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Hey everyone! I know some of u had a superfab weekend!!!! And yes I’m talking about the people who attended the ThisDay Music Festival!
I am sooo sad I missed it…some of the people who read this and know the story will understand…

Anyway, from all accounts, it was just TOO MAD
Well organized, great crowd, fab music! Some of my friends said it was the best night ever! The VIP section was just like a little party/meet and greet/drinkup…loads of people saw people they hadn’t seen in a bit so it was good times……
Basically, Saturday night was the night to beat! Jay Z, Beyonce, Ciara, En Vogue etc….Sunday night was great as well but even though tickets were valid for both days, on Sunday, loads of people
(a) Skipped it
(b) Left early
Don Chi Chi aka Blog Marley has a fantastic very detailed blow-by-blow account of all events so go check it out now…HERE
Here is ThisDay Style Special Edition Roundup of the event – …HERE

Highlights include:
– Beyonce belting out a powerful rendition of the Nigerian national anthem
– Ciara attempting to speak Yoruba
– Jay-Z killin’ it! Memphis Bleek was on stage with him
– Snoop and Missy doing their thing (a lil birdie tells me that these 2 inhaled a lil more than Nigerian fresh air *wink*…lol)
– Nigerian artistes Dare, D’Banj etc…representing in a great way…
– Some Lagos chicks attempting to follow Karrine Stephans footsteps…lol
– I hear a lot of boyfriends and ‘toasters’ were MIA days before the event to avoid buying tickets…lol
– Nigerian people really represented lookin good! most people were dressed to the tee
– A lot of oldies attended…as in people’s parents….they all rocked it tho!
– By the way, tickets were sold-out! yup…including the 100k VIP tickets

TMinx attended the event so should be filling us in soon…HERE
Mona has some Xclusive gist from the event…check on it…HERE
Now down to the pictures, cameras were banned from the event and most people didn’t want to brave defying the rules just to avoid harassment etc…so finding pictures from the event is just soooooooooo DIFFICULT…
So ENJOY what I grabbed…

Whooo hooo…just to depress we who werent there a lil bit are some vids from the ThisDay concert
I’ll be adding more later –
Here is Beyonce singing the Nigerian national anthem…
She did a very good job!

Thanks Kemster!

Thanks anonymous! U rock~

I really must commend, Mr Nduka Obaigbena (Editor in Chief/CEO/Chairman) of Leaders & Company (the owners of ThisDay newspapers), he has really taken great strides in elevating Nigeria’s status – From the ThisDay Awards to the ThisDay Style Weekends and now the ThisDay music Festival. Very commendable indeed.

So r u as sad as I am that you missed it?
Any first hand accounts? Let us know what u thnk?
…I’ll prob have some more HQ pics later in the week…

Your comments are sooo important! Have a great week!

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  1. threeeighteen

    October 10, 2006 at 6:05 am

    yay 1st! hmm… na wa o, seems like it was mad fun. wish i could have been there… come o, thank the Lord there were no major “issues” ‘cos sometimes sha we just like to misbehave. so far, coverage here in yankee has been positive…

  2. Icy

    October 10, 2006 at 6:26 am

    Yah my sis Minx was there she has it in her blog as well. Claustrophobia mehn… I would have fainted and den for think say na because of celebritydom.. Das way too many ppl in one place.. But I will watch it on DVD.. heck I’m sure bootleg will come out soon.. Looks like it was fun. Thought…

  3. Juicy

    October 10, 2006 at 6:40 am

    Thank you for checking out my blog:

  4. Dammie

    October 10, 2006 at 7:12 am

    Oh woww…..I got goosebumps!!…..VERY impressed!

  5. Adaure

    October 10, 2006 at 7:52 am

    Man looks like we missed sha… but I can’t believe people actually paid $200-300 and $700 – $1000 for concert ticket when it is not the Angels of Heaven Singing. Me that I am talking sef conditions on the ground would have caused me to fall in line too. A goldmine for foreign performers none the less and something positive for Nigeria. May be their visits and presence in Nigeria can help bring the attention of the world not just to tourism in teh country and continent but to important issues like AIDS, Lack of Water, plight of refugess, Gender Inequality amongst other things.

  6. beautyinbaltimore

    October 10, 2006 at 8:44 am

    I love when continental Africans and African-Americans unite for a good cause.

  7. nosa101

    October 10, 2006 at 10:11 am

    Gimme gimme gimme
    Nice pictures, they look like someone was hiding to take them

  8. Mona

    October 10, 2006 at 10:21 am

    Thank u for the pics! I didnt know Envogue went too!

  9. africanprincess

    October 10, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    Yay, been wanting to see the pics and hear the gist..thanks for posting

  10. mona

    October 10, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    ive updated with more gist

  11. PSB

    October 10, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    Good job Bells was worth the wait!

    Bummer that cameras were not allowed!

    I dont like crowds…but I love Jay! so I am torn. I guess memories of area boys and “alright sirs” give me the hibbi gibbies!

  12. ABBEY

    October 10, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    wow i’m happy naija represented with no drama and all. even the fans were all dressed up.

    i wish i could hear beyonce’s rendition of our anthem. is it online somewhere?

    nice coverage even though u missed it.

  13. Biodun

    October 10, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Men I so wished I was there too, I am so happy that the concert turned out well n all, go Naija!!

  14. Don Chi a.k.a. Blog Marley

    October 10, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    You are too gangsta. I won’t say more than that. Good looks.

  15. Dimples

    October 10, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Nice one!!!Bella represents again.

  16. ToyinE

    October 10, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    In fact Bella, you’re too hard o! Those pics are rather gangsta….howdya gettem?? nice one!

  17. zaiprincesa

    October 10, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    Finally!!..someone with pictures!!…lol..Thanks Bella!

  18. Toni Payne

    October 10, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    This gal… Hahaha I can totally see you getting exclusive pictures before the event planner does. Im guessing those are camera phone pictures. Noice. I know someone must have snuck a camera in, can’t wait to see more images from the show.

  19. naijagal

    October 10, 2006 at 5:50 pm

    nice one bella wow Naija is moving way up! check out a pic of beyonce and jay on my blog

  20. naijagal

    October 10, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    funny i saw ciara BEYONCE etc at for sisters only in ATLANTA AND I PAID! $10 !!!!

  21. Uzo

    October 10, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog….The coverage on this concert is soooo intense. We got news before hand that cameras were not allowed. So how about at the venue, cameras started flashing left and right… Nonsense

  22. Dammie

    October 10, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    WoW, Like isn’t that a LIMCA bottle…..NOW I believe they were in Nigeria


  23. Bella Naija

    October 10, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    lol…tht was actually not in nigeria..
    tht was ghana

  24. teekay

    October 10, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    Man, its times like this i wish my a** was in giddy. Bella,how did u get the pics, these ur sources are hot oh. Thanks for feeling us with the concert gist.

  25. Anonymous

    October 10, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    Who is that white woman at the top?

  26. Tutsy

    October 10, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    Nice one!!! didn’t u say u couldn’t attend the event? so where did the pics come from? anywayz good looking out for your fellow bloggers, u are the only one so far with pictures of the event. I don’t even want to know how u got it….lol…..i know who ever took those pictures must have broken a dozen rules to get those shots….lol… trust Naija folks to have thier way regardless of what the rules say.

    As always….great post!!!

  27. Monef

    October 10, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    wow…that looks like it was off the hook. Wish I could have been there, that must have be the must-attend event of the year….gutted

  28. Adaure

    October 11, 2006 at 2:42 am

    VIVA DONNA BELLA!!!! You must run for president in 2007.. you are just to BAAM!!.

    ps: so much love going around in the blogosphere with ensuring we all get the 411… how selfless

  29. Adaure

    October 11, 2006 at 2:44 am

    lol @ myself… I forgot I had already seen this and made a comment…THAT’S HOW GEN-GEN this post is. LOL

  30. In my head and around me

    October 11, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    I have some other pictures that have not been making the rounds. Too embarrasing perhaps?

    Great post as always, Bella.

  31. koshie

    October 11, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    A $800 for a concert ticket? what is the minimium wage in nigeria?

  32. Icy

    October 11, 2006 at 7:14 pm

    Bella Oh! my gwad I’m tripping.. omo you have my long lasting respect.. Ya a damn hustler lol! check out the vids hahah only BELLA MEHN ONLY YOU!! lol lol RAWK ON MAMA! RAWK ON!

  33. Parazone Super Bleach

    October 11, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    Bells….applause…applause…Na you Biko!

  34. Anonymous

    October 12, 2006 at 12:09 am

    Thats why they call you BELLA NAIJA. You rep naija to da fullest and you do it with such humility. You always make everyone so welcome on your blog. I love it! these videos are too much. and just then y ou said you we should move on and talk RMD, RMD ko RMD ni! .I am clapping for you too

  35. Mona

    October 12, 2006 at 9:35 am

    Mennn I dunno how u got the vids but nice one babe u r too on point! hehe xxx

  36. echeme

    October 12, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    u shud run 4 presi am tellin u we can remove all theseold men and replace dem wiv yung people naijans shud com 2gether and remove these old men so we can make our country a country for yung people

  37. Anonymous

    October 13, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    Men how do u get thses stuvs? You are not boring at all! Not like some peoples blogs. u keeps it interactive and entertaining.

  38. Anonymous

    October 14, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    aaaaaaaahhhhhh, torture…you have to keep us waiting for more videos….

  39. Bella Naija

    October 16, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for all the encouraging comments….
    I really appreciate it!

    the beyonce national anthem video is up!
    Thanks to kemster!

  40. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Hello, u did a good job posting all that on the internet. And again i was just wondering maybe u can post the whole concert video on the web, because all those little clips that i am watching really get into me, that i want to see more of it, thx, i will really appreciate it if u can, or email me at [email protected]

  41. Anonymous

    February 14, 2008 at 11:48 am

    After “THISDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL” euphoria, if i may ask, what has been the gain?

    Were there any changes?

    The artists invited, have they invested in the Nigerian Music industry aside from Akon who signs up naija artistes on his record label – Beenie Man and Wyclef Jean that have dueted with Tuface.

    And hopefully R Kelly and Chaka Demus and Pliers that will duet with Tuface soon or maybe the job is already in progress.

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