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First Photos from the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York City – Rita Dominic, Iyanya, Olamide & More



Rita Dominic in House of Nwocha

Rita Dominic in House of Nwocha

The 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards took place yesterday Sunday 1st September 2013 at the NYU Skirball Performing Art Center, New York City, USA.

Just before we bring you all the official photos and full list of winners from the show hosted by Basketmouth, check out all the first shots of some of your favourite stars.

Juliet Ibrahim

Juliet Ibrahim

Iyanya, Emma Nyra & Ubi Franklin

Iyanya, Emma Nyra & Ubi Franklin

Olamide & Phyno

Olamide & Phyno

Sean Tizzle

Sean Tizzle

Kendra Etufunwa & Rita Dominic

Kendra Etufunwa & Rita Dominic

DJ Spinall

DJ Spinall

Emma Nyra's On Stage Look

Emma Nyra’s On Stage Look



    September 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

    ooopppppppsssss im the first to see this

    • Waripamo

      September 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Er one looks classic..and the first person what d hell is opsss!!..make a comment talk about rita or other guys msh!!

  2. comment awaiting moderatn

    September 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Wow!!!!!!!! Ritaaaaaaaaaaa! Showstoppingg!!!

  3. miss bliss

    September 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

    is Rita going to Transylvania?

    • Pearl

      September 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Lmaoooo, Transylvania tho? Classic shit. she looks nice tho

  4. Hurperyermie

    September 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

    i love Rita’s outfit

  5. dlapikin

    September 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Wow Emma Nyra and that big head! lol

  6. SS

    September 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Rita you are just a show stopper……………..everyone looking very nice and classy..thrashy ones were not invited……….lol

  7. Sly

    September 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Aunts Rita, thin line between daring & looking like a low budget super hero.

    • ILoveGenevieve

      September 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      That would have been funny if your names wasn’t Sly.

    • Sly

      September 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm


  8. Vicky

    September 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Kendra looks like a witch,and everyone looks stunning.

  9. Harhbeesolar

    September 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    why does Rita’s outfit remind me of Prof. Peller.would av loved the dress without the “drama”

  10. Bella

    September 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    No for me.

  11. Tola

    September 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Kendra looks AMAZING!!!!! Those lips of hers

  12. ti

    September 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Emma nyra ts good to see you in and all covered dress for a change. House nwocha is rita’s outfit suppose to be captivating???? Bbm sarcasticlook, Rita here’s my advice dump the likes of house of nwocha n co, else you willvcontinue looking like a masqurade

  13. Thatgidigirl

    September 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    No red carpet, banner/ backdrop etc???

  14. luisa

    September 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Rita’s look is a copycat of gwyneth paltrow’s white dress and long coat she wore to an awards show about a year ago. Think it was by Gucci.

    • anonymous babe

      September 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      It was Tom Ford

    • kendra

      September 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Rita’s dress is a Very tacky copycat of Gwyneth’s Tom Ford’s. Rita do not repeat this mess.

    • ze griott

      September 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      ehen, i was surprised no one saw it. House of Nwocha no be say una dey try before, you have now descended to plagiarizing peoples design. The mediocrity called fashion industry in naija!

    • Anon

      September 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      She’s always been a copy copy.

  15. tessa

    September 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    @Thatgidigirl………………………….Thats what u get when u host African awards in America.This looks like a makeshift ceremony in a school hall,All in the name of “hosting” awards in New York!!I tire for Nigeria.They will always carry last.Have you ever seen or heard Americans hosting their awards in Africa? or at any other continent whatsoever besides their own? Never!It would have been better still if they hosted these awards in another African country,probably South Africa cause I believe it can offer the same,if not more,of what New York can offer.

  16. BiKe

    September 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Nigeria Entertainment Award n NewYork. Hmm What happened to doing it in Nigeria. Anyways I like Rita’s dress and Cover. That’s the new vogue. Saw a similar on project runway season 12.

  17. kemi

    September 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Rita looks like she wants to fly lol … bat man lol

    • ILoveGenevieve

      September 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      People laugh at their jokes. – Kemi

  18. ILoveGenevieve

    September 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I can’t breathe anymore. Thank you Rita Dominic, you have done it again.

    • Fashionista

      September 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Because you cant breathe is that why you should go about disturbing everyone else that can and has a different opinion from your OBVIOUS love for the outfit? schewzzzz

  19. jane d

    September 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    why do people hate emma nyra

  20. Autoprincess

    September 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Someone enlighten me please, when people say they are designers, does it mean that they ‘design’ clothes or does it just mean that they copy and sew clothes? #copyandpastelackofinitiative

    • Autoprincess

      September 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Abi, now

    • Jia

      September 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      They are tailors and House of Nwocha is a tailoring company. Even that guy, Mai Atafo is a tailor. You are not a designer if you copy designs that youve seen on your favourite hollywood celebrities. Let us be honest. Examples of design labels are Bridget Awosika, JBL Maki

      Rita lacks style. Being loud does not equate to having a good sense of style. Everything is forced. That girl standing with Rita looks atrocious. Emma Nyra never gets it right. The best dressed is the girl posing in the photo with DJ Spinall.

    • Anon

      September 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      JBL is a good tailoring company. Look at high street stores and you can see she copies their designs too.

    • Jane d

      September 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Saying that House of Nwocha and Mai Atafo are simply tailors shows how dumb you really are . Who in the fashion world is not inspired by other peoples designs? Even world class designers; Dolce and Gabbana was inspired by Mary Katrantzou . Michael Kors and Fendi took inspiration from Louis Vuitton, (the signature logo on their bags). Nearly all high street retailers (e.g Zara) has at some point incorporated Giuseppe Zanotti’s designs into their shoe design. Fashion is pretty much about recycling with pieces from as far back as the 1920s making comebacks People in the fashion world are inspired by one another. Designs are collectively brewed on by many designers. You have only spoken like a true novice. I hate it when people cannot be proud of the talent and hard work of others. Please get enlightened because you obviously are not.

  21. BluntHewad

    September 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    nice collection..with juliet ibrahim looking like a cold white vampi, rita looking so dame dame who she trying to fool with that ‘holy’ dress,we’ve seen all the goods a gazillion times before now so stop dressing like ur a 97 yr old version of jackie kennedy,emma smh!!big opio…and i also agree with thatgidigirl,i get this feeling that the event was in a hotel room(just saying sha)…dont ve a problem with the guys..they re all super

  22. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    September 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Table and chair with someone’s phone charging in the background?!
    After travelling to obodo oyibo to host the award, it ended up looking like it was held in someone’s sitting room. Anyways, I am sure there will be further and better pictures. The whole thing looks very dismal. On a lighter note, Rita you need a broom to complete your outfit.

  23. Miss_Flygerian

    September 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I asked before and I’ll ask again, why the hell is what is clearly a NIGERIAN entertainment award show being held in NY? Is it that the organizers of this thing have no blawdy sense? Whatever happened to a place in Lagos like Expo center or something? Why waste your money booking a space abroad and then having people buy first class tickets to commute there? In their mind, they look cool but they just don’t know how stupid the whole thing looks. No red carpet, no backdrop, nothing at all to show that an award show was being held. There better be more pictures o cos I’m already hating.

    Back to the real matter…Emma Nyra looks fab, Rita’s costume is a no-no

    • Sephora

      September 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      You’re right Miss !

  24. Neneh

    September 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Rita, the colour compliments your skin it’s pity we can’t see the whole dress 🙂


  25. Gbemmy

    September 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Heard the next Grammy Awards would be in Nigeria next week

  26. solitaire

    September 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    So many joan Rivers on dis page #fashionpolicetins…lol. Just to add my own sha, I luv Rita’s outfit really. She took a lot of risk wit dat dress and she rocked it . Not many can dare such and still cum out luking fab like she did.. Gidigirl,tessa and bobo u all just asked d same question dats been bothering me . Naija i hail o!

  27. Na wha

    September 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Ritaaaaaaaaaaa, y art thou always so FUCKING FABULOUS!!!!!!!! Luv ya!!!!

  28. Awaiting Moderation

    September 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Love Rita’s look…I rem Gwenyth Platrow in something similar 2012 Academy award(i think)

  29. Cynthia

    September 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Rita’s dress gives her a long, lean look. It is, however, reminiscent of something Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars.

  30. lakelizzy

    September 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    All you people comparing Rita’s dress to someone else’s are so irritating. If she didn’t look god you’d criticize. Nigerians, this is why we’re not moving forward and i’m afraid we may actually never do. Rita looks stunning. I don’t care who wore a similar dress before. The point is she looks stunning in this piece and her hair and make up couldn’t have complimented it any better with the nice touch of silver jewelries.

    As of Nigerian awards taking place on foreign soil, another symptom us Nigeria’s disease of stagnation/underdevelopment. We’re rarely proud of what we have. So all you criticizing, BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN NIGERIA. It starts with supporting your own, actors, made in Nigeria goods etc

    • lakelizzy

      September 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      * good*

  31. Olori Tari

    September 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Ohhh I’m the only one sighting Olamide here ? Lol, I love the combo.

  32. i no send

    September 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Fab copy of gyweneth paltrow’s oscar dress..saw it on fashion police sometime ago…fab

  33. Kia

    September 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Rita looks like an extra on the set of lord of the rings!

  34. thumbsup

    September 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    aunti rita!!!!!u look like a roman soldier in that.

  35. Emem

    September 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Super-Rita to the rescue! you go fear cape na, lmao

  36. kenora

    September 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    rita luk stunning

  37. @cvizier

    September 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    For the life of me, I can’t make up my mind about Sean tizzle’s face. He comes across like a mice with studs or a hexagon. Just saying Ni. Maybe that’s why I don’t like him. Hmmmmmm

  38. Banana

    September 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Juliet ibrahim looks beautiful

  39. shenugs

    September 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I love Rita’s outfit. But i think it would have looked better without the cape. Emma Nyra looks good for a change. Every time i see Kendra’s pictures i just wanna scream ‘please eat something babes’. I understand that she’s a model and all but she can be skinny and look healthy too.

  40. NNENNE

    September 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Iyanya is the guy. But why host this in NY? Imagine all the money a Nigeria hotel would have made.

  41. Omalicha

    September 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Emma Nyra plssss stop with ur atrocious wigs/weaves. They make ur head look so big! Love that red dress on u…u look nice for a change!

    Rita! My boo. Looking splendid as usual!

  42. @ajiriavae

    September 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I really like that House of Nwocha piece that Rita Dominic is wearing. I’m not sure that I like the hair but I love her makeup.

  43. wiklo

    September 3, 2013 at 1:25 am

    all these tight monkey-jacket-looking suits our naija guys keep wearing…pencil suits (Oswald Boateng style) should have some definition not rumpled up like linen…bet they cannot hail a cab in NY with all that tightness….

  44. ayamantanga

    September 3, 2013 at 3:26 am

    hold on why cant it be hosted in nigeria ?

  45. jomoh

    September 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    okay sly dt comment was just hillarious. But mehn did not know that Emma Nyra’s head was big tho

  46. smith oluwatosin moses

    January 7, 2014 at 6:30 am

    i love you rita……..i really do

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