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Africa in the Building! 2Face, D’banj, Tiwa Savage & Fally Ipupa at the 2011 BET Awards Pre-Awards Events



The 2011 BET Awards airs live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California today Sunday June 26 2011.
African stars 2Face Idibia, D’banj, D-Black, Angelique Kidjo, Fally Ipupa and Teargas are competing for the Best International Act (Africa) prize.

Stars with African parentage are also doing us proud in other categories. Idris Elba (Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian parentage) is up for the Best Actor prize; Laura Izibor (Laura’s father is Nigerian), Skepta (Nigerian parentage – Real Name: Joseph Junior Adenuga), Tinchy Stryder (Ghanaian parentage – Real Name: Kwasi Danquah) and Tinie Tempah (Nigerian parentage – Real Name: Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) are all competing for the Best International Act (UK) award.

Leading up to the main show tonight, our stars and music industry executives including Cecil Hammond, Efe Omorogbe and Seun Bankulli have been hanging out with their American counterparts at the various pre-award events.
Check out photos below.

2Face with Mary J Blige

2Face, Fally Ipupa, Tiwa Savage & D'banj

Nigeria in the building! - With Lloyd

Master P with our Nigerian team! Go Naija

The Nigerian contingent with The Game

Cecil with Mario

Fally Ipupa & Efe Omorogbe

D'banj with the Rejectz

2Face, Cecil Hammond, D'banj & Seun Bankulli

D'banj, Eric Benet & Cecil Hammond

Erykah Badu

2Face & D'banj

Fally Ipupa, D'banj, 2Face, BET Awards 2011 host Kevin Hart & Cecil Hammond

Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe & Cecil Hammond

Cecil Hammond, Fally Ipupa, Trey Songz & D'banj

BET Awards 2011 – Best International Act (Africa)
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
D’banj (Nigeria)
D-Black (Ghana)
Angelique Kidjo (Benin)
Fally Ipupa (Congo DR)
Teargas (South Africa)

Who will win the prize for Africa?

Photo Credit: Cecil Hammond | Efe Omorogbe


  1. dammy

    June 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

    1st ..yayaaa

    • Tosin

      June 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Bella Naija should consider adding incentives to this first position of a thing lol

    • lola

      June 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Here have a cookie

    • Tosin

      June 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Double Chocolate Chip??? 😀

  2. keezy

    June 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

    2baba shud win this comfortably

  3. BeyondGossip.Com

    June 26, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Great, good to see the boyz reppin on bigger platforms for Africa…


    June 26, 2011 at 11:32 am


  5. tenny

    June 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Thumps up to our ambassadors 2face nd D banj

  6. jide

    June 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

    2baBA God dey ur back….bigup

  7. Fab junkies

    June 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Great year for Africa. I’m so gad to be African.

    • ugowoundo

      June 27, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      fab junkies u don’t want give me ur contact abi?….ds ur shakara too much abeg!!!

  8. ayo

    June 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    We all hope 2face idibia wins!he deserves it best bt others r on point 2!

  9. winnergal

    June 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Where was Don Jazzy?

  10. GGGG

    June 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Notice how its the mostly, if not only the africans wearing specs…at night.

    • MHB

      June 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Was just going to say same thing…..whats wt d specs sef…na wa oh!

    • Femiluv

      June 28, 2011 at 4:15 am

      I know, noticed this too! And they do it everywhere! Pictures with shades, interviews with shades, it’s crazy.

  11. 9ja gal

    June 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm



    June 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    its only the african stars that kept on wearing their sunglasses indoors, although d’banj took them off for one photo. they should drop that, for real.
    anyway, the award should go to 2face, no doubt. if it doesn’t then the awards is an entire scam! lol

    • pbaby

      June 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      thanku jare. i dont understand this shades in the dark nonsense

  13. Chipii

    June 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Aww!! D’Banj is sooo adorable without his glasses on. He shud take em off more often.

    • Tiki

      June 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

      I was about to say the same thing! He looks so cute and hawt without those things, WHY does he always have them on?

    • Angie

      September 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      I know right??? I was starting to think he was cross-eyed or something, but he’s super cute with his shade off

  14. Aminu Adamu

    June 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    2baba go boyyyyyyyyyyyy

  15. Utchay Smilez

    June 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    2 face, im alwayz behind u. Ride on

  16. nene

    June 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    2face has it already. 2baba na u first while others follow.

  17. Ayaoba

    June 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Don’t knw y my 9ja ppl no dey dey comfy without their *moonshade*, even @ nite…

  18. jadesola

    June 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    To much make up dbanj!

  19. halo

    June 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    dbanj go and win that award! btw i am happy that 2face and dbanj were nominated btw i wouldn’t really mind who wins btw two of them as long as one of them gets the award 🙂

  20. Gift

    June 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    2baba.go surely win this award if not wayo dey

  21. africhika

    June 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    what’s wrong wth wearing shades indoors?? it’s just their style. no big deal.
    let’s stop comparing africans to americans PUHLEEZE
    mary j and master p wore shades also

  22. mary007

    June 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Tuface all the way and congrats to them all

  23. transafric

    June 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    fally ipupa out dresses them all

  24. Obi

    June 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I was going to say something about the fellows wearing their shades indoors but then saw Mary J Blige and had to keep mum. But the guys look good. Some of the Americans were looking scruffy/ unkempt (Lloyd, Master P, The game, … even Mario) … My Nigerian men looking classy. #notsayingawordabouttheshades

    • y8?

      June 27, 2011 at 8:35 am

      So bcos Mary J wears it…authenticates wearing it rite???? U Nigerians r just clueless, all u do is bash ppl 4 no just reason or whatsoever. If they feel gud wearing it let them b, some years from now all u fashionistas wld strt tellin us its now in vogue 2 wear them!
      Well FYI both D’banj n 2face won d award it was a tie so kudos 2 them both 4 flying our flag high once again. Please tell our politician and movie makers to start learning a thing or 2 from this young generation. We’ve had enuff of their CRAP, we deserve better!!!

    • Obi

      June 29, 2011 at 3:24 am

      Did you read the entire thing or just picked up the shades part? And “U Nigerians” … aren’t you one too? “Bashing…” where did you read that? What is your comment really about? Anyway, if you want to say something say it, don’t pick up parts of someone’s comments randomly if you are not ready to read through the entire thing and make sensible comments. Not all those who comment on these pages are fashionistas; point of correction. And as I said before, read properly before you pass judgment/ make comments. Thanks.

  25. Toriola

    June 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    D’Banj….calm the heck down. ur gra gra too dey irritate my yansh…lol

    • New bride

      June 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

      I thought I was the only one who noticed! He’s behaving like a bush boy. Same thing he was doing on the youtube video with them Kanye West and co

  26. angela

    June 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Proud of all the stars reppin’ Africa!
    Dbanj shd pls keep his glasses on like permanently! Lol now I totally get Y he wears them 24/7….smh Its like Neyo without his hat, not cute.
    Much love tho. Two thumbs up!!!!!!!

    • Vicki

      June 27, 2011 at 1:06 am


  27. angela

    June 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Ooooooooooh I love Fally Ipupa!!!! Think he’s too cute!!!

    • ij

      June 27, 2011 at 9:57 am

      i second dat, he is amazing and that waist kai ,it should be insured

  28. tony

    June 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    2baba 10x 4 making us proud

  29. OyinD

    June 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    LOL @ Jadesola. Fally Ipupa is fine abeg

  30. Femora

    June 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    No one does beta dan Tuface, Tubaba u too much jor!!!!

  31. alibo

    June 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    2face rocks

  32. xyxyxyxyx

    June 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    loving that picture of D’banj and Tuface cute…cute

  33. Tosin

    June 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Not sure about Angelique Kidjoe and Dblack’s efforts in the past year, however, I would say that Fally Ipupa is a certain threat to either of our Nigerian stars taking this home.

    However, if it is down to 2Face and Dbanj, I would expect it to go to 2 face. This ofcourse is based on my impression of the artistic content of his last album. Dbanj ofcourse has his ever increasing international stature going for him.

    Long and short: I don’t know what criteria BET uses to judge this but my prediction is that Fally Ipupa takes the prize and if not, 2face

  34. Adede

    June 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    African music going places.Tuface is simply lucky; his songs are not too sizzling anymore but he has made an impact from his African queen!

  35. Purpleicious Babe

    June 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Dbanj u look nice without ur glasses… I think u should take them off often and allow us to admire ur beautiful eyes…. :). Well done BN for sharing this… Well done to all the Nigerian artists. I pray God will continue to support ur work as it brings a positive light to Nigeria… Amen…

  36. keezy

    June 27, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Rubbish, WHY ON EARTH WILL DBANJ WIN THE AWARD AHEAD OF TUFACE! i keep saying 2face doesnt have good management, his managers are crap at thier work if not 2face would have blown up more than this… he is way too talented to be on level with dbanj, now dbanj sef don pass am.

  37. Rowlar

    June 27, 2011 at 2:17 am

    What is Tiwa Savage wearing? Just too casual! she wasnt going to get some milk at the grocery store was she?

    • miss b

      June 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      I am just sooo glad to see her with some loose fitting clothes on, all that leotard all the time gets exhausting smh

  38. Wiklo

    June 27, 2011 at 3:16 am

    they gave both tuface and dbanj the african award…were dey nominated together??…guess we cannot complain about our stars putting on shades or leather jackets at night and in warm weather respectively as i just saw yankee stars having ’em on in abundance at the BET award!!!

  39. Claire

    June 27, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Boris Kodjoe is most handsome man in the whole universe!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Wiklo

    June 27, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I guess it’s a mix of showmanship and the Airconditioner!

  41. odunfola

    June 27, 2011 at 4:46 am

    I cant even believe it, i watched the award all thru and did’nt see a glimps of 2face or D’banj imagine their category was’nt even announced!!!!!!!!!! what a shame to BET


      June 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

      same thing last year. not all categories are announced. i remember sitting there the whole show waiting to hear p square as the winners. SMH, i wasted my time. lol

  42. Dougzy4life

    June 27, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Wow… good to see our boiz africa @ d top…..who wins hmmmmmmmmmm…..D’banj…

  43. Fairy Godsister

    June 27, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Kevin Hart is tiny! Jeez! Boris is one of the sexiest men alive #thatisall! That said, shame that Dbanj and Tuface won in the same category (that wasn’t even given podium time); only other people with a shared award were Will and Jada Smith’s kids! Dodgy! BET needs to get their act together and our stars should realize that they are slowly coming into the place where they can boycott awards if they are not given the respect/honor due them.

  44. ik

    June 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

    looki nice guys.

  45. makioba

    June 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

    am so happy that both 2face and d’banj won d BET Awards…

  46. crystal

    June 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

    congrats 2 tubaba and d’banj.mehn!!i neva knew d’banj cld luk so hawttttt witout those shades.d’banj plz say farewell 2 those damn shades.luv dt face of urs witout those shades dt is!!!!

  47. doll

    June 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

    the picture of tuface and D’banj alone…wowzers..muah!!!!!! too much

  48. Bella

    June 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Nija, 9ija, Nigeria.. well done boys, you surely make us proud o. I have never been so proud to be African, RECOGNISE!!! JAH BLESS

  49. udoh uwem

    June 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Gud work D banj and 2 face even my big boss chidi okeke


    June 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    weldon guyz

  51. chy 9ja

    June 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    well done 2face and koko master.

  52. Allegra

    June 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    People should advise our 9ja brotha’s that sun glasses are just that…… ghetto. Because you like someone does not mean you agree with everything they do.

  53. ejogene

    June 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Tuface and Mary J should have a song together, it will be the most amazing ever. Take it or leave it 2Baba is the most talented singer in Africa. I remembered the first time i heard him on sunrise fm Enugu in 1995 he blew me away. Mary J is also talented and timeless. Just happy for all the winners.

  54. Chipii

    June 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Without even tryna be funny, maybe Tiwa was there for “boy-boy” work das why she’s dressed that way. Shey she has some contracts in Yankee? Maybe she culdnt get all glammed up because of her role that evening. Me i don’t knw sha but I knw one day she’ll be the one getting nominated and maybe for an even more prestigious award!

  55. Marchessa

    June 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Good job guys!

    P.S is it just me or does D’banj have that hanger-on/scrub look in all the photos with the ‘celebs’.

    Rejectz by name, rejected by nature!

  56. rolly shadari

    July 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Wow congrat ipupa d etre aumoins reconnue parmis les grande et encore d avoir ete nominee parmis tant d autres artiste ce qui prouve que les travail a ete bien fait just t encourage ne baisse pas les bras multiplie encore les effort
    “” Car le pagne circule encore demain sa sera aussi ton tour d recolte le fruit de ton travail”” big up. A 2face idiba
    Encore une fois congratulation ducap pour la nomination et big up a 2face idiba on est ensemble toujour
    “”” ONE 8 “””

  57. frank

    July 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    am proud of you FALLY IPUPA ,GO GO,gogogogogogogogogo we are supporting u boy and all Africans defending us internationally.Big up 4yo selves

  58. johnnegro

    March 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    fally ipupa is my best

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