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Becoming Mrs Akande…Dakore Egbuson opens up on her career, life, love & upcoming wedding in Genevieve Magazine’s “Bridal Issue”

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The December 2010 issue of Genevieve Magazine is gloriously festive! The issue is tagged “The Exclusive Bridal Edition” and features bride-to-be superstar Nollywood actress, musician and soon to be Talkshow host, Dakore Egbuson on the cover.
Dakore is engaged and will soon be married to her longtime love, Olumide Akande. Here is an excerpt from the magazine.

However, Dakore has been grabbing all the headlines lately for something a little more personal: her four-and-a-half year old romance with her beau, Olumide Akande. She grins and wriggles her left fingers playfully, revealing her exquisite ring when Genevieve touched on the exciting subject of her engagement and imminent marriage.

We just connected intellectually and we have a lot in common, too,” Dakore says of the initial attraction. “He really loves music as I do; and he knows those little things that make me relaxed around him. We have each other’s back, which is really great because that is usually the foundation of a good marriage.

Dakore also chats about her career and what her fans can expect from her in 2011. For the photoshoot, Dakore wore pieces by Nigerian designer, Ituen Basi and rather than her signature locs, we see her hair in sexy ringlets.

The issue also features an exclusive bridalwear photoshoot and other exciting wedding themed stories.

Credits
Photography: Oladipo Oladapo
Makeup & Hair: Maryjane for Sleek
Styling: Ohimai Atafo
Wardrobe & Accessories: Ituen Basi
Interviewer: Kelvin Keshi

97 Comments

  1. THE AMAKA

    December 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    SHE IS LOOKING SO BEAUTIFUL!
    but for the past 2 years now (???) we’ve been hearing about this wedding.
    she should stop talking about it until it happens, wouldn’t want to jinx anything.
    dakore has always been CLASSY & FABULOUS!

  2. THE AMAKA

    December 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    and what show does she host?

  3. Teefah

    December 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

  4. anne

    December 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    First to comment.yay

  5. Jonzing World

    December 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Thought she had done a secret wedding… But bella all day is this the only news. Am going in search of another blogger *sad face*

    • Ib

      December 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

      my thoughts exactly,iv been waiting all weekend for this??!!:(
      No now Bellanaija..the holidays cant be that slow

  6. Teebaby

    December 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    me no likey the make up

  7. D.O.T.M.H.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Heeeeyyy!!! Amen o amen!

  8. French Paris aaliyah

    December 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    i think the make up is ok ,the only problem shld be her last picture.she places her hand as if she’s sayx “hey i got a big ring n i want u guys to notice it”
    its not natural…………to bad but i still like u Dakore

    • Nma

      December 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      yeah even the first one that flaunts her louboutin pumps lol…she’s gorgeous though. hope she gets back to acting soon i’ve missed her. i wish her the best!

  9. Chei

    December 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    One of the classiest in NOllywood (plus Genny, Rita, Bimbo, Joke Silva Stella and OmoT) unlike all the other razz young actresses. There are less than 10 nollywood ladies who i consider classy and she is definately in the top 5.

  10. ochella

    December 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Congratulations to them…

  11. Oluwasegun

    December 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Finally! she is gonna marry d dude.. They have been dating for like 4eva.. happy 4 her though.. She is one of d few Nollywood babes who seem not 2 av scandals trailing them regularly.. Congrats Dakore!

  12. Sally

    December 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Lol to chei.so tonto dikeh and rukky sanda r razz.please omoni oboli is hot hot hot and a mum 2 u no

  13. Gbemi

    December 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Surprised to read that she released a a single quietly last year. Would’ve loved to hear voice.
    I find her telling Olumide she would still wear it if he had given her a grass ring very sweet 🙂 I’m a sucker for love like that sha!
    I wish them all the best…

    http://www.gbemisoke.blogspot.com

  14. Nma

    December 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Bella this blog is becoming so draggishly dryyyy. Haba! It takes y’all days to make posts and sometimes when u do its something boring about some event or some music/fashion show thingy. This is the festive period when y’all r even supposed to have more news poppin. Get on ya grinds bikonu!

    • oyinlola

      December 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      thanx for dat observation.i used to love d blog but lately i just dont understand it.if d story is not abt one book launch,then its about some ghanian fashion label.i dont know why they try to avoid gossip and juicy stories.as if they are any better than those doing gossips.

    • Area Mama

      December 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      LMAO! Do you really think Bella left her cushy job abroad to come home and count chickens? She should just be posting gossip and juicy stories!! Who will pay her bills? My dear, those book launches, Petite Marches etc probably afford her the opportunity to do what she loves so leave her to do her thing! What about if we put you up on the site and watch how others rip you to shreds for a change, that would be nice, wouldnt it? lol you people are funny sha! like you are paying her for the gist! lol Abeg, Bella, sell your market dey go, I dey your side!

  15. winneR

    December 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Thrilled 4 them,i like her sense of style.
    Nice 2 c her out of locs 4 a change.

  16. lizzy

    December 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    She’s looking alrite. Congratulations girl, loving your new hair do.

  17. sam

    December 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Ugh! Ok Bella u have till feb 2011 to revive this blog

  18. Demilade

    December 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Im not a lover of brazillian necessarily, but mahn this springy hair…anyway she still looks good…

    Im a fan

  19. Aminu Adamu

    December 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Lucky u

  20. MaryLJ

    December 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    She’s a great actress and becoming the MRS. is the hightlight of her life, her whole career? and why do I have the feeling this guy might not marry her? She is probably putting up with a alot of his BS so that she can get this MRS. AKANDE title. I mean 2+ years of “we are getting married soon” Poor girl.

    • Gwen

      December 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm

      Pls don’t feel sorry for her cos I can confirm to u that they are married. They had a quiet thing and still deciding if they should bother with anything that may involve d public**to be precise, media. Lou is family and reason for confirming their union. Both great people and wish them Gods blessings. Xxx

    • MaryLJ

      December 21, 2010 at 4:31 am

      That civil union/commom law marriage is not it and doesn’t count. Why marry in secret if they are happy about their relationship? Dakore is beautiful and should not be hidden! This Akande guy needs to step up and do right by her.

    • Gwen

      December 22, 2010 at 3:38 am

      Quiet and Secret are 2 different things. Their choice, your opinion. Fact is they have made their choices and are happy.

    • MaryLJ

      December 24, 2010 at 2:18 am

      Okay. The title of the article is….wait for it……”Becoming Mrs. Akande!” So excuse everyone’s logic conclusion that they are indeed NOT yet married. Happy holidays Gwen!

    • MaryLJ

      December 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Edit: I meant to write logical conclusion.

  21. Tokunbo

    December 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    This supposed wedding is taking forever to materialise, anyway I wish her the best, please spice up this blog,especially at this festive season,cheers

  22. younotry

    December 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    really happy for her.love the confidence she exudes always.

    younotry.blogspot.com

  23. ijubreel

    December 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    are you kidding? i thot she was married to the dude already.

  24. dre

    December 20, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Na wa for human beings sha…I for one am extremely happy for Dakore. She is talented, beautiful and moving to the next stage of her life and you’re calling her a poor girl? She is a decent, classy chic that’s a role model too. I disagree with u MaryLJ pls get a life and stop hating!! Dakore we are solidly behind u…nuttin so u..

    • MaryLJ

      December 21, 2010 at 4:27 am

      What am I hating about? 9ja girls and money!! You thought I was referring to her as a poor girl in the financial content. Ha!

  25. dre

    December 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    *do U*

  26. goddess

    December 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    So happy for her and pls guys lets be positive and happy for her. it doesnt matter how long it takes them to get married as long as they are happy. After all they are going to be together forever so why rush? I wish them all the best and may God bless their union.

  27. Miss BusyBody

    December 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    This is why it’s never such a great idea to announce your engagement until a wedding date has been fixed….Haba!!

  28. chinwe

    December 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Dakore,I wish u all d best

  29. tbn

    December 21, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Good luck to Dakore and her man o. I just love the ituen bassey pieces she has on. I need to invest on one of Ituen’s pieces 😉 she’s a unique designer.

  30. Temiloluwa Adebayo

    December 21, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Wow, Dakore is a babe! I wish her all the best oh.Those two have been together for ages.

    http://temiville.wordpress.com

  31. Jenifa

    December 21, 2010 at 4:55 am

    is that her new title/achievement? It’s like beocming the Attorney General ….Becoming the Defense Secretary…Becoming Mrs Akande. She needs to not lose her identity sha we all love her for who she is…Dakore.

    • Temilola Adebayo

      December 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      I cosign.as much as I love Dakore I need for her not to lose her identity..she’s been out of the limelight for a while and needs to step back in..

    • ochella

      December 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      Truly becoming MRS AKANDE sounds like babe might be loosing her identity slowly. I still wish them the best.

  32. NNENNE

    December 21, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Congratulations Dakore! Make sure you share the wedding pictures. By the way, those dresses look fab.Where can some get something like that outside our shores? Trust me a lot of people, not only Nigerians will want them, as long as the stitches are clean and the prices reasonable.

  33. Africhic

    December 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Its like she has ended her acting career. i used to love her as an actress, now all she’s known for is her loooooooong engagement.

  34. fokasibe

    December 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I like this girl sha!!! No one is perfect people!! Whether she announced her engagement before or after the wedding, people would still have comments so! Dakore….keep being classy!

  35. akudo

    December 21, 2010 at 10:04 am

    i can tell you 4 free dat Dakore and her man already did a court wedding last month. so d weddin d re talkin bout should be the Big Celebration u knw. happy for my main girl….big ups

  36. Straight4ward

    December 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Na wa for Nigerians o!…so ya’ll still found something negative to say about this girl?? even with the good news of getting married soon?? seriously this is not on…ah ah …so people must say something negative…” 2 years of being engaged is now too long? May God help you all.

  37. joke

    December 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Finally !!! am so happy for her.

  38. RMG

    December 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

    My own is that she’s lookind too damn fly…..

  39. Blossom

    December 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

    She looks different with dark hair.

  40. Foluke

    December 21, 2010 at 11:22 am

    so loving her ankara! I wish her all the best!

  41. dolapo

    December 21, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I heard it thru the grapevine that they’re already married…the wedding we’re all waiting for is going to be the party/celebration…if its true, I love them both even more! wink,wink..

  42. Ifeyinwa

    December 21, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Dakore is a hottie..she is simply in a class of her own as far as nollywood is concerned. I pray all goes well for her and her man…u cant hold a good woman down…She shines in the pics and the clothes are one word..WAOH!

  43. Peperempe

    December 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Bella I didn’t want to say it because I thought I might appear too pushy, but since the issue is now being discussed…The website has become toooo staid. No gist, no prose, nothing! Please get on it oh. I love BN but the last one week has been an astonishing drag.

    I mean even when there are stories/pictures popping around the internet, they always seem to come up very late on BN. For example you said,, 2 wks ago, that you would put up the list of winners and collections from the FAB thingy..but nine days after and nothing. You guys are doing a great job but please let’s not start slacking okay!

    • BellaNaija.com

      BellaNaija.com

      December 22, 2010 at 2:26 am

      Hiya,
      Thanks so much for the comments and constructive criticism.
      December is our review month. We take a step back and evaluate the year and then strategize for the new year.
      Posting will be limited for the next few weeks but rest assured, we will be bigger and better in 2011!

      That said, we are ramping things up beyond what we had planned for December based on your feedback.

      xx
      BN Team

    • Peperempe

      December 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      I noticed you guys have already racked up the posts. Three new posts and it’s not even 3 p.m. Good job. Thanks for listening 🙂

      BN still remains numero uno!!!

  44. Chei

    December 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Abeg i didnt mention anyones name oooh. If the RAZZNESS cap fit they should wear it. (cough cough: Rukky Sanda, Susan Peters, Tontoh, Ini, Ufuoma “I die fighting Ejenabor”, Uche Ogbodo,Yvonne Nelson, Uche Elendu, Mercy, Queen Nwokoye – i mean need i go on too plenty to name- the razzness scream out their pores they dont even have to open their mouth. Some try so damn hard yet can never get it right. Either you got it or you dont and Dakore got IT

    • Riya

      December 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

      I TOTALLY agree with your Razz list. Please help me to add Ebube Nwagbo.

    • Jenifa

      December 22, 2010 at 3:34 am

      I agree with your razz list but lets give Ini some credit o.,,she is on a mission to reinvent herself and i see serious decline in her razzness

    • Riya

      December 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Jenifa, you might want to check the latest blog entry about The Future Awards Nominees Party. Please check Ini’s picture there and tell me if her razzness is indeed on the decline. Hehehehe!

  45. smallbutMighty

    December 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Way to go bella …finally some positivity,I am so happy to hear this..Dakore is still my favourite actress from nollywood…She looks so beautiful *mouth opened* pls pls pls…we need 2 see wedding pictures ooo so bella don’t fail us..cheers!

  46. Mabel

    December 21, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Doesn’t she have dreads? This wig and the makeup leaves much to be desired. She is so beautiful and has one of the best voice in Nollywood. Best of wishes on the marriage.

  47. groupie

    December 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    To all the people hating, please type your name in Google and see if anything comes out …(Empty abi??)

  48. Dee

    December 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    She looks lovely….

  49. Cough Cough

    December 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Wow, Groupie, are you a member of her team, or Dakore herself….I just dey laugh for you people. You all have NOOOOOOO Idea. I can’t wait for it to come out. Watch dis space shaaaaaaaaaa. (Giggle giggle, Cough cough)

  50. Stella

    December 22, 2010 at 12:24 am

    U look good. Congrats. I heard you will be hosting House 45, the new Dating Tv Reality Show. Is that true. I will love to watch you stay with the house mates for 55 days. http://www.house45.tv

  51. Jennifer

    December 22, 2010 at 12:33 am

    amm soooo happy for her.i love u dakore

  52. Miss Face

    December 22, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Nor the hair, looks cheap and tacky but doesnt mean i love dakore any less sha.

  53. 306omo

    December 22, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Seriously Daroke??? You have to do all this because you got engaged?? wait until the wedding i beg!!! We’ve been hearing this for the past 2years.
    COngrats all the same!

  54. Ifeyinwa

    December 22, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Cough cough better take something for ur ailment before u start chatting rotten lyric…bad belle causes all sorts of sickness o!(just saying)

  55. Bolade

    December 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

    She is stunning! Kai! that akande dude is one lucky fella…I wish them luck,love and all the best in life.

  56. Cough Cough

    December 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Ifeyinwa, I’m in perfect health.. maybe you should connect the Cough to the subject in this topic…And I thought I made it easy (Just saying)

  57. Remilekun

    December 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I like that she’s experimenting with her look as per the dark hair and she still keeps it real in the African print gorgeous dresses. I wish Dakore all the best cos she’s the real deal..

  58. ibukungeorge

    December 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Really sad today but this site always make me laugh esp the comment lol.4long years of engagement…..Geez!wats d d dude waiting for?

  59. VANESSA NWOCHA

    December 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I hardly recognized her,because i v always known her with dread lock.congrats dear.You are such a unique figure in nolly wood.

  60. The Bola

    December 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Please how is dating for 4 and a half years too long??? Nothing do them, pls shine your eyes well and know exactly what you’re getting into. What’s the rush if you plan to stay married forever

  61. victoria

    December 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    i love her makeup. I also have asian dark skin, and i always confuse about make up. she looks so gorgeous

  62. Timma

    December 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Congrats Dakore, really missed ur acting!!!! Ladies,lets just ba happy for her, she is moving on and matching foward, and great actress or not getting married is also an achievement too, its ordained by God.The Pixs are lovely as for the pose not being natural… people its a photo shoot for a magazine and as their cover model, the photographer dictates the pose she takes, besides if you have it, flaunt it!have u all forgotten beyonce’s single ladies pose???Dakore enjoy abeg!!!

  63. Remilekun

    December 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I agree with Timma, I really miss her acting!!
    I hope she keeps on doing her thing while married o…
    Her energy is very unique and it would be a shame..No.1 fan of hers since her Sports tv presenting days..Go Dakore!

  64. Gloria

    December 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    She is so naturally beautiful and talented..I wish her nothing but the best..I’ve met her personally and she was so friendly and warm! God bless her..

  65. mami

    December 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Why leave uche jombo out of the Razz list? She’s number one o

  66. Tinuke

    December 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    She’s hot,i bet your man will be so proud of u.cogratulations.

  67. sheba

    December 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    @Nnenne its Ituen Basi u heard. The stitches has got to be clean. Meanwhile Dakore the important tin is he put d ring on it finally. Congrats!

  68. Miss B

    December 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    ok..firstly,i loveee dakore…shes so beautiful and decent…and to y’all talking abt her loooong engagement or wateva,they have the right to be engaged till 2020,its none of ur damn business…there is a wedding date FYI..i dunno why people r so shallow and negative…there is no way nigeria will move forward with these kinda dirt bags and ass holes..P.S-y’all have given ur opinion,im just giving mine so suck up wateva u have to say..
    Goodluck Dakore,the LORD is with u and thats ALL that matters..

  69. medina

    December 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    why the hating for this lovely lady, she’s nothing but a decent hardworking young lady who deserves everybit of happiness in life…… congrats Dakore, wishing to the very best in ur union

  70. weave baybee

    December 30, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    dont like the weave- dont like the makeup- whats with matching the outfit pattern with the jewlry?? its tack, i like her tho

  71. weave baybee

    December 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    ‘Tacky’

    weave baybee
    dont like the weave- dont like the makeup- whats with matching the outfit pattern with the jewlry?? its tack, i like her tho.

  72. Lola

    January 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Dakore, u’re a real star of your time, you came out of England at the right time when others r still dragging foot, into a marvellous light. And now you’re Marrying into a Loving family. Congratulations and Happy Married Life to both of You. Rmbr there r lots of bad girls out who want Olumide like mad.

  73. seun

    January 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I am very happy for you dakore n am wishin u a happy married lyf mrs akande……but I think u shuld reduce d noise bout it n get married first…..am rily missin u in Nollywood…cnt wait to c u on screen•God bless u n grant u favour n wisdom in al u do

  74. Mrs Odemwingie

    January 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Kate Middleton on becoming Princess Kate…

  75. lauryn

    January 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    at arena mama.
    this people have little knowledge of what it takes to have a blog and pieceit together like this.it takes bella’s personal style and aura to be in check then to pour the same on this blog and the news piece which as u all call bellanaija.appreciate dont hate .Go bella .NAIROBI loves u.

    janet

  76. prasioe

    January 5, 2011 at 8:08 am

    groupie
    To all the people hating, please type your name in Google and see if anything comes out …(Empty abi??) lwkmd

  77. Jatropha

    January 6, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Dakore is one of the most Decent and scandal free superstar in Nollywood.My concern is if this Olumide Akande of a Man will be truly deserving as he has played politics with this marriage for 2 and half years now.

  78. Katherine

    January 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I ‘dislike’ the Dakore spread in the Dec ’10 Genevieve. She was styled horribly,that wig+stupid bow in her hair is awful!.#imjustsayin

  79. oreofe-oluwa

    January 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Am so happy for one of my favorite actresses in nollywood. I wish u and ur hubby all the happiness marriage can bring. may u be fruitful and prosper in all ur endeavors

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