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. 


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.