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Uche Pedro, Founder of is the 2013 Future Awards Africa/British Council International Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year



The Future Awards Announces Uche Pedro as Young Media Entreprenuer of the Year 2013 - BellaNaija - October 2013Prior to the official announcement of the date and venue for The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2013, the project’s Central Working Committee (CWC) and the British Council have announced Uche Pedro as the winner of the International Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The award, presented in conjunction with the British Council, aims to celebrate young people working in the media, with entrepreneurial and leadership abilities, potential to change their sector, market awareness and understanding.
It’s been an exciting four months we are very pleased to announce Uche Pedro as the winner of this new category – which was evolved from our prize in entertainment and media enterprise,” said Chude Jideonwo, Executive Director of The Future Project.

Uche, a new-media entrepreneur, is the founder of popular Nigerian fashion & lifestyle website She will participate in a UK tour with finalists from up to 10 other countries and participate in activities including:

– A visit to the UK in October where she gets the chance to meet the winners from other countries, make UK contacts, and attend the leading UK industry event– The Cross Media Forum.
– A week’s free membership to the exclusive private member’s club – The Hospital Club.

In response to her big win, Uche said “I am so grateful and elated to be selected as the winner of the YCE Media award for Nigeria. The BellaNaija team and our fabulously supportive audience deserve all the credit! Thank you.

The Future Awards Africa 2013 – to be televised exclusively for Africa Magic and broadcast live online on Y! TV – will hold in October 2013 and will be a week-long three-city celebration. The host venue and date will be unveiled by the CWC in the coming week. The event is being held in partnership with the African Union Commission and Microsoft.

Media Partners include Channels TV, Silverbird TV, Nigeria Info, TWVentures Africa, and Guardian Life. Online Partners are BellaNaija, LindaIkejiBlog, Information Nigeria, Premium Times, 360Nobs, NigeriaNewsDesk, LadunLiadiBlog, and Jobberman. Official Media Partners are Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Y!/, and the official television partner is Africa Magic.

For more information, visit @TFAAfrica on Twitter (the official hashtag for the event is #TFAA2013), or the website

Photo Credit: Ty Bello
______________________________________________________________________________________ is an online media partner with The Future Awards Africa 2013


  1. Duvy

    October 22, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Awwww congrats Uche, well deserved

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:10 am


    • Mama

      October 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      We get to see the face behind the mask. You should show your face more, that’s what made Oprah who she is. By the way you are very pretty…

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      LOL there is no mask. Thank u very much. Oprah is definitely an inspiration so perhaps I should take a few pointers from her

    • Royalty

      October 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      We finally get to see you! you go girl! God bless!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm


    • Bliss

      October 24, 2013 at 7:22 am

      SO this is the face behind Bella Naija. She looks really pretty and congrats jare, do and start your bellanaija network oh as another commentator mentioned.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Thank u. Will explore the idea.

  2. BubblyBliss

    October 22, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Woooooohoooooo!!!!!! Congratulations on a very much deserved award! Greater things are ahead of you, Uche. You changed the face of Nigeria’s online entertainment and I pray God will continue enlarge your territory.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Thank you! Amen

  3. Sexxie

    October 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Big big Congratulations Uche! Many more to come. You are an inspiration. Beautiful, quiet, down to earth, not in our faces but you work speaks for you.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Thank you! I really appreciate your kind words. Have a fab day!

  4. Lady of Wealth

    October 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations!!!!! Greater Heights in Jesus Name! 🙂 You are an Inspiration!!!

  5. Yeye Bush

    October 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Congrats Uche….well done!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Thank you Mrs B 🙂

  6. Vics

    October 22, 2013 at 9:15 am

    BellaNaija isn’t faceless after all….congrats Uche for the well deserved award!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

      LOL I guess not… Thanks!

  7. Chaste Inegbedion

    October 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    It’s with immense pleasure I am writing this letter. You have done it again; it’s a proud moment for all the Governing Council of Charity Lounge that you again got another ‘Big One’ the 2013 Future Awards Africa/British Council Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year”. We are all very thankful that you are also in our 53 Non Profit Champion List.
    It’s your hard work and dedication which makes you stand out and your out of the box ideas are amazing which is helping the BN Media grow. We are sure if you continue performing like this you will soon be winning the Nobel Prize. We understand the handwork you have put in it’s not easy for a person to get recognition consistently. It really shows how much you have done to get the flowing with the best of the best. It proves that you have worked selflessly every moment to reach this goal; we wish you the best of luck for all your future endeavors and hope that you bring more laurels.
    Congratulations in receiving the most prestigious and deserving award.
    Chaste Inegbedion
    UN Young Ambassador of Peace,
    Community Relations Specialist, Creative Five World.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Chaste!

  8. Gistyinka Blog

    October 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Congrats to Uche and the BN Crew..

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Bro Yinks!

  9. whocares

    October 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

    awww this is REALLY GOOOOD! CONGRATULATIONS!!! With the big smile on my face you would think I won the award. lol.

  10. Mp

    October 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Uche Pedro! A big inspiration to me. I’ve always loved and admired you. Hoping to meet you one day. I am one of Your secret admirers! Congratulations

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Hope to meet you soon too!

  11. t.c

    October 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Wow,so itz u dat has given me dis beautiful media gift in d name of bellanaija! Tnk u uche. If only u knw hw much BN has touched my life. CONGRATULATIONS,berrybunch. U deserve it..

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Awww so glad to hear that. Have a great day.

  12. Aduke

    October 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Congratulations beautiful woman!!! Very well deserved and greater things ahead! God BLESS!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Ok I’m going to run out of ways to say “thank you” lol. Thanks!

  13. Alero

    October 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Bella Uche! You deserve it! Congratulations dear. 🙂 😀

  14. V2

    October 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Awesome! Congratulations Uche, you are definitely an inspiration!!! We pray for more grace & favour for you.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Thank you! Really appreciate the prayers.

  15. Anu

    October 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Congrats darling! A toast to your success and many more laurels to come. Cheers! *sips wine*

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Wine? This early in the morning? LOL Thank you

  16. Hollynolly

    October 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Very well done! You so deserve it, i don’t know you personally but i can boldly say i’m proud of you girl as your work speaks for you. May you cotinue to attain greatness IJMN! Bless xx

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thank you! Wishing you all the best with your blog as well.

  17. ugo

    October 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

    wow! finally the face behind bella naija…….such an inspiration and beauty….this is just the begining of what God is about to do in your life. Congratssssss!!!!!!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Oh wow! Thank you.

  18. Ebun

    October 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Aww! Congrats! This is just the beginning of greater things to come.

  19. Mz Socially Awkward...

    October 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Very, very well deserved, Uche! It’s really inspiring to see how a young woman started something creative with her blog and turned it into an online institution (and addiction for some of us 🙂 ). Plus you’ve proved to the internet generation that writing can still pay off very nicely, so you’ll always have my respect for that. May God continue to smile on you.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Mz Socially Awkward! Is it partial that you are one of the BN fam I most want to meet? LOL!
      Take care and thanks soooo much!

    • Bleed Blue

      October 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

      And after meeting Mz Socially Awkward, you must meet me too oh! Seeing as we’re in the same city in Scotland 😉

      Seriously though…I’m a big fan Uche, your work is amazing. Well done and God bless you loads!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Bleed Blue! You are on the list too…I’m not just saying that 🙂 Thank u for your kind words and have a fab day x

    • Bleed Blue

      October 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Yippeeeeee!!! ***dancing etighi on my office chair***

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Uche, I “yam” “toshed” and it would be lovely if that ever happened :-). Plus we can take the opportunity to tap you for enterprenurial tips on setting up business plans, profit strategies, etc. because this Ibo gal shall not retire on her pension alone….

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Definitely! I will hola if I am in Scotland (I’ve never been). Pls get in touch if u r in Lagos – bella (at)

    • TA

      October 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      @ MZ Socially Awesome ,yeah me too am addicted to this BN.
      Lawd help me! PS: The online persona previously known and addressed
      as Mz Socially Awkward will henceforth be known and addressed as Mz
      Socially Awesome,all former documents remain valid. BN,blogosphere
      and all online forums,commentators,readers,visitors, and all waka
      passers to these sites to please note. THANK YOU! 🙂

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Hahahaha!! Nicely done but I’d need to change my bank card and tinz, which would be too much work… 😀

    • slice

      October 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Na socially awesome true true. Mz. S.A. you can easily use my account tinz for you new account till you get settled in…lol

    • Dunni Obata

      October 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Okay, where and when is this meeting taking place? I promise to provide the food.

  20. Hilda

    October 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This is thoroughly deserved. Bellanaija inspires me and milions worldwide. Congratulations!

  21. Hadiz

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

    well done and congratulations. muaaahhh…

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thank u! Muahh bk

  22. BeRlinda

    October 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Super proud of you…..many more blessings!this is just the begining for you.God bless you more Uche!congratulationsssssssssss. xxx

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Amen! Thanks so much

  23. oSinakachi

    October 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Congrats uche ur star is shining indeed

  24. Just saying...

    October 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Thank you too

  25. Muna Bond

    October 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

    This is a well-deserved award. Bella Naija stories are always delivered in a flawless and classy style and that is not an easy feat in the entertainment industry. Congratulations, Uche and the BN Crew. Well done!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Thank u from me and team BN

  26. Rox

    October 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

    even though am a Ghanaian, am always on this site and telling other colleagues about bellanaija, now my office has catch fire with your site. your dedication, commitment and hard work is showing all over, you so deserve it,more grease to your elbow and Congratulations sister

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Aww that’s so sweet! Hope u enjoyed our recent Ghana-based posts from Ghana Fashion & Design Week

    • Rox

      October 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

      sure we did enjoy, but remember u are a force to reckon and a motivation to we the young ones,,, we are super EXTRA proud of u

  27. Lola

    October 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Aww congratulation uche , you deserve it

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks so much!

  28. Doreen

    October 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Tanzania Loves you. What an Edutainment Website, many of us have been enlightened with this site, and it is always fresh, brings the best of Africa to the world, especially your beautiful country Nigeria.
    we love you and congratulations

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Thanks so much! We have a fab TZ wedding coming up soon…sure u’ll love it

  29. Ms. Jayee

    October 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Awww..sweet! Congrats Uche Pedro and the BN team!!! Many more to come. pssstt…you still owe us pictures from your wedding *wink*

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

      True o! Thank u

  30. ms Chi

    October 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Wow. Finally, the biutiful face behind BN! thank u soo much with your team for bringing class to blogging and entertainment generally! God bless your hustle and take u to higher grounds as He has already started.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thank u so much!

  31. Moving On Swiftly

    October 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Mrs Uchenna Eze Pedro now that you are answering everybody, please answer my own question o. How come we didn’t see pictures for your wedding? That is the wedding gan gan that I want to use to plan my own. Inugo? God bless you as you act on my last wish…. (as a single lady) lol.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      LOL see inquisition! I can still put it up if you are interested

    • Meee

      October 25, 2013 at 12:02 am

      Yesssss please!!!

  32. Inspired by Africa

    October 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Whoo-hoo to Miss Uche and the entire BN team!!!

    Despite the fact that my addiction to this site may lead to me losing my job (Lol!), I am so happy for your recognition for your fantastic contribution to the online entertainment world for Africa.

    God bless you all and keep you growing from strength to fabulous strength!!! 🙂


    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thank u! U will not lose your job bcus of BN Amen!
      Take care and thanks again

    • Lady of Wealth

      October 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! She is Mrs Pedro not Miss Uche…

    • Inspired by Africa

      October 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Oops! My bad! . Hahahaha! 🙂 *Thank you for the correction
      Lady of Wealth* Mrs Pedro it is then…:)

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      LOL! True

  33. Modella

    October 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I’m addicted to the site,always on the check,sometime I get jealous with the wedding post anyway*Rolling eye*…

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Thanks Modella! When is the wedding? You mention le boo quite a bit in your comments.

  34. Olu Adewunmi

    October 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Simply Amazing… A big congratulations to you and many more to come your way

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Thank u! Thanks for all your support and keep up the great work

  35. Rolayo Williams

    October 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    More to come!

  36. smashingM

    October 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Congratulations Uche. Its well deserved

  37. Berry Dakara

    October 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

    CONGRAAAAAAAAAAATS!!! Did you ever imagine that blogging would lead to any of this?! Keep it up!

    PS. If you meet Mz Socially Awkward without meeting me first, we gon have some problems! Yeah, I said it :p

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      LOL definitely hola anytime and huge congrats on the forthcoming big day!

  38. Ma mma

    October 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Uche, so proud of you, the sky is your stepping stone to
    greater achievement!

  39. Suyacrush

    October 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Off to higher heights, crash that ceiling for us african
    women Uche! Congrats and know that your site is a real window to
    the world!cheers!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks so much! We intend to do much more

  40. deb

    October 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Congrats Uche Pedro. I’m also look forward to doing things that will affect people positively especially young girls between the ages of 16-25, is still don’t know how to go about it. I’m happy you have made yourself a personality to reckon with through hard work and realism and not the mediocrity we celebrate now adays. From the depth of my heart I wish you more success because there is still more to do*wink*. From an addicted fan of bellenaija. And I think you should give these three people awards. 1. Madman. 2. Bleed blue 3. Miss socially awkward, they can comment hen

    • Bleed Blue

      October 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

      LOL!!! I agree! The 3 of us do deserve commenting awards.
      And here I am…unrepentantly doing it again. But wait oh…you
      forgot 4.jcsgirl 5.Berry Dakara 6.Iyke 7.Slice 8.Okechukwu Ofili
      9.Tiki 10.GistYink Blog…I refuse to receive my award without
      these beautiful people by my side 😉

    • Berry Dakara

      October 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Let’s just make it one big party, shall we? 😀

    • Atoke

      October 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Do you guys remember ‘The Amaka’? From circa 2009/2010? That was THE Commentator yo!

    • Ready

      October 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Atoke! Those were the days! The Amaka, Sugabelly, and

    • slice

      October 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Bleed Blue, you are too much. taking a bow here o. when are we receiving this award? for remembering us, you will never lack groundnut or kuli kuli for your garri

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Thank u very much! Wish we could give awards oo. Appreciate everyone u listed and every other member of our BN fam

  41. Sophia

    October 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Awwww…Congratulations Uche. Can finally put a face behind the name. You’re an inspiration really, greater things to come your way. XOXO

  42. Mrs FAB

    October 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Congrats Darling Uche. So happy for you. This is little compared to the greatness that lies ahead. It is well deserved.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks so much! Appreciate all your positivity, prayers and support

  43. lilz

    October 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Pretty Woman

  44. Saved By Grace

    October 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    CONGRATS to u Uche! more grace! …and yes, you are a
    beautiful woman!

  45. amarachi

    October 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

    congrats Uche,,,,,,,,

  46. Mrs N

    October 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Congrats Uche!!! Very well deserved. Yes i’m also addicted
    to your site. Its clean, classy and informative. Hope to see my
    wedding on your site too. I got married in May. Can I still submit?
    lol PS: Its really nice that you are taking time out to respond to
    everyone’s comments. Really sweet. I remember you used to do that
    back in the day when your blog first started. Well done, Well done
    & well done. I wish you greater things to come.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Hey!!! Thank u! Congrats on your wedding. Def hola at us – weddings (@)

  47. Shallie's Purple Beehive

    October 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Congratulations ma’am.. and of course the BN team as well.. and was that really You replying?? seriously?? waohhh..

    Congratulations once more well deserved!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Thank u so much! I’m a fan of your blog

  48. TA

    October 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations Uche!!! Well-deserved award for you and the entire Bella Naija crew. I don’t know you personally, but am so proud of you girl,for starting something as refreshing and entertaining as this. Kudos!!!
    Am on the queue to meet with you,right behind Mz Socially Awkward and Berry D, 🙂

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Thank u!!!! You r welcome to join our party whenever we meet up

  49. Ani

    October 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Congrats Uche, More grease gal. God bless you as you
    continue to go higher.

  50. Detutt

    October 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Congrats Uche, not even the sky is your limit, you cant be stopped, just like no one can stop a moving train, you are destined for greatness. Congrats, more honor to come your way in Jesus name…Amen.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Amen! Thanks so much

  51. Abby

    October 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Awww congrats Ms Bella naija on your award, im from Tanzania and im so addicted to your blog…i have gained alot from the inspirational stories and people’s comments.And yes those frequest commentors deserve a recognition lol

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Thank u. Heart TZ

  52. Bella

    October 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Uche, you are simply breathtaking, no wonder you do such beautiful work, its a reflection of you who are inside and out, Congrats dear, keep up the good work you and your team are doing. Amen

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Thank u namesame 🙂

  53. Ib

    October 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Congrats Uche and the BN Team.Proud of you.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks from all of us!

  54. urch

    October 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    awww uche congratulations u deserve it my dear am in ghana but i enjoy ur site so much especially the wedding pics thumps up to u and ur team….

  55. theDesignBender™

    October 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Congratulations Uche from Cape Town! BellaNaija has been my home away from home here especially when I miss home! Sometimes I just go to the comments especially when I really miss interacting with Nigerians. The writings, the tone behind the writings, the yabiz, the recent Nigerian songs, the articles…- just make my day- everyday! You are an inspiration!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks so much! Enjoy Cape Town!

  56. Cat on a hot tin roof

    October 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Awww, well-deserved. Hope you have fun whilst you are
    here… So Ms. Socially Awkward, you live in Scottie…. And I had
    made my mind up that you were a London girl and that you had a
    really fancy investment bank job in the Docklands – don’t

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thank u! I just left actually and had a great time!

  57. billionaire in grace

    October 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulation uche for a work well done in an excellent
    way..your website it is my number one site.I can not spend a day
    without going on bella the way I am not from nigeria.I
    really love ur work.may God bless u

  58. The Real Madam the Madam

    October 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Congrats Uche! Bigger and better things are in store for you, amin.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Real Madam! Also appreciate all your comments on BN!

  59. ijescorner

    October 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    good for you Mrs Uche……bellanaija was my go to spot
    whilst in London as a way to connect with Naija. Now I’m here…I
    still can’t keep away. Every time I open my laptop it’s ‘dailymail,

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thank u!!!! DailyMail is a major inspiration so to be side by side is amazeballs!

  60. Caramel

    October 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Wow…Finally got to see the face behind this fab site my best site ever, n I must add beauty with brains. Am so so addicted to Bella Naija n always telling my friends about it. A big congrats Uche, YOU are La Classe, keep up the awesome work. Much love all the way from The Gambia. You Nigerians rock…love u guys. Kisses.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks soooo much!!! xo

  61. ccc

    October 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Well done, Uche!

  62. Ima

    October 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Good for you. Congrats. More grease to your elbows

  63. Ginna

    October 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Uche Nwanyioma ya diri gi na nma ooo.God bless.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      LOL Igbo Kwenu! Thank u

  64. Aderonke

    October 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Congrats Uche, more greater heights for u and ur team in Jesus name! And us the readers and commentators as well *winks*

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Thank u! Yes, BN readers and commentators rock!

  65. Me

    October 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    congratulations ma’m. You have helped put Africa in the global platform. In fact you are the reason we do what we do. We will very much like to feature you as one of our African entrepreneurs.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Thank u! I’m a little interview shy though

  66. ine

    October 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    tot you were publicity shy UCHE! so shy you hid you wedding photos from US… go girl…congrats and more will come!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      LOL there is time for everything I guess. Thank u!

    • Oyindamola

      October 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Rightly said! Precepts upon precepts!
      You did not despise the days of little beginings! Congratulations
      WOW! You are replying every comment! That’s Hard work o.. 😀
      Little wonders you won this award. You hard work paid off.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I’m loving replying to the comments. Feels so great to chat with our BN fam.
      Thank u!

  67. IamalearnerO!

    October 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    You are beautiful inside and outside! Congratulations!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks so much!

  68. DAMMY

    October 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    awwwww congrats bellanaija teams…..Uche is such a cutie

  69. *Real* Nice Anon

    October 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Well deserved! Congratulations Uche. It can only get better from here on out. Keep at it. Bravo!

  70. bNigerian

    October 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Congrats Uche! From Canada with love 😀

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Yay! Canada, my former home. Thank u

  71. DAMMY

    October 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm


  72. Okechukwu Ofili

    October 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for giving we small boys a platform. Much love and many congrats. Well deserved. TED talk coming up next…

    • TA

      October 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      @ Okechukwu Ofili and ‘other small boys’ here present,LOL! We love your presence in blogosphere,keep wittying it up. Much Love,Muah 🙂

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm


    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Ofili!!!!!! You know I’m a fan. Thank u. Notice how I ran away from the last part of your comment?

  73. fiesty chic

    October 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Congrats Uche, my oyibo friends are always wanting to view my screen when i open bellanaija and one of them wants to come to naija because of a wedding post she saw. May God keep guiding you through cos like Mz Socially Awkward, I am quite addicted to bella naija now.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks so much!!!! Have a great day

  74. Lala

    October 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Congratulations., this is really inspiring. Love bella naija forever. Good recognition for your hardwork -Uche Pedro.
    You are really pretty too :*

  75. sisimacy

    October 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I was so eager to know who runs this site,so I askd a
    friend about it,last year my friend pointed to you @an event,she
    said **** that’s the brain behind bellanaija!…your work speaks
    for you,no need making noise!you have taught US(young ladies)that
    we can be anything and achieve our goals.I recently fell in love
    with your site though but I ve always be loyal to day passes
    by with out me checking up on the ve paved way for
    others to follow.weldone!God bless you!continue to inspire us by ur
    constant growth!for sure I’ll meet [email protected] top!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Thank u so much and wishing u all the best in your ventures

  76. Miss Mo

    October 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Congratulations from a loyal bella naija fan. Great & impressive work all around. God continue to increase u dear. 🙂

  77. trufactoid

    October 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    The best is yet to come. It has not even started. Congratulations

  78. Abimbola

    October 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    well done to BN and the team!!! greater heights IJN!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks so much Abi! My blogosphere sis.

  79. feranmi

    October 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Congrats ma,your blog has always been entertaining,a source of knowledge and most important are the weddings! U actually derserve it,wishing u a lot more successes if that word exists! U r my Mentor. God bless u and ur family Amen.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Thank u very very much.

  80. omo

    October 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!… #Love, #BN, #BNTEAM, #Thebest, #Higherheights. Good job BN, so proud N happy for u all

  81. OAE

    October 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    congratulations!!! The best is yet to come for you.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks so much! Looking forward to more by God’s grace

  82. En0

    October 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm


    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Thank u very much!

  83. NikkyJay

    October 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Go Uche! Go Uche! Go Uche!
    Congrats dear. Am so proud of you.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Thank u!!!!! 🙂

  84. spicy ebee

    October 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Congrats Uche!!! GO BN! Award well deserved and this is only the beginning….

  85. AK

    October 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Congrats Uche! Very well deserved

  86. Idak

    October 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Hearty congratulations to you and your team. You deserve it but the standards are gradually slipping sha! It would be unfair of me not to mention that in the midst of the well deserved accolades.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks Idak! LOL I wouldnt expect any less from u.
      We constantly strive to be better. As with any venture which has been running for 7 years, we are constantly evolving as our ecosystem evolves. When we started BN, there was no twitter and Instagram, now there is so we def have to integrate these as well.
      We also have a much larger audience to cater to, therefore what appeals to one person may turn the next person off.
      I do agree that there are segments which we can improve. However, I do not believe “slipping standards” is a fair assessment.
      Our content quality has improved from the quality of photos to the quantity and diversity of content as well.
      If you can send an email with areas of concern and suggestions for improvement, I will honestly appreciate it – bella (at)

      Thank u!

  87. the mane captain (natural hair & skin care)

    October 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    congratulations ms. pedro. make you you make those UK contacts well well!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Thank u! The trip was last week and I met many amazing people!

  88. Atoke

    October 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Uche, please will you share small chops in the office? They said I should ask. :p

    • Dunni Obata

      October 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Atoke hian, all the way from yonder. You are someone I will very much like to meet o. Since you are now in the same geographical co-ordinates as moi, what say you? I promise to bring food, you just say what you want and I will come bearing hot, steaming bowls of food.

    • Bleed Blue

      October 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Dunni, all these promises of food na wa oh! My geographical coordinates are also available should you ever intend to sashay your fine self across the Scottish Isles

    • Dunni Obata

      October 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Lol. I am actually due a road trip to Edinburgh soon. My Ofe Onugbu has crossed the Atlantic to Boston in a frozen container, so what is Edinburgh. Lol. Close enough for you?

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      err LOL
      Of course!

  89. BC

    October 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Where have I been? Uche congrats. One of your many addicts. Nice to have you replying!! That’s awesome. Lets have more of that in the future. You create a “cyber intimacy” when we can talk to you now and then. Just a suggestion. I admire you immensely and the passion you bring to what you do. Like others have said, your work speaks for itself. A little more direct communication from you to your readers I think, will bring back a certain spark BN once had. Not to say you don’t sparkle. You certainly do. Congratulations.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks BC! I will try. It’s kind of difficult for me because I’m a low key person and BN is so huge…major pressure on the frontlines, I will try anyway

  90. KOOL OLA

    October 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Congrats Uche, it is a well deserve award!……….was looking for that naija website that will make me feel at home, found some stuff but not loaded enough and once i found bellanaija… has become my daily dose of naija news, gossips, fashion and other colorful events. We need more of naija representation in our area…..mainly in these states: Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks for your feedback Kool Ola, we’ll def work on that.

  91. Non professional opinion

    October 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Congratulations Uche! Your success is well deserved. You have created a wonderful community /family here and you keep us entertained and inspired. On a personal note, your acceptance speech and the the time you’ve taken to answer each well wisher personally, is pure class. Brava Bellissima !

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks so much! You are invited to our BN meetup whenever we have it 🙂

    • Non professional opinion

      October 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Awww thanks! Dunni is bringing the food, so I will bring the troublesome.

  92. Dunni Obata

    October 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    From a contributor, albeit a tiny contributor. Well done. I was dancing on my seat this morning when I saw this, my colleagues thought it was my sister that won. I told them it is a Sister blogger, if I may be so familiar to refer to you as that. I award you The Most Influential Young Woman in Africa. Thank you for creating an online community that is an inspiration to millions of women. Thank You for the opportunity to feature Dooney’s Kitchen on here. I will forever be grateful.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks Dunni! Love your column. Let me know not reveal too many secrets but longtime BN readers will know, I def need the lessons. Take care and keep up the great work!

    • Dunni Obata

      October 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      For you, no worries. I am always here even if you need anything you can always go incognito. Lol.

  93. Dimm1

    October 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Oh but this is so well deserved. Uche you are such an inspiration to me oh. Like Okechukwu said, thanks for giving small people like us a platform.xx

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thank u! Love your work. Keep soaring

  94. Flora

    October 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Finally, the beautiful face behind Bella naija. Congratulations Uche, well deserved. God bless you.

  95. Nwachidinma

    October 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Congrats…tapping into your blessings 🙂

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      LOL yessss a la BN Weddings!

  96. Seyi

    October 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration!

  97. portable

    October 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Congratulations Uche,may God increase ur blessings,Amen
    o!!! P.S: There are some commentators whom i would really love to
    meet o,cos dia comments really do inspire me; Miz Socially Awkward,
    Madman, Slice, Berry Darkara, Ofili, Jcsgirl,Bleed blue, Iyke n
    Atoke too, i really love u guys! Uche please give dem awards o!
    Hugs n kisses!!!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Thank u and a huge AMEN!
      Yes they def deserve awards. All BN commenters keep us going, find myself LOLing, gasping, smiling etc.. whenever I read through

    • slice

      October 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      another bow here 🙂 eshe o

  98. Rhoda Nduaesa

    October 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Uche Pedro, I just want to say congratulations, I have always been inspired by your blog, that’s why I even decided to make mine look like yours.
    I even mentioned that in my interview: See here:

    would be pleased to interview you for my blog. thanks.
    email; [email protected]

    This is my blog:

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks so much! Really appreciate you mentioning me!
      Will also check out your blog.
      To be honest, dont really do interviews but maybe in the future

  99. Lizzie

    October 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Bellanaija giving me better info/gist since 2007, from the days of buying time in cybercafe to read Bnprose and get gist, to the many people i feel i know personally on this site through their (hilarious) comments. God bless you Uche, wish you much more.
    To the BN fam, y’all rock big time, thanks for the laughs and your candid stories. i always leave here better enlightened…. Mwah
    @Atoke, yes oh. wish we could come together and find TheAmaka, i hope she’s good.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Thank u! Wow since 2007! Thanks for being there and yes, shout out to the Amaka

  100. Oyin

    October 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Super congratulations to Uche and the BN team, you deserve this and more grease to your elbow. On a lighter note, why do I have the feeling it’s not Bella Naija herself replying these comments.. #oya I’m waiting for you guys tongue lashing#

    • Uche Pedro

      October 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Why?! Anyway, def me 🙂

  101. goldfinch

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Big Congratulations to Uche and the BN team, very well deserved award.

  102. Leah

    October 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Beauty and Brains! You can never go wrong with them two.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      That’s so sweet of you! Thank u

  103. Sylvia

    October 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Wo hoo! Big congrats to the BN team and Mrs Pedro. Very well deserved.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks so much!

  104. Blessmyheart

    October 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Congrats Uche. I’m soooo addicted to Bellanaija. Seriously. You guys make my day literally. Wish you lots of God’s blessings.
    I hope you’re still replying o. And I hope we get to see your wedding pictures.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Yes I’m bk to replying! Thanks so much for all your support. Hopefully soon 🙂

  105. Bamzzy

    October 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations Uche, a well deserved award. May you never run out of ideas and may God’s goodness show forth in all that you lay your hands on. Have been an addicted Bella fan for God knows how long (on the low key, doesn’t comment much) but i must say a family unit has been created here with comments from Mz Socially Awkward, Bleed blue, Slice, Gist Yinka, Berry, Ofili et al. What an addiction! And congrats to the rest of the crew too Damilare, Onos, Atoke, Jennifer y’all are doing a great job and a tree definitely doesn’t make a forest. More power to your elbow.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      WoW Bamzzy, you are a real BN professional! Thanks for the shoutout. Have a great day.

  106. CC

    October 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I liked the fact that you acknowledge the whole team.Very selfless and considerate.Congtratulations and greater height IJN

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thank u. Amen!

  107. Efeford weddings

    October 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Congrats Uche, you have done really well.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks! Will check out your site, I’m a bit of a wedding addict 🙂

  108. Adenike (Adewuyi) Lanlehin

    October 23, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Congratulations!!!!!!! I’m really proud of you and yes –
    you’re one of the women I truly admire and respect in this country.
    Well done. In the next few years, you’ll look back and see this
    recognition as the least of your recognitions (no disrespect to the
    organizers). Congratulations once again and regards to your

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you! Amen. Will send your message to him 🙂

  109. MyView

    October 23, 2013 at 12:55 am

    BN could have at least had this on the cover for a minute or two, I almost missed it. Congratulations to Uche Pedro!!! An inspiration to our young women that you don’t have sleep your way to the top, you don’t have to be a Rihanna Wanabe, bleach out your skin, or publicity stunts and scandal to make it. She has made through hard work and focus while staying classy and gorgeous. Bravo Lady.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      LOL I was trying to get it off the homepage quickly! Thanks so much


    October 23, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Well done Mrs Pedro. You are truly inspirational. Very
    deserved award.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you! Love your blog. Keep up the great work.

  111. Bisqo

    October 23, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Congratulations to you Uche and the entire BN team. I’ve
    been an avid fan for years… and still am!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Thank u for sticking with us. We promise to improve.

  112. NNENNE

    October 23, 2013 at 2:05 am

    About time! Congratulations Uche and the BN team. I
    stumbled onto your website by chance while searching the Internet
    and I have not stopped blogging.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Wow! Thanks so much. Take care.

  113. okija tins

    October 23, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Chai Nwanyi maranma…How I wish Mr. Pedro no steal you, I
    for come for you sharp sharp… Nne kam gwa gi onye lutara gi
    lutara ezi ife..So Mr. Pedro e na nu? Treat our sister fine

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      LMAO! He will.

  114. ik

    October 23, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Congrats Uche …… i met you in Calgary Canada many years ago….so proud to see all your many accomplishments.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Oh wow cool! Thank u

  115. HRS

    October 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Congratulations Uche!!! It is well deserved!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks HRS. Appreciate all your comments xo

  116. Moving On Swiftly

    October 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Yes I am very interested thank you. Well done Lady! xxxx

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Ok cool. Hopefully soon 🙂

  117. congrats

    October 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    congrats madam uche

  118. solum

    October 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Congrats Uche , you sure inspire so many. May you continue to shine. ..

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks so much!

  119. Ifeoma

    October 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I met you at TedxLagos and I must say I am so so impressed. you are one smart, powerful but Nice Business woman!!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Ify, all the best with your site!

  120. zoey

    October 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Congrats uche dear….u truly deserve it…a request please, I want you to feature my sis on the wedding issue (her wedding is around the corner:))..I really dont know how to go about it, is there a fee? ..expecting to hear from you or anyone with any clue.tnks

    • Damilare Aiki

      October 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Hi Zoey,

      Please send an e-mail to weddings (at) bellanaija (dot) com

      Thank You

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      There is no fee. Though unfortunately we cannot feature all wedding submissions due to the volume. Please email weddings (at) encourage y

  121. Funmi

    October 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Congrats Uche you inspire me so much and I wish you all the best. God bless

  122. zoey

    October 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you @Damilare

  123. teebabes

    October 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats Uche! am sooo proud of u! BN FOR LIFE!!!

  124. didi

    October 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Congrats dear…….well deserved, you’re an inspiration to alot

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks! We try and we really want to get better.


    October 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Congrats Uche….bellanaija site has become an addiction, lol! this is the best edutainment site I have ever come across. Thanks for all that I have learnt here and all that your site has inspired me to do. I love atoke’s monday banters. I hope to see u organising seminars and trainings for upcoming writers like myself. I wish u far greater heights than you could ever imagine. CONGRATULATIONS UCHE PEDRO

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you very much! Will check out your blog

  126. oose

    October 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    many congratulations keep moving on to greater heights x

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Thank u! Amen

  127. Ada

    October 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Congrats Uche, Bellanaija inspires me so much, the Lord is your strength.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Amen! Thanks!

  128. Osasodia

    October 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Waoh, Uchelala u rock babe< CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    More opendoors for u IJN…….ahead ahead for u, dont stop, just keep moving on.
    A day without bellanaija makes me soooo uneasy wt myself. My friends call me Osasbellaniaja, lolz.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Awwww cute nickname!!!! Thanks so much. We def appreciate u.

  129. eniola

    October 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    A million congrats Uche. More and better recognitions to come in Jesus name. cheers.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Amen! Thank u

  130. Tee

    October 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Finally,have seen the lady behind bella naija blog.More
    grace 2ur elbow darl.

  131. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    October 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you for giving us a voice. For being part of our days
    and life. Its a huge responsibility to be please the intelligent
    minds who come here and i can assure you a lot of people visit but
    do not leave comments ( i know cos i was one until recently). i
    know you have paranomic consideration of commentators to please but
    please, but to support Idak, the goal line is begining to blur.
    Thank you again for being part of our lives and i am to hippy happy
    for you. May you always be truly great. You rock!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. You can send any additional comments to bella (at)
      We definitely listen and are making changes based on our BN fam’s feedback and suggestions

  132. ilaugh

    October 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Congrats Mrs. Pedro. I still wanna see your wedding
    pictures though. **hurries off while i wait for a

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Ok o! Thank u

  133. Ferdy 'Ladi Adimefe

    October 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Congrats Uche, this is truly deserving. Keep the good work

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      My bro Ferdy! Thank u very much. Stay blessed

  134. Silvia

    October 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Uche na so u fine? Congrats my sister.

  135. darasimi

    October 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Aaaaaawww! You are so preeeeeetty! I have recruited countless people to this blog & more recruits to come. It would be nice to see u on TED talk. Truthfully, you are such a huge inspiration to a lot of us. What i find intriguing about you is how you keep a low profile. Speaks alot about the kind of person you are.

    Suggestion for the BN team, please can we have a food section on this blog. I will like to see how some Nigerian delicacies are made on this site. I know food is featured here once in awhile but a section dedicated to it will appeal to me.
    Also, can there be a section for intending brides? 1st thing to do, etc? I have a truck of load of suggestions but i should stop here.

    Congratulations once again to Uche & the BN team. *hugs*

    • BellaNaija Weddings

      October 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Hi! Pls email weddings ‘at’ with your suggestions for brides.


    • Atoke

      October 24, 2013 at 5:44 am

      Hiya! Thanks for your suggestion. We actually do food more than ‘once in a while’. BN Cuisine is a regular Friday feature. With regards suggestions for features, please send us an email –> features {at} bellanaija {dot} com.

      Thank you again for visiting BellaNaija.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks Darasimi (very pretty name by the way).
      Great suggestion. Thank u

  136. hot mama

    October 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Congrats Bella Naija…even though its been said numerous times, I’ll say it again and again…very well deserved!!! My day has become incomplete without Bella Naija since I was told about it.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Wow! Thank u!

  137. Teefah

    October 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Huge congrats Uche! You are such an inspiration to a lot of us Naija bloggers! Well done babe xx

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks Teefah! You know I’m a fan. Keep up the great work

  138. aijay

    October 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Congrats Uche. AND thank you for this beautiful site, my day is incomplete if i havent checked to see whats new on the site. God bless the BN team richly. Big hugs! Xoxo….

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Hugs!!! Thanks so much

  139. Justanopinion

    October 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Many congrats! An excellent innovation that helps many connect with Naija and a beautiful girl too..welldone!

  140. Peaches77

    October 24, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Congrats Uche, well deserved win.

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks for your comment and well wishes. Have a great day 🙂

  141. Caution: 230 WATTS of hotness

    October 24, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Hearty congratulations, very well deserved!

  142. bubbles

    October 24, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Congrats Uche! very well deserved 😀

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks so much!

  143. Tosin

    October 24, 2013 at 6:28 am

    1. Love the photo.
    2. I deserve all the credit? Wow. Thanks.
    3. Richly deserved. I’m proud of the quality of BN.
    4. Let’s hope this inspires others to do better, better than BN lol.
    5. Where’s the dating site?

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks Tosin! How now? Been a while. Hmmm dating site….hmm perhaps. Take care!

  144. Wonderfully Made

    October 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Dear Uche Pedro,

    Please features your wedding photos and video. We can stop waiting. Congratulations once again.
    Thank you and Best Regards

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Dear Wonderfully Made, point noted 🙂 Thanks!

  145. Kehinde Ajose

    October 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Uche Pedro’s story is only a pointer to the fact that diamond can be made from the dust.With the professionalism and media ethics Bellanaija upholds, we can only hope for greater achievements for this leading media mogulette.Keep making Africa proud!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Amen. We try. We know we are not perfect but we do try. Thank u for your comment and have a great week ahead.

  146. Akin Eso

    October 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Congratulations Uche. This is well deserved. Myself and the team at WED say congratulations. You have done what alot have tried and couldn’t do, so you definitely deserve this. Congrats once again

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Akin. You are a force of nature with all your projects! We are inspired

  147. temiloluwa

    October 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I am not surprised you have come this far and am I not conceived that this is just the starting point. Seeing how your humility just oozes out and keeps spreading around you the aroma of greatness, as you reply every single comment is just impeccable. God bless you back and forth, you and yours, to the moon and back! Much love from my hood!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you very much, Amen Amen Amen. Stay blessed.

  148. slice

    October 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Congratulations to BN and Mrs Uche Pedro. You don try well well. plus you fine o!!!!!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      LOL Blushing…

  149. Aderonke

    October 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Uche! Uche!! Uche!!! aya wa, how many times did I call u? you know you are married to our brother so we must not be excluded from the “fillage/vans meeting parry o”….u know no one can parry like us yorus! I am coming in my “silfa shoes, silfa bag and silfa assesories”…so pls pluck a date and lets “safe” it down now o! looool Pls penicl my name done for irganizing tinz!
    loool! Wishing u all the best once again sis, May the Lord establish you and make u bigger
    Never met u before but love u already!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Hope to meet u soon.

  150. tobee

    October 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Wow!so ds is d BELLE behind bellanaija. Go uche you re terriffic! Nd to al d bellanaija crew you guys are doing a wonderful job.luv bellanaija

  151. X- Factor

    October 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Oh wow, this is a well deserved honour,
    Toast to an Excellent, Purposeful and Classy Entrepreneur
    Congratulations Mrs Pedro

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks so much!

  152. MissBusyBody

    October 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Awww, congrats boo…. I agree, you should show your face more often… Welldone

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Ok. I will try. But after a while, I’m sure people will start complaining LOL.

  153. Amor

    October 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Congrats Uche all the way from TANZANIAAAAAA…….You are
    my role model!!!!!!!!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Yay! TZ in the house. Thank u

  154. planifications

    October 25, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Congratulations uche , you are an amazing woman

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Miss S! Keep up the great work

  155. fairygodsister

    October 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    It’s amazing that Mrs Pedro is taking the time to reply everyone who is congratulating her… Very nice touch. Well done!!

    @Mz Socially Awkward, if I had known you were in Scotland I would have asked to meet up for a drink or something!!!! Spent a couple days in Aberdeen about two weeks ago… I’ve found that I (consciously or unconsciously) look out for your comments on posts here… Your comments are always level headed, factual, devoid of foul language, and funny too! Holla if you’re in London anytime soon…

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Fairygodsister. Hope to meet u soon.

  156. Couture By Makioba

    October 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Congrats Uche… Ever since I came across #bellanaija way back in 2006 or so, I have ever been glued to it… It’s my everyday fashion and entertainment online bible….

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Thank u! Keep up the great work and thank u again

  157. Toyin

    October 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Congratulation, to the beautiful Uche Pedro. You are truly
    an inspiration. God will continue to bless you and use you to bless
    others. You will reap and enjoy the fruit of your labor. I’ve been
    following since day 1, and recruited my mom, aunts, and friends. I
    think my mom is more addicted bcos she notifies me when theres a
    new post. My aunts forever trying to use my name and email to post
    a comment. Calling me at work to ask me how do i post a comment on
    bella naija like they are being graded or given a million dollar
    for posting a comment. Thats how much we enjoy your work and
    appreciate you. Please, kindly post your wedding pics very soon.
    I”m stoked!!!!

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s so amazing that people take on BN as if it is their own. I really feel so blessed by this. Have a great week ahead.

  158. NaijaInspiration

    October 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Congratulations to you dearie. You are one person that all positive and inspirational bloggers look up to. That is something worth leaving behind as legacy cos even God will be please with you for such positive impact. You deserve the award and much more to come. God bless you and your home. I pray to be like you when I grow up. LOL! Hugs*

    • Uche Pedro

      October 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Thank u! Will check out your site now. Take care

  159. tatafo!

    October 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Congratulations Uche!! I remember the days of blogspot and when you moved home. So so happy for you and all you’ve accomplished. It is definitely inspiring. I hope you bag the awards. Keep it up!

  160. Nath Ekanem

    October 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    uche pls try and be showing your face more , even if by posting stories and using your face as the writer, people need to know you and who is behind your brand. Just seeing you for the first time.

  161. Top Managers Job

    October 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    The management of TopManagersJob Forum is saying a BIG congrat the Bella Naija Boss! You are such a huge success and may God continue to strengthen you. Have a Blissful days ahead.

  162. Ugochi

    October 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Big congrats sis. I like you and what you do/all you’ve achieved. Keep inspiring us.

  163. ogeAdiro

    November 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Fine babe

  164. Dee Nina

    November 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I’m so late, but Congratulations!!! May God continue to
    bless your endeavours. Amen

  165. unisex

    November 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Uche, What can I say that has not been said but from the bottom of my heart thank you for creating this brain child called BellaNaija. Well done on your award and been featured by Oprah. You are a Black Girl that Rocks and I am recommending you to BET international. May the Lord give you all your heart desire and more. So proud of you x

  166. Newbie

    November 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Lawd! Girl, hope you got some serious finger massage after personally replying to all those messages! Nice to see the face behind the brand, though. Pretty. All the best and keep the flag flying.

  167. amarachi nwosunjoku

    November 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Urch congrats, wish u more fruitful yrs……..bestwishes in all ur endeavours

  168. lola aji

    December 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    congrats uche

  169. linda

    December 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    congrats ma’am u deserve the best!!!!

  170. Sandra

    December 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Congrats Uche,you were one of the first people that introduced me to blog before i started hearing of Linda Ikeji and the rest,keep the good work going, God bless your God work.

  171. reena

    December 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Congrates uche just want 2 let u know u inspire me a lot


    December 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Congrats, you sure inspire a lot of us with your work and Humility. May God continuously increase you. Hugs

  173. Uche Onwughalu

    December 21, 2014 at 12:22 am

    congrats icon

  174. Okeke Harbert

    January 15, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I hava never heard about bellanaija, just came across it.
    I am personally amazaed at the level of positive rcomments the award u won brought to u and even more amazed at the time u took to respond to them, it actually prove to me that u are a very hardworking woman, I am really challenged. Pls receive my own congratultion and God’s blessing in Jesus name.

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