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Hey Everyone,

How’s it going? How was your week?
My week has been crazy so far. Numerous meetings, hours spent in traffic plus I have a cold. Not fun. Anyway, as always, I like to focus on the sunny side of things so I feel happy and blessed.

I tell people that you cannot be sensitive or lack self-confidence in Nigeria. Many people are very comfortable with giving you unsolicited opinions and advice. how do you handle it? I need some tips.


Moments With Mo in collaboration with Food Concepts (Chicken Republic) held a charity event last week. Nigerian celebrities served customers at a Chicken Republic branch to raise awareness and funds. Really innovative idea! The celebrities present included 2Face, Rita Dominic and Desmond Elliot. Check out the photos below.
Photo Credit: Rita Dominic

A couple of weeks ago, HipHop World Magazine held a white-themed party to celebrate the 1st anniversary of their groundbreaking entertainment show HipTV . Check out the photos below
Photo Credit: DJ Abass

Kween – Komo – D1 Adeneye

Kunle Afolayan – Keke Ogungbe – Hycinth Idibia

2Face – The Cake!

9ice, DJ Abass & 2Face – Jedi

Makosi – Ayeni Adekunle

Julius Agwu & Wifey with DJ Abass – Tami Kuboye


Shank’s New Video
Banky W’s Etisalat Ad
Eldee – Bosi Gbangba
J Martins Ft Timaya & P-Square – Good Or Bad
Eldee – Bosi Gbangba – I luv this song!
Faze – Originality – Pure Talent!
Check out Pop Africana – Its a high fashion African Magazine
Very cutting edge photography and concepts
Might be Not Safe For Work – contains artistic nudity
For all you aspiring models, the Nokia Face of Africa auditions tomorrow, September 20 2008 at the Protea Leadway Hotel in Maryland, Ikeja. Good luck!
I will really like some feedback on what you will like to see on bellanaija. What should I do less of and what should I focus on. All suggestions are welcome. Remember our Bella Naija staples: Aunty Bella & BN Prose all reader contributed so if you will like to be a part of this, email me at bellanaija @
Have a fab weekend.

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  1. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    all d videos are cool, but eldee is d best

  2. tatafo!

    September 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I like that J Martins, P-Square and Timaya collabo.
    Things I’d like to see (more of) on Bellanaija:

    * Remember when you did african and nigerian fashion week a while ago?
    That would be fun to do again.
    I know SA fashion week is just concluding so you can highlight Nigerian designers that were featured.

    * Also with the conversations going on about lack of black models on the runway it will be nice to see a feature of african/ nigerian models lighting the runway in NY, Paris and SA

    that’s all I can think of, I’ll write some more ideas as I remember them.

  3. Hair Azara

    September 19, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    lol. gurl am currently in Naija now, and let me tell u. LEARN TO CLOSE UR EARS TO NEGATIVE MESSAGES. there is nothing u GAIN from negative advice, opinions or watever, it will do NOTHING BUT BRING U DOWN.

    u know what I do. I smile, I nod, I pretend am listening, while I tell myself that God is for me, and what MAN thinks does not matter. and then I say thanks and walk away.

    Best of lucks with everything, Keep ur head up and always remember that being positive is the only way to be.

  4. joicee

    September 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    The charity idea is a very good one …Nigeria is going places …Amen
    It would be great to have more posts on fashion in Nigeria and inspirational entepreneurs doing great things in Nigeria.

  5. le nubia

    September 19, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    hey bella!been waiting for ur update!my fav video is the j-martins vid…i cnt think of anything you could do more of but when i do, i’ll be sure to tell u!have a fab weekend!
    p.s i’m a new blogger so all bellanaija fans be sure to drop by and show some love!have a fab weekend ppl!

  6. joicee

    September 19, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Rita Dominis can do no wrong!!!!
    What Da….MAKOSI!!!!!!!!Where has she been!?!?

  7. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Bella i’d also like to read more of those “Dear Aunty Bella” anon letters….i love love them!


  8. aloted

    September 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    as per unsolicited advice…ignore ignore ignore. if u want to be polite & can say thank u but ignore…as long as you know what you are about then u'll be fine…God dey your side.

    people are free to give advice and you are also free to accept or reject it.

    on a brighter note…you are doing a fab job with your blog…pls keep it up…:)

  9. BellasNum1Fan

    September 19, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Regarding unsolicited advice tell them thanks you will put it in prayers for God to show you the right way. Silly people they wouldn’t analyze their own life o, by force by force mentors lol!

    Please stop those Saturday interviews they are VERY annoying. I’m sorry but I have to be honest, I’m always so irritated with the stupid questions and the even more retarded replies. Just my 2 cents!

    Please I want to see more of Aunty Bella and follow up stories to the ones you posted previously! More of the African Fashion Shows and even more on the young entrepreneurs!

    Thanks Bella you ROCK!

  10. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm


  11. J.F.

    September 19, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Not to be a downer, but I’m curious to know if in fact the Chicken Republic stunt was for charity or for better sales. Where can we find more information as to what charity fund or awareness they were promoting.

  12. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    only got one question..

    what is makosi doing in nigeria?

  13. The Life of a Stranger called me

    September 19, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    cooooooolll, new stuff posted.

  14. Vera Ezimora

    September 19, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Oh, that’s nice that the celebs came thru like that. Rita is looking nice.

  15. workforcenigeria

    September 19, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    nice post bella, keep it up

    For any one thinking of moving back to naija, make sure you have a job first

    check out

    HIGH PAYING NAIJA JOBS search engine

  16. chi9ja

    September 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    i like banky’s ad but basketball is not d in thing in 9ja. wateva happened 2 football.
    u DON’T eva see americans doing anything wit soccer in it, do u? even david beckham cldn’t change dat.

  17. chi9ja

    September 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    we 9ja’ans need 2 learn how to further even overboard wit this public image thing.datz y yanky is so 4ward, 80% of everything u c coming outta there is hype. trust me, wat? u think everywhere is like new york? lol

  18. Anonymous

    September 20, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    More music downloads, please and thank-you

    I dunno, Even though ur still fab, I don’t rush over here as I used too, yes more aunt bella, more african fashion

    isn’t popafricana marvellous? wat ever happened to haute magazine

  19. Anonymous

    September 20, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Fashion will be cool, but I want to see more things that r inspirational, like things dat shows Naija is moving forward not only in fashion but in other areas like business. Put more “Dear Bella” letters. I’m feeling a lot of naija songs, but let’s try not to imitate too much of American style. Let’s be original and unique. Thanks Bella, I really appreciate what you are doing.

  20. Remi Fagbohun

    September 21, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Congrats to Ayo Animashaun and the whole Hip Hop World Crew!!!

    I am also happy to see that more and more Nigerians are realizing that a lot of awareness needs to be made about a lot of the issues in Nigeria.


    Bella great to see you’re back( kinda)!!!

  21. Abujamaiden

    September 22, 2008 at 4:07 am

    I love Bosi gbanga!!!

    Bella, anything you write, I love!

    Abuja virgin (my new blog)

  22. Anonymous

    September 22, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Bella, i think u get more comments with the fashion side of things. Babes….what do you think?

    Your admirer in London…

  23. hmm

    September 22, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I honestly thot Banky’s was a music video -‘Etisalat’ ?? they need to redo this ad as it doesnt inform the audience about the co at all.

  24. Emilia

    September 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Nice videos and pictures bella keep it up

  25. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 4:40 pm

  26. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Do you any good tailors?

  27. Anonymous

    September 24, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    @Anon 5:27 PM- Please,please we use designers these days, not Tailors!!!

  28. Saved and Abstinent!

    September 27, 2008 at 4:37 am

    When people are negative I try to listen and learn from it but people can be crazy and sometimes it is too much. Think of God’s goodness and Hallelujah through life because no matter what it is a blessing. I was born in the U.S. I have been learning too many things about race and how crazy America can be! -Amaka

  29. angela

    September 27, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I love what you do already on fashion and entertainment. But I think I would like to see more info about books and literature. It would appear that nigerian literature and publishing scene is waking up, so your blog is a fantastic opportunity to promote what is happening in the book world in Nigeria.

    but you’re doing great stuff my sister. keep it up.

  30. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Designer,Tailor, Obioma, it does not matter. i am sure Rosemary in my mother’s BQ calls herself a tailor. Afterall, her clients point at the catalogue and she sews, or she might suggest something and will turn out fab for her clients. Not everyone uses, likes or can afford Remi Lagos, Frank Oshodi, Deola Sagoe et al.

  31. Anonymous

    October 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks anonymous @ 7:54 PM…Tailors/Designers, it doesn’t matter…If you know any, I’d like their contact information.

  32. Anonymous

    October 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I'm so loving all my 9ja peeps & there videos its so cool.

  33. Anonymous

    November 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    GIDI CONNECT 08 is the launch of Bounce NG’s campaign to showcase the new Career and Lifestyle opportunities that Nigeria now has to offer its young people in Diaspora.


    **A networking event for young, skilled Nigerians in Europe and North America to be informed of new career opportunities in Nigeria. This event focuses on the wealth of Career/ Lifestyle opportunities in Nigeria and how young Nigerians abroad can develop skills that will make them marketable in the increasingly competitive and highly rewarding job market in Nigeria today.

    **A Panel of well-regarded professionals from the Telecommunication, Oil and Gas, Banking & Finance, Civil Service, Entertainment and Manufacturing sectors are going to use themselves as case studies of Nigerians who once lived abroad, gained and improved their skills whilst abroad and still came back home to harness these skills in the Nigerian economy.

    Some members of THE GIDI PANNEL include:






    **This event is also an opportunity for young Nigerians to exhibit their current creative ventures:

    SYNDICATE Denim,
    NAETO C(KINI BIG DEAL) and much, much more.

    **Objectives of Event:

    To showcase the new challenging and highly rewarding career opportunities in Nigeria.

    To reassure young Nigerians in Diaspora that leaving the comfort of a good job abroad to come back home is worth the move.

    GIDI Connect is the force to inspire, educate and motivate young Nigerians to come back to Nigeria


    The Bounce was established in 2005 in Hull, East Yorkshire UK. The Bounce successfully organises fashion shows, music concerts, dance and lifestyle coaching. Apart from connecting Lifestyle clientèle and Fashion/High Street retailers like Gap, Topshop and Republic to a young, skilled and vibrant community of students, the founder of The Bounce, Gbolade Okeowo was applauded by the British Council as a regional runner up, UK International Student of the Year in 2007. In the same year the founder of The Bounce was also applauded by the British Government when he received the highly coveted MV Award for his service as the founder of The Bounce signed by Ruth Kelly MP.
    Now with over 120 active associates Bounce operates through its UK arm (The Bounce) and its Nigerian arm (Bounce NG) ?
    Bounce NG operates under the directorship of GBOLADE OKEOWO. He completed his LLB Law degree at the University of Hull. Since graduation Gbolade has worked on marketing and new business generation for multimillion dollar clients in Europe, North America and West Africa through his role as a New Business Development Analyst for SPG Media PLC, London.

  34. Anonymous

    December 10, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I love that J Martins and Timaya vid man.. na me be da toya toya .. mama n papa dem dey begin to poya poya..

    check out naija remix to Arab money

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