A Happy and Very Sweet Mother’s Day to Ladybrille UK and Nigerian Moms

Oluchi Mother's Day Celebration

Mother’s Day is celebrated May, each year, here in the States. But in Nigeria and the UK, it is celebrated in March. Today, in fact, is Mother’s Day in the UK and Nigeria. So, a happy and very sweet mother’s day to Ladybrille UK and Nigerian Moms. Thank you for all you do and may God bless you and yours, always.

Supermodel Oluchi in celebration of mother’s day took to her social media pages to share some beautiful images of her family. I like this photo with her two sons.

-Uduak Oduok

The Best of Ladybrille 2013 + Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Dear Ladybrillers, thank you for a wonderful 2013, and spending a bit of your time with us all year long. We hope the content we shared with you helped your lives and your fashion and entertainment businesses. We wish you a Happy New Year and great success in 2014! We will be back next week to begin our 2014 editorial run.

In the meantime, below are the Best of Ladybrille 2013 articles that you enjoyed. See you in 2014!

1. Video | Former Miss World Agbani Darego Speaks on The Future of Modeling in Nigeria

2. VIDEO: Bunmi Awoniyi Named Superior Court Judge in California, First Nigerian Woman US Judge

3. Ladybrille Woman of the Week: Mazuba Kapambwe, Social Media and Communications Director

4.Kenyan Actress Lupita Nyong’O Emerges as Fashion Icon, Nominated for the Golden Globes

5. Ghanaian-British Designer Ozwald Boateng & Nigerian Oil Tycoon Kola Aluko Launch $500 Million African Development Fund At Nasdaq

6. CNN Profile: (VIDEO) Nigeria’s Spending Power Prompts UK Retailers to Tailor Products to African Customers

7. Ladybrille® Fashion Business | My Dream for The Future of Africa’s Fashion Industry

Yours Truly,
Uduak Oduok, Esq.


Editor’s Note: Get Ready for ‘LADYBRILLE WOMAN OF THE WEEK’ Features Coming Soon!

Uduak Oduok Esq---

Hello Ladybrillers,

It has been quite a while since I wrote one of these notes.

We opened our year in African fashion and in the months that followed, it became very apparent to me that there needed to be a shift in how we do business. I felt strongly in looking at the African fashion landscape that we could not continue with creating awareness at the expense of being about the business of fashion. While we had already made some adjustments prior to commencing 2013, more needed to be made. I just was unsure where the changes should be. I began to observe more, collect more data and statistics, synthesize and also look internally for clarity of direction.

After many months of reflection, observation and also soliciting input from my team of trusted advisors, the light bulb finally came on.

We have created awareness that Africa has fashion industries. Now, let’s talk and be about the business of fashion. Just showing tons and tons of fashion week pictures from the continent no longer cuts it for the Ladybrille platform. Accordingly, you should have noticed that Ladybrille has begun to fully embrace any and all things fashion business related.  Encompassed in the business of fashion is the law i.e. fashion law and industry news. We need to know who are the names brokering what deals, their moves and  how it is all panning out on the continent, even as we continue to shine the spotlight on African fashion in general.

Finally, I believe based on looking at the demand for a feature as ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Month,’ over the many years, that the coveted feature needed a revamp. We had too many dynamic women wanting a feature as woman of the month with only 12 spots to fill each year. It was no longer acceptable to just be confined to 12 women in 12 months.

When I am offline, I really do not see or come across a community of women, especially women of color and women of African heritage in particular that speak my story in my local community. It feels isolating as I go about my daily business.

When I get online, I still don’t see that community. Often we see lists that celebrate “powerful” “entrepreneurial” or “richest” women but African women are far and few between. Also, to the degree they make these lists, it is the same names over and over again. Surely there must be a generation of young African women who are making a difference in their communities across different industry sectors?

In fact, I know and see that there are local and international women leaders who are inspiring and changing their communities one neighborhood at a time. We just don’t hear about them as much, if at all. I believe we shouldn’t have to wait for mainstream media to celebrate these women before we do. We celebrate them, now. Further, for the women trailblazers who are already being celebrated white, black, asian, hispanic, we also want to continue to celebrate them. Ladybrille has always stood for this principle. Therefore, 12months yielding only 12 women to celebrate is simply not enough. It is why starting next week, we will convert our monthly woman of the week feature to ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Week.’

When all is said and done, I want Ladybrille to also be an unapologetic powerfully rich and resourceful platform for women leaders, especially young women leaders of African heritage, to go to. Accordingly, I hope you join me in embracing our new format of ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Week.’

If you are a woman or know of a woman who should be celebrated as a ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Week,’ please feel free to email (editor@ladybrille.com).

The ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Week’ is a feature on Ladybrille that celebrates women who empower themselves and others, through their contributions and actions, in their local and international communities. These women are intelligent, courageous, confident, and innovative. They strive for balance in their personal lives (whether emotionally, mentally, and spiritually), are persistent, and when they fall, they get right back up. These women honor and stand in their truths. They are business and community leaders, visionaries, and game changers. They are our sisters, aunties, mothers, friends and so much more. They are “Ladybrille” (brilliant) women.

Yours truly,
/s/ Uduak Oduok
Uduak Oduok, Esq.

Editor’s Note: Ladybrille E-Book + More Fashion Law & Fashion Business Coverage in 2013! #Fashionlaw

Uduak Oduok Ladybrille Editor-in-Chief

Uduak Oduok Editor-in-Chief LadybrilleHappy New Year Ladybrille readers!

Welcome to what we believe will be a great 2013! The year already kicked off with great news! Ladybrille’s Fashion Contributor Elfonnie Inokon is engaged and will be getting married later this 2013. Her beau popped the question on New Year’s day. A hearty congratulations from all of us to her.

When we began Ladybrille five years ago (now on our sixth year), it was all about raising awareness in the West on who Africans really were by using fashion to sell our message. It was about de-stigmatizing and stripping away the stereotypes of Africans as persons who run around buck wild in the bush, or whose children were sure to have flat butts and rotunda like tummies with flies circulating around their butts, a stereotype that has led to the often used word “African booty scratcher,” especially in our local high schools against children of African heritage.

Ladybrille, a nickname given to me by one of my best friends in grade school because of my academic achievements,  was about  telling my own story, my reality. It was about my reality from courtrooms to offices, my dealings with executives on all levels, my reality in the fashion and entertainment industries, my local and international travels, my love for culture, fashion, music, people, diversity and so much more.

When we started both on and offline, there was a defeaning silence and a need to tell the diverse stories of Africans, especially here in the USA. It has been a remarkable journey to lay a strong foundation and tell this story. Ladybrille is now a brand synonymous with contemporary African fashion and entertainment. It is also a brand that fashion influencers go to for what is hot in Africa’s fashion industry. What is most heartwarming for me is that both my legal and non-legal colleagues, as well as my friends (black, white, asian, indians) all now reference Ladybrille and also share with their loved ones. It feels very good.

With my team and you all, we have forged strong ties with fashion schools here in the USA, we have also forged strong affiliations and partnerships with Western media brands and finally, we have cemented our role as a publication that also celebrates brilliant women, from diverse walks of life. Women who are unapologetic about being leaders in their local and international communities, successful entrepreneurs, intelligent, brilliant, and beautiful (inside and out).

Having set what we believe is a solid foundation, we now turn to making 2013 a year that is punctuated by a clear message, Ladybrille is the brand and the bridge between the USA and Africa when it comes to talking and doing the business of fashion, especially African fashion. To  that end, we will increase our coverage of fashion business news stories on Ladybrille. In addition, we will also increase our coverage of fashion law legal news stories. The limited fashion law stories we did in 2012 brought some of America’s influential names both in fashion and law checking us out. We think this is an advantage to the demographic we serve, especially  fashion designers of African heritage who make up our reader base. I will be primarily responsible for authoring the fashion law stories/commentary and legal analysis.

Also expect additions to our team throughout the year and finally, we plan to launch an e-book available for purchase on our sixth year anniversary in June 2013. The book is a compilation of some of the most remarkable Ladybrille Women of the Months stories we have shared with you all in the past five years.

We look forward to a great year and once again thank you for your time, visits, engagement and sharing of our content. If there are ways you feel we can better improve our offerings on Ladybrille, please do not hesitate to email your suggestions and feedback to (editor@ladybrille.com).

Have a great 2013!

Yours truly,
Uduak Oduok, Esq.