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2013 AFRIFF Opening Night: Desmond Elliot, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Uche Jombo, Kunle Afolayan, Rita Dominic, Lynn Whitfield & More STARS in Calabar

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Lydia Forson & Desmond Elliot

Hello STARS!

On Sunday 10th November 2013, the 2013 Africa International Film Festival kicked off with a splendid opening ceremony in Calabar.

Present at the cocktail party were CEO AFRIFF Chioma Ude, Hollywood star Lynn Whitfield as well as Demond Elliot, Rita Dominic, Kunle Afolayan, Lydia Forson, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Uche Jombo, Gbenro Ajibade, Lilian Esoro, OC Ukeje, Linda Ejiofor, Uru Eke and Kemi “Lala” Akindoju.

Later at the FilmHouse Lakes Side in Tinapa, a movie – Of Good Report – which was banned from the opening of the Durban Film Festival, was screened.

BellaNaija Events will be bringing you all the photos from the week long festival. Check out these shots from the opening night.

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Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield

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Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan

Rita Dominic

Rita Dominic

Lilian Esoro

Lilian Esoro

Venessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Uru Eke

Uru Eke

Kemi "Lala" Akindoju & OC Ukeje

Kemi “Lala” Akindoju & OC Ukeje

Rita Dominic & Venessa Williams

Rita Dominic & Vanessa Williams

Uche Jombo & Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha

Uche Jombo & Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha

Rita Dominic, Mahmood Ali-Balogun & Chioma Ude

Rita Dominic, Mahmood Ali-Balogun & Chioma Ude

Lilian Esoro, Jennifer Alegieuno, Linda Ejiofor

Lilian Esoro, Jennifer Alegieuno, Linda Ejiofor

Gbenro Ajibade, Lynn Whitfield, Lilian Esoro, Jennifer Alegieuno, Linda Ejiofor

Gbenro Ajibade, Lynn Whitfield, Lilian Esoro, Jennifer Alegieuno, Linda Ejiofor

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 Photo Credit: ‘anuel Photography

44 Comments

  1. bella

    November 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    lilian esoro and linda ejiofor, 2 beauty queens…….and lilian ur hair is giving me life.

  2. Eve82

    November 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Chioma Chukwuka killed it! From make up to hair…wish we could get a full view of her outfit. Sometimes I wonder what Rita would look like when you wash out all that make up and eye wear. She is beginning to layer it too thick lately.

    A lot of the weaves here were nothing to write home about. We need to get this hair business thing right.

  3. Nene Morgan

    November 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Rita is def consistently beginning to own the Nollywood stage. Are y’all watching??

    In other news, My dearest BELLA NAIJA, the Association of Nigerian Authors held an awards ceremony this past weekend and I was hoping you would bring us some highlights. We are also down with intellectual gist, you know? 😀
    Please fill us in. Thanks Muah!

  4. nene

    November 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

    lynn whitfield, the most gorgeous 60 year old woman! i stil don’t like rita dominic ad lilian esoro’s hair, another hairstyle could bring out their beauty. and chioma chukwuka looks very old and stressed.

    • Teefah

      November 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

      She’s 60?! Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    • Joyce

      November 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      60? Wao

  5. nene

    November 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

    i forgot my beautiful and sexy pluz size actress, lydia forson, what a beautiful face!

  6. Modella

    November 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Big tummy every were!

    • AA

      November 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Oh shut up and grow up. Enough of this cyber trash talking.
      Let’s see your figure after you drop 1 or 2 kids. I bet you will be
      fat as hell and miserable.

    • Winny

      November 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Victoria Beckham dropped 4 kids there is no excuse for fat
      flabby tummy. Period.

  7. Modella

    November 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

    After seeing your comment on Lynn whitefield,I have to go back to the pic..Did I hear 60yrs????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  8. paloma

    November 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

    wow! 6oyrs Lynn whitefield??? she looks 30 n stunning!!!! I gonna work towards it to b like dat when am 60 ooo 😀

    • MyView

      November 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Girl… You have a lot to work on before you get there.

  9. myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com

    November 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Yes Lynn Whitfield is 60!! She just inspired a Blogpost about Aging gracefully 🙂
    myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com

    P.S LOVE Lillian Esoro’s HAIR!!

  10. baby

    November 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

    dang Lynn is 60……..meeeeeen no dulling at all…lol

  11. Madman

    November 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

    How can Bella not know Gbenga Akinnagbe? I see you guys didn’t tag him. He’s a cool cat.

    • MissedIt!

      November 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      God bless you! I thought it was just me! BN this is an epic
      fail!

  12. Dammy

    November 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Ok ama pretend i didnt see dat Rita’s pix with dat man……

  13. leke

    November 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Lydia forson u are smoky hawt

  14. wow

    November 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Lynn Whitfield (née Butler-Smith; born Feb 15, 1953) is an American actress.

    ”Whitfield began her acting career in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film” i just had to search to confirm, really 60 wow dats a good body for a 60 yr old woman, she is gracious

  15. H's boo

    November 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I love that neck piece on Lynn. I sight Andy Ameanechi….long time.

  16. billionaire in grace

    November 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    So far only rita dominic is looking gorgeous.the rest of
    the people are just ok

  17. Tee

    November 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Nene show ur face naa,biko with ur I must comment voice
    screaming beef.let me make it simple,maybe the ppl u celebrate shud
    watch out for Lilian Esoro(natural beauty without contouring) ask
    genny makeup artist to tell u wat it takes to look dat good. Chioma
    after how many kids look great too.I’m sure u guys know say money
    answereth to beauty,give them a chance

  18. YEYEAREWA

    November 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    WOW! she luks damn good for 60, oh well! botox and minor
    surgery can be praised 4 her gud looks

  19. AA

    November 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    • Leah

      November 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      “Babe”? That’s somebody’s mother.

  20. The Real Madam the Madam

    November 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    BN so y’all just going to ignore our Nigerian brother, Gbenga Akinnagbe (in the pic with Uru Eke) doing it for us in the diaspora. Abi is it because you haven’t seen him flexing muscle on Irokotv? Smh.

  21. MyView

    November 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    They all look good but Lynn at her age gave them a run for their money.

  22. B

    November 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Are OC and Lala dating? They seem to be together a lot!

  23. Ima

    November 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Vanessa’s dress is lovely and Linda Esoro.
    Rita, this is a miss

  24. BC

    November 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    holes in the carpet….smh…

  25. BC

    November 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    The red carpet is frayed and old….smh. LOVE Rita’s outfit. Homegirl knows how to put 2 pieces of cloth togeda.

  26. Leah

    November 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Lynn ans Lydia all the way. Good to see Vanessa Williams.

  27. Gee

    November 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    BN – As I scrolled through the lovely pics and see that
    Gbenga Akinnagbe was not even listed…ouch. He may not be in a lot
    of Nollywood movies but he is definitely doing his thing in the
    diaspora as someone mentioned above. From the TV series – The Wire,
    End of Darkness ( with Mel Gibson ), The Taking of Pelham ( with
    Denzel and John Travolta), Brooklyn Shakara, and the list goes on
    and on. Check his IMDB credits. Abeg show him some love! He is an
    incredibly cool guy too!
    imdb.com/name/nm1782153/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    • ogeAdiro

      November 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Yeah, na bad omission. The bobo dey try.

  28. jimco

    November 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    the person tagging the pics is a ‘local champion…knows
    only the names he/she sees on local tv

    • hiss

      November 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      the person is a local champion for not tagging D list
      actors?they should try harder,their turn will come if they are
      lucky enough.

  29. Bonita

    November 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Lol! Even the wife of the Cross River state governor was not tagged! Ouch! Mrs Imoke sorry o! The person that posted the pics should be flogged. But then it shows Nollywood is the brand to get recognised in. 🙂

  30. keechi

    November 13, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Na wa oh..most of these “celebs” faces are strange to me o.
    Or am I not Nigerian enough? I only know a handful of them. But on
    the plus Lynn Whitfield…DANG MAMA! Black don’t crack
    man!

  31. NNENNE

    November 13, 2013 at 4:36 am

    My favs.? Rita Dominic, Lynn Whitfield, Lilian Esoro and Uru Eke in no particular order.

  32. Weather

    November 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Wassup wiv O.C Ukeje and Lala Akindoju o. Dual always posing for pix. I suspect these two *squints eyes*

  33. Bisi

    November 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    kunle aafolayan need to work on his appearance,luk razz&someone rough all d time.abi no be same young&fresh kunle again,nawa oo

  34. jwezee

    November 13, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    two words CHIOMA chuwkuka

  35. Caramel

    November 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Love your hair Lilian

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