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Who Looked Simply Exquisite?! Rita Dominic, Uti Nwachukwu, Tonto Dikeh, Susan Peters, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Beverly Naya & More at the 2013 Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards in Lagos



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On Sunday 24th November 2013, the 2013 Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards took place at the Red Carpet Hall, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The 5th edition of the awards ceremony sponsored by Baileys with as an official media partner,  kicked off by 6 PM with cocktails and a red carpet session.

We spotted Rita Dominic, Sexy Steel, Tonto Dikeh, Susan Peters, Karen Igho, Seyi Shay, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Toke Makinwa, Jimmie Akinsola, Dolapo Oni, Yeni Kuti, Beverly Naya, Zainab Balogun, Toni Tones, Chin Okeke and Yeni Kuti on the red carpet.

Media personality Uti Nwachukwu and on-air-personality/actress Maria Okanrende hosted the event. There were electrifying performances by Emma Nyra, Yemi Alade, Ruby, Evaezi and Saeon.

The editor-in-chief and publisher of Exquisite Magazine Tewa Onasanya stated that the ELOY awards is an awards ceremony used to celebrate women of excellence in different fields and also used as a platform to increase the awareness for cervical cancer.

If you missed the first feature on the full list of winners, click here

Rita Dominic

Rita Dominic

Uti Nwachukwu

Uti Nwachukwu

Seyi Shay

Seyi Shay

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Susan Peters

Susan Peters

Tewa Onasanya

Tewa Onasanya

Dolapo Oni

Dolapo Oni

Emmanuel Ikubese

Emmanuel Ikubese

Toke Makinwa

Toke Makinwa



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Joyce Jacobs

Joyce Jacobs

Kaylah Oniwo

Kaylah Oniwo

Zainab Balogun

Zainab Balogun

Toyin Lawani

Toyin Lawani

Celine Loader

Celine Loader



Toni Tones

Toni Tones

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Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

Yemi Alade

Yemi Alade

Ngozi Omambala

Ngozi Omambala

Bola “The Genie” Sonola

Bola “The Genie” Sonola

Moriam Musa

Moriam Musa

Yinka Fashola

Yinka Fashola

Titi Oyinsan

Titi Oyinsan

Mercy Ajisafe

Mercy Ajisafe

Yolanda Okereke

Yolanda Okereke

Yeni Kuti

Maria Okanrende

Maria Okanrende



Haowa Bello

Haowa Bello

Temilola "Taymi" Balogun

Temilola “Taymi” Balogun

Tonto Dikeh & Michael Awolaja

Tonto Dikeh & Michael Awolaja

Karen Igho

Karen Igho

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Sexy Steel

Sexy Steel

Beverly Naya

Beverly Naya

Jimmie Akinsola

Jimmie Akinsola

Emma Nyra

Emma Nyra

Beverly Naya & Chin Okeke

Beverly Naya & Chin Okeke

Seyi Shay, Toni Tones & Beverly Naya

Seyi Shay, Toni Tones & Beverly Naya

Uti Nwachukwu, Emma Nyra & Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Uti Nwachukwu, Emma Nyra & Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

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The hosts – Uti Nwachukwu & Maria Okanrende.
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Oh hi Maje Ayida.
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Seyi Shay
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Rita Dominic & Tonto Dikeh
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Jimmie Akinsola
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Chin Okeke & Toni Tones
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Emma Nyra
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Yemi Alade
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Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Zainab Balogun & Lamide Akintobi
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Photo Credit: Ebeneezer Dada for Insigna Team


  1. Tammy

    November 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Oh wow!!! Is that really Toni Tones??? She looks wonderful for a change!!! Amazing!!!

    • Bamzi

      November 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Rita Dominic is fast becoming the next Toke Makinwa. She’s at every damn occasion. She must really enjoy reading comments about her so called fashion sense. And Seyi Shay, urs is a totally lost case. Just tragic. All these people we call celebs in naija sef. smh

    • amebo

      January 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

      seyi shay looks like she is wearing a long/oversize negligee ready to go to bed, rita dominic looks pregnant, tonto looks gorg except for the fact that the shoes didnt quiet go with the whole gettup, cleavage alert, toke makinwa, the woman in pink with the microphone, susan, tewa, toni, karen emma nyra and some unknown dazzled…

    • amebo

      January 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

      i meant that susan, tewa, toni, karen emma nyra and some unknown dazzled and looks good in their dresses…

    • frank

      February 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Since when did toke makinwa become a Celeb with her fake accent? they are fake American wanabes.

  2. i no send

    November 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    i wish i could understand why its necessary to put on heavy makeup at every occasion..

  3. Miss_Flygerian

    November 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Seyi Shay’s dress, it could have used some looks awful. Why is Ebuka standing like that? Oops, that’s the result from hanging out too much with Noble Igwe.

    Rita D, Zainab, Dolapo, Tonto and Susan P look smashing.

    Makeup fail×600.jpg

    Erm, is this supposed to be a split? hahahaha×399.jpg

    • nkem

      November 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

      @miss flygerian u harsh ooo….but u right tho. i was trying so hard to understand why he posed like that, as if he was leaning on the wall

  4. Promise

    November 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Seyi shay is that a night gown????* someone please throw me off the window* and why does she look 40?!
    Toke’s breast almost popping out of her dress lool Nice dress though
    Beverly Naya has got a banging body shaaa dayuumm

  5. Thelma

    November 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Seyi shay’s dress reminds me of those nighties I used to
    wear when I sleep over at my boyfriend’s back then in uni. Joyce
    Jacobs is such a pretty lady. I love toke’s dress and makeup. I
    sort of like Karen’s hair, saved the picture for the day I run out
    of hairstyles. Beverly Naya is simply hot

    • Zane

      November 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Seyi Shay’s nightgown is an Iamisigo outfit from her SS14 collection. Epic FAIL!!! Seyi Shay look for another stylist

  6. S!

    November 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I love how Seyi Shay takes advantage of her small

    • Anon

      November 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Walahi no bra needed for some dresses and tops.

  7. tybay

    November 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    You’ve said it all with the comments above, but I’ll still say it- Seyi’s “frock” is very depressing and she sure knows it, that’s why she has this forced smile on her face and her body language doesn’t show confidence at all. Karen should stop with this her *see my Ikebe* side pose already! We already know how its like! Why is Miss Nyra holding her gown like a lil’ girl who’s showing off her new Christmas dress? Miss Lawani my namesake, I don’t gbadun the whole Chanel advert thing u’re trying to pull off, cos u jyst end up looking like a “walking advert”. Less is more, biko.
    On to the positives- Toni T, Zainab B and of course Miss Rita D, all look elegant and beautiful!!!

    • teekay

      November 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm


  8. Omolola

    November 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    #sigh# plenty of misses…

  9. Chigbo

    November 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I never noticed how pretty Susan peters was till now.

    • Vivian

      November 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      She is very BEAUTIFUL

    • Anon

      November 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      She is very pretty. Sometimes her garish dressing hides her

  10. Nenye

    November 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    wetin Seyi Shay wear? Eyaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! i feel for her:**wiping my tears*

  11. Ijey

    November 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Joyce Jacob is leading, she’s simply exquisite n good looking, luv her make up.

  12. my opinion

    November 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Toyin Lawani looks horrible, btw dt bun she’s carrying on her head and d dress I don’t know which is worse

    • Bolanle

      December 2, 2013 at 5:29 am

      That Chanel dress is fake!

  13. kokie

    November 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Lovely ladies and gents. Refreshing pictures

  14. hmm

    November 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Zainab Balogun is perfect i don’t know what it is, but i am in love. I want to cut my hair now.

  15. xoxo

    November 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I think Seyi Shay should use black weaves instead of brown
    weaves. IMO the colour of her hair doesn’t suit her complexion and
    makes her look scruffy most times.

    • nene

      November 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      i’ve been looking and you are very right. that’s what makes
      her look dirty. her lipstick also. toni tones is like mercy
      johnson’s twin sister, toke’s makeup is too heavy also.

    • Kola S

      November 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Or try going natural

  16. yvonne

    November 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    why all these fat people though…gaining weight is the new in or what now…im even confused as to what seyi shay is wearing…so many misses.for the first time toni tones gets my first vote,best!

  17. tetley

    November 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Karen Igho looks like “bride of Chucky” from the Child’s
    play movie….& for Toke ,which bleaching cream you dey
    use? …hahahahaha..(Don Jazzy)

  18. Endo

    November 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Toni Tones, Joyce Jacobs and Toke totally nailed it. Fabulous

    Pls share your endometriosis stories @ Let’s beat endo together !

  19. Vivian

    November 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Susan Peters is one pretty lady!!!

  20. goldfinch

    November 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    But why Seyi? WHY wear a nightie? Even if you wanted to do it in
    style like Rihanna did with her pajama red carpet look, you should
    have at least taken time out to straighten out the dress. That
    dress badly needs some good ironing.

  21. peps

    November 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Toyin Lawani looks a bit shocking with all that fake gear.
    Uti ALWAYS has ugly shoes! Ebuka’s suit is too tight..ah ah! Zainab
    Balogun looks great as does Joyce Jacobs. The day’s

  22. bombom

    November 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Tonto looks good, am so happy for her. plz tell tokes to
    take a break

  23. Swave

    November 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    How can a fashion stylist wear knockoffs….TeamBellaNaija.
    Wont u guys do a cost analysis on Toyin Lawani’s chanel head to
    toe? You only do that for Genny baaaa. #Runsaway

    • Chic

      November 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      My sister I did not want to say anything oh I Googled and
      Googled and Googled some more and could not find this dress
      anywhere online maybe it’s the first look from their spring 2014
      collection na wa! BN please helps us out here!

  24. Obinna

    November 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Yemi Alade wearing that Reni Smith from LFDW….

  25. bubbles

    November 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    seyi shay, No

  26. Nollywodgaga

    November 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Are there events every day in Lagos ?

  27. Chic

    November 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Seyi Shay na wa oh! The nineties called they want they
    evening gown oops sorry night gown back! She gets the award for the
    worst dressed person at this event. Ladies walk around with
    blotting paper too much shiny oily faces going on I wonder how you
    all do it with that Lagos heat and all that foundation in the first

  28. veevee

    November 29, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Too many ratchet looks and that toyin lawani chic takes the
    cake. To think she won best stylist or sumn..hell no. Seyi Shay
    stays disappointing. Always *sigh*. Yemi Alade and Emma Nyra bueno. Tonto looked good till she turned her back..ewwww.
    Needless to say Rita Dominic, Toke, Joyce Jacobs, and Beverley Naya
    slayed. Oh and Ebuka honey, that look at me pose aint working, plus
    the suit is kind of tight don’t you think?

  29. Party rider

    November 29, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Tonitones nailed it.

  30. Wale

    November 29, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Yemi Alade my lover! Your body is wonderfully made.

  31. Wale

    November 29, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Yemi Alade my lover!!!

  32. Drew

    November 29, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Yemi Alade and Seyi Shay wearing designs from LFDW but Shay looks very exhausted. Yemi ALADE ON POINT!

  33. Liz

    November 29, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Definitely Joyce Jacob looked Simply Exquisite, beautiful! elegant! and Stunning!

  34. ms o

    November 29, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Pls what is wrong with seyi shay?i’m just weeping for
    her,she has never impressed me.

  35. chi-e-z

    November 29, 2013 at 2:25 am

    was anyone as surprised as me at karen igho’s look wow who knew welcome to civilization karen keep it.

  36. Marc Francis of Chelsea

    November 29, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Toni Tones, Zainab Balogun, Joyce Jacobs, and Celine Loader. WERK!

  37. wiklo

    November 29, 2013 at 4:18 am

    @Tetley, soo true with the Chucky comparison….

  38. Chichi

    November 29, 2013 at 5:38 am

    All these makeup ke Kwanu? my are most of the foundation
    shades intensely ashy? Hian and una dey Lagos wey all the makeup
    artist books abi? All I see is terribly matched foundation shades.
    Please guys stop this half baked makup thing. It’s either you know
    how to apply makeup or you don’t ….take cues from Joyce Jacob

  39. Modella

    November 29, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Emma Nyra,Susan P,Zainab Balogun has my pick..Did some mention Celine Loader is over 40,how do some of this folks do it? Sayi Shay must have a really standing* boob,most of her outfit she doesn’t wear bra(I envy her,I hate bra)..Bevery Naya look chunky,not good for a midrif dress abi na crop top?love Karan hairdo,but was she trying to show her legs? We are tired of seeing your rock ass,save it already!

  40. Autoprincess

    November 29, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Celine Loader, I want to be like you when grow up! See
    body!!!! Meanwhile Tonto, you are wicked selfish child, hah, so you
    know the secret to bleaching nirvana (spotless even mixed race
    tone) and you couldn’t share with your sister-in-bleach, Toke. This
    is the height of wickedness. lol

  41. Supra

    November 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Eagerly awaiting Emmy Collins post about Toni

  42. Hurperyeahmie

    November 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Seyi SHay nitori olorun wharisdat u are wearing now?

  43. Omo1

    November 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

    The two last pictures are my the look on zainab and ebuka’s face! But who allowed seyi shay go out in a sleeping dress..this karen is ugly sha o!

  44. merci

    November 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Joyce Jacobs and Rita Dominic were captivating. Beverly Naya, Dolapo Oni, Mercy Ajisafe and Toke Makinwa equally looked good.
    Seyi Shay, Saeon, and some others need a stylist ASAP!!!!

  45. Bella

    November 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Love Toke on this look -she definitely nailed it – hands down. I could definitely rock that. Enough with the thigh hi slits and open back dresses people – ahhh wetin.

  46. marufat

    November 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Nyra should try new outfits ….sick of same pattern….be spicy

  47. Fashionista

    November 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This is possibly the worst I’ve ever seen Dolapo Oni look.

  48. camron

    November 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

    what in God’s name was seyi shay thinking????????? this Jacobs babe is so sweettttttt and hmmmmmm Susan Peters is so pretty. i think she is getting to understand that less is beta.

  49. tolu

    November 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

    damn joyce jacob is a hottie
    very classy look love it!

  50. babiousblog

    November 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Toni Tones & Beverly Naya,best dressed! Seyi shay needs a stylist,she always look kinda dirty to me.d skin,the hair,make up,just a mess.She shuld take a queue frm Tiwa!ugh

  51. fdb

    November 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    joyce jacob!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. wonu

    November 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    can someone call the fire department?!
    cause joyce jacob is blazing

  53. farbdoll

    November 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    seyi shay what hapund???!!!?!?! *Faints* dis is unfair… urself! emma nyra is jus so fab! Toke makinwa…stunning! joyce jacobs stunning also….

  54. Mariaah

    November 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    See ehen!! I am not a stylist but I have good fashion sense that would put some stylists to shame. That being said, Seyi Shay, you won’t understand, I love you so much! My current hairstyle is your signature bob!! Yup!! Why are you behaving like this? You body is good, nice skin tone, flawless skin.. Babe you need to chuck that ur lippie in the bin!! use reds, pink (just dab then apply gloss).

    I have no issue with this dress but it doesn’t fit!! Its rumpled!! Ti NEPA ba mu ino lo shebi you will carry it to mola ti o ma’n fo asho?! Kai mehn.. Please be-friend stylish friends or use a stylist for red carpets. you will learn from there. I love you still..

  55. Alero mii

    November 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Don’t know where to start from… But I like d combo of d girl in orange top and silk wrap skirt, elegant and classic

  56. realist

    November 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    TaymiB just looks fab.

  57. silvia

    November 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Seyi Shay. smh

  58. tatafo

    November 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    what is wrong with this saeon?

  59. JWEZEE

    November 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    its a pity EBUKA is not as fine as he use to b4… DO these ladies look at their shoes to know what matches/works with their outfit b4 leaving their homes..

  60. fairygodsister

    November 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Emma Nyra, Susan Peters, and Karen Igho look amazing! Especially Susan Peters, wow!!! She looks several shades of gorgeous!

    There are some people I won’t talk about cos Momma said not to speak if it won’t be nice…

  61. Bolanle

    December 2, 2013 at 5:30 am

    That Toyin Lawani Chanel dress is fake!

  62. silvabubbles

    December 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Toke!Toke!Toke!……the great recession…dat hair line doe, pls spend ur money on castor and coconut oil….

  63. Naveah

    December 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Toyin Lawani – I hope you are getting a lot of money to be a walking bill board for Chanel o

    Seyi Shay – NEPA take light for your area? Girl, you should have picked something else to wear instead of that wrinkled mess to toss on your other wise fine shape.

  64. mercy s.

    December 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Toyin lawani

  65. Mike

    December 13, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Who is Zainab Balogun? She’s the epitome of beauty.

  66. Vanessa

    December 17, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Love toyin lawani she stands out call it walking advert or not she’s the only one thats very outstanding in the whole event

  67. mbubu

    January 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Beverly Naya…This is not Tees choice award.Pls next time dress for d right occasion.
    Toni Tones…Stop buying .99 cents hair from the dollar store.
    Seyi Shay…I guess u slept in ur night gown,so that u won’t miss the party.
    Toke Makinwa..Pls the church lady want her bag back.
    Saeon..It is not Halloween yet but Mr Dracula still loves you.
    Toyin Lawani..Darker legs but very light face and neck.No more money for bleaching cream again.
    Mercy Ajisafe..You no get iron for house ni?
    Maria Okanrende..That posing makes u look too manly.
    Pryse..Red light district still have ur spot available for u dear.
    Tonto Dikeh…Looking good with ur “boyfriend” but pls extend the bleaching cream to d lower part of ur body habatically.

  68. funmi

    January 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    @ mbubu gbam ! think say na only me notice, wanted to ask make some1 explain tonto face and legs and feet.

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