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Mode Mag picks the Men of the Year for 2009. Find Out Who Won!



The Mode Men of the Year Awards for 2009 were given out at an intimate ceremony on the 5th of December 2009 at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos. With 70 invited guests including nominees and VIP guests in attendance, the event was hosted by actress Kate Henshaw-Nuttall and Leroy Onuogha. Awards were given to various men (and one woman) who excelled in their fields this year. Award winners included Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and businessman Wale Babalakin.
In the words of Mode Magazine Editor-In-Chief, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, “It was a great night!” Congrats to all the winners and nominees. See full list of winners and photos from the event below:

Kate Henshaw-Nuttall

Kate Henshaw-Nuttall

Van Vicker

Van Vicker

Dayo Adeneye

Dayo Adeneye

Ugonna Emeruo

Ugonna Omeruo

Soraya Adji (Love the Lalli!)

Soraya Adji (Love the Lalli!)

Ice Prince

Ice Prince

Bhaira Mcwizu

Bhaira Mcwizu

Christine Itegbe

Christine Itegbe

MI & Femi

MI & Femi

Mode Magazine Men of the Year Awards 2009 – List of Winners
Man of the Year: Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola
Governor of the Year: Obong (Dr.) Godswill Akpabio
Woman of the Year: Celine Loader
Senator of the Year (Honorary): Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim
Businessman of the Year: Dr. Wale Babalakin
Radio Personality: Steve Onu (Yaw – Wazobia FM)
TV Personalities of the Year: Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye
Actor of the Year: Van Vicker
Comedian of the Year: Basketmouth
Sports Personality of the Year: Amobi Okoye
Luxury Brand of the Year: Wisemen Apparel
Male Model of the Year: Sunny Adjero
Politician of the Year: Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
Most Stylish Man: Kojo Williams
Photographer of the Year: Kelechi Amadi-Obi
Musician of the Year: J Martins
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Bode Pedro
Designer of the Year: Okunoren Twins

Kojo Williams savours his 'Most Stylish' award

Kojo Williams savours his 'Most Stylish' award

Celine Loader receives her award

Celine Loader receives her award

Mode Mag Publisher/Editor Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa gives a speech

Mode Mag Publisher/Editor Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa gives a speech

Kelechi Amadi Obi picks up his MODE photographer of the year award

Kelechi Amadi Obi picks up his MODE photographer of the year award

Keke & D1

Keke & D1with their MODE MEN award

Radio fave Yaw of Wazobia FM receives his MODE award from Kate Henshaw

Radio fave Yaw of Wazobia FM receives his MODE award from Kate Henshaw

AY graciously picks up the award on behalf of his colleague Basketmouth

AY graciously picks up the award on behalf of his colleague Basketmouth

Its Van's monet! MODE Men Actor of the Year

Its Van's monet! MODE Men Actor of the Year


  1. Chiangel

    December 17, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Nice Photos. Congrats to all the winners.

  2. BiggestBossThusFar

    December 17, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Van V? Actor of the year? LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO.. I hope blind voters were responsible for this choice because good looks and dullness have nothing to do with acting talent.

  3. tplusf

    December 17, 2009 at 9:11 am

    van vicker is getting “fat”… he s still good lukin but… anyways… kate henshaw is hot in that dress… i love her… and congrats to Gov fashola…he really deserves it!!!

  4. MIMI

    December 17, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Van Vicker as Mode fyn guy of d year cool but Actor of d year?????????? Who ever voted? please d guy cant act 2 save a life so who in God’s name nominated him? Kindly retrieve dat award from him immediately. nuff said!

  5. wienna

    December 17, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Kate looks ravishing. Who’s that guy in the second picture with Van? I’m interested in him pls. loool

  6. sweetie

    December 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    my thoughts exactly

  7. sweetie

    December 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    van vicker actor of the year?????…..what is this world turning into

  8. Dee

    December 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    LMFAO!!!!! I totally agree with the Van V comments………biggestbossthusfar nailed it!!! Meanwhile was the event at the lobby of Fed palace, cos it looks like they just squished them in one corner and said, oya you ppl you can do your awards thingy right here……but dont pass this line!!! lol
    Big ups to the winners and props to Bode Pedro……deserving young entrepreneur of the year!!

  9. Nma

    December 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Governor Fashola definitely deserved his award! Most outstanding politician Nigeria has ever produced in a long time!

    And are u kidding me?! Since when does good looks equate to good acting? are these people smoking something?? Van? hissssss

  10. Didi Agege

    December 18, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I agree completely, saying Van is the actor of the year is simply bollocks!!! God looks (for those of us who are attracted to light skinned folk) does not equate Good acting.

  11. emily

    December 18, 2009 at 10:19 am

    i wonder oh my dear. van vicker of all people

  12. sylvia

    December 18, 2009 at 11:15 am

    we really need to look well and think write will voting,van is good looking but he has not gotten the approach to acting.There is still time to improve.

  13. Morenike

    December 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Kate looks Beautiful!!!! Lovely dress..

  14. NaijaGurl

    December 19, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Ahem! Van Vicker actor of the yr? yeah he’s okau but there’s nothin superbly awesome about his acting, What happened to my men Sam Dede, Jim Iyke, RMD, Desmond Eliiot eh?

  15. cuteasbee

    December 20, 2009 at 3:17 am

    it seems they were truly in a small room. congrats to the winners.

  16. Addy B

    December 20, 2009 at 8:07 am

    yes.oh…… wat about sam dede, jim iyke, desmond, yemi black…and many more…abeg oh… why van vicker, big time cheating …

  17. m.a

    December 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Van Vicker Man of the year for what, of how handsome he is or what, cos the whole world knows it damn sure aint his horrible emotionless acting. He still couldnt act even if you trained him for 10yrs. I think he should quit acting in movies and concentrate on modelling. THIS PRETTY MAN NEEDS TO MODEL – SAVE US THE HEADACHE AND STAY AWAY FROM EVERY FILMING LOCATION. WE bEG, I SHALL PAY HIM A MILLION DOLLARS TO STOP ACTING

  18. Yaffa

    December 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    @ all the comments about Van…I think his acting will improve but to be real if they say Van Vicker is in a movie I am more likely to watch it just to stare at his fine-ass-ness c.f. if they say Desmond Elliot or even Jim Iyke who is a great actor. Van gets my vote. And yes yes I know…totally shallow…but a thing of beauty is a joy forever!! : )

  19. Naijericanette

    December 23, 2009 at 5:54 am

    OMG, your post had me cracking up because it’s so true! If I see this man in another film…but where’s my fav actor Desmond Elliot?

  20. Benzo Zami

    December 26, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Stop all the hating on Van V.

  21. des

    December 27, 2009 at 1:52 am

    na una sabi, the guy is good, is it bcos his not nigerian, jealousy go kill i b 9ja and i like am,if u like go give am sam dede ,jim iyke,desmond eli, we be old sch

  22. wpp jR

    January 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Why the madness. Van got the best act of the year. I bi u think say, dem wen chose am na mumu dem bi. No hard feeling guys celebrate the star and let the dog sleep.

  23. vanovic

    September 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    sometime we need to act a little bit mature and understand the fact that if we really want some thing to suite our likeness then that must get the maximum encouragement support. but what are we having here now, (envy and insult) which is not right. maybe this is his time to shine, and as the saying goes who jah bless no one course. thing about that for a second

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