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BN Bytes: Nigerian TV Presenter Dolapo Oni Spotted in Bridget Awosika & Viv La Resistance Pieces at the 2012 French Open & Moet & Chandon’s VIP Experience in France | Exclusive Details on Her Trip

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Jacob’s Cross actress and 53 Extra co-presenter Dolapo Marcy Oni was recently spotted in France for the 2012 French Open and Moet & Chandon’s VIP Experience in Epernay, France. The petite Nigerian TV presenter was selected by the champagne house to join other International VIPs for an exciting experience where one of the world’s largest champagne houses is based.

Dolapo and other selected VIPs were treated to the full Moet Experience which included a tour of the Moet cellars, an invitation to participate in a Grand Vintage 2012 tasting Jardin Anglais session and a gourmet session with Caveau Napoleon.

Also during her stay at Epernay, Dolapo joined other international dignitaries for a Gala Dinner at the world famous Chateau de Saran known for entertaining visiting royalty, vacationing business executives and top notch dignitaries. The Sommelier (Wine Steward) paired the finest wines with tasty looking food in an entirely unorthodox combination. On Day 2, all VIPs were taken to the Roland Garros Stadium to watch the 2012 French Open Women’s semi-finals matches in Court Phillipe Chatrier where Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal emerged Champions in the Women’s and Men’s draws respectively.

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Moet & Chandon Epernay Event

Dolapo Oni

Day 2

Walking into the VIP section at Roland Garros

Dolapo with a Victoria Secret Model

Dolapo at the French Open Semi-Finals Match

Lunch Time

Looking gorgeous in Bridget Awosika and  Viv La Resistance pieces, Dolapo speaks on her fondest memories, hobnobbing with the international jet set including world famous tennis stars and top personalities from the world of media and entertainment. Here is an exclusive 10 minutes interview about her Moet & Chandon Experience.

A. Welcome back from the French Open, how was the City of Love?
It was amazing. Beautiful food, people, conversation and of course, fantastic champagne.

B. Next, we are curious to know, how did you earn the chance to represent Moet & Chandon at Roland Garros and what can I do to get a chance to wine and dine with the international jet set this time next year?
Well I was approached by a representative of Moet & Chandon, who asked if I’d like to take part in the Moet et Chandon experience, as a VIP guest. Obviously it took me a millisecond to say yes! As for how one can get to wine and dine at Roland Garros this time next year? Think you’ll have to buy a ticket! But even with a ticket, the Moet & Chandon experience is strictly by invitation only so, I have no idea really.

C. What was it like being in the home of Champagne? What did you do during your day in Epernay, France?
Epernay was truly breathtaking and as you drive through its streets, past the various champagne houses, you get a real sense of the town’s history. We had a jam packed itinerary. Once we arrived at the hotel, we were driven straight to the Moet & Chandon headquarters for a picnic lunch. Of course this is Moet & Chandon so this was no ordinary picnic. The food was delightful, the champagne virtually on tap and there were other VIP guests enjoying the Moet experience, mostly from Switzerland and Brazil; it was fascinating meeting people from such far flung corners of the world. After lunch came the wine tasting with head wine maker Marc Brevot, who told us more than we will ever remember about the process of creating the different types of champagne and in particular the difference between the vintage and non-vintage champagnes. Then it was time for our cookery lesson with michelin chef Pascal where the focus was on how to pair champagne with different dishes. After filling our stomachs, the next stop was a tour of the wine cellars. This was mind blowing – over 18 kilometers of underground cellars across 3 levels. We only saw a fraction of the wine caves but it was definitely one of those occasions when you have to see it to believe it. It was incredible.

D. We understand that Moet & Chandon arranged for you to spend an evening at the Chateau de Saran. Is it true and, if so, how was that experience?
Yes they did and I felt so lucky and privileged to have been able to spend an evening there. The Chateau de Saran, former residence of the Moet family, is a beautiful 19th century manor house nestled on a hill overlooking sprawling vineyards. A visit to the Chateau is a truly special occasion indeed as the only way you can dine or stay here is by invitation from Moet & Chandon. We were lucky with the weather and the company and the whole evening just felt magical. We were treated to a three course dinner – scallops and vanilla sauce, roast chicken, seasonal vegetables and foie gras, macaroons with fruit – and each course was accompanied by a different vintage of Moet & Chandon champagne. So we ate, we drank, we made merry and even we even headed to the games room where I won a game of pool with my swiss partner Marcel!

E. Were you a champagne lover before your trip? And has this experience changed your perception of champagne in anyway?
Before my trip I liked Champagne, but now I love it and I have also found a new appreciation for it. I don’t think I can ever take good champagne for granted now, having witnessed, first hand, the amount of time and effort that goes into producing each bottle. Quite frankly most people don’t know how lucky they are to drink this stuff and I’m surprised the champagne houses don’t charge a higher price. I’ll certainly be toasting all the people involved in the winemaking process the next time I’m sipping on a glass of Moet.

F. Did you get to meet any Tennis heroes at Roland Garros – Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Chris Evert, etc.?
Unfortunately not. It rained a lot during the women’s semi finals and at one point I was worried we wouldn’t see any tennis at all. But finally the rain did stop, conveniently after lunch and the sun came out. Our seats were fantastic and we had great views of both women’s semi-finals and got some great pictured. I would have loved to have seen the Williams sisters but they had been knocked out of the tournament in earlier rounds.

G. What was it like watching such great tennis stars live? Any key memorable highlights or moments from the match?
It was great. The court seems a lot bigger on TV funnily enough. Seeing the power and physicality of the players so close up is quite incredible. Of the two matches we watched, my favourite was the first semi final between Sara Errani of Italy and Australia’s Samantha’s Stosur. It was a close 3 set match. Errani was the underdog, but played such a smart and intelligent game, really mixing up her shots. It was not metronomic tennis. There were many points when I literally couldn’t watch as it could have gone either way. It was exciting to have been at Roland Garros on a day that many will look back on and say, that was the day Errani the tennis star was born.

H. How does the French Opens rank next to the US Opens and Wimbledon?
Well I’ve never been to the US Open or Wimbledon, but I’m always glued to the television when the slams take place. Each of the Grand Slams has their own personality. The US and the Australian I think are quite informal but Wimbledon and Paris, being back to back, two weeks apart and on such different surfaces are really quite special. They are part of what makes their host cities, London and Paris, such global cities and people come from all over the world to attend these events. The clay of Paris is especially tough. Players have to slide a lot on the surface and it’s hard to hit winners or overpower opponents. It’s a great leveler. You have to really construct points in a way that you may not necessarily do on faster surfaces like grass and hard court. It means that you see different players flourish, players who may not have the biggest games but with really good technique and consistency. It can only be good for a spectator sport.

I. Finally, you are a beautiful lady, with refined taste. Is there any tennis personality that you admire or closely identify with?
There are some great women’s tennis players but the biggest names tend to be those with the biggest games but little variety. That was what was so exciting about Sara Errani – not especially tall, not especially powerful, but with superior technical ability and a tactical mind. Big things really can come in small packages!. The other player I love is Kim Clijsters. She won a grand slam, retired to get married and have a baby, then came back to win another 3 grand slams. And she’s always a got a smile on her face. Who said you can’t have it all!

40 Comments

  1. tina

    June 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

    you looked chic and classy, my kind of girl

  2. Abs

    June 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Love the color of the skinny she’s wearing.

    http://www.abadawoode.blogspot.com

    • Ms Gay 9ja

      June 27, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Dolapo Oni is one VERY SHORT lady. Looks like she a lot of Vibe her persona. Still Very FAKE 2meee…..*jus sayin*

    • Blossom

      June 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      I think she’s extremely beautiful and very real.

      Have a seat, madam \_

    • lol

      June 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      She looks sweet to me, dont be like that

  3. Kify

    June 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Gorgeous lady……exactly, who says you can’t have it all!

  4. chi chi

    June 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

    wow, what a great opportunity. lucky u Dolapo Oni. The looks were clean (as it should be for the occasion), but a little disappointing, was looking forward for a little sizzle, at least with a lip or nail color.

  5. Kach

    June 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Lovely!

  6. heeba

    June 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Now This is what i am talking about!!!!This is what i want/wish to be attending.Levels dey oh ma people

  7. [email protected]

    June 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Dolapo is always a stunner and she is very eloquent too. I love her

  8. HEPHZIBAH

    June 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

    BEAUTIFUL LADY. HEALTHY LOOKING AND LOVELY SKIN. IT’S PEOPLE LIKE HER THAT INSPIRE ME!!! INDEED BIG THINGS REALLY DO COME IN SMALL PACKAGES!! \\TEAMPETITE

  9. melee

    June 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Gosh, that lady is eloquent. Speaks with such articulation and mastery. Bella and classy things

    • Denny

      June 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      which one is “articulation and mastery. Bella and classy things” stop joining all the posh words that you know together joooor! hehe!

  10. Traditionalbay

    June 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    @ “Quite frankly most people don’t know how lucky they are to drink this stuff and I’m surprised the champagne houses don’t charge a higher price’ really?

    • Concerned Citizen

      June 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      lol

  11. UsaveOne

    June 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  12. Ndidi

    June 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    She represents us beautifully!

  13. Ella

    June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    She is a natural beauty and a very eloquent lady.

  14. i no send

    June 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    i like how she kept it young and fresh not with 5 packets of brazilian and ostrich lashes..she is classy and you can’t buy that……P:S couldn’t help noticing the battle of the hermes bags tho

  15. Anonymous

    June 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    If it were some of our babes, they would fix BRAZILIANNNN hair, eyelashes, fake nails….. which makes most of them look so stucky, n plastic….. See how classy she looked in the pictures. I still believe less is better. Congrats gal.. i can imagine the fun you had.

    • Lyn

      June 27, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Dont quite get ur point about brazillian hair cos that is not her hair, surely

  16. Ib

    June 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Go Girl!!!

  17. omada

    June 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Na wa o! Dolapo please let’s trade places. 🙁

  18. NikkyJay

    June 27, 2012 at 2:11 am

    DOLAPO is simply BEAUTIFUL!!! Loving the natural look too.

  19. L.A Chick

    June 27, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Love Dolapo, she knows how to carry herself!

  20. Ajoke

    June 27, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Very lovely

  21. christy

    June 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Opportunity like this comes rarely!

  22. Meena

    June 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    LOL at the comments on her hair

  23. juliet

    June 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

    nice,would ve love her with at least 2nich heels with that africa skirt and jean shirt

  24. Denny

    June 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Lovely! Dolly is a classy chic and I’ve got a lot of time for her. Met her a couple of times through mutual friends and she is a hoot! No fakery at all!

    Nice to have a TV or radio personality who is held in high regard! Others should take note! Wont mention names cos I know Bella wont post the comment if I do but they know themselves…..also short but this one is so fake and blows ridiculous phon-e everywhere and is a real “Gasto-Belonger”……

    Bye!

  25. sisiekomi

    June 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Lovely!

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  26. rew

    June 28, 2012 at 3:10 am

    she was “spotted”ehn,really?this pictures looked clearly posed for.Looks like she sent them in herself or something!

    • lol

      June 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      I like that….who is fooling who. Classy chic though.
      Blogs its high time you say it as it is!

  27. of course

    June 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    @HEEBA I SWEAR! LEVELS DE! THIS IS THE KIND OF EVENT I WILL LIKE TO ALWAYS ATTEND JOR! HABA! VERY VERY CLASSY PEOPLE

  28. AnonYMOUS..

    June 29, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I think she was too simple tho…but if its her style hey who am i to judge. You can still look really classy without over-doing it. Like someone said nice nail color or lipstick and maybe some nce heels would have pop’d the attire…

  29. Amber

    July 2, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Fashion…who cld ever think of that combination of her first outfit…nice…I need a stylist jare

  30. babious

    July 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Not feeling d jean jacket n naija skirt. and is she afraid to smile?or are her teeth jst horrible? articulate?with d south african ascent?puleeeeaeessssssssssss!

  31. Beesybee

    July 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Lolz………[email protected], u gat one already. Every big things come in small packages! Thumps up Dolly p

  32. Anon

    July 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    @ Babio
    She’s not afraid to smile, it’s called smirk. Obviously, she showed her teeth in some and nothing wrong with them. Wait, south African accent? she has a posh Nigerian accent, maybe you are only used to razz accents.
    Dolapo is beautiful, classy and elegant. Simplicity is the best way to go. All these white women, that’s their secret, they keep it simple. What you see is what you get. Not illusion.

  33. truetalk

    December 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    i dont know what the big deal is, but she’s a pretty girl.

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