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Banky W & Chigurl perform at the launch event for Blue Velvet Marquees & Tents in Abuja

It was an intimate and glamorous introduction as Blue Velvet, a company which provides luxury marquees and tents for events launched their new set of marquees on Thursday 17th March 2011 in Abuja, Nigeria.



Blue Velvet Founder/MD, Hyeladzira Laushi

It was an intimate and glamorous introduction as Blue Velvet, a company which provides luxury marquees and tents for events launched their new set of marquees on Thursday 17th March 2011 in Abuja, Nigeria.

The event attracted industry professionals including event planners, event decorators, florists and caterers alongside past and prospective Blue Marquee clients.

Guests “experienced” the luxury marquee as they stepped into the pink and black decorated space and were spoiled with a selection of fine wines, champagne and special Blue Velvet cupcakes and treats. As the event kicked off, Nigerian R&B superstar, Banky W serenaded the guests with his hits. There was a surprise performance by BlackBerry phenom, Chigurl who delivered her first-ever live performance, she rendered her song “Kilode” which got all the guests laughing.
Guests made good use of the marquee’s built-in dance floor as the event ended with everyone dancing the night away…

Photo Credit: Libran Eye Photography –
Food: Kitchen Angels
Cupcakes: Cupcake Cutie
Cocktails: Cocktails In and Out
Decor: Lilly’s Concept
Event Planning: Zee Zee
Blue Velvet – Marquees & Tents for Events
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  1. Taiwo Kamz

    April 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    awesome pictures….

    • mii

      April 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      y is ‘blue velvet’ all in pink ?

  2. damie

    April 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    hmmmm banky can like all this sexual healing proposal movement….lol…
    nice lookin event tho, small and classy!

    • Mysterioso

      April 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      My thoughts exactly!

  3. Jayla

    April 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Way to go Azra, well done babes.

  4. PLUSH

    April 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Nice! Big ups to Blue velvet .. well done hun! Success is yours..

  5. Jess

    April 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    The decor is pretty fab. Banky needs a stylist. Is Chigul some kinda comedian? I’m kinda confused as to why she performed at the event.

    • Naj

      April 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Chigul started off as a bb voice note, and now she has several out and many fans. Everyone starts somewhere and if it’s entertaining then Good on her…. “Dont be a waaaaist”

  6. bumytweety

    April 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Abeg somebody show me Chigurl

    • Adaeze

      April 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Chi gurl is the lady in black holding a microphone and wearing a black dress with some kind of flowery brochure on the upper part of the dress, she has pick and drop on and she is light skinned. She is also hugging the lady in green and she is also in a picture with Banky loooool @ my description

    • Blossom

      April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Really? That’s her? SMH

    • Karimah

      April 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

      Dats her???? Really?

    • Miss Face

      April 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Flowery brochure? How many pages is it?

    • Alero

      April 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

      Brooch,u mean?

    • missy

      April 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      the lady wearing black with like rhinestone brooch standing next to the a lady with the green dress with bow in front of it. They r in the picture right below the picture where banky is kneeling down

  7. Ola

    April 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    simple and lovely event

  8. Izzie

    April 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Why werent the photos tagged….and I thought ‘Chigurl’ has been revealed…. 🙁

    • anne

      April 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      One word for the event “classy” one word for Hyeladzira “Beauty” the most beautiful girl iv ever seen,in all regards including her nice personality

  9. bigdiddy

    April 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    way to go zira baby, congrats once more

  10. Ivory Malinov

    April 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Congrats Azra….

  11. Peperempe

    April 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    What is Banky wearing? Everyone at the event looked so elegant except for the supposed celebrity.

  12. NKASI

    April 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    the black guy with 4 girls in the 2nd to last picture is so smoking hawt! jeez! rippling biceps and all, I so want a piece of that….
    errr..okay nice photos. chioma omeruah looked really nice, so does the host.

    • mii

      April 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      erm….no he’s not *eyes rolling all the way to the back *

  13. dewowo

    April 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm


  14. deelee

    April 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Lovely event dear, enjoyed every minute of it!!

  15. Zizie

    April 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    awww Adzirah you are looking so luvly, really proud of you, keep it up.

  16. Naija Babe

    April 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Nicely done…Welldone Hyeladzira the sky is your limit…..Madam Ogwa (Dyzn Couture) looks amazing. Big ups to abuja people!!!!!!

  17. blessed child

    April 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    nice and classy event; the marquee is lovely and the guests all look gorgeous

  18. Dawn

    April 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Awe two ladies wore same necklace to the event… Nice photos

    • Karimah

      April 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Chai… U people and the way you scrutinize

  19. Nnenna

    April 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I’m going to buy a green dress….every woman who wore one looks so fab. Ah ah

  20. Wow!

    April 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Wait wait wait! Chioma Omeruah is the famous Chigurl on BB?!? For real?!

  21. bobbydox

    April 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    this is a fab event i must say Thumbs up BankyW

  22. Iamfab

    April 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    OMG…….can’t believe d lady on black is d famous chigurl(mouth-open).

  23. elchocolatecaliente

    April 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm


  24. gini

    April 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    omg this chigurl can actually sing +she grew up in yankee she proper has yankee accent,kai didnt know she was the one till i saw this picture of her.She even auditioned for american idols,goodluck to her she is really entertaining atleast her songs make me laugh.

    • CC

      April 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

      At first when someone told me it was Chioma Omeruah (I forget her married name), I didn’t believe it, but then I did, the chick is completely hilarious in person, so I didn’t put Chi-gurl past her at all. I love Chi-girl, I’m not gonna be a weist is like the best igbo gospel song of 2011. lmao

  25. Dami

    April 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    lol. @adaeze “flowery brochure” u say? who knew brochures were considered clothing accessories these days.

    • tinkerbabybella

      April 5, 2011 at 4:23 am

      hahahaha!!! good one! I was actually looking for a brochure at first!
      And anyone that hates on Chigurl is a proper weiiist!!!

  26. sweetie

    April 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    ok please who is this chigurl? and what does she do/what made her popular? pls some1 should fill me in

  27. Miss Face

    April 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Banky, much as i love you, Never, I repeat Never, Ever wear ur shirt or anything tucked in. Understood? Ok Bye.

  28. Miss ATL

    April 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    LOVES IT! Lots of good wishes to Blue Velvet!

  29. June girl

    April 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Ok so I absolutely cannot believe no one has mentioned this….almost all the ladies were well covered up and they ALL look soo fab AND fantastic!!!
    This is sooooo d way to go.
    Beautiful marquee(loving the chandeliers…do they come with the marquee?), not a fan of chair covers…chiavari for me all d way baby…but decor not bad at all…overall, 10 over 10!!!
    Blue velvet..u guys will def be hearing from me.
    Thumbs up!!

  30. Me @ home

    April 5, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Seems like the beautiful,sophisticated people have been hiding in Abuja. Tired of seeing the same old Lagos faces anyway 😀

  31. Obi

    April 5, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Now that’s what I’m talking about. This is the kind of Decor/ Ambience those awards should have … not those tacky/ wacko stages where you can see the backstage equipment that don’t complement the artistes/fine people and their pretty outfits, making the event look poorly planned/ organized.

  32. Ijé

    April 5, 2011 at 2:54 am

    That girl can sing!
    Check out her rendition of “His Eyes are on the Sparrow” :

  33. toriola

    April 5, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Refreshing to see new, yet beautful faces. Lagos fit tired person especially when it’s the same 15 suspects apppearing at every event

  34. olixvic

    April 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

    nice event…….

  35. partyrider

    April 5, 2011 at 8:47 am

    the first pic is stunning..beautiful lady in a beautiful dress…

  36. FmsBee

    April 5, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Well done Azra… It was a lovely event… enjoyed every bit of it…

  37. Boogie!

    April 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

    My Abuja peoples, i see y’all!!! Shout out to you, Babi. May God bless and grow this venture. Amen

  38. honey koko

    April 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Chigurl auditioned for Idols West Africa n d first season of Naija sings.I remember her face.I’m a reality show

  39. veraonwuka

    April 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

    the chic in green gown wiv chigirl is my niece. she made d dress she’s puttin on & i’m so proud of her creativity. kudos to blue velvet!

  40. Karimah

    April 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Banky dawbule U like Jenifa said…. hmmmmm… this your dressing…. e get as e bi

  41. Fairy Godsister

    April 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    The pictures are fab! All the guests looked amazing…was nice that a few faces hit home too…

  42. judith

    April 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    big ups ABJ

  43. Babydee

    April 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Bankole, Bankole, Bankole, How many times did i call you? ok, anyway, no wahala, i understand. It took LL Cool J a while too before he stopped covering his head.
    And, what i want to know is whose daughter is Miss Laushi? Cos i smell a rat here.

  44. Nutella

    April 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    OMG! Chigurl!!! “for all those witches and wizards that want to suck ya blood, Air force 1, ask them: Kilode?” Mehn she must’ve cracked the audience up big time. Really nicely put-together event. And yes, you dont have to have “the girls” out to look nice..most of them are covered and still look really classy.

  45. Bubblybliss

    April 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    All the ladies in green killed it! And the guy in the white kaftan with the white beard (pic is in black and white)… *swoon*

  46. stainless

    April 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    wow!! this is lovely……beautiful ladies and most handsome men….i love this show..

  47. trevor

    April 6, 2011 at 12:30 am

    chigurl i,m not ganna be a what …………………… weiste

  48. thatgal

    April 6, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Awww! Lovely………chigurl# I finally see you. Yay!!

  49. diva

    April 6, 2011 at 2:09 am

    maxi gowns are in vogue, i see

  50. timiebi

    April 6, 2011 at 4:30 am

    this is not fair o! only one picture of chi-gal, the caption was about her n banky performing and only one shot of her!!! the photographer is trying to be a weeisst.i will pray that God will calm him/her down.. lol

    • Libran Eye

      April 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Lollllllll i will and shall not be a WEEEIIISSSSTTT

  51. Hater

    April 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Errrrrm see Banky’s chop chop shoes! Ok bye!

  52. Gwags Eye (Gossip Guy)

    April 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Boi so you still dey dere….abi una don give each other Second chance…lol…….


  53. Jack

    April 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Lawd! I just wanna go Tuface Idibia on some of those chicks in the

  54. Dee

    April 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Nice marquee/tent! Big ups to Blue velvet!!
    I cant believe Chioma Omeruah (now Young- Harry) is Chi girl!!!! Maaaaaaaaddd funny!!

  55. Kelenna

    April 7, 2011 at 12:43 am


  56. emma

    April 7, 2011 at 3:52 am

    where is the chigurl people

  57. maggietoon

    April 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    The lady in green(with a big bow on the dress) with chigurl is my sis n she made the clothe herself. The name of her company is The Licorice Passion and she is very good. I’m so proud of her n congrats to blue velvet.

  58. babyGirltooty

    April 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Chi-Gurl is the lady in Black in picture Number 40. She’s hugging the lady in green!

  59. tiznez

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 am

    the lady in grren with d bow wit chigurl is my elder sister…im pround of her too o anty onye and true,she made it herself…hmmmmm

  60. Guesshu

    April 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    While some silverspoon kids are busy bragging on twitter &other socila networks,how rich their parents are,this beautiful lady is trying to carve a niche for herself.weldone.

  61. anon

    April 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Hyeladzira is STUNNING!!! Am I the only one who thinks Banky W tries too hard?

  62. ugochi

    April 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I think i met her at the Zumba class. veryy funny and friendly babe.

  63. Saneb

    April 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Hmmm…I personally don’t see what’s wrong with Banky’s outfit in these pics…frankly, i think he looks kinda cool..maybe it’s just moi though….

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