BN Bytes: Ex-beauty queen Omowunmi Akinnifesi & Designer Ohimai Atafo emerge as Vanguard Newspaper’s “Allure Style Icons” for 2011

Omowunmi Akinnifesi and Ohimai Atafo have emerged as the “Allure Style Icons” for 2011. Allure Magazine is the weekly insert magazine of Vanguard Newspaper. Allure is an offshoot of the Allure Beauty & Style column which is the longest running Beauty & Style column in Nigeria. The magazine is headed by Editor in Chief, Remmy Diagbare.

The Allure Style Icons Search began in 2008. For the 2011 competition, a shortlist of 20 celebrities were listed and fans were asked to vote for their favourites. The winners were chosen by votes and a panel of 4 celebrity judges. Entrepreneur, Omowunmi Akinnifesi won the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant in 2005 is  renowned for her red carpet style while designer Ohimai Atafo has gained a strong fanbase for his daring reinvention of menswear in Nigeria. For several years, Omowunmi was the unofficial “face” and muse of the MAI womenswear brand. The winners will be presented with their awards during a two ceremonies currently scheduled for March 2011.

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44 Comments on BN Bytes: Ex-beauty queen Omowunmi Akinnifesi & Designer Ohimai Atafo emerge as Vanguard Newspaper’s “Allure Style Icons” for 2011
  • cathy March 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    omawunmi is a loolker n a top notch dresser and the hunk is truly repping.they both re amazing.

  • oye March 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm


  • Toriola March 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    i love them both. too much pressure on the young girl tho…i mean what else does she do beside appearing at events looking pretty? the pressure to maintain a certain status can have long term effects. She is just a pleasant lady who looks good but i don’t think she goes out of her way to seek these recognitions, which can be rather distracting. media, pls leave the girl alone and let her be.

  • josephine the dreammette March 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    eh the vanguard style icon so? i should use my pant as beret? *runs and hide* (i wanna start a comment war) hahahahaha. but seriously tho its so easy to be called a celeb in nigeria. we should learn to differentiate socialite from celebrity…
    meanwhile @bellanaija u have left ur wedding section to die abi all becos of fashion? not fair o. No rich kids getting married anymore? biko aunty m, it help pple like me to daydream n get over a boring day at work. *tines vely mulsh*

    • ginika March 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      yeah, what happened to the wedding section? it comes once in two months if we re lucky… i also like daydreaming!

      • The messenger ;) March 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        lets not even mention le petit marche! i’ve been waiting for the pic from december and feb forever!

        Bellanaija, please more weddings and le petit marche! i miss seeing our socialites’ pictures

  • Tiki March 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Boohoo, I wanted to be first! Oh well…
    Good for Omowunmi..she’s really been a pleasure to look at at all events she has attended..let’s hope it stays that way!

    • Toriola March 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Errm…this is the kind of pressure i am talking about. it actually doesnt have to stay that way. there is more to a woman than appearing pretty at every event. ko easy so pls let the girl breathe small

  • makioba March 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    ohhh tot i will be d first to comment on this…

  • YeahIsaidIt March 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Seriously she is the best of the best – NO ONE AND I REPEAT NO ONE BEATS THIS LADY when it comes to style and grace – Everything about her screams LADY, GRACEFUL, CLASSY – Good luck to whomever ends up wifing her. She is so classy – its unbelievable. The classiness ooozes out her pores – Very Jackie O ish. I wish all the razz dressers like Mercy Johnson will use her as an example. Bella am curious – do you know if she has a stylist or she styles her self. SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST BORN WITH IT I GUESS,.

    PS: She is the reason i always come on this board i just want to peep her at some event red carpet. I think ppl should PAY her to make appearances

  • josephine the dreammette March 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    eh @bellanaija is there an award for ‘first to comment?’ seriously if not i think u should hold an online award show *raised eyebrow*

  • YeahIsaidIt March 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Omowunmi Akinnifesi always wears the dress the dress dont wear her unlike everybody else. And i dont want to look like am picking on just nollywood Mercy alone with the NOllywood razz dressers top 10,so let me name the rest; TONTOH DIKEH, UCHE JUMBO, RUKKY SANDA, ADAORA UKOH,OGE OKOYE, SHAN GEORGE, HALIMA ABUBAKAR, UCHE ELENDU,UCHE IWUJI,INI EDO (1 yr ago), EUCHARIA, basically everybody in nollywood – except GENEVIEVE, RITA, STELLA AND KATE (As Omotola – i plead the 5th on that one- she is neither here or there)

  • eleven March 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    omawunmi actually merits it and thumbs up to both of them for making it to the HAMPTON

    • Miss Face March 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      The hampton(s)? Where was that mentioned?I must have missed that part!

  • Chibaby March 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Oma is great but the guy is a different story. No be him dey wear pink shoes with green shirts and blue trousers? Abeg.

  • Ib March 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    “random ” Question:Is Bellanaija a blog or a website?If its a blog then ok….but if not….hmmmmm

  • Miss Face March 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Would never consider ohimai atafo in a million years, not with his orange pants, red belt and purple shoes combo.whats with the flamboyance anyway?this guy and mofe atake have the same dress sense.lets just say he has lots and lot of clothes, but definitely not style nor is he the best dressed male in nigeria.

  • tana March 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Errrm, why am I so sure have the commemts here are from omowunmi herself

    • mary007 March 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      You are bot sure so dont say! Why should she she? tell us hmmmmm

  • bobbydox March 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    wow ALLURE STYLE ICONS indeed they deserve though i have my reservations

  • amber rose March 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    omowunmi on point i like mai too but if i were the one voting, i would give it to don jazzy. i totally love d person who said gene, stella, rita and kate were the exceptions to d nollywood madness

  • Rania March 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Omowunmi is a stylist dresser granted, BUT I would not call her a style icon as there seems to be something missing that I can’t quite put my finger on; it may be because she is very young and although I am young, I tend to go more for classic and bias cuts- I look more at women like Jordan’s Queen Rania or Halle Berry. Closer to home, I like Grace Egbabe and Nike Oshinowo

    • YeahIsaidit March 9, 2011 at 4:53 am

      to each his own. Thats whom YOU like. Look at your fingers – are the heights the same ? GBAM case close – to each his own

  • THE AMAKA March 9, 2011 at 2:49 am

    that Ohimai guy….hell no! i would vote Naeto C as the best dressed male celebrity. but this guy? he seems to be in love with the rainbow. lol

    • miz curly March 9, 2011 at 3:02 am

      lol!Amaka u will not kill me!hehehehehe!,.,in love with d rainbow!hah!

    • murphy March 10, 2011 at 5:51 am


    • Miss-cRaZy March 27, 2011 at 2:15 am

      Lwkmd….”in luv with the rainbow” datz just classic.

  • tosin o. March 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

    yep…Omowunmi definately deserves this award….Like everyone else…me i dunno abt d guy o… 😉

  • Asake Tokyo March 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

    These people and their awards sha. Omowunmi as a style Icon- ermmm Nope, Maybe another pretty girl- thats all. Mai is fine sha, but he needs to tone down the coloured Trousers

    • Miss Face March 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      They will soon say u r either a hater or bad-belle or jealousee or both! No-one is allowed to have a different opinion contrary to theirs fa!

  • moneyman March 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    *yawn* seriously… why would omowunmi be chosen as a style icon when we have the likes of Nike oshiniwo? I’m sorry i dnt buy this.

  • Kathryn Cage March 9, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Some ppl don’t understand what a style icon is. Ohimai has brought on his own style, he’s starting a trend and if you don’t like his colored pants and shoes pls dye yours black alwys. As for Omowunmi, she’s graceful. Vanguard’s Allure picked them this year, it could be ur favorite next year and pls vote and not yap! The person that listed the nollywood razz dressers should be applauded, on point there, lol.

  • haul March 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Omowumi is a pretty but stiff girl, Atafo is okay cos he has carved a niche for himself. That is what style icon is all about.

  • Oma March 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm
  • jezz March 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Appearing on every red carpet na work????? I can understand Mai Atafo, being a designer,but Omowunmi? Mscheeeeew………..

    • Miss Face March 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      They will soon call u hater or bad-belle o! Ehhn but pls what does omowunmi do? Job? Business? what?…………………..please?!

  • oyedepo March 10, 2011 at 1:55 am

    i don think they know what it means to be a style icon! omowumi just wears dresses designers give to her! and rocks it elegantly, that AINT being a style icon!

  • tito March 10, 2011 at 1:58 am

    im sorry what is ellure? 0_0

  • Mousepad March 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    What most of you dont know is that the ‘rainbow’ guy Ohimai designs MOST of Omowunmi’s outfits! E.g. the black and gold dress in that picture above!

  • meeee March 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I loooooooooooooooooove omowunmi but at least 2 of those pics were taken in 2009 now, HABA!!!

  • Eloho March 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    love both of them! funny thing is MAI designs most of what Omowummi wears on the red carpet! he is a fantastic designer! BTW what else does she do please?

  • Berry August 30, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Omo’s just some black barbie, think she shud not let these blogs get into her head cos all i see her do is party n be seen. there’s too much to do in life for such a young girl…Nike Osinowo is a better choice anyday

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