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Monday, 14 August 2017

Former Beauty Queen Omowunmi Akinnifesi Interview

Nivea West Africa brand ambassador, Omowunmi Akinnifesi is featured in this interview.......




In 2005, Omowunmi was crowned The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria and since then, her faith in her maker has doubled. She tells you several people who saw her at the pageant were shocked at the new image she cut for herself years after. It was the other side of Omowumi; a transition a pageant queen to a humble and God-fearing lady. The fashion enthusiast radiates beauty within and outside as she shared with Effects her dreams, passion and life as a fashion entrepreneur.


What led you into fashion of all businesses?



I wanted to do a business that would make people call on me regularly. I have this knack for empowering women. There are several other things I intend doing to empower women but among all these interests is my passions for making people look good. I love to make women dress elegantly. I want something that would make the women to be able to carry themselves nicely. The first thing they need to do to beef up their image is to enhance the way they look. So, I started with enhancing the physicality of women. I’m going into other things like enhancing women mentally and enhancing her soul as a woman in the society. I started with what women looks like, and adapt that to her image. I know it sounds something like a clichΓ©, but that was the reason I went into fashion.



Do you have a fashion or grooming school since you mentioned your desire to empower women?



I intend going into international imaging and etiquette. I want to teach women not only how they should appear but how they should also behave and this is important. When you come across some of our children these days, especially the girls, you would notice they don’t have integrity anymore. They lack morals and manners and these are the things that make a woman. These are part of the content. The new generation of youths is not growing with our culture, so we need to retrain them on how to behave. They have to imbibe the culture of respect for elders and how to behave like a proper lady. They also need to learn how to host visitors; do fine dinning; how to speak, sit down, talk; eat certain kinds of food.


We hardly train people on some of these things in Nigeria. People don’t believe they are necessary. But it’s very important. I attended Queens’ College, Lagos and way back then; they used to teach us these things. But these days, the students are only taught Maths, English and all those important subjects but as for moral etiquette, it’s no longer there.



So, part of your vision is to establish an etiquette school, how soon will that happen?



I wrote a business plan for that in 2009. How old was I then? But I never got around it. I was in London College of fashion. That was after I completed my masters at Kings College London. This is the way to start and from there, it will graduate. I’m also into photography. I have a studio. We started with our photos for the fashion brand. We also stated taking shots of women and children, pregnant women, just anything to make the woman look good; anything to enhance her beauty. The few photos we have done for pregnant women or a woman and her daughter, they are so happy, I don’t believe I’ll look like this ooh, they scream. I have not been happy with this pregnancy but this picture, I will blow it inside my room. It makes women happy; it makes them feel more beautiful. I’m also into construction, public relations and several other things. This is Nigeria, and you have to be hardworking. My friends said I do every business. I know I don’t look it but I’m very hardworking.


Did you inherit this aspect of work from your dad or mum?



My dad attended Yales University. My dad was a scholar and an executive director at the Central Bank. He was very hardworking and my mum was a career woman. She works with Lagos State government. My dad was also a diplomat with the West Africa Clearing House in Sierra Leone. My parents are very career-driven and I want to believe that’s where I got these things from.


You are a beauty queen turned businesswoman, what lessons have you learnt about life?



I have learnt that one needs to be humble. Humility, diligence, discipline, and perseverance, determination are recipe for success, especially in Nigeria. Anything short of those things won’t get you where you want to be. You must be able to treat everyone well, even when people don’t treat you right. Treat them with love. Love conquers all. You never know what anybody could become tomorrow, so don’t you ever look down on anybody. Life is full of up and down. Appreciate God wherever you are in life and maintain your faith and your hope in God and you will be lifted up..


Although you have added a little flesh, you still radiate that beauty that won you the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria crown several years back, what’s the secret?



The added weight was deliberate because I wanted to fill up a little bit. It’s a sign that I’m really taking care of myself. I have a very good heart, thanks be to God. I sleep peacefully. I forgive people who wronged me and when I wrong people, I also ask for their forgiveness. Nothing makes me ugly inside or outside because I have a peace off mind. When you see people not looking good, it’s because they are worrying or they are holding a bit of heaviness inside. Once you have a light and forging mind, you would always look beautiful no matter what your physicality is like. You will always radiate. That is what makes me radiate.; it’s the peace of mind and favour from God.


Tell us a bit about your growing up years?



I grew up in Sierra Leone. I had my early education in Freetown. My dad was a diplomat in Sierra Leone.


After your reign as beauty queen, you did a secular job?



I was into a lot of things before I went into fashion. Currently, I’m Nivea brand Ambassador for West Africa.


How do you relax?



I have good friends. I keep good company. I walk with people who keep me company; people who enhance my soul. I cherish people that have the same morals; the same standards and the same views about life. These are people who keep me going. I watch movies, I mean, good movies and I read books.


Can you throw light on Omowunmi ready-to-wear brand?



Omowumi is a woman with a social lifestyle. We have five stores in Lagos and Abuja well stocked with clothes. We do smart casuals, events wears for women. Most of the materials she can wear from daytime to night time. The brand is for vibrant women that always want to have confidence in themselves. We have our head office and factory in Ikeja. Sometimes, we try to get our fabrics from different countries like Indonesia, Turkey, India, Korea, etc. 



How far with Mr. Right?


Very soon.


Who is your kind of man?



A man who fears God. Just leave it at that.


You sounded like a pastor?


That’s one thing people don’t know about me. Since the day I won the pageant, I have become God-fearing. It was by God that I won the beauty pageant. I have always been God-fearing. A lot of people that met me later on were surprised at what they saw of me. When did you become this? They kept on asking. Is it because you’re getting older? I replied them No. People that knew me very well…. infact in my house they used to call me pastor. But people don’t know that maybe because the way I look, or the fact that I did the pageant, I’m a strictly God fearing person and I’m still relevant because of the grace of God on my life.

-Sunnewsonline

30 comments:

Pearl Makeover said...

I bet everyone reading this is holding the phone in their right hand, with three fingers in the back, and the pinky at the bottom and scrolling with their thumb. ...

Miss Ess said...

I love Omowunmi Akinifesi so much. She has this cool and calm morn around her. Another beauty queen that would grow agelesly

Anonymous said...

This one should just shut her holes before I vex open em Nyash.

Yori Yori Princess Loveme Jeje said...

Lovely shape. See her beautiful stomach. Let me go and make mine like hers

IVORY said...

Lmaoooooo. Absolutely right but mine's in my left hand.
Ngwanu let's go to finishing school abi no be wetin oyinbo dey call am?
Tbh,I didn't learn anything from this piece other than the schools she attended,who her parents are/were and ......
I love straight to the point answers and not stories biko.

Spanish Lantern said...

Good for her. Once upon a time Nivea was a very good cream. Now its a load of rubbish.

babeweysabiblog said...

Am holding mine with my left and even typing with just my thumb. I wish her well. Just that these I don't know who or what the real deal is again. I don't look up to any of them again. Just God!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful lady. You can smell her good manners from afar. I guess she isnt very interested in marriage if not i cant imagine why she is still single......lovely orange iro and buba . She looks amazing in that nivea advert.....very lovely. Keep it up lady....you have an admirer in me....i have kepts tabs on you since your days of winning MBGN.....

Dainty T said...

True that!!!

IVORY said...

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I laughed when I got to that integrity and morally upright part. Only God is good o jare. All man with him own.

GlamAffairs Makeover and Tailoring. 08111024477 said...

For real?? See me planning to get one this week...πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£
Women and cream wahala!Currently confused

Anonymous said...

Isn't she fowler's ex.Whatis she saying about morals.pls oooo

Sweet Mother said...

I really wish for that finishing school. Etiquette should be taught as a subjectbespecially in secondary schools.

Russian roulette said...

Nivea fair that wanted to turn me into charcoal. Smh. I doubt she uses it anyway. Beautiful girl, great interview. Keep winning on every side. ..

jelly said...

Omawumi is a lady with a good heart...i can tell

2muchjuice|2muchsauce said...

Without the interview sef, I can vouch with my head that Omowunmi is a cool, calm, collected lady..She exudes so much grace and humility..I never been intertwined with any scandal..Omowunmi Please establish that etiquette school, darling..Much love!!!!

Anonymous said...

Is it only fowler? This girl will sleep with anything for a designer handbag. Lol

Anonymous said...

Not only fowler oo, former governor nko,mr article writer nko? Morals my foot, your best friend is shade okoya, omowunmi did shade okoya comes with that your good girl explaination? Are you not stilk seeing the former governor?

Anonymous said...

Meet her at Daytona Lekki.with bleached out fingers and burnt face .Omo I no fit hide am, I say so nah filter dey mk u look fine like this? Y bleach u lack self confidence.... She kept a straight face. Wetin concern me that was 2015 b4 d rumor of her sugar baba DAT now cleaned her up and opened d boutique for her

GlamAffairs Makeover and Tailoring. 08111024477 said...

Charcoal??πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Trust me this post came at the right time πŸ‘£πŸ‘£

AGELESS T said...

@Miss Ess,That word is customised to me biko. I am AGELESS. *shines teeth*

AGELESS T said...

Thank you!

I wanted to say I don't understand their cream joor. Someone persuaded me to buy it.

Pls can someone suggest a good deep mosturizer cream that will not make me dark. Not like I'm a whitey o, someone please?

Original cosmetic dealer(OSD) said...

Why will there always be an anonymous to say something negative about someone?
You know,I feel that some of u lie just to dent someone's image.
odironu mma!

The General's Wife said...

I agree but u know it's quite expensive to run. The right Teachers,facilities,exposure and all other factors.

I have always said my daughters will attend finishing schools. Always wanted it.

Anonymous said...

She still has that cheap bleached look o. Nothing has changed, only concealer and Mac studio fix.

Anonymous said...

R u serous at 13:40. I was shocked beyond words o. Is it she can't afford d expensive ones or her body doesn't accept bleaching. Tooooo cheap I swear too cheap

Anonymous said...

Still Nivea..Get it at a legit store

Anonymous said...

I find her quite attractive. She's physically good looking, not scandalous and has things going on for herself. Not many past beauty queens other than agbani darego, can boast of this. Hopefully she finds a man to complete her because age is no longer on her side

Jasmine said...

It nearly turned me to coal. Ha

Anonymous said...

I have known her since she won the pageant. I think she looks pretty good . i find it believable she was well trained as she appreciates value of hard work (MSc etc) . I have never spoken to her though but i think shes warm and lovely .

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