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BN Exclusive: First Photos & Scoop from the “Iyanya vs Desire” Album Launch in Lagos



On Saturday 2nd March 2013, Nigerian music star Iyanya launched his sophomore album “Iyanya vs Desire” at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The star studded affair was hosted by Nollywood actor/politician Richard Mofe-Damijo and on-air-sensation Toolz. Toolz dazzled in a long sleeve black-and-red dress by Liam Fashion Agency and accessorized with a statement gold neck piece while her co-host wore a black blazer, pink shirt, jeans and black shoes.

Celebrities including Ajebutter22, AY Makun, Tomi Odunsi, Tunde Ednut, Banky W, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi and DJ Xclusive were spotted at the event.

Inside the album launch, the star of the night Iyanya hit the stage in a pink button-up shirt, black waist coat, pants and shoes. His masterful vocal performances and wardrobe changes was followed closely by his famous waist winding techniques to everyone’s excitement. Other stars who performed on Saturday evening include Wizkid, Seyi Shay, May D and Vector.

One of the most memorable performances was Iyanya and Tiwa Savage’s rendition of the Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey‘s classic track, One Sweet Day. Tiwa who stepped on stage in a brown spaghetti strap T by Alexander Wang dress and Christian Louboutin heels, together with Iyanya belted out the soulful track as a tribute to pop star Goldie. (Watch the Video below)

Keep refreshing for all the exclusive red carpet photos from the event. Till then, check out BN’s First Photos!

Hosts – Toolz & RMD

It’s Iyanya

Rocking the Stage

Iyanya & Tiwa Savage

Iyanya & Tiwa Savage

Iyanya & Seyi Shay

Iyanya & Emma Nyra

Iyanya & Vector

Iyanya & Vector

May D

May D






Watch the Tribute Performance

More footage from the show

Photo Credit: Kunle Haastrup for Insigna


  1. andie

    March 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Sorry but Toolz is a terrible event host. She just stood there morose with nothing to say while RMD stole the show. I was so disappointed. It’s not all about wearing a pretty dress and showing off a banging body. If you’re meant to host, just do it. She obviously needs to stick to radio or small events. My 2kobo

    • Ijeh

      March 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Tiwa was just shouting her voice over inyana’s own! Gees! that was too dominating for two people supposed to be performing together. Not cool at all, and certainly unpofessional

    • DaTruth

      March 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Tiwa is NOT a vocalist. Just a well exposed gimmick. Overrated much? Please.

    • Wendy

      March 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      @ DaTruth, Very well exposed Gimmick indeed, that why she made it on xfactor UK. shut ur mouth next time, i even think she more talented that what she is doing in the Nigerian industry at the moment, Go and research her accomplishments next time before u talk, You cant “Gimmick” your way through it.

    • Jolla

      March 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      What did she make Wendy? Better get your facts right..

  2. Been there

    March 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    @ Toolz: hahahahaha….girl you didn’t. you look pregnant in this your dress o!
    i think you just crossed the line from curvy to gorodom. lol

    • Peperempe

      March 5, 2013 at 3:57 am


    • ebony

      March 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      ha! wicked you..heheehehe

  3. nene

    March 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    iyanya should go back to singing these types of songs. i always forget he won the first edition of project fame. tiwa also sounds okay, but why the dress, or is that one for goldie too, or is that her outfit to the event?

    • XOXO

      March 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm


  4. Madam the Madam

    March 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    RMD is no longer on the run? lolll

    Btw, the tribute to Goldie was lovely. I didn’t know Iyanya could sing o.

  5. Ajobi

    March 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Oh My God!!! one of those dancers had a torn shorts underneath….how much is short for heavens sake abi na “tight” u call am

  6. alyce

    March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    i tink the engagement ring is causing tiwa a whole lot of insane way of dressing maybe she shld go return back the ring.

    • Peperempe

      March 5, 2013 at 3:56 am

      looool! So random…

  7. phyl

    March 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    boring…… no red carpet pix? where are all the party monsters? toolz? toke makinwa/ wer dey @

    • Landon

      March 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      What does Toke Makinwa have to do with this? You guys always find a way to thrash her down even when the post has absolutely nothing to do with her.

    • Molly

      March 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Leave them! Toke certainly is their Idol and they can’t seem to come to terms with the fact

  8. Chic

    March 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Is it just me or is the girl in the video at around 2:43min mark onwards wearing torn hot pants? I could swear I saw a hole in her pants with flesh peeping lol

  9. Ada

    March 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Its obvious iyanya hasn’t trained his voice in a while, i guess singing all the gbam gbam jigi cracks your voice a little. Same goes for tiwa bcos they didn’t do so well on the vocals. Doesn’t take away from the fact that it was a lovely tribute and very heartfelt.

    • Amazeballs!

      March 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      I completely agree, a great effort but they sound strained, Tiwa especially. Having said that, it must have just been only that day for Iyanya, because if you heard him sing them love songs at Banky’s album launch ehn, DAMN, it was lovely!

    • A.E.I

      March 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Hahaha!!! Lmao @ ‘gbam gbam jigi’!!!!

  10. Visit

    March 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Lmao @ the comments

  11. The Kinkster

    March 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    WTF was Toolz wearing??? Not flattering at all

  12. Ola Brown

    March 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Yep….her underwear did rip at 2:43min. Ola Brown did confirm it. It is just a wardrobe malfunction. NO Biggie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  13. Bleed blue

    March 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Iyanya, and the address of your gym is…?

    • ebony

      March 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      he has the equipment @home… na for tv i see am oooo…


    March 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    so iyanya can sing like this? why doesnt he release out nice respectable love songs instead of songs like ‘your waist’?!

    • Bunmi

      March 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Because meaningless songs are what you people prefer, put food on his table& buy him a house in Lekki like his peers. They all want to make it in one year. That’s why most of the big stars in Nigeria have f*cked up vocals.

    • Ifeoma

      March 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      You got that right.As the guy needs to chop he has to go commercial pere!!!!!!!


      March 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      who’s ‘you people’? I’ll take meaningful songs over the mindless crap a lot of our musicians churn out these days

    • me

      March 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      @Sassy Cassie, make that you out of a zillion people. You see y the man has to eat?

    • DaTruth

      March 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Cos ballads didn’t make him any money all the while he did it. He says this all the time. He really is a talented singer, won PF after all…

  15. Mimz

    March 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    WTH is Tiwa wearing and why is she shouting over Iyanya? :-/

  16. jennifer

    March 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    must iyanya always expose his body? Gosh, someone shld pls tell him that his so called sexiness is over rated.

  17. afripro

    March 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Am sorry but toolz that dress made you look huge on mybe its just the picture. the style is suppose to bring out your curves and all i could say was ERROR! Huge Error. Its not an insult babe but then again it might just be the picture.

  18. xoxo

    March 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Gosh, the Tiwa and Iyanya performance was just NOISE!! And I LOVE that song.

  19. gistyinka

    March 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Rip to the late singer…

  20. Tena

    March 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Toolz is stunning and so is Tiwa, but Tiwa’s vocals are quite mediocre…she shouts toooooooo much, I saw her live once and boi does she scream down the mic, and I don’t mean that in a good way

  21. @ajiriavae

    March 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I’m really surprised at Tiwa because I’ve watched youtube videos of her’s from years ago and her voice was so glorious.

  22. person

    March 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    i thought lola rea was there i wanted to watch her thing go ooooh na wa

  23. Sara Adebayo

    March 5, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Very nice and touching! Again RIP Goldie

  24. solomon

    March 5, 2013 at 12:08 am

    lovely event… Thumbs up iyanya

  25. Omoba

    March 5, 2013 at 1:38 am

    This one ,his shirt never stays on…it was sexy the first time,now,its just kind of pathetic….*steps on stage* —> singing voice *Its Iyanya*—->Shirt off

  26. Omoba

    March 5, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Oh the tribute was beautifullllllll……so beautiful

  27. Rukky

    March 5, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Proposal for new legislation prohibiting Inyana from exposing his beautifully sinful body in public insofar as he remains hot for his body and waist promotes adultery, cheating and the like which in turn leads to broken relationships, broken eye etc, etc lol

    • chichii

      March 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm


  28. sandy

    March 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

    did Iyanya pay all musicians? abi how is it done? Just a question oh!

  29. BlackMagic Babe

    March 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    How does she carry her body-Toolz

  30. miskimbis

    March 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Proud of my Calabar boy

  31. in other news

    March 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Heheheheh the old men and women in the venue tho ? hahahah next time stay at home okay?

  32. Kike

    March 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Iyana did a great job

  33. Jimi handricks

    March 6, 2013 at 3:11 am

    What is this? what is Nigeria turning into,this present generations of Nigerians are terrible,what do you call this iyayan performance ,this is the worst performance I have ever seen,I think iyayan a will be better as a stripper than a singer,.He is beyond terrible ,I am shocked that people spent money for this none sense,the decibel is deafening.

  34. Bex

    March 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Damn! Dude is well fit!

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