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All of the Lights! BN Red Carpet Fab at the ARISE Made in Africa Show at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York



They say ain’t no party like a Lagos party but we have to admit that New York gave us a run for our money last night at the ARISE Magazine: Made in Africa collective show.

Enjoy this while you wait for all the amazing snapshots from the runway show.

BN Red Carpet Fab:

Aminat Ayinde

George Badiel

Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi

Nole Marin

Yomi Abiola

Lisa Folawiyo

Oluchi Onweagba

Tracey Ferguson & Kendall Amyre

Thuli Zuma

Osas Ighodaro (Miss Black America)

Nduka Obaigbena

Sofi Green

Rayuana Aleyce & Marc Clark

June Ambrose

Helen Jennings

Pierre Antoine

J. Alexander


Efe & Eka Obaigbena

Chyna Layne

Chaske Spencer

Marc Clark

Bethann Hardison

Bobby Wise

Tyson Beckford

Tom Pecheux & Orlando Pita

Pierre Antoine & George Badiel

Nyasha Zimucha

B.J Coleman

Ayaan & Idyl Mohallim


Tsemaye Binitie

Rayuana Aleyce

L. Londell McMillan

Egypt & DJ Fadelf

Malcolm Kluk & Christiaan Gabriel du Toit (Kluk CGDT)

Nduka Obaigbena & Guests

Tyson Beckford

On Stage:

Leona Lewis Performing On The Runway

Temikawo Binitie & Tsemaye Binitie

Fati Asibelua

Bunmi Olaye

Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi

Malcolm kluk & Christiaan Gabriel du Toit (Kluk CGDT)

Lisa Folawiyo ( Jewel By Lisa)

DJ Cassidy

R Kelly At The After Party

Photo Credits: Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images North America


  1. Wizchap

    September 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Simply cool!

  2. sade

    September 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm


  3. Osatonia

    September 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm


  4. sugarchic

    September 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay! First to comment!

  5. Kach

    September 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Lovely pics… Fati Asibelua nice outfit!

  6. Rosellar

    September 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm


  7. temitope idowu-awe

    September 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    i am feeling africa kudos to all the naija designers. is tsemaye married or is that the sister?

  8. Temitope

    September 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Nice one….Lisa,always representing

  9. vanessa

    September 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    first to comment,,,,,,,,,,,yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. becca

    September 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Omarion *sigh* those lips…Leona Lewis looks goooood!

  11. Jummy

    September 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Wow beautIful people

  12. Jummy

    September 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Am I also first to comment?My prize bella

  13. M.Y.A

    September 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Where is Deola Sagoe?????? 🙁

  14. mii

    September 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm


  15. jane

    September 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    9ja movin 4ward! Africa movin 4ward! Lagos dress pass sha!! No beta cloth on d redcarpet

    • pelola

      September 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      mcheewwwwwwwwwww!How is naija moving forward?Because a few people are seen at fashion week, abi? Like that will put food on the table of the average man or will give us social amenities.

  16. Ayo

    September 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Bobby Wise o!!!

    • Temi

      September 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      as in!!! I think that’s one of the people Jim Iyke takes fashion advice from.

  17. Joke Williams

    September 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    R Kelly never ceases to amaze me….

  18. victoria

    September 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    that oluchi girl,d model cant dress at all,d shoe she has on is very old,for Godsake dat shoe is no longa trendy,Africa is stormn the world

  19. frances

    September 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    first to comment yippe,

  20. frances

    September 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    cool event but not quite impressed with the pics…mayb their outfits

  21. Ms. Jayee

    September 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Wow! am I first?

  22. konnie

    September 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I enjoyed the show. Lovely. Loved LDA and Jewelby lisa and and all naija collections the best. Had a lot of characters and flair.

    Now to find where to buy them here in the US

  23. majo

    September 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Tyson beckford. That’s all I have to say.

  24. Fashion police

    September 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    ok i ll be back

  25. moses

    September 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    go africa go

  26. HEnhhiola - gurl quit being scared

    September 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    wow….R Kelly was at the after party??? yekpa….i actually skipped out on this event sha……lawd knows i was tired after my flight…..

  27. Ty

    September 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    If i talk it will b dt i b bad belle. Bellanaij fine eeh u try for the great job. Bt abeg where lanre dan silva picture where she fall for stage abi ur camera no capture am as usual. Alwz hiding d facts u ds uche. U guys sud go to mailonline and see the pics and her they rubbish our own lanre dan silva cos she no where btr shoe come waka for runway

  28. Africhic

    September 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Daily mail is reporting that LDA fell off the stage. I saw pictures

    • uhmmm

      September 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      Yes she did, she took the wrong exit out but she still took her bow

    • J

      September 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      She did but I’m wondering what the point of your comment is :s

    • Africhic

      September 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      the point is that she fell, what other point would there be…………………its news. If you don’t think so my dear step.

  29. Lady G

    September 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love this, keep it on

    • On point!

      September 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm


  30. Lady G

    September 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    These are clean photos, all those in the pictures has Big smile on their faces. I love Omarion and R.Kelly

  31. elisa

    September 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I can’t believe Oluchi just had a baby and is looking this good. Genetics good oh.

  32. Oma

    September 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Good to see that we are really going international.

  33. Temi

    September 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    @ bobby Wise’s ensemble-lol!!!

    • auntie

      September 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      ko wise rara! lol

  34. sum1

    September 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    can’t wrap my head round wat ppl wore…is it jst me or dey luk funny…jat sayn

    • adeola

      September 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Exactly! I dont understand as wll there are only 2 people I feel got their look right most people just looked odd. I have always felt that a majority of Americans cant really dress unless dressed by a stylist, which would probably mean that most people dressed themselves for this occasion

  35. cathy

    September 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    pixs all glam and nduka? the man looking so fat his neck is missing and the tommy smh! too much money

  36. Mademoiselle

    September 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Actually thought leona lewis was kelly rowland for a second

  37. cool deter

    September 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    nice i must say

  38. lee

    September 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Sofi Green o!!! Your own fashion na wa ya!!

  39. AJCiti

    September 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Sofi Green and June Ambrose were my favourite looks. J. Alexander was also a good one. I was not particularly fond of Omarion or Tyson’s choice of attire for the occasion.. lol

    • auntie

      September 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      i know right? omarion still rocking timberlands tho? talk about loyalty! lol

  40. Aba, Accra

    September 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    @ Africhic: I saw it too. wanted 2 put the link here but d story has magically dissapeared from their website. these people finds it worth while 2 report on Africa only when something goes wrong. they refused 2 make a story on d Miss Universe competition bcos an Afican won. smdh!

  41. marvel

    September 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Saw LDA fell off the catwalk with those clumpy shoes. She did look good though and I loved the fact that she got up and laughed it off. Always was partial to LDA… She got written about in Daily Mail online so I guess any news is good news…

    • Yemi

      September 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      I agree with you honey, no publicity is bad publicity. When they talk about African designers next year at least everyone will remember the designer that fell off the stage. But what matters is that they remember her

  42. Auris

    September 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Sofi Green…blank stare. You no for wear clot! Mshewwww

  43. Nomy

    September 16, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Bobby Wise?! Abegi!! Wetin? Oluchi, always hot always always hot!

  44. Obi

    September 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Bobby Wise … Bobby Strong!!!

  45. dapo

    September 16, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I notice Oluchi is in head to toe YSL (current season)….she look amazing and those shoes are classic Monolo blahnik! …her style always elegant with a touch of sexiness!!!!!

  46. ijeoma Akaniru

    September 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Can’t I be invited

  47. t

    September 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I only see my girl OLUCHI! mad respect for her. she doesn’t take the whole thing too seriously. Easy flow. Mother of two

  48. Oluwaseun

    September 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    There’s something not right about LDA’s makeup. it always looks weird.

  49. csl

    September 17, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Mr Obaigbena needs a personal trainer

  50. dorothy

    September 17, 2011 at 2:42 am

    wat was Lisa thinkin pairin dose shoes wit dat dress…n oluchi’s shoes too…*huge sigh*. der was no wow factor in any of their dressing, everyone was just der to me. btw bella wats happenin to ur weddin column, those stories have bin der for too long pls update.

  51. Rosellar

    September 17, 2011 at 3:15 am

    big ups to Aminat Ayinde and L Folawiyo for getting their looks together. Oluchi looks like she’s just having fun, no fashion @ R.Kelly’s patterns and colours ensemble. Omarion too, hahahaha, naija peeps I’m surprised some people are loving ThAT his look! As for Lanre, there’s way too much going on with that dress. †ђξ style of that dress, †ђξ cuff, hems, colour, acceSSories just don’t look well put together.

  52. Asantewah

    September 17, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Bobby wise??????????????? Omarion hand those timberland for a while…Lisa, U either do the dress or the shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. cool cat

    September 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Awwww, tyson beckford is gettin old and losing dat charm. I’m yet to see a replacement for him sha, come to think of it, any black males in d industry???

    Oluchi, ever so radiant. Guys c’mon she has neva been flashy, always understated elegance and she has made giant strides in taking naija designers global. Most of these arise stuff r co-ordinated by oluchi. Quiet mogul, no need for too much noise.

    I love egypt, d pregnant lady, so chic.

    Anyone notice dat while naija women usually go full-out glam, d rest of the world is going indie-grunge-hippie-afrocentric? Wierd as the designs may be, its lack of conformity I see all over d mags now!!! Hmmmm, are we still far behind in emerging trends or do we just stick to being beautiful and well put together, as new fashion is rather too quirky???

  54. Obehi Okoawo

    September 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    This is really awesome….Oluchi, Oluchi, Oluchi…..your outfit , ur shoes….I just can’t watch. Leona Lewis Rocks….Lanre Da Silva, u are a Nigerian Pride!

  55. winch

    September 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Lda wears vampire make up!!! Is dapo oluchis publicist??? Na wah o

  56. mamav

    September 18, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Good job bella!

  57. bee

    September 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Bethann nail polish on his toes???

  58. ibidapo

    September 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Wat was the dude wif the short and blazer wif the colourful shoes doin there. U invited him pls

  59. Bolanle

    September 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    interesting! Who is that guy with the shorts and women’s sandals……..that one is not fashion please abeg!

  60. pynk

    September 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

    lol @ the comments mostly.

  61. madman

    September 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    attended this show and it was indeed fabulous! lovely. Kudos

  62. ogefierce

    September 19, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    seriously you guys, you need to consider adding a “back to top ” after a long page such as this…whew !

  63. chinky E

    September 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Beautiful people! i’m wondering y Ijeoma Akaniru wasn’t invited!

  64. doll

    September 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Nduka Obaigbena needs to work on his tummy

  65. adaeze

    September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

    some one will log into a site jst to leave a nasty ‘first to comment’ and bail. i dont remenber seeing bella giving any prize to no one and people no go respect their education and chilax.

  66. Mo

    October 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Its true o, Oluwaseun…Why does LDA always have red eyeshadow on???

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