beauty

“I HAVE A PASSION FOR PAINTING”

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Although the weather was inclement, I still had a chat with Omolola Olukade of Nexus Beauty Makeovers as planned. The rain almost sent us packing but she was pleasant company and we both braved the weather. So here is what I discovered about her:

Tell me about yourself, a little background.
About my background… I was born in Ilorin, Kwara state. I was raised partly in Kogi state at its creation and had part of my primary and all of my secondary education in Kogi state. I have a degree in Linguistics from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba akoko, Ondo state. I am the last of six children. I am from Kogi state, Ijumu Local government area.

I know you’re an entrepreneur, a makeup artist. What stirred your interest?
Painting has always been what I like, fashion in general right from my childhood. I remember riffling through my sisters’ makeup and painting myself with magic (red) lipstick! That earned me a name in Yoruba- e je kin se farii mi. That means allow me to do my fashion. (laughter) So I grew up with that interest and when I saw it become professional, I thought ‘why not’! After all I had a love for it and a passion to match.

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Interesting! But then, doesn’t the thought of competition make you think twice about it? Perhaps you would do better in another field…
No! The truth is, there are so many people in that line and still more will troop in. Some are in it for the money, fame or passion. For me, it has always been passion. And that’s why when I do a makeover for a client and see the transformation, the satisfaction in my client’s smile, the beauty I behold; I feel accomplished and want to do more. This in itself has served as advertisement for me. My clients tell others, they see it and request my services. I always settle down to do a good job for my clients and it shows in the end result.

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That’s nice. So what new frontiers are you hoping to conquer in the next few years?
Ha… I have so many dreams that I will see to reality. I’d tell you just one- creating my own makeup (product) line. For now, I am currently working on a few fashion shows with runway models and I believe it can take me places by Jehovah’s grace. (smile)

What challenges have you overcome?
Hmm! Finance was the first because I had always wanted to train with House of Tara makeup school and I couldn’t afford it at first because I had just finished my Youth service and I had no job. But I was persistent and optimistic because I wanted to get the best training and I felt so sure that I would get it there. So I patiently saved enough money for the training and the products I would use to practice. Another challenge was setting up because shortly after I graduated from the training school, I got a job that takes almost all my time. But the passion for artistry makes me determined to set up my business and I can say I’m doing well in my own little way.

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Persistence pays! You did business while in school, did it not make it difficult for you to ‘find’ yourself?
I have always believed in humble beginnings. Back in school, I started a business selling male and female clothing. That gave me a heads up for business today.

You must be proud of what you’ve achieved. Tell me, what is your personal beauty routine?
Yes I am! Eating balanced diet and drinking lots of water. I also eat a lot of fruits to help rejuvenate my skin and then make sure to wash off my makeup before going to bed. Finally, two or more times in a month, as time permits, I get a facial to remove dead cells and a lot more. (laughter) There’s really no ‘secret’.

Do you have any advice for would-be entrepreneurs?
My advice is that you do what you enjoy doing, focus, be hard working and never give up on your dreams. Even when the money is not flowing as you expect, you will still want to wake up to that job, that passion, everyday!

Contact details: Facebook page: Nexus Beauty Makeovers
Email: phebianlolly@yahoo.com
0818 598 0950, 0703 165 8383

LOVE LINESIII (For …….)

your lips emit fire
and your eyes weave magic

your touches are unread messages
waking me every night

your voice sings till it travels
inside me, a poet

hanging his fate on the pillar of love
that will survive the years of eclipse

sweetheart, your beauty buries the
rays of the sun

II

So I stand here, alone, watching how
travellers chant your name

telling their tribes about a lady
whose melody tingles every soul

So I stand here, alone, tracing the map
in order to smell your scent:

there are diaries of love tales I need
to read in your heart

III

I hold the  hand that speaks to my
body – from head to toes you paint
your memory

my tongue – bearing the syllables
in your names

I dream of lilies and roses
and the origin of my dream
is in your love that will sail
me across the sea tonight.

the tide of love rushes…

THE END OF A BLOOM

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The innocence beheld is only to be had by a young girl
Thoughts of the mind and feelings of the heart kept pure

From the influence of the outside world
She bares a beauty so fine it could never be denied
Her mere presence turns heads at every waking moment
Until one day…
Just as the flower reached its full bloom a thorn comes along
It comes with promises of feelings so blissful and divine
Feelings that could ascend even higher over time
This fresh bloom so naïve it does not feel the threat
With milk behind the ears she’s still wet
The thorn says love me and I’ll never let you go
But the real motive she just doesn’t know
It only takes one time and she falls for the trick
In the trap as fast as fire blown from the wick
The time comes and she’s convinced to release her nectar
The word was spoken and a lie was not told
She really did ascend to heights untold
But in the days to come her nectar began to dry
The caressing and the tenderness starts to disappear
The thorn accomplished its goal and no longer needed her near
The sun became dark clouds that constantly gloomed
No sign of sunshine is what she began to fear
As time progressed she realized what had happened
Her innocence was taken and her bloom was at its end
Never to come back and never to be seen again
The garden is now shut down and the flower is dead
Attention from any other source was something she dread
She remembers feelings inside and words never said
The one single moment is all she keeps in her head
Any ounce of pleasure to keep her from folding
All the while trying to forget the after affect of “love” dwindling
The flower moves on and so does the thorn
Until it comes to another world that it deems to be torn

Contributed- Keandra D. Gray

Should i love again?

lovesick1I remember the days of love
When I soar higher than a dove
When my lips sparkled with honey from the promised land
When I felt electricity as she held my hand
When my fair maiden brought light to my eyes
When she reminded me of God’s promised paradise
Her hair like soft silk in the wind
Her brilliant smile made my head spin
When the sound of her voice sounded like gentle whispers
Her blue eyes like emeralds glittered
Shall I find such Beauty again?
My yearning heart in the past remains
Shall fear hold me captive till forever is here?
Shall I be blinded and not see the love that is right there?
Oh love let not my heart revive
Don’t hasten to make my soul alive
Shall you awaken these feelings of long ago
Should I allow you ?
I truly don’t know
My dry lips crave much moisture
But I tell them, wait for there lies a grand future
My eyes have darkened with little hope of light
Shall you bring me more delight
Oh love do not play
Let me go on my way
Stop whispering such soothing rhythms to my ear
Please do not try to take away my fear
This Shepherd boy is better in slumber
He forces himself not to remember
Oh love stop hunting for my soul
To again hold me captive is your goal
I see the maidens passing, I hear their calls
Should I catch one lest she falls?
Oh love please stop let me go deaf
Do not provoke me I have no power left
I strongly suggest you allow me to expire
For to awaken me would set an entire woodland on fire

Contributed- Jason Jules