Make up artist extraordinaire and one of the leading names in the Nigerian beauty industry, Lola Maja-Okojevoh was awarded a Special Recognition Awards at the 8th edition of the City People Fashion and Beauty Awards which took place on Sunday, 1 December 2013.
Sacred Beauty CEO Lola Maja-Okojevoh was recognized along with fellow makeup artists Tara Fela Durotoye and Banke Meshida Lawal and the highly respected founder of one of nigerias leading beauty schools Mrs Opral Benson, with a Special Recognition Award for her consistent high quality work and contribution to the development of the Nigerian beauty industry.
Speaking of her award, Lola said, “It’s such an honour to receive this award. City People have always been so supportive of the industry and I’d like to thank them for this Special Recognition. I’m now even more motivated and determined to keep helping new makeup artists and beauty therapists fulfil their dreams and attain the same level of education which they would receive if they’d flown abroad. My dream is to put Nigeria on the map and have our beauty industry recognised worldwide alongside other places such as London, New York and Paris. We have so many talented makeup artists in Nigeria and I’m honoured to be able to help give them a platform to achieve greatness through mentoring and education.”
This award marks the end of what has been a spectacular year for the makeup queen who headed up the hair and makeup department for the third series of MTV Shuga filmed for the first time in Nigeria and Kunle Afolayan’s highly anticipated new film October 1, as well as working as a senior artist as part of the Maybelline team with Bimpe Onakoya, the creative director at Lagos Fashion and Design Week. Lola was also the official makeup company in partnership with the Green Room Nigeria handling backstage at events with international and homegrown artists such as Butterscoth with Teddy Riley/Blackstreet, Guinness Wonderful World of More, and Corporate Elite with Joe, Billy Ocean, Maxi Priest, Dru Hill, Mazifiko to name a few.
But 2014 is likely to be another busy year for the beauty entrepreneur as she prepares for the launch of her Sacred Academy which will provide training in creative makeup artistry, beauty therapy, anatomy and physiology, special effects and body art. She is also opening her first makeup studio in VI alonsideeher existing location in Maryland and recently launched beauty room at L’espace in VI and Lash Bar with WOW nails at The Palms Shopping Mall.