March FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Maintained 30th position.

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Nigeria maintained it last month 30th position in latest FIFA ranking.

The list which was released on the 14 March 2013, indicates the first six teams also maintained their February ranking spot with Spain, Argentina and England still been 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively.

Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana remains Africa first and Second team with their 13th and 20th position on the World football governing body list.


When should you wear makeup to the theatre?

Sometimes it’s fine to be invisible, but it’s surprising how much a little bit of lipstick can go a long way to change how people perceive you when you want to be noticed

Do you make an effort to be visible or accept the fact that you're not?

Do you make an effort to be visible or accept the fact that you’re not? Photograph: Getty Images

I don’t know about you but I think I would kill for a day of spring sunshine, just one. Peering through the continuing deluge at unrelenting grey skies makes me feel narky and furious. Everything is drab, drooping, cold and miserable, but – rather than fight the mood – I’m going to go with it this week.

I recently enjoyed a trip to the theatre. Although the play was terrific, the evening left me with a feeling of considerable irritation. Let me explain. I like to arrive a little early for a play because after a lifetime of breathless hurtling about and being perpetually late I’d rather take time to sit in the auditorium, read the programme notes, sip something restorative and watch the audience arriving. As an inveterate people-watcher I love to see an audience arrive and feel the pre-show atmosphere build as the seats fill. The rising noise level, the greeting of friends and the chatter is part of what gives the evening a sense of anticipation and occasion.

It’s obvious when you think about it, but different plays tend to attract different audiences. I went to see The Audience, which you might reasonably expect to prove popular with my demographic. It provided an interesting opportunity to observe approximately 900 people in one place, of which probably 400 were middle-aged women. The play, written by Paul Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry, is something of a theatre event, with the magnificent Helen Mirren in the role of HMQ. So what do you think you would wear for this splendid treat in the heart of London’s dazzling West End? Well, not what you might think apparently. Yes, it was a damp and uninspiring Wednesday evening but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a distressing collection of tatty smog and mud-coloured garments under one roof – a cohort of Invisible Women wearing the uniform of Invisible Women everywhere.

So now I’m going to say something disobliging – we can bleat on about 50 being the Age of Frump and we can squeak and wail about how we all vanish after the age of 40 but having witnessed The Audience’s audience – and I think 400 women is a reasonable number on which to base a conclusion – we’re clearly not doing anything to help ourselves.

I strenuously defend a woman’s right to dress entirely as she pleases, just as I do her right to wear makeup or not, but either we make an effort to be visible or we accept the fact that we’re not. Of course it’s a matter of individual choice and there are times (most of the time actually) when I can’t be bothered to wear makeup, but as I’ve written before a slick of lipstick can have a surprising effect on the way other people regard you. Sometimes I’ll do the whole eyeliner flicks and red lippy production to go out and sometimes it’s just the bare essentials – but IF I want to go out and be invisible then I won’t wear makeup and I’ll dress down. The Cloak of Invisibility is the middle-aged woman’s super-power and a bloody lovely one at that (although not one I want to wear all the time).

So, in the Gielgud theatre on a Wednesday evening in March there were maybe a dozen of us who’d bothered to make an effort. I don’t mean we’d got ourselves all gussied up in the full vamp but we were perhaps just a little bit smarter than we might have been otherwise. This was, after all, an occasion – going to a West End show isn’t something I imagine many of us can do all that often. Remaining visible takes more work once we’re past the time when a “fresh” face didn’t come out of a tube and we had a waist and legs worth a damn. We either have to accept that some kind of effort is required or acknowledge that attitudes towards us will inevitably change. We can’t have it both ways.





Lanre Da-Silva-Ajayi simply loves making beautiful clothes. She is the founder of eponymous design label, LDA. Her exquisite designs have made her a consistent fashion favourite amongst industry insiders, celebrities and fashionistas.  

Lanre Da-Silva-Ajayi

Her academic qualifications include a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Coventry University and a Masters degree in Finance from University of Leicester. She has received numerous accolades for her contributions to the Nigerian and African fashion industry. In 8 years, her passion for fashion has gotten stronger, making the label a fashion favourite among the media, celebrities and fashion lovers. The brand, LDA, first arrived in the fashion scene in 2005 with iconic 1940‘s couture signature designs, a result of what has evolved into a much more modern and cutting-edge brand and a full-blown fashion house.

Lanre Da-Silva-Ajayi


The label’s collection includes couture, prêt-a-porter, and accessories such as hairpieces and statement jeweleries. Regardless of the label’s strong historical design roots, LDA’s creatively combines pattern, print, exquisite and even traditional fabrics to produce day wear, evening wear, gowns and cocktail dresses that bridge time and make the label successful within and outside Nigeria. She has showcased her prowess on many world fashion stages including Italy, Paris, South Africa, London and other fashion capitals of the world. In June, 2012, Pitti Immagine, held in Florence, Italy, included Nigeria as guest nation in co-operation with MTN Lagos Design and Fashion Week coordinated by Style House Files Director, Omoyemi Akerele. LDA was part of the designers selected to showcase from Nigeria and present her Autumn/Winter 2012 collections to buyers across Europe. The brand has also been featured in L’Uomo Vogue, MayJune, 2012, “Rebranding Africa” issue dedicated to Africa to show how this continent is moving and developing while trying to get out of a difficult situation of poverty and illness. It was featured along side influential personalities such as Presidents, First Ladies, and Queens, artists, writers, musicians, designers and models. Also, in January 2012, renowned designer Roberto Cavalli and Franca Sozanni, EditorInChief of Vogue Italia and Goodwill Ambassador of Fashion 4 Development, made a special trip visit to Lagos and during their time in Lagos, Sozanni and the Vogue Italia team made a special visit to LDA’s flagship boutique to view her collections. This visit resulted in the designer showcasing a capsule collection during the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Fall, 2012/13, at the initiative “Fashion 4 Development” that supports the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the unprecedented global effort “Every Woman, Every Child.” The event was organized by Ambassador Cesare Maria Ragaglini, permanent representative of Italy to the United Nations and it was in honor of Ms. Franca Sozzani and Fashion 4 Development Goodwill Ambassador. It was also a Fashion Business initiative to attract the attention of potential buyers and investors. LDA has also created four different collections for international Dutch wax print giant, VliscoUrban Beat, Gallery of Poems, Reflet de Lumie`re, Tresor Brillant and Delicate Shades.

Lanre Da-Silva-Ajayi


The label produces six major collections every year and has showcased locally in Nigeria and internationally including the ThisDay Africa Rising Festival, London, (October 2008), ARISE Africa Fashion Festival, South Africa, (June 2009), the New York , ARISE Magazine Fashion Week, Lagos (March 2011 & Couture Fashion Week, (September 2009)2012), the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 Made in Africa by Arise magazine, (September 2011), London Fashion Week (February 2012). LDA has been featured in various African and international media including L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Black, ARISE Magazine, Daily Mail,, Fashion,,, ITN News,,, Reuters UK and Centric/BET. For her contributions to the Nigerian and African fashion industry, LDA has received numerous accolades and awards for excellence. Her pieces are made for brilliant women who know the seasons in fashion and bold enough to carry her creativity. She has explored new steps in fashion in all her collections. Just a few weeks ago, LDA showcased her Spring/Summer 2013 Collections, “Butterfly Kisses” in Dolce and Gabbana Spiga Concept store in Milan, Italy.

Lanre Da-Silva-Ajayi

Spring/Summer 2013 Collections


Martin Dingman

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American shoemaker Martin Dingman launched his signature footwear collection two decades ago with the idea that he could produce the same high-quality, high-style, and hand-finished footwear that most of his customers have turned to Italy for in the past. Although he is well-known for his use of fine calfskin and alligator, over the years the Diamond City, Arkansas-based designer has expanded his offering in exotics to include original Egyptian Nile river crocodile, full- quill ostrich, wild Russian boar, Java lizard, American deerskin and mink, Asian antelope chamois, Italian lamb, English calf, and German and Norwegian glove leathers. Most of Dingman’s dress footwear features Goodyear welted soles so they can be easily restored, while casual loafers, moccasins, and drivers feature Poron insoles, a technically superior comfort system that molds to the shape of your foot and helps retain the original shape of the shoes. Inside Information Martin Dingman was once the creative director at Cole Haan and left the brand in the late 1980s, when it was bought by Nike, to start his own signature shoe label.
BrandMartin Dingman Price$325.00 Price DescriptionSignature stripe footwear starts at $325. Phone800.955.2358

Fashion: John Lobb’s @ Fizzie Republic

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Two elements—the figure-eight-shape under sole and the finest blemish-free leather—distinguish John Lobb’s French-made footwear from those of most other shoemakers.
The company prides itself on using only single pieces of full-grain leather, which have spent more than six months at the tannery, in the production of its footwear. The skins then spend another 40 hours in the hands of specially trained craftsmen undergoing 190 manufacturing steps—more than that of any other shoemaker. While the brand’s ready-made footwear is as close to custom as you can achieve without the creation of your own personal last (the wooden model of your foot from which custom shoes are made), like its British namesake the French Lobb does offer a bespoke service for those who insist on having it done their way. To easily identify the latter, the brand recently introduced Mogador Bespoke, a collection of custom designs distinguishable by their purple undersoles. Inside Information John Lobb, the British bespoke shoemaker, opened a second shop in Paris at the beginning of the last century. When it became difficult to operate shops in two countries, the Lobb family sold its French operation to Hermès, which moved the shoe production in-house and introduced the ready-made Lobb shoes found in Hermès stores, as well as signature Lobb shops, around the world. Among the advantages of John Lobb shoes from Paris is that they often employ leathers from Gordon-Choisy, one of the world’s finest tanneries, which is also owned by the French luxury brand.
Buy at Fizzie Republic, Shop 151, Adamasingba Shopping Complex Near Queen Cinema, Dugbe, Ibadan.
for your order, call: 08166227474
                                Ping: 31086310

Barker Black Ltd

  • Loafers

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An offshoot of Barker, a classic men’s shoemaker operation out of Northamptonshire, England, since 1880, the more contemporary Barker Black line is the brainchild of Derrick and Kirk Miller, American brothers who didn’t believe the U.S. needed another traditional men’s shoe brand and convinced the third- generation owners of Barker to let them do it their way. The result is a collection of sleek, sexy footwear with slightly subversive detailing, particularly the subtle skull and crossbones motif that, although difficult to see, almost always appears somewhere on the shoes. Although the shoes are still produced in Barker’s Earls Barton factory, they are mostly made from vintage lasts from the 1930s and 1940s, and incorporate sartorial details such as Goodyear welted soles, wooden shanks embedded in narrow London waists—the arch section of the sole—and extra layers of cork between the foot and the sole for greater comfort. Most recently Barker Black introduced a collection of colorful calfskin moccasins, deerskin loafers, and silk paisley slippers to show off the lighter side of men’s casual footwear. Inside Information Derrick Miller stumbled on the skull and crossbones motif that is now Barker Black’s signature while doing research as a conceptual designer for Ralph Lauren, who once used the symbol on a pair of slippers. The original emblem, along with the motto “Death or Glory,” was used by colonel John Hale of the British cavalry as the symbol for his newly formed 17th Regiment of lancers, also known as the Light Dragoons, in the 18th century.
BrandBarker Black Ltd Price$775.00 Price DescriptionReady-made loafers start at $775. Phone212.966.2166