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The Path To Start-Up Success: Natali Budzei, Dubai based Ukrainian entrepreneur, launches new luxury yoga mat, explains why UAE is where every dream turns into reality
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The Path To Start-Up Success: Natali Budzei, Dubai based Ukrainian entrepreneur, launches new luxury yoga mat, explains why UAE is where every dream turns into reality

The United Arab Emirates is fast becoming one of the most innovative and futuristic cities in the world, with both the local Emiratis and expatriates moving to Dubai for entrepreneurship opportunities. With such an international scene and the diversity of people, ideas and creativity, it is no wonder that the UAE is home to some of the most talented people in the world! One of such is Natali Budzei, an entrepreneur, lawyer, and multi-business owner. We wonder how she finds the time to run three businesses and keep up her vibrant social media presence. Natali is one of the most diverse entrepreneurs to have emerged out of the UAE. Gaining recognition as a pianist, she has since propelled herself to an award-winning business owner, mentor, and international event consultant. Though fr...
Championing affordable luxury properties in Nigeria: Haven Homes CEO Tayo Sonuga covers Pleasures Magazine’s March/April Issue
Lifestyle

Championing affordable luxury properties in Nigeria: Haven Homes CEO Tayo Sonuga covers Pleasures Magazine’s March/April Issue

Often described as a Voyage of the Senses and the Nigerian Beverly Hills, Haven Homes provides a jaw-dropping luxury estate considered as one of the most innovative contemporary estates in West Africa. The estate features a host of amenities that promote a luxury lifestyle, however, with the popular maxim that ''money can't buy you happiness or taste." With Haven Homes, money can buy you a whole heap of life’s essence as there is a lot of space to fill with a taste of luxury. Haven Homes’ flagship estate named Richmond Gate Estate provides homes for some of the A-list celebrities in the Nigerian entertainment industry. It is also home to some of the city’s ‘Very Important Personalities’ (VIPs). Globally renowned artists including 2Face (Innocent Idibia), AY Comedian (Ayodeji Richar...
Events

Glamorous Wedding Overlooking Atlanta City Line

COVID-19 couldn’t stop these lovebirds. With the pandemic looming, Nadia and Larry decided to proceed, with caution of course, with their wedding as planned, and it was truly a wonderful occasion for all. The couple knew that they wanted to have an all white and gold wedding celebration, but with Nadia being the grand Jersey Girl that she is, she wanted to place a large emphasis on the gold. That’s when they brought in wedding planner/designer extraordinaire, Russell Wendell to bring their vision to life. Russell shares, I wanted to make sure that I nailed Nadia and Larry’s vision perfectly. They wanted a wedding experience that wasn’t the typical white and gold wedding. They wanted a bold presence of gold in their design. And while they desired some extra glitz and glamour, they wa...
COVID Could Not Stop Mlé and Anthony’s Chic & Intimate New York Wedding
Events

COVID Could Not Stop Mlé and Anthony’s Chic & Intimate New York Wedding

Mlé and Anthony met in college and forged a deep friendship that would eventually turn into a lasting love. Anthony planned a perfect proposal in front of journalists and photographers at an award banquet celebrating Mlé’s acting accomplishments. Mlé shares, “When you feel so connected to someone, you cannot imagine spending any extended time apart from them, God makes it so.” Even COVID-19 could not stop them from pledging their eternal devotion to each other in an intimate, chic wedding at a New York Hotel. ________________________________________ • Full Names of Couple: Mlé & Anthony Weatherspoon • Wedding Location: Kimpton Hotel Eventi, 851 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 Quick Facts • Wedding Flowers: Cascading White Phalaenopsis Orchids for my bridal bouquet & singl...
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It’s about delivering results and changing lives with Joana Gyan-Cudjoe

Joana Gyan Cudjoe is a self-accomplished, successful Ghanaian entrepreneur. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of GOLDEN EMPIRE LEGACY LIMITED. She comes from a royal family whose tradition of mining has contributed immensely in building Golden Empire into one of the largest international dealers in Gold in Ghana. Mrs. Gyan Cudjoe started as a small-scale miner and has gradually worked her way up, competing favorably with the men in a male-dominated business. She is an inspiration to many women in the artisanal small-scale mining sector and strongly believes in linking mining to the shared global commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 5 which focuses on gender equality and Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth. Nana Adjoa Awo I...
How Israella Mansu is Taking Ghana’s Organic Beauty Industry to Affordable Heights
Business

How Israella Mansu is Taking Ghana’s Organic Beauty Industry to Affordable Heights

Skincare and beauty business is a gold mine. Over the past few years, a small but promising league of women-led natural brands of all sizes have burst onto the beauty scene creating an estimated global market of over $445 billion. It is a much fledgling industry in Ghana and many entrepreneurs are beginning to key into it. Israella Kafui Mansu, the young Chief Executive of Mansuki Ghana Limited, is one of the leading entrepreneurs who has made a name for herself in the skincare space. She started this business in 2009 and has since moved from making natural skincare and hair products at home to having a standard factory in Accra Ghana. The entrepreneur makes her skin and hair care products from natural ingredients and offers targeted treatment for various skin concerns. Prio...
Diosa Virtuosa: ‘The Virtuous Goddess’ fashion brand and beauty Centre
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Diosa Virtuosa: ‘The Virtuous Goddess’ fashion brand and beauty Centre

Diosa Virtuosa is a high-end dynamic fashion brand that designs and offers a unique approach to African haute couture, founded in 2016 to serve fashion-forward and stylish women who appreciate quality and comfort. The label was founded by Chief (Mrs.) Julia Omada Higgins-Peters, a mother of three, graduate of political science and international relations from the University of Abuja. With famous society personalities and A-List celebrities making up her clientele lists, Julia is well known for her uncanny attention to detail, her expert handling of a diverse range of fabrics as well as her exemplary grasp of a wide range of female body types. Her ingenuity and innovativeness, combined with strong business acumen and vision, has seen her win various accolades, awards and recognition. ...
How Nigerian Entrepreneur Oke Afolabi is Accelerating Digitalization of Banks in Africa
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How Nigerian Entrepreneur Oke Afolabi is Accelerating Digitalization of Banks in Africa

Oke Kehinde Afolabi is at the helm of four businesses: tech, showbiz; hospitality, and logistics. For some, that would be too much to juggle, but to the Nigerian, “Impossible is nothing. The attitude of Nigeria is of a go-getter country. The attitude of, why not have this and why not have the tallest, boldest, loudest?” he says. “That entrepreneurial spirit is in this country’s DNA. Oke Afolabi, an Associate member of the Business Continuity Institute UK, is a result-oriented Marketing Professional with a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive marketing strategies in support of business goals and objectives. In his current role at Global InfoSwift Consulting Limited (GICL) as a co-founder and CEO, he provides strategic direction, articulates corporate vi...
The Spectacular Rise of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) under Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem
Interviews, News

The Spectacular Rise of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) under Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem

A great team player and progressive thinking business leader, Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem's cutting-edge vision has powered Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) into a world leading free zone. And the young executive is getting ready to take the centre to the next level. Few people had heard of DMCC, or Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem, when he was appointed to lead the organization and tasked with creating a world-class commodities centre for the Gulf emirate. Eighteen years on as the centre achieves unprecedented growth from a start-up of 28 member companies in 2003 to a world leading free zone in 2020 with over 18,000 member companies from 180 countries. Also as the Executive Chairman of DMCC, Bin Sulayem has played a key role in establishing and positioning DMCC as a major commodities trade h...
ILHAM.G_NG: Luxury ‘Couture Royale’ Made in Nigeria
Fashion

ILHAM.G_NG: Luxury ‘Couture Royale’ Made in Nigeria

ILHAM.G_NG is a dynamic fashion brand that prides itself on its innovative designs and the ability to combine choice fabrics and churn out the most amazing and stylish pieces that flatter and boost the confidence of the wearer is what the brand is known for. Since 2017, the 20 year old founder Ilham Garba 's name has been synonymous with the pinnacle of glamour and haute couture, creating extraordinary, beautiful and timeless designs. The ethos of the brand lies on creating contemporary elegant dress that portrays an epic essence of fabulousity and signature appearance to a stylish woman. Quality, sophistication, and versatility is what ILHAM.G_NG offers to the modern woman. The brand is recognised for its occasion wear, which ranges from staple pieces that every wo...