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Lose Weight and Keep it Off!

There are certain steps you can take to change your lifestyle and slowly but surely get to your desired weight. A healthy weight loss is weight loss of 3-4pounds a week that is about 1-2kilograms per week. Here are a few tips for a healthy weight loss.

1. Drink water

Hunger can be sometimes confused with dehydration, so instead of a snack, the next time you feel hungry, drink some water. Limit soft drinks and alcohol.  Drinking water before meals will make you feel full faster and you therefore eat less.

2. Eat real carbohydrates

Eliminate refined and processed carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, rice, ola-ola, sugary  cereals and include real complex carbohydrates in your diet. Real carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Legumes are the different kinds of peas and beans. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber which slows digestion and promote stable blood sugar levels. They are packed with anti-oxidants which help reduce inflammation in the body and also fight off free radicals that cause cancer and disease.

3. Choose healthy fats

Most people have heard that fats are not good for you as they make you get fat, not true.  We need some form of fat in our bodies. Fats are used by the body for insulation and  for easy absorption of some fat soluble  vitamins like A and D which are necessary for a healthy heart. Fats also provide the body with energy, contributes to healthy hair formation, healthy skin and nails.

4. Healthy proteins

Proteins are used to replenish and renew our cells and stabilize blood sugar. So these should also be included in your diet. The minute proteins leave your fork, they start working to slim your waist line. Protein requires a lot of energy to digest, metabolize and use so therefore you burn more calories. They also take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel fuller for longer.

5. Have a healthy breakfast

It has been observed that when you eat a healthy hearty breakfast, you wake up your metabolism with a good boost. Breakfast gets your metabolism working after the break from eating while you slept. A healthy breakfast keeps your craving at its lowest because the breakfast keeps you fuller especially if your breakfast included protein and fiber.

6. Remain active

Staying active is very important for the body. Not only does it keep you lean and fit. It boosts your mood too. Exercise helps burn more calories/energy resulting in weight reduction. It also increases the body’s metabolism, reduces the circumference of the waist, and reduces resting heart rate and blood pressure.

7. Get enough sleep

Sleep is very important for regulating the body’s energy, metabolism and appetite.

8. Eat home cooked meals

When you eat foods that are cooked at home, you are able to have better control of what goes on your plate. You have control over portion sizes (quantity) and quality of food. You can control the amount of salt, type of fat that is used in preparing your meals.

9. Keep a food diary

Keeping a food diary helps you keep track of what goes into your body and you are able to keep track of how your body feels when you eat certain foods. Some foods might affect you adversely and a food diary will help you pin-point what food that was.

 A healthy approach to weight loss is always best!

Ogochukwu Ashiru

Health Coach & Affiliate coach at the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy.

Website: www.olcang.com;
Phone: 08077077000



I bet you didn’t know this person is Nigerian…

Just looking at this beauty on face value, you would never guess that she’s Nigerian…but her name sure does give her away…who is she? She’s none other than Ashley Madekwe.

Madekwe was born on December 6th 1981 in London, England, to a half Nigerian half Swiss father and an English mother. What is she most known for? Well, that would be her role in the popular 2011 TV series, Revenge as well as her previous roles in Venus and Cassandra’s Dream.

Talking about her role of Ashley Davenport, she is quoted to have said, “On the ‘Revenge’ set, even if they’re not showing my feet, I’ll still wear my heels because it gets me in the feeling of Ashley Davenport”. Hmmm, so Ashley played Ashley in “Revenge”? It must have been easy getting accustomed to her role name.

Other quotes she’s made that’ll give you an insight to her personality include, “when the weather is really hot, I tend to live in denim cut-offs”, “nobody is all good or all bad”, “I hate in when people are impolite to waiters or to the valet guy or the guy in the supermarket. There’s no need for that; it doesn’t cost anything to be polite.” What a down-to-earth young lady? Oh, she’s also married to Iddo Goldberg…sorry men!


What would you do?

Any woman who has or earns more money than a man is an asset, hold that thought for a minute…

Women usually also say “ain’t romance without finance”…which statement holds more weight in this day and age?

You can look at this from two angles, one being you have a boyfriend therefore you are not married you are not tied to him, he is not tied to you. What would you do? You’re earning a very comfortable sum, you’ve got cash flow on lock and life is great! You met a guy a little while back, he isn’t working but he’s got the best personality, he’s ambitious. Would you say “forget him, he needs to get his ish together before we can get together” or would you say, “It doesn’t matter, it’s only a temporary situation. Afterall, he has an amazing personality and that’s rare these days”?

Then we have the other scenario, you’re married to a great man and you both have a family to feed. You’re the main bread winner now the question is, do you submit to him as the head of the house as you’re meant to? I think that as long as the woman is submissive and humble, there shouldn’t be a problem. However, we can’t forget the fact that men have egos and if things aren’t as they’re meant to be, their ego gets hurt BIG TIME!

To get a better understanding, let’s look at the two scenarios in a deeper light. One being that the two of you are dating, courting whichever one slips out of your tongue easier and the other being on the premise that you’re married.

Okay, so come on ladies this is the 21st century is it really a big deal if as a woman you earn more than your boyfriend? To be honest, he hasn’t put a ring on it, the money you make is still yours (you’re not obliged to share it with him though it would be nice) I have been in relationships whereby I have been the sole provider, he wasn’t working and I did it out of care for his wellbeing. I’d say as long as he is ambitious and has long term goals that sit well with you, it’s really not a big deal. Just because he’s not working today doesn’t mean he can’t get his big break tomorrow, we’ve got to start looking at the bigger picture. Just wait it out and see where his connections and pursuits take him.

As for the married women earning more than their husbands? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it and I don’t think it’d be fair to make your husband to feel less of a man for it either. Just like I previously stated, just because he isn’t earning big bucks right now, doesn’t mean he won’t get a higher paying job tomorrow and to be honest, he’s probably feeling uneasy about it…let’s not add unnecessary tension.

In light of all that’s been said, is it a big deal for the woman to earn more money than the man? No, it isn’t…as long as there’s respect from both parties it shouldn’t matter who is bringing in the most “dough”. No situation is permanent so just because she’s earning more than the man today, doesn’t mean it’ll be that way forever.


Valentine’s Day: What does that mean for the singletons?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I have to dedicate this one to the singletons! Let’s talk “the single life”. There are some people who cannot do without being in a relationship whilst there are others who prefer the single life. The thing is if you can’t be happy during the single periods of your life, chances are it will cause problems in the future in regard to relationships, eg. Low self-worth, clinginess or the ability to think for yourself.

I know Valentine’s Day is upon us and it’s now more than ever that society makes the singletons feel like outsiders, but my advice to you is enjoy the single life while you can! Some people try to avoid the “single status” as though it’s a disease but I’d say wear it, rock it and own it like it’s an award you’ve won. It can be the most glorious time if you embrace it.

Being single gives you the chance to find yourself (especially after a break up). You’ll discover that you’re a different person to how you were before you went into the last relationship so you’ll have to discover yourself again. Find out what you do and don’t like…

This period will also give you a chance to explore what you want to do with your life whilst creating your own rules without having to think about what your partner will say. You’ll be free to take chances, explore other countries for months on end. Try your hand in this industry or that industry, the possibilities are endless and the freedom is like none other.

Regain your health! I came across one of the funniest but most spot on quotes once which read “break-ups produce the best body builders”. Most times after a break up, men and women head straight to the gym, the men say “I’m going to bulk up and make her wish she didn’t leave me” the women say, “I’m going to work out in the gym and make him cry for this Kim Kardashian body”. This is all well and good but I’d say get your health back for YOU! You may have picked up a few unhealthy habits whilst in the relationship so there’d be no better time than now to work on your mind, body and soul.

After saying all this you should know that I’m not saying relationships are bad, relationships and marriages alike (the right ones) are great but whilst you’re single it would be wise to invest in yourself. So this Valentine’s Day, love yourself (even buy yourself a gift) and embrace the single life!


The Emotional Brand Master Class

January, 2016 The Emotional Brand Master Class premiers its planned 2016 emotion based programs with the first of its kind workshop titled The Power of Emotions: Using positive emotions to build your brand on 27th February, 2016 at 10am.  This event which is set to hold in Lagos, will showcase four renowned speakers in the persons of Life Coach, Lanre Olusola, Brand Strategist & Coach, Charles O’Tudor, Star actress and Former WIMBIZ Chair, Dakore Akande and Osayi Allie respectively. Moderating the event will be Life Design & Business Strategist, Steve Harris.

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As the name implies, this first workshop is designed with the goal of understanding the human emotions and what, if any, role it plays in brand maximisation, especially for women. The event will focus on four focal aspects; how to Use your Emotions, how to understand The Power of Psychological & Emotional Branding with a perspective on the future of personal and corporate branding, what are Deadly Emotions and how to overcome them and finally, Women and their Emotions – A liability or an asset. Each speaker bringing a world of knowledge and experience will tackle each of these focal aspects with first a talk and then, a Q&A section moderated by the esteemed, Steve Harris.

A major part of the workshop will be a special 2-3 hours of hands-on group and one- on-one therapy sessions handled by a team of certified life Coaches and Therapists after every talk. This section is designed to further provide personalised solutions for attendees with emotional challenges.

One of the four speakers and co-organizer of the event, Charles O’Tudor, the renowned Brand Strategist, Public Speaker and Coach as well as Principal Consultant of ADSTRAT Brand Consultants, who was also widely celebrated as the Boss of The Intern – the first ever business reality TV show in Nigeria, sponsored by former Bank PHB, has said ‘your brand can be destroyed or sustained by emotions’, thus illuminating The Power of Psychological & Emotional Branding, one of the four focal aspects to be discussed at the workshop.

Stating the importance of this workshop on his acclaimed Saturday Morning radio talk show, Be All You Can Be, Africa’s premier Life Coach, Lanre Olusola, famously known as The Catalyst is quoted saying that ‘your external state is a reflection of your internal state’. Olusola is the Founder and head-coach at the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy, a Mind, Emotions and Behavioural Change coaching academy geared towards developing a deep awareness of self, potentials and achievable possibilities. He is also renowned for extensive array of works of Coaching, Publishing and Keynote Speaking with individuals and organisations, both national and internationally, some of which includes the World Bank, DFID and The British Council, Ericsson, Total, and EbonyLife TV. The Money Book being his latest bestselling publication and presently on Amazon’s digital Library.

Registration for the event is still on-going for a token fee of N15, 000 and will continue until February 19th, 2016. However, available seats are limited as the event is rapidly selling out and individuals and organizations are encouraged to sponsor participants.  Full details for the event are listed below:

Date: 27th February, 2016

Time: 10am Prompt

Venue: The Lekki Coliseum, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

Speakers:  Lanre Olusola, Charles O’Tudor, Dakore Akande and Osayi Alile

Moderator: Steve Harris

Registration: Visit http://www.the-ultimatewoman.com/ or call 08077077000, 08055151504


Which New Year foods bring bad luck?

Dec 31, 2015 Whilst searching for refreshing content and information to pass on to readers, I came across some very interesting facts surrounding “New Year Traditions”. Whilst some are a bit extreme, (depending on how superstitious you are) I do find a lot of these facts stimulating and thought-provoking and hey, no knowledge is wasted so here goes…

It is tradition to ring in the New Year with friends, family and loved ones in general. Whilst it makes sense that you wouldn’t want to ring in the New Year with your enemies, the argument goes much deeper than that…it is said that the first people you see in the New Year will either bring you good or bad luck, so hang around your friends and family at the turn of the year for a year of good luck and good vibes.

The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years ago by the Babylonians (that’s just a nice fact for you).

Statistics show that more cars are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday.

In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year round (you’d think it’d be green as green is usually the colour that symbolises luck, right?)

In some places, it is believed to be good luck to eat foods like black eyed peas, ham and cabbage as they supposedly bring prosperity (so if you’re superstitious, get munching!) But on the other side of things, if you want to have a happy new year, you shouldn’t eat lobster or chicken and here’s the reasoning behind it…lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is believed that these foods can bring the reversal of fortune (take from it what you will…hehehe)


Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right

Dec 31, 2015 To say this year went by in a flash would be an understatement, I mean I remember what I was doing this time last year at this very moment. As we get ready to say goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016, I’m sure as we do year in and year out, some of us plan to make New Year Resolutions. I’m not going to discourage you from taking on New Year resolutions but the truth is, we all have areas in our lives that need improvement so instead of giving yourself the added pressure of “I’m going to stop doing this thing this year” or “I’m going to start doing that thing this year” why not explore the idea of becoming a better and stronger person in general?

Let me break it down, making a New Year resolution means you pick one area of your life or one habit (most likely negative) that you want to kick out the pan. But making such promises or resolutions can put added pressure on oneself, furthermore if you were to break that resolution, let’s face it most people would say “I’ve broken the resolution, I might as well quit now” and that’s a very normal way to react. But if we turn it on its head, choosing to become a “better me” has no expiration date, it’s an ongoing process. Prodding further, it covers every area of your life. If you fall off the wagon, you can get back on it.

So, how do I become a “better me?” I hear you ask, well here are a few pointers from the top of my head.

The first one is obvious, eat healthier. When we fuel our bodies with good food filled with nutrients, it is the beginning of self- love. This is the body you’re going to be lugging around for the rest of your life, so you may as well love it and be good to it, right? Eating healthier not only makes you feel great, it reduces the chances of developing numerous diseases.

Simplify your life. Every so often you need to re-evaluate your situation. Don’t forget you’re constantly evolving and changing. There are some people who you may not need in your life anymore and are currently holding you back; someone who was there for a season and that season has gone. Cut them off. Let me illustrate further…just like a baby’s umbilical cord is cut at birth for him or her to be free from their mother, so you must metaphorically do the same. I once heard this striking phrase “Evaluate the people in your life, then promote, demote or terminate. You are the CEO of your life!”

Spend more time with loved ones. It’s easy to get tied up with the hustle and bustle of life that we tend to get side tracked and forget to spend time with our loved ones. Make it a practice to visit family and friends at least once a month (especially older relatives, remember nobody lives forever and you don’t want to regret anything).

Show gratitude. A report once revealed that those who show gratitude regularly have higher levels of positive emotions including life satisfaction, vitality and optimism. Here’s a scientific fact for you: Materialistic people have all the “tangible” things but they’re low in well-being…the reason? They lack gratitude.

There are many more but I’ll end with this one…leave your comfort zone and challenge yourself! No one ever became great without breaking down the invisible walls they formed around themselves. Try new things, fail a few times. Take up a new hobby or travel the world. Whatever it is, just do something.

So like I said, forget the New Year resolutions and begin creating a “better me”. Not only will you feel the difference; people around you will be impacted positively!



Lagos, November 26th, 2015. The Unofficial Christmas Party, announced today the official star studded line­up with exclusive pictures from Mania Magazine. With less than a month to go until the biggest corporate party of the year ­ this year’s artists are: Banky W, Waje, Bovi, Cobhams and DJ Jimmy Jatt.

The event is taking place on 11th December at the Landmark Centre Oniru Lagos and will kick off with the red carpet experience hosted by EbonyLife TV and MTV base. Guests will be treated to a sumptuous 3 course meal, Bovi will host the entire evening, and Cobhams, Banky W and Waje are set to put on a spectacular live show. DJ Jimmy Jatt who has been curating the stage since the first Unofficial Christmas Party will be taking over at the after party.

Executive Producer, Funmi Victor Okigbo said: “This year we are aiming for a more well rounded experience, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to be revealed over the next few weeks ­ such as a new stage layout, exciting employee competitions and a surprise new theme”.

Christmas parties don’t get much better than this!

Waje TUCP Banky W TUCP Bovi TUCP Cobhams TUCP Jimmy Jatt TUCP The gang TUCP

Join the conversation, use #TUCP2015 and follow us on twitter @tucpng and instagram

@theunofficialchristmasparty for more updates and to participate in exciting giveaways

For table bookings and enquiries, please call 08140171814 or email info@theunofficialchristmasparty.com

Credits for TUCP Photo shoot:​Photography / Creative Direction: Remi Adetiba.

Fashion Editor: Godson Ukaegbu for Mania Magazine. Creative Consultant: Segun Obagbemi for Metamorphostyle. Hair: Davuchi Hair (Tiannah’s Beauty). Makeup: Eno Inyang (Mignone Faces). Assistant Lighting Technician: Bunmi Adetiba. Outfits: McMeka (male) Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Waje’s Outfit) IDIA by Ifueko Igiehon (Waje’s Outfit). Stylist: Rodney Emeka, Jekwu the Stylist (for Cobhams Asuquo).

Official Partners include: Bellanaija, MTV Base, Jumia, EbonyLife TV, Moet and Chandon, Hennessy, Pulse Ng, Belvedere Vodka, Newton and David, 1Source, The Orchid Bistro, Landmark Centre, Integral Assets, GA Productions, Guardian Life, Guardian TV, Asurf Films Limited, Cool FM & Wazobia FM.


Tigerlily Gym Gear Announces Availability Of Its Fitness Apparel in Nigeria

Acclaimed Nigerian celebrity stylist, Lilian Unachukwu is pleased to announce the availability of her vibrant gym gear collection, TigerLily Gym Gear for purchase at Liam Fashion Agency.

TigerLily Gym Gear specializes in making fashionable yet comfortable sports gear, combining a rare and exotic mix of luxurious fabrics and colours available on the market, which can be worn both to the gym or as streetwear given its versatility and fashion-forward feel. As a result of TigerLily Gym Gear’s soft launch which was generously received by consumers, and sold out, Lilian is now excited to bring this to a broader base of consumers in Nigeria.


“Unlike other brands in the marketplace, my collection was meant to feel attainable for the every day person who is looking to feel great while working out, but is so versatile, they can also step out onto the street in it,” “I designed the TigerLily Gym Gear collection with an eye on style as well as comfort, including designing every piece to accommodate the African climate, using lightweight, breathable fabrics.” -Lilian Unachukwu, Founder and Designer of TigerLily Gym Gear.


TigerLily Gym Gear is the world’s first and only athletic wear company owned and operated by a Nigerian. “We are African pioneers in this industry. I wanted to start a company that would appeal not just to Nigerians, but to all Africans. Being a proud Nigerian woman, I am very happy to announce that our fitness line is now available here in our beautiful country,” – Lilian Unachukwu.


The first set of the designs that will be sold in Nigeria include high-waisted control leggings (to support the abs while working out, sports bras and tank tops and hoodies for women. The TigerLily Gym Gear collection also offers unisex twist hoodies and men’s sweatpants, tank tops, sleeveless hoodies and cotton shirts will be released online in the upcoming weeks.

You can purchase TigerLily Gym Gear at
Liam Fashion Agency
Shop 3, Association Drive Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi and online at




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Nov 12, 2015 Ybnl’s Ceo Olamide aka Baddo releases the music video for the ultimate club hit “MVP”. Olamide dedicates this video to africa’s luxury entertainment pioneer “Quilox”.

i am dedicating this video to Quilox and the ceo Shina Peller because of the constant love and support that has been shown to theYBNL team. I cannot thank the brand enough. God bless you more” 

Says Olamide 

The video which makes it debut today on Olamide’s VEVO channel denotes Olamide in a luxurious llifestyle. This relates back to the luxurious lifestyle that defines both Olamide and the brand Quilox. In simple terms the video illustrated the typical life of an MVP, a ceo that works so hard to achieve his goal and knows the importance of teamwork, and also knows how to have fun.

The video defines olamide in the new generation relating to his personality and lifestyle. This video was shot in London and was directed by Alexxadjei. The video was premiered exclusively at Quilox on Wednesday 11th of November 2015 to a variety of celebrities who came to support Olamide.

See pictures from the premier below:

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