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Oge Okoye, Ali Baba, Joseph Benjamin, Mai Atafo, Charles Novia & Samson Siasia at the launch of the Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking Nigeria” Campaign – Photos from the Black Tie Event in Lagos



Samson Siasia “The Johnnie Walker Giant”

On Friday 27th July 2012, one of the world’s leading Scotch whisky brands Johnnie Walker, unveiled its new emotive campaign Keep Walking Nigeria, which will celebrate individuals who achieve their goals despite the odds and announced former Super Eagles player and coach Samson Siasia as the first Nigerian Johnnie Walker Giant.

The exquisite high profile black tie event which took place at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, saw in attendance the creme de la creme of Nigeria’s elite society such as entreprenuers, politicians, businessmen, celebrities and socialites including Uti Nwachukwu, Joseph Benjamin, Linda Ikeji, Mai Atafo, Oge Okoye, Charles Novia, Kelechi-Amadi-Obi and Zizi Cardow.

The man of the night, Samson Siasia, who made one of his rare public addresses, shared with all  attendees his life journey story and how he is determined to Keep Walking to achieve his goals, despite all odds. He also stated that through out his life, he had always believed in himself and had determined to make a success of his life. On his passion for football, the acclaimed former Nigerian footballer and coach, who coached the Nigeria U-20 team to win the U-20 African Youth Championship 2005 in Benin, said “One thing, I have learnt , when life tosses you the ball, play it, because nothing can stand in the way of a man who believes in himself”.

Sesan Sobowale (Corporate Relations Director of Guiness Nigeria Plc and Diageo Brands Nigeria), who introduced Samson Siasia at the event, said “Johnnie Walker is proud to be associated with Samson Siasia; striker, coach and proud Nigerian as he continues his journey through life.  Like many of us, he has faced obstacles and challenges on his journey, but his determination to overcome these hurdles to achieve his goals, epitomizes the Johnnie Walker philosophy to Keep Walking”.

In his role as a Johnnie Walker Giant, Samson Siasia joins other African Giants – Manu Dibango, the renowned Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player and UNESCO Artist for Peace who has released over 25 albums in the course of his musical career, the incredible Ethiopian long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie and Ghanaian Prince, Kofi Amoabeng who as a successful entrepreneur, was chosen as a Johnnie Walker Giant to inspire the younger generation of entrepreneurs. Other Johnnie Walker Giants include Formula One hot shot, Lewis Hamilton and one of the world’s most famous entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

At the end of the event, Felix Enwemadu (General Manager, Diageo Brands, Nigeria Plc) thanked all the guests for attending and spoke on the importance of responsible drinking as he urged guests to ” Captain your team, keep an eye on your friends and make sure they get home safely”.

We totally agree with Felix, check out the photos from the event.


Mai Atafo

Oge Okoye

Linda Ikeji

Joseph Benjamin

Amaechi Okobi

Charles Novia

Uti Nwachukwu

Kelech Amadi-Oni & Joseph Benjamin

Amaechi Okobi & Samson Siasia


Ali Baba

Samson Siasia Unveiled as Johnnie Walker Giant

Yemi Sax

Femi Brainard

Mai Atafo

Olisa Adibua

Linda Ikeji & Uti Nwachukwu

Frank Osodi, Kelechi Amadi-Obi & Zizi Cardow

A poignant video featuring Samson Siasia narrating his own story of personal progress was unveiled at the glittering, Keep Walking Nigeria event.  To view it, go to
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  1. gurly

    August 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Linda n dat her smile sef

  2. kem

    August 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    hmmmmmm, all black

  3. TobechiDaniel

    August 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    The lady in pink- a fabulous outfit for her figure and she ruined the full effect with weave that did nothing for her. Linda Ikeji made the well-dressed list- a nice dress for her nice figure.

  4. Priscy

    August 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm


  5. Chattyzee

    August 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Nice pictures and event. It’s been long I saw Oge Okoye on red carpet. Also, looking through the pictures, I thought it was a black tie event, well up until I saw the lady in pink!

  6. Nollywoodgaga

    August 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    This is the kind of red carpet we want to see more !

    • eve

      August 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

      loool CORRECT!!

  7. Princess of Zion

    August 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Congratulations Samson Sia Sia! Everyone looks great!

  8. Evann

    August 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Huge congrats to SiaSia.Oge Okoye look pretty
    Our men sef!! Olisa Adibua & Charles Novia,wat was dat??? Pls ya wardrobes need an overhaul.Employ moi,not Ezinne Chinkata.Lolzzzzzz

    All the events I have seen on BN,Uti dey there.The guy too like outing.Sit ya nyash down,joor

  9. feyi A

    August 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    from number first to last pic…. classy

  10. chike

    August 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    mai atafo did you sew your bow tie, just asking. Joseph Benjamin jacket and trouser too tight, loosen up sweetie 🙂

  11. ij

    August 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Uti and this his Bright Chimezie posing

    • gem ma

      August 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      hahahhahahahahahha ij u just said my mind!it so annoyinggg.

  12. damojo

    August 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    U can use Ali Baba’s pocket square to do bedsheet!

  13. eye

    August 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    LOOOOOOOL @ ij!!! Uti really pisses me off! must he always wear turtle neck shirts or tops…>his neck is tooo short for that! haba

  14. Essie

    August 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Mai Atafo is one fine Gentleman! x

  15. Ndidi

    August 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    “Amaechi Okobi, Amaechi Okobi, Amaechi Okobi, Amaechi Okobi, Amaechi Okobi!!” How many times did I call his name? Hot diggety damn!!! Thank you lord for creating such a fine man!

  16. 'Alex'andyRaH!

    August 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    [email protected] J u z very observant…thot I was d only 1 dat noticed

    • ij

      August 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      yes now,with that posing you would think that he is about to break out singing “in the year 1974 i travel to oyibo man country alabekeeeeeeee alabekeeee obodo ndioma

  17. christy

    August 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Oge dress is beautiful,linda ikeji with her signature smile

  18. @ajiriavae

    August 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Who is this Amaechi Okobi? He is such a hottie!!! Ohimai, I see you boo.
    I thought you guys said black tie? Did Oge not get the memo? And the guy in jeans. Seriously? Really?

  19. jhjj

    August 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    na wa for these pple. black tie means formal not wear black

    • Finolee

      August 2, 2012 at 12:11 am


    • madman

      August 2, 2012 at 12:27 am


    • Truth be told

      August 2, 2012 at 1:21 am

      thank you o

  20. CEO

    August 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I dunno why but Uti just annoys me…lol. Linda’s smile *sigh*.

  21. a hater!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:06 am

    @I J ur comment really make someone here fall frm sit laughing. Ds our Uti sef but ds one he didn’t show wit his yellow paw paw???

  22. OmoBolanle

    August 2, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Does this uti guy need to be at every freaking event? geez!

  23. Babe

    August 2, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Olisa and his forbidden baffs! He needs a total makeover.

  24. dayo

    August 2, 2012 at 4:13 am

    How pathetic, how disgraceful! Foreign company using a Nigerian sports figure to sell alcahol to the next (youth) generation and everybody is applauding…and you wonder why the west think you are fools…wonder no more!!!

  25. L.A Chick

    August 2, 2012 at 7:01 am


  26. faith

    August 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Beautiful people…

  27. Couture By Makioba

    August 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

    when u see class…u can tell….

  28. Nok10

    August 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    @ Dayo: Yeah talk about business ethics! But its not their fault na, when the consumers are not well informed and the government regulations are lax. How do explain banned malaria drugs (with mercury content) being sold over the counter in naija or antibiotics that require prescription being sold without prescription. Hey, multinationals will take advantage. We need a better enlightened society.

  29. Traditionalbay

    August 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

    dayo! na wa for you o! nna chill biko.

  30. Kem

    August 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Hello Dayo, its called advertisement!!!!!

  31. yinka

    August 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

    @chattyzee the term BLACK TIE EVENT doesn’t mean u ought to wear black…

  32. essy

    August 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    uti nwanchukwu, niaja BEN 10, abeg try to dey change ur facial possn once in while, u re nt on the runway , na party u dey

  33. Abuja's City Guide

    August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

    These pix are what I’ll call celebration of Nigerian achievers. Congrats to Siasia!

  34. Lulu

    August 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    LOL 🙂

  35. Brendz

    August 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    @ IJ , you are a riot and half….i started laffing out loud in the office, pple were giving me dirty looks!….alabeke…..lmao

    • ij

      August 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      don’t mind them , they r all fake people jo

  36. anna

    August 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

    mai atafo never ceases to trip me….just too cool!!!

  37. anna

    August 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    ia it just me or does this our professional waka pass bros, Uti, annoy others with his consistent posing and facial expressions. he shd try practise anoda pose in front of his mirror abeg…e don do. naija ben 10.

  38. stacyb

    December 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    hehehehe…uti haters come out to play…cos e fine and una nor fit cus em cloth…una say em annoying….make una bor pikin like am weda una nor go do thanksgiving for 10weeks straight! anooying ni exciting koh!!..shaaaalaaaaap una durrry mouth

  39. Ovadje

    December 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    @ dayo, please take a chill pill.

    You act as if foreigners introduced alcohol to Nigeria, when our forefathers have been drinking palmy and all sorts when Europe was still immersed in the Black Plague. Nevertheless, Guinness has full-fledged Eye Hospitals (the only such specialized institutions) in three different centres in Nigeria — Kaduna, Lagos and Onitsha, with the one in Kaduna being a centre of excellence for retinal research in West Africa. Furthermore, Guinness Nigeria Plc’s Water of Life initiative currently provides potable water to thousands of Nigerians spread across several rural communities, from the North to the South) and Guinness fundshundreds of scholarship and renovates primary and secondary schools across Nigeria. Of course, it provides direct and indirect employment to tens of thousands of Nigerians (from its employees to suppliers, distributors and subcontractors), in the process providing livelihoods for tens of thousands more supported by those persons, and it has made tens of billions of direct investments in Nigeria and paid billions more in taxes. So, abeg, let’s quit the holier-than-thou preaching (or worse, the xenophobia) and just enjoy what seems like a pretty nice evening for all.

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