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BN Exclusive: Funmi Iyanda’s Glamorous Showing at the 51st Monte Carlo Television Film Festival – “Lagos Stories” Nominated



Lagos Stories”, an episode of My Country Nigeria, a three-part documentary on Nigeria produced by Funmi Iyanda and Chris Dada and aired on the BBC was nominated in the News Competition of the 51st Monte Carlo Television Festival in the category – Best News Documentary. It was nominated alongside works from renowned broadcasters such as U.S. network HBO, France’s Arte and Germany’s Zdf. Past recipients of the festival awards include multi award winning televisions dramas Mad Men and Lost.

The Monte Carlo Television Festival Award ceremony took place on June 10th 2011 in Monaco and was hosted by HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

With Lagos Stories Funmi Iyanda takes viewers on an insiders’ tour of the vibrant city – from the exclusive salons to the urban ghetto of AJ City, she meets characters from all walks of life revealing the resilience, resourcefulness and spirit of Lagosians. Enter Governor Fashola charged with the herculean task of organizing Lagos; Charly Boy, the cult hero spokesman for outcast bikers and the influential AJ City ghetto artists creating the musical styles and dances that spread over the entire continent.

The Lagos Stories’ team’s attendance at the festival was supported by the Lagos State Government Ministry of Tourism.

Lagos Stories was broadcast in October 2010 on BBC World in as part of the “My Country Nigeria” series commemorating Nigeria’s 50th year of Independence and is an Ignite Media and Spark UK production.
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Funmi with Academy Award nominated actor William H. Macy

Funmi Iyanda with Desperate Housewife - Felicity Hoffman

Funmi Iyanda with Chris Dada

The "Lagos Stories" Delegation

Photo Credit: Jide Alakija


  1. Kay

    June 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Congrats Funmi. Well done.

  2. Tiki

    June 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    First! Congratulations on the nomination, Funmi…BN, any hope of pictures?

  3. Kachi

    June 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    awwwwwwww Go Funmi

  4. stella

    June 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Funmi I wish you all the best

  5. Xorra

    June 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm


  6. funky

    June 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    did she have work done on her face? i dont remember her this beautiful or am i mistaking her for another news caster?

  7. Mememe

    June 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Congrats Funmi!! Well done!!!

  8. Didi

    June 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Way to go gurl!

  9. Ngozi

    June 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Congrats Funmi!!! But please, was Deola Sagoe on strike???? Wats with d outfit?

    • aunti adugbo

      June 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Celebrate her achievements and leave fashion for once .

    • Coco & Cream

      June 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Its all part of the package hun, why are the rest of the celebs well-dressed? I celebrate her achievements but she could have worn a much better dress by a 9ja designer……am sure the designer would have even given her the dress for free….hell! they might even throw in an extra dress for the after party, she’s on the red carpet in an international film festival……that is big! but all the same Congrats Funmi 9ja is proud of you 🙂

    • starrlady

      June 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      @ coco and cream she is wearing Remi Lagos and that’s Nigerian enough!!!!

  10. BC

    June 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Funmi looks different in these pics….much softer…congrats girl!!!

  11. bee!

    June 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    really nice….

  12. cathy

    June 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    kudos funmi. nice one

  13. yinka

    June 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    i LOVE (repeat LOVE) Funmi Iyanda.Growing up and watching her every morning on Ch 10 then was my thing,i go back to bed after her but she formed and nurtured a big part of the strong and independent woman i am today.She was like my Oprah cos we didnt have DStv then,long story short,she’s an inspiration. Congrats Funmi,you have certainly made me a proud Nigerian.

  14. mawuto

    June 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    now that’s how to make an appearance at an international event. You mite not look overly gorgeous but classy will do. “yours truly” should take note. Congrats Funmi.

  15. CHickalaka

    June 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Love that she’s on braids, she looks simple, elegant, love the emerald green earrings…not too sure about the looseness of the dress nevertheless its good to see her representing Nigeria!

  16. Lola

    June 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I love that a documentary done by a Nigerian showing love to Nigeria is representing. Congrats to Funmi Iyanda and the crew that made “Lagos Stories” happen.

  17. kiz

    June 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    itsa good feeling when we are recognised for other things apart from crime

  18. adenike

    June 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Funmi Iyanda is one woman i look up to in the media industry.. Well done Sis!!

  19. royalhottie

    June 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    well done, auntie funmi

  20. Luchy Luccious

    June 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Now this is what I call representing Naija… God bless you Funmi Iyanda!!!

  21. moi!

    June 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Congrats funmi!

  22. faith

    June 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    love u funmi….we r all proud of u….

  23. kokolette

    June 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    awww!! our gr8 Funmi Iyanda! she’s such a gr8 ambassador of d gud we hve in nigeria! You make us very proud!

  24. Efe

    June 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Welldone funmi. Hate the outfit though….

  25. Mimi

    June 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    now dis is how we represent naija..unlike omotola who wimply forced her way tru wv no recognition. U go gyrl!! simple and elegant does it!! Omotola wen u wanna snap wv hollywood celebrities or even be on the red carpet representing nigeria? tk a cue coz this is how its been done!!!

    • missy

      June 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      hasnt that omotola incidence past! mehn forge ahead and quit dwelling on people’s past mistake…geez didnt this thing happen like 3months ago? why bring it up again…nawa 4 some peeps sha.

  26. Elpee

    June 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Love this lady


    June 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I LOVE THE HAIR! THANK GOD! the outfit could have been better, but its better than what she usually wears to naija red carpets, so….
    with that being said, congrats girl!

  28. Obi-talk

    June 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    i love you funmi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. dangelEyez

    June 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    she looks gorg!! 3rd to the last pic jus caught evry1 looking at her..she’s seriously love love her..well done funmi!!

  30. Tony vaughan

    June 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    She looks so gorgeous!! Love her braids.. Congrats!!

  31. zeze

    June 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    where can we watch the full documentary i can only find parts of it on you tube.

  32. NNENNE

    June 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Congratulations!!!! Your hair said it all… traditional, yet modern. Proudly Nigerian!!!!!!

  33. Naija Sistah

    June 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    awww…. way to go Funmi! So happy for you! Well done!

  34. Lola X

    June 15, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Wow!!! So proud of her! And she got to meet one of my favourite celebrity couples -William Macy and Felicity Huffman

    Lola x, London

  35. Tochi

    June 16, 2011 at 12:00 am


  36. kemchi

    June 16, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Yay, for Funmi! Way to go. Loving the braids too.

  37. Ngum

    June 16, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Go Funmi!

  38. mariam

    June 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

    congrats funmi, you are an inspiration to a lot of us,keep up the good work sis.

  39. show some love

    June 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    weldone and kudos to you. You definetlye deserve it and you are an inspiration to the youth, single mothers, women in general

  40. T.Y

    June 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

    omgggg congrats funmi. i love this lady!!!

  41. onelagoschic

    June 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

    lovely to see folks doing great work and be recognized for it.

  42. Purpleicious Babe

    June 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Well done Funmi. U have stood above most challenges and have pressed on despite negativities. May the grace of the Lord upon ur life continue to radiate and ur works will reach and impact millions and millions of people to create positivitity and encouragement..

    I tried to find the documentary (am a massive fan of documentaries, I love learning).. so pls BN if u could let me know where to get a view, e.g. what website. I would be a happy bunny (with puppy eyes)..

    I love the positivity coming out of Nigeria God will continue to strentgen the desire to be better and come out better than expected. Thank you Lord for you are faithful..

    Once again Funmi I congratualte u respect you and ur love for Nigeria, may Nigeria never fail u and may legacy remain to inspire many more generations….

  43. Lue

    June 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

    congrats funmi

  44. Eloholiz

    June 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Congrtas!!!Good stuff! welldone to funmi and her team!

  45. Ngozi

    June 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Abeg jare!! Auntie arugbo…did i not say congrats??!!

  46. tollahballoh

    June 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Go Funmi!!!her face glows but the dress aint working for me at all, n d picture with my favourite housewife< me like!


    June 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Congrarulations Funmi! Keep doing us proud!

  48. Peperempe

    June 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Jizoz! Felicity Huffman has been making too many trips to her plastic surgeon now, hasn’t she?

    Congrats to Funmi!

  49. working girl

    June 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love the fact that she’s rocking braids, and not brazillian or malaysian or whatever weave.

  50. jane

    June 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    People this lady is an achiever and for those who didn’t get the dress silly the green wa representing the Nigerian flag-dah…….She is great and proudly Nigerian-well done in everyway.

  51. eliza shore

    June 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    good work,funmi u’re going places

  52. Ms Fusspot

    June 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    FI’s done really well for herself and I’m so happy that her hard work is paying off. She’s one person that has ploughed through a tough proffession by pure grit! You go girl! I wasn’t particularly pleased with the documentary but hey, that’s just one very fussy opinion. The int’l community obviously think different.
    She looks fantastic in these photos. She’s managed to come across as effortlessly elegant…quite unlike her usual ‘shangree’ red carpet looks where it appears she tried way too hard.

  53. busola

    June 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Does anyone know when lagos stories aired on bbc?

  54. Asa

    June 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Well done Funmi

  55. Drewon7

    June 17, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Is it me or does Funmi Iyanda remind anyone of Agbani Darego in a way..

  56. Daeze

    June 17, 2011 at 3:20 am

  57. Ginika

    June 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Congrats Funmi! Now this lady is a hard worker and I must add, she is glowing.

  58. Wale

    June 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Really happy for Funmi and the crew. It definitely continues to put the work Nigerians do in positive light.

  59. pam

    June 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    so proud. so much hard work paid off. big up to funmi, chris, and the entire ignite team. nigerian productions standing shoulder to shoulder internationally. YES! I love the braids… a statement in the sea of brazillian hair… i think the caftan might be by her best friend Remi Lagos and that is a great touch.

  60. pam

    June 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    looked again and DAMN i love what she has on. the elegance and lack of frou frou or gratiutous skin just made her stand out. Remi Lagos rocks…

  61. Enigma

    June 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Oh, she looks so lovely, glad she’s making Nigeria proud. Go Funmi

  62. zee

    June 21, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I knew Funmi would make me and nigeria proud one day 🙂

  63. Priscy

    June 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Funmi! my main Babe, God bless you always. Keep on, keeping on.

  64. DG

    June 22, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Well done Funmi!

  65. siren babe

    June 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    am so inspired by 2 know of Ms F.Iyanda on new dawn,her undyin lv 4 naija and her fetish 4 shoes.she made us see d gud side of naija even wen we hised and said it was cos shes connected,until she gave her story.if we consciously try 2 b like funmi and fela we wld impart naija at dif sectors;health,agriculture etc.Al salutes 4 her shes a role model.

  66. Iquo Ebong Okon

    June 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Funmi, thanks for a job well done and for making Nigeria proud. Being recognized by a reputable international body is no mean feat. Your hard work, dedication and passion certainly paid off. Keep the flag flying and May God continue to increase you on every side. Congrats!

  67. tosyno

    July 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    congrats,funmi.I am really proud of u cos we both attended the premier university(University of Ibadan).Greatest UITES GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. morgan j

    September 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    The don remain the don because he has impacted on so many lives. I remain loyal to my fans.

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