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Thursday, March 7, 2013

NOLLYWOOD AT 20. THE ICONIC NOLLYWOOD EVENT. SPONSORED BY THE FG

GENEVIEVE NNAJI

RITA DOMINIC


DAKORE AKANDE
Wow! So Nollywood is already 2 decades old. It was like yesterday when it all began and now it has become a giant. In fact in terms of production the number 2 in the whole world after Bollywood, in fact the almighty Hollywood is 3rd. The industry has given a lifeline to many who otherwise might not have amounted to anything. It has made millionaires and celebrities out of many also and it has provided entertainment and fun to many,  jobs for many others. For the nation, it has been the perfect brand ambassador, at least helping to bring positive attention to the nation.

So in recognition of the positives, the industry has brought the way of the country, the Federal Government, led by his excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, who is most probably the first President in the history of the country to fully recognize and appreciate the industry. Hosted many of the industry practitioners to a state banquet. Date was Saturday, March 1, 2013, Venue was the State House (Federal) Marina, Lagos. Time was from 7PM. The President though having a very tight schedule, flew back in that late afternoon from a visit to Cote'D' Ivoire.

In all there were 750 guests in total, the first class event center constructed specially for the show that was specially tagged- Iconic Nollywood- Nigeria Celebrates Nollywood  is owned by a company called ''BluBreed Nig Ltd, the marquee used is probably one of the biggest and the best in Nigeria. The gigantic marque was serviced by 2, 500kva Generators, which carries about 30, 4 Horse powered air-conditioners amongst several other things That's apart from the massive industrial air-conditioners directly connected to it, with vents. The fantastic event was managed by a subsidiary of the owners of the marque, called 'Blu Victoria Turnkey Events''. Truth be told, they did excellently well. 

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Nollywood was very well represented at the event. The flow of the event had guests, first having a good time outside in the very expansive compound, having the best of cocktails while mingling and networking, chewing on finger food a la carte. While this was on going, guests invitations were verified and seats allotted and then, after another through search to the marque. Who didn't we see?  RMD, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Bimbo Akintola, Oge Okoye, Susan Peters, Amaka Igwe, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Linda Ejiofor, Uti Nwachukwu, Uru Eke, Dakore Akande, Osita Iheme, Bukky Wright, Desmond Elliot, Stephanie Linus, Iyabo Ojo, Uche & Kenney Rodriguez, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Chico Ejiro, Chika Ike, Fathia Balogun, Timi Dakolo, Omawunmi Megbele, Timaya, several beauty queens,  HRM Oba Obateru Akinrutan, HRM Ebitimi Banigo & Pelebo, Chief Ms Nike Oshinowo-Soleye, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu,Tony Elumelu, Ben & Guy Murray-Bruce, Grace Egbagbe, Raymond & Moji Dokpesi, Senator Smart Adeyemi, Kanu Nwankwo, Chief Kola Jamodu, Sayyu Dantata and several others too numerous to mention were in attendance. 

The highlight of the night, was the speech by the president, when he spoke about a project approved by him tagged-Project Nollywood, that would be overseen by both the Ministers of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Iweala and Minister for Culture & Tourism, Chief Edem Duke. Project Nollywwod is made up of 3 billion Naira in grants to the Nollywood industry. According to the C-in-C, the funds would be easily accessible and available to help take the industry to the next level. The President also launched a special coffee table book, titled- Icons of Nollywood.  Prior to that announcement, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa-Ibom, who in his speech, spoke glowingly about the President, highlighting some of his major achievements, later donated 50 million Naira towards a foundation, that would also help to take the industry to the next level. 

Entertainment in form of musical interludes was provided by DJ Jimmy Jatt, Omawunmi Megbele, Timaya, Timi Dakolo, Dakore Egbuson, Zakky Adzay, Sanni Danger and Tuface Idibia, who nearly brought down the whole house. It's now accepted fact that he is Nigeria's numero uno musician. He got the hall on their feet swaying to his melodious tunes.

Curiosly, the host state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji-Fashola was nowhere in sight, as were several top Nollywood stars, the likes of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ramsey Nouah, Jim Iyke and several others. Why? We don't know. 

But all in all, it was a fun night and people thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Check out a few pictures of those who attended.
FATHIA BALOGUN

URU EKE


GENEVIEVE NNAJI


RITA DOMINIC & FRIEND


LINDA EJIOFOR




NIKKY OGBUEFI

NIKKY & NONNY


CHIKA IKE


RMD

OGE OKOYE

IYABO OJO

DAKORE AKANDE

SUSAN PETERS




IBINABO,GENEVIEVE & RITA

IBINABO FIBERESIMA



ONE OF THE LIGHTS

WATERFALL INSIDE THE MARQUE


A VIEW OF THE HALL

BIMBO AKINTOLA

SUSAN PETERS & BIMBO AKINTOLA

FRED AMATA & BUKKY WRIGHT
OSITA IHEME

TIMI DAKOLO







PEACE ANYIAM-OSIGWE



MARY URANTA

TY BELLO



ISABELLA AYUK, MBGN 2012





BIODUN KUPOLUYI, PUBLISHER E24:7

ETHEL OKOSUN

CHICO EJIRO


MISS GHANA 2012

O C UKEJE





















ALEX EKUBO

TUFACE PERFORMING



DANCING TIME..............



KENNEY & UCHE RODRIGUEZ


OLU & JOKE JACOBS


DESMOND ELLIOT AND FRIEND

IB & GENNY

SAYYU DANTATA


KANU NWANKWO


GODSWILL AKPABIO

TIMI DAKOLO PERFORMING

TWO LEGENDS- TUFACE IDIBIA & GENEVIEVE NNAJI

THE RODRIGUEZ

BIODUN KUPOLUYI & GENEVIEVE NNAJI

SUSAN PETERS, UTI NWACHGUKWU & FRIEND


URU EKE & ALEX EKUBO





56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Im speechless goodnight...some pics should have been labelled wit viewer discretion ...tuuufffiiiaaakwa

Anonymous said...

Genevieve..always on point... Dakore...on point, and she looks very beautiful, i see marriage agrees with her, lovely. The Rodriguezes...so beautiful. Rita Dominic...on point. But all dese Yoruba acctresses, dia mirror don break ni? Iyabo Ojo looks like a masquerade, Bimbo Akintola...you look tired kilode, Ibinabo, you better slow down on the runs, its beginning to show very well, girl all your event pictures are looking worn, e be like say dem dey force you attend. Alobs..pictures always look good, sadly your glossy pictures still cant help some pple. My Fashion Queen is Dakore Akande...Fashole...Iyabo Ojo! Btw...those beauty queens are impostors...ugly ugly ugly!

Anonymous said...

did dakore get a nose job? she looks extremely good. either way, she's always been pretty though.

Anonymous said...

silverbird needs to step up their MBGN game abeg. all these their beauty queens are comical...just bleh!

Anonymous said...

Dakore looked hot!!!wats up wit oge okoye,ibinabo and bimbo???.my lips re sealed,hmmmm

Anonymous said...

Very cute pictures but Iyabo (ihu ekpo)lol

Anonymous said...

Genny baby always on point. Oge watin happen, dakore u re a daring, the rest is bla bla bla bla.

Anonymous said...

Fathia Balogun looks amazing.Issabella Ayuk looks good too. The miss tourism is pretty. Oge Okoye *lips sealed* maybe its d makeup tho

Anonymous said...

Dakore u had a fine nose oooh why u still go do nose job!!!!hmmmm

oge franca said...

Good 1

Anonymous said...

U took d words out of ma mouth,see hw terrible dey look...

Anonymous said...

Chika IKE pls change your makeup artist. You look horrible.

Anonymous said...

Genny is always on point,can u please tell osita iheme dat I love him so much

Anonymous said...

Bimbo oooooo!!!was it dusting powder u rubbed?

Anonymous said...

Real tufiakwaaaaaaaaa!

Anonymous said...

D rogwatever are cute jenny swit as always oge luk hot 2 me , and my stunning beauti dakore baby u 2 much.Were is my omo sexy, ini edo ramson, emeka, jim, Michael, & so many odas *eyes rolling* well u guys do ur tin as always godspeed

Anonymous said...

Where is Omotola, Stepheny, Ini Edo, Jim Iyke and Co?

Anonymous said...

The most recognized ladies were genevieve, dakore,and rita

Anonymous said...

Rita looks hotttttttttttttttttt.The Rest i don't Know ooo

Anonymous said...

Dakore, Genny, Rita,Tuface, Rodriguez are so on point. Iyabo Ojo, Bimbo akintola and Oge Okoye, WTF.

the Real deal said...

Juliet Ibrahim what did u do to ur hair? Pls Ibinabo & Bimbo una don knack 60yrs. Seriously?! Ritaa Dominic another hairstyle no dey? Nollywood y'all r suppose to b fashion icons. I'm so ashamed. If they were to send ds pics to hollywood and b like "hey! Ur Nigerian counterparts had a dinner here r the pics" some of them wil throw up. Abi una think say bcos na nite una fit escape. Atleast 1 thn is sure ds pics na so una dey no photoshop! Na frm here we take sabi d real divas. As for d men...I no fit shout. Chikwetalu Agu? Seriously?!

Anonymous said...

are dis ones beauty queen or ugly queens chai! dey be like monkey with makeups buhahahahaha

Anonymous said...

D photographer was paid by Dakore en Genevieve to make them look good en make others look horrible. Abeg one must not see this pics b4 going to bed.Haba Kilode

Anonymous said...

Hian! These yoruba babes won't kee me o.*sobs* Bimbo kilode? is it moju (local powder) u rubbed on ur face? Ibinabo n her likes, its nt masquerade nite nah. U guys shlda hired Genny, Rita n Dakore's makeup artist for dat nite alone nah. And for u Ckika Ike, u sha dey try, u will get dere someday. For d men, u guys can like to change ur wardropes.*whew*

Anonymous said...

Lmfao!!! This is the best comment ever.

queen said...

They are horrible, so photoshop couldn't do d magic chai see naija actress n bleaching cream effect kilode iyabo ojo, bimbo akintola n d rest na wa o..genny, rita, dakore, susan, mary they rocked d night jare

Anonymous said...

Lmao

Anonymous said...

Powder.....

Anonymous said...

Some kind makedown not makeup on some pple's faces! Some of dem don't look like stars! D person dt said Ibinabo is doing runs did u go with her to do it! Don't jst tag pple anyhow abeg!olishi

Pp said...

Like seriously wht happened to chika's face? Bimbo hs totally lost it mehn, iyaa ojo! Ur case no dey diis planet. Bukky wright even try small.

Anonymous said...

Genny love I dig ur style. U no dey eva fal my hands. Love u Rita,Dakore and Uche. All other ones are dapis.

darmie said...

I can't laugh oooo!!!! Rita, dakore nd genny looks soooo cute!

Anonymous said...

Fatiah balogun u look beautiful.keep it up.as for others Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Genevieve n Dakore u guls are d best,keep beauty up..

Anonymous said...

Dokore, Genny,fatiah,uche,I gbadun u, d rest make na go rest na don old

Anonymous said...

Na who share the pussy well well dey win the pagent naa so u no go blame dem.... #truetalk

Temi said...

Rotflmao...exactly,the 'beauty' queens look very random...n Iyabo Ojo n some of the other actresses need new mirrors or something. Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

i no fit talk, buh fathai, the Rodriguez, oge, genny,bukky+ linda, were cute!!. Nna mehn, these ppl de chop too much, all our nollywood actresses are so fat, they really nid to watch their diet! For the guys tu baba, alex ekubo, olu j, are so tk away.

Anonymous said...

Susan Peters, best i have seen her , she looks so lovely .. On point

Anonymous said...

Love dis comment...soo true...Rita is d bomb sha

Anonymous said...

Haba! What is this? People, decor, makeup looks horrible.

Anonymous said...

Genny, tumbs up. Dakore n uche jumbo u ar my bst for d nyt.

Anonymous said...

the guys are looking real nice while the ladies except Uche are looking like shrines(so much make up)...

Anonymous said...

I think, we need "Fashion Police" in Nigeria...haba!

Anonymous said...

DAKORE! No one else comes close

Anonymous said...

This is the worse our actresses have been,pls guys employ stylists and make up artists and pls Nollywood babes pls take it easy on the plastic surgeries o,you guys don't look like yourselves anymore...I can't shout ehhhhhnnnnn...Dakore,u now look like Toni Braxton,Rita,Genny,Ebube,Uche,Chia,Carolyn...Una take am easy oooo.A word is enough for the wise..I can't shout,

Mimi said...

Dakore u are d best,not so impressed with genny,uche 2hands up for 1 woman,uti always on point,Alex kisses,Mr n Mrs Jacobs I admire u guyz.

Anonymous said...

Most of them look like clowns! Lol

chyeomah said...

Na wa o!! As far as m concerned sth. Went rong dt nite! Cos 95% of d ppl I saw der look extremely horrible!!Jeez!jus look !bimbo fr heavens sake!! D rest of dem*smh*!! I reserve my comment..

Anonymous said...

people be honest.why are you all patronizing Genevieve?it was just a simple nice black dress. The other Gorgeous ones were Dakore and Sussan Peters. The rest were ok. Enough of the patronizing,haba!!

Anonymous said...

PEOPLE!! DO YOU NOTICE THAT ALL THESE ACTRESSES ARE AGING BADLY AND TOO FAST TOO? THE ARE ALL RUBBING POWDER TO COVER UP!! HMMMM!! NA WAAOOO!!

Anonymous said...

TO ME,2 PEOPLE STOOD OUT THE MOST,SUSAN PETERS AND DAKORE. DAKORE LOOKS SWEET AND WELL SHAPED WHILE SUSAN PETERS LOOKED WELL TONED UP. THEIR DRESSES STOOD OUT. THEN COMES GENEVIEVE AND RITA.RITA YOU LOOK REALLY FAT IN THAT DRESS,NICE BUT DOESNT SAY RITA D> IBINABO F,WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? U NEED TO WORK ON YOUR HAIR NEXT TIME.

Anonymous said...

bimbo akintola yuck

Mary Stratton said...

Nollywood has been represented really well in this event. From cocktail to food everything was perfect. FG has done a good job here. Also entertainment was provided in the form of musical interludes by various artists. One should experience this entertainment in dubai also.

Anonymous said...

Iyabo and Bimbo, need professionals to hook them up . the pictures have given away every makeup flow there is on their face.
madam ibinabor, you need Botox's loads of lines on your face remember to use your sun screen you not you beginning to age you looked flawless in your club days . To all the Yoruba apart from Fatiya, the rest need serious make overs, mrs akande is living the good life

Anonymous said...

Susan peters the best!!!, Alex no disappoint me,good guy.