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BN Red Carpet Fab: Inspire Africa Benefit Concert



The recent Inspire Africa Benefit Concert for all about raising funds and awareness on the plight of homeless and exploited street children in Nigeria. We have gathered that several millions of naira was raised by the initiative and UNICEF is currently working alongside the Inspire Africa Foundation on programmes that will ensure that the plight of these children improves. Kudos to Mo Abudu, the Lagos State Government, all the people who donated and all the musicians that performed. Although the focus of the event was for the cause, Lagos’ fashionistas explored this opportunity to raise the glamour stakes and dazzle on the orange carpet.

Mo Abudu

Belle of the Ball, Mo Abudu

Mo Abudu looks effortlessly gorgeous in this red and black ensemble. The simplicity in the cut combined with a dazzling hue is easy yet incredibly striking!  What I love is, that each element within this look aligns accordingly to the reveal of the whole look; the black hair and layered beaded necklaces give this look the total ‘WOW’ factor!

Mr & Mrs Omatseye
The land is indeed green as these ladies chose elegant green frocks for the occasion. The floor length BCBG Max Azria gown is effortlessly graceful and shows off her svelte bod to perfection. On the other hand, Clare Omatseye‘s dress is ‘not just another strapless dress’, the unique blend of blue and green  complement each other perfectly while the soft layers add that extra bit of drama.
Ngozi Ekezie
These ladies kept things homegrown with their chioice of ankara gowns. Ngozi Ekezie‘s look is simple and chic in her blue ankara gown, multi-strand pearl necklace with nude pumps and a Louis Vuitton Damier Bag while our other ankara clad fashionista went for a Jewel by Lisa dress with bold gold accessories.
Deola Sagoe
Sequins & shimmer! These bold ladies didn’t hold back the glam factor! Designer Deola Sagoe in a knee-length black all around sequined dress while our Eno Udo shone in her mini-dress with multicoloured stripes.
Joan Okorodudu of JD7
Drama, drama, drama. Dramatic one-armed poof sleeved top paired with a floor length fishtail skirt. While Joan Okorodudu is another lady that never blends in with the crowd. The JD7 designer always stands out on the red carpet and true to form; in her orange creation, she did just that on the Inspire Africa Benefit Concert orange carpet.

There is something truly majestic about blue and these ladies prove that. The layered blue empire waist gown with its embellished waist and neckline is beautiful. While the several shades of iridescent blue come together to create a conservative yet graceful red (ok…orange) carpet look.
Ifeoma WilliamsSasha Alabi
Now this is what you call Urban Chic done right. The perfect pair of jeans made glamorous with the right kind of top! Ifeoma Williams adds spark with her plunging v-neck embellished top and Sasha embracing the fierceness of the check print plays it up with ruffle details.

How does the song go again? “Swagga like us….” Eric & Jay Jay Okocha illustrate that the swag can carry the look. They both went for the casual look and they made it work. Eric looks like the naughty schoolboy in his jeans topped off with his waistcoat and tie while Jay Jay’s denim look is very well put together with his brown blazer and tan leather accessories.

Hot pink and black was certainly the colour combination of the evening. And these two ladies do it well – knee length and full length!!! They both go minimal with their accessories and allow their dresses to do most of the talking! Lanre Da Silva Ajayi’s bib dress is adorable; and Yemisi Wada‘s V-neck cut dress is most flattering for her body type!

There is something about yellow that brightens even the darkest mood! Bukky George-Taylor Williams makes exceptional use of colour with this outfit. From the blue and brown layered blend of the dress to the multi-coloured bracelet to the surprise element of the yellow bag. Spot on! The yellow dry lace single-strap gown is just fab! Grecian meets Naija.
Timi DakoloOsita Iheme

A well cut single buttoned, long lapel suit is the right choice an elaborate event. A little more dressy than a two/three buttoned one; it always dapper and certainly does leave Timi Dakolo and Paw Paw looking sleek and pleasing to the eyes.

You can hardly ever go wrong in a shirt dress. It’s a closet must have! Shirt dresses are sharp and cutting edge. And while Rita Dominic goes all the way with its natural flair, a solid colour with a hint of safari and vaguely militant look, Gbemi Phillips does hers in a girly, romantic way with florals and velvet open-toe pumps.

Here we get to see the beauty of the asymmetric sleeve; while one lady chooses to add a dramatic detail on her shoulder and goes grey on black, Nike Animashaun goes for no shoulder details and a splash of bright orange; yet the looks are equally applauded as they both look fabulous!

Photo Credit: Bella Naija & Purefoto


  1. plastiQ

    February 12, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Wonderful job Bella. As usual. I like Bobby T’s gown. Jay-jay looks fabulous.

  2. Fashion conscious

    February 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I like what Bobby Taylor is wearing…she is really wearing the HAWT floor length gown…true. With all due respect, Deola Sagoe is good with her designs and i dnt think i like her footwear, mine opinion. Austin Okocha wld have overturned the bottom of his trousers (to be in cuff form) on his shoes it wld have looked better…my opinion. Sasha shld start working on her fashion line – for real. She is great in clothing combination. Rita Dominic shld go easy on the shirt dress, it is not her. Am sorry, i know that she is petite and all that and then again sthg is missing.. mine opinion. Or maybe she wld have worn covered pumps to go with the look – Vivica A Fox’s style or better still Beyonce.

    They all look good; they tried. And then again aha! Naija celebrities definitely need personal/clothing stylists….for real

  3. funmi

    February 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    My favourites have to be the lady in the yellow lace floor-length gown- 100% naija and 100% fabulous. In the slide show, there’s also a lady in a black top and puffy high-waisted pink skirt- that is tooo hot. Sasha looks lovely but I don’t think jeans are appropriate at an event where evryone’s in cocktail dresses and gowns. She looks nice nonetheless. Who’s Bobby Taylor, by the way? And which one is her picture?

  4. Lamide

    February 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    *BGT lookin’ fab, especially with the bangs, and the make up is on point. (@ Funmi: Bobby’s a publicist: M.I, D’banj, and ElDee are among her clients)
    *Love the dry lace grecian gown…in fact, I love it DIE, lol!!
    *I’m really loving the detail on the grey one-shouldered dress
    *Ifeoma Williams is looking very nice, and put together, as usual, but I’m surprised she wore jeans.
    *Not a big fan of dramatic outfits, so Data and the other lady’s outfits don’t really rock my boat

    Great article, Bella 🙂

  5. Chika Moses

    February 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Jay Jay looks fabulous! I don’t know who Timi Dakolo is, but DANG that man sure is fine!
    But better still, I pray the initiative does what it sets out to do and help our Naija kids oh!

  6. Prisca

    February 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Who’s the lady in the yellow gown? she’s gorgeous, and that gown is just too fab. The yellow color compliments her skin so well. Eric is handsome, even with his naughty outfit, and Jay is handsome too. I like the orange one shoulder dress also.

  7. Mamasita Diva

    February 13, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Bobby Taylor is looking fab, you really working that look Ma. Lagos is treating you good!

    Jay Jay Okocha Looks good in a footballers wives kinda you get what i mean.

    Deola whats going on? Your a fabulous designer but i think the styling of your outfit althought simple something just aint hitting home with me.

    I love me some Rita Dominic but .. Hmmm somthing just aint right with her outfit, her look, her style in general.. i mean she scrubbs up well she just needs to be polished … you know a lil fine tuning.

    I would wear something from Sashas Label she knows what time it is she gets it wrong at times but i know where she is going with her style.. she is generally on point!

    Over all not a bad Red Carpet!.

  8. emi

    February 13, 2009 at 4:14 am

    okay this is one event that most of them look on point!me like that yellow outfit!very NOICE

  9. Geekgirl

    February 13, 2009 at 5:16 am

    not feeling sasha at all!too many frills on that jacket andher hair doesnt look well put together!
    Not feeling bukky George taylor williams(men that name long)..
    Everybody else looks good!
    just my opinion

  10. Geekgirl

    February 13, 2009 at 5:19 am

    the girl in the slideshow no 27 is gorgeous!MEHN

  11. Chinwe Egbuta

    February 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Can Rita Dominic please learn how to dress up?! Sometimes she looks like she should be at a corner…NEED A PIMP! No class, no sass..that’s her motto.

  12. loretta

    February 16, 2009 at 2:04 am

    yeah. really fab dress. mo Abudu always looks good cos she sticks to classic pieces! certainly not a fashion victim like most naija celebs! i love LDA’s style and of course Deola Sagoe anytime. hope to see some new ones at the next outing sha…im keen on IMADE designs…..just discovered her at the terraculture exhibition in december 08. bella well done as usual. you inspire me!

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