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BN Exclusive: She’s a Year Older! Ini Edo, Desmond Elliot, Mike Ezuruonye, Omoni Oboli, Segun Arinze & More Celebrate Nollywood Star, Monalisa Chinda at her Birthday Party in Lagos – Photos



Monalisa & Tamar

She is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated actresses, a yummy mother of a cute girl and yes, a leading style star – These are just few of the many ways to describe, Nollywood big screen actress, Monalisa Chinda.

Yesterday, Thursday 13th September 2012,  the top thespian and autism advocate turned a year older and celebrated her day with friends in and out of the entertainment industry, family and well wishers.

The party which took place at the Grotto Lounge and Bar, Victoria Island, Lagos, was a star studded affair as some of your most loved celebrities and socialities including Ini Edo, Desmond Elliot, Emem Isong, Omoni Oboli, Mike Ezuronye, Banke Meshida-Lawal, Ezinne Chinkata, Segun Arinze, Fife Aiyesimoju, Ejike Asiegbu and her cute little daughter, Tamar, who looked uber cute in a red outfit, gathered to celebrate the award winning actress.

Monalisa, who recently launched her Arise Monalisa Foundation, showed up at the venue in an orange mini dress. She accessorized her look with gold earrings, bracelet, ring, black pumps, blue nail polish and a sleek pony hair do.

From BellaNaija to Monalisa Chinda, we say a big Happy belated Birthday and we wish you all the best in your life and career.


Ini Edo & Tamar

Monalisa Chinda & Desmond Elliot

Guests including Ezinne Chinkata, Fife Aiyesimoju & Banke Meshida-Lawal

Guests including Segun Arinze, Ejike Asiegbu & Desmond Elliot

Guests including Ini Edo & Mike Ezuronye


Photo Credit: Mediawise Networks

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Noms

    September 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Congrats, u r birthmate with someone very special to me. U r daughter is soooo cuuutteeeeee….God bless u.

  2. Pendo

    September 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Orange mini dress *insert confused look* I must be colour blind coz that dress looks red to me…what was Ini wearing? Tamar is as gorgeous as her mummy Happy birthday Monalisa!

    • Nikkibrity

      September 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      My exact thots too! Tht dress is so RED

    • PMolly

      September 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Hey people! seems ur eyes are decieving. That dress is a shade of orange! Gees! Orange colour isn’t only when its very bright. There are other subdued shades of orange, same as Maroon is darker shade of red. LoL!

  3. cathy

    September 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    okay oh

  4. babylawyer

    September 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm


  5. Annie

    September 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Having mixed reactions towards ini edo’s outfits.HBD mona

  6. Mary Brown

    September 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Wow my favourite actress is a year older!!!!! Awwwwwwwwww see cuteness at its best. Congrats Monalisa, I super love you 10000%!!

  7. Brandigest

    September 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Congrats to her. She may not have been in the industry for so long but she has stamped her authority by the quality of act she displays on movies. Her daughter is so cute. Mike Ezuruonye got swag.

  8. cynthia

    September 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    where is his husband. hapi birthday sha

  9. viki

    September 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    banke meshid looks real trim.thumbs girl

  10. lu

    September 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Happy Bday Lisa, but wait ooo, thout They said INI EDO was pregnant?

    • Pretty Eyes

      September 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      exactly o!

  11. babe

    September 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Love her skin, she’s glowing

  12. Sue

    September 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    One advice for nollywood actresses, next time u go for photo shoots or use make up artistes, observe and learn, what is ds thing of u girls only looking good wen u are used to model, u never make up right plus many even need fashion advisers, INI EDO take note especially and mercy johnson plus the rest!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. bimogz

    September 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Ini Edo’s outfit is disheartening ………….. *nowweeping*

    • Iris

      September 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Noo ooo It’s demoralizing. *gnashing teeth and rolling in ashes*. Kai!

    • brittany

      September 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      LMAAAAOOOOO…I was wondering same..and that makeup..oh no!!

    • Florence

      September 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Even with my inexperienced make up eyes, I could see her make up as a total flop.

  14. ItsModella

    September 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I love the first picture of Monalisa and her baby girl, its just uber cute.

  15. Kiz

    September 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    her daughter is a cuteie and looks like her.

  16. Lola Onayemi

    September 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Monalisa Chinda, you’re simply awesome! Mike Ezuronye on point. Ini Edo work on your dress sense. Isaac Oladipupo got swag. Tamar looks great. Happy Birthday sweets!

  17. Teefah

    September 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    her daughter is super dooper cute
    ini edo’s make up is nice save for the fact her foundation isn’t blending with her hairline
    everyone else looks blah..nothing spectacular here. the lil girl stole the show.
    with that said…happy birthday monalisa

  18. Jia

    September 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Ini Edo’s outfit is ….WTF? is she wearing? and what is on her head?
    Desmond Elliot is always hanging out with the girls -_____- He must have more female friends than male friends.
    We only know Genevieve and Omotola’s date of birth. The rest are always turning a year older.

  19. MsSexy

    September 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Bella what is wrong wt u? ‘guests include bla bla’ in a pix of 4 people u named 2 nd d rest NO cause they r not actors ba?
    U no try
    Congrats Mona gal, love ur dress

  20. fashion is pain

    September 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Imoa,I made a new hair,and I m feeling sum pain,thou it pretty….hence I have no word to say

  21. rita

    September 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Ini Edo needs a stylish ASAP

    • bankofamerica

      September 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      so make we off pant and tear bra

    • Posh

      September 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

      beef aint good for you, try chicken!

  22. seanini

    September 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Ini Edo abeg which kain outfit be dat ?

  23. Mma

    September 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Love Monalisa! Happy Birthday lady.
    I have a style feature on her on my site, the link is below!

  24. Lolan

    September 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Wow Monalisa is a celebrated actress? In which country please?

    • Tomi

      September 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm


  25. Rucking Fidiculous

    September 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Ini Edo! Ini Edo!! Ini Edo!!! How many times did I call you?

  26. Miss Pepeye

    September 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    @ Nwachidinma, if you need us to confirm if the lady in the link is your friend Banke Balogun, then i guess she needs a friend that recognises her come rain or shine.

    • Nwachidinma

      September 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      I have not seen her in a while and the lady’s hair looks different. It’s okay. Please don’t confirm abeg.:)

  27. sweetmouth

    September 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    and ini is supposed to be selling shoes abi???????with that hideous one shes wearing ……smh

  28. Rosellar

    September 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Someone plz get a long kobooko quickly and flooooog ini edo outta there….

  29. ijey

    September 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Monalisa is glowing

  30. stephanie

    September 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Yes nwachidinma that’s banke balogun nee alakija.

  31. Tunmi

    September 14, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I actually like Ini’s hair and outfit here.

  32. L.A Chick

    September 15, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Happy Birthday Mona Lisa!!! Ini Edo, mbah!! no good at all SMH I can’t even begin to understand the look, is it a remake of “Ninja and the City” or “Saved by the Belt”?

  33. NikkyJay

    September 15, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Monalisa looks lovely and her skin is glowing. But those shoes??? I don’t get it.

  34. tunde tajudeen

    September 15, 2012 at 6:47 am

    weldone lisa hapy birthday 2 u,ur beautiful girl is jst at d point pls kip it up.gbo gbo gbo gbosa 4 u.

  35. Bay

    September 15, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Holy cow ini looks v Terrible+her Tacky hair…u nid a fashion Alibi

  36. Mana

    September 15, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Ini Edo don’t try at all, I do not like her outfit, though she is still a beauty! Congrats to Monalisa, how old is she now?

  37. daniel eyenobong

    September 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Happy birtday my love and many more years ahead!!!

  38. zoe

    September 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Congrats monalisa!! Hmmm…Juliet Ibe where hv u bin?

  39. Lovinit

    September 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Mona Lisa. Ur daughter is so cute.

    Ini Edo darlin, u av come a long way but u stil av “plenty rooms” for improvement.

  40. Kemi

    September 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I like how her and her daughter wore red… cute!

  41. Bashira Sani

    September 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    INI EDO,hmmmmm!hmmmmm!hmmmmmm!

  42. queen

    September 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    gracious mummy..happy birthday!i thought ini edo was assume to be preggo?where is the bump?

  43. Desire

    September 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Happy Birthday to Mona. Ini definitely looks pregnant.

  44. Juddy

    September 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

    This is what being light skinned is, no difference btw her face,arms and legs, I thought Ini Edo was preggers

  45. treatie

    September 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

    @ monalisa glowing as ever n looking beautiful too. @ ini edo, OMGu need a stylish or somethg cos ur outfit is a NO NO dear.

  46. Bambiana

    September 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Shout out to all my Virgos..!

  47. overmass

    September 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    everyone looking their best…Her daughter is just her own image….

  48. onpoint

    September 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Lmao….Jeeez! R we 4getn ini is sup to b modelln 4 a brand of hair extensions…can’t rem d exact 1. She luks…different…maybe pregnant.

  49. Amoin

    September 17, 2012 at 8:03 am

    My people , please, enlighten me. I read somewhere on internet that ini edo is actually pregnant ! The woman i’m seeing don’t seem to be pregnant at all. Or is it a new fashion outfit for pregnant women. Rumors rumors ! wish her the best anyway !

  50. missblizzers..

    September 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

    The Photos look great .. happy Birthday Mona.. Pple I have a new fashion and beauty blog.. Check it out

  51. naijasportsgists

    September 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Star Studded! HBD Monalisa.

  52. Nkelly

    September 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Hbd to monalisa and Ini Edo…………………………Hahahahhaahahahahahaaa, i really have no words for you and speaking of which, is that part pf you new shoe line? ROTFL

  53. nino

    September 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Monalisa biko share ya cream secret. i know at one time she ventured into skin care, cos i want my armpit to look just like urs…hehehe… gorgeous woman except the mami water contact lens. Sorry it does not fly…

    Ini Edo, kai, wharahell is wrong with u na…why? why? why???…na wa oooo….

  54. Chizo

    September 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Monalisa , Happy Birthday. Wishing you many more to come.That a beautiful babe u have for a daughter.

  55. tafia

    September 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Pendo- you be winch?? u took th words outta my mouth, word for word# nice 1.
    Monalisa, HBD Doll!!

  56. olofofo

    September 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    wtf wuz ini wearing???? seriously she should stop making we ladies feel so ashamed of ourselves. lyk seriously-seriously! gosh!:(

  57. extemy

    October 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    ini edo haba dis is disaster in approach, wat r u wearing? Monalisa and daughter looks cute!

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