Kinabuti Continues the Dare 2 Dream Competition! by Audrey Smith

As the competion went into it's 2nd week, the finalists got the chance to be interviewed by their favourite presenters and share with the audience what they have learned so far at the Bootcamp.

They also joined 2014's Dare2 Dream winner Tolulupe Balogun as she was unveiled as FCMB's face of the year. 

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The 12 finalists with 2014 Dare2Dream winner, Tolulupe Balogun.

The 12 women, then attended a masterclass by Onimisi Adaba who taught the girls about diction and which are the key elements when presenting. Every girls had the chance to present themself and receive a constructive feedback by Onimisi on how to improve their way of presenting. The girls were very grateful with the feedback received and got back to the Federal Palace Hotel for Dance Class with ICE and the dancers of SPAN.




Day 15 | IK Osakioduwa, Tonye Cole and Elohor Aisien mentoring Dare2Dream participants

It was another amazing Day in the Dare2Dream Academy.  Our now 12 finalist met at the FCMB HQ as, IK Osakioduwa, Tonye Cole and Elohor Aisien  shared their stories of success.

Ike shared his story of overcoming dyslexia with a lot of tenacity and hard work, and was able to live his dream as a radio presenter “Success is never an encounter, it is a choice you make everyday” “the difference between successful people and not successful it is the ability to transform a gift into a skill that can be reproduced on demand”. The girls couldn’t stop asking questions to the presenter.

Then it was a turn of Mr Tonye Cole, GMD of Sahara group, who shared his personal story and  after listening to the girls and giving advice said  “the choices you make determine your future and to realize those dreams you need to wake up."

Elohor Aisien, graced the Dare2Dream project with her presence and asked every participants what they dream in life. She listened and advised the participants with her personal experience. The energy was amazing and every last person felt very inspired and grateful to be there.

When the mentor left, it was the time for the second elimination of 2 models.   Never a happy moment, Dasola (Uni abuja) and Module (Uni Lag) to were eliminated in this round and left the Dare2Dream Academy. 

The Team left the FCMB challenge to return to the Federal Palace and practice Yoga with Maje Ayida from Eden Lifestyle, Modelling with Bola from Few Model Management, dancing and finally meeting Shaydee for their singing class. WE indeed don’t stop at the Dare2Dream Academy. 

Holiday hair and Makeup by tricia snow


News & Holiday Hair Ideas.

I'm ending the year with a bang!  As many of you know, I moved over to Curlco in July and I LOVE it!   

Here are some Holiday Specials I'm offering:

Holiday Special: $100 Hair & Makeup: ($150 value) so you can look fab for your special holiday events! 

*Bring a Friend Special: Schedule a cut and color for you and someone you love and you'll get 25% off.   

With this move  I'll be sending out weekly or biweekly updates with special promotions, hair style Ideas and topics, bringing the questions in my chair to light in conversation. I find that we are all having the same Questions with our hair , its health, and the overall outcome of style and makeup. I have learned so much in this process of my career and I want to share with you . Feel free to ask me questions and if you have requests I would be happy to answer  as well.

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Kinabuti! Dare2Dream Update. by Audrey Smith

Kinabuti's in thier second week of Dare2Dream!  They've picked their first 6 models and now they're moving on to the next university in Abuja where they'll pick 6 more competitors! Here's a sweet song from one of the competitors and photos from week one! 

View the photo gallery from week one, Dare2Dream Project!

Kinabuti Launches Dare 2 Dream, Season 2! by Audrey Smith

Kinabuti Fashion Initiative and Pulse Nigeria (a Nigerian Television network) are about to launch Season 2 of Dare 2 Dream.  In this well-documented television series, Kinabuti selects 18 Nigerian college students from 3 different universities to compete in the Dare 2 Dream modeling competition.  Those chosen attend a "bootcamp" where they learn the fundamentals of modeling, healthy living, and practical businesss skills. In this elimination style competition, one finalist will receive $500,000 naira to keep working towards their dreams. They also get a one year modeling contract.   Five runner ups will receive $100,000 naira.  It's a beautiful opportunity for Nigerian women to learn new skills, and get real money to launch a business, start a career in fashion, get greater degrees in college and become more empowered citizens of the world.   Check out one of last year's videos!  


Rome Collection Showcase! From Milan - Lagos Fashion Week 2015.

Kinabuti fashion brand exhibited its 'ROME' collection at the IFE Charity event held in Milan last week.   The entire vibrant 21-piece collection was showcased on the runway.  
The IFE CHARITY NIGHT was organized by Esclamativo Donna, a non-profitable organization established in 2012 to promote female talent in sectors of excellence for Italian culture. It was held in collaboration with the network of entrepreneurs, Territory Pavese and the City of Milan.

Kinabuti’s ROME COLLECTION embodies the brand vision of building a sustainable fashion sector in Nigeria. The whole process from creating the tie‐dye and batik prints, to bringing the designs from sketch to wearable pieces, was carried out by the women trained through skill empowerment programs, making it a purely ethical collection.

The entire collection is unique as each piece was hand made by women from Iba, Orile in a 3 month long training and empowerment program they were taught the art of tie-dye, traditional hand painting on cloths, tailoring and pattern cutting.
The 'ROME' collection will also be showcased at the upcoming Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2015.



It's finally here! Check out the newest line from Nigerian ethical fashion label, Kinabuti.  Each of these pieces was handmade in Nigeria through community education and empowerment programs and designed by Kinabuti founder, Caterina Bertolussi. The line embodies the brand vision of creating a sustainable fashion sector in Nigeria.  The whole process from creating the tie-dye and batik prints, to bringing the designs from sketch to wearable pieces, was carried out by the women trained through skill empowerment programs. It's a purely ethical collection.  Read more about the process in the previous post... but first! Check out 5 of the newest looks from The Rome Collection. 

Coming Soon from Kinabuti: The Rome Collection by Audrey Smith

This week, ethical fashion label, Kinabuti will roll out their Spring 2016 line, The Rome Collection in Lagos, Nigeria. 

Kinabuti is an Ethical Fashion Label that uses fashion as a vehicle to promote and implement sustainability projects and foster capacity building, (the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast changing world), and employment in disadvantaged communities. 

For this collection Kinabuti worked with fifteen women from under privileged communities in Lagos, Nigeria. During a 3 month training, the incredible, Floriana Betto Bindi from New York's Parson School of Design trained these fifteen women pattern-making and dressmaking techniques.  The best students qualified for their first contracting job for the Kinabuti label, earning an income and starting a career in fashion. 

Each of the fine fabrics in The Rome Collection were created in youth workshops.  The workshops taught youths the art of tie-dye on fabrics, using antique techniques of African batik revisited with a modern approach. 

Kinabuti's youth workshop act as a vehicle to instigate economical development in Nigeria. The students in these workshops become qualified for their first contracting job for the Kinabuti label, earn an income and learn a useful artisanal profession.

Stay tuned to see The Rome Collection.