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Happy Birthday Tonye! WATCH her Wedding Themed Video ‘Ari Belema’ – I Love You



Today is stylish singer Tonye Garrick‘s birthday!

To celebrate, she has released her music video for her latest single “Ari Belema”, which means “I love you” in Kalabari.Tonye - ari belemaMelodic tune “Ari Belema” captures the joy of a bride preparing for her big day, the beauty of some of Nigeria’s ethnic groups, the love of family and the support of friendships. Many of Tonye’s family and friends are in the video including her mum, Uche Garrick and her aunt, Daba Manuel Obioha.

The video also features industry colleagues Bolanle Olukanni, Sharon Ojong, OAPs Denrele, Kaylah Oniwo & Vien, fellow singer, Diwari Peterside, Chigul, Ifan and Photographer Sunmisola Olorunnisola. See behind the scenes photos here!

Tonye also celebrated the video release with a private screening at Mai Atafo’s studio.


The video was supported by Polo Avenue, Emmaus Beauty, Maybelline, Mai Atafo Inspired, and BellaNaija … check us out at 2:43!ari belema i love you- bellanaija weddingsDirector: Wale Davies
Editor: Shots by Shakes
Makeup: Bimpe Onakoya for Maybelline, Maero for Swish Signature & Kayode Williams.
Jewelry: Luxury Designs
Costumes: Koziba Couture, Helen Apriela, Atusada Designs.


  1. ChiChiChilolo

    August 27, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you Tonye. Happy Birthday to you. How old are you now?

  2. Missy J

    August 27, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Like seriously??!!! I want more!! This is so oooo beautiful! I like that the Hausa tribe was represented as well.
    I love the chorus. “Ari Belema” is what language?

    • Beeeee

      August 27, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Kalabari from Rivers State

    • Damiete

      August 27, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      It is Kalabari (Rivers State) Language.

    • preye

      August 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      kalahari language of rivers state and ari belema means i love you

    • Missy J

      August 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Lol… Of course. Thanks so much guys!

    • Tari

      August 27, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Kalahari kwa.
      Nsogbu di o!

    • Missy J

      August 27, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Oh.. Kalahari. I see!

    • preye

      August 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      lol…obviously a typo

  3. Beeeee

    August 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I love love love love the video…I don’t like how it ended though….it feels incomplete..the whole video was like it was leading you to this big finale and the finale didn’t come…….#crying, i want more….BEAUTIFUL GIRL….#proudlynigerdelta

    • Cancel Reply

      August 27, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      I feel the same way too. The video definitely felt incomplete. I wish they had shown the groom too. I found it awkward that she her dancing scene was in the room, and not when she was going to meet her groom, or in front of the guests. Great song, lovely vocals! #QCOG

  4. Damiete

    August 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Such a Simple and natural video yet so beautiful! captures our beautiful different traditional bridal prep culture….well done Tonye

  5. o

    August 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Now this is how a music video should be. Love love love it. See Denrele ooo, nice! Been a while I saw him on any of d blogs. And happy birthday Tonye! Pls let us know what ur hairstyle is called and how/where we can achieve it PLS.

  6. LIW

    August 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    This is just the beginning. If you have not heard Tonye sing live. You are missing out.

  7. Ronniee

    August 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Beautiful video for a great song. Welldone Tonye and happy birthday. I was expecting a grand finale party for all that preparations at d end of d video though… Spotted ma girl, Kaylah.

  8. Mizzy

    August 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    dunno y i neva listened 2 her song, bt i officially listened n watched d video, i wish i hd listened 2 her earlier on. very soothing voice n pretty 2 say d least…. Happy bday Tonye

  9. Yve

    August 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I looooooooovee…. Beautiful girl, beautiful video.

  10. Maman Afrah

    August 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    PERFECT!!!! I guess chigurl being vast in cultures helped them out with our northern concept, beautiful video

  11. 456

    August 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Her hairstyle is called wash and set with rollers of course.

  12. Makioba

    August 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Happy birthday Tonye…. Beautiful, just beautiful…..

  13. abby

    August 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Her voice is awesome don’t know how am bits hearing of her and she looks fresh 2. Hbd to this sweet voice lady

  14. Jammie

    August 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Lovely song.Shes so beautiful and has a striking resemblance to Ariane form Love and Hip Hop Atlanta

  15. Chicanita

    August 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I was just about to ask where the guys are in the video, then i saw Denrele…lmao
    Lovely video…Happy Birthday Tonye

  16. Anon

    August 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    nice song, i like that outfit where she wore black lace, guess it’s the kalabari one. so Chigul is now a video vixen? she is everywhere now. can’t even hate on her hustle. but she should not be everywhere like Uti that year before people start getting tired of her biko

  17. kozibacouture

    August 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks BN! !! Proud of you baby sis I see my aunty Uchenna????

  18. cicimileko

    August 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    super job well done!!!!! this is my first time listening to tonye’s music and i am excitedly impressed. thank you for incorporating all our beautiful traditional outfits, makes me super proud to be part of a wonderfully rich culture.

  19. Lala

    August 27, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Did I just see denrenle? ?? slowly wakapassing??nice song

  20. Ello Bae

    August 27, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Tonye! Ibakam! I have found my wedding song!Mbra! Imiete! Imielamam! Imiebam! You have done well. A ri belemam bom nde. You might not see this but know that you have fulfilled a sister’s wish. Tamuno iboma. Bukroma.

  21. duchess_ibkgeorge

    August 28, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Beautiful! Black beauty! I so envy dark skin beauty.No worries about sun burn and all.Is it just me but she looks like tiwa Savage

    • Martha

      August 28, 2015 at 12:49 am

      I think so too.. Luv the video and her voice.

  22. uzo

    August 28, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Thank you so much Bella Naija or being part of this journey. Great job

  23. Mary

    August 28, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Wow!!! So we have beautiful girls like this in nigeria? Tonye! Where have you been? This girl is gorgeous!!! The fact that she is a real black beauty make me smile. Side note…she is finer than Tiwa Abeg. A little resemblance but definitely a hotter chick!! This song is easy and fresh! No booty popping just happy looking people everywhere! I love it!! Tonye!! You are now my crush! I’m your fan now o! I go watch this video tire today!!

  24. Tosin

    August 30, 2015 at 5:05 am

    terrible comment section.

  25. Dee

    August 30, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    HappyBirthday Tonye!! This is such beautiful song! Love your voice girl. I’m sure this jam will be on replay in PH clubs. lol. The video cpncept was fab and also very relatable. Nigeria is blessed with such beauty in its culture, God bless you Tonye!

  26. JustJanet

    September 15, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I love this song and this girl. So beautiful – her face and her voice.

  27. Julie

    October 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Weldone!!…How do you say i love you in kalabari?!

    • Martha

      November 5, 2015 at 5:57 am

      Ari belema

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