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The 2012 Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) Awards – Ty Bello, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Toolz, Ini Edo, Tiwa Savage, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Other Powerful Women Make the Nominees List



The complete list of  nominees for the 2012 edition of the Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) awards has been revealed.

It all began in 2009, a long conceived idea came to life, the Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY), the first ever successful award ceremony of its kind was packaged and launched by Exquisite Magazine, led by its publisher, Tewa Onasanya.

The award ceremony got bigger and better in October 2011 at the Landmark Village in Victoria Island, Lagos, where Teju “Babyface” Oyelakin and Kemi Ajumobi hosted the exquisite guests at the second edition of the Exquisite Lady of the Year award and in 2011, the 3rd edition was a sight to behold.

Now in 2012, plans are in top gear to create once again an outstanding and memorable award ceremony set to take place on Sunday 25th November 2012 at the Porsche Showroom Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos with the theme “Diamond and Pearls”.

This edition which will be hosted by Matse Uwatse of Nigeria Info and Kaylah of Cool FM, will see musical performances by Ms Jaie, Omo Akin, Korede Bello and a superstar surprise artiste.

Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) 2012 Award Categories
Female Photographer of the Year

  1. Folake Akinola
  2. Yetunde Babaeko
  3. Ty Bello
  4. Toni Adefuye

Female TV Presenter of the Year

  1. Helen Paul – Jara
  2. Eku Edewor – Studio 53 Extra
  3. Layole Oyatogun – Page 3
  4. Dolapo Oni – Studio 53 Extra
  5. Ify Onyegbule – Women of Substance

Female Radio Presenter of the Year

  1. Valerie – Cool FM
  2. Joyce – Cool FM
  3. Fade – Beat FM
  4. Toolz – Beat FM
  5. Titi Adelabu – Inspiration FM
  6. Pauline – Wazobia FM
  7. Uche – RayPower FM
  8. Moyo & Mofe – Star FM
  9. Fisayo – Smooth FM
  10. Aderonke – Smooth FM
  11. Kaylah – Cool FM
  12. Ify Onyegbule – Radio Continental

Female Fashion Designer of the Year

  1. Kiki Kamanu of Kiki Kamanu
  2. Tiwa, Teni & Aba Sagoe of CLAN
  3. Bridget Awosika of Bridget Awosika
  4. Funmilayo Déri of Funlayo Déri
  5. Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa
  6. Caterina Bortolussi & Francesca Rosset of Kinabuti
  7. Lanre DaSilva Ajayi of Lanre DaSilva Ajayi
  8. Uju Offiah of Meena
  9. Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh
  10. Orire Omatsola of Ré Bahia
  11. Folake Folarin-Coker of Tiffany Amber
  12. Ronke Ladipo of Rouch
  13. TYL
  14. Kenny Okorie of Keto Couture

Female Entrepreneur of the Year: To be chosen by Exquisite Magazine and the ELOY 2012 Sponsors

Female Banker of the Year: To be chosen by Exquisite Magazine and the ELOY 2012 Sponsors

Female Insurer of the Year: To be chosen by Exquisite Magazine and the ELOY 2012 Sponsors

Female Writer of the Year

  1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Ngozi Onyeoha

Make-Up Artist of the Year

  1. Lola Maja-Okojevoh
  2. Kunbi Fashakin
  3. Eni Balogun

Stylist of the Year

  1. Ezinne Chinkata
  2. Ono Bello
  3. Toyin Lawani
  4. Bolaji Animashaun
  5. Tayo Shonekan
  6. Veronica Ebie-Odeka
  7. Yolanda Okereke
  8. Lucy Phil-Ebosie

Actress of the Year (Big Screen Movies)

  1. Ini Edo (I’ll Take My Chances)
  2. Funke Akindele-Oloyede (Maami)
  3. Funke Akindele-Oloyede (Married But Living Single)
  4. Nse Ikpe-Etim (Phone Swap)
  5. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde (Ties That Bind)

Female Music Artiste of the Year
R&B: Mo’Cheddah, Asa, Tiwa Savage, Goldie, Waje & Chidinma
Rap:  Sasha, Eva & Muna

Female Role of the Year: To be chosen by Exquisite Magazine and the ELOY 2012 Sponsors

Beauty Brand of the Year

  1. MUD
  2. X-Pression
  3. Sleek
  4. BM|Pro
  5. Orekelewa by TARA
  6. Lise
  7. Amigos
  8. Nobel Hair

Brand Ambassador of the Year

  1. Funke Akindele-Oloyede (Klin)
  2. Ini Edo (Chivita, Glo &  Nobel Hair)
  3. Monalisa Chinda (Glo)
  4. Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha (Harpic)
  5. Stephanie Linus (Kanekalon)
  6. Sasha P (Samsung)
  7. Tiwa Savage (Pepsi)
  8. Omawumi Megbele (Mortein)

Female Movie Producer of the Year

  1. Emem Isong (I’ll Take My Chances)
  2. Blessing Egbe (Two Brides & A Baby)
  3. Chineze Xandria-Anyaene (Ije)
  4. Chinwe Egwuagu (Mr & Mrs)
  5. Funke Akindele-Oloyede (The Return of Jenifa – TROJ)
  6. Uche Jombo ( Damage)

Sports Woman of the Year

  1. Blessing Okagbere (Athlete)
  2. Gloria Asumna (Athlete)
  3. Omolara Omotosho (Athlete)
  4. Doreen Amata (Athlete/High Jumper)
  5. Esther Obiekwe (Marathoner)
  6. Olufunke Oshonaike (Table Tennis Player)
  7. Edith Ogoke (Boxer)
  8. Iyiazi Eucheria (Athlete)
  9. Esther Oyema (Athlete)
  10. Joy Onaolapo (Athlete)
  11. Folashade Oluwafemiayo (Athlete)

Female Friendly Company of the Year: To be chosen by Exquisite Magazine
Honorary Award: To be chosen by Exquisite Magazine and the ELOY 2012 Sponsors

Food Manufacturing Company of the Year

  • Dangote
  • Golden Penny
  • Honeywell
  • Bua
  • Dufil Nigeria Limited (Manufacturers of Indomie Noodles)
Fashion Retailer of the Year

  • Mango
  • Woolworths
  • Mr Price
  • Etam
Grocery Supermarket of the Year

  • Shoprite
  • Spar
  • Ebeano
  • Park and Shop
  • Goodies
Household Brand of the Year

  • Samsung
  • Chigo
  • Scanfrost
  • Panasonic
  • LG
Luxury Brand of the Year

  • Porsche
  • Moet
  • Polo
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Martini

Text “ELOY” followed by the “Nominee” to 35070 or simply send an e-mail with the name of the nominee to [email protected]

Sponsors of the ELOY 2012 Awards include Lagos Internal Revenue Services, X-Pression, Porsche, Lufthansa, Power Horse, Eventique, WorldPR, Illectra, Madies Cocktails, Preston & Porter, Luxury Hampers and Gift & Co. Ltd.

Media Partners include Encomium,, WorldPR, MorsiPR, LindaIkeji, Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Genesis Deluxe Cinemas.


  1. faith

    November 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

    what do they mean by ”female role of d year”???

  2. Bey

    November 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Is Mochedda an RnB singer????

  3. Chikar

    November 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Goldie all the wayyyyyyyyyyyy………

  4. Pinkfunky

    November 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I will love to see people at grass root levels such as Doctors, Teachers, police women etc been celebrated more!

    • Evagreen

      November 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

      God bless you and seriously who gives an award to people for being brand ambassador?. what about female keke marwa riders ? female that have really distinguish them selves? does it always have to be people in the entertainement industy? and we wonder why the influx of people there. i’m SMH big time

    • Idak

      November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

      You go wait tire.

    • Lani

      November 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      I would love to see an end to these endless silly awards. Nigerians just love a reason to party and throw praise here and there for no reason. ELOY Awards? Please! So when would the men have EGOY (Exquisite Gentleman of the Year) Awards? Rubbish and nonsense. 11 nominees for radio category and 14 nominees for designers is plain ridiculous.

  5. Bukki

    November 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Omotola and Tiwa savage all da wayyyyyyyy

  6. abiola

    November 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

    It has got to be the sweet and sexy omotola who keeps dazzling my eyes always.

  7. dami

    November 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

    how best can you describe omotola if not exquisite cos she is extremely beautiful and pleasant in every way, that makes her my choice.

  8. sunday

    November 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

    for the best actress category, no one else deserve to win apart fro omotola, that lady sure know how to rock my world in any movie, ties that bind is really interesting, i sure will vote for her.

  9. debby

    November 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

    No one else but omotola in the best actress category

  10. Peaches

    November 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Come on ELOY who nominated these people… no offence….to all the named ladies. They’ve done well. But…..

    Nothing to do with charity work, philanthropist or anything like that. Nothing really exquiste on the list. Like someone rightly said, no Doctor, Teacher or lawyer etc. There are really exquiste women doing a hell of a job in the most affected place of Nigeria and they are not recognized. Gimme a break…. ELOY…. do your research and honour real women not household names we know and see on TV all the time. Even though I live in the UK, I know that there are women doing some REAL WORK and they get recognised and honoured. Next year add REAL categories…. young female entreprenuers, young fashion designers, charity campaigns, caterer, hospitality firm, professionals not Female Brand Ambassador (Who cares?) They are getting paid, why should they be recognised, more publicity for them? Gimme a break.. ELOY do your homework… Nneka didnt make the list, neither did Ayo or Asa…True Artists here…

    Well that’s my bit said….

    • Idak

      November 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Why are you wasting your bandwidth? All that matter are the looks, the bust, the backside and the accent. Real talent can go take a hike for all they care.

    • jay

      November 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      why is there no like button here?……………you’ve said well!!!

  11. grace

    November 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

    A trillion times i will vote omotola jalade Ekeinde…………

  12. temitope

    November 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    wwooowwww looking froward to this award, omotola and tiwa savage ride on.

  13. williams

    November 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

    omotola all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  14. anthony

    November 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    ties that bind was the bomb, most definitely will vote for omotola

  15. david

    November 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

    hmmm i will vote my omotola an uncountable time cos that woman is such a darling, a veteran who has always been a force to reckon with for almost two decades now.

  16. remi

    November 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

    for her to still be on top of her game this long, i sure will vote omosexy in the best actress of the year category and also tiwa savage who i so much love her sweet voice in the brand ambassador of the year.

  17. kunle

    November 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

    the only interesting category for me is the actress of the year category, where it is clear obvious that omotola is way ahead of them all and i sure will vote for her.

  18. Sbaby

    November 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    This is not realistic at alllll, itsvalustif ‘who we know” niger kind of politics….. Thats my own opinion sha

  19. tewa

    November 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

    wat of the likes of chimamanda adichie and the young nigerian girl that flew a plane… short BET’s Black Girls Rock do better than these

    • cuietemi

      November 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Bella Naija needs a “like” button! More important, I hope those in charge/ELOY will actually take heed to these comments. Living in the US has definitely changed my orientation/mind set (and I’m sure this goes for most people who have also relocated) that the way things are handled back home or even by some Nigerians here just makes me puke and I wonder why naija is so behind? People need to start caring about the less privileged, and be selfless (someone out there needs a reassurance that there is still a bright side to living life); publicity stunt, fashion craziness, and BEING LATE – just so everyone notices you- “naija time” arghh, seriously needs to end. I’m not saying don’t look good or feel good about your self, but, don’t do things to make others feel so bad about themselves.
      We feel better about ourselves when we start to help others . I guess attending an ivy league institution has really changed my “thinking” state.
      *sorry for the long epistle, but sometimes, one just has to open up, and hope someone out there reads it and takes a stance on changing his/her life, to becoming a better person- ‘cuz when that “one” person changes, change comes to everyone else..

  20. omotolani

    November 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Hmmm… Funke Akindele sef they try o. Omotola all d time sha… She is good but other pple too should b encourage.

  21. Yetunde

    November 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Yayyy..I c Mandies cocktails as sponsor, glad to be part of this. God bless exquisite magazine, God bless ELOY, God bless Mandies cocktails

  22. hamed

    November 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    omotola and toolzzzzzzz baby

  23. e-bukun

    November 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I’m sorry but why isn’t Uche Jumbo nominated for Actress of the Year? I love these other ladies, but Uche has definitely worked tirelessly this past year, and coughed out some interesting films. I think she deserves at least the nomination.

    • e-bukun

      November 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Also I love how Nigerians keep nominating folks who haven’t produced any work in a year for lady of the “year.” I love Asa too, but unless you’re still in 2010, she hasn’t produced any new work.

  24. Lola

    November 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Female Entrepreneur of the Year should go to Eloho Essien.

  25. TruthTeller

    November 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Pinkfunky, Peaches, Cuietemi, Tewa, Evagreen spot on! my thoughts exactly.

  26. angela

    November 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    for the actress of the year category, and the winner issssssssssssss, OMOTOLA JALADE EKEINDE

  27. jennietobbie

    November 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Celebrating our women. Good news, Nigeria

  28. polo

    November 8, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Mcheewww…all these yeye awards that do nothing for the society @ large.

  29. teepee

    November 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

    They are all worht celebrating abeg, if any one of us is being celebrated for what we are doing in our chosen career and someone out there deem it fit to celebrate us, i think we will derive so much appreciation fro it, so it’s not about the society abeg. omotola all the way joooooo

  30. ima

    November 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    nse ikpe etim all the way jare!!

  31. igbosua

    November 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Omotola ni mo dibo fun joooooooo.

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