Monday, January 8, 2007

✍ Down to business...✍

So pumped that I could possibly be making history, being that this was the 1st magazine of it's kind out of Nigeria....strictly focusing on fashion, not lifestyle, womens blah blah blah....but the clothes and the designers who are of Nigerian descent and VERY talented!!...I rushed & made the longest word document I have ever written in my life, and plan to keep it that way......A 7 page business plan in 30mins!...Then, I knew I WAS DEFINATELY serious about this, features in mind, how I want it to look already tatoo'd in my must be pretty brain...I thought I knew the exact people I wanted on my team...SHEESH was I wrong!! {some of the people anyways}...

One of my now many favorite quotes "friends and business don't mix" came into major play, people I've supported in their artisitic field and encouraged and given my very valuable advice to, were the ones I called upon to support me in this cause...Oh, of course they loved the idea, of course they were DOWN...but did they really understand what I was on about?...or how huge this dream I had just cooked up in the middle of boredom is/was...Keep dancing with me, the beat will stop and you'll just be as stunned as I was.....but for now the music is stillllll playing ♪

There is Bolaji Kekere - Ekun who saw and most importantly understood my vision, stood as my london clone, he hooked up everything he could {So sweet}, photoshoots, finding designers...e.t.c

Chiedu Iwuchukwu - known for his website building at the time {I think he has retired now, LoL BOY, did I bug the hell out of him!!}...Thankss!!, still full with energy and my calling I immediately told him about what I wanted to do, and I wanted a website just talking yadiyadiyadha...So generous, asked what I wanted the domain to be, already in my head www.fashionnigeria.com, BAM!! he was like DONE...u got it!!...he hosted it everything...for FREE!! {Bite me, Y should I pay, when I can get it for free...EHN?...besides I had no sponsors...and HELLO?!, Printing cost a wholee lot!}

Mola Kalejaiye of MODIVAH fashion, most reachable designer at the moment & darling set out to help me the way she could {Oh she was actually the one that told me about Bplan.com}...Allowed me futher my call as an editor as I planned and Organized the 1st photoshoot for then, Fashion Nigeria Magazine.



Stylist extra ordinaire & now 1/3 of chic label Cranberry - Doreen Caven, totally had my creative back and helped style Joan Caven {her sister, 2/3 of Cranberry} & Dammy Araoye who modelled the shoot *smooch*
...and the moment photographed by the lovely Wale Akingbade of Ariztos Magazine.










Everything seemed to be coming on well, came across some nice people like Chichi and Chichi E, my darling Dezhare, Ejay Maori of, www.facebymaori.com, Hadassah *ahem* {Ohhh sorry, I'm choked}, I-Delicious, Idia, Jareh Das, Motara Thomas...I thought oh I have enough designers, features and all that...now, time to layout the magazine!!...the music started skipping. The graphic designer...who I could have sworn we had a cool relationship....earlier, before my dream, he'd show me his work of all kinds...and we'd discuss, I thought we had a good rapport going, and we'd make a good team together....you know, young people coming together for a good cause for their country! {Just as JFK wanted it} *music STOPPED*.....he had money on his mind......Lets call him, TANK!

23 comments:

Nkem said...

Welcome to the blog world! You couldn't keep your gob shut for too long, could you!

Dammie said...

LoL, :P

Tobi said...

HAUTE ROCKS!! I have to congratulate you Dami.The Magazine is very original. Great job!!
I-DELICIOUS LOVES HAUTE!!
YOU SHUD TOO!!

Abosede said...

oh you know, money is the root of all evil! So knowing this, watch the eyes of those whose help you seek...when they begin to turn to dollar signs... make haste to remove yourself from them!
Anyhooo me love you lots, and 2007 will be the year you rise and rise and rise!
*And I will be there to carry you as high as I can*

Bella Naija said...

Dammie!
I totally feel u...
Startin a business is such a challenge!
I am totally PROUD of u tho!

~kisses~

Dammie said...

Thanks darling @ Tobi

Ohh B, tell me about it!!....LoL, Thanks!!

It's a fun challenge though, I'd say, Thankss honeyyy @ Bella *smooch*

Osione said...

Dammie A, u so cool yo. me like your blogie thingy--pure genius! What's up next? Let me guess... a movie? no, no, your very own fashion magazine :)

Dammie said...

Dumbass.....LoL

K.S.E said...

I already think you have Amnesia... Uve totally forgetten bout the OLD "bland" Dammie...lol and has come up with some original ideas and cool concepts...Dammie? Business Minded?Innovative? Rock on!

Dammie said...

LoL...not ur fault!!....Watch me Oke! *hiss*

Ranti said...

Wow.... Dammie, I must admit, I am really impressed. To think it all started as a joke.....

And this your flair for writing (who wud have thought???....)

Anyhoooo, as u said friends and business dont mix, I think I'ld opt for the friend-side o' things (as if u havent already ruled me out of the business side)- to be there to support, listen and all the other stuff that comes with it...

I m really proud of youu, and I wish you only the best... it can only get better!!!!

Wale said...

awesome! i hope you update your blog regularly. and excited for you...for HauTe.

Dammie said...

LoLoL, Rantiiiiii *sigh*......I was just saying that to myself today...then I realised, that maybe I wasn't much of a reader!!...but I wrote good essays....lol explains the A's on them....

Heyy Whale!!...not only will I update regularly....BUT, if u notice the dates are in the future....that way I have no excuse miss my weekly deadline!!....So please come back tomorrow or *ahem* the 15th in Dammieville!!

yankeenaijachick said...

Welcome to blogworld. Not a bad start. Stay loved. The magazine looks really good. I hope to read one soon. lol for real. Stay loved.

Doreen said...

dammie sweetheart..ur blog is too darn cute!!!!...meanwhile how come u have so many darn comments already...hisss...and y are u ahead of the world??...

Dammie said...

LoL, Thanks YNC

LoL, Nne Thanks......It's my special powers...besides don't want anyone thinking i'm behind schedule....LoL

Tobi said...

So like hurry up and build a brand.. so i can buy you out!!

Regards,
Spoilt Rich Kid

Dammie said...

*sigh*.....Use that signature with me again, and u r going to see pepper!

Dumbass.

*smooooooch*

Bukky O. said...

What happened to me? Anyho, i guess that I am new to this stuves. KISSY POO!! Bolaji rocks to the core!! He truly is Mr. Haute himself.

Naija Vixen said...

u knw 'm thinkin we myt b twins cos we were born d same DAY!!!n we hav same name, we must hav loads in common,checkd ur site sumtym ago .... n ur mag seems 'haute' lol..heard bout it frm nonny n tengi....small world ryt??? anyhoo kip doin u!!!!

Dammie said...

LoL, Bukky Y must u call me out?!>....but don't worry honeyyy....u r in the futureee......LoL

XxKizzesxX

@ Naija Vixen......WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!......Hmmm, that's scary.....LoL...How come Tengi never told me!!

dezhare said...

honey muffin...u know ur paying me for all this publicity....

dezhare thanks u too....

p.s

u already have amnesia dumbass

Dammie said...

LoL, Psycho.