Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jeans for Genes 2! LETS GO!

On Mar 27th, These Genes will throw the JEANS FOR GENES Music... Fashion...Sickle Cell party!
Featuring designers like
Toni Payne
Strictly Naija
Imagine Clothing

with music by
Hakym the Dream
Willy Bang
Loose Kaynon
Mo Cheddah

There will be teeshirts, accessories and more on sale, plus a runway and photo shoots!

Jeans for Genes creates awareness about sicklecell, and this time, will also try to help a lady living with sickle cell with her hospital bills!

For more information, please check
And to book, please send texts to
or leave a message here as constant information will be passed on!

You can also join the event page and please check it from time to time

Monday, February 22, 2010

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and add 'Genes, Jeans and/or Tee shirt' where appropriate

So it's a few weeks to the next 'These Genes' gig and I'm already excited. Overtly so if I may add. Yeah, I'm also asking myself inwardly if everything is alright with me. Guess I'll blame it on my experience at the first gig. They go as follows

1. It remains one of my best networking experience. Even the usually stuck up Lagosians acted normal that day. (might have been the air condition though) Well, most of them are good friends now. (with ME o !!!)

2. (I forgot to add that this list comes in no particular order) The male topless models for Ouch. Hopefully there'll be a repeat perfomance. There's just too much emphasis on females on the runway these days. #Whathappenedtogenderequality?

3. The team . I really can't remember everyone but I do remember there was chemistry . and fun. and positive team work. and patience. at least till I called the wrong set of models for the wrong designer or models when an artiste was on stage . What can I say ? we are human after all. Especially me ;)

4. The models. Almost all of whom were volunteers . I loved the eagerness in their eyes . Their passion. and their determination to conquer the runway (ok, whatever that is !) But honestly, they rocked. Both the amateurs and the pros. and they really conquered the runway !

5. The artistes . If you love to party and have lived in lagos for a second, then you'll know quality gigs don't come cheap. or free for that matter. Except you are a celeb. and after factoring logistics and the cost of trying to look good, it still comes to a stupor. Well, except you are stinking rich. (and in the first place, I was refering to the nobodies like me and not you guys anyways so...)

Back to the gist, the best of the best performed. and I watched them all. FOR FREE . Take this from a wannabe groupie. (I think I'll still write about them later sef ) You never can tell,I might just get more free invites.

6. The sales. For someone who feels window shopping is a balm for the broke, imagine my reaction when I found out that so many prices (of tees, accessories, jeans and other fun stuff) had been crashed for These Genes. Yeah, stoic cheapskate till death !

7. City Mall. I'll state my reasons later

8. ( Once again, remember this list comes in no particular order ) The cause. I feel it is good to help when we can. and I probably would have loved to help more. But seriously, nothing beats fun help. That's my term for helping and having fun at the same time. or on another note, These Genes Volunteering :)

In the past, I have had to volunteer in the sun and under worse conditions. ( This is not me trying to brag or whine o, I am just trying to convince you to volunteer for These Genes o) Especially if you have never volunteered before. Trust me, it's a one in a lifetime offer. (lifetime being 2010)The chances of getting a volunteering job that encourages you to do what you love to do, with people that rock ( I almost said make sense) and in an airconditioned environment is quite slim. Very slim.

and lastly, I lost a little and very bright friend some years ago. We all used to joke that she was way beyond her age, and loved when she asked us grown up questions or acted like an adult. Her energy was overwhelming. She was just five years old, yet you could see the world in her eyes when she spoke. She lit up any room she occupied. and she was an only child . Her first attack did her in.

She was a friend to my little cousins. A daughter to my aunt's and uncle's really close friends.

But her death touched us all and left a scar. and this is just one of many tales. (I'll try to write more soon)

Sickle cell affects everybody one way or the other. Try to make a difference .Do something positive about it.

( say like, buy a These Genes Tee shirt, make a donation , Tell a friend about it or just get involved)


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


JEANS FOR GENES 2... where fashion meets music!

It is a teeshirt and jeans party this time around, and how creative can YOU get?

Inspiration comes from Toni Payne, OUCH and 5ve, with music by Lami, Loose Kaynon, Skuki, S.K.A.L.E.S and Hakym the Dream

More houses to come, more artistes to perform

there will be teeshirts on sale before and on the day, and we are trying to raise money for someones hospital bills!

so lets have a drink, dress our jeans up, take pictures, laugh, and give back!

sickle cell affects everyone directly or indirectly, but some of us still look good in these genes!

By the way, JEANS FOR GENES needs YOU O... if you are

- a photographer

- a videographer

- an accessories designer

- a make-up house

- into pr/promotions/marleting/publicity

- in the media

- a designer

Please send TOSYN BUCKNOR (she wrote this note) a message!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jeans for Genes...Second Time Around!

Jeans for Genes, one of the events organised by THESE GENES sickle-cell project, was a huge success first time round! With Fashion houses like Beampeh, Byge and My Q exhibiting, and artistes like Etcetera, M.I, Sage, MP and Bez performing, Jeans for Genes provided entertainment, awareness, and a platform!
This year, JEANS FOR GENES is back! And this time, as a teeshirt party!
Just remember, teeshirt + music = JEANS FOR GENES 2; Teeshirt Party!
Jeans for Genes 1 held at Swe Bar, and the swanky bar is once again, proving its commitment to giving back and supporting the arts, by hosting the event this year! So come March 27th 2010, Lagos will once again, celebrate fashion (teeshirts), music, and a disorder that affects every family in Nigeria!
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin* S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels.

When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels, less blood can reach that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease. There is currently no universal cure for sickle cell disease.
THESE GENES is a sickle-cell project which seeks to create awareness about the disorder through events, publications and appearances.
JEANS FOR GENES is an awareness based event, but money will be raised at the event to help a lady living with sickle-cell and currently suffering complications from an operation, with her hospital bills.
While the final list of designers and performers has not yet been released, houses like TONI PAYNE, OUCH, and 5VE, and artistes like LOOSE KAYNON, SKUKI, WILLY BANG, DIPP, and LAMI, have already stated their commitment to the event!
For more information, please check