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Go2gurl announces nominees for The Nigerian Event Awards 2011



Go2gurl (G2G) is excited to announce the debut of The Nigerian Event Awards 2011 – TNEA 2011. The Nigerian events industry is on the rise and what better time than now to take things to the next level. The awards will concentrate on all events which took place between 2009 till now; rewarding outstanding achievements during the duration. TNEA presents an ideal opportunity to enhance the key players involved in the decision-making process for the Nigerian Events and Entertainment industry.

The NEA will:
– Reward outstanding achievements in the Nigerian events industry
– Encourage innovation, flair and professionalism in the events industry
– Encourage event organisers and suppliers to raise the standards of
working practices in the events industry
– Act as a benchmark for all event professionals

The 1st edition of TNEA, will take place in the first quarter of 2011 at a prestigious gala dinner in Lagos. The brand new ‘The Grandeur’ in Ikeja, is set to be the venue for the Gala event.
The gala dinner will allow diverse players in the the events industry to come together and celebrate its achievements.

Voting commenced on Jan 2, 2011 at the Go2gurl website (, and will run for 30 days. The nominations will be collated by the audit arm of Sola Oyetayo & Co, and announced on at the Awards Gala.

Award Categories & Nominees:
1) Event Manager of the Year:
– Tsoule Events
– Zapphaire Events
– No Surprise Events
– Sara O
– Elizabeth R
– On and One Events

2) Best Events Coverage of the Year (Magazine)
– City People
– National Encomium
– Ovation
– Genevieve Magazine

3) Best Events Coverage of the Year (TV)
– Silverbird Television
– Biscon TV
– Sound City

4) Best Events Coverage of the Year (Online)
– Niyiayibiti/

5) Best Charity/Cause Related Event
– Pink Ball (Breast Cancer)
– Jeans for Genes II (Sickle Cell Awareness)
– Fashion for Jos (Jos Victims)
– Eden Charity Auction (Genesis House)

6) Wedding of the Year
– Adenuga/Disu Wedding
– Diya/Adeboyejo Wedding (Maryland)
– Dokpesi/Karunwi Wedding
– Okposo/Mkparu Wedding
– Shagaya/Tukur Wedding
– Okpocha (Basketmouth)/Uzoma Wedding

7) Best Hotel/Events Venue
– Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos
– Federal Palace Hotel
– Nicon Noga, Abuja
– Oriental Hotel, Lagos
– AICC, Abuja

8 ) Best Purpose Built Venue
– Landmark, V/I
– J-Ville, Oniru, Lagos
– ThisDay Dome, Abuja
– KFA Events Place, Lekki, Lagos

9) Nigerian Event of the Year
– Hip Hop World Awards 2010
– The Future Awards 2010
– Hennessey Artistry 2010
– ThisDay (Nigeria @ 50) Awards 2010
– Elite Model Look 2010
– MAMA 2010
– Face of Africa 2010

10) Professional of the Year
– To be awarded by ASSOCIATION

11) Best Marketing Campaign for an Event
– The Experience 2009
– Ovation Red Carol 2009
– Lagos Carnival 2010
– MTN/FIFA World Cup
– The Future Awards 2010

12) Best Creative Use of Event Lighting
– Celebrity Takes Two
– Okpocha (BasketMouth)/Uzoma Wedding

13) Best Event Achiever in Catering
– Wine & Gold
– Astoria Caterers
– Osho Celebrations
– Kemabom Caterers
– Tastee Fried Chicken/TFC

14) Best Meeting/Conference
– Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) Annual Conference – RESDEMIT, 2010
– Nigerian Economic Society (NES) Annual Conference 2010
– Women in Management & Business (Wimbiz), 2010
– Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Conference 2010
– Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) 2010
– Dare to be Different (Rise), Abuja 2009

15) Best Comedy Event
– AY Live, Implication 2010
– Crack Ya Ribs 2009 (Julius Agwu)
– Lord of the Ribs, London 2010 (Basket mouth)
– Jedi Live, in LWKMD 2010
– Nite of 1000 Laughs, 2010 (Ali Baba)

16) Vendor of the Year
– Eko Hotel & Suites (Venue)
– TY Bello (Photography)
– House of Tara (Make-Overs)
– Ade Bakare Couture (Fashion)
– African Exhibition Services (Exhibition)
– Linensville (Decor/Rentals)
– Acabado Cakes (Cakes)

17) Best Innovative Idea
– Mushin Makeovers
– MTN 50s Festival (Music of Yester Years)
– Le Petite Marche – Grand Marche

18) Best Corporate Product/Service Launch
– GT Bank Postage Stamp Launch (20th Anniversary)
– MTN/Nokia DSTV Launch
– Peak (More than just Milk)
– Coca-cola (Open for Happiness Promo)

19) Best Resources Website

20) Outstanding Contribution to the Events Industry
– Newton & David (Mrs Uche Majekodunmi)
– Eventful Ltd (Mrs Yewande Zaccheus)
– Zapphaire (Mrs Funke Bucknor-Obruthe)
– Wine & Gold (Mrs Deola Fadase)
– Wedding Centre (Mrs Odusola)
– The Wedding Store (Mrs Dupe Koya)

21) Young Achiever of the Year
– Morsi PR
– Fruitopia
– 9 Yards Juices & Cocktails
– Babasola (Aso-Ebi)
– Dash (Catering)

22) Best Trade Exhibition
– Water Africa & West African Building & Construction Expo
– NAICE 2010
– Interior Design Show 2010
– Lagos Motor Fair 2010
– Abuja International Motor Show 2010
– Nigeria Oil & Gas Exhibition 2010
– Kaduna International Trade Fair, 2010

23) Best Music Event
– Asa Live @ The Palms 2009
– Tuface Live 2010
– PSquare 2010
– Star Mega Jam 2010
– The Green Concert, 2010
– MAMA 2010
– Sound City Music Awards

24) International Vendor of the Year
– Ade Plumptre
– Segun Gele

25) Best Event Designer
– Newton & David
– Oaken
– Victoria Green
– Sara O
– Open Hands
– Rare-flowers
– Dunamis

26) Best Government Event of the Year
– Lagos Festival 2010
– Calabar Festival 2010
– Lagos State (Nigeria @ 50) Photo Exhibition
– Eyo Festival Celebrations

Vote for your favourites via


  1. lizzy

    January 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Innovative i must say. This is one serious industry that hasn’t been taken seriously. Going to vote right away, some categories sha.

  2. Attentively curious me!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Best wedding of the year!!! *massive shock face* seriously, is this a category or BellaNaija just added it for comic relief?!
    *sigh sigh sigh* The entertainment industry in Naij(Aunty Dora sue me!) is not smiling at all. What’s the point of an award for events?!

    • Nneka

      January 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      LOL.LOL.RMHLOL. @ “massive face shock” and “comic relief”. I am just as lost as you are. So the point of the award is that ….????

  3. Jess

    January 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Yea I have to say that wedding of the year category is just silly. If I were the couples I would ask for my name o be removed smh. I think We all know no one covers events online like Bella naija! Lol

  4. Seriously?

    January 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Wedding of the yr? really?. Some categories are highly unnecessary, best meeting?

    • Ready

      January 19, 2011 at 7:52 am

      I so agree. Wedding of the year? WTF? Are we in high school? I hope the promoters take notice…that in my opinion just set us back about 20 years. Osi o da.
      What’s the difference between event manager and event designer? And those categories with only two nominees…do they have to exist or y’all are just too lazy to find other outstanding people in that category?
      I applaud the idea, but if we’re gonna do it, let’s do it right.

  5. Bsaks

    January 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    This is great news, Nice one Go2gurl………….will surely vote now. You can only get better! Please pick on the constructive criticism for future improvement. Overall i think it’s a fabulous idea and wish you great success on the event. Cheers

  6. Attentively happy me!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Why do y’all like fussing??? I don’t get it. Love that my wedding was nominated b’cos it’s not me, It’s the event planning that went into it duhhhhh EVENT AWARDS. My planner was awesomeeeeeeeeeeee and she deserves her work nominated. Eyin le mo oh! Great great concept jare.

  7. Duvy

    January 20, 2011 at 5:22 am

    No one rocks my TL like Bella Naija does… So ama vote yall all the way to number one! Where the link @?

  8. BigPapa

    January 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Great things are happening in naija. Best comedy should go to Basketmouth. Innovative ideas just has to be Mushin makeovers up FELA DUROTOYE! whoohoo. Young achiever hmmn i dunno. Come oh! why aren’t the nominees even asking for our votes. We should have a forum where they should pitch their campaign for real. Anyways I think this speaks progress for the industry. Thumbs up. Na so Oscars start oh

  9. Gosh!

    January 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t feel comfortable with ‘Wedding of the year’ category either. But who am i to complain?
    @Attentively happy me! you sound like Elsie;Bright’s wife. The others are way too posh to come yak like you just did on BN….

  10. jupa

    January 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    See bad belle! This is a classic case of bad bells. Nigerians are just too full of hate. That’s why the country is the way it is. Can you imagine people here in the US condemning wedding of the year. They pick top weddings of the year all the time in mags, on shows etc. Am thinking some people have it in for some of the couples or individuals mentioned, if not I don’t see the big deal in listing wedding of the year. Afterall, weddings are the MOST POPULAR kind of events Nigerians attend ta! BTW have you seen the pages on the Dakore/Akande wedding? For pitts sake weddings get the most commentary on next to entertainment events. I think we should drop it and encourage feats like this which can help boost the Nigerian culture and image instead of whinning about one category. Remember – Good people, great nation.

  11. ubon ime ekpo

    January 31, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    i wish to be given a card,i vote stv,MTN,DANGOTE

  12. nkemjika

    March 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Newton and david’s Uche Majekodunmi definitely has my vote (asides BN that is), for having staying power and bringing fairytales to life. I just launched my own business in Enugu and I appreciate what it takes to pull off a seamless, classy event. Whine about categories elsewhere please!

  13. meme

    April 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    seriously, international vendor, where is Atunbi (Photography), RL desserts (fruit tree and chocolate fountain) and Kemi Kings Imevbore-Uwaga (make up artist) they are all UK based and constantly work in 9ja.
    Young Achiever of the Year…. On what merit cos i can name a few, BM PRO, Cocktails in and out, Eni lise Balogun and Molara Akande
    Outstanding Contribution to the Events Industry.. Please where is wedding planner mag. she has helped in promoting all vendors
    I am sorry but someone needs to look into this.

  14. Miss Mo

    April 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Not a lot of research or checks went into collating this nominees list…obviously only lagos produces events vendors judging from the above list….Good plan, not so good execution Go2girl… really want to know the yardsticks used in measuring the nominees for this award…

  15. Shining Nights

    May 11, 2011 at 4:57 am

    TSOULE event is the Event Manager of the year … this is a truly deserved win for TSOULE.

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