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BN Bytes: Rita Dominic as an African “Madame Butterfly” – Preview Rita’s First Set of Themed Photos



Rita Dominic is working on relaunching her new official website and will be shooting a series of themed photos.
Each set of photos will have a unique theme and the aim is definitely not “to look pretty”. Instead, it is all about expressing different artful themes and emotions.
For this shoot, Lola Maja transformed a simple black cloth into an outfit and also created the dark makeup look then Ugo worked with Rita to dream up this African-inspired “Madame Butterfly” hairdo. Finally, the photos were shot by Issac Emokpae.
Definitely very creative!

This photo is from the next set of themed photos. This tells the story of an actress locked in a room with photos of international stars. Will she lose her marbles? Love the gothic rockchick feel!

Photography: Issac Emokpae
Makeup: Lola Maja for Sacred Artistry
Hair: Ugo for MakeMe
Photo Credit: Facefront Concepts


  1. stella

    June 10, 2011 at 8:57 am



    June 10, 2011 at 9:01 am



    June 10, 2011 at 9:05 am


  4. IamSassyChic

    June 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

  5. Deiz

    June 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

    beautiful artistic concept, but the pictures are………….

  6. asanwam

    June 10, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Love Rita Dominic but sorry this isn’t working for me, butterflies are colorful,free and happy but this looks dull and gothic ,good luck to her anyway.

    • CC

      June 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Butterflies can be colorful, free and happy… Madame Butterfly is not a colorful or especially happy opera. She’s on mark

    • Sephora

      June 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      My dear CC pls educate them o!

    • Blamaco11

      March 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Thank You so much…you are spot on.

    • solz

      June 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

      True dat, was xpecting somthing colorful, fun and free

    • Nne Somebody

      June 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Madame butterfly refers to the opera not “butterflies” in general. She was completely in character.

    • Adelegirl

      June 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

      The reference is not to butterflies but to the popular opera – Madame Butterfly. It’s also been made into a screenplay and I believe it’s based on a fictional novel.

    • My 2 cents

      June 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      It was not made to work for everyone and it was particularly aimed at being gothic! (read picture tag again)

    • datgidigirl

      June 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

      you really should have googled madame butterfly before talking. Clearly you have access to the internet

  7. Lue

    June 10, 2011 at 9:33 am

    o.k now!!!!

  8. missy~spectacular

    June 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

    uh…duh! thats the idea, the contrast of good vs evil! Geez!

  9. marietta

    June 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

    i don’t get it?!! wat’s the theme of the photoshoot?? what’s the photoshoot???!! what does that have to do with her/ her character/ her next movie?? she IS an actress right? just asking #clueless

    • M&M

      June 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      GBAM OOOOOOHHHH!!!!!! Hmmmm… I tire! This is such a blatant cry for attention I am literally shy on her behalf. This particular publicity stunt is not working for me…nor you Rita. Re-invention is not for everybody plzzzzz give it a rest already.

  10. Naira

    June 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Really good atleast one nigerian actress can be proud of having a set of good pictures on BN

  11. Toyin

    June 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Asanwam but the story of madame butterfly was very dark not colourful or am I wrong? Is it not the tragic madame butterfly Japanese story

  12. notaplayahater

    June 10, 2011 at 9:52 am

    @asanwam: the reference to madame butterfly has nothing to do with the insect-pretty as it is. the Woman(in the opera), madame butterfly was not famous for her beauty. so there

  13. lloyd

    June 10, 2011 at 10:04 am

    sup wit her japanese samurai look?..

  14. Ekene

    June 10, 2011 at 10:22 am

    The look is quite creative. I believe the Butterfly concept is achieved. We got black and Brown butterfly, and its all in the irregularity of their shapes. Armchair critics take note

    • My 2 cents

      June 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      True that!

  15. Rachel

    June 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

    no words from me on this one. sorry

  16. jaygal

    June 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

    lov d concept,different

  17. teeny

    June 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

    not worken fer me

  18. Lydia

    June 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Love the photos. Wish I could have photos of myself with all kinds of looks.

  19. Aibee

    June 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Don’t feel this at all. Rita is too full fleshed to pass for a Madame Butterfly. Love the eyeshadow in the Butterfly pictures though. The gothic actress look is …SMH

  20. Ronkus

    June 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    uhmmm…dnt kno wot 2say its jst dere…

  21. Ronkus

    June 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Uhmmm…its jst dere…

  22. Toyin

    June 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I knew I was right about that colourful butterfly comment. Glad other people know about it. Now I can say the pictures are definitely fierce. These are poster shots right durrr

  23. makioba

    June 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    unique concept…..

  24. ndidiamaka

    June 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Epic fail. Ini wins thus far this 2011 boring!.

  25. philomena

    June 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm


  26. Rebel

    June 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    love love love the first one!

  27. Deola

    June 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Nigerian lady gaga!!!

    • partyrider

      June 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      kai! please dont say dis again

  28. bimby

    June 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    At last someone is going out of the box to do something extra ordinary…..Nice concept

  29. mschewwwww

    June 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    and the point of this is…….???????

  30. tolu

    June 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    she is so adorable in here. i love the concept and d person interpreting this concept. kudos!

  31. Jade82

    June 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Love the concept ….am a huge fan for any Asian art/design.
    Hmmmmmmm…..Nice publicity for Rita but i don’t think this worked for her, the makeup looks like they tried really hard to make her look like a Geisha.

  32. Jade82

    June 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    It looks forced

  33. supergal

    June 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    she looks beautiful … i love her hair .. she looks like a queen or is she one ?

  34. mary007

    June 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Nigeria! something must be the vogue and everyone jumps on the bandwagon! Now I like Rita but I know all actors will now have phootshoots! Nawa

  35. truthhurts

    June 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t think, i know she doesnt look good in the least bit, whats the whole theme about , whats the relationship between rita dominic and BUTTERFLIES. A concept is suppose to represent her and something she stands for, PLS SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME

  36. Olivia

    June 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Nice concept….Different and this is music, drama, art n photography fused together. Abeg make una read the description again and also read up on ‘madame butterfly’…this has nothing to do with butterfly(insect) before commenting..I tire!

    • annie

      June 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      my sista, i just tire. i don’t even know where 2 start with the ignorance… it boggles the mind.

  37. Lady Mass

    June 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    The picture are good for a halloween photo shoot..if it butterfly they are dark and butterfly are very colorful….she look like dragon queen with that dark makeup on and the wild eye brow…it scare for me..

  38. Bee Bee Dos

    June 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    She reminds me of lady gaga

  39. Franklyne

    June 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I’v seen the madame butterfly and it was a reli sad opera. I think these pictures capture th theme perfectly…….but riri….it doesnt work for me

  40. Tiki

    June 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Methinks this was a big flop…she looks different, but not in a good way…what’s up with the ‘Cher meets Lady Gaga meets Katsuko’ goth make-up and styling

    • Sassy

      June 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      lmao @ “Cher meets Lady Gaga meets Katsuko” you couldn’t have described it better!!!

  41. Molicious

    June 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm


  42. Bella71

    June 11, 2011 at 12:59 am

    that last pic is just plain scary…

  43. francex

    June 11, 2011 at 8:01 am

    The concept is very okay…very very creative…but i don’t think Rita fits in…

  44. Lola X

    June 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Creative stuff!!!!

    Lola x
    Follow the life of a single, fun, London girl!

  45. hayzelle

    June 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    WRONG!! i love rita tho’

  46. asanwam

    June 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Fireworks here and there about the butterfly comment, i’ve googled the madame butterfly opera most of the pictures that came up were colorful,however you try to explain the concept blah blah blah and as much as i love Rita Dominic this samurai japanese photos do not do her any favors, or does she have an opera career in the pipeline? I do not live in Nigeria but how about doing a photoshoot that connects more with her nigerian audience.

  47. Tochi

    June 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Like the look

  48. amawiziee

    June 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

    uuum thing is d concept is cool. the whole gothic thingy is fine, my only worry is i think dis wasnt d best platform for rebranding. i just cant put rita and gothic in dsame sentence and have it make complete sense!


    June 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I see Nigerian Photography is becoming more Artsy …nice concept although the Last one with the fake tattoos i don’t think they got it right

    • Naveah

      June 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      i totally agree!

  50. Funke

    June 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm


  51. olasunmbo

    June 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    For me, I like it bcos its different from d photo shoots I normally get to see. Times have changed not everytin has to be beautiful or colourful, all we need to see is artistry and creativity. Thumbs up Rita. She has always been one of d best dressed, but a little departure from wat she normally portrays for me is fresh!

  52. Purpleicious Babe

    June 14, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Well at least she tried something new.. better than staying the same… Kudos to u rita and ur achievements… u cant please everyone… such is life u and I know this… God bless u…

  53. **side eye**

    June 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Read the damn intro people before you mouth off your ignorance.

    Rita Dominic is working on relaunching her new official website and will be shooting a series of themed photos.
    Each set of photos will have a unique theme and the aim is definitely not “to look pretty”. Instead, it is all about expressing different artful themes and emotions.
    For this shoot, Lola Maja transformed a simple black cloth into an outfit and also created the dark makeup look then Ugo worked with Rita to dream up this African-inspired “Madame Butterfly”

  54. yettie

    July 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    for goodness sake, Nigerians think before u talk/type. d theme for this photshoot is madam butterfly if u dnt knw abt it pls google it & make way for better comment.. who tf called her lady gaga? huh.. pls u sure need a shot of tequila.

  55. Thelma

    August 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    LOVE IT!!!!!

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