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THE WAR OF THE CELEBRITY DESIGNERS: WHY DEOLA SAGOE AND FATI ASIBELUA DO NOT SEE EYE TO EYE…… —– The Poaching of Tailors Scandal That Caused the Cold War Between Them

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The Nigerian fashion industry will ever be agog with the story of how, a couple of years back,  Deola Ade-Ojo Sagoe, the Nigerian born international designer lost some of her tailors to Fati Asibelua, the super-rich Abuja based businesswoman. Deola Sagoe needs little or no introduction. She is the lady who o wns Oodua Creations, the award winning fashion outfit which is situated in Lagos. Over the last decade, Deola has helped to put Nigeria on the world map, through her designs and creations. It goes without saying that she is the most famous designers in Africa today. And she has multiple awards to show for this very lofty achievement. Fatima on the other hand, is an enterprising businesswoman who has vested interest in various fashion ventures. She owns Exquisite Fabric, which is located on IBB Way, Maitama, Abuja. She also has a fashion outfit called House of Momo. Fati once veered into

publishing, and she published Sleek Magazine International, the now rested glossy style magazine, which was easily comparable to any international magazine, in size and quality. She also owns Sleek Studio, a style consulting firm and a grooming label. However, of all her business ventures, Fati is most synonymous with Exquisite Fabric.
Investigations made by us, revealed that what happened between Deola and Fati can best be described as poaching. It is pertinent to add that there is no rule guiding against poaching among fashion designers. Besides, it is not an unusual occurrence within and outside the fashion industry. However, poaching is usually frowned at and it is considered as being very degrading, as it exposes whoever indulges in it to outright ridicule.

A close source disclosed that Fati had had cause to patronise Deola Sagoe on one or two occasions. Moreover, some of her friends do patronize her on a frequent basis. One of her friends was said to have made the contact which culminated in the mass exodus of Deola’s tailors. It was this lady that Fati used to get the tailors to leave their former place of employment. It was gathered that Deola was away abroad, for a fashion show when the poaching activity was being carried out. Quite interestingly, Fati was reported to have dangled mouth watering offers, in luring the tailors, and they could hardly resist these offers. For instance, Fati was alleged to have bought Deola’s Head Cutter an official car, in addition to getting him an apartment in Abuja. She also accommodated the other tailors in as well.

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Interestingly tough, when Deola eventually came back and learnt of what happened, she was undaunted about the whole episode. And within a few days, she travelled down to some Francophone countries and recruited more tailors. Those who are quite familiar with the iconic fashion designer explained that she gets most of her tailors from these French speaking countries, because she believes they are well grounded in the art of designing Parisian oriented couture. Now what Deola has going for her is her creativity. She is known to be the engine room of her labels. She designs all her outfits, and she strives to come up with new creations and innovations as well. And in Nigeria today, it is not so much how good your tailors are, but how much of creativity that goes into the making of the designs.

This is an edge which Deola Sagoe seems to have over most other designers. And quite unlike most Nigerian designers, Deola hardly ever makes the same designs twice. But most designers are always quick to duplicate her designs. Fortunately for her, none of the poached workers is a designer. They were mostly cutters and tailors. Had this poaching act been done on a fashion designer who is not grilled in the rudiment or nuances of the business entails, it would have crashed such business. Predictably, We gathered that just as Deola refused to lose a sleep over the poaching act, so has she lost any sleep over the issue of clientele. Rather, she has been churning out more, new designs. On the other hand, Fati’s fashion outfit, House of Momo, initially, churned out some of Deola’s old designs to her clients, she later adjusted and has made some improvement on her works. However, even after many years since the feud occurred, the two fashion designers have refused to mend fence and resolve their differences.

By: Abeke Olabode

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Access Bank’s Herbert Wigwe, Wife, Son’s Funeral To Hold March 4 – 10, 2024

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HERBERT Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, and two other members of his family tragically died in a fatal helicopter crash near the California-Nevada border recently.

 

Plans to honour the lives of Herbert Wigwe (1966 – 2024), his wife and son and span from March 4 to March 10, 2024, as detailed in a schedule obtained by us. The somber events include various ceremonies and services to pay tribute to the departed souls.

Monday, March 4, 2024 marks the Bankers Committee’s Celebration of Herbert, followed by a Service of Songs for Chizzy on Tuesday morning, March 5, 2024 and another Service of Songs for the deceased Wigwes in the evening of the same day.

On Wednesday March 6, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, a commemoration event will celebrate Herbert’s impactful contributions in the Social Impact Space, followed by an Evening Service of Songs for Herbert at Redeemed Christian Church, City of David Parish.

Thursday, March 7 is dedicated to a Service of Songs at Herbert’s Dad’s parish, along with the somber tasks of traveling to PH for Chizzy’s funeral service and interment, as well as holding Service of Songs for Herbert and his wife.

According to the schedule, Friday, March 8 is designated for the final farewell, with Funeral services and interments planned for both Herbert & Mrs. Wigwe.

Saturday, March 9 will be a day to receive guests, while Sunday, March 10 will culminate in a Thanksgiving Service to honor the lives and legacies of the departed.

Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, a revered Nigerian banker and entrepreneur, passed away at the age of 57. As the CEO of Access Holdings Plc and former Group Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank Plc, his leadership transformed a small commercial bank into a global financial institution.

 

Born on August 15, 1966, to Ikwerre parents from Omueke Isiokpo in Rivers State, Herbert attended St. Gregory’s College in Lagos for his secondary education. He later graduated with a degree in accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1987. Herbert Wigwe’s legacy encompasses not only his professional achievements but also his philanthropy and visionary leadership.

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The INTERPOL Is Set To Move Against Two Cyber Bullies, Adebukola Jesse and Abosede Ilesanmi

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The International Police Division of the Nigerian Police has received petition to move against online bullies, who continue to use the social media platform to spread false and malicious stories about popular Lagos monarch, Oba Saheed Elegushi of Ikate kingdom.

 

In a petition signed by the traditional ruler’s lawyers, M. A. Banire & Associates, a copy which was sighted, the king wants the police to move against one Abosede Comfort Ilesanmi a Nigerian based in Germany and Bukky Jesse who is resident in the United Kingdom, both of whom are using their tik tok accounts to embarrass the traditional ruler.

A part of the petition reads: “The said Mrs.Abosede Comfort Ilesanmi persistently asserts a false claim in her posts on various social media platforms that our Client fathered a child with one Mrs.Omowunmi Aloba,the wife of the late llerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as ‘Mohbad’. These claims are baseless, unwarranted and unsubstantiated by any evidence.

 

It further reads “It is pertinent to also state that despite our client’s various denials of this phantom allegation of paternity, Mrs.Abosede Comfort Itesanmi continues to mischievously assert these claims solely to besmirch our client’s good name and cause him great annoyance, inconvenience and intimidation from different quarters as a result of the false allegation of Mrs Abosede Comfort Ilesanmi.

 

Our findings revealed that another petition was submitted against the Manchester, United Kingdom based Bukky Jesse.

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Interpol, Nigerian Police Drag Realtor, Abimbola Odupaye To Court For Alleged N457m Fraud

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Freezes Odupaye’s Assets Pending Investigation 

 

Following an urgent petition by a real estate company, INTERPOL has commenced investigation and frozen the assets of one Odupaye Abimbola Joseph on grounds of alleged fraud.

Odupaye Abimbola Joseph and her company, Tigers Property LLC have been charged before a Nassarawa Chief Magistrates’ for allegedly obtaining N457 million under false pretences.

 

Other respondents in the suit number M/185/2024 were United Bank For Africa (UBA), Guaranteed Trust Bank, Polaris Bank, Access Bank, Eco Bank, Wema Bank, Fidelity Bank, Abbey Mortgage Bank, First Bank and Toluwani Gideon Olisa.

 

The petitioner, through his counsel, Mr David Njoku, said that the real estate company paid the sum of N467 million to Joseph and her company for the purchase of four ( one bedroom units) of what they claimed to be their Regina Tower Project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

Njoku submitted that his client brought a total number of five investors who signified interest to the purchase of the purported property and committed the total sum of N467 million and 300,500 US dollar to Joseph’s account.

 

The lawyer said that his client, having parted with the huge sum, was unable to obtain the property paid for and Joseph, still at large with the investors’ fund.

 

“It is our humble view that our client, alongside the investors, have been defrauded by Abimbola Joseph and Tigers Property LLC.

 

“Many other innocent citizens will be subjected to same if the matter is not urgently addressed,” he said.

 

Chief Magistrate Abdulsalam Abubakar on Jan.19 ordered that upon the motion ex-parte moved by one Mr Aminu Abubakar and upon the affidavit deposed to by ASP Ajulo Raphael of (Interpol) Force CID Annex Lagos, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, Eco Bank, Polaris Bank, Wema Bank , Abbey Mortgage Bank, Access Bank, Guaranteed Trust Bank and UBA should furnish the commissioner of police (interpol)of the account details of Toluwani Gideon Olisa and Odupaye Abimbola Joseph.

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