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15 August Queens: Nana Ama McBrown & Becca



Actress and Film Producer, also music writer Nana Ama McBrown turns 41 today and still looks ageless. She was born on August 15, 1977. Nana Ama McBrown is one of the most popular entertainers in Ghana. Her stunning beauty has caused many to doubt her age.

Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong, known as Becca, is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter, Humanitarian and Social Activist. She was also born on 15 August 1984. Becca’s upbringing and surroundings influenced her musical and fashion style. She has established a rescue organization which raises funds to help children affected by HIV/AIDS in Ghana.

Here are some pictures to celebrate these birthday queens who are not only stylish but very influential in their field.

Nana McBrown

Nana Amma McBrown

Nana McBrown

Nana Amma McBrown

Nana McBrown

Nana Amma McBrown

Becca (Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong)

Becca (Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong)

Becca (Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong)

Becca (Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong)

Becca (Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong)

Becca (Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong)

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22 Essential Health Benefits Of Cocoyam Leaves (Kontomire)



Cocoyam or Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a starchy edible tuber and bears broad greenish leaves. It is grown in several places around the world. We usually consume the roots tubers or its leaves, locally called kontomire. Both the root and leaves have many health benefits for the body because they are rich in nutrients.

Now let us go through what we found out as some of the amazing benefits of kontomire.

Boost immune system
One (1) cup of cocoyam leaves contains about 145mg of Vitamin C, about 86% of our body’s daily requirement. This will help boost your immune system effectively.

Prevention of cancer
Cocoyam leaves are rich in vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant. This fights against free radicals that cause cancer and help to prevent many diseases.

Healthy eyes.
Cocoyam leaves are rich in vitamin A in addition to the vitamin C. The amount of vitamin A can be as high as 123% of our daily requirement.It is very good for eyes to stay healthy, maintain the visual acuity, and prevent the eyes diseases such as myopia, cataract and blindness.

Aid digestion and prevent digestive problems.
The high dietary fibre in cocoyam leaves helps in food digestion and absorption. Cocoyam leaves can prevent digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation, and diarrhoea.

Cholesterol level reduction
Cocoyam leaves have no cholesterol and only 1% of total fat, and so, is the best diet for reducing cholesterol. The dietary fibre and methionine contained in cocoyam leaves can reduce the cholesterol effectively. They bind and break down fat and cholesterol especially triglyceride.

Help in weight loss
Cocoyam leaves are low in fat and high in protein. It is therefore, the best diet to reduce your fat and get your muscle mass.

Reduce inflammation.
Cocoyam leaves contain Omega 3 which plays a role in inflammation process and can inhibit the release of inflammatory substances. It can help to treat diseases like arthritis, gastritis, or lupus disease.

Protect the nervous system
Are you feeling the symptoms of tingling, numbness, or pain in your limb? You can eat taro leaves to reduce those symptoms. The vitamin B complex including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6 in cocoyam leaves protect the nervous system. They also boost the immune system.

Control the blood pressure
The Omega 3, an essential fatty acid, help produce hormones to control the contraction and relaxation of arteries wall. If this mechanism is going well, the blood pressure can be kept at a normal level.

Healthy bone
Cocoyam leaves also contain calcium which is good for the formation and maintenance of healthy bone. It works with phosphorous to strengthen the bone and teeth.

Fetal brain and nervous system development
Besides its rich nutrients content, the leaves also contain folate which is essential for the development of your fetal brain and nervous system. It is, therefore, good to consume cocoyam leaves when you are pregnant. However, be sure to cook them well before you eat.

Anaemia prevention
Cocoyam leaves diet is recommended in the prevention of anaemia. This is because they contain iron mineral which helps in red blood cell formation. The vitamin C content additionally helps to absorb the iron well.

Fetal bone and teeth development
Additionally, the manganese in cocoyam leaves helps in the fetal cartilage, bone, and teeth formation during pregnancy

Prevention of preeclampsia in pregnancy
The consumption cocoyam leaves help to prevent preeclampsia (a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys) during pregnancy. The magnesium mineral helps in muscle relaxation and can be used to prevent preeclampsia.

Reduce wrinkle on the skin
Cocoyam leaves also contain the amino acid called threonine. The threonine helps in the formation of elastin and collagen which are good for the healthy skin. They prevent the skin from wrinkle and rejuvenate skin.

Quick treatment for diarrhoea
The zinc in cocoyam leaves protects intestinal mucosa. When you get diarrhoea, the intestine wall loses its mucosa. Zinc helps to release the mucosa quickly to immediately stop the diarrhoea.

Very good energy source
Cocoyam leaves present one of the best energy sources for the body through its essential amino acid called isoleucine. This protein regulates the blood sugar and increases the muscle strength and energy levels. This is the best diet for people who love to work out.

Promote the bone and skin healing.
An essential amino acid called leucine is contained by cocoyam leaves. It promotes the bone and skin healing by releasing the natural painkiller called enkephalins. It does not only facilitate the bone healing but also relieve the pain as well.

Enhance the memory and mood.
Cocoyam leaves release dopamine (a monoamine neurotransmitter found in the brain and essential for the normal functioning of the central nervous system) which acts in the brain and nervous system. Synthesized by phenylalanine, it enhances your brain memory and controls your mood.

Help to treat nicotine addiction
Cocoyam leaves contain tyrosine, a crucial amino acid in the human body. It becomes an adaptogen substance which helps to minimize the effect of nicotine, cocaine, and coffee addiction.

Increase sperm production
Cocoyam leaves contain arginine, an amino acid which helps to increase sperm production. This makes it good for men.

A detoxification agent
Histidine, one of the essential amino acids is also contained in cocoyam leaves. It serves as a detoxification agent that helps to remove the heavy metals from the body and protect the body from damage from radiation.

You shouldn’t consume cocoyam leaves in a raw condition because it has a dangerous toxin. Please soak them first in the clean water for about 10-15 minutes. After that, cook them well to remove its toxic substance. It is usually itchy in the throat if not well cooked.

Summing up
We believe there are more benefits you might also know of. Leave it as a comment and we will be glad to add it to the list on the update.

Have also considered a combination of cocoyam leaves and turkey berries in your diet? Try it.

The immense benefits of cocoyam leaves popularly called kontomire, cannot be overemphasised considering the outlined benefits. If you can considering a backyard garden, you definitely cannot ignore cocoyam.

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Health & Fitness

9 Surprising Benefits Of Quail Eggs



The most important health benefits of quail eggs include their ability to improve vision, boost energy levels, and stimulate growth and repair. Quail eggs also help to improve metabolism, reduce blood pressure, soothe allergies, cleanse the body, and prevent chronic diseases.

What are Quail Eggs?
Quail eggs are the eggs laid by various species of quail, which are in the order Galliformes. Quail are mid-sized birds found in Europe, North Africa, the southern United States, and some parts of Asia. Quail eggs are notably smaller than duck and chicken eggs and are widely consumed and sold as novelty foods around the world. [1]

They are popular in Japanese bento boxes and are typically eaten 3-5 at a time, due to their smaller size. Apart from being considered “cute”, they are also packed with nutrients that make them a delicious and healthy option to add to your diet.

Despite the prevalence of quail in the United States, consumption of this variety of eggs is dominated by the Asian market, where they are commonly hawked as inexpensive street food, but the rich, flavorful yolk has increased the demand for these eggs in many culinary preparations. They have a higher yolk-to-white ratio than normal eggs, which can make them potentially dangerous for people with elevated cholesterol, but generally, quail eggs are considered very healthy.

Nutrition Facts
Quail eggs are a rich source of protein, good cholesterol, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and vitamin A. Compared to chicken eggs, quail eggs have six times more vitamin B1 and fifteen times more B2 vitamin. The ovomucoid protein, present in these eggs, is highly nutritious and helps increase immunity. As per the USDA National Nutrient Database, a quail egg has 14 calories and 13 g of protein. [2] Generally, 4 quail eggs are equivalent to 1 chicken egg.

Health Benefits of Quail Eggs
Quail eggs are a hoarder of many nutrients and are, therefore, a safe option to include in your diet. Let’s take a closer look at their health benefits.

Improve Vision
There is an impressively high level of vitamin A found in quail eggs, which means that it helps protect vision. [3] The antioxidant activity of vitamin A can help reduce macular degeneration and prevent the development of cataracts, helping you see better.

Balance Cholesterol Levels
There are a good amount of beneficial fatty acids found in quail eggs that many people enjoy, due to their heart-boosting effects. HDL cholesterol is the “good” form of cholesterol that our body needs to offset the negative effects of LDL or bad cholesterol, and HDL makes up more than 60% of the fat in quail eggs. [4] However, for people with pre-existing cholesterol problems, adding large quantities of these eggs to your diet might not be the best choice, as there are roughly 1.6 grams of saturated fat in each serving.

Stimulate Growth
Just like regular chicken eggs, quail eggs provide protein to the diet, which we need for countless processes in our body. Proteins are broken down into their constituent components and reformed for new cells, tissue, muscle, bone, and blood vessels. [5] The protein punch of these eggs can ensure a healthy and normal growth of the body.

Reduce Blood Pressure
The presence of potassium, in quail eggs, shows blood pressure-reducing abilities, as this mineral acts as a vasodilator and helps in relieving strain and stress on the arteries and blood vessels. [6] There is comparatively more potassium in quail eggs than in chicken eggs.

Cleanse the Body
Detoxifying the body is important, particularly in today’s atmosphere, which is filled with toxins, pollutants, and heavy metals. Studies have shown that adding these eggs to your diet can help eliminate toxins from the bloodstream, as they help to reduce the size of bladder and kidney stones. [7]

Prevent Chronic Disease
Antioxidants are crucial components of human health, as we are constantly battling free radicals that may cause chronic diseases. [8] Quail eggs possess significant levels of vitamin C and vitamin A, which can help neutralize free radicals and protect the overall health.

Treat Allergies
Quail eggs are high in ovomucoid protein, which acts as a natural anti-allergenic in the body. [9] Therefore, if you are suffering from congestion, inflammation or other symptoms of allergic reactions, quail eggs can get your body back to normal.

Boost Metabolism
Vitamin B found in quail eggs results in a boosted metabolic activity throughout the body, including hormonal and enzymatic function. [10] By ensuring smooth bodily processes and organ functions, quail eggs can be far more than a delicious treat.

Raise Energy Levels

The minerals and micronutrients found in these tiny eggs, as well as the protein boost of nearly 6 grams per serving, makes these eggs particularly good for an early morning surge of energy and mood. A high-protein, nutrient-dense breakfast is highly recommended for those who often feel dependent on caffeine or other stimulants to regulate their energy levels. [11]

Word of Caution: There is a moderate amount of saturated fat in these eggs, so any consumption should be within in a limit, and any major alteration to your diet should be approved by a trained medical professional. Apart from that, crack open a quail egg and enjoy!

Source: Organic Facts

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How To Find The Perfect Wedding Suit.



In our regular series we team regular guys on the street with menswear experts to get advice on how to dress for tricky situations. Here, IT manager Ademola Babasanya, 44calls on style guru Alex Field from high-street outfit Reiss for some rules in wedding dressing.

I can’t be the only one whose friends’ children are preserved in chrysalises of nostalgia. For years I’d watched my friends get married and spawn offspring, but I’d never considered that their kids might fancy getting hitched, too. So, when the invitation to my friend’s daughter’s wedding slopped onto my doormat, it wasn’t just an ‘invitation’, it was a memento mori. Was I terrified? Slightly.

The first thing I needed to do was find a new suit, one that would convey distinction without betraying my great age. The language of tailoring is one I’ve never fully understood; I’d fudged formal wear for 44 years, but my transition into the next generation of wedding guest - the-friend-of-the-father-of-the-bride - served as a wake-up call. It was time for an education.

The pinstripe option I had knocking about wasn’t going to cut it and my attempts to find a replacement had proven futile. My son’s lungs still haven’t fully recovered from the time he found me wrestling a pair of skinny-fit trousers from my hulk-like frame in the sweaty caverns of Topman Oxford Street, such was the hilarity. My wife has expunged the episode from her memory, such was her trauma too.

  1. Think about the fit

Thankfully, Reiss stepped in to help. “The most common mistake that people make when dressing for a wedding is the fit,” says Alex Field, head of menswear at the high-street store. “A lot of shops now offer on-site tailoring services so there’s no excuse for baggy trousers or for wearing your cuffs down to your knuckles”. And forget matching your tie to your pocket square - “too matchy-matchy,” he says.

2. Consider breaking into checks

Alex sees my pinstripe and raises me a check. I bristle at the thought, but Alex promises me it shows “sartorial flair”. So too does the double-breasted jacket - new territory for me but not half as mafia boss-style as I’d imagined. I then lose Alex to a well-intentioned but slightly confusing discourse on ‘notch’ and ‘peak lapels’. He settles on the former: “more versatile, less formal,” apparently.

3. Waistcoats are old news

With this oracle at my fingertips, I take the opportunity to settle one of formal wear’s long -held debates: to waistcoat, or not? “I don’t feel like they’re as on-trend as they used to be,” Alex admits, “and you might end up being mistaken for the groom if you wear a three-piece”. Case closed.

The verdict?

Alex kits me out in the type of suit the Prince Charles might wear if he were born thirty years earlier and out on the razz in Windsor: a fairly classic suit with a trendy, 21st century finish. The check - almost a ‘pin-check’ - doesn’t quite qualify as his namesake Prince of Wales weave and I imagine the Duchess of Cornwall would balk at the slim leg and lapel. It’s certainly not Savile Row but it is 100% wool and therefore feels far more princely than it does Primark.

But where on the princely-Primark spectrum do I actually sit? To get a response, I turn to that well-trusted and wholly verifiable barometer of truth: Facebook. I upload a photo to the few family members and innumerable strangers that comprise my online ‘friends’ and wait patiently. Years of silence are broken within minutes. ‘Swaggerlistic status,’ comments an old colleague and ‘Lord of the Manor,’ another: both totally ironic jabs that do nothing to quell my angst.

With the wedding but weeks away, I’m still yet to confirm whether the suit is a success. I doubt I’ll be mistaken for the groom. More likely, unwitting guests will assume - wrongly - that I am the ‘Lord of the Manor’ and spend the evening trying to wring me for drinks. With that in mind, I’ll keep my fusty old pinstripe number to hand - consider it damage limitation.

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Fashion Event

Lagos Fashion Week Presents: London | April 2nd – 5th, 2019



Lagos Fashion Week, in continuing our mission to raise the profile of African designers at home and beyond, will be presenting targeted activities aimed to give designers exposure to industry stakeholders in the city of London. The goal is to provide designers with access to new markets and simultaneously nurture partnerships internationally for future opportunities.

From the 2nd to the 5th of April, #LagosFW will host a series of events in London and Lagos, featuring a selection of African designers. Some of the participating brands, are beneficiaries of the International Trade Center’s SHETrades in Commonwealth program which aims to connect three million women to market by 2021.


BETWEEN US will represent the vibrant and dynamic facets of African design and community, with a focus on its diversity, from traditional handcraft and local production to cultural and political messaging through fashion. The pop-up recognises that each brand’s connection with Africa is proudly present yet fluid, unique, fresh and limitless.

For six weeks beginning on the 2nd of April, The Shop at Bluebird will welcome the versatile and effervescent spirits of Africa to its London flagship store; Carriage Hall with the first multi-brand pop-up since opening the Covent Garden space in May 2018. BETWEEN US honours over twenty unique designers, from womenswear and accessories to interiors and lifestyle, curated by the Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week, Omoyemi Akerele and brand consultants Tammy Tinker Pudel and Katrina Macpherson, who are based out of Cape Town.

Claire Miles, the buying director of The Shop at Bluebird, says “BETWEEN US is the first collaborative installation of its kind, as well as the first that we are hosting in Carriage Hall. We cannot wait to introduce these special and unique designers exclusively to The Shop at Bluebird. African design is so interesting, it can be bold, eclectic, thought-provoking, serene - ultimately, it leaves a strong impression, all of which perfectly aligns with the brand values of The Shop at Bluebird. We are delighted to be able to showcase and support both new and established African talent.”

Participating brands include: AAKS | Anyango Mpinga | Aprelle Duany | Ardmore Design | Asha : Eleven | Chommies | Crystal Birch | Eki Orleans | Eclectic Chique | Galago | Iamsigo | Karu | Lisa Folawiyo | Lukhanyo Mdingi | Mami Wata | Maxhosa | Nina Bosch | Okapi | Orange Culture | Pop Caven | Studio 189 | Tilayo

Fashion Business Series

Fashion Business Series, a Lagos Fashion Week signature platform, which provides an avenue for industry thought leaders and collaborators to convene and exchange ideas, share information and educate an engaged audience will also be coming to London, continuing a global city tour that has included Accra, Nairobi and New York in 2018.

This edition, which will be held on April 2nd, 2019 will feature seasoned experts in their respective sectors who will contribute to conversations surrounding “Succeeding in Today’s Retail Market”. Speakers will provide insight on how fashion businesses can thrive considering the dynamics of today’s retail environment, exploring what components need to function effectively to ensure success.

New Season Presentation

On April 3rd 2019, Lagos Fashion Week will debut a live London showcase at The Shop at Bluebird, spotlighting a selection of African designers, who will present their new season collections exclusively in the UK to buyers, press and VIP customers. This approach allows invited guests to have a closer look at the pieces and interact with the designer and overall collection.

Participating designers for the new season presentations, as well as Fashion Business Series speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

On April 5th 2019, in Lagos Nigeria, the 2018 Fashion Focus Africa finalists will present their business and marketing strategic plan to a panel of judges for the opportunity to be the recipient of the Fashion Focus Fund in partnership with FETSWallet - a cash grant of NGN5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) and year long mentorship.

Lagos Fashion Week Presents: London is in partnership with Style House Files, The Shop at Bluebird and FETSWallet.

For more information: @LagosFashionWeekOfficial, [email protected]

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