Ebola Watch-Nigeria [as at 7th September, 2014], Paypal-FirstBank Nigeria Partnership; Native and Vogue 2014.

Hello Everybody!

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School and all that it comes with, is the reason for my hiatus, basically. I’m sorry I’ve not been able to find a schedule to work around ‘school’ as it is for now, but I’m back.

Ebola Watch Nigeria [as at 7th September, 2014]                                                                               I’m sure the word ‘Ebola’ is uttered at least twice daily by anyone who has come to hear and know what Ebola is; whether the person is speaking frankly, still cussing out the Late Mr Patrick Sawyer for his rather infamous role in the Genesis of the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria or whether it’s being used as a joke.

I’m not going to bore you with the medical details of the virus, I’m only going to remind you of what you already know and add a few things to what you think you know.

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What is Ebola? Ebola virus disease, (formerly known as  Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a deadly disease caused by any of the five strains of the Ebola virus.

How is Ebola Transmitted? It is spread by direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with an acutely sick person’s blood or body fluids like, urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen(probably tears too). It is also spread by direct contact with formites that have been contaminated with the infected body fluids or infected animals.

What are the symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease?These include a sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. Vomitting, diarrhoea, rash, internal and external hemorrhage, in some cases follows the first set of symptoms.

Who is at risk? Travelers could be infected if they come into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is acutely sick or has died from Ebola virus disease. People also can become sick with Ebola if they come into contact with infected wildlife or raw or undercooked meat (bushmeat) from an infected animal. Health care workers and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected blood or body fluids.

What can travelers do to prevent Ebola?

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Ebola, and a good number of the people who get the disease die so It is important to take steps to prevent Ebola.

If you are traveling to Nigeria, please make sure to do the following:

  • Practice careful hygiene; wash your hands. Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola.
  • The use of hand sanitizers that contain at least, 60% alcohol has also been advised.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Avoid contact with wild animals and with raw or undercooked meat (bushmeat).
  • Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (greater than 101.5°F or 38.6°C) and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
    • Limit your contact with other people when you travel to the doctor; avoid public transportation. Do not travel anywhere except to the doctor’s office or hospital.
    • Don’t travel. Lol. (-___-)

PLEASE STOP SPREADING WRONG FACTS ABOUT EBOLA; FEAR AND PANIC WON’T GET US THROUGH THIS OUTBREAK.

NOTE:The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of these symptoms, is about 2 to 21 days.

WHO officials have been deployed to affected countries in West Africa to assist the Government control and curb this deadly disease outbreak.

NIGERIA’S federal government has also issued a directive ordering all public and private schools in the country to reopen on September 22 after indications that its measures taken to control the Ebola virus disease (EVD) are working.

 

 

Paypal-FirstBank Nigeria Partnership

PayPal is a secure global payment service that enables you to make payments on the Internet, accept payments, and send or receive money without revealing your financial information. PayPal users can send and receive money, and make payments for goods and services with merchants who accept PayPal as a means of payment.

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This partnership is about 3 months old; it makes me happy that they believe in the potential of the Nigerian market. It’s not something they (papypal) do in every market in which they operate so this shows their level of commitment,  trust and seriousness where Nigeria is concerned.

If you’re already a FirstBank customer, opening a paypal account using the FirstOnline platform is easier and if you are an intending customer or you’re not clear about how to go about it all, please speak with your adviser, like i did.

Online transactions, especially shopping, is going to be like a walk in the park from now on.

 

Native and Vogue Fashion Week 2014

Another edition of the Native and Vogue fashion week that was held last year in the Garden city of Port Harcourt is here again and yours truly will be in attendance.

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The focus of the event is,
“Native and Vogue desires to foster emerging designers and equally showcase established designers, to position the local fashion industry on the international fashion map while driving local brands into sustainable globally competitive brands that can impact on the National GDP” The top designers for 2014 are Carpe Diem, KLUK CGDT from SA (I Love their work), Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Zizi Cardrow, Frank Osodi, Luiz Delaja, Yomi Casual, Shaldon kopman, Yemi Osunkoya, Ade Bakare and Princess peaceful Owoghiri.
My friend, Chima of up coming label, WU-MAN, will also be showcasing some pieces of his.

The event will run from September 19th to 21st, 2014.
Venue: Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt,
Rivers State, Nigeria.

Kindly let us know what you thought about last years’ show and if you’ll be in attendance this year.

 

Have a great week ahead!

XOXO, Ib.

 

Culled from

-http://www.who.int/

-http://www.nigerianwatch.com/

-http://cp-africa.com/

-http://firstbanknigeria.com/

-http://www.nativeandvogue.com/

PUMSA/PUMGRADA Dinner

Picture-perfect memories from the just concluded PUMSA/PUMGRADA DInner.

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Err, the wind became fierce so i had to walk off the ‘Red Carpet’ to save My dress and I.

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The MC was really, really hilarious. Oh, and he didn’t know when i took this photo. :-D
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Have a Lovely week ahead guys!

Dress: similar, Shoes: here, similar, Clutch: similar.

 

P.S.                                                                                                                                                                                      This post is about 10 days late.

PORT HARCOURT UNESCO WORLD BOOK CAPITAL 2014

Hello All!

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I hope your short holiday/Easter celebration was splendid and you’re ready to get back to ‘hustling’.  Okay, that being said, I Love Books.

I Love Books and I Love Reading (something I forgot to put here) Reading is already a part of my lifestyle and my current Major in the University seeks better ways to reinforce this, daily.

Port Harcourt was chosen to be UNESCOs’ world Book capital City for the year 2014, this makes me sooooo HAPPY because at a time, i thought Lagos and Abuja were the only cities in Nigeria the rest of the World noticed/saw and was interested in.

“World Book Capital is a title bestowed by UNESCO to a city in recognition of the quality of its programs to promote books and reading and the dedication of all players in the book industry.

The designation runs from UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) of one year until April 22 of the following year.”

The opening Ceremony programme will kick off on the 22nd of April 2014, but the main opening ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd April, which is the United Nations (UN) World Book and Copyright Day.It is a week long event that’ll end on the 26th of April at Hotel Presidential, 9am to 6pm daily. You can register here.

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“The city of Port Harcourt was chosen “on account of the quality of its programme, in particular its focus on youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates,” according to the Selection Committee.”

The theme for this year is ‘Books: Windows to our World of Possibilities’.
Each day of the Opening Ceremonies week is named after a prolific Nigerian Author; so #Day1 is called Elechi Amadi’s Day.

There will also be book reviews and discussions for each month.                                              -April Book of the Month is Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God. 

chi-ache-aog-botm-april-new                                                                                      -May Book of the Month is The Great Ponds By Elechi Amadi.

-June Book of the Month is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Great.

-July Book of the Month is Ake: the years of childhood by Akinwande oluwole ‘Wole’ Soyinka.

-August Book of the Month is Tomorrow died yesterday by Chimeka Garricks.

-September Book of the Month is CChimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus.

I would really love to be there -of course when school permits me- even if it’s on only one of the days.

If you are currently in Port Harcourt or not and will be attending, kindly let us know in the comment section below; you could even help us (those who may not be able to attend) keep to tabs with the progress of the event. ;-)

Oh and by the way, Port Harcourt is the 14th city to be designated World Book Capital following Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012) and Bangkok (2013).

 

 

 

Culled from:

- http://www.unesco.org

-http://en.wikipedia.org

-http://www.portharcourtworldbookcapital.org

‘Blood and Bones’ -Nigerian Design Label iamISIGO presents its Spring/Summer 2014 Collection LookBook

Hi Everyone!                                                                                                            With the commencement of the various Fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan and Paris…) around the world and some African Designers like David Tlale representing the continent, some of ours still stay inspired to bring us new and refreshing collections that may not necessarily go with the release of seasonal collections i.e. Fall, Winter by other Designers around the world.

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The iamISIGO blood and bones ss14 collection was inspired by the concept of exploring and celebrating the human body through a unique combination of colours, style and self examination. The label’s creative director Bubu Ogisi completed a line inspired by the inner workings of the human body.

“A collection created while I was pregnant, my body went through so many changes. My “blood” and my “bones” were creating another being, my son. My body inspired me to create a collection that reflects my innermost workings.”  – Bubu Ogisi

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Artistic director and fashion consultant, Bubu Ogisi, established iamISIGO in 2009. Bubu Ogisi has a BSc in Computer Science and an MA in Fashion Business from ESMOD (l’EcoleSupérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode), Paris.

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Lookbook Credits

Photography: Lakin Ogunbanwo

Makeup: Jide Adedeji

Styling: Bubu Ogisi for BOFC

Model: Ndidi Odogwu

For more information, please contact iamISIGO:
Email: bubuiamisigo@gmail.com
Twitter: @iamISIGO
Phone Numbers: +2348034087789 +233246553835 +33689344447

Stockist Details:

-The Chine Machine: 100 Rue des Martyrs, Paris

-L’espace: 19a Olosa street off Karimu Kotun, Victoria Island, Lagos.

-Grey Velvet: Ikeja Mall, Lagos

-Grey Velvet: Centro Lekki Mall Lekki phase 1, Lagos.

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