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How is it going? Its the early hours of Wednesday already! I am soo glad the week is progressing swiftly.
I hope the new year is going well for all of y’all.
Those of u who made New Year’s resolutions, hope u r still sticking to it!
Anyways, I get so surprised when I realize that I have covered an event more than once…for example, I covered the last edition of the Future Awards last year and here I am talking about this year’s ceremony. Time flies!

The 3rd edition of the Future Awards took place on Sunday.
High achieving young Nigerian people from all over the world congregated in Lagos for the ceremony and by all indications, it was a great and inspiring event.
There were performances by Sasha, Yinka Davies and others while there were inspiring speeches by Oby Ezekwesili, Olisa Agbakoba amongst others.
With the green dress code in effect, the invited guests went all out to impress!
Anyway, here are some photos and video from the event.
I’ll be updating the post with more photos later.
Kudos to the Redstrat team, all the sponsors, volunteers and of course, the winners!

D’Banj, Dr. SID, Wande Coal

Designer, Emmy Collins ~ TY Bello

Soni Irabor ~ Raz Adoti & Kemi Adetiba ~ Oby Ezekwesili

Ashionye ~ Ronke Apampa

Banke Meshida-Lawal & Florence Ita Giwa ~ Linda Ikeji

Essence, Segun Obe, Ego ~ Denrele, Isio, Uche

Oby & Chude ~ Olisa Agbakoba

Mandy Brown Ojugbana ~ Warebi Martha

Alex Yangs & Agwuda Attah~ Denrele

Bobby Taylor & Temi Olufeko ~ Bisoye Fowora

Sasha P

Patrick Doyle ~ Tosin Dekalu

Toni Payne

Tosyn Bucknor & Adebola Williams

Ronke Apampa ~ Jodie (WA Idols)

Ebuka Obi Uchendu ~ Cynthia Okpara (MTV)

Oke Okoye (her post-baby body is impressive) ~ Segun Obe

Konga ~ Emilia

Funlola ~ Princess

Noble Igwe ~ Sound Sultan

9ice ~ Mike Majic

Florence Ita-Giwa ~ Omawumi

Mo Hits Crew ~ Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi


Omowunmi Akinnifesi

Kemi Adetiba

Best Dressed – My Picks

I love this photo! Bobby Taylor, Obi Asika, Olisa Adibua. The P is way too HEAVY! LOL

Photo Credits: Redstrat, Purefoto &

Niyi Tabiti

Best Use of Technology (Dele Odufuye)
Artist of the Year (Oghenekaro ‘Karo’ Okporiereie)
Best Use of Advocacy (Toyosi Akerele)
Magazine of the Year (Soundcity Blast)
Best Use of Goodwill (Omowunmi Agagu)
Entrepreneur of the Year (Bukola Adubi)
On-Air Personality of the Year (Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi of Cool FM)
Music Producer of the Year (ID Cabassa)
Professional of the Year (Ikechukwu Ochonohor, of Fedex)
Screen Producer of the Year (Mak Kusare)
Journalist of the Year (Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, of Daily Trust)
Entrepreneur of the Year [Beauty&Style] (Banke Meshida-Lawal)
Actor of the Year (Ali Nuhu, who was in Sitanda)
Musician of the Year, (D’banj)
Young Person of the Year (Chimamanda Adichie)

That’s it!
Let us know what you think about the winners, the awards, the outfits!


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  1. tatafo!

    January 16, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Everyone looks fab! Ashionye and Linda Ikeji caught me eye especially.
    So Bella were you there?

  2. K

    January 16, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Woohoo. Numeros deux!!! Welcome back bella…
    – A secret fan 🙂

  3. Abi

    January 16, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Thx Bella..been checkin the whole of blogville for pics frm the event…lol…awaitin more photos..

  4. Olu

    January 16, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Numero 4…..yellz!
    now lemme go read it!

  5. SouLBoutiQue

    January 16, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Definitely Deserved to win that Award, her writing is fabulous…

  6. chetablog

    January 16, 2008 at 8:16 am

    The show was inspiring? Geez, it does not take much to be hyped in Nigeria. The show was disorganized -Period. We really need to start holding people to higher standards in 2008

  7. onydchic

    January 16, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Good God, what is up with that Denrele guy? There’s individuality and then there’s just Overdoing it. That guy just irritates me.

    AShionye… not realy liking that dress. not flattering, somehow.

    And i read the details of Linda Ikeji’s blog. I also have to ask, like she did, what CRITERIA do they use to pick winners anywya????

  8. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 10:08 am

    disorganised? Cheta were we at the same event. Jeez you entertainment people in Naija can be … arrgh!! I thot it was complteley worth my trip to Naija. You could actually try to be more specific.

  9. Naija Chickito

    January 16, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for the updates.

  10. chetablog

    January 16, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I should have said, it was better organized than most Nigerian shows but then that is nothing to rave about. Are u happy now? Sorry I thought they were trying to meet world standards of doing things. Is that not what we should be shooting for. We come to Bella Naija because her Blog is world standard.

    I admire the idea of what my people want to do but please this is year 2008, the tools are there to do things properly USE IT.

  11. misidreads

    January 16, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Hi Everyone,
    Bella ,thanks for the update and the Pictures they were clear and expressive .
    Keep them coming

  12. Areagal

    January 16, 2008 at 11:06 am

    The majority of the red carpets looks, look so contrived and just too too much. Emmy Collins is a designer but his look is too contrived trying tooooooooo hard. TY Bello gets my vote for best dressed because she just looks comfy, bright and young and shes perfectly appropriate. Its the future awards. This was not the Grammys or Oscars Hello or even Carnival? Some outfits I am just giving the crooked eye to like whutda heck?
    I applaud Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Inspire the youth of Nigeria and you Bellizto mellisimo Bella naija keep doing what you does mami… raaaaaaaawwwwrrr.

  13. Vintageneista

    January 16, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Ronke Apampa is a cutie but I am not a fan of her interviewing skills and the way she plays with her mic like a little girl. Dont tell me she was nominated???????? The outsfits – a mess- Linda I love you girl but hell nah! Ronke your hair is a hot fuggin mess and whats that thing around her neck that looks like a snake. chei! Naija! I love my people o! LOL
    congrats Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! Well desrved win.

  14. Fly

    January 16, 2008 at 11:20 am

    TY Bello looks fab!

  15. Eny

    January 16, 2008 at 11:26 am

    heyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bella, dropping it like its hot again , lol.

    I definitely liked t.y’s outfit, not too emphasised , jst simple and cute………..i thot her necklace was a bit much , but i think me likey anyways. I jst loved the yellow. Infact, young, black and beautiful (and did i 4get natural) best suits her. Wow what was that emmy collins wearing sef? i get the fact that u’r a designer but abegi !!!!!!

    I have a crush on S.I.D, He raps and omg he’s now a doc…….how cute. Has any1 got his mobile or sth? This girl here is crushing badly o.

  16. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Bella hi. For starters why is it that we don’t tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Ashionye’s dress was a trip! Gosh! no jealousy intended / involved – i mean … what was she wearing????

    Ronke Apampa; i wasn’t feeling her hairdo / hairstyle. I mean she is a presenter of international standard. What the heck is going on??? Where are the genuine stylists??? You know … the one’s that have got one’s best interests at heart.

    Bella anyways … that’s life. I rest my case.

  17. Zena

    January 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    T.Y BELLO Is so hottt! I love her

  18. sassy

    January 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    my comment on d dresses is simple…… am sure most of them got dressed in d dark cos NEPA struck again or summat.

    Linda Ikeji… d dress was a hot mess.

    Ashionye… d tailor must hate her ass cos d dress just did not make sense.

    Emmy Collins…. if u sew ur clothes at his pls stop cos he will soon make all his customers a walking mess. like wat d hell was going on with d fugly outfit. it was all 2 much.

    Ronke….d person who did her hair should b shot…. ok just joking but at least should b banned from touching other pples hair.

  19. Flowers and Poetry

    January 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Infotainment at its best! Thank you Bella.

  20. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    ROTFLMAO!!! @ sassy, but seriously I concur. I’t good to tell it as it is.

  21. Indigenous Productions

    January 16, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    It’s amazzzziiiinggg how folks seem so offended at other peoples bad outfits. LOL

  22. Icy

    January 16, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Ouu that was exciting. TY rawked it I loved the looks, simple, shic, smooth and Me Am diggin Linda’s dress she carried it well. My only issue. PLEASE NO MORE AN CO. “hint of green” abeg naw this no be wedding.. We do enough and co to naija parties back off ppl’s dressing at awards.

    And congrats to all the winners.

    More pictures pweassee e:p

  23. Fisayo

    January 16, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    denrele…………..hissssss. He’s got issues big time!!!

    Ashi(i beg ur pardon, lol)…….. that dress was ugly fugly!! She shld change the hair for once too…

    I love TY and Dbanj!

    Is that the same Linda Ikeji? Wow she looks cute, but no the dress? Me no likey!

    I agree with icy, the an co was extremely overdone, like seriously…..

    And ronke apampa is a fine girl o, what happened to her? She doesnt look like the fine ronke i see on TV. i’M NOT IMPRESSED. LOL! (am feeling very bitchy today)
    Omo men, i gats to stop here or i’ll go on and on…….90% of them jst werent getting it. But i still gat love for my naija pple, am only saying it as it is.

    Nice blog bella!!

  24. shorty is a 10

    January 16, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    ok…wait ohhh why are the women not representing…1) linda ikeji shows how patriotic she is in that dress…not a good look

    2) Ashinonye …very ill fitting dress…

    the other women looked ok..nothing great…..



  25. linda ikeji

    January 16, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    hey bella welcome back. Just realised u were back today. I see u already have the pix from the award…about that my dress…hmmm, for those who don’t like it, blame the designer o…lol, for those who like it…thank kuuu…wink!

  26. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Na tafetta Ashionye use sew dress?

  27. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I cant believe ID Casablance won best music producer… who the hell is that? MOSA got robbed… btw he is the dude who produced TY’s album… and that is the best album in Nigeria musically, lyrically, production wise, everything… this is how they promote excellence? by pickin some average joe in the name of the future?

  28. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Congrats to Chude and the rest organisers for a great initiative.

    However, if you do not live in Lagos and are not addicted to naija tabloids or blogville gossip, most of the names are meaningless to millions of Nigerians.

    How many of the nominees there live and work outside Lagos? I rest my case.

  29. Bobby

    January 17, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Big ups to the future awards! I see i did a good job picking Fuschia gift bags because those bags shine from afar!

    The event was great. For three under 22 year old kids to pull this together and pull the folks that they pulled, i am sorry i bow to that.

    Yes there is room for improvement and i assure that the improvement will come. They are not blind or deaf, they know what they need to do to make it better.

    What they need is support and sponsorship from the entire community.

    As in we should all be helping thenm to make the event the greatest ever.


    Great seeing Linda and a bunch of other folks. It was tres fab to meet people like Derenle who has like one the best personlities out there.

    Banke Meshida’s smile is the most contagious smile ever.

    Good seeing yall!

  30. Anonymous

    January 17, 2008 at 2:35 am

    ashionye’s outfit wasnt had no character…nothing!

  31. Anonymous

    January 17, 2008 at 2:37 am

    TY gets my vote!outfit on point!

  32. koshie

    January 17, 2008 at 3:40 am

    hmmm, i don’t know mannn! was green the theme of the night. saw someone in braids on the red carpet…a few metres from her is this dude sitting on the ramp reading a book? where were the organisers? and what was the photographer thinking when he shot her?. that just kills it Pinggg?????

    is that the lagbaja lady….i luv her voice.

  33. funmilayo

    January 17, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Icy sharrap jare Lindas outfit wasnt all that smooth where? lol anyyyyway I love Linda attitude though she’s like y’all can laugh at me or laugh with me- shes a good sport! lol Ty Bello cute ddressed appropriately and Dbanj sexzzy as always- yummmm!

  34. Alex Yangs

    January 17, 2008 at 10:23 am

    ok… @ anonymous… first let me say congrats to the Future awards organisers….i was nominated as music producer of the year but didnt win…(watch out next year)

    ID cabassa deserved to win the award…..he has added plenty to nigerian music industry…Mosa is fab…but just as me.. the nigerian media have not really felt our mettle…same with don jazzy..outside dbanj and weired mc.. so give us time to grow.. and earn the ranks

    just for the records ID cabassa produced for acts like (9ice, ruggedman, faze to mention a few…etc…)so before you talk about big guns ….know your facts!

    big ups to all the winners!

  35. ababoypart2

    January 17, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Happy New Year Bella…Welcome back

  36. Anonymous

    January 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I agree with anon 10:51 na Lagos thingy jare. Dem dey vote for themselves lol.

  37. Anonymous

    January 17, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    @alex yangs… congratulations on your whole tirade… the award said MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR… to me the best producer in Nigeria is MOSA… never heard that quality of production from naija… i dont know u should consider him a big gun because he still unknown from what i hear… i respect that naija producers are still developin… but until I hear beats the quality of greenland, or beautiful, or never walk alone, i wont respect this win… if we are celebratin excellence, then why not give it to the best… best of luck with ur career though… at least yall are tryin to get better…

  38. Anonymous

    January 18, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    @anon10:51, etc: many of the nominees live and work outside Lagos. In fact a good number of the winners are so NOT based in lagos. Did you look at the list? Abdulkareem baba Aminu, Mak Kusare etc. Did you see the Indispensables from Port Harcourt, Mubarak Abdullahi from Kano etc etc? Go check again pls!

  39. Anonymous

    January 19, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Alex Yangs… Those shoes, no way!

    Bobby Taylor… Looks good – yummy!

    Toni Payne & 9nice… Well o! am not gonna go there o!

    Oge Okoye… Igbo babe.

    Funlola… She is a pretty babe without even trying so hard.

    The knee length dress chicks looked “IT”

    For the rest… Nigeria we hail thee!

  40. Anonymous

    January 22, 2008 at 5:38 am

    where u really at the awards, there was a guy who came in with a hot model, his suit was hot like fire; green / gold damask design his shoes also marched his suit. ha! ha! his pictures were taking by pfotographers more than anyone else as he walked in, get his pictures i beg! he his an artist/model we want to see his pictures he definately he was the bomb., you couldnt have missed him.

  41. Anonymous

    January 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I think y’all just hating…especially those who dissed the winners. Go do something and stop hating!

    @ Bobby…interesting that you call under22-yr olds kids, is it cos they are in Nigeria? Cos I don’t see them as such. Read their profiles and must say I admire what they have been able to do so soon! And can not also say same about you? – smart idea with the bags tho!

    @ the-pro-MOSA-in-all-foolishness person…I hear where ID Cabassa speaks, your MOSA cant be granted entry!

    Well, expecting the organisers to put up the winner [and maybe, finalists] profiles so everyone can see and judge!

    @ chetablog…you are the BIGGEST ‘badbelle’ I’ve ever read…

  42. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    @anonymous 5:06 PM: Mr.’the-pro-MOSA-in-all-foolishness person’ is back and really wondering what your comment has to do with who the best producer is. Just wondering.

  43. Anonymous

    February 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm


  44. Anonymous

    June 20, 2008 at 4:32 am

    anyonymous i think bobby was actually complimenting them. She said she bows for them.

    Are you on crack?

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