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The Family - Is This Is a Fair Depiction...

For a while now I had been hearing about the series on Channel 4 called the family but had never watched it as I thought it would be another one of those programmes that just paints the Nigerian family (or black family generally) in the wrong light.

Last night I so happened to have the TV on Channel 4 and I saw a little bit of The Family, now to my surprise I saw my late mums friend and my aunty Vicky - no blood relation (everyone that is older than you in Nigeria is called either Aunty or Uncle), and was I in a state of shock or what as Aunty Vicky is my favourite aunty (cos of her cooking) as I regularly go to her restaurant Aso Rock to buy my Pounded Yam and Oxtail.

So upon seeing the clips I had know choice but to go to 4OD and watch all the back episodes, yes I have been up all night watching the 6 episodes and I found them quite intriguing, especially seeing a Nigerian family involved in a fly on the wall documentary.

The biggest problem I have with a programme like this is whether Julie (Bayo) is for real, as to be honest I so do not like her. I think she is brash, aggressive, disrespectful and rude. But is it all an act just for TV or is that the real her? For me whichever one it is I still don't like her. However she did add some good flavour to the programme which I suppose without her it may have been a bit boring and it is clear to see that the producers centred the programme around her as she was the spark in the programme.

As an aside those of you that speak Yoruba will love the translation as with any translation it is never really accurate and Aunty Vicky says some great stuff during the series that are not actually translated.

I think we need a few more of these type of programmes and Channel 4 should be commended for being brave enough to do something different and as far as I am concerned different.

Fashions Finest Renaissance 


London Fashions Week Show..

Mahogany Events in conjunction with Fashions Finest Magazine will be holding a series of fashions shows starting on Sunday January 16th and Sunday January 30th 2011.

We will be having a special London Fashion Week Show on Sunday 20th February. We have places for 6 designers only.

The shows are aimed at brand new or emerging designers as well as established designers that want to use these shows to either launch themselves or a brand new collection that they have. The shows will be held at a classy West End Venue. The aim of the shows is to give designers the opportunity to showcase their collections in an affordable and very classy way, in a fantastic venue with professional models.

The fashion evenings are open to all designers of all genres from urban to swimwear, to couture - whatever type of clothes you design you may participate. For further information on how to be involved email us

If you would like  to attend the fashions shows they are free to everyone on the guest list.

Mahogany Bridal Show 2011...

Taking place on 20th March 2011, if you would like to be involved in Europe's Largest African Caribbean Bridal Show then visit MAHOGANY BRIDAL SHOW for more information.


Screen Nation Christmas Party...

The celebrity event of the year took place on Thursday 16th December and a number of celebrities braved the near artic conditions to attend the party.

Josey Darby and Charles Thompson Screen Nation Creator

TMC Winners Jason and Nana

          TMC 2010 Nana and Actor Chucky Venn


Gambian Actress Fatima Jabbe and X Factor Contestant Natasha




News In Brief...


Face of Fashion4Africa...

Congratulations to Samira Hashi on winning Face of Fashion4Africa and to Yvonne Akwetey and being 1st runner up. It was also good to see Matthew Mensah (Catwalk the World) who was the head judge.

Snow...

Very simple - GO AWAY






Merry Christmas...




Everyone at Mahogany and Fashions Finest would like to thank everyone for all the support and love you have given us throughout the year. 


HAVE A GOOD ONE!!!!

A Dramatic Few Weeks...

I hope you all have been either reading or listening to the news, it is important that you keep up with what is happening within the world, even if it is only to exercise the muscles in your brain. I do know that some peoples brain muscles have completely wasted away, at least that cannot be said for those of you that are advent readers of my blog.

There has been a lot happening both in the UK and abroad, so let’s do a quick catch up...

The British World Cup 2018 Bid...

I am going to get straight to the point and say that the British can sometimes be the most arrogant people in the world, what gives them the right to say that because they sent their so called 3 lions (David Cameron – British Prime Minister, David Beckham - famous footballer and Prince William – future king of England) to front their bid that the whole world must bow and give them the world cup to host in 2018. Something must have been seriously wrong with how people perceive the English bid as they only got TWO, yes two votes out of 22, of which one of them was by their own British representative. Then as soon as they lost they said, things within FIFA (the world football association) must change as how could Russia get the bid over them.

Sepp Blatter FIFA President
I cannot be sure if the Sunday Times fraud expose and the Panorama programme once again on fraud within FIFA had an effect on their bid, but I definitely don't think it helped being done 2 days before the vote was to take place. Whichever way you want to look at it you can’t bite the hand that feeds you. I don't often agree with Sepp Blatter (president of FIFA) but on this occasion I do, as I feel the British have been very sore losers. Someone please tell me what gives England the right to assume that they must be given the world cup by right and when they have not been given it then they scream foul.

I must be honest as I am not sure why Qatar was awarded the 2022 world cup but FIFA for a while have stated that they wanted the world cup to move around the whole world.

Not sure if any of you can remember but the British conducted a very negative programme against South Africa when they won the bid to host the world cup, saying  that South Africa was crime ridden and every visitor that goes to the South African world cup would be robbed or murdered in their sleep, did that happen?  NO. The English need to wake up and remember that colonialism is over and we no longer have to vote for you. By the way you got the Olympics, the rugby world cup, the cricket world cup etc and the only you did not get was the football world cup – come on now!

Wiki Leaks...

I am all for freedom of speech which is why I can write my blog and say things the way I want to say them and in theory this is what Wiki Leaks is attempting to do. However freedom of speech sometimes must be done with caution as it could put people lives at risk and cause tension between nations which is very dangerous. But on a separate issue Julian Assange the founder of Wiki Leaks is in big trouble, he is currently on remand under a European arrest warrant for allegedly committing sexual assaults against a number of women in Sweden, being the sceptic that I am I believe that the sexual assault charges will be used to shut him down or find a way to have him extradited to the United States. Generally people are not remanded to custody for sexual assault cases particularly when their passport has been seized and the accused is ready to pay a very high bail fee. If he is extradited to Sweden, then I feel sorry for him as I expect the Americans to request his extradition to the states once they can come up with some charges against him – which they will do. I read that one top US politician said he should be executed for what he has been doing with Wiki Leaks – a bit extreme when you consider that he did not steal the documents but they were provided to him by American personnel and all he has done is publish them.

America being the super power that it is has exerted it might on the likes of Visa, Master Card, PayPal and Amazon to stop servicing Wiki Leaks and the world is retaliating in turn by trying to bring down the servers of these companies as we are now enter the age of Cyber Warfare. This one will go on and on.

Top Model of Colour After Party and Mahogany Christmas Party...

Now it is party time and on the 18th December everyone is invited to come and party hard with all of the TMC finalist and 100’s of beautiful models and people from the fashion and entertainment world and of course the press. As with everything Mahogany does we want as many people as possible to come and party free of charge (see below).


This hot party will be held at KC’s Bar – 149 Holloway Road, London N7 8DD on 3 floors, from 10pm to 5am There is a guest list which is free before 12 midnight. If people are not on the guest list or they arrive after 12 the entry fee is £10 per person. You must Submit your own name along with those of your guests to me by email  (preferably) or by text on 07971 388687.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A FANTASTIC PARTY – SO DON'T MISS OUT & GET YOURSELF ON THE GUEST LIST NOW!!!

Fashions Finest Renaissance Fashions Shows..

Mahogany Events in conjunction with Fashions Finest Magazine will be holding a series of fashions shows starting on Sunday January 16th & Sunday January 30th 2011. The shows are aimed at brand new or emerging designers as well as established designers that want to use these shows to either launch themselves or a brand new collection that they have. The shows will be held every 2 to 3 weeks at a classy West End Venue. The aim of the shows is to give designers the opportunity to showcase their collections in an affordable and very classy way, in a fantastic venue with professional models.

The fashion evenings are open to all designers of all genres from urban to swimwear, to couture - whatever type of clothes you design you may participate. For further information on how to be involved email us

If you would like  to attend the fashions shows they are free to everyone on the guest list, please email names and the date you would like to attend to 

Naomi Campbell Makes the Right Headlines...

Naomi Campbell attended the 2010 British Fashion Awards where she was honoured for her contribution to fashion and whilst being interviewed she was asked whether she thought there were enough women of colour within mainstream fashion and it was nice to hear her say that she felt that things had gone backwards and that there were in fact fewer models of colour being used within the mainstream fashion industry than ever before. Today I have spent a lot of time speaking to various media outlets about my views on this matter and I for one have been saying this for a while now and you if you go back to my previous blogs, soon after fashion week I stated that there were far fewer models on the catwalks at London Fashion Week so this is nothing new – its a pity I don't have Naomi Campbell’s influence.




Ms Campbell said 


"When I look at the shows this season, there weren't as many as a year-and-a-half ago. We've got to keep speaking out, so as boring as it may be, if you hear me saying it over and over again I have to stand up for my fellow comrades.
"It's not for myself, but the younger girls who come up to me and say, 'We didn't get used this season, we didn't do this, someone used 81 models and didn't use one of us'. In that respect if they come up and talk to me, and I'm able to speak on their behalf, then I will."

It is sad that it is only when we make noise we get a bit of change but as soon as we feel things have changed and we stop complaining things quietly go back to normal. The only way that we will ever have permanent change and for things to improve is by us hurting these companies where it hurts most which is in their pockets and this can only be done by boycotting the companies, including the British Fashion Council, Vauxhall Fashion Scout, London Fashion week and mainstream magazines etc that refuse to promote us and reflect the cultural diversity of the country we live in.

So well done to Naomi Campbell and the Evening Standard for once again putting the issue out there.

New in Brief...

Miss Elegant...

Picture Courtesy Kenneth Asia
I was asked to event manage the Miss Elegant beauty pageant (which even if I say so myself was a great success). However it had one major issue which was that two days before the show it was hit with a potential law suit for trademark infringement  and it managed to stave off legal action from the legal team of the Miss World organisers. I won’t go into the nitty gritty but they were able to resolve the issue and the show went ahead.

Word of warning just because you can register a domain or company name with companies house it does not mean that you have the legal right to use that name and if you get it wrong it could cost you lots of money. So if you want to use a name that sounds similar to something that is already in existence I would suggest that you check out the rights to use the name with the patent office.

By the way asking your friends that know nothing about these type of issues does not help, as they have no idea of the law or what they are talking about when they advise you to go ahead and use a name that is not rightfully yours to use, they won’t help you when you you get sued and have to pay out £1000’s in compensation.

ACM Fashion Show London 2010...

Alongside the likes of Yemi (Kosibah Creations), Ola Shobowale, Shady Blue and Lara from Genevieve Magazine (a top Nigerian magazine) I attended this brand new fashion show. It was a very entertaining evening and was a mixture of fashion and entertainment.  I had a nice evening out.

Face4 Africa...


Mr Mahogany will be co hosting with award winning Sporah of the Sporah Show the Face4Africa competition. The battle is on for the new Face For Fashion4Africa model contest taking place on Saturday, 11th December 7pm till late at Covent Garden’s legendary Africa Centre. Fifteen models from the African continent take to the runway to battle for the title as the Face of Fashion4Africa. So if you will feel like a fun night out come down and join me and the beautiful models competing to be the face for Face4Africa.

Mahogany Bridal Show...

Taking place on 20th March 2011, if you would like to be involved in Europe's Largest African Caribbean Bridal Show then visit MAHOGANY BRIDAL SHOW for more information.

Miss Nigeria UK...

Taking place on the 11th December at the Porchester Hall, I have no idea why I am promoting this as they never invite me or respond to any press information so we can assist them in promoting the event on Fashions Finest – please how do they promote this event – I am lost, anyway enough said.

Screen Nation Christmas Party...

The celebrity event of the year is taking place on Thursday 16th December (at a mystery venue). As a sophisticated networker and supporter of fashion, arts & cinema you are cordially invited to attend the Screen Nation Christmas Soiree at a luxury NW London venue. Music headlined by the award winning DJ Abrantee of Choice FM plus DJ Nevada. Imagine bumping into Colin Salmon or Angelica Bell or watching Solaman Kalaou & Nathalie Emmanuel strut the latest moves or just networking with other inspirational people. This will be a truly memorable night allowing you to mingle freely with countless familiar faces from the worlds of TV, Film, Theatre Music & Sports include former nominees, winners and guest presenters. You know how they do. Confirmed and invited guests include stars of Eastenders, X Factor, Big Brother, Hollyoaks, The Apprentice, top Comedians, Premiership footballers, Olympic champions PLUS a sprinkling of your favourite Film, TV, Sports & Music stars, top Promoters, Agents, Managers and PR Executives. Stars of Fela, exclusive new British movie trailers, top BBC comedians and artists confirming.

Select Guest list VIP ACCESS with complimentary Cocktail, Canap├ęs & Gift bags (very early birds only) Pre-pay £25 to guarantee entry 

Mr Mahogany will be there along with the winners of TMC 2010, Nana Afua & Jason Best.

Moan and Groan...

You have to admire the students for mobilising and protesting against the rise in student fees and it does remind me of my old school days when we protested and I must admit do our own little rioting back in Lagos (of course I never rioted), our catch phrase at the time was “Ali must go”. In this sad country where we agree to anything that throw at us, it is refreshing to see people fight for something they believe in (by the way I am not in any way condoning the violence that has taken place).

Let me ask you a few questions how many of you have complained at the rising council tax bills, the slow but steady increase in petrol prices and the general increase in the cost of living? Yes, most of you have but have you done anything about it? NO. Why not? Because we live in Englannnnnnnd and in England when someone slaps you, you turn the other cheek and say please, please, please slap me again. It’s a bit like the story above about the lack of black models within mainstream fashion industry. There is power in solidarity and in protesting and protesting does not necessarily mean you must go on marches or violently protest, it can be done by simply writing letters of complaint to your local MP or organisations that are treating you bad or boycotting people that refuse to use us in their advertising campaigns.

Since the issue with Tommy Hilfiger I made a stance to never ever buy his goods again, but not everyone is prepared to make such stands. My view on this is if someone is treating you bad and you can’t be bother to write a letter, send an email or officially complain then stop moaning and groaning and complaining because by your silence you deserve to be treated the way you are treated. Sorry people I know this may hurt but its the truth and when I go to the airport and as a Nigerian you try and treat me differently from other airline passengers, I pick up my pen and write a strong letter of complaint and in return I get a letter of apology and a promise for change and if that does not happen I take my hard earned money elsewhere.

If you hit people where it hurts in their pocket they will change.

Well done to the students, as even though they did not get the student fees overturned they at least had concessions made to them to try and appease them, that is what happens when you complain and the Americans have learnt that which is why you don't mess with them.

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