijab fashion trends without going against the values or rules of the hijab. Fashion designers all over the world are embracing this trend too, infusing designs that suit muslim women especially the hijabis. A great example of this,is the Dolce And Gabbana HIjab and Abaya collection that was recently launched. 

Nigerian designers have also caught the trend,and one that recently caught my attention, is the popular House Of Kaya. The brand showcased its 2016 collection at the Lagos Fashion And Design Week.

The House of Kaya collection was a nice change on the runway as the brand showcased stylish pieces ideal for a more modest crowd.There were hijabs and gorgeous flowing gowns with intricate embroidery. Take a look at the very stylish but modest pieces.

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Here's wishing you all a blissful Jummah, and weekend!
GOD bless

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Monday, 18 January 2016

QYB Owambe: Aso Ebi Trends To Show Your Tailor This January!!!



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Hello QYBers! It's time for another QYB Owambe, where you get to see some "ghen ghen" aso-ebi trends which you can give your tailor this beautiful month of January. It's a brand new year, and we are already seeing a lot of fashionistas showing us a glimpse of what this year has to offer in terms of fashion.




Don't forget to drop your comments and tell me your favorite style. You can also show us cool aso-ebi trends which you have been rocking so we can also rock. Send via email- or post and tag via Instagram -@BeautifulBlogga. 
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Monday, 11 January 2016

"How I Became The Caterer Of Choice For Top Banks" -Tasty Delight Boss, Bukola Olokesusi

Bukola Olokesusi is the charming and hardworking lady behind popular catering outfit, Tasty Delight. The very talented banker cum caterer is fast becoming a force to reckon with when it comes to hospitality,and food catering business in Nigeria. At one of her events in Lagos, Qismat Yinus caught up with her,and she spoke about her marriage,business,and a lot more.

Can we meet you?

My name is Bukola Olokesusi. I am into catering services. The name of my company is Tasty Delight. I also do small chops and cocktails. we basically cater to all needs that have to do with food at events.

What sets you apart from other caterers?

I am actually a banker,so it affords me the opportunity to offer my services to my colleagues. I recently did a catering job for keystone bank. I was in charge of the food for their end of the year party. Every year I get a lot of jobs from banks.

Can you mention some of the banks which you have catered for?

Keystone,Ecobank,Heritage bank,and a host of others . I am usually in charge of food for their end of the year parties,and also birthday in the office.

Did you train to become a caterer?

Yes. I would say it is a family business. My Grandpa used to be a caterer,then my my mum was also a caterer,so I took it over from my mum. We still do it as a family business. My immediate younger brother is also part of the business. I have staffers who work with me.

How has it been since you started?

It has not been easy being a banker and also a caterer,but the truth is this is actually what I want to do. Even with the stress as a family woman. It has not been easy. I am a mother of two so combining all of these has not been easy,but because it is something I enjoy doing,I don't really have issues.

So how exactly do you balance everything?

I have staffers,that help me out,so what I do is just supervision. I am a marketer at the bank where I work.

What does it take to be a good caterer?

It takes all the energy in the world. It takes time,patience,passion,for your job. Even as the boss,you need to check what others are doing. As a caterer,you need to go out to see what other caterers are doing. You also need continuous training, with these you will go places.

Do you train people?

Yes I do. I train people,especially on small chops,and cocktails.

How do you joggle family and career?

That's why I said it is a family business. My husband actually brought me to this event. He does not see any big deal in it. We still see the business growing more than this.

Any advice to women on how to balance marriage and career?
You should be focused. Don't let anybody discourage you because sometimes in marriage,your husband may innocently want to discourage you. You need to be strong, and determined.

How would you describe your husband?

My husband is a very nice person. He is my best friend. My husband wants to assist. He is a domestic kind of person,so that makes things a lot easier for me. For example the food we brought here today,he did the major packing of the food. He can cook,he is always willing to assist. We quarrel,then we settle. My husband is a nice person.

How did you meet your husband?

We used to work at the same office,but when marriage came,he had to resign. Presently he works with Ecobank.

What are the keys to a successful marriage?

You have to be patient. This will go a long way to make you successful. Don't be materialistic,just love. Once you love each other, everything will work out well. You need to be ready to assist too. Also,it is not when your husband is angry that you will also be angry. Just be patient.

Contact Details:

Tasty Delight

Mobile- 08054119134

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Photos From AbekoGold Boss' Daughter's Wedding In Lagos

All roads led to Westown Banquets,Ikeja,Lagos on Sunday,December 13,2015,as Latifah Adebanke Adeyemo,the pretty daughter of the owner of AbekoGold got married to her hearthrob,Mohammed Olayinka Balogun. Qismat Yinus was at the high octane wedding which was co-ordinated by popular event planner, Simiade Odukomaiya of Deteron Events.

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