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Hi Everyone!
So how was your weekend?
Mine was alright but I cant even remember most of it because it feels sooooo distant already.
Anyways, the inaugral edition of the Soundcity Video Music Awards (SMVA) took place on Friday, 11th April 2008. Here is a rundown of the event.

As seems to be the tradition with Nigerian events, the awards show started late, really late!
Anyways, the event eventually kicked off with D’Banj and Ashionye introducing themselves as the host and hostess for the night.
The first award to be presented was the Best Male Video award – the presenters were John Fashanu and Munachi Abii. There was a really funny moment here – John Fashanu asked the crowd ‘Munachi, most beautiful woman in the world, deal or no deal’ and the entire crowd shouted ‘NO DEAL!’ lol…anyways, Munachi handled it very well and laughed it off. The award for Best Male Video went to DJ Jimmy Jatt – Stylee

There were so many breaks and interludes during this show but Ashionye, D’Banj and Cool FM DJ, Freeze did a good job of keeping the atmosphere buzzing. I have to say that I was impressed by all 3 of them. They were funny and entertaining. I was really curious to see how Ashionye would hold her own as an awards host but I feel she did a good job.

The rest of the awards and performances were as follows:
Best Female Video presented by Lady Di and D1 Adeneye
Winner: Kween – Jebele …she looked really pretty and was genuinely excited.

Infiniti performed Olori Oko

Best Choreography presented by ‘King’ Soul E & ‘Queen’ Ure – these 2 are really excited about their fame! See them claiming royalty lol king & queen of love
Winner: Faze – Kpo Kpo di Kpo

Fresh Video presented by Dola Bamgboye and Lanre Da Silva Ajayi
Winner: Mo Hits All Starts – Booty Call

Storm All Stars performed
Sasha in a pink dress performed ‘Long Thing’ with Pype
Naeto C performed ‘Kini Big Deal’
Ikechukwu killed it with ‘Wind Am Well’ along with Don Jazzy

Then the man they have been buzzing about Nas arrived on stage! The crowd went beserk!

He presented the award for Best Hip Hop Video/African Video of the Year. Surprise, surprise, the nominees’ videos didnt play…it was quite embarrassing. I’m so happy for ‘Dat Ibo Boy’ Ill Bliss, he’s been on the grind for a while, nice to see him rewarded.
Winner: Ill Bliss – You Go Wound

Tic Tac performed – I wasnt feelin it

Best New Artist Video presented by Dare Art Alade and Mo Abudu (Mo looked amazing in a short black shift dress)
Winner: Asa – Fire on the Mountain

Nas was presented with the 2008 Hip Hop Legend Award by Charlie Boy, Elajoe and Mode 9.

Nas performed a medley of hits – At this point, the crowd was crazy! everyone was on their feet, singing etc… Nas seemed really excited as well and ended the performance by promising the crowd that ‘when he moves to Nigeria, we are invited to his house to visit’…Nas are you sure? lol

The Remedies (Eddy Remedy, Tony Tetuila & Eedris Abdulkarim) reunited for a performance

Best Cinematography presented by Kenny Ogungbe
Winner: P-Square – Do Me
They brought their whole village with them to pick up the award on stage! there had to be about 20 people justling for space.

Best Video presented by Mai Atafo and Ebube Nwagbo
Winner: P-Square – Do Me

Best R&B Video
Winner: TY Bello – Greenland
She looked gorgeous in a fab red strapless maxi dress accessorized with a blue beaded necklace

Jimmy Jatt and Rita Dominic presented the Best Group Video Award
Winner: Infiniti – Olori Oko

Viewers Choice Award
Winner: TY Bello – Greenland
She thanked everyone! Seemed really touched to have received the award.

Mo Hits Crew (D’Banj, Wande Coal & D’Prince) performed
Close to You
Booty Call

P-Square performed
Roll it
No One Like You
Do Me
Their dancing was rather hectic

Alariwo and Tara Fela Durotoye (she looked gorgeous!) presented the Best Direction Award
Winner: Yemi Amao – Olori Oko (Infiniti)

Best Special Effects and Editing
Winner: Gbenga Salu – Aye Ole (Infiniti)

DJ Jimmy Jatt, Elajoe and Mode 9 performed Stylee

The final performance of the night was by SA Band, FreshlyGround. They were introduced by Ramsey Noah and Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi
Quite quirky. Luved it but many people had left at that point so I hope they werent discouraged!
That’s it! The show ended at about 1.40AM!!!

Overall, the awards were entertaining, great choice of performers and hosts but the logistical issues almost ruined it. D’Banj and Ashionye looked good. D’Banj wore designs by Emmy Collins. Ashionye was styled by Ifeoma Williams and wore designs by Deola Sagoe and Lanre DaSilva Ajayi. Congrats to the winners and all the best to the SoundCity crew.

The Bella Naija team’s best dressed dude of the nite? Naeto C

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  1. Anonymous

    April 14, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    so first

  2. Anonymous

    April 14, 2008 at 8:30 pm


  3. Aijay

    April 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Nice… Congrats to the winners!!
    Thanks for the post Bella.

  4. Aijay

    April 14, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Can’t believe I’m 3rd.
    Anonymous, its on! lol..

  5. Anonymous

    April 14, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Come on Bella…where are the pics babe?

  6. 1stpet2v9

    April 14, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Naeto C is just HAWT for no reason!

    nice lowdown buddie! way 2 go!

  7. Anonymous

    April 14, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    can i just ask bella..where do you get to watch all these stuff.You are not in nigeria are you?? I doubt it but you need to hook us up as to when to watch stuffs like this…great post by the way..

  8. didi

    April 14, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I cant believe am in the 1st ten responders.

  9. Shaywun

    April 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Top ten, yea-yea yah! Thanks for the run down Bella, and definitely waiting for pics.

  10. Nwanyi Ocha

    April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    LMAO @ the audience’s “no deal”

    thanks for the low down hun…

    great post!

  11. Anonymous

    April 14, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Nice runthrough.

    Nas moving to Naija… LOL now that will be something.

    LOL @ P-square crew bringing their whole village.

  12. Olanna

    April 14, 2008 at 11:09 pm


  13. P!NK & RUFFLES

    April 14, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    neato c is looking cute if i must say….loving the colour combo….


  14. Pink-satin

    April 15, 2008 at 12:19 am

    seriously!aye ole for best effect…their olori oko video was much better…nas came!wow!!!it must have been so embarrasing that the video didnt play….meanwhile bella where do u get to watch this things..are u in naija?so Mo abudu presented an award is she in d entertainment world?ok she has a show on mnet or something

  15. Pink-satin

    April 15, 2008 at 12:20 am

    and who is d naeto c guy!!been hearing lots abt him..but never bothered to check him out or what he is all about..

  16. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 12:49 am

    err bella can we be expecting pictrix soon?

  17. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 12:58 am

    pink-satin search for Naeto-C’s songs on youtube. My favorite is ‘u know my p’… catchy tune and pretty cool video. He’s the son of former aviation minister Kema Chikwe… He moved back to Nigeria two years ago after his undergraduate studies to pursue a rap career. See video for here:

    Go Naeto!!!

  18. shop liquorice

    April 15, 2008 at 2:22 am

    thanks, bella! also, IDOLS is back! more on my blog 🙂


  19. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 4:11 am

    um i love jebele, but the latter half of that video was RAZZ!
    why was she rubbing herself up and down, kai.

  20. chetablog

    April 15, 2008 at 8:38 am

    There is just that extra something about your presentation Bella. Many cooks, same kinda food but it always look better in the plate you served.


  21. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Bella, na wah o. Too many pinks going on, e don better. Abi.

  22. NaijaEcash

    April 15, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about this blog. So I decided to check it out.
    You have done well, lot of energy must have been spent to keep this blog rolling. Cheers.

  23. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I did not know that Naeto C was Kema Chikwe’s son ? All I know was that he went to Atlantic Hall… wow! I am impressed o!!! Naeto C for life …

  24. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    i dont know why the Nigerian public insist on giving Munachi a hard time. Nike Oshinowo who stole how many peoples husband and boyfriends did not receive such bad press.
    From big nose to her attitude and all that. I think d girl should be given a break.
    i saw a picture of p-sqaure receiving their award and Bella i disagree with u when u said they brought their whole village, it was more like their village and the neighbouring village as well. There was like a gazillion pple on stage to receive the
    Ashionye once again looked like she wore Beyonce cast offs or sumtin lol.

  25. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I knew there was something about Naeto c. d dude is foine and can dress but lacks real talent make i no lie. it was ikechukwu who saved that his u know my p song.
    well since he has mum’s money 2 burn he can keep keeping on but rapper he is not.

  26. TaureanMinx

    April 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I personally don’t believe Nato C lacks talent but one mans meat… Nice to be able to read what happened Bella…and as for Munachi, Nigerians should start to learn to support their own..bad belle can kill!

  27. Kpakpando

    April 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    tminx (where u been dey btw?) I agree, Naeto isn’t talentless and he works hard, not necessarily chopping his mama’s money. Personally I’m surprised that these boys made it this far, I guess Uzi will be next with his sexy pinchomik self.
    Na wa for some people, haven’t you heard if you have nothing good to say just don’t say nothing?

    Anyways bella why you abusing psquare nah? They’re following hip hop tradition, isn’t how they do it at the grammys? Bring all your peoples to get camera time when you collect your award, I’m mad you called them villagers lol!

  28. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Bella Naija…thanks for keeping us updated…seems the show was hot…I love Naeto-C because he is different and unique…I know his P!

  29. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Re: the Munachi issue, this is what they do in America–get a bunch of teenagers, pay them like $50, at the foot of the stage and tell them to cheer for everything and everybody!!! They would have drowned out the “No Deal” folks.

  30. BOBBY

    April 15, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Congrats to the winners.

    Naeto C…i am feeling his P ooo

  31. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I love Naeto C’s outfit too Bella! The originality and color combo is superb! Definitely my style.

  32. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, and i’m wondering if thats a “native fabric” he used. I loooove it!


  33. NigerianDramaQueen

    April 15, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I wish I was there, just to here P-Square perform “No One” and “Do me”. I need to check this Naeto C dude out

  34. Hair Azara

    April 15, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Awww I wish I was there, sounded like it was a blast!!

  35. 9ja Gyal

    April 16, 2008 at 7:38 am

    More pics please!!

  36. Bomber

    April 16, 2008 at 8:03 am

    More pics please? Are you people going to pay for it? Do you think it is free? Nigerians

  37. Bunmi

    April 16, 2008 at 8:30 am

    hey…Miss NFF did a fashion review of the SMVA’S go check it out at of laughs…

  38. Uzo

    April 16, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I live in Lagos and i didnt even k now this happened…LOL

    Good coverage….

  39. tankojjetty

    April 16, 2008 at 10:41 am



  40. The Life of a Stranger called me

    April 16, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Nas, wel I might not hve been there preesntly but Im so taking him up on his great rendition of the events. well done bella.

  41. Jane

    April 16, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Love Love your blog. I dont live in Nigeria. Where can I watch it online eh?

  42. adaa

    April 16, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    em Bella long time! Wat’s up? Am really curious o, did u attend d show, this one dat u gave us a run down of d whole thingie? great job though…

    Mwhile, b4 d show did u hear about d guy who got electrocuted while connecting the AC for the red carpet in d RAIN????? News has it dat it was nothing short of a miracle………. and after lot’s of serious beatings with planks dat d guy lived!!!!

    Dat was enough to ve killed d show…thank God it turned out well at d end..

  43. AnyaPosh

    April 16, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    this naeto C guy is not bad at all o! I like the little waist coat/(monkey jacket?)…nice.

    Abeg, more pictures please?

  44. Naija Sutra

    April 17, 2008 at 12:52 am

    naeto C….kini big deal, lie to lie gimme lighter, we on fire.

    they cant fire extinguish us oh.

  45. TaureanMinx

    April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    You have been tagged.

  46. Bhookey

    April 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I love NaetoC’s outfit, sweeet!!!!!!!!

  47. Bhookey

    April 17, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    btw nice writeup, felt like i was there!!!!! naijas coming up , slowly but surely!!!!

  48. ekwitux

    April 17, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    anon 2.20pm see what you gone and caused…u got me laughing in class, & everyone staring at me…and I couldn’t stop

  49. Anonymous

    April 17, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Naeto C is the man – too cool! too much swagger man ! I love the song with Dare Art Alade and Tuface “Carry Dey Go”… Naeto C set d tone from the beginning … You can listen on

  50. SapphireAster

    April 18, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Errr…are you in Naija these days…or do you have some serious reporters in Naija. Good one though..I actually imagined the whole thing in my head. Lol at the ones claiming royalty! They should enjoy their 15mins (or years) of fame.

  51. Beautiful Life

    April 18, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Just loving it.

  52. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Just trying to get my name out there!


  53. Ifeomaadiagwuagwu

    April 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Nnaeto C is cool. He reminds of Pharrell. Bella, babes – how are you doing, today? Take care, senior belle.

  54. Ms.O

    April 19, 2008 at 3:06 am

    I love Neato C!!!!!..U knw the P!!!

  55. tiwalade

    April 19, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Naeto C is swagger splashing right there!! very fresh combo…luv it(him)
    Thanks Bella for the lowdown on SMVA…wishing i was there

  56. isha

    April 19, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Somebody needs to tell all these people that sunglasses in the dark, or inside a building IS A VERY VERY VERY bad idea.
    Scrap all that ‘I’m shy’ crap. Look straight at the wall or something if you can’t handle it. Gosh.

  57. Anonymous

    April 20, 2008 at 2:38 am

  58. Uzo

    April 21, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Hey Bella and other readers. I need some help. I am trying to get some information on Liberty Gardens – GRA Lagos. Size, contact information, ambience etc….
    Any help will be great…..

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