2013 AFRIFF Opening Night: Desmond Elliot, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Uche Jombo, Kunle Afolayan, Rita Dominic, Lynn Whitfield & More STARS in Calabar

Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 8:30 AM

By BellaNaija.com

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Lydia Forson & Desmond Elliot

Hello STARS!

On Sunday 10th November 2013, the 2013 Africa International Film Festival kicked off with a splendid opening ceremony in Calabar.

Present at the cocktail party were CEO AFRIFF Chioma Ude, Hollywood star Lynn Whitfield as well as Demond Elliot, Rita Dominic, Kunle Afolayan, Lydia Forson, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Uche Jombo, Gbenro Ajibade, Lilian Esoro, OC Ukeje, Linda Ejiofor, Uru Eke and Kemi “Lala” Akindoju.

Later at the FilmHouse Lakes Side in Tinapa, a movie – Of Good Report – which was banned from the opening of the Durban Film Festival, was screened.

BellaNaija Events will be bringing you all the photos from the week long festival. Check out these shots from the opening night.

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Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield

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Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan

Rita Dominic

Rita Dominic

Lilian Esoro

Lilian Esoro

Venessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Uru Eke

Uru Eke

Kemi "Lala" Akindoju & OC Ukeje

Kemi “Lala” Akindoju & OC Ukeje

Rita Dominic & Venessa Williams

Rita Dominic & Vanessa Williams

Uche Jombo & Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha

Uche Jombo & Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha

Rita Dominic, Mahmood Ali-Balogun & Chioma Ude

Rita Dominic, Mahmood Ali-Balogun & Chioma Ude

Lilian Esoro, Jennifer Alegieuno, Linda Ejiofor

Lilian Esoro, Jennifer Alegieuno, Linda Ejiofor

Gbenro Ajibade, Lynn Whitfield, Lilian Esoro, Jennifer Alegieuno, Linda Ejiofor

Gbenro Ajibade, Lynn Whitfield, Lilian Esoro, Jennifer Alegieuno, Linda Ejiofor

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 Photo Credit: ‘anuel Photography

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  • 44 Comments on “2013 AFRIFF Opening Night: Desmond Elliot, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Uche Jombo, Kunle Afolayan, Rita Dominic, Lynn Whitfield & More STARS in Calabar”

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    • bella November 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      lilian esoro and linda ejiofor, 2 beauty queens…….and lilian ur hair is giving me life.

    • Eve82 November 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Chioma Chukwuka killed it! From make up to hair…wish we could get a full view of her outfit. Sometimes I wonder what Rita would look like when you wash out all that make up and eye wear. She is beginning to layer it too thick lately.

      A lot of the weaves here were nothing to write home about. We need to get this hair business thing right.

    • Nene Morgan November 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Rita is def consistently beginning to own the Nollywood stage. Are y’all watching??

      In other news, My dearest BELLA NAIJA, the Association of Nigerian Authors held an awards ceremony this past weekend and I was hoping you would bring us some highlights. We are also down with intellectual gist, you know? :D
      Please fill us in. Thanks Muah!

    • nene November 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      lynn whitfield, the most gorgeous 60 year old woman! i stil don’t like rita dominic ad lilian esoro’s hair, another hairstyle could bring out their beauty. and chioma chukwuka looks very old and stressed.

      • Teefah November 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        She’s 60?! Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

      • Joyce November 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        60? Wao

    • nene November 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      i forgot my beautiful and sexy pluz size actress, lydia forson, what a beautiful face!

    • Modella November 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Big tummy every were!

      • AA November 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Oh shut up and grow up. Enough of this cyber trash talking.
        Let’s see your figure after you drop 1 or 2 kids. I bet you will be
        fat as hell and miserable.

        • Winny November 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM

          Victoria Beckham dropped 4 kids there is no excuse for fat
          flabby tummy. Period.

    • Modella November 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      After seeing your comment on Lynn whitefield,I have to go back to the pic..Did I hear 60yrs????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • paloma November 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      wow! 6oyrs Lynn whitefield??? she looks 30 n stunning!!!! I gonna work towards it to b like dat when am 60 ooo :D

      • MyView November 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Girl… You have a lot to work on before you get there.

    • myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com November 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Yes Lynn Whitfield is 60!! She just inspired a Blogpost about Aging gracefully :)
      myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com

      P.S LOVE Lillian Esoro’s HAIR!!

    • baby November 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      dang Lynn is 60……..meeeeeen no dulling at all…lol

    • Madman November 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      How can Bella not know Gbenga Akinnagbe? I see you guys didn’t tag him. He’s a cool cat.

      • MissedIt! November 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        God bless you! I thought it was just me! BN this is an epic
        fail!

    • Dammy November 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Ok ama pretend i didnt see dat Rita’s pix with dat man……

    • leke November 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Lydia forson u are smoky hawt

    • wow November 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Lynn Whitfield (née Butler-Smith; born Feb 15, 1953) is an American actress.

      ”Whitfield began her acting career in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film” i just had to search to confirm, really 60 wow dats a good body for a 60 yr old woman, she is gracious

    • H's boo November 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      I love that neck piece on Lynn. I sight Andy Ameanechi….long time.

    • billionaire in grace November 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      So far only rita dominic is looking gorgeous.the rest of
      the people are just ok

    • Tee November 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Nene show ur face naa,biko with ur I must comment voice
      screaming beef.let me make it simple,maybe the ppl u celebrate shud
      watch out for Lilian Esoro(natural beauty without contouring) ask
      genny makeup artist to tell u wat it takes to look dat good. Chioma
      after how many kids look great too.I’m sure u guys know say money
      answereth to beauty,give them a chance

    • YEYEAREWA November 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      WOW! she luks damn good for 60, oh well! botox and minor
      surgery can be praised 4 her gud looks

    • AA November 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM
      • Leah November 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        “Babe”? That’s somebody’s mother.

    • The Real Madam the Madam November 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      BN so y’all just going to ignore our Nigerian brother, Gbenga Akinnagbe (in the pic with Uru Eke) doing it for us in the diaspora. Abi is it because you haven’t seen him flexing muscle on Irokotv? Smh.

    • MyView November 12, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      They all look good but Lynn at her age gave them a run for their money.

    • B November 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Are OC and Lala dating? They seem to be together a lot!

    • Ima November 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Vanessa’s dress is lovely and Linda Esoro.
      Rita, this is a miss

    • BC November 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      holes in the carpet….smh…

    • BC November 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      The red carpet is frayed and old….smh. LOVE Rita’s outfit. Homegirl knows how to put 2 pieces of cloth togeda.

    • Leah November 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Lynn ans Lydia all the way. Good to see Vanessa Williams.

    • Gee November 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      BN – As I scrolled through the lovely pics and see that
      Gbenga Akinnagbe was not even listed…ouch. He may not be in a lot
      of Nollywood movies but he is definitely doing his thing in the
      diaspora as someone mentioned above. From the TV series – The Wire,
      End of Darkness ( with Mel Gibson ), The Taking of Pelham ( with
      Denzel and John Travolta), Brooklyn Shakara, and the list goes on
      and on. Check his IMDB credits. Abeg show him some love! He is an
      incredibly cool guy too!
      imdb.com/name/nm1782153/?ref_=nv_sr_1

      • ogeAdiro November 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        Yeah, na bad omission. The bobo dey try.

    • jimco November 12, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      the person tagging the pics is a ‘local champion…knows
      only the names he/she sees on local tv

      • hiss November 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        the person is a local champion for not tagging D list
        actors?they should try harder,their turn will come if they are
        lucky enough.

    • Bonita November 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Lol! Even the wife of the Cross River state governor was not tagged! Ouch! Mrs Imoke sorry o! The person that posted the pics should be flogged. But then it shows Nollywood is the brand to get recognised in. :)

    • keechi November 13, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      Na wa oh..most of these “celebs” faces are strange to me o.
      Or am I not Nigerian enough? I only know a handful of them. But on
      the plus Lynn Whitfield…DANG MAMA! Black don’t crack
      man!

    • NNENNE November 13, 2013 at 4:36 AM

      My favs.? Rita Dominic, Lynn Whitfield, Lilian Esoro and Uru Eke in no particular order.

    • Weather November 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Wassup wiv O.C Ukeje and Lala Akindoju o. Dual always posing for pix. I suspect these two *squints eyes*

    • Bisi November 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      kunle aafolayan need to work on his appearance,luk razz&someone rough all d time.abi no be same young&fresh kunle again,nawa oo

    • jwezee November 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      two words CHIOMA chuwkuka

    • Caramel November 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Love your hair Lilian