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BN Exclusive: Inside the 2012 Mode Men of the Year Awards with 2Face Idibia, Seyi Shay, Chris Attoh, Ugonna Omeruo, Mai Atafo, Dolapo Oni, Wale Ojo, Uru Eke & More in Lagos – All the Fab Shots



All about celebrating Nigerian men.

On Sunday 8th December 2012, the city of Lagos witnessed 5th edition of the Mode Men of the Year Awards at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.

The event hosted by Nigerian actress, Stella Damasus and TV personality, Frank Edoho, saw in attendance celebrities including 2Face Idibia, Wale Ojo, Beverly Naya, Mai Atafo, Seyi Shay, Uru Eke, Noble Igwe, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Jumai Shaba, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, DJ Xclusive, Chris Attoh and Freeze.

Although the spotlight was on all the men at awards ceremony, the ladies sparkled on the black carpet in their stylish dresses. The must see lady looks of night include Lami Phillips in a Grecian-inspired floor length pink gown, Seyi Shay in a Toju Foyeh gold frock, Elohor Aisien in a Tiffany Amber yellow “Lily Wrap” dress, Ugonna Omeruo in all black Gothic outfit and Dolapo Oni‘s grey mini-dress.

Check out all the fun shots from the event only on BN!


Abubakar Tafawa Balewa – Publisher, Mode Men

Seyi Shay

Uti Nwachukwu

Lami Phillips

Capital Femi

Ugonna Omeruo


Rekana Sharon Ojong


Elohor Aisien

Alex Ekubo

Jumai Shaba

Ohimai Atafo

Dolapo Oni

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Damilola Adegbite

Familusi Akin Babajide

Stella Damasus

Efe Tommy

Ezinne Chinkata

Frank Edoho

Beverly Naya

Daniel Ademinokan


Wale Ojo

Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi

Uche Nnaji

Yets Asika


Azuka Ogujiuba


Wunmi Bakare

Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Noble Ezeala

Victoria Kimani


Maryanne Udo-Okonjo

Ifeanyi Dike Jnr

Yvonne Chioke

Ian Audifferen

Yomi Casual


Cally Ikpe

Kola Soul

Uru Eke & Noble Igwe


For the full list of winners, click HERE

Photo Credit: Dare Koleaje (360D Creation)


  1. jumzyyy

    December 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Efe Tommy, lan Audifferen and Adebayo Oke-Lawal….posing like women! Odikwa critical!!!

    • the effing truth

      December 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      lol…u spoke my mind…mr lawal is a i have nothing negative to say

    • hmmmmmmmmmm

      December 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      I see wayyyy toooooo many drag queens!

  2. jumzyyy

    December 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Damilola Adegbite is sexy! And am straight thank you..*blank face*

  3. Hadija

    December 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Lami keeps getting lighter by the day *smh*. You are not proud of being black any more, Lady?

  4. tayo

    December 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    2face rockin dem all

  5. Mimi

    December 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    abeg Damiloa watch the weight gain..#holesintheigh
    Beverly Naya close mouth now? abi na sexy pose? nawa oo
    Jumai maybe your dress wud have looked better if it was floor length?? not realy feeling it.
    Ugonna Omeruo really the black lip thing was a bad idea.

  6. mariam

    December 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    please who is jumai shaba and what does she do for a living,apart from always gracing red carpets and parties……

    • :)

      December 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      She is a TV presenter. She conducts interviews for MNet on red carpets and events. She is also an entrepreneur that owns her own fabric store. Hope that sufficed since she owes you an explanation for living her life and attending events she’s invited to.

  7. Rivers Blondie

    December 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    hia!!!!! so because Angelina Jolie decided to stick her leg out.. everybody wants to wear dresses that would show flesh, laps, thighs… na wa ooo…. abeg if u can’t tone your legs or if you have stick stick match box looking legs.. abeg cover am…

    • Ngozi

      December 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Abi o! Na Angelina cause all this nonsense! LOL!

    • bidibang

      December 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      chai nigerians are wicked….ROTFLMAO!!!!! nice event sha

  8. asgrl

    December 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    With Nigerian event pictures, I can never tell what the right dress code is, Night at the Oscars, Sunday brunch after church, 9 to 5 networking event or freak night at the club!

    There has got to be a strict adherence and enforcement of dress codes. In my mind, events loose credibility if anybody dressed up anyhow can get in by just showing up.

    As for the styling…..

    I get frustrated with Nigerian men at red carpet events. From the waist up the look like potential sartorial men, from the waist down, they look like they can’t give up their secondary school uniform days. Vector, Praiz, Efe Tommy (sigh), huge offenders.

    Nigerian female celebrities and their foot wear…severely lacking. I know our big flat feet are often an issue, but there are many low to mid range designers out there with shoes for us now. Vince Camuto, Sam Edelman , Enzo Angiolini etc. Jumai Shaba and Stella are repeat offenders

    Lami’s dye job is atrocious and clashes with her dress. You’re a mature, sexy woman with a beautiful figure in a lovely dress. Why ruin that with a juvenile hair color that looks like you got it from a crayola box.

    Damilola Adegbite with the slit up the thigh, Squats and lunges, that is all,

    ChiDynma’s dress looks like she bought it from one of those Mexican stores in the mall that sell quinceanera dresses. Same with Yets Asika.

    Azuka Ogujuiba….spanx

    Now to the folks that were a breath of fresh air.

    Beverly Naya, she’s truly up and coming. Love the simple pixie hair cut on her. Gives her that innocent ingenue look a’la Michelle Williams or Natalie Portman. Love her simple black dress and accessories. Not too crazy about the shoes. Her feet look like they are slipping forward.

    Elohor Aisien bounced back after the disaster of that ball she went to in England. The bright canary yellow looks great on her skin. Simple with a great pop of red accessories. Her best accessory, her smile.

    Seyi shay’s arms and shoulders are on point! And that dress shows them off fabulously. God give me the money to afford a Toju Foyeh dress one day. She does awesome work.

    Ugonna Omeruo. I loved her dress, her hair, but the black lipstick made it a tad too costumey. Maybe she should have gone with a deep burgundy or deep purple lipstick to still get that vampy look she was going for.

    • Teefah

      December 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Spot on with your assessment…I couldn’t have said it better

    • Simya

      December 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      `Spot on!!!!

  9. Miss Me

    December 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    What does Alex Ekubo do? and why is he at every event?? His face is becoming quite annoying…

  10. vhee

    December 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    yomi casuals..ur pant is too skinny. give in some air bro!..oke lawal aren’t u tired of this same pose? ..chidynma put dos arms down..efe looks so tacky, lami ur shade of hair dos not fit your outfit.

  11. huh?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Why? @Jiddah
    Sayi shey is fab,no extra flesh

  12. Lola

    December 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hmmm, Daniel Ademinokan and Stella Damasus………..after you people will say you are not dating……God is watching you with 3d glasses

  13. Ginika

    December 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Ugonna- Morticia Addams inspired look, loved it
    Jumai – Love the make up, bare eye lids with a hint of green and gold eyeliner with mascara gives a soft look
    Efe tommy – I used to pick on this guy but for some very wierd reason, I actually like his pose (can’t place my finger on what it is exactly but it exudes…)
    Sheyi Shay- that dress is just beautiful on you. I would have loved you to pull your hair back into a tight loooong pony (cause I love your jaw line) with light dark roots that eases into a light brown (chestnut brown) highlights at the tips; a simple clutch (dark suede material) and closed shoes (preferably dark seude pumps).
    The lady with the beautiful dress with a high slit, your hair hides your beautiful neckpiece.
    Beverly, I actually love you and I would love to see you in certain colours (dont like the dark from head to knee on you, doesnt do you enough justice).

    Alache, I see you 🙂

    • Ginika

      December 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Beverly, you’ve got beautiful oblong shaped face just like Kelly Rowland’s face. So shoulder length, big soft locks, with a centre parting (don’t hide your fore head),ddark with a purple undertone. Show your neck and collar bone with a dress with a square neckline just like the type of dress Berenice Marlohe wore in the 007 skyfall (the lacey one), would look lovely on you (colour- deep deep purple, almost black); with bronze accessories, shoes and clutch.

      I am not a stylist but I see that looking good on you.

  14. reeq

    December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm


  15. anon

    December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I think they need to start screening the people who work the red carpet.

  16. Bey

    December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Damilola all d way!! Beverly naya dt dark colour all over Didn’t work for u….uti and Alex Are becoming Hot Attention seekers

  17. hey

    December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Efe tommy needs a good friend…. whats that stupid haircut all about?

  18. Benson

    December 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Young men with pot belly.Where did they get it from.Too much money.Idibia my man.

  19. xoxo

    December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Guys are taking skinny trousers to a whole new level. Its so irritating when you see grown men wearing pants meant for 10 yr olds.

  20. NNE

    December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Questionable red carpet…. Efe Tommy- I’m not sure what ur job description is but if u’re going to do the undone bow tie look, den u cant have ur buttons done up to ur adams apple…its common sense, not that it is appropriate still!

    I saw tooooo many hideous shoes oooo Chi m leee!! abeg energy haff comot for my bory…bye bye.

  21. aby

    December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    @ Anon.i agree with you.

  22. tybay

    December 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I’m not “pheeling” pheels pose at all… Reminds me of how my 4yr old nephew poses when he wants to look clownish….

  23. Madam the Madam

    December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Ugonna killed it. Love everything about her look.

  24. bella

    December 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    i love alexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ooo. the child is just tooo sexy choi!!
    the event was aii, it shows they had fun. but people need to dress the part, its a BLACK TIE EVENT OOO. kai 9ja pple!!!

  25. chichi

    December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  26. Omo

    December 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Uti Uwachukwu…..#Yawnss

  27. Beenie

    December 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Damilola’s dress bad o,but most of the dresses.

  28. Miss Tm

    December 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    It appears everyone missed this o.Kai Chidimma Were u scared of the thing coming out. Babes Please wear clothes that fit oh so u dont have to worry about ur boobs poping out.

  29. i no send

    December 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    efe tommy u have brought back your H belt again plus ur mohawk is kinda tied don’t you think??

  30. Mimi

    December 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    @chichi Lolzzz! I noticed that too at the event. Alex kept staring at her. That pic was taken when Tubaba was performing. Beverly Naya is gorgeoussss in person I must admit. Alex is very handsome, his suit was lovely.

    Jumai, Uti, Ebuka, Maryanne Udo Okonjo looked nice. Efe too

    • chichi

      December 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm see i always catch them!!!..aww,but they will make a cute couple..dont be shy boy, just ask

  31. Dlapikin

    December 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Very glad to see that for once most people followed the dress code. I often wonder why people show up at awards and gala event looking daytimish. Damilola should watch out for the cottage cheese on dem legs she is too young for that… I thought Chris Attoh was supposed to co-host this from the teaser? Seyi Shay is on point!

  32. HABBA

    December 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    LMAO! look at the guy sleeping behind DJ Xclusive! lol

  33. Creamy_Amie

    December 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Beauty queen, Elohor Aisien looks fab in dat dress.
    Dolapo Oni loves her outfit, alwz representing
    Ezinne chinkata looks good in her outfit.
    Tinsel star,Damilola Adegbite nailed it.
    Ugonna umeruo looked good tho, not sure of d shade of lipstick she went for.
    Mai, oh Mai, keep it up.
    As for Efe Tommy, I think he actually needs a good friend. Lol…

  34. R

    December 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Yets looks fierce!
    I like Maryanne Udo-Okonjo’s dress, beautifully detailed
    Pheel? wats gwan bro? u just scatter leg
    the outfit below Noble Igwe’s is gorgeous!! Like kiloderm!
    the dude sleeping in the dj pic LOLLLLLLLLL, he should have been cropped out, so embarassing

    the dancing pics are epic! faaajiiii 😀

  35. temi

    December 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm


    • Msunderstood

      December 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      U r very right abt Stela. At a point, I thot she was pregnant.

  36. Temitope Adewoye

    December 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    ooook nice pictures but they dint do justice to Uche Nnaji of Ouch!
    why na?.

  37. Ugbaby

    December 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Dolapo ONI… #Standing ovation# Tres chic! Our second Genevieve Nnaji! She’s never overdressed for any occasion at all. She knows what suits her body shape and always looks effortlessly beautiful. Nne keep it up…

    • Msunderstood

      December 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      U r very right abt Dolapo but not dis time. D dress makes her look “waistless” n she shod ve worn a better bra. Either d dress is a size too small or it’s backless n she isn’t wearing d right bra.

  38. Ugbaby

    December 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Noble Igwe.. Your head sha.. Very big. The lady standing next to him should be careful plssss. #running away#

  39. Chum Chum

    December 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Dj exclusive cute guy.

  40. Audrey

    December 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Ginika it looks like you are seeking a job as Beverly Naya’s stylist with all that bio comment.

  41. Cool cat

    December 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    ahaa, today i have time. the pic underneath noble igwe, thats one of the best dresses i’ve seen on a naija red carpet ever, unfortunately the bossom needed to be filled in. best DRESS not dressed IMO. thought chidyma was best dressed until i saw her “mary mother” arms. still love how everything is tucked in perfectly though so she’s forgiven.

    seyi shay was the goddess of the ball. body, colour, styling, but i seriously hope she won an award that night, else, a tad bit overdressed

    as much as we love to hit him, uti is one handsome man. he’s sooo cute, and fashion wise i love that he takes risks. as for his cuter friend alex ekubo, in this naija heat you are wearing #inigbovoice tuurtle neck. damnnn i’d hate to be present when you undress, the stench…

    lami, just like your music, your fashion is discombobulated. what is your fashion sense? what kind of music do you do? #confused face

    FEMI, nice style but very tacky and cheap looking

    ugonna, another risk taker but this look does not work. plum lips would’ve been far better than this outright black. except you’re lady gaga or rihanna, give it up.

    vector, grosslyy ill-fitting pants, and that bulge…smh

    please who died and made rekena ojong a stylist? the girl has got no style whatsoever. i pity anyone who patronises her.

    praiz is cute and i adore him but he always looks like a deer in headlights.

    elohor, weirdly unphotogenic considering she is such a looker but that tiffany amber dress is sooo last 2 seasons. its been done over and over and over and dare i say the silhouette is very unflattering

    jumai shaba gets the award for worst dressed celeb of the decade. such a pretty face and banging body but her style is just wack!!!

    ohimai, dapper but that lapel just looks out of place. and are those 3D glasses from the cinema?

    dolapo oni, i think its the weight gain but your fashion radar is tilting. dress does nothing for the wideneing waistline

    ebuka, this is the worst i’ve seen him in a veryyyy longgg time. no fit at all, wattapin

    damilola adegite, i guess as a big girl now who had to leave tinsel, the bigness is also getting to your once ridic body. cellulite on your thighs? nooooooo

    stella damascus, tame those tresses

    efe tommey, hermes belt resurrected but please place it properly over the zipper

    ezinne chinkata, sooo obvious you are not happy to be there and no one forces you to pose for the cameras. you should’ve just walked away.

    this is the best noble igwe has ever looked and 90% is the damsel standing next to him

    pheel, no words

    yomi casual, proof all black errthing doesn’t always work. pls mix in some pastels to soften your BLACKNESS

    victoria kimani, hot bod but whats with the belt and camel toe

    azuka, worst drressed. that gut looks atocious. even though you’re skinny, get in the gym please

    yets asika, this is not prom abeg. that bow is hideous. gorgeous yummy mumymy nonetheless

    uche nnaji, igbo man, liz gavyz bobo, who dashed you that coat?

    beverly naya, simple and classy

    note to ladies, pumps are often a better look on the red carpet, especially is your feet are not so pretty, spnax is veryyyyyy key, a last minute makeup check is very important; your face might be oily after the long ride to the event so blotting paper will help, and lastly it is not by force to pose for the cameras, if you’re screaming at a friend or you’re having a bad hair day or you just do not know how to pose, don’t bother, just go in and enjoy the show!

  42. NNENNE

    December 12, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Sheyi Shay and Ms. Chioke all the way!

  43. Tunmi

    December 12, 2012 at 4:49 am

    At a Naija event, if I ever want to see anyone in any Naija-like attire, I just have to find the foreigners smh

  44. andie

    December 12, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Still don’t understand people that wear shades indoors. Ia Alex uneducated or what? Why would he do that? Very tacky I’m sorry.
    Dolapo is a class apart. Always simple anc chic.
    Is Ebuka’s suit made out of jeans? Cute. Very different and nice. Not many can pull that off.

  45. xxx

    December 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    The Beverly girl is the only pass in the women’s department. Nice sandals: not really feeling the rest of the outfit but those heels are killer! Anyone know where I can get a pair like those?

  46. Thelma

    December 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Nice pics BN. As usual, some didn’t get the memo while some looked too good. I don’t really like this vintage dress on her but Rekana Sharon is a Stylist as well as a Blogger and Publicist. Does she need to give your empty head more reasons she’s at every event?

  47. fademi

    December 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Is it me or was that Daniel guy looking at 2face somehow when he was hugging Stella Damasus? I’m sure that’s who she’s engaged to. Abeg i don tire 4 dis stella sef

  48. Retrochic

    December 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    i like some dresses here buh 1st.
    1. Damiloa Adegbite- very classy, love her hair, buh why the cellulites, really surprised cuz she is even slim, naija ladies should be careful wat we eat, dt cellulite aint sexy.
    2. Ugonna Omeruo- i love the look, very brilliant, buh i kinda agree, the colour would have been mlore preferaable if it was a costume event
    3.Lami – please leave lami phillips, IMO she looked amaazing, therz is absolutely nothing wrong with thw hair colour, u guyz shud like to hug transformer, why dont you complain about Katy perry.
    i love dolapo Oni, Elohor, Gbemi, seyi shay,
    whats with guyz and skinny jeans, pls its HORRID, not acceptable, the guyz that worked for me DJ exclusive, Tuface, Freeze, Vector that Noble Igwe’s head sha, am tired of thois Alex Ekubo guy

  49. stacyb

    December 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    heyooooooooo my uti looks hoooooooot!!!!! congrtssss…yet agagin God has elevated you

  50. Scarlet Xianne

    December 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Please, if you know or even just think that you have ‘aka christian mother’, cover them!

  51. Khafeel

    December 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Nice pictures, I like uti’s, praiz’ andd Sharon’s outfits.I think Ogonna’s lipstick was off, though she wore a nice dress.. All in all, dey all look cool.Frank’s suit? Or maybe its d way he stood in the picture.

  52. pam

    December 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    freeze ! whats wit the dark shades for every event ?? Aaarrghhhhhhh !!!

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