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All the Photos as Agbani Darego, Tiwa Savage, Mo Abudu, Dakore Akande & Many More Attend the Maharaja Ball for Down Syndrome

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The Maharaja Ball held over the weekend as a lot of industry shakers came together for the cause of people living with Down Syndrome.

The glamorous ball was put together by the KSL Foundation and luxury style destination Poosh Lagos.

The event was attended by Agbani Darego, Tiwa Savage, Mo Abudu, Dakore Akande, Nkiru Anumudu, Olu Akande, Sharon Ojong, Jumai Shaba, Bola Balogun, Latasha Ngwube, Bobo Omotayo, Daisy Danjuma, Mariam Adeyemi, Ifeyinwa Ighodalo, Veronica Odeka, Onah Nwachukwu, Odein Ajumogobia, Helene Ibru and more.

There were performances and a fashion show at the event.

Check out the fab photos!

Guests

Nneka Araraume

Nneka Araraume

Olu Akande

Olu Akande

Helene Ibru

Helene Ibru

Mamemo & Helene Ibru

Mamemo & Helene Ibru

Odein Ajumogobia

Odein Ajumogobia & Awuneba Ajumogobia

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Awuneba Ajumogobia

Daisy Danjuma

Daisy Danjuma

Ifeyinwa Ighodalo

Ifeyinwa Ighodalo

Idia Aisien

Idia Aisien

Funmi St Matthew Daniel

Funmi St Matthew Daniel

Mariam Adeyemi

Mariam Adeyemi

Mariam Adeyemi

Mariam Adeyemi

Maureen Okogwu Ikokwu

Maureen Okogwu Ikokwu

Anthonia Ogboro

Anthonia Ogboro

Emily Goke

Emily Goka

Onah Nwachukwu

Onah Nwachukwu

Nneka Ararume

Funke Adepoju

Laurie Coleman

Laurie Coleman

Caterina Bortolussi

Caterina Bortolussi

Ilona Pinke

Ilona Pinke

Caterina Bortolussi & Ilona Pinke

Caterina Bortolussi & Ilona Pinke

Sharon Ojong & Elma Godwin

Sharon Ojong & Elma Godwin

Yoanna 'Pepper' Okwesa

Jay and Yoanna ‘Pepper’ Chikezie

Veronica Odeka

Veronica Odeka

Chawelle George

Chawelle George

Veena Malhan

Veena Malhan

Joanna Nader

Joanna Nader

Dinat Tony & Raheet Sajnani (1)

Dinat Tony & Raheet Sajnani (1)

Harvi Sodhi & Iris

Harvi Sodhi & Iris

Jad Jarmakani & Sandra Gueldenpfennig

Jad Jarmakani & Sandra Gueldenpfennig

Deepa & Ashish Checker

Deepa & Ashish Checker

Jalal & Nicole Ghalayini

Jalal & Nicole Ghalayini

Agbani Darego & Bola Balogun

Agbani Darego & Bola Balogun

Bola Balogun

Bola Balogun

Agbani Darego

Agbani Darego

Inside Shots

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Performances

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Host of the Night – Dakore Akande

Nollywood actress Dakore Akande was the host of the night and she looked elegant and glamorous in two outfits as she was styled with the Indian theme in mind.

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Fashion Show

The fashion showcase featured exclusive designs by Tarun Tahiliani.

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Photo Credit: Ebenezer Dada for Insigna Media

34 Comments

  1. Paloma

    May 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

    All Lovely!

  2. Trudy

    May 13, 2015 at 8:50 am

    The lady with the heavy dress and fall boots, did u get lost? I mean were u supposed to br at an event in nigeria? (in this heat) Dressed like u heading to an award show in Iceland.

  3. khamila

    May 13, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Agbani is sooo skinny abeg.

    • Keziah

      May 13, 2015 at 9:13 am

      No she’s not.

  4. bruno

    May 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

    “maharaja ball” the name does not sound inviting.
    I commend them tho. it’s for a good cause.

  5. Anon

    May 13, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Interesting pictures. “Aunties” D and P in the same place? If eyes could kill…

    Tiwa Savage is the type of woman that once she gives birth, her tummy will be flat immediately. The dancing will help.

  6. Hurpeyeahmie

    May 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Is Olu Akande now working alongside his wife? just asking

    • Ada

      May 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

      And how does that concern you? If he wants to follow his wife to every event is it your matter? Has his wife complained to you??????….. Bad belle

    • Hurpeyeahmie

      May 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Aunty Ada no vex ooooooooooooo i was just thinking out loud i no know say e go touch somborri like you

  7. Alero

    May 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

    God bless you guys!!! I am very passionate about Down Syndrome. They need our care, love and support. They are very wonderful people to be around. XOXO. I would love to give more than just a hand to this course.

  8. Naked

    May 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Mo Abudu! What a super woman.

    • Tanya

      May 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Mo’s abs though- wow!

  9. Marie Antoinette

    May 13, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Gathering for DS…great cause. Kudos to the organisers.

    Best look!

    http://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Maharaja-Ball-May-2015-BellaNaija0028.jpg

    To the others, NO BE BY FORCE. Btw, were some of the head jewelleries handed to the ladies at the entrance? Just asking…

    It seems this Kinabuti lady forgets she’s in Nigeria sometimes. Smh

    http://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Maharaja-Ball-May-2015-BellaNaija0016.jpg

  10. deee

    May 13, 2015 at 10:19 am

    aww ozinna help mummy get a good makeup artist nau. matured ball btw no toke and the small social climbers

    • Suz

      May 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      I know right. Zina looks so nice and well put together, I always think the same when I see her Mom. She needs to be her Mom’s stylist and get her a good make-up artist.

  11. Why

    May 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

    There is so much cultural appropriation going on here, i can’t even. Nigerians just copy people without knowing the significance of what they are copying. You can go to an Indian ball without dressing like an Indian. Please my people. The Oyinbos have been doing it for decades even painting themselves black or putting themselves in cultural dresses and calling it fashion.

  12. Ebony

    May 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    This Banke (model) is too pretty. Been noticing her since like 2006 or so.
    And she has no social media presence #TeamStalk

  13. eagle's eyes

    May 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

  14. fleur

    May 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Anumudus necklace=too much

  15. Que

    May 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    It appears some of the headpieces came with the IV, a few had the exact same one,….

    As far as styling the chosen outfits I have to call out Madame Balogun……no no no! You shld have just kept with one, I’m guessin they wouldnt lock u out with just the blazer and pants….that headpiece combo, just dragged you all d way down! For a style ‘gate keeer’ you need to fine yourself….

    Minus Agbani n Nkiru’s powders, most ladies looked well.

    Curious question for Tiwa, how does it feel performing fully clothed? #wondering…

  16. M

    May 13, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Great cause. Interesting to note, that all my existence as a Nigerian and having Indian family friends all through, I have never seen any Indian embrace our culture over theirs, not even when you invite them over to yours like a traditional wedding, coronation, any event, they wear Indian over ours anyday or when different, western attires. They live, work and make shit loads of money of Nigeria, yet it’s like almost a taboo for them to be caught dead in ours, I can tell those head things were given out at the gate or sent with invites and now here see Nigerian foolish so called social elites like slaves of Maharaj feeling cool with themselves, even the designers, then they wonder why just why their brands and culture can never ever be celebrated as solid as their counterparts? It’s great to embrace cultures but You must help yourselves Africa. No one will ,but you.

    • Teddy Bear

      May 13, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you! I was thinking the same thing! Nigerians are soooo quick to embrace anything that is foreign! Not only embrace but even suggest that it is superior to ours. Honestly, it pains me.

    • Debby

      May 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks for this, I find it quite annoying that they all went dressed in those ridiculous ill-fitting outfits, when they would have looked exceptionally stunning in an African attire. Yes it is for a great cause and I commend the organisers and everyone who attended but please wear your own cultural outfits it’s not by force. fashlovesmarsh.com

  17. integrity

    May 13, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Bola Balogun”s Dress sense? Its a ball oh!

  18. sisiatl

    May 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Aseju ni baba asete.

  19. Sunshine

    May 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Good cause and hope that other form of developmental disabilities will be given equal awareness platform will be introduced in the near future. Those Nigerians placing those ugly stuff on their foreheads look stupid and not cute .What the hell were they thinking?

  20. EyenEfik

    May 13, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Looks like it was a nice event raising awareness for people with Downs Syndrome. I would have loved to see pictures of young adults with Downs Syndrome being a part of the fashion show too.

  21. Editrix

    May 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I see Oga Tarun is still slaying. This collection is different from the one he presented at Lakme Fashion week last month or so. Anyway, even though my sister wore his lehenga for her trad wedding, i still think he’s overrated. There are better Indian designers (Sabayachi, Neeta Lulla, Varun Bahl Rohit Bal etc).

    On cultural appropriation, I don’t think you can call this a case of appropriation to be honest. This is a themed-event with cultural references. Once you use an artefact, material, sculpture etc without referencing its cultural origins, then you are appropriating. By calling this “maharaja ball” and bringing in well known Indian designer, it is no longer appropriating. Are our people over-zealous is embracing other culture, yes. Is that a bad thing? Maybe and it depends on the context too. Let’s cool our overly critical pants, aye?

  22. JustBecause

    May 13, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    For Down syndrome? Really?..could have fooled me..
    Looks more like an opportunity to promote fashion and style..

  23. Nonsense

    May 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    You should watch the video made by Buzzfeed and see how they hate black people in their country, see how they are making money in ours. i am not saying we should become racist but we need to be conscious of race. We will abuse African Americans and we praise all the races that want to take advantage of us. Nigeria need new psychological mentality towards the black race.

  24. missanny

    May 14, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Love the modern twist on the indian attires. Good one!

  25. letty

    May 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Noble cause..but I wonder why it has an Indian theme…and named the Maharajah ball…Nigerians are very fond of elevating everything that is non-Nigerian..i just wish it had an African theme at least to bring awareness to this emeregent problem…..maharajahness kind of devalued the message. And it seems more like an opportunity to play dress up and wear saris, dupioni silk, indian caftans and celebrate the indian culture

  26. letty

    May 14, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I meant emergent…the cause seems somewhat watered down and distracting with this indian dress up party…

  27. oluchi

    August 2, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Na only beth models they here .where isis modelling agency with their lousy madam .no body wants to work with that woman called joan okorodudu

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