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Omawumi, Wizkid, Chigurl, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu & Eku Edewor Head Out for a Stylish Night of Glamour & Entertainment – View the Exclusive Photos from the Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards



On Friday 20th April 2012, the anticipated maiden edition of The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYE Awards) took place at the Abuja International Conference Centre.

The event which was tagged a night of glamour and entertainment, was hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Matilda Duncan of Rhythm FM Abuja and saw 11 individuals given awards for their non stop entrepreneurial contributions in Abuja.  Three Honorary awards were also given at the event.

Guests were welcomed into the hall with the sonorous voice of rising Abuja music act – Mystro. Afterwards, Bikiya Graham-Douglas gave her rendition of the National anthem. In between award presentations, attendees enjoyed rib cracking jokes by Ajebo and Chigurl and danced to musical performances by White Nigerian with Terry da Rapman and Omawumi who gave a 5 stellar song performance. Fashion and style nominees also presented some of their most creative fashion pieces at the event.

To drive home the message behind the awards, the organisers – Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed of Fusion Lifestyle Ltd and Habiba Sha’aba Afonja of  The Connector Ltd. spoke on the reason behind the awards and its long term objectives.  Top Nigerian entrepreneurs including Bruce Ayonote (CEO Suburban Telecomms), Alhaji Isiaka Rabiu (MD IRS Airlines) and Tony Ifechukwu (Representative of the CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) were also present to address attendees.

The event ended with a spectacular performance by Wizkid. Didn’t attend? Never mind, here are the exclusive photos.


Hosts - Matilda Duncan & Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Terry Da Rapman & White Nigerian


Omawumi performing her hit tracks


White Nigerian, Omawumi & Eku Edewor

The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards Maiden Edition Winners
Business – Tinu Oyeleke  (BMO Events Arena)
Information and Communications Technology – Aisha Aliyu (Design by Digo)
Entertainment – Audu Maikori (Chocolate City Records)
Hospitality – Faruk Aliyu (Hawthorn Suites)
Fashion & Style – Anita Adebisi (Ms Makor)
Philanthropy – Water Support Charity Organization
Media & Arts – Mohammed Abba Gana
Food & Drink – Umma Mohammed (Cupcake Cutie)
Education – Baraka Saleh (Oakland School)
Health & Beauty – Jide Okerayi (St Ola Make-Up)
Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Umma Mohammed (Cupcake Cutie)

Honorary Awards
Philanthropy – Nuhu Fulani Kwajafa
Entrepreneurial Growth – Chris Oputa (Studio 24)
Outstanding Entrepreneurial in a Northern Woman – Habiba Adamu

Call for nominations for the 2013 Edition of the Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards will be open to the general public from Saturday 1st – Monday 31st December 2012. For criteria selection and more info, log on to

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  1. LPS

    May 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Lovely dresses,pictures,venue except for…lips sealed

  2. christy

    May 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    BN check your last sentence,either fullstop or comma is missing. is the host confortable? *jst asking*

    • Africhic

      May 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Check your statement, it’s comfortable!

    • brittany

      May 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      LMAOOOO..nice one!

  3. ama

    May 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm


  4. annie

    May 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Eku edwor is too white!!.Is she full nigerian she’s lukn like the white nigerian guy sister

    • Amanda

      May 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      she is mixed

    • CC

      May 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Her father is a Nigerian and her mother is English (white).

    • Ju

      May 8, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Nope! Her mum is actually the Nigerian! Her full surname is Edewor Thorley

    • olaedo

      May 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

      her mother is Nigerian and her father is British.. check ur facts ….

    • Gidi

      May 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      What is the relevance of that?

    • annie

      May 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      awww dear if it was irrelevant u shouldnt have replied.I didnt knw she was mixed and i asked a question if u dont have the answer just pass!!!

    • Bewi

      May 9, 2012 at 1:56 am

      @ Annie, did you even think before you spewed out that senseless comment?

    • mimi

      May 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

      there is nothing senseless in her comment…she was only asking a question stop showing your inferiority complex

  5. Priscy

    May 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Abuja ppl can’t dress sha…..

    • Alero

      May 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      like seriously??? All I see are beautifully and decently dressed guest having fun! I likey!

    • brittany

      May 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      maybe she wants them to wear bikini

  6. jane

    May 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Yay! Thumbs up to msMakor (fashion and style winner)nice designer..cupcake cuties!!!(Enterperneuur of the year) and jide(makeup winner)! They are inspirational youths

  7. chigal

    May 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm


  8. nimi

    May 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    the dress in the first picture is amazinggg!!!

  9. lili4lili

    May 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    nice photos

  10. y

    May 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Nigerians talking out of their asses as usual.. her mother is black and her father is white! And y r u so backward, is it impossible to have a variation in skin tone mixed or not. Thats the beauty of being black, different shades!

  11. eesha

    May 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    @priscy, u mean abuja ppl dont show their boobs and tattoo abi? Cos i see decently and well dressed people here. #okbye

  12. UsaveOne

    May 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Nice Pics ,but am disappointed in only one of it!

  13. konnie

    May 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Refreshing. Better dressed than what has been showing up lately.

  14. Janded

    May 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Fine looking people. no razzness

  15. mekhi phifa

    May 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    White Nigerian? Wats dt? Eku mixed Nigerian wats my business! Chigurl am still tryin 2figure u out plss expand ur horizon 2d east or come Lagos enta Festac or Alaba network with ur Igbo brodas let dem show how 2make money gud with comedy, u ar very funny but its only in Abuja n de don’t appreciate well

  16. Klaire

    May 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm


  17. Ndidi

    May 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    This is man is gorgeous and it is all in his smile. His date is a lucky woman –

    NB or PS: Doesn’t “White Nigerian” have a name? It seems kind of rude to call him by his “stage” name repeatedly. An AKA would have been nice. Just saying….

  18. fabulous_guy

    May 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Oh Whizkid the love of my life

    • Feyi Ogunsi

      May 10, 2012 at 12:04 am

      too bad

  19. PJ

    May 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Whoa, see class and sophistication in Abuja. They all look very nice and decent

  20. Soraya

    May 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Eku looks great with blonde hair… Makes her look healthier. She was way too thin at a certain point. She looks great here! 😀

  21. bukky k

    May 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I wish i was there and alero pls what is wrong in being decently dressed ooooo…. abeg go and check the definition of decent and indecent and think properly before u comment

  22. Purpleicious Babe

    May 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I thot chigul looked nice.

  23. tolu

    May 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    i love how the women in head-wraps look…
    now this is a classy event. although not a lot of people attended

    • bunmi

      May 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      errrr Tolu i was at this event and the whole ground floor of The Int’l Conference center was full, so it was very well attaended!
      That being said that White Nigerian should go back to Lebanon abeg!
      Omawumi…. Energetic to d core
      Chigal and Ajebo…. hilarious

  24. Miriam

    May 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Sophistication.I love…

  25. uby

    May 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    *yawns* BORING!!!

  26. oluwatosin

    May 9, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Fashion a big yes,style a loud NOOO!!! But all the same its interesting to see an event with decently dressed guests!!!

  27. miss tee

    May 9, 2012 at 1:34 am

    i love abj events… pure class and decency… no ratchet looking ladies like events you see in other cities

  28. NINA

    May 9, 2012 at 9:37 am


  29. prijes

    May 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

    see dis sparklin..Eku Edewor.

  30. Triangle

    May 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I’m loving this woman’s wedding ring. Looks cool and different from the usual double wedding and engagement gold rings that are common. I’ll luv to get something silver and unique like this.
    Secondly i have noticed with dismay the trend these days at events where everyone’s head is down. Looking at their phones. Is that the events are usually boring or people are updating bbm dp’s or ‘twitpicing’? Thinking out loud.
    Then i just realized ebuka loves tight pants. haba, despite all the comments from people! If that’s how he wants it sha. *shrugs

    • pynk

      May 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      The woman is probably Hausa muslim. They dont really exchange rings, so a lot of the women buy their own rings and wear whichever they please on theirwedding ring finger.

    • bunmi

      May 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm


  31. Peperempe

    May 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Some of the people are a bit random. I hope all Naija women will have lives as long as their eyelash extensions.

  32. Duchess

    May 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    AHHHH! Finally!!!! an even with decently dressed ladies n gents….no boobs showing or bums or ass cracks or tattoos etc….the lady in the 1st pic got me loving her gown and the lady with the pink lacy mono-sleeve…..

  33. Tiki

    May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    This is really nice, everybody be looking well-put together! If na Lagos we for see wonders, guaranteed.

  34. amethyst

    May 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    wizkid has my heart

  35. shanneil

    May 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Leave Abuja pple alone,d girls in Abuja are tush, cream and responsible,not those agbero local girls in Lagos that feel u have to have tatoos all over and expose sagging or fake boobs for d world 2 see.we rock baby.

  36. Triangle

    May 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

    @pynk So i dont understand ur point. Does d fact that she’s probably hausa and muslim mean the ring has finished in d market? More and more couples these days are beginning to go for silver or white gold rings. I just appreciated, no need getting ur pants in a twist biko.

  37. hmmm

    May 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

    LOVE what everyone is wearing…..

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