Winners and losers week 38….Seyi Shay,Stacy Nwapa,Duro Olowu,Rita Dominic,Omotola,Dakore,Mo Abudu`s 50th et al
You guys probably heard of the ‘Emmy Collins Style Weekend’ which was
successfully held at Miliki Private Members Club on Etim Inyang last April,
but what you are obviously unaware of is the fact that I had to drastically
scale my plans down as a result of what I consider to be the Nigerian
Now, this is the gist or shall I say the koko of the matter: Months before
I had been approached by a certain individual whom, prior to this period, I
had considered to have very negative energy about her for certain reasons.
She knew this hence she bent over backwards to convince me that she wasn`t
whom I reckoned her to be. Anyway, the deal was that she would introduce me
to a company that represents an Italian beverage company which was
desperate to launch it`s brand officially in Nigeria in collaboration with
a fashion label that doesn`t compromise on quality. She believed my brand,
Emmy Collins London fit the profile of what this brand was after hence she
In order not to bore you guys, I`m gonna skip a huge chunk of this gist and
proceed to when the deal was agreed upon after a few disagreements
regarding the amount of sponsorship they would provide as principal
sponsors. We arrived at N11m. This was slightly less than what I needed to
pull off the type of show that I believed folks who generate sponsorship
that is well over a hundred millions could not touch. I believed I could
pull this off because I wasn`t looking for a show with 1000 guests or a show
that would be advertised on the crappiest of blogs or one that would admit
anyone and everyone who could afford to purchase a ticket. This show was
gonna be exclusive with just about 150-200 guests. This number would
comprise savvy discerning individuals whom one rarely ever saw on your
blogs. Most of them don`t even bother with blog gossip about who is
shagging whom, who bought which car or designer item as they get their news
from newspapers. No, they are too busy to troll the internet. I already had
in my head a PR company which would be mandated to collaborate with me
towards achieving this. This PR must sign on to getting at least 70% of
folks in my list through the door to the event or there would be no deal.
Anyway moving further, after this deal was agreed on, the lady in question
called for a meeting with her contact person from the marketing company
that was spearheading this deal on behalf of the beverage company.I knew
she wanted to discuss her remuneration as the agent that initiated the deal
and that wasn`t an issue with me after all anya fulu deal nwelu share. At
the meeting a 10% fee or 1.1m was agreed on but what totally shocked me was
that they had a lot more in mind than the 10%. They wanted to mandate me to
use a certain model agency alone even though I would rather eat worms than
have 98% of models from this agency be seen within a 10-mile radius of my
pieces not to talk about their being decked up in them. I politely
explained to them that I would have an open casting and promised to use the
best they have which in my honest opinion is just about two models. They
even went further to demand an estimate of how much this show would cost.In
their WARPED calculations, the show would cost about N4m(the venue alone
was already asking for N2m) and the rest of the funds would be split three
ways amongst the three of us. Basically, I was expected to agree to
organise the cheapest show with the most raggedy models thinkable so that
someone would stuff his or her bank account.
I believe it would be fraudulent to deviate from the proposal which I had
already presented to the representatives of the Italian beverage company at
the meeting held with them at the marketing company`s office at Shonibare
Estate, Ikeja so I resisted this attempt to devalue my brand and dupe a
company that genuinely wished to promote art in the process. The result of
this refusal was that I started hearing stories when it was time for the
funds to be transferred to our account and eventually they pulled the plug
on the deal. Of course the MD of the marketing company would be unaware of
what had transpired between a member of his staff, myself and the lady that
linked us together, at least that is what I still believe, however his
position will be evident soon enough.
What this has cost me was that a certain bank that was very interested in
future collaborations with my brand,Emmy Collins London, and had come in as
part sponsors to this show simply to see what quality of show I could pull
off before they could sign on to future collaboration with me, was highly
disappointed when I informed them that I was scaling down from a show that
was supposed to hold at Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi or Porsche Centre on Akin
Adesola to a show that would be held at Miliki. And just as an exhibition
and not a show anymore as the funds were no longer available. Don`t get me
wrong, Miliki is a *VERY* decent location to have events and I totally
recommend it. I was very pleased and proud of what we pulled off in
collaboration with Miliki and my PR agency, Loft PR but the point is, my
original plan was a show with quality European based models fused with
local ones and with a runway. The part sponsors were so unimpressed with my
excuses that none of their staff bothered to show up for the event and they
have been very reluctant to proceed with the gigs that I had proposed to
them. At some point I was informed in confidence by an insider that they
considered asking for the funds already advanced to my brand back due to
the sudden change.
I have had a discussion with my attorney and have been adequately informed
that this deal was sealed the moment the marketing company forwarded an
email with their final offer and I accepted. So as far as we are concerned
a deal has been signed and the onus is upon them to fulfil their own end of
the deal or we will get a judge to interpret the situation. I have put them
on notice but as always they NEVER get it till you sue and I will sue
someone`s behind with a huge grin on my ugly face!
In a nutshell, I wish to opine that this is the major reason we are
bedevilled with the level of mediocrity that exists in Nigeria today
because the folks that really wish to notch standard up are never left to
achieve their aims due to the nefarious and gluttonous acts of folks such
as the ones I have just had the misfortune of dealing with.
Now I understand what Fashola`s position is a lot better than I did
previously as I heard that certain interests would never allow him to carry
out reforms that would improve the lot of Lagosians. He was once almost
impeached by these powerful interests during his first term in office if
you guys would remember, and the news on the grapevine has it that these
powerful interests would scuttle any move by Fashola to go federal ie vie
for the Vice presidential candidate of APC.
This country has no hope of moving forward unless gluttonous folks such as
the ones I have mentioned above are tackled aggressively.
Again, I will definitely be suing someone`s ass unless we can arrive at a
compromise or my attorney whom I will be having a second meeting with
advises another way out of this situation. Ndi ara! This is so on!
When we sue, I will mention names and ensure that the right blogs and news
media carry the news because we can`t have this if we need this country to
improve on the quality of service delivery. Imagine collecting N11M and
delivering N4M service. They didn`t even have the courtesy of recommending
that three-quarters of the total sum be expended. If this isn`t greed at
it`s peak then I don`t know anything any more!
This is so on!
Again, no mind my rant o. I was simply calling attention to the reasons why
Nigeria isn`t moving forward and will never progress unless mindsets such
as the ones described above are utterly destroyed.
Now,let do some critiquing.
winners and loser weeks 37…Emma Nayra,Tiwa Savage,Davido,Nikki Minaj,Peter of Psquare,Tontoh Dike et al
WizKid is another of my favourites, he even made me like a Nigerian song about money, and as you guys know I can`t stand it when Nigerians sing about money. Yes, I love “show you the money”. I have always said that certain people get away with murder and that was what Wizzy did here from where I stand. Again, I detest any artiste who sings about money as that translates to laziness. Also,my perspective on it is that you must put your surroundings into consideration and understand that most folks don`t have any pot to piss in so calm down with the money “thingy”. If you have money, good for you but the flaunting is a huge No NO for me.
Anyway,Wizzy also has a great style sense and switches it on when he chooses as this image below can attest to. He rarely turns out like this but I believe he has it and can switch it on or off as he chooses.
I listened to the interview with Olisa Adibua where he mentioned that this is his last album with EME. I wouldn`t say I didn`t see that coming because he has outgrown EME and the record label must come to terms with that. I have always advocated against artistes dumping the record label that stood behind them through thick and thin the moment they make the cover of even a magazine based at Agbara,Shagamu or even Kotongora.When Brymo had his altercation with Chocolate City, I was on the side of Chocolate City and this was way before I even met the head honcho, the bearded man himself. My reasons then were:
(A) Even though Brymo is a bundle of talent (and he is as I have seen him perform live twice and twice he came out of it smelling like a bunch of roses), I didn`t think it was the right decision for his career- but then he knows his career more than I do.
(B) Even if he decided that he had to go, it should not have been a unilateral decision. Why? Because he had an ongoing CONTRACT which was duly signed by him.
In such instances one should have a chat with the record company and tell them the relationship isn`t working and then in Tontoh Dikeh`s English try one’s “almost best” to thrash out a deal that would favour both parties. Don`t disrespect all the efforts and dosh expended on you by running off to start your own label after climbing on the back of the record label to stardom. Fairness is the word here, people.
Back to WizKid, if there is any artist well packaged enough to go international, it is Wizzy. I like Davido right now but I believe Wizzy would fare better on the international scene than him and I don`t mean any disrespect. D`Banj deserves credit for venturing into the international scene but all the odds were stacked against him from the get go so there was no way he was gonna pull it off. My respect goes to Don Jazzy as well because he surveyed the scene and realised the “yo, whatsappppp” environment wasn`t for him and jejely withdrew. People must stay in their lanes. Remember, when you stay in your lane there is no traffic, non?
The mindset that Kanye was a living god (well, Kanye is a hard-core narcissist and believes so himself so I can imagine him implanting the same notion in his soon-to-be protege) conspired and executed a coup against the koko master`s ambition thereby nipping it in the bud;D,Banj literally worshipped Kanye thereby sacrificing his personality in the process.At a point,D`Banj didn`t utter a sentence that wasn`t heavily layered with Kanye`s name.
Ok,enough of that,let`s progress to the critiquing bit. Continue reading “winners and loser weeks 37…Emma Nayra,Tiwa Savage,Davido,Nikki Minaj,Peter of Psquare,Tontoh Dike et al” »
I love Nigeria and one of the things that I love about Nigeria is how quick we are to catch up with international trends even though sometimes it’s cute and sometimes it’s downright silly. I remember being invited to a Halloween party last year here in portharcourt and my first response was “Halloween? In Nigeria?” maybe I had been living under a rock but I was genuinely surprised. Anyways I did attend partly because I love me a good party and mostly because since I am obsessed with vampires it was a perfect opportunity to wear a vampire costume in public (something I had wanted to do since I saw Dracula as a kid). So yes I did attend and yes I had a blast. Continue reading “Trend Followers by Fabulous Guy” »
This is a topic most people like to avoid but I’m honestly just penning down my opinion. Feel free to drop yours.
In the past few days, my Twitter timeline has been buzzing with this topic and it got me thinking hard
I’m a 21yr old woman, fresh out of school, with plans I hope to achieve as mapped out, God willing. I’m about to round up my NYSC, looking forward to my Masters and getting a great job. I haven’t entirely had it all figured out yet, but a baby is definitely not in the picture, at least not for another 3-4yrs at least. So I ask myself what I would do if I got the news that I was going to have a baby.
Everyone refers to babies as bundles of joy. Would I be joyful? I most definitely would not. The worst part is that I would be faced with choosing one of the two dreaded options: To keep the child or to abort the child. Continue reading “Pro life versus pro choice by Ivuoma……A must read!” »
Lack of passion, talent and conscience are the bane of the Nigerian creative industry and the main cause of the mediocrity witnessed in the industry. In my perception, ‘PASSION’ and ‘TALENT’ are the ultimate non-negotiable factors to be considered when one is considering making a foray into the creative industry (fashion, music, radio, movie, photography, styling, make, up et al). However in the case of my homeland, Nigeria, what should have been the first thing to be put into consideration becomes the last and most times it doesn`t even come into the equation at all, hence we are where we are today and still regressing.
What amazes me is the extent to which the Nigerian people have been intimidated into accepting and glorifying mediocrity. The daily flaunting of cars, designer items, glittery houses, et al, are practically the only inspiration to new comers into the creative industry as opposed to carving a niche for themselves. Often, some of these items being flaunted don’t even hold value worth mentioning. Whether these items hold any estimable value or not should never delete the fact that if one is rubbish in a certain field then one is rubbish in that field, period. If you are a self-acclaimed singer that can`t carry a tune in a bushel basket, then that is still what you will be in the minds of savvy folks regardless of how much dosh you spend in Dubai, on cars, homes, designer items (fake or authentic, et al, hence you deserve no iota of respect from folks.
The major problem in Nigeria is that, essentially people don`t realise to what extent the creative industry has regressed. To some there is progress being made but I see it differently. Listen to Sunny Ade, Oriental Brothers, Victor Uwaifo, Ebenezar Obey, Sir Victor Olaiya and compare them to most of the present day artists and then we will chat again. Personally, I feel so fortunate to have congregated, worked and networked with passionate and talented folks in Europe , America and those are experiences I would never give up for all the tea in China or all the oil in Niger Delta. All I learnt from these interactions are so deeply entrenched in my being that no living person can extricate them and implant rubbish.
And oh if you are not following @EMMYCOLLINSLONDON on instagram,you are on a long thing .Welcome us as we just got out from under the rock and signed on finally,phewwwww.
Okay, if you are one Tiwa`s fans who reckons I don`t usually cut her some slack, well, this might gladden your heart so I suggest you read as Tiwa has made it to the winners list based her musical work,yaaaaaay.
Now, here is the story, whilst heading to my living room from the kitchen where I had gone to get a cup of my fav mint tea (yes, I live on mint especially fresh mint but I can`t find fresh mint tea in Nigeria yet so I depend on tea bags) I overheard a tune playing on TV and thought I liked it and then I heard a female voice that sounded somehow familiar and behold it was Tiwa! I froze right in front of the sofa thinking that I might miss a trick if I proceeded to sit down.
The tune was fresh and Tiwa showcased the best of Tiwa in that video unlike the wanted video ọna abọhe si ike. Yes, the make-up was a bit dodgy but like I always say, you can literally get away with murder as long as you exhibit quality. I discussed with a friend who gave the credit to Pato Ranking`s influence but I thought that was unfair to Tiwa because she was the one belting out the tune and not Pato singing through her. Yes, working with talented folks has positive influence, but at the end of the day, there are still people who refuse to be influenced positively, regardless. Tiwa deserves respect and thumbs up on this one.
I hope this wasn`t a fluke, as I will appreciate the opportunity to say something nice about Tiwa more often; it gives me joy.
I need more of this Tiwa, Nigeria needs more of this and especially your fans who cough out hard earned dosh that maintains your lifestyle need this like blood running through their akwala aka veins! I nugo, nne? Continue reading “Winners and loser week 35…Eku Edewor,Pato Ranking,Fade Ogunro,Stella “HAIR” Damasus et al” »
Today I will be writing about something I know very little about; for the first time I will be writing about love, but allow me to first tell you a story. I have this friend whom for the sake of this article I shall simply refer to as Yinka. He had a girlfriend whom he has been dating since university; it was a Romeo and Juliet-ish relationship which often made a lot of us jealous. They were having a very smooth sail, cruising to the altar until something happened that redefined their relationship. Another girl came into the picture (from heaven knows where) and before you can say ‘Fabulous guy’ the new girl was preggo (as people of my generation would say) and all hell broke loose. It became very ugly and messy; it even affected my view of love as I always saw them as the real deal. However after all the noise died down, the long suffering girlfriend (shall we call her patience) stuck with Yinka and they moved full speed ahead. Continue reading “Fighting for LOVE …..written by Fabulous Guy” »
For the sake of fairness, I consider it quite imperative to make what I deem to be indubitable assertions before proceeding with the original topic that necessitated this article about the knack to slaughter African Americans by white cops in America with no repercussions accruing to the culprits.
With Attendees of the Free fashion workshop which is an initiative of mine which aims to mentoring the upcoming designers.
The subsequent paragraphs to this one will most likely not present America in a good light hence the need to state that regardless of the contents of this article; America still remains the country that has offered most to humanity.This is the country that gave us the Wright brothers,Twitter/Facebook( gosh, how did we all survive previously without social media? I can imagine people enduring withdrawal syndromes if barred from social media), Michael Jackson, first black President in the Western hemisphere, Einstein, Elvis(I`m not an Elvis fan but he is still legendry nonetheless), et al. In the same breath, it is also fair to mention that there is no country in the west where a black man is more likely to be gunned down in cold blood than in America.That is the paradox called America.
Campaign against domestic violence against women Continue reading “If they had gunned Emmy down….What picture would they have used #MichaelBrown by Emmy” »
Winners and losers week 34…Omoni Oboli,Kycee,Idris Elba,Thisday Style,Annie Idibia,Venetia Okpofure et al
Did you guys hear the one about the 23year old prophet who arranges meetings in hotels and then rapes women thereafter?Before I say what I`m about to say, I must post this disclaimer and here it goes; No woman should ever be raped regardless. Having said that, I will question the sanity of a woman who ventures into a hotel room to meet a 23year old with testosterone the size of New York for prayer meeting.Prayer ko,ekpere ni! Why some folks behave like “aturu ocha” once you mention God beats me.Did the bible ever say get rid of your senses once any stranger mentions God?
Last week a reader posed a question.In it he wanted to know the usual atmosphere whenever I bump into individuals we have critiqued on this platform.Well,let me avail myself of this opportunity to address that.For starters, most of them are either acquaintances or friends but when I decided to launch this platform I knew I didn`t stand any iota of chance in achieving anything if I let sentiments sip into it.With regards to their reactions,it usually depends but here are the recurrent and most common.
■Some literally duck under tables.
■some blank me out or at least they pretend to because I know they watch every move I make (I love this group because they are unaware that I wrote the book on how to blank folks out)
■some are simply confused and unable to decipher the appropriate way to relate to me
■Some are still genuinely glad to see me and understand that someone has to look them in their faces and tell them the hard truth (this group take corrections and make amends e.g. Waje)
■Some tell me straight to my face albeit jokingly not to write anything about them and I always place my right hand on my chest while promising them that I wouldn’t but of course those are always lies from my part.After encountering members of this group I usually hot-foot it to the mirror to ensure my nose hasn’t grown a few inches as that tends to happen when folks tell fibs.The irony here is that while someone is badgering me not to comment on his or her outfits,it offers me the opportunity to have a closer look at their ensembles so ladies quit;there is no dividend in doing that.
Having said that, I must be honest and affirm that I don`t enjoy the fact that these ladies suffer untold trepidations whenever I`m in their midst as that isn`t the original intention and should never be.Whilst talking to an interviewer once, she asked “Do you know that people reckon that the fear of Emmy is the beginning of wisdom”?I was really shocked and saddened to hear that because as I have mentioned earlier my intention isn`t to cause harm but I’d rather have that than say nothing when things are going wrong.Evil persists only when good people say nothing.Imagine what would have happened if I hadn`t said anything about that horrible ass,boobs,back,legs et al which were showcased in the dress Toni Tones wore a while ago;it would have become the fad! I wish I could change my stance but the only possible way to make that happen will ultimately be to maintain the “see no evil hear no evil” attitude but that isn`t my modus operandi.I love and believe in the potentials we have in this country so much that I can afford to sacrifice any individual`s friendship just to retain the right to air my opinion.
I can`t remember the last time anyone ever paid my bills.Things are going horribly wrong in Nigeria and someone needs bite the bullet and deal with it and if that person has to be me then so be it.If my detractors will be honest to themselves for just a New York minute they will testify that this platform has actually improved the quality of their work,style and their mind-set in general.Personally,I have been schooled on a few things regarding how to deal with disgruntled readers as well.I`m always calm these days when reacting to their comments as I`m aware that I`m dealing with a chap/lass whom I have pissed off by my comments regardless of how truthful .As a result, he/she is simply pulling all stops to pay me back in the same coins and hence I try not to go mano a mano with them as I believe they will simmer down later.
This just randomly crept into my mind so I just feel the urgent need to mention it.Fashion community is not a congregation of the elites but of the creatives.The elites are usually a very negligible part of this community, however in Nigeria it is the other way round. Anyone remotely knowledgeable about fashion would attest to the fact that it took years for Stella McCartney to be accepted in the fashion industry as she was originally perceived as an intruder. Even when she was a one half of the duo of Creative Directors at Chloe with Philo Phoebe,the word out on the street was that Philo Phoebe was the one doing all the work. Now, I’m not by any means insinuating that all elites aren’t talented but what I`m just not happy about is that fashion has suddenly become elitist and folks whose background have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with fashion are the ones that have firmly imposed themselves on the steering wheel. Does anyone wonder why we are sliding backward instead of moving forward? No,we aren’t moving forward not even by a long shot. Until we have structures in place and deal with the negative mind-sets people have when entering into fashion, we can`t truly be said to be progressing forward; we are indeed retrogressing but hey that is just my opinion. If you ask me I will say that the creative juice flows more in the disadvantaged neighbourhoods such as Ejigbo,Ikotun Egbe,Ajegunle et al than it flows in the streets of VI,Lekki and Victoria Island. Ok,you got me right there, all the aforementioned neighbourhoods with no exception are all disadvantaged as well except that the latter happens to be the most expensive ghettos on earth, Mars,Jupiter and Pluto combined where a plot of land located in an unmotorable street with sewage water spilling furiously on the road will set you back about a million USD or above. Unconfirmed rumours have it that a few eagle-eyed residents in some of these areas especially Lekki have already armed themselves with small boats to navigate in and out of their homes when it rains as the drainage system is either not adequate or non- existent. Again, this gist about boats is yet to be confirmed; No go talk say na Emmy talk am o.
In summation, I must opine that we have to put structures in place to attract talents to the industry not that I`m holding my breath for this to happen anytime soon.
Well,it is another week of fashion critiquing so let’s go!
I work with a lot of expatriates and I have observed firsthand, Nigeria’s glorification of white skin and our adoration of all things foreign. Now I don’t mean white skin like Dencia and her fellow co-travelers of bleachers inc, I mean white skin as in Caucasian skin, it often makes me laugh when I have to interface with certain government agencies and secretaries ensure that you do not have access to the official in charge. However return the same day with an expatriate with blue eyes and blonde hair, and the same secretary will nearly stumble on her heels as she tries to usher you into the same office which previously seemed like the CBN vault. I have a theory that this sort of behavior stems from some sort of collective inferiority complex or it’s a remnant of colonization. I have come to realize that white skin complete with the accent (not Toke Makinwa’s YouTube acquired Bri-Merican accent) does open doors in these parts and I will explain further. Continue reading “My Africa by Fabulous Guy” »