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BN Red Carpet Fab: ThisDay Music Festival Presents R Kelly



The annual ThisDay Music Festival rolled into town some weeks ago. BN was on the scene for the opening night of the concert in Lagos. Unlike previous years where a plethora of musical stars performed, this year it was just R Kelly. As great as it was experiencing ‘the R’ perform live, as we have come to expect the logistics issues were a huge turn-off! The show was held in a marquee at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos and was billed to start at 8.30PM…Guess what time R Kelly hit the stage? 1.20AM! Note that ticket prices for this VIP performance were over a 100,000 naira. Just before R Kelly began his performance, Basketmouth did his best to entertain the crowd with some jokes while D’Banj and Wande Coal worked the crowd (they did not perform though). Overall, R Kelly was a good performer. Each one took us back to some moments in our past – maybe your prom, maybe the first party you ever went to, perhaps your last birthday. The clouds of R Kelly tumultuous past (as in his alleged tape with a minor and subsequent trial) hung over certain aspects of the night though – I felt very uncomfortable during some of the crotch-grabbing, tongue darting moments of the performance – many ladies in the crowd seemed to lap it up though and there were screams of encouragement from around the audience. Overall, R Kelly’s his greatest strength is his portfolio of hits and he showed that off well.

Any feedback from anyone else who attended? Let us know. R Kelly also performed in Abuja and an encore performance in Lagos – Sauce Kid and Ikechukwu opened that show.

Now that we are done with the show. How about the fashion? Check out BN Red Carpet Fab at the ThisDay Music Festival 2009 (VIP Performance Night)

Lets start with the headliner, R Kelly

We'll start with the headliner, R Kelly - Mr. Kelly does the 'geographical rerock' by rerocking the Zebra print shirt that he wore at the ThisDay ARISE Fashion Awards held in Johannesburg. In Lagos, he rocked the shirt partly unbottoned with a Michael Jackson Tee Shirt underneath. Nice One R. Given the global economic situation, even stars have to count their pennies!

These gentlemen went for the semi-formal look. Basketmouth in his grey trousers and suspenders. D'Banj in his pale blue suit and our other gentleman in his paired down black suit. Nice one guys!

These gentlemen went for the semi-formal look. Basketmouth in his grey trousers and suspenders. D'Banj in his pale blue suit and our other gentleman in his paired down black suit with a powder pink shirt. Nice one fellas!

Coral, Plum and Orange! 3 bold colours choices for these 3 ladies on the ThisDay red carpet

Coral, Plum and Orange! 3 bold colours choices for these 3 ladies on the ThisDay red carpet. The lady in the structured strapless coral dress rocks it with black booties, Omowunmi Akinnifesi matches her dress with her shoes and then ivory & gold accessories while our final lady goes for orange & gold


3 different spins of the LBD


You don't have to show it all off to look hot. Sometimes, less is more - these ladies are spot on in their sleeved minis


The trendy trio attempt 3 current trends. The harem pants, the playsuit and the hammer pants. Who pulled it off? you be the judge


Denim will never go out of style! We love how Odio Oseni spun her outfit by styling up the skinny jeans with the long ethnic top


It takes a brave girl to wear skinny pants. However, in a black it can be very flattering - check out these ladies from Dara in the black leggings to the lady in liquid leggings and then on the safer end of the spectrum skinny black denim


Don Jazzy, Touyo Amuka and Eric draw from ethnic inspiration


Shimmer, sequins and more shimmer. Jennifer, Halima and Linda go for the more is more look!


'The Party Dress' look can take on so many identities. Elohor Isiohor does it classic flapper style while the other guests go for a more modern 'party dress' look


Eni, Faith and Labake rockin' contrast dresses


The strapless dress is always popular on the red carpet. From the classic black to the full-on monochrome to Mo Abudu showing that hard work in the gym pays off!


Toke Oyegoke, Modele Fadayomi and Jania Ogbeide show that if you've got it - flaunt it.

What are your hits and misses? Any faves?
For Previous BN Red Carpet Fab Posts. Click HERE
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  1. Zoe

    July 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Please why are they all dressed like they are going for dinner … Na wa for Naija babes.. is it not a concert… oh they where hoping to pull R Kelly.. They all score a 0

  2. policeisyourfriend

    July 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    was it a concert?if yes, most of them are over dressed…but most of the ladies looked good..i love omowunmi’s outfit

  3. policeisyourfriend

    July 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    my best dressed is Femi Atilade the girl in black in the “sleeves” section…lovely dress..
    those harem pants are just too trendy for me..but the ladies pulled it off well…
    Ruth Osime is looking a little tired these days.
    Eni, faith n labake …eeeek…me no likey any of those o

  4. abeni

    July 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    ok am the first! I dont know why R.kelly have to rock zebra shirt…teh whole africa stereotype of “animals”….dbanj, basket mouth on point, the don jazzy crew too on point. As for the females, none impressed me, it seems that the men have better fashion-sense, it should be the other way around

  5. Tony Patrick a.k.a. TP-Rhymes

    July 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I think with this fashion trend every girl has to start taking care of their legs,


  6. ITK

    July 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Na wa oh. Make up can make you but it can also break you. Haba. Sometimes, less really is more.

  7. Renit

    July 21, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Him rocking the shirt twice is common..its not about Recession. If you go to an artists tour in 2 different cities, you’ll notice that that they wear the same outfit.

  8. Deola

    July 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Omowunmi looks fab….. again. Omowunmi, Omowunmi, Omowunmi. This girl shaaaa

  9. Renee

    July 22, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Best dressed female is Omowunmi. Best male is the the guy with the black suit and powder pink shirt. OMG he is sooo cute! “sigh”

  10. Omesa

    July 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Omowummi stole the show for ladies.
    And all the three men aced it.Starting from right to left, in that order

  11. Omesa

    July 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Don Jazzy is a hottie!No lie

  12. Omesa

    July 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Is it the picture?I’ve always been under the impression that Faith was a skinny girl.She looks nice.

  13. Omesa

    July 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Power pink?What is that?

  14. Kemchi

    July 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I totally agree with u. I was like wondering if this was a by invitation only showing or like a regular concert cos they’re all waaaaay too overdressed! Only in Naija sha, but the ladies in jeans got it right.

  15. policeisyourfriend

    July 25, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Toke Oyegoke…who is she?

  16. black is beautiful

    July 25, 2009 at 3:20 am

    lol @ abeni and r kelly’s safari shirt

    thanks kemchi and zoe for pointing out the fact that a concert is not a party. you’ve got to love lagos.

  17. KK

    July 25, 2009 at 9:00 am

    lagosians will never surprise me.
    all these dressings na for hip hop concert?
    i tire.
    my favourite is the guy next to Don Jazzy.
    dressed for the ocassion in a classy way.
    in a town where people dress up to go to Shoprite, what do you expect??

  18. Cici

    July 26, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Omowunmi can do no wrong when it comes to fashion. She always bring her A game on. Most of the women look beautiful, i just wish they will smile more. The men look nice too.

  19. Oghenekome

    July 26, 2009 at 2:12 am

    lol. people do dress up to go to shoprite.

  20. KK

    July 27, 2009 at 4:45 am

    she is a lady!!!

  21. wale oloro gbogbo bigs boys

    July 29, 2009 at 10:24 am be lie..KK u dey do strong thing here

  22. Joy

    October 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Errr tickets were like a 100k, it was a red carpet event…and dinner.

  23. Nik

    April 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Who designed D’Banj’s powder blue suit? It is HOT!

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