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Why Celebrities Worldwide Are Mourning Fashion Designer & Singer, Virgil Abloh Who Died Of Cancer (Bio, Career, Wife, Music….)

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Virgil Abloh is one great designer the fashion world will never forget. Born on September 30th, 1980 to a Ghanaian immigrant parents, Abloh attended Boylan Catholic High School in Illinois, US where he was born and raised though he is of the Ewe ethnicity of Volta region, Ghana.

Virgil Ablor

His dad managed a paint company while his mum was a seamstress. After his basic education, Ablor gained admission into the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied Civil Engineering.

 

After that, he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology where he did his Masters degree in Architecture.

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Virgil Ablor Musical Career

Ablor starter his musical career right from his teen age. He started by being a Disc Jockey in parties and over the years, the fashion designer started playing for international shows. In January 2018, Abloh released his first single titled ‘Orvnge’ with German DJ/Producer Boys Noize.

 

In 2019, ‘Pioneer’ announced a collaboration with him and then in 2020, Virgil designed the original cover of Pop Smoke album ‘Shoot For The Stats, Aim For The Moon’ though the design was later replaced as it was criticized.

Virgil Ablor

In 2021, Virgil Abloh started a monthly two hours internet radio show on WorldWide FM.
He also sang ‘Peace of Mind’ ft Mavins, Sirens, We’re Alive, Delicate Limbs etc.

 

Virgil Ablor Fashion Career

Virgil Abloh who is a fashion designer and entrepreneur began his fashion breakthrough during his internship with Fendi in 2009. Prior to that, he was already active in designing right from his stay at Illinois Institute. While studying Architecture, Ablor designed T-shirts and also wrote for ‘The Brilliance’, a fashion and design blog.

Virgil Ablor
During his internship in Fendi, he met Kanye West and they both formed a strong collaboration.

 

He was lucky to attract CEO of Louis Vuitton, Michael Burke who picked an interest in him. Ablor and Kanye West’s partner, Don C launched a retail store called ‘The RSVP Gallery’ in Chicago in 2009. In 2010, the rapper Kanye West appointed him as the Creative Director of his agency, Donda.

 

As if that was not enough, in 2011, the fashion entrepreneur served as artistic director for Jay Z/Kanye West’s album “Watch the Throne”. You should know that Virgil Abloh was the first black person to be an artistic director for a French Luxury Fashion House.

Virgil Ablor

In 2013, Ablor decided to take the bulls by the horn and he founder his own company called ‘Pyrex Vision’, the goal was to represent the importance of youth culture by centering the designs around a garment that youths would notice from gym class.

 

The company did not last for long as he closed it and then opened the famous street wear brand “Off White” in 2013.

According to him, his logo was inspired by Ben Kelly and the first collection of his Off White company was inspired by Ludwig Mies Vander Rohe’s floating glass home, Farnsworth House.

In 2014, Virgil Abloh took his company to another height as he launched the company’s women wear line which was selected as a finalist for the Most Hennessey Louis Vuitton(LVMH) prize. He however lost the award.

 

In 2017, Abloh collaborated with NIKE to design a collection titled ‘The Ten’. Still in 2017, the late CEO partnered with a conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer.

 

In late 2018, his Off White surpassed Gucci’s sales and was ranked hottest label in the world.
His hardwork paid off as he was named Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton’s Men’s wear in 2018.
In the same year, the late CEO shared his first collection for Louis Vuitton at 2018 Men’s Fashion Week which held at Paris. The collection became of high demand and he got the attention of Serena Williams. He collaborated with NIKE and created the outfit the popular tennis player used all through the 2018 US open.

 

Abloh released a special collaboration with the luggage manufacturer Rimowa, a transparent suitcase in a limited edition on June, 2018.
He also worked with Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami and in 2019, the artistic director made his first solo museum art exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
In 2019, the famous designer was appointed to the board of directors of The Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Ablor later partnered with IKEA and came up with a collection called ‘Markerad’ which was released in 2019.

 

Virgil Ablor fashion career
Ablor’s Awards/Nominations

In 2011, the cover art he designed for Jay Z and Kanye West was nominated Best Recording Package at the Grammy Awards.

In 2015, the late CEO’s “War is not over” T-shirts and topper made him most traction.

In 2017, Virgil Abloh received the Urban Luxe Awards at the British Fashion Awards.

He also won the International designer of the year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards

In 2017, Off-White Air Jordan “the Ten” collaboration won 2017’s Shoe of the Year and he also received recognition of Accessory designer of the year.

In 2018, Virgil Abloh was named 100 Most Influential People in the World by Times Magazine.

In 2018, he was honoured as a leading innovator by Ebony Power 100.

In 2019, Ablor got nominated for the 2019 Men’s wear designer of the year.

Family of Virgil Ablor

Virgil Abloh got married to his lovely wife, Shannon Sunberg in 2009 and the marriage produced two children, Lowe Ablor and Grey Abloh.

In 2019, he was diagnosed of Cardiac angiosarcoma, unfortunately, the father of two gave up the ghost on the 28th of November, 2021 after battling cancer.

 

Philanthropy

Virgil Abloh founded Virgil Abloh ‘Post Modern’ Scholarship Fund in 2020, its aim is to assist black students.

Today, he is being mourned worldwide for his great works on earth.

 

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Biography Of Chloe & Halle Bailey (Background, Career, Boyfriends & Awards)

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How old is Chloe Bailey

Chloe Elizabeth Bailey and her sister, Halle Lynn Bailey were both born on 1July 1998 and March 27th, 2000 respectively. They were both born in Atlanta Georgia, USA by Courtney and Dough Bailey.

Chloe and Halle Bailey

 

 

 

The sisters who are songwriters, singers, dancers, and actresses have two other siblings, Brandson Bailey and Ski Bailey. In 2012, the sisters moved to Los Angeles, where they were homeschooled.

 

What year did Chloe & Hailey start singing & acting?

The sisters started acting at age 5 and 3 respectively. Their first movie was ‘Fighting Temptation’, a 2003 movie. At a very young age(age 10 and 8 respectively) they started learning how to write songs from their dad and also began watching YouTube videos on how to play the guitar and the keyboard. At the age of 13 and 11 respectively, the girls launched their talent into the outside world as they opened a YouTube Channel where they began doing covers of people’s songs. In 2013, the duo released their track project titled ‘Uncovered’, songs in the track were covers of ‘Roar’, ‘We Can’t Stop’, ‘Wrecking Ball’, and ‘Applause’.

Chloe Bailey

 

 

A cover of Beyonce’s song they did went viral. This attracted the attention of the singer who signed them into her own management company, Parkwood Entertainment in 2015. In April 2016, under Parkwood they debuted with EP “Sugar Symphony” and also released ‘Drop’ in the same month. In September of the same year, they released their second EP “Fall”. They were opportune to perform at the Opening Act to Obama’s Keynote Discussion at the SXSW Music festival in March 2016, not just that, they also performed as Beyonce’s opening act for the European leg of the Formation World Tour. In 2017, the duo released ‘Just the two of us’ and also released a theme song for TV series “Grown-ish”. In 2018, they released debut album”Kids Are Alright”.In April, 2020 the duo and Swae Lee released ‘Catch Up’. And in August, 2021, Chloe announced release of her debut solo single ‘Have Mercy’.
In an interview, Chloe had said her biggest influencers are Beyonce and Kelis while she is inspired by Imogen Heap, Missy Elliot, Tune-yards and Grimes while Halle who began enjoying Jazz at a young age said she is inspired by Billie Holiday.

Halle Bailey

 

 

Their song “Do It’ became their first song to reach Billboard Hot 100 and it was at number 63. It also reached number 23 at Hip R&B/Hip Hop Albums. Some of their songs include: My Girls, This is for my girls, I Say So, Shine Bright(From Thrones), Warrior(From a wrinkle in time), etc.

Halle Bailey

 

 

Acting Career of Chloe and Halle Bailey

Their first movie was a 2003 titled ‘Fighting Temptations’, and in2012, they acted Let It Shine. In 2006, Chloe acted the role of Anna in ‘Last Holiday’, in 2008, she acted the role of Tosha in ‘Meet the Browns’, in 2012, she acted the role of a choir member in ‘Let it Shine’ and ‘Joyful Noise’. In 2016, Chloe also acted “Beyonce: Lemonade”, in 2018, she acted “The Kids Are Alright”. She also acted “Why the Sun and The Moon Live In The Sky”.

Chloe Bailey

 

 

Halle is not left out as she also performed some roles in these movies.

They appeared in the following TV series:
The Ellen Show
Grown-ish
Austin and Ally

 

Chloe and Halle Bailey’s Awards/Nominations

In 2017 the duo were nominated Outstanding New Artist at NAACP Image Awards.

In 2018 they were nominated Best Group/HER Award at BET Awards.

In 2018 they were nominated Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album in Grammy Awards.

They were also nominated Progressive R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B at Grammy Awards.

In the same year, they were nominated Best New Artist and Push Artist of the Year at MTV Video Music Awards.

In 2020, they won Rising Star Award at Billboard Women in Music.

In Nov 2020 they were nominated Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Best Dance Performance and The Ashford Simpson Songwriters Awards at the 2020 Soul Train Music Awards.

In 2021 they won Outstanding Soul/R&B Sing at NAACP Image Awards.

Chloe and Halle Bailey

 

 

Who is Chloe Bailey’s Boyfriend

She was rumoured to be dating footballer Memphis Depay and engaged to Lori Harvey.
She was also reported to be dating Diggy Simmons, an actor who worked with her in ‘Grown-ish’.

In October 2021, she was rumoured to be dating rapper Gunna, this came after he publicly asked her out in September 2021.

Taking to her Instagram account to talk about her relationship status, she said,

Honestly I don’t. . .I can’t talk to multiple people at one time like that. I just. . .I don’t have it in me. I can’t do it. I cannot”
“I don’t know if it’s the Cancer in me, but right now it’s my music. Music is my man. I come home to him every single night and I love it. He’s faithful to me.
He loves me. He makes me promises he can keep. We are making our dreams come true together. So I’m in love. . . I’m in love right now with music”.

Her estimated networth is $2million. In January 2021, the two sisters who had been using a joint Instagram account announced they will start living separate lives and thus, they created separate Instagram accounts though they still perform together.

Chloe Bailey

 

 

Controversies of Chloe and Halle Bailey

In September, 2021 Chloe was criticized over her music video of “Have Mercy”.

In an interview with MTV News, she said,

“Men can glorify a** in their videos, I want to do it with this in a really artful, fun, beautiful way.
And I think it’s so great how women can claim ownership of their bodies and not let the world do it”.

She continued,

We get to do it in the way that we want to, and it was really fun!
I felt really pretty on the shoot days, and I look back, and I’m like, ‘that’s not the same person right here,’ but it was fun in the moment”.

 

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Biography Of Bolanle Ninalowo(Background, Career, Wife, Family, Controversies, Networth)

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How old is Bolanle Ninalowo

Nollywood handsome actor and producer, Bolanle Ninalowo also known as Nino was born on the 7th of May, 1980 at Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Bolanle Ninalowo

 

 

 

The actor was born into a staunch Muslim family of eight children and he happens to the the second, his dad, Alhaji Jamiu Ninalowo and his mum, Alhaja Rualate Ninalowo both made sure he and his siblings had the best education. Bolanle did his basic education in Nigeria and at 15, he relocated to the US to complete his education. In the US, Bolanle read Accounting at Devry University, Chicago and later on, furthered his education at Keller Graduate School Management, USA where he did his masters degree.

 

What year did Bolanle Ninalowo start acting?

The actor came back to Nigeria in 2010 and got employed as a staff in Guaranty Trust Bank(GTB), prior to that period, he had already worked as an accountant in General Growth Properties, Chicago, USA.

Bolanle Ninalowo

 

 

Bolanle launched into the entertainment industry during his stay in US. He began with a movie he produced called ‘Rebirth’, the movie did not succeed commercially though it earned him an award. He also went into music under Diesel360pr label but didn’t succeed. In 2014, Bolanle attended an audition and got picked by Remmy Njoku, wife of the CEO of Iroko TV. Attributing his breakthrough to her he said,

I will say my career has been highly impacted by Mary Remmy Njoku, wife of Jason Njoku, the owner of ROK studios and Iroko TV. I remember meeting Mary back in 2014, when I came into Nollywood. She did an audition for me when they needed a character in ‘The Husbands of Lagos TV Series’, then Iroko was launched in 2015. So, I auditioned in 2014, I got the role of ‘Wale Teniola Fernandez aka WTF’. That is how the journey started and I started working for ROK studios doing the small jobs and doing for the next challenging scripts and that is how I got here now”.

Bolanle Ninalowo

 

 

 

In 2016, he made his first movie appearance in the movie ‘Picture Perfect’. Bolanle Ninalowo played the role of Makanaki in the movie hence his nickname ‘Makanaki’.
In an interview, he had said acting came into picture in line with his quest for self discovery.

 

Bolanle Ninalowo Movies

Movies the actor has acted include:
Ordinary People
What’s within
Road to Yesterday
Miscellaneous
Shoot to Kill
Wife For Rent
Atlas
Tiwa’s Baggage
A Fire in the Rain
Last Affair
Body of Evidence
Ratnik
Coming From Insanity
Night Bus to Lagos
Breaded Life
Divorce Not Allowed
Bipolar(Amodi)
The Other Wife

Bolanle Ninalowo

 

 

Bolanle Ninalowo’s Awards

In 2010, the actor who is also a movie producer won Revelation of the Year at Best of Nollywood Awards.
In 2017 he won Best Supporting Actor of the Year at City People Movie Awards
In the same year, the 41 years old actor won Best Actor in a Lead Role(English) at Best of Nollywood Awards.
In 2018 he won the Best Actor of the Year (English) at City People Movie Award.

Bolanle Ninalowo

 

 

Who is Bolanle Ninalowo Wife

The actor has been married for a long time. He first met his wife, Bunmi in 2004 when he came to Nigeria and they both moved to the US where they started living together. It was in 2007 he did a Court wedding in the US.

Bolanle and Wife

 

When he first met her, he was 24 while she was at the age of 23. It was revealed that she left him at some point but in 2017, they got back together. They’re blessed with two children(a female and a male), Aliyah and Morakinyo. Aliyah is a YouTuber and a brand influencer, she is also managed by Diesel360pr, a management company that managed his musical career. Bolanle Ninalowo doesn’t joke with his family.

 

Bolanle Ninalowo Endorsement Deals/Achievement

He is the brand ambassador of Adron Homes, he is also the brand ambassador of @dnjproperties and Vento Furniture. In 2020, he signed an ambassadorial deal with Surveillance Fire Limited. In December, 8 2021, he signed an endorsement deal with GMH Luxury, a real estate Developer. He is also the brand ambassador of Trophy Stout.

The actor is the owner of a perfume brand. Recently, he collaborated with Nino’s Global Technology. Bolanle also runs a family car dealership company. He is the proud owner of a Mercedes Benz E360, Toyota Highlander, Lexus SUV, Mercedes Benz CLS 550 and a Range Rover. To mark his wife’s birthday last year, he bought her a house in Lagos though he already has a house in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He also wrote a book titled ‘Shame to Fame’, the book talks about his life story.

Bolanle Ninalowo

 

 

Controversies of Bolanle Ninalowo

Bolanle Ninalowo had threatened to beat up fellow actor, Yomi Fabiyi over the movie he released during the period of Baba Ijesha’s rape trial. In June, Yomi Fabiyi produced a movie ‘Oko Iyabo’, the movie whose storyline was similar to the crime his friend and colleague, Baba Ijesha committed. The movie was pulled down from YouTube few hours after it was released.
Few years ago, the actor in an interview revealed his reason for converting into Christianity. According to him, there was a point in his life when things were not going smoothly and then when he picked up a Bible and started believing in the words written in it, things started turning around.

Bolanle Ninalowo

 

 

In his words,

Although I have only gone to church once in my entire life, I read the bible a lot. My name is Azeez; I was born into a staunch Muslim family. When I was troubled and frustrated, it was the bible that saved me, as my parents and family members couldn’t. So, I picked up the bible and it became my life manual”.

Speaking about the reason his wife left him he stated that it was because he was self centered.

He said,

We were apart for two years. I think one of the reasons why we had the separation was because I gave up because I was selfish and impatient.

I was self-centred in the course of my journey to success, I lost track and forgot that my wife had grown too. I forgot she had a voice and it must he heard and respected. I had to take myself out of the box and see things from a different perspective. I choose to see things from her view and placed myself in her position. When I was finally able to achieve that, then I achieved success with her”.

 

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When it comes to Yoruba movies, there are many actors who can’t escape viewers lips and Odunlade Adekola is just one of them, not just that, he also tops the list of prominent Yoruba actors. Let’s get to know him better.

Odunlade Adekola

 

Biography of Odunlade Adekola

Odunlade was born on the 31st of December, 1978 in Abeokuta, Ogun State. He also grew up there but is originally from Otun Ekiti, Ekiti State. The actor was born into a Christian family as his dad is a Pastor in Christ Apostolic Church, Lafenwa while his mum is a deaconess in the same Church. Odunlade Adekola attended St John’s Primary School and St Peter’s College, Abeokuta, well, this ought to be expected since his parents are already committed Christians.
Upon completion of his secondary education, the Yoruba movie star proceeded to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic(MAPOLY) to get a diploma certificate. He however went back to continue his education few years ago in University of Lagos where he graduated in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.

Odunlade

Acting Career of Odunlade Adekola

Odunlade Adekola who is also a film maker, producer and director began displaying his talent at a very tender age. In one of his interviews, he revealed that back then as a young child, he and his friend, Tunde always begged to play the role of jesters in their Church anniversaries and luck always shone on them as each time they asked, their requests were granted. He further revealed that the script for the comedy was written by him. After his diploma at MAPOLY, the movie producer went into acting and that was in 1996, same year, he joined the Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners. The actor came into limelight after acting a 2003 movie titled “Asiri Gomina Wa”. Odunlade right from onset took Yoruba movies as his area of specialization and that is why you mainly see him in Yoruba movies.

Odunlade

 

 

Movies of Odunlade Adekola

The movie director has acted several movies which include:
Asiri Gomina Wa
Mufu Olosa Oko
Sunday Dagboru
The Vendor
Ile Afoju
Omo Germany
The Miracle Centre
Nimbe: The Movie
Night Bus to Lagos

Celebrity Marriage

The Ghost and the Tout

Critical Evidence
The Legend of Inikpi

Movies he produced are:
Baba Super
Ila Owo
Eje Fun Eje
Faye bora
Emi Nirekan
Farapamo
Ajibade(Will be in Cinemas in December 10, 2021)

Odunlade Adekola

 

TV Series

Saamu Alajo Comedy Series (2020-till date)

Odunlade Adekola’s Awards/Nominations

Let’s see his awards and nominations
In 2012, Odunlade won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Yoruba Movie Academy Award
In 2014, he won Best Actor of the Year at Africa Movie Academy Awards
In 2015, he won the Best Actor(Indigenous) at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Odunlade also won the Male Movie Personality of the Year at the 2017 City People Movie Awards
In 2017, the actor was nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role(Yoruba) at the Best of Nollywood Awards
Won Best Actor in a Comedy at the 2018 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards
In 2019, the 42year old movie director won the Actor of the Year at Independent Achievers Awards
In 2019, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor(Yoruba) at the Best of Nollywood Awards
Odunlade was named as the Most Searched Actor at NET Honours Awards in 2019
In 2021, his Television series ‘Saamu Alajo Comedy Series’ won Best Television Series of the Year(Yoruba) at the City People Entertainment Awards.

Odunlade

 

 

Odunlade Adekola’s Musical Career

Are you surprised? Well, this is one of the skills Odunlade has. He joined the Nigerian Music Industry in 2015 and has released some songs ever since he joined the industry. Some songs he has sang include:
Omo Baba
Oju Olorun
Arike

Odunlade’s Family

Odunlade got married to his wife, Ruth Adekola few months after meeting her in 2003. They are blessed with four boys. The couple welcomed their last son, Adedore in 2015.

Odunlade Adekola

Endorsements/ Deals

Let’s see the mouth watering deals the father of four has signed
In 2016, he signed an endorsement deal with Conoil
In 2017, he signed an ambassadorial deal with Goldberg Beer
In 2018, the actor signed a deal with Revolution Plus Property
In 2019, he signed an endorsement deal with 1X Bet and Ayoola Foods Limited
Other endorsement deals he has signed are:
Serenitees Couture
Standard Chartered Bank Visa Card
Western Lotto and Glo Mobile ambassador.

 

Odunlade’s Achievements/Networth

The Yoruba movie director has been described as the most popular and richest Yoruba actor. His networth is over $2million. Odunlade is the CEO of Odunlade Adekola Film Production(OAFP).
The 42 years old actor has a mansion in Abeokuta and another in Lagos. He also has an hotel in Abeokuta. His fleet of cars include a Toyota Landcruiser, Lexus GX 460, Hyundai Elantra, Range Rover SUV and Toyota Camry.

Controversy/Rumours

About Odunlade Adekola
There have been various rumours about Odunlade. He was rumoured to have gotten married to a second wife which he debunked. He was also rumoured to be the father of Bukola Adeeyo’s daughter, a rumour which he debunked. Few months ago, a popular blogger, Gistlover accused Odunlade of sleeping with up and coming actresses in exchange for movie roles. He posted,

“Dear Odunlade Adekola, You are a fantastic Actor who has to carve a niche for himself in this industry, you are good at what you do BUT you need to stop this S*X FOR ROLES SHIT, it’s been like that since forever and no one is calling you to order, from Taiwo Aromokun(that one that is hiding in the US now forming mummy G.O)to Eniola Ajao(that one the moment I posted Odun picture, she blocked me she know say she go appear for inside the story, Abeokuta L*cal champion)I never get your own time, Na Odun carry me come, so from Eniola to Bukola Adeeyo and Many more, Now the latest babe is this small girl named Nike who is also your student.”

“Dear Odun, you can’t keep doing this, we all should be accountable we all want a working system in Nigeria, it starts with us, let us all flush the government behavior in us first, allow girls to get to the top without hanging their legs, mentor them without opening their skirt, you sef look this Girl well, if you quick born, you go born this small girl now.

 

 

 

This girl too competing with your wife,if no be disrespect you play your game well Na why you marry church lady so she no go fit question any of your moves, but until when Odun? Baba Olofa Ina don Kuku talk am said na like that Una Dey fire each other for Nollywood, but you really need to stop”

“Taiwo Aromokun showed your wife shege, same with this Eniola Abeokuta champion, now this little girl, this is a gentle warning to you to cease and desist from hanging girls leg, help them grow without shooking your pri*k in their hol*s always, Be a perfect gentleman, don’t allow this small girl continue to disrespect your wife.I come in peace”

However, Odunlade debunked the rumours, he also called out some actresses he had trained in the past to be his witnesses. For now, this is all you need to know about the actor.

 

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