Category: Lifestyle

Casper and Gambini launch + A hangout with Noble Igwe.

So it was a cold evening at the capital city of the commercial capital of Nigeria at around 8pm(Nigerian Time). Different faces from all walks of life were seen having so much fun facing their various businesses at the ikeja city mall. At a section of the mall was the Official Launch of Casper and Gambini.

Casper and Gambini is an all day international restaurant-cafe that provides a fine casual dining experience to its patronizers. They were established 1996 in Beirut and has since  spread across over 10 cities across the Middle east and Africa.

The launch was an event worthy of note as there were free snacks, cakes, burger and other small chops together with assorted drinks and wine. What a superb experience.

There was a standby performance by an exceptional brilliant live band that had their songs carefully picked from all music genres.

They were filled with too much sauce as they got the house dancing till the end. We would have never been over exultant.

The Casper and Gambini Launch was unarguably the best time to hangout with a celebrity in the fashion industry as one of Africa’s topmost blogger and fashion entrepreneur Noble Igwe was live in the building.

He had previously given out some invites some days before the Cafe launch through his Instagram platform. Trust me he is a favourite to hangout with.

The event was also a good opportunity to chill out with old friends and a medium to meet new people. You might have just met your future hubby or wife. Who knows? You can’t tell. I really had a nice time at the Launch as I met new friends too.

Photography by Replicas concept.

 Review by Babalola Jesudara.

THE GHETTO PROJECT

A ghetto is an area of a city lived in by a minority group, especially a run down and densely populated area lived in by a group that experiences some kind of social or economic restrictions, pressure and hardship. Ghetto was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were hampered and ghettoized. But the term has since been applied. In the world today, almost every developed country still has at least one ghetto. That’s not much of a surprise though.

Well, before I continue, let me describe the concept of this editorial. The ghetto project is an initiative I developed with the team in celebration of my birthday that’s around the corner. That’s good news right?. This project was carried out to give a synopsis of lifestyle in a ghetto. Its like a form of appreciation and commendation for the struggle of every individual that dwells in a ghetto. This is not a regular fashion editorial, its more of a lifestyle thing.

Carefully considering a ghetto, you will agree with me that life is not easy here. There are obvious features of a ghetto lifestyle, many of which are not palatable at all. I can categorically call it a naturally occuring vintage and outmoded life existing in a new age that we are in now. Look at the quality of the buildings. The old and archaic structures found in here. The ill hygiene is alarming.

A ghetto inhabitant never allows all those determine his joy instead he keeps pushing and struggling for something more deserving.

A ghetto boy puts up little or no smile because of the kind of life he is subjected to live. All he is interested in is an improved life.

At a point of his life, he is made to enjoy life the way it appears to him (still clamouring for a better life beneath). He is now left in the impasse of choosing whether to stay with his present situation or pursue that comfortable life that he wished he had. He is left in between two thoughts

Grown ups here compulsorily (in any way) have to fend for a very large family of theirs . It’s really hard to believe that some families of maybe seven kids live on only one aged and anemic bike. It’s really that bad.

Shoutout goes to every young boy in the hood that have been left alone at an early age to nurture their dreams without assistance and encouragement from anywhere. Just keep your dreams and ambition alive and nurtured in any way it can. It will pay off one day.

Today in the world, there are so many styles, from fashion to art, culture, literature etc. that have now naturally identified with the ghetto life. An example is the ripped jeans trend. Asides being popular in the late 1980s during the hard rock/ heavy metal era, ripped jeans have had a root from some very old ghettos. They were actually distressed jeans and were not intentionally ripped unlike the trendy ones we have today.

Personally, I think the ghetto lifestyle has gradually grown into a brand of its own and will always be appreciated by an average country man. What do you all think guys. Kindly drop your feedbacks in the comment box below.

Outfit – T-shirt by Super gold polo x Distressed jeans by Lee x Moccasins by Dockside Sebago x timepiece by Chanel.

Photographer – Replicas Concept

Director – Osunsanmi Olugbemi

Stylist and writer – Babalola Jesudara

THE AVERAGE MAN,HIS FASHION AND HIS ENVIRONMENT – Lagos as a case study.

What’s popping people? How y’all doing. Today I’m tilting more into lifestyle than fashion. In the spirit of celebration, The team and I did this as a small project in conjunction with Lagos at 50. As we all know Lagos is a land of opportunities. It is where only the fittest survive in every ramifications (food, shelter, clothing etc).

Lagos is with no doubt the commercial capital of Nigeria and will always remain the “style” capital of Africa as well. As an average Lagos inhabitant, how do I survive in such a busy environment?from the ghettos, to the rough “under bridges ” that have turned into homes for many,

the noisy residential areas to the traffic-struck commercial areas of Lagos where you get to experience traffic in another dimension. You tend to be a “passive smoker” when u would have inhaled various concentration of fumes from exhaust pipes. You would have already been exhausted and “unfresh” before you get to your destination. So sad.

Lagos and its yellowness is another story for another day. You hardly drive a kilometer on a Lagos road without seeing ten (if not more) yellow buses. Their drivers would make me write one more chapter😂. Regular Lagos commuters will understand what I’m saying.

Do you know how it feels to be in the trap of a police officer🤔. Probably you didn’t tighten your seat belt or you committed some other offence. Iono (Note : ALWAYS tighten your seat belts)

A police man always wins an argument. There are no two ways to it. DISCLAIMER: I am not a policeman🙄😁. Lagos is just fun mehn.         Lagos at 50 is a Lagos that has gone quite far. After all there are comfortable and less stressful places in the city. Even with the structure of the city. The average man still wants to appear dapper, presentable and fashionable even when its so uneasy . They end up getting stained, wet (from their sweat) or even weak in trying to attain those feat. Now, the question is can I still be that fashionable lady or man I want to be without being disturbed by my daily activities and businesses.

The answer is yes. Just follow the few tips below and be assured that you can.

Understand your level of comfort. Know what you wear that makes you comfortable. If you’ll probably feel better in a pair of derby shoes for an outfit, please wear them.

Try to be as simple as possible. It doesn’t mean you should dress down. But then if you know that that pretty accessory of yours might be a burden to you that day, keep it for another day or occasion. Its as simple as that.

Be smart like me😄. I was basically wearing a Levi’s button down top with a pant, a watch and a shoe. Is that not smart and simple enough ?

Always work with the weather. Wear lighter fabrics and non black clothes for a very sunny weather. A jacket or sweater is actually not bad for a cold day.

You may want to add more tips or share your lagos story. Dont hesitate to drop your comments guys, Bye🤗

Outfit – glasses by Thom Browne x Button down top by Levi x Pants by Marks and Spencer x Delta Oxford shoes x Time piece by Rolex (Geneve Cellini)

Styled by Babalola Jesudara

Directed by Osunsanmi Olugbemi

Photographed by Replicas Concept