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Cheers to 50! Hennessy celebrates Nigeria @ 50 with a special commemorative bottle



On Saturday, September 11th 2010, Cyrille Gautier-Auriol, the global brand ambassador of Hennessy, hosted a dinner and dance at The Oriental Hotel Ballroom in Lagos, in order to celebrate the launch ‘Hennessy 50’- a special limited edition by Hennessy for the commemoration of Nigeria’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

For the occasion, the House of Hennessy created this unique collector’s item ‘Hennessy 50’, of which there are only 50,000 limited edition bottles, as a hallmark of the special relationship that the historic cognac house shares with Nigeria.

The Oriental Ballroom which was completely transformed for the event was filled with Entrepreneurs, Artists, Young and Ambitious Socialites and Business Executives from major organizations within Nigeria. It was a time to network, socialize and savor the decadent flavor of cognac.

The Black Tie affair began with smooth jazz from the band ‘Adrenaline’ which kept guests entertained while waiters scrambled around the room serving cocktails made with Hennessy of course. The occasion, which was hosted by the very handsome and humorous Amaechi Okobi, kept the crowd buzzing with laughter. At some point, I couldn’t tell if it was his jokes or the cognac in my system that made me roar with laughter.

After a brief introduction of the Hennessy brand and its history, Mr. Cyrille Gautier- Ariol gave a speech about what the event meant to him and how pleased he was to be standing in a room filled with an elite group of people who had come to appreciate Hennessy and its success in the Nigerian market.

Not only is Hennessy the leading cognac brand in Africa but it has a long-standing history of being interconnected with charities in Nigeria and shares a legacy of giving back to the community. The Founder and Chairperson of the Society for the performing arts in Nigeria (SPAN), Sarah Boulus spoke about the tremendous financial support her organization has received from Hennessy which has allowed young artists to learn about their craft and receive training in order to pursue their passion. SPAN is a registered non-governmental organization that aims to set a world-class standard for performing arts education in Nigeria, offering unprecedented opportunities in dance, music and theatre to Nigeria’s talented citizens.

Shortly afterwards, guests were entertained by neo-soul crooner Bez, who performed two of his hit singles from his up coming album soon to be released. Through the course of the night several unique bottles of Hennessy were auctioned earning a whopping 1,500,000 Naira. Each of the 50,000 Limited Edition Hennessy bottles is uniquely numbered and celebrates a proud history with the Nigerian community. The proud owners of the special edition of Hennessy bottles are sure to bank on the fact that those bottles will be worth a lot more in the future.

Following the auction, the audience was entertained by a surprise performer who made it his goal to have audience members take shots of Hennessy if they could not deliver rap lyrics with the word “Hennessy” in it. After having most people fail, Mr. Incredible – MI himself took to the stage to perform two of his hit songs Anoti, and Short Black Boy. It was great to see everyone enthusiastic about the young performer who amped up the crowd and had people ‘shaking their tail feathers’ if you know what I mean.

As the evening ended, there was a sense of pride in the room knowing that organizations like Hennessy are also celebrating Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary and recognizing Nigeria’s contribution to the success of their brand. So the question remains, where will Hennessy be in 50 years and where will Nigeria be in 50 years?

Bridget Awosika

Omoyemi & Toks Akerele


Betty & Soni Irabor


Tokini Peterside

Ugo Iromantu


Steve & Yetunde BabaEko

Frank Edoho

Yvonne Ekwere

Omorinsola Arogundade

Eku Edewor


Tseshe & Ade Egunjobi

Hennessy - Nigeria @ 50 models

Iretiola Doyle

Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz & MI

Olaotan Towry-Coker

Dolapo Oni & guest

Helen Ajayi

Adaure Achumba & Guest

Stephanie Okereke


Kehinde Okunoren

Dudun Peterside

Biola Alabi

Kemi Adetiba


  1. Brittle Paper

    September 22, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Stephanie looks nice hot!

  2. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    September 22, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Ireti D, April & Kemi A????????Everyone else looked great!Love the Arogundade girl’s outfit.Adaure looks good(best i have seen)

  3. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    September 22, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Wasnt feeling Stephanie O too

  4. Kilonsparkles

    September 22, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Adaure Achumba and Eku Edewor!
    Stop killing these people now, I mean damn.
    Eku is murdering that picture and Adaure’s dress is hot!
    check out

    Happy early bday Naija!

    • Kilonsparkles

      September 22, 2010 at 2:36 am

      Stephanie okereke too. Hotness ti kpo ju

  5. konnie

    September 22, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Stephenie,Tokini and Kemi look wonderful and their outfits exquisite.Pray what designer fashoned Tokini and Steph’s outfit?

    Would love to know….

    • Blossom

      September 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

      Tokini is usually very nice-looking but I don’t think this picture favours her. My opinion.

  6. D.O.T.M.H.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Lovely pictures! For a min I thot everyone was wearing black. The market in Nigeria must be really strong for hennessy to be acknowledging us like this. Thanks to all the “champagne, hennessy, moet” songs. “Where will hennessy be in 50 years and where will Nigeria be in 50 years?” Good question.
    Now lemme wait for those who’ll do a proper analysis of the outfits. Thanks Izie.

  7. Kay

    September 22, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Pics were Ok… nothing particularly glamorous, but note to Tokini Peterside… is just wrong that ur mama gats more swagger than u…..n its not just from this event alone…brighten up girl ah ah u’re not old yet, get a stylist if all else fails….

    Who truly believes Hennessy is celebrating Nig??? they just marketing n selling booze people….celebrate yourselves!

    • ader

      September 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

      I agree o. Tokini is hot , but her mother!! fire!

  8. Musings of Ewa

    September 22, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Eku’s dress looks frumpy. This is the first she’s looked below average. C’mon girl

    Bridget Awosika btw looks absolutely stunning and her cuts are divine. Here’s real designing that actually shows off some talent… not the boring ankara trend. Her cuts remind me of Donatella Versace’s slim and sexy cuts

  9. JPrat

    September 22, 2010 at 7:18 am

    So Bridget’s dress..isn’t this a remake/recolor of the blue one she wore at Elite Model? Lovely dress just looks the same.. Eku is effortlessly hot

    • Lape

      September 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

      yehhh still hot tho.. i prefer d black

    • TeeK

      September 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

      Emmm…. YES well its called cohesiveness!! As in a cohesive collection in the making.

    • Kilonsparkles

      September 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      That’s exactly what I thought

  10. Tee

    September 22, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Love Bridget and Yemi’s outfits. Not feeling Stephanie Okereke’s look, it does nothing for her.
    What the hell does April have on? or is it just a bad angle?
    everybody else looks aight.

  11. Fatima

    September 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

    This is definitely the best red carpet event in Naij ever. Everyone looks good and is dressed appropriately especially the women. These women know what looks good for their bodytype. Great job!

  12. TeeK

    September 22, 2010 at 8:13 am

    All I can say is BRIDGET AWOSIKA!!!!!
    Toooooo stunning!

    • Didi

      September 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      I agree. There’s something about her.

  13. Chike

    September 22, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Just started noticing this Bridget Awosika babe Please is she dating or married which one??? 🙂 Haba she is too stunning and on point with her style!!!! Whoever your man is must be one lucky one! Beauty and talent 🙂 🙂
    As musings of Ewa said…her designs are the business!!!

  14. NaijaGirl

    September 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Yea, surely they all look good and on point. No one seems to be wearing what will not look good on him or her. No fashion scandals.

  15. DUDU

    September 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Me love Bridget’s outfit. You go girl

  16. Didi

    September 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Who is April and what the ….* is she putting on? Every other person is looking nice and some, extra hot.

  17. Helen

    September 22, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Wow by far the most sophisticated red carpet I’ve seen on here. Everyone looks really fab. Top 3 for me will have to be Bridget Awosika, Omoyemi Akerele and Tokini! Fab, Fab, Fab!!!

    • Ms. Jayee

      September 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

      I totally agree!

  18. Andrew

    September 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    It takes a girl with confidence and the right figure to rock that dress on Bridget. Go girl! Too hot!

  19. Ronnie

    September 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Bridget Awosika and Betty Irabor did it for me. By far the best red carpet though!

  20. mia

    September 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Steph is so spanking hott………………ouch

  21. nigerianbabe

    September 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

    just a few didnt make d fab look……kemi a is def not one of them. she looks gud, maybe not as glamorous but gud!

    • Naija Didi

      September 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      I think Kemi A has a lot of confidence to be pulling out stunts like these. I mean, we all just wanna play safe and wear black. Plus I love that she is always smiling.

  22. adenike

    September 22, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Ireti Doyle,you wearing a curtain or what? Mo Cheddah ain’t bad. Frank and those long shoes of his,he’s competing with Basketmouth i guess? SMH. but Bridget Awosika takes the crown!

  23. Debbie Ikwang

    September 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

    everybody is at its best…but mo’cheddah plssss stop losing weight…..being skinny doesn’t look good on everyone,stay healthy girl.

  24. Naija Didi

    September 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Eku Edewor always looks good cos she knows how to pose for the cameras. I think there’s a thing or two to be learnt from her.

    • Blossom

      September 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

      She was once on Britain’s Next Top Model

  25. kemi

    September 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Ireti! but why nau?! is that a table cover?! and there’s jst somethin abt Eku’s dress that rubs me the wrong way o. My faves are Bridget Awosika and Betty Irabor

  26. Kay..

    September 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Betty rocks all d way!!!

  27. Barbie

    September 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I dont really like Bridget’s dress,its kinda transparent n all..and whats with the weird look on her face..#just saying….

  28. tanya

    September 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Their heads looks funny. something definately wrong with the photography. *just saying*

  29. mimi84

    September 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Chei see Betty Irabor just killing all these chics half her age!! too fine..

  30. Honey

    September 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Nija girls and women are hot. Nigerian girls are the hottest in Africa and the America girls cannot compete with their intelligence, good mannerism and elegance, you can have your pick of midnight black , caramel, very fair, milk chocolate etc, have a look at Betty irabor and co even the mamas are hot. It’d totally insane for any nija guy to want a foreigner like the stupid footballers. And to the likes of that silly olu maintain, dbanj and co using white stippers in their music videos, it disgust us that you do. Pls do not bring the decaying culture of the black America to Nigeria there is no white or black, we are equal and our women are beautiful, inetigent and sophisticated we do not want the hatred and humiliation stupid black American rappers inflict on their women by parading white girls. Olu maintain just get lost with ur strippers and to omotola jalade you have zero chemistry with the white model why not use your hubby or a black guy. Any idiotic low life rapper that shows oyinbo girls in their video music will be cursed. We have enough beauties in nigeria to use. This stupid mentality is running black families in America because of the media perception that white is beautiful. Pls let’s stamp ou this evil in our society. We do not want segregration. We have always find ourselves attractive which one is oyinbo for video rubbish. Idiotic olu maintain and co am warning you, and stop shooting in south Africa nija is beautiful.yeye people.

  31. WLA

    September 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Great article Izie Igodan! Bridget looking gorgeous as usual and the lovely couple Ade & Tseshe looking great…

  32. Prism of an immigrant

    September 23, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I don’t like the weaves the hennessy models and Adaure are wearing. They could do better.

  33. Anyaposh

    September 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    These folks are looking rather sharp & fabulous. Who is that Ugo guy? guy’s looking rather dapper, sexy much? 🙂

  34. sholly babe

    September 24, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Preach it HONEY!!!!! I dey behind you 100%

  35. Larry. A

    September 24, 2010 at 6:55 am

    The ladies always seem to grace the Red Carpet no question! As for the fellows, not so much, so we’ll be keeping an eye on the fellows who come across any Red Carpets !!!

    Check out my fashion police report –

  36. Larry. A

    September 24, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Graceful event!!!

  37. efed

    September 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    i really love me some Kemi Adetiba, but i dont think short skirts or dresses are your strong points. Putting your legs together or standing straight is not a good sight at all. This is not an insult please!!! I notice them on Maltina Dance all. Every other person look cool and nice…

  38. Faridah

    September 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Abeg, some call FP, April should be cited!

  39. Bee

    September 25, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Im so proud of Stephanie O…shez come a long way from those ill-fitted top and pants she used 2 wear. I also do believe [email protected] Nigerians do dress a lot better for red carpet events than all these celebrities (just my opinion).
    ps: Eku seriously looks like Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf) 🙂

  40. skovgaard

    September 25, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I like bella’s reference to “young and ambitious socialites” hahaha.

  41. Babyshambles

    September 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I think everyone looked really smart. M.I’s tie looks very dapper. i think Sasha just gets better and better. Cheers everyone

  42. bada bing bada bang

    September 27, 2010 at 3:44 am

    wow! everyone looks extremely regal! i’ve always said this, after white ppl and the chinkos, naija ppl are next. we are so classy and we sabi rep o! amazing event.

  43. youngmoney

    October 8, 2010 at 12:50 am

    damn that ugo is one hottie

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