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President Barack Obama officially Sworn In as the 44th President of the United States of America! BN Scoop & Photos from the Swearing-In-Ceremony & Inaugural Ball



“Obama’s on FIRE”

Those were the words R&B music star Alicia Keys used to describe President Barack Obama while performing her hit song Girl on Fire at the Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural Ball.

Yesterday, Monday 21st January 2013, President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. At the swearing in ceremony, he spoke on skin colour, believing in America, supporting Asia, Africa and Middle East as well as gay rights.

BN brings you photos and scoop from the swearing in ceremony and inauguration ball.

The Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural Ball
The 2013 Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural ball took place at the Washington Convention Center, DC. During his address, President Barack Obama dedicated the evening to Americans and military service members saying, “This whole party is just another way something we can never say enough: thank you.”

For their second dance (PS the first was in 2010), the first couple swayed to Jennifer Hudson‘s rendition of Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together”.  The night also witnessed performances by Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Mann and Fun.

Spotlight on Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ball Outfit
Yes everyone wanted to hear President Barack Obama’s speech but everyone wanted to see one person in particular – The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama and what she will be wearing.

At the 2013 Inauguration ball, the 49 year old first lady looked ravishing in a custom red Jason Wu gown. Keeping the name of the designer she will wear “top secret” till the D-Day, the first lady decided to go for Jason Wu once again – the designer who created her one-shoulder white floor length dress for the 2009 Inauguration ball.

She accessorized the chiffon velvet dress with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels and custom Kimberly McDonald custom jewels. Her bangs completed the look.

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu

Watch the Jennifer Hudson’s performance

Inaugural Swearing In Ceremony
Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America at the inaugural parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC infront of over 800,000 people.

Grammy Award winning singer, Beyonce Knowles belted out the Star Spangled Banner National anthem. She arrived in a black Emilio Pucci dress, black Dior coat and a selection of emerald green Lorraine Schwartz jewels with her rap mogul husband Jay-Z dapper in a gray Tom Ford suit.

American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson was also present to perform “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”. Also present at the swearing in ceremony include new pop couple Katy Perry and John Mayer as well as Eva Longoria.

Beyonce Jay 2013

Watch Beyonce’s performance of the National Anthem

Victory once again for African-Americans and Africa! Yipeee.

Photo Credit: Zimbio


  1. ejogene

    January 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Queen B, i dey feel you! Michelle always graceful

  2. ejogene

    January 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    A – keys, J- Hud, Kelly Clarkson “the first and only American Idol” i love all of u. BN team well done.

  3. Jo!

    January 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Which victory for Africa? how, pray tell, does this improve my life? #famzing

  4. Monica

    January 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Ok, I love me some Obama but sometimes I wonder if its just cos he is a black man….I actually dont agree fundementally with the policies of the democrats….I’m a social conservative who is a christian….I dont really agree with equal gay rights (I’m a sinner as well so I’m not one to jump and be bashing them but dont agree with gay marraige sha….) …dont agree with abortion either….and I’m somewhat fiscally conservative also….

    Anyway! I still voted for him sha…wanted to partake in the making of history and all….God bless America

    • wisdom

      January 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      I do not agree with gay relationship but the issue is a civil rights issue. Obama doesn’t agree with gay marriage as well but the law that is passed was for them to get the same rights as a heterosexuality couple, meaning medical benefits etc. Gay people are going to choose whatever they want to choose regardless. But God gave us the free will to choose. Just like abortion, I don’t agree with it, but if the law is passed, one would hope that people will not choose that. If you believe in the bible it says the rain falls on the just and the unjust, meaning he can pour out His blessing on those that deserve and don’t deserve it. Also remember the scripture when God said, today i give you a choice of life and death, blessing and cursing, choose life. Let people have the right to choose but hopeful they will choose what is GOOD.

    • cynthia

      January 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Such wisdom.. I was thinking the exact same thing on my way to work this morning.

    • alicia

      February 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      @ wisdom, ur name’s on u. well said…

  5. 1+ The One

    January 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    A plethora of inspirational Black women in their own right!
    God bless America!

  6. Debs

    January 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I just love their love Barrack & Michelle, Jayz & Beyonce. you rock

  7. Billionair in Dollars

    January 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks Bellanaija, i got an idea of the kind og coat to wear for this upcoming winter.
    I love Michelle coat so much

  8. Sexxie

    January 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Congrats America! Michelle’s dress is nice but not very fantastic.

  9. dont mention

    January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    i love them both but like someone said above, how does dat affect africa in any way…..goodluck on his second term doh bc he is gonna need it for sure

  10. bubu

    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    kai…beyonce exudes so much grace and class!!wish waje or tiwa or omawunmi could sing our national anthem at d 2015 presido inauguration!enof of d boring instrumentals already!!!but please,obama being presido again is not gonna reduce d no of pips living under poverty line in naija so i dunno how we shld jump or clap…

  11. nich

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    i am glad i live in america………i love america period…

  12. i'm obsessed with black magic voice

    January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Victory for Africa?(Cover head in shame)…How does that reduce the price of Indomie Noodles which has gone up to N70?

    • Joan

      January 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      Wait, Indomie is now N70??? Goodness!! Last I knew, it was N25 smh

  13. mj

    January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    ms knowles-Carter
    nuff said

  14. Joan

    January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    EVERY SINGLE TIME I hear the Star-Spangled Banner, it just makes me smile with pride and I’m only a resident. So I wonder how the real Americans feel…and Beyonce nailed it too!!!
    I love this land! 🙂

  15. wuggy

    January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Gosh! I want to be an American!!! Period!!!! Love the love exuding between Barrack and Michell’s!

  16. awsomeo

    January 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I just want to say nobody knows tomorrow. Jennifer Hudson who used to work at burger king. Today she sings before the president. God is too much. The way he works is amazing

  17. chinny

    January 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    sorry it wasnt for this post

  18. primrose

    January 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Victory for Africans? If Obama’s father had not fled his life, do you think he would stand a chance at being president? Do you think he would be able to reason straight? Obama is a sign to Africa. Wake up!!! We either claim glory that is not ours or we wake up, smell the coffee and fix what is wrong with our society. Only in a country where your key to success lies 50% in your hands would an OBama story emerge. At least, he was entitled to a good public school education, he had access to scholarships if he studied hard, his JAMB or WAEC results were not seized, he did not have to pay university professors to pass, he went to school and actually learned something other than killing and maiming in the name of fraternity, he was allowed to exercise his freedom of speech and will, and so on and so forth. 99% of Nigerians dont have these opportunities. Let us fix that before we celebrate glory that we cannot menable or support because of our wickedness.

  19. ola

    January 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    one thing in life is for you to be yourself and don’t look down on yourself..

  20. primrose

    January 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    In fact this is why we cannot leave America to come and support Nigeria’s growth without fear of extreme failure that has nothing to do with you but with everything around you. It is frustrating, indeed. Obama is only there because there was a REAL election with people’s proverbial “thumb prints” counting. If it was for Nigeria, an Obama, i.e., someone with the intention to do good would never even see it to the primaries. They get slaughtered/murdered or stolen from. Obama dare not contest election in Nigeria if he does not have a body count for a prominent politician that will cause other politicians to swoon or if he is not born to a political family where being in office is deemed a birth right, even if the person has nothing to contribute to humanity.

  21. primrose

    January 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Mehn! we are an insane people come to think of it. We defy all political, economic and human development theories!

  22. Dprodigaldaughter

    January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Eva Longoria …. I’m in love!!!!

  23. Baba Olowo

    January 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Mrs. O, Go ahead with your baaaaaaaadddddddddddddd self!!!

  24. Ivy

    January 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    The purple gloves

  25. Temitope Adewoye

    January 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    i admire this power couple a lot especially the first lady-strong woman. i wish them all the best.

  26. NNENNE

    January 23, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I see a man, not born with a golden spoon but made something out of himself. Thats where my enthusiasm comes from. Color or race has nothing to do with it.
    He is an American president not African or black president.

  27. Nkem

    January 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

    beyonce/jay z, thats a very stylish couple, love them sha

  28. Nkem

    January 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

    and that anthem rendition——- wow

  29. Joy

    January 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

    i am so proud of the first fmily, Michelle and President Barack Obama. i love Michelle’s gown, simple yet classy. i wish tham the very best. BN please post my comment this time.

  30. Code

    January 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I simply am filin dis………patriotic pple comin to sing,party and celebrate wt their president,ummmm i wonder wen dis wil ever hapen in naija,instead of bombing ourselves.
    By d way am filin jiga.

  31. Tosin

    January 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    People like to believe film tricks sha.

  32. bee

    January 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Come o, is d guy standing on Beyonce’s left scoping her ass?

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