EXCLUSIVE: My favourite mag


............This is a tribute to my favouite magazine True Love West Africa. I am a self proclaimed collector of True Love where I have all the issues since its debut. It is a glossy, sophisticated and cosmopolitan mag which features almost everything related to today's woman (young and old) such as food, travel, parenting marriage, relationoships, singledom, work, sex, fitness, health, fashion, dating, cosmetics, competitions and entertainment. I highly recommend it to any lady (or gent) and even to non-Africans.


I don't think it's sister magazine, True Love South Africa (see pics above) is as popular as TL West Africa and ours is gaining such a huge following, I wonder why Media 24 have not yet created a TL West Africa website - can you believe this! So TL SA has a website but we don't. (Crappy!)


I can imagine how cool the True Love site would be. Ah well, until we get one we can only imagine and salivate over the glossy pics we come across online (Google and Aunty Bella's blog) and the alternatives on TL South Africa's site. This month features Caroline Ekanem on the cover (forgot to scan the copy will do and upload) who is an up and coming nollywood actress. More info on her here .

Since it's debut in January 2005 we have had the following personalities on the cover. Click on their names to see their pics:

January 'o5 - Agbani Darego
March '05 - Adebisi (model)
April '05 - Ene Maya-Lawani (Ex - Miss Nigeria '04)
May '05 - Funmi Alaiyemola (model and runner-up Face of Africa '00)
June '05 - T Naija (singer)
July '05 - Yinka Davies (musician)
Aug '05 - Rita Dominic
Sept '05 - Oluchi Onweagba (now Oluchi Luca)
Oct '05 - Doyin, Deola and Opeyemi (Face of Africa girls)
Nov' 05 - Dakore Egbuson
Dec '05/Jan'06 - Ronke Apampa (presenter - see www.ronkeapampa.com)
Feb '06 - TY Bello (photographer)
Mar '06 - Omotola aka Omo Sexy
Apr '06 - Iman
May '06 - Genevieve Nnaji (they called her Gene on the cover so as not to publicise the name of their competitor, Genevieve magazine - smart innit?!)
June '06 - Asa (musician)
July '06 - Joan (of Big Brother Nigeria)
Aug/Sep'06 - Ojy (model)
Oct '06 - Ronke Onitiri aka Karima (Nigeria's MTV Base Presenter)
Nov '06 - Caroline Ekanem

Anyways, I wonder who will be on December's cover. Hmmm, watch this space.

P.S. A lot of this info would not have been possible if not for a blogger friend so many thanks!

P.P.S. Speaking of Nigeria, before you could search Google in yoruba but now we have our own page oh! See:


31 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool! Do you know how we in the US can get the magazine???

Onada said...

i'm going to overdose on true love magazines when i get to nigeria!

Mona said...

they dont deliver abroad sadly

Dimples said...

Shame!!! someone needs to sort that out and quick....at least second Lagos aka London should be a main source.
"Fellow blogger" speak to your people men.

To all have a FAB weekend.

Bella Naija said...

Mona, Mona, Mona!
I am loving this! True Love West Africa rocks doesnt it? This babe, U r a true collector, I dont ven have all the issues...
Bola Atta, Don Chi(the MEAN music critic....lol) and co are really doing a great job + I really admire the fact that they keep the price so low - 500 naira...
Anyways girl....Keep it up!

Don Chi as Blog Marley a.k.a. El Senor Supremo said...

I am not mean! I just refuse to celebrate mediocrity! Nice one Mona. They have to hook u up with a free subscription or something after this free advertising.

Anonymous said...

Mo Baby...Good job. Really interesting. U def took ur time. Smooches xxx

Mari said...

I thought you weren't posting today but I see you had something big up your sleeve. This post is just brilliant.

Too bad they dont deliver out here coz I'd really love to read this.

How do you get ure copies of the magazine?

NaijaBloke said...

I need to start advocating to google in Ijesha ...

Have a nice weekend

RJ said...

It does seem like a nice one. Quick question though, how many "popular" magazines does Nigeria have other than Ovation & TL?

mola said...

Iro ni o! They have google search in yoruba?! Haha, how did u find dat?

Mona said...

They have Genevieve mag too? www.genevievemag.com

laspapi said...

well done, mona. I like the True Love thing. The South Africans are coming.

Uzo said...

I adore True Love West Africa. Bought it by chance a few months ago and i have been a convert since. I get my copy all wrapped up and take it home, turn on some music and go through it page by page. I am sooo proud of us.

Aba Boy said...

For one second I thought you said your magazine...Gotta start one up sis...

Folu said...

I believe True Love South Africa actually owns True Love West Africa, maybe that's why they have a site and the West Africa one doesn't?

NAIJAGAL said...

WHERE CAN ONE BUY THE MAGAZINE? IN THE UK OR USA?

Bisi said...

Hmmm interesting...I neva even heard that Gerald Levert died. Sometimes I wonder if I'm really on this planet...now I'm sad.

Yes o, I thank God for all our lives...and may the souls of those that have passed rest in perfect peace!

Fola said...

Pleeeaasssse, i'd appreciate it if you can you create a website for Truelove West Africa

Fola said...

I went to Media 24 office on Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos on 18th May, 2007 to ask if i could still get the May 2006 edition of Truelove West Africa magazine, but i was told there was no way i could find any of last year's edition. I felt really bad because i'd always wanted to read about genevieve nnaji. i went home disappointed that day. Please is there anything that can be done for us to be able to purchase editions we've missed?

Anonymous said...

yep, true love is good and they need to develop a website for the west african version.

MizIndependent said...

I love True Love WA magazine and also wish they had a website. I have not found an equivalent in the US or Canada. I flip through read my old issues every now and then.

Mona said...

@ fola hmm not really.....

but now u can subscribe :o)

Anonymous said...

True love actually started in South Africa then came in to Nigeria. Its been there for almost 10 years (point of correction though!)

Anonymous said...

could someone tell the editor of true love west africa the make up used on celebrities and fashion pages girls is just too much. pls reduce it. u make look too different

Anonymous said...

Hey for all you True love magazine fans. True love is now in the U.S & U.K. If you are interested in Genevieve, TW, Gem woman magazines etc. Send me a mail vanjames4ever@yahoo.com.

ogunyinka olatunde said...

I love True Love magazine. I feel incomplete without it.I want to know about a new concept in Nigeria and im wondering if i could read about it in the magazine.
Heard about anyone called Laide Ali Balogun? He is into Giftcards. Instead of giving a friend a gift item, you give a friend this particular card and he/she picks up the gift in any store the kind is linked to.
I want to have more details about this concept.

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Hi Ladies
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