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. 

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!  


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.