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Contact: Unwam Oduok
(Sacramento, Calif. January 5th, 2011) Ladybrille Magazine, an online publication founded in 2007 to rebrand the image of Africa in the West, enters 2011 with a bang by featuring two powerful CEOs in its January ‘New Year, Powerful You’ Edition.
The first CEO, Teresa Clarke, is the 2010 winner of BET’s Black Girl’s Rock ‘Shot Caller’ Award. Clarke, the first black female Managing Director in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs, left the firm to pursue her passion for Africa. Highly intelligent and witty, Clarke has a combined total of three degrees from Harvard University, Harvard Business and Harvard Law schools. In February 2010, she launched Africa.com to change the way the world sees Africa. She is the Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Month,’ a feature that celebrates outstanding women, locally and globally, for their brilliant contributions to society.
“I am honored to be featured as Ladybrille’s Woman of the Month,” said Clarke who is also co-founder of ‘The Student Sponsorship Programme’ in South Africa, a non-profit that has awarded over $10million scholarship monies to South Africa’s students. “Ladybrille is the pioneering digital magazine designed to connect the American and European markets to the African design and fashion world. I founded Africa.com to help change the way the world sees Africa. Ladybrille represents exactly the type of new perspective on Africa that my team and I work everyday to promote. Therefore, the chance to be featured in Ladybrille is a wonderful opportunity to connect with, and be a part of a like-minded community that is changing the way the world sees Africa.”
The second CEO featured is Obi Asika, a “Tower of Power and Ladybrille’s Man of the Month.” Asika is the co-founder of Storm 360 Entertainment Agency in Nigeria, an equivalent of Sony Music Group and one of the leading entertainment companies in Africa. In 2008, the media mogul was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Hip-Hop World Awards for his contributions to Africa’s music industry.
“When (Ladybrille) informed me I was (chosen) to be Man of the Month, I was pleasantly surprised. I have followed (the publication) for years and (I) am keen to engage the audience it has,” said Asika.
“The story out of Africa is changing. It is one of immense creative energy which is now manifesting through music, literature, film, and television. Our urban culture is constantly fusing with our traditional African myths. To me this is the most exciting time to be a young African; and as young Africans get rid of their inhibitions and express themselves, I feel privileged to share my feelings about this and what it means to the world,” concluded the media mogul.
“Our goal this 2011 is to encourage and motivate our readers to step into their greatness in 2011,” said Uduak Oduok, Editor-in-Chief for Ladybrille. “Too often, we see great men and women on our television screens and we think it is impossible to achieve the level of greatness that they have. We are saying YES YOU CAN achieve the same greatness, professionally and inter-personally, if you apply the same passion, respect for self, discipline and commitment to excellence, among other things, that these men and women have,” continued Oduok. “We could think of no better persons to help drive home our message than Teresa Clarke and Obi Asika who both embody greatness.”
Both exclusive interviews of Clarke and Asika will be published on the magazine’s website (www.ladybrillemag.com) on January 10th and 12th, 2011, respectively.
About Ladybrille Magazine
Founded in 2007 by fashion model, attorney and journalist Uduak Oduok, Ladybrille® Magazine, a subsidiary of Ladybrille Media Inc., is a fusion of WWD, Vogue and ESSENCE with a very distinct African perspective.
The Magazine, which primarily targets both the contemporary African woman in the West and the fashion and pop-culture globally conscious Western woman, has served as a platform for exclusive and/in-depth interviews for many brilliant personalities worldwide. They include: Emerging Rapper X.O Senavoe, Project Runway’s Korto Momolu, Singers Ayo, Common and D’Banj, Rapper M.I, Breast Cancer Survivor Maimah Karmo, popular Nigerian blogger Uche Eze (both featured on Oprah), Derrick Ashong (Host on Oprah Radio) and Supermodels Iman and Oluchi.
The Magazine’s recognition as a pioneer and relevant authority in its niche market has meant media powerhouse like CNN, consulting giant McKinsey and numerous high profile personalities and individuals have sought and/regularly seek it as the authority on all things “Africhic.”