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Bill Clinton, Toyosi Akerele, Cherie Blair, Mo Abudu & More – Red Carpet Report from the 2012 ThisDay Awards for Excellence



For its 2012 edition, the ThisDay Awards for Excellence focused on honouring outstanding Nigerian women.
From business to government, advocacy and technology, a cross-section of outstanding women were given awards during the awards ceremony on Monday, February 13 2012.

Former US President Bill Clinton and Cherie Blair QC were at the event alongside Nigerian business leaders and government officials.

55 women were honoured at the event. The list includes Dr Doyin Abiola, Toyosi AkereleOby Ezekwesili, Maryam Inna Ciroma, Muni Shonibare, Funke Osibodu, Amina Az-Zubair, Sally Udoma, Pamela Olayinka Adedayo, Aderonke Kale, Mayen Adetiba and Aruma Oteh.

Check out the red carpet report from Flytime TV below.

Photo Credit: YNaija
Video Credit: FlytimeTV


  1. Oropo

    February 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

    toke is a good presenter

  2. @Chizoba

    February 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

    “Dreams are good but reality is better and what thisday has brought a fine dimension of quality a fine dimension of integrity, a fine dimension of color matched together to excellent people to a great event in one night” #WELLSAID 😀

  3. Ginika

    February 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Yes sir, ThisDay makes me super proud :)..

  4. Ginika

    February 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

    AH BN, where is the share button? I want to post this on facebook charply, charply…

  5. Adeola

    February 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Very nice coverage. My only concern: would have loved to have the names of the briefly interviewed personalities by Toke.

  6. MyView

    February 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I Loved Every Bit Of That!

  7. madman

    February 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Bella is a bit conservative so i dont know if you will post this, but in the midst of extreme poverty, unpaid salaries, Thisday/the Nigerian government finds a way to pay Bill Clinton’s speaking engagement fees. I find this painful and brutal.

    • oto

      February 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      thisday newpaper is a private firm owned by nduka ,it has nothing to do with nigerian govt. they can pay whoever they want.

    • madman

      February 25, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Keep telling yourself that. Newspaper business in Nigeria does NOT make money as it used to before. I have been to several Nduka parties and I know that the money he spends is NOT solely from “business” — the government has a hand in it as he is seen as an ambassador the promotes Nigeria’s good image. I’m not judging, just questioning if its good investment to bring Clinton and Blair when millions of Nigerians wallow in extreme, growing, and severe poverty.

    • TessySays

      February 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Look deeper and you will see our government money involved

    • tosin o

      March 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

      not only can this day pay whoever they want….I believe you are looking at this glass half empty instead of half full….Bill Clinton has a wealth of knowledge and alot to offer Nigeria…What you fail to realize is that one woman could have heard something spoken by Bill or Cherie and it could trigger something that could be the beginning of the end of poverty in Nigeria…so my dear friend…learn to start looking at the glass half full…. my 2 cents 😀

  8. cinderella

    February 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    where is Toyosi? where is Cherie Blair and all others? if the caption says “Bill Clinton, Toyosi Akerele, Cherie Blair, Mo Abudu & More – Red Carpet Report from the 2012 ThisDay Awards for Excellence” I was hoping there’ll be more pictures. Disappointed much!

  9. ivy

    February 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Grace Egbagbe is fynn… she’s 60 something and so fit….

  10. Ice queen

    February 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Well done Chief Nduka, lovely innovation..keep up the tempo

  11. Cesca

    February 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Would have loved to see more pictures

  12. christy

    February 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Need d pix,can’t watch it my BB curve.sad

  13. InCotonou

    February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Yes. Where are the pics?!! I need my daily fix of Bella Naija pictures.

  14. Personal tuvs

    February 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  15. Love

    February 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

    If you want to see more pictures, go to Sunmi Smart Cole’s website:

  16. Purpleicious Babe

    February 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Toke a great present and speaks fluently….

    more more pics…

    good stuff for naija women…

  17. jennietobbie

    February 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing amazing amazing job! Nigeria..two thumbs up…Chief Nduka…God bless you xoxo

  18. minasek

    February 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I am so happy to hear people voices; and the interviewer is very good; Congratulations for all this women and their achievement; God Bless Nigerian Women

  19. xoxo

    February 26, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Is it just me or Dora Akunyili is wearing diamonds and sapphire? I thought she was a public servant? Surely her salaries as minister of information and nafdac dg are not enough to enable her indulge in such luxuries…

    • Ngozi

      February 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      @xoxo- What has her salary got to do with it? FYI, she is married and her husband is not doing badly, she is a Prof, an author, a consultant and has a lot of streams of income……please know that we civil servants of today can afford the good things of life without indulging in corrupt practices. Thank you

    • xoxo

      February 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Ngozi- i hear you. I’m sure Nigerians know that behind every corrupt Minister or governor or LGA chairman are tonnes of civil servants. Lagos state civil servants for example, throw the most lavish parties (Gbenga Ashafa, HMO etc etc) In developed Countries, your lifestyle must correspond with your earnings. So what if her husband is a professor? ”not doing badly” wont buy you that kind of jewellery!

  20. Jenna Ashton

    February 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Toke is a fantastic !!!!! Thumbs up girl

  21. A

    February 27, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Mr Obaigbena NEEds to PAY employee salary he owes!!! Other than that he is doing a good job! Toke did a good job!

  22. tee

    April 13, 2012 at 2:54 am

    nothing against mo abudu, i love her show but been dying to say this- i hate the way she talks!!!!!!!!!!!!with her mouth bent to one side…. hiss!

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