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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Video: Watch Nigerian Ladies Answer Questions Men Are Too Afraid To Ask

5 young women speak candidly on some of the things men would want to know about bras, sex, periods and dating, but are too afraid to ask.

In a video from Thenet, Yemi, Oyinda, Sharon, Enitan and Anu talk about stuff most people would rather avoid: the comfort of bras, being turned on, feeling aroused, dating a friend’s Ex boyfriend and more.

One described being aroused this way, “Hard nipples, you are wet everywhere, water dropping down your legs…”

When asked about Bras, Another participant said, “I love wearing Bra, I wear Bra 24/7, even to sleep. When I wear Bra, I feel like I’m held in place, I’m supported”

This video will either blow your mind or make you cringe!

4th Nigerian Entertainment Conference To Hold in Lagos on April 20, 2016

LAGOS | NIGERIAThe fourth edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive), the marketplace of ideas, products and services in Africa’s largest creative and entertainment industry is set to hold on Wednesday April 20, 2016 at the Landmark Events Centre, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.


A statement released today, by Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET), convener of NECLive said ‘#NECLive4 is set to be the most incisive edition of the conference yet. We are bringing together some of Nigeria’s most important entertainment personalities and creative industry enthusiasts to provide genuine insight and share their best practices for the benefit of all. Apart from the priceless exchange of knowledge on offer, previous editions of #NECLive have immensely contributed to shaping the direction of our industry. The goal of this year’s conference is to do even more’

The theme for this year’s conference is “Entertainment Industry As ‘Last Hope’ For Africa’s Largest Economy’, as the conference works to set the agenda for the entertainment industry to become a key contributor to the economy of Nigeria and being the standard for other significant industries.”
Organised annually since 2013, #NECLive brings together practitioners from all sectors of the entertainment industry for one day of conversations, workshops, exhibitions and master classes. It serves as a platform for discussing challenges, exchanging ideas and finding a strengthened path for the entertainment industry in Nigeria to thrive.

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The conference will be hosted for the fourth consecutive time by TV personality Tee-A. A full list of lead speakers, panelists and moderators at #NECLive4 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Past editions of NECLive have featured participation from Nigeria’s most influential business and entertainment industry personalities including Joke Silva, Prof. Pat Utomi, Frank Nweke Jr., Lagbaja, Emeka Mba, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Dare Art-Alade, 2face Idibia, Davido, Yetunde Babaeko, Tony Okoroji, Audu Maikori, eLDee, Kenny Ogungbe, George Thorpe, E, Kunle Afolayan, Amaka Igwe and Mo Abudu among others.

This year’s edition will hold on Wednesday April 20 at Landmark Events Centre, Oniru, Lagos.


Sulcata Online Engagement; All You Need to Know

Sulcata Entertainment is a brand identified with the Youth – The Young and Free, the Enthusiasts, The Explorers, The Leaders, The ones who want to be heard, and with a daily increasing network of followers joining the Sulcata social family, it has become dearly important for us to engage in a close andactive rapport that represents the brand, and help us interact with all our followers in a fun and impactful way.

This year we are introducing an everyday trend on our social media handles – instagram being
foremost. From Monday to Sunday every week, we will engage our followers with interesting posts
that calls them out for fun, learning, and interaction. 

There is a tag (hashtag) for each day which informs the posts that we reel out and the line of conversation. They are:

Mondays - #OneVoice
Tuesday - #TrickyTuesday
Wednesday - #GetFamiliar
Thursday - #FillItUp
Friday - #FashionTips
Saturday -#CaptionIt
Sunday - #LolSunday

#OneVoice – Every Monday on this thread, we present relevant and somewhat controversial issues
of the society that gives #Sulcatarians the opportunity to air their views and opinions concerning the
topic of discussion. It is one way to get our message out and another way we can collectively learn
and add value to ourselves and by extension, the society.

#TrickyTuesday – This thread every Tuesday draws out the intelligent ones amongst us as we share fun and exciting brain teasers for #Sulcatarians to crack. Tricky indeed!

#GetFamiliar – On this platform every Wednesday, we introduce and celebrate young Entrepreneurs by featuring their profile so as to help others learn and connect to them easily.

#FillItUp - This is a fun and exciting thread. Here we share incomplete but familiar sentences every Thursday that #Sulcatarians will definitely find easy cracking and be excited about. Plus it is just before the weekend, so it is another way to chill.

#FashionTips – Very resourceful is our Friday threads on Fashion tips. It is the weekend and we know the buzz that come with it, so we help our #Sulcatarians have the edge as we share useful and handy fashion tips, from our sensational fashion designers, that can make them pop through the weekend and even beyond.

#CaptionIt – On Caption It every Saturday we enjoy the perspectives of #Sulcatarians by posting files and calling out for captions based on how best they perceive the posts. It is so much fun to see the world from other people’s point of view.

#LolSunday – LolSunday is typically for Gags! We share funny posts to give #Sulcatarians exciting and thrilling moments every Sunday. The Jokes are for real. No dull moments with us at anytime and definitely not on Lol Sunday.

We don’t just want to stay in touch with you, we want to totally stay hooked with you, drawing
closer everyday as much as we can, and because we are young and free, we are hopefully excited to meet up in person with as many of our very committed supporters as we can through our events and
engagement meetings this year where we can share more and achieve more together.

To be a #Sulcatarian you don’t need any formal process. #Sulcatarians are people who believe in and support the #Sulcata brand and what we are out to achieve.

You can be a part of us by connecting with us on our social media platforms (instagram, twitter, Youtube) @sulcataent and let’s share and create lasting memories together.

Sulcatarians - Stay Young and Free!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

See Photos Of Another Man Who Disguised As A Female

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A young man disguised as a woman was accosted trying to gain access into a construction site in Sosiani, Eldoret by security guards. The guards, according to Standard Digital ‘initially marveled at her beauty’ only to realise on close scrutiny that he was a fake.
The guards summoned the police who arrested and took him to the police station. It is not yet clear what he wanted to do on the construction site, however, there have been reports that several people in the area have been robbed, and even raped by men disguised as women.

Why Lovers Shout When Angry

A professor was teaching about Proverbs 15:1. He asked his students, why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset? The students thought for awhile. One said,because we lose our calm. But the professor asked again,why shout when the other person is just next to you? Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you are angry? The students gave some answers but none satisfied the professor.
Finally,he explained, “when two people are angry at each other, there is a distance in their heart psychologically. To cover the distance,they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are,the stronger they will shout to hear each other through that great distance.
Then the professor asked,” what happens when two people fall in love? They dont shout at each other but talk softly,why? Because their heart are psychologically close. The distance between them is very close.The professor continued,”when they love each other even more,what happens? They don’t speak, they only whisper and they even get closer to each other in their love. They even need not to whisper,they only look at each other and that’s all…so next time you shout on a loved one know that you are creating distance between your heart and that person’s heart.
Next time we are tempted to enter a shouting competition with someone or attempt to shout someone into submission, just remember to Proverbs 15:1 which says “gentle answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger”. Speak less when angry and talk more when relaxed.
Please share with as many friends as you can. You may be healing a hot tempered person today. Enjoy every moment, life is easy

The Truth About Corporate Prostitution

I had just finished serving my country judiciously for a year in the sun and in the rain back in 2012 and was just buying time before commencing the Msc adventure. I stayed at home for a little over a week when it dawned on me that doing nothing under my father’s roof was bound to make me lose my senses. Then began my first ever job search. I don’t know if it just a coincidence but it seemed most job vacancies I came across in the papers were marketing jobs particularly in the Banking or Insurance sectors and all had this “unholy” emphasis on females.
“Why the emphasis on females for a marketing job?”, I thought to myself then. But now I know.
The quest to get enough high end customers to deposit their huge sums in their banks coupled with unrealistic targets and the quest to survive in the uncertain labour market has birthed the evil called “Corporate Prostitution”. This is a growing phenomenon where marketers (mostly ladies) in a bid to meet the targets and particularly keep their jobs are consequently forced or led into prostitution with potential customers. Some targets are so outrageous that even if a female marketer were to stand nude on the road with a cardboard around her neck, she would still find it hard to meet. According to a banker friend, her bank recruit bankers (marketers) with clear instructions to generate between N150 million and N300 million within 3-6 months, while those in the operations department have specified targets, like N1 million per month, two savings accounts in one week or three in a month, depending on the branch head and stability of the branch.
Simply put, potential customers (mostly men) are approached by marketers (mostly ladies) to open an account and deposit their hard earned money into the marketer’s bank. The potential customer then demands sex as an incentive from the marketer to open an account. The marketer faced with gigantic targets and an impending sack chooses to play ball in a bid to save her job.
A friend once told me of her plight as a marketer for an insurance company. She spoke of how she and her colleagues go through a lot at the hands of casanova corporate guys and businessmen, who just want their backs on the bed before they even considered buying an insurance premium with her company.
The story of one Uche Okoro (pseudonym) comes to mind. She is a marketer with an old generation bank in Ikeja, Lagos. In her words, “seven years ago when l joined the banking industry, it was obvious that they had a hidden agenda because they did not mince words. ‘Go over there and woo new customers with all that you have’ were the words from our supervisor, who told us that we were lucky to get the job because it was competitive.”
Uche who did not confirm or deny whether as a marketer she has been a victim of corporate prostitution but emphatically said, “There is no university that will teach you how to be an efficient marketer; when you get to the field, you are going to navigate your way to get your desired goal whether by sleeping or not sleeping with anybody.”
Another story of Kemi Asani (pseudonym) just goes to show the lengths and pains ladies go through to meet their targets.
In her own emotion-laden words, “I got the shock of my life on the field because virtually all the targeted clients, who were mostly oil magnates, wanted to sleep with me before having anything to do with her bank. Out of frustration, coupled with the fact that I was running out of time on my target, l decided to give in to a young guy, who introduced himself as an IT consultant to one of the oil companies. He took his time after more pressure from me to agree to move one of his accounts to our bank. Before l knew it, l was warming his bed for almost a week, with a promise that as soon as he was off shore, he would give me a cheque to open a new account with my bank.
I almost fainted when l realized that he had issued me a bounced cheque. To make matters worse, l could not get him on phone and by the time l got back to his hotel, he had given a standing order that I should not be allowed in, that l was one of those disturbing him. Now to how many people would l tell my story and not look silly?” She lamented.
A close friend told me of how her madam at an Estate Management firm told her categorically to “shave your hairy legs so you will look the part when you approach clients”. Shave which legs? How does that affect the price of land or house? I am sure you get the manager’s message clearly.
The above are just a few of the unsavory experiences of female marketers (banks or a host of other firms) whose task it is to market their banks’ products and services and attract customers or get sacked with ignominy for under-performance.
Most banks would feign ignorance when the topic of corporate prostitution comes up but the buck of the blame should rest on the shoulders of the marketers. Why belittle/degrade/dehumanize yourself and even sin against God just to meet one stupid target and keep one rubbish job?
“Life is hard, the economic situation in the country is not improving and the labour market looms precariously by the day” might be one of the excuses a lady might give for compromising her moral standards. But need I remind you what became of Esau after he sold his birthright for a pot of porridge (common porridge). Don’t let hunger (lack of money) make you sell your birthright for that commission/salary/promotion. Be wise.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

MUSIC: Sabina - Running Over Ft Debbie ( Prod By Masterkraft ) @Sabinanp @Strawberry_Deb

Super talented singer, songwriter and Radio presenter of the award winning show “Sunday Best” on Naija FM 102.7 - Sabina, has just released a fantastic single entitled “Running Over”. The song was borne out of a perplexity of how to express God’s faithfulness and his unmerited favor. It is an exclamation of testimony and gratitude which clearly showcases the overwhelming joy one feels as we are suddenly encapsulated by God’s blessings at the end of the tunnel.

Sabina features her daughter Debbie for the first time on this soul stirring afro-pop groove which has elicited a plethora of reactions from joyously dancing to quietly reflecting and everything in between. Sabina was honored to have the Midas touch of internationally renowned producer Masterkraft on this track. This remarkable mother-daughter duo which is the first  of its kind in Nigeria, builds a bridge across two generations which combines a feel good style and dance provoking rhythms to put a smile on the faces of most listeners.. 

Enjoy this song and a 2016 of RUNNING OVER!!!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Message To Guys Who Patronize Sugar Mummies

‎I'm writing on this topic due to the numerous text messages and e-mails I get from readers asking me to link them up with sugar mummies. Guys, I want to state categorically that I don't get involved in such messy deals. Why would a young man, instead of thinking and working for a better future, decide to live his life under the cover of a woman who does nothing but use him to satisfy her sexual urge?

I just pity girls who are so much after material things and fame without getting to know the stuff the man is made of. When you drive to all the big club houses in town, you see our so called big boys who are nothing but fools!!.. They throw the biggest parties in town, they keep the prettiest girls, they live in posh apartments, they have their class when it comes to cars and designer wears.

Guys, you know what? That is all they do with the allowance from sugar mummy. All these guys specialize in is dating old women, not because they are in love with them, but because they want to become intimacy gadgets, just to achieve their goals.

When you look at the corporate settings, you see some guys who are the female MD's pets. These ones come to work whenever they like, they leave the office whenever they like, and they insult the manager at every slight provocation. They go against all the laid down rules of the company. But what do they get at the end of the day? Promotion instead of a query or sack letter. Some of them do it the good boy way. They become too committed to their job; they close late and are always the last to leave the office.

You are only looking for a sugar mummy because you see yourself as a failure in life. It is a shameful thing for a man to sell his pride just to become great. It is not worth it my guy. These sugar mummies will give you all the good things but not without the full dose of pain that comes with them.

You are happy now that unlike your fellow drivers and stewards, madam has rented a very fine apartment for you. She comes there when you are off duty just to have you waste your God-given substance. Nonsense!! Your day of pain is coming.

Why would you get involved in a relationship where you have no say of your own? You have a relationship with a very young girl who you have lied to, presenting the sugar mummy as your aunty. You trickishly send the girl out of the house whenever she is visiting. Nemesis will catch up on you someday!

Some sugar mummies have destroyed the lives of their younger lovers. Guy, don't think you are too smart. She knows what you are doing, but she is waiting for the right time to strike. She knows you use the car she bought for you to pick your girls to the salon and clubs. She knows you used her money to rent an apartment for your young lover.

But she is only waiting to get another fool like you to be servicing her before she strips you of everything you have. You will surely vomit it someday. I know of a 22 year old guy who stole N3million from his sugar mummy. She hunted the guy and she sent assassins to kill him, as I'm speaking, he is already a dead body..

Guys, why get the whole wealth, and loose heaven?

why sell your pride just for the comfort that lasts for a while? Even when you end it with her, you can never regain your pride. Don't sell your birthright for a pot of porridge.

Even if things are too hard for you now, refuse to be involved in such a relationship that can give your mother heart ache. It's a sad thing that some mothers these days support their sons having sugar mummies. These women have sent their daughters-in-law out of the house for a sugar mummy to move in and be responsible for feeding and maintenance of the whole family. If your mother is into this with you, I am very sorry for you because your situation is a very serious one. Your mother is just as greedy and foolish as you are.

I can say categorically that 80% of this so Called Sugar mummies are Glory users… Beware!!

Please think about this, and change your ways.. And to you Ladies, May God deliver your future husbands from the hands of Sugar Mummies!

Why I Refused to Sign Ola Dips Into YBNL - Olamide

OlaDips dropped back to back hit singles and was featured in so many tracks last year under Ob9ja management,  It was glaring that he had caught the affection of so many Label Bosses, Including the YBNL Label boss. As a matter of fact a good questionnaire would have predicted Olamide signing Oladips. The big question is what went wrong with nature?. After weeks and months of silence the YBNL C.E.O, Olamide confirms his admiration for the young rapper, but insists he would love some competition, He further noted that He shares almost the same style with "Chinko Ekun", with just a little difference, It would be hard branding Oladips as a YBNL Artiste because it would implicate that one of them changes style. Quite reasonable from Olamide, He's not only and artiste but also a business man that understands branding andthe elements of marketing. He further stresses that Oladips can always stake a competition and keep other young rappers on their toes, If he's signed to YBNL, YBNL might enjoy a monotony and Oladips might not be able to live up to his full potential because of lack of competition. Above all The YBNL Boss wishes him well and hopes he enjoys a successful career at LRR/EDGE Records

Friday, January 22, 2016

VIDEO: Ola Dips Ft Reminisce – Bounce

LRR new act OLADIPS official new video titled BOUNCE feat Reminisce directed by HG2 films.

DOWNLOAD VIDEO : Ola Dips ft Reminisce – Bounce


Thursday, January 21, 2016

MUSIC: Ola Dips Ft Reminisce – Bounce

We officially welcome Olabode Oladimeji Oladipupo popularly known as OLA DIPS, new act signed to LRR / EDGE family with his single titled BOUNCE,
Listen, Download and Share.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Buhari Takes Action; Withdraws 2016 Budget To Change Figures

The President, Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Nationally Assembly to formally request the withdrawal of the 2016 Appropriation Bill he had presented to a joint session of the federal legislature on December 22 for adjustment to reflect some present realities.

President Buhari's letter was addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara.

The formal request followed controversy over the alleged secret changing of the original budget document. The controversy over the budget raged all through last week, with some direct attacks.

According to THISDAY, it emerged that the budget saga, which became the source of the growing confusion, arose from Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang’s alleged adoption of a sneaky approach in the pursuit of an otherwise legitimate objective.

It was gathered that Buhari had discovered after presenting the 2016 budget to the National Assembly that some of the figures proposed for operations in the Presidency and the State House were being publicly criticised as outrageous and higher than those of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.

Given Buhari’s austere nature and the change agenda of his party, the figures for the subheads in the budget for the office of the president, vice president, and a few ministries, which went viral on the social media and had become a major topic of discussion in the media, were a huge embarrassment.

To reflect the public mood, President Buhari was said to have directed the recall of the 2016 budget from the National Assembly for review. Ordinarily, the review process should have entailed a written request from the president to the National Assembly calling for the withdrawal of the budget.

And now that President Buhari's letter has been sent to the national assembly, the matter will be rested.

Kim Kardashian's Sister Kourtney Finally Goes Nude

Once you are ready to pay, they are ready to take off their clothes. That is the Kardiashian sisters for you. She is a mother of three children, but Kourtney Kardashain posed nude for a photoshoot with artist Brian Bowen Smith. This is how they choose to live their lives. See more photos...

She was even laughing and said, "The only thing is I feel like my ass like disappeared when I lost weight. We need to plump it up!"

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

THE STORY: A Married Man And The Single Girl

A girl at a bus stop spotted a handsome man and without hesitation went to him and said ” you look cute.. I like you.”….
The man out of shock simply placed his hand on her shoulder and said “My dear, this love and infatuation are all nothing. You are too young to be behaving like this. Please go home and study hard so that you can have a successful life.”..
He then took out a piece of paper, wrote something inside and placed it on her hand and said ” I have written some words of wisdom and bible verses for you. Read them before you go to sleep.” And then he walked away.
The girl went back to her hostel in shame and before she slept she opened up the paper and read thus: “Are you blind? My wife was standing behind me. Any way, this is my number. Call me anytime. ….. By the way, I like you too!”.
Morale of the story:
1. You like something, go after it (ladies, stop forming).
2. Look before you leap (observe and then make your move).
3. Think on your feet (be smart and innovative)
4. Married men leave single girls alone (for single men like us)
5. Share if you found it funny (thanks).

37 Years Old Genevieve Nnaji Set To Marry Her Younger Lover, Alhaji Ishaya Bako

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2016 can be reported to be a year of good tidings for veteran Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, as she is set to walk down the aisle.
Genevieve Nnaji will be 37 this year and time is no longer on her side. The Nollywood superstar has finally decided to marry this year.
The actress, who is also a mother of one, is set to marry 29-year-old film maker Alhaji Ishaya Bako. Rumour has it that Genevieve is bound and determined to be Mrs. Bako and that she really want to be wedded in 2016 so badly.
The duo first became friends after the Imo state-born actress moved to Abuja from Lagos Island base about two years ago. They’ve worked on quite a number of projects together, with the latest being the critically acclaimed movie ‘Road To Yesterday’, which was directed by Ishaya Bako.
Genevieve Nnaji has previously been linked with several high profile and showbiz personalities including D’banj and Ramsey Nouah.
See another photo of Gene and Ishaya Below

Ghanaian Actress Moesha Bodoung Flaunt Her Body To Gain Attention Of Movie Producers

She's not really among the beautiful ladies in the movie industry but Moesha Bodoung has boasted that no man can ever leave her, considering her performance in the bedroom.  See more photos...
...the Ghanaian actress is turning the attention of movie producers to herself with her general exposing.

Meet Mama Nike, The Nigerian Woman Without Education But Lectures At Harvard

Not many in her homeland appear to know about her unique story. But in other lands, especially Europe and America, she is a ‘goddess’ whose works are cherished by kings and presidents.

Without a doubt, the story of Nike Okundaye, the face behind the huge success story of Nike Arts Gallery that is located in Lagos, Abuja and Osogbo, is as compelling as it is inspiring...

At a time when young Nigerians are in desperate need of a role model and inspiration in what self-belief and hard work can achieve, Nike’s rise from the status of an unknown village girl born into a seeming insignificant family in a rustic village to a globally celebrated icon would make an A-list inspirational novel.

Born in her native village of Ogidi, Ijumu LGA of Kogi State, young Nike had high dreams about what type of future she wanted for herself. But her dreams were truncated even before they could take form when she lost her mother at age six. “I was six when my mother died,” she said with a tinge of sadness.

With the blow inflicted on her dreams by her mother’s death, young Nike was taken away to live with her grandmother. At the time, many believed that by going to live with an old woman, the young girl’s future had been compromised. But events have since proved that destiny may indeed have been at work in her journey through life.

She had her first contact with the world of arts through her grandmother, who at the time, was the leader of cloth weavers in the community.

She said: “I come from a family of craftsmen. My parents were crafts people from Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State. My life as an artist is something that I was born with. I started weaving at the age of six.

“I started with weaving different things, including adire, a traditional Yoruba hand-painted cloth design. As a matter of fact, I can say everything that had to do with textile. They taught me how to weave, using a little calabash. Gradually, I graduated to using bigger materials.”

Though Nike was six years old and barely able to tell the difference between her left and right hands, she already had a picture of the kind of future she wanted.

“My grandmother was the head of all the weavers in our community. So, even as a little child, I already had a dream that I would own a big studio when I grew up. People came from different areas to buy the cloth from her. So, at that time, I already sensed that I might not have the opportunity to go to school.”

With the death of her mother, her grandmother, whose responsibility it was to look after her, did not pamper her in any form. She ensured that the virtue of hard work was instilled in Nike’s young, impressionable mind.

At that time, young Nike, unaware of the reason behind her great grandmother’s action, would cry, believing that she was being unnecessarily punished. “I would cry and lament because I thought she was wicked and punishing me. But today, I always thank her for inculcating in me the virtue of hard work. It was through her that I learnt that you must persevere in whatever you do and never give up on your dreams.”

Although she lost her mother at a time she needed her most, Nike believes that destiny might have been involved in the way her life played out, including her mother’s death. According to her, the mother was a very hard working young woman who would have spared nothing to ensure that her child got a good education up to the university level.

“Even at that young age, I knew that my mother was very hard working. And I am very sure that if she had not died, she would have trained me up to university level. My father was a farmer. He also did several other things like basket weaving to supplement his income. So, definitely, I would have been educated very well if my mother had not died.

“But today, I look at my childhood and all that I went through as something designed by destiny. Who knows, maybe if my mother had not died and I had gone ahead to be educated, I may never have had the kind of opportunity that I have today and may never have risen to the level that I am.”

Nike never went to school to study art, the vocation that has brought her to global spotlight.

Vocational training in art was passed down to her by her great grandmother, the late Madam Ibikunle. Watching her great grandmother in the art of adire textile processing and helping her out, Nike walked up the line to become an expert in adire making, dyeing, weaving, painting and embroidery.

A product of the famous Osogbo Art Movement, Nike is today a world acclaimed artist and textile designer. She brings vivid imagination as well as a wealth of history and tradition into the production of adire. Her works are celebrated in major capitals of the world, with her designs exhibited in countries like the USA, Belgium, Germany, Japan and Italy, among others.

Nike spent the early part of her life in Osogbo, a recognised hotbed for art and culture in Nigeria. During her stay in Osogbo, her informal training was dominated by indigo and adire.

Nike’s romance with international exposure began in 1968 when she had an exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Lagos. Since then, she has grown to become a major name on the international art circuit. She is most outstanding in paintings and design of adire, beadwork and batik.

Among Nike’s proudest achievements was her invitation to Italy by the Italian government in 2000 to train young Nigerian sex workers on how to use their hands to engage in creative ventures. Her invitation was as a result of complaints to the Italian government by the young Nigerians that they left Nigeria in search of work, not knowing what they would be forced into. When Nike got to Italy, she taught them skills in craft making and many of the women became self-reliant in no time and stopped their old means of income.

In 2006, she was awarded one of the highest Italian national awards of merit by the government of the Republic of Italy in appreciation of her efforts in using art to address and solve the problems of Nigerian sex workers in Italy.

About two years ago, her adire painting was accepted at The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum, located in Washington DC, US. Some of her works can be found amongst the collection of prominent personalities around the world, including the White House.

While little is known about Nike and her works across the country, two former presidents of the USA, Bill Clinton and George Bush, were so enthralled by her works at various times that they sought audience with her during their visits to Nigeria. Much more than just meeting and shaking hands with the two former presidents, it was Nike that decorated George Bush’s room in Abuja during his stay in the country.

These two incidents, Nike told The Nation, were some of the best things to have happened to her.
She said: “When President Bill Clinton of the US visited Nigeria, he asked to meet the woman behind Nike Gallery, and I was taken to Abuja to meet him. It was the same thing with President George Bush. I was invited to meet him in Abuja during his visit to Nigeria. I was the one that decorated the room where the president stayed during the visit. What honour can be greater than this? I feel accomplished.”

As an accomplished artist, Nike has taught in several universities in the US, imparting the knowledge of her traditional adire designs in thousands of eager students from across the world. Her teaching exploits, she disclosed, have taken her to revered institutions like Harvard and Edmonton in Canada.
“I have lectured and held workshops in several noble institutions across the world. Some of the universities include Harvard, Columbus, Edmonton, Ohio and in Los Angeles, among others. My first experience with teaching was in 1974. At that time, I taught people with doctoral degrees.”

Interestingly, all the education she had at the time, according to her, was the traditional education that parents pass onto their children.

“The type of education I had at the time was the education that is passed from parents to their children, not the education you get in a classroom. It was the practical type of education,” she said with a wry smile.

In 1983, she established the Nike Centre for Art and Culture in Osogbo, Osun State, where trainings are offered free of charge to Nigerians in various forms of arts. The centre was opened with 20 young girls who were picked from the streets and offered a new life in arts. So far, according to her, more than 3,000 young Nigerians have been trained at the centre.

The centre also admits undergraduate students from many universities in Nigeria for their industrial training programmes in textile design. The centre now admits students from Europe, Canada and the United States of America. International scholars and other researchers in traditional African art and culture also visit the centre from time to time for their research works on the processing of adire fabric and African traditional dyeing methods.

But she says the true story of the gallery started in her bedroom about 47 years ago.

“The gallery you see today actually started in my bedroom in 1968. In 2008, we opened the one in Lagos, and my husband was always the motivator. It was intended to give the young and old a platform to hear their voice.”

As she spoke, with signs of fulfillment splashed on her face, her husband, Reuben Okundaye, a retired commissioner of police, who had remained quiet since the interview started, suddenly joined in the conversation.

He said: “It is with practical education that she has continued to teach and impart knowledge into people with doctoral degrees and masters in Fine Art. Some of these people even come here under the cover of night to seek advice from her. Yet, some would say she is not educated.”

Speaking about another experience, Mr. Okundaye said he once had an encounter with a prominent Nigerian who told him that his wife would have been made a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria if she was educated. Surprised, he said he took a swipe at the man, telling him his wife was better educated than most of the people that were being flaunted.

He said: “You can imagine, I was discussing with one big man the other day and he said that my wife would have been made a minister if she was educated. I was angry and I asked him what he meant by that. Here is a woman who teaches people with doctoral degrees in higher institutions all over the world, yet you say she is not educated. But when the chips are down, they come to her for advice.”

Asked how she feels whenever she teaches in the classroom, Nike looked up as if relishing her achievements, and said: “I feel fulfilled. It was a very high sense of fulfillment. Imagine, a little girl who grew up in a rustic village without any sign of hope for a good future. Now I stand before PHD holders and teach them. I have been invited to meet presidents of foreign countries. I think I should be proud of my little achievements and be grateful to God.”

In spite of her seeming low education, she insists she has no regrets about not attending school. “I have no regrets at all. I give thanks to God for making all these things possible for me. I also thank my husband for standing by me all these years. I must confess that it was not easy coming this far. You will agree with me that for a woman to be recognised, she has to work three times harder than a man.”

Reechoing his wife’s position, Mr. Okundaye said Nike could not have had any regrets, having attained the heights sought by many across the world. “You asked if she has any regrets. How can that be possible? What kind of regret was she supposed to have with all her achievements? She is fulfilled in every sense of the word,” he enthused.

Expectedly, the couple was attracted to each other by their mutual love for arts. Okundaye told The Nation how it all started: “I have always been an arts lover. I have some of her works. Perhaps, like you said, maybe it was destiny that brought us together.”

With a sterling career as a police officer, which saw him attaining the rank of Commissioner of Police and serving in more than four states, the couple has in the last 20 years of their coming together enjoyed the beauty of marriage and weathered the storm together.

Nike, who would be 64 in a couple of weeks, has also successfully created an identity for herself. Her most treasured clothes, she confessed, are adire fabrics. And it is not surprising that she cannot remember the last time she wore anything other than that.

“You may be right if you say I have created an identity for myself with my adire clothes. It is the only thing that I am known with. I don’t wear any other clothe, even when I travel out of the country,” she said.

Source: African Leadership