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From the Sahara Desert to Lagos! Photos of Dr Newton Jibunoh, Kelechi Amadi-Obi & Chimamanda Adichie at the “Whispers from the Sahara” Auction



Dr Newton & Elizabeth Jibunor

On the eve of Wednesday 29th August 2012, art collectors, enthusiasts, heads of corporate organizations and members of the press gathered at DIDI Museum, 175 Akin Adesola Street,Victoria Island, Lagos for the Whispers from the Sahara auction.

The event which was an evening of  sophistication and enlightenment, kicked off with a bang. As attendees including award winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian arts patron, Otunba Adekunle Ojora and Udo Okonjo, who heads Fine & Country- the company that supported the event, sipped on refreshing cocktails, the amiable auctioneer Kola and Soni Irabor went straight to the order of the day.

The exhibiting artist, ace Nigerian photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, who took over 5000 photos while on the last desert expedition across the Sahara Desert in the company of renowned Desert Warrior and one of Nigeria’s foremost environmentalist, Dr Newton Jibunoh, displayed 15 of his “Whispers from the Sahara” shots. They were auctioned off between the price range of N 100,000 and N 750,000.

During the auction, Dr Newton Jibunoh gave a brief explanation about each work of art and the reasons for the captions. BN was on the scene at the event and we have all the photos.


Otunba Adekunle Ojora

Kelechi Amadi Obi

Udo Okonji

Bashorun J.K. Randle

Nike Balogun

Winifred Menah

Tony Onyeama

Adaure Achumba

Ifueko Oyegun

Nduka Nwonye

Latasha Ngwube

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Chimamanda  Ngozi Adichie & Ivara Esege

Chantelle Abdul

Chioma Okolie

Oyaklure Jamgbade & Iden Ebohon

Patricia Okondor

Ufuoma Koloko

Toyin Alasi

The Whispers from the Sahara Auction

Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi for Insigna
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  1. Kach

    September 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm


  2. Bellanaijarian

    September 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    If Adaure wasn’t my best friend’s sister, I would have married her since our ISL days. Babe is drop-dead gorg….RIHANNA TINZ!

    • Mrs Grey

      September 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      My dear, it is better to try and fail, than never to have tried at all.. .. I say go for it.. * wink*

    • Madam the Madam

      September 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      You better go for it boy. Chick is a babe! 😉

  3. ucylo

    September 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    intellectuals, fashionistas and beauticians…….power packed women

  4. cathy

    September 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    nice event

  5. Lue

    September 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  6. pynk

    September 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    CHiamanda is truly lovely.

  7. brandigest

    September 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    This gallery is so damn lovely… see my desert warrior is getting older, kudos Boss.

  8. Esther

    September 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Nice pics

  9. Chattyzee

    September 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful people. Very classy event.

  10. Temiyemi

    September 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Nike Balogun looks nice. I’m loving the combination. Not like it would affect me in any way but I hope that’s not retouched hair I’m seeing on Chimamanda’s head.

    Love the pictures esp the Spirit dance. It looks deep. Love Kelechi. Does he run any photography courses?

  11. faith

    September 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    lol…@retouched hair on chimamanda’s head….

  12. nike balogun

    September 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Hello. Every1., thanks for all the lovely comments. I’m glad you all like what you see. I planned the eventand it feels good to hear people say nice things about your work. God bless you all. Pls feel free to visit the DiDi Museum any time.

  13. huh?

    September 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Any time I see that lady…chamamanda Adiche….I just wish I’m n her shoe,every day I keep wondering how that great book was written,how the idea was all gathered and beautifully put together to make an interesting read! Rep for chinua achebe and her!!!!!!

  14. Adia

    September 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    It’s true. Adaure looks gorg in this photo!

  15. Chum chum

    September 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Adaora simple and cutie

  16. cathy

    September 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Ltasha, pls u should wear heels not flats to an event most especially with a dress and jacket.You are launching fashion police afterall

  17. cat

    September 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Latasha, pls heels should be worn to an event not flats most especially with a dress. you are supposed to be launching naija fashion police afterall.

  18. konnie

    September 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Nice pictures. J K Randle, sir I gree your one. Very dapper.
    Natasha, that pout… 🙁

  19. Remi

    September 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Is this the same Latasha of glamtv? the nig version of fp??
    u must be kidding with the flats
    go and rest jor

    • Msunderstood

      September 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      @Remi Dat was my first thot but then i looked closely n noticed she has a bad leg. I don’t think she can wear heels, I might be wrong tho.

  20. anon

    September 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Awww am always fan girling on Chimamanda just love that girl!

  21. NikkyJay

    September 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Nike Balogun looks FABULOUS!!! Love the whole look.

  22. ekute ile

    September 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Dr.J…one of the nicest men i’ve ever met….God bless you sir

  23. Ene

    December 29, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Chimamanda is beautiful

  24. Ohanma Anthony

    April 18, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Dr Newton Jibunor, a perfect gentleman!

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