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BN Style: Lupita Nyong’o gives a Double Dose of African-Inspired Gele at #TIFF16



Lupita Nyong'o

Actress Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the world premiere of Disney’’s “Queen of Katwe” at Roy Thompson Hall as part of the 2016 Toronto Film Festival where the cast, filmmakers and real-life stars received a standing ovation.

The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. Theaters September 23, 2017.

For the screening, she was styled in a strapless House of Herrera yellow gown, adorned with velvet, royal blue floral patterns which she accessorised with over $600,000 worth of jewellery from Tiffany & Co. She added a dramatic flair with a matching color headpiece that wrapped around her head, popping a bright red to her lips and opted for metallic blue pumps.

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Lupita later changed into a short blue and black dress that featured which she accessorised with anther colourful headwrap.

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See more photos from the premiere below.

Lupita Nyong'o & David Oyelowo

Lupita Nyong’o & David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Actors Martin Kabanza (L) and Madina Nalwanga

Actors Martin Kabanza (L) and Madina Nalwanga

Actors Martin Kabanza (L) and Madina Nalwanga

Actors Martin Kabanza (L) and Madina Nalwanga

Costume Designer Mobolaji Dawodu (L) and Omolara Dawodu

Costume Designer Mobolaji Dawodu (L) and Omolara Dawodu

Actresses Lupita Nyong'o (L) and Madina Nalwanga

Actresses Lupita Nyong’o (L) and Madina Nalwanga

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

David & Jessica Oyelowo

David & Jessica Oyelowo

Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi and Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende

Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi and Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende

David Oyelowo and Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende

David Oyelowo and Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende

Dorothy Nyong'o, actress Lupita Nyong'o and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o

Dorothy Nyong’o, actress Lupita Nyong’o and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o

(L-R) Actors Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, costume designer Mobolaji Dawodu and music supervisor Zohran Kwame Mamdani

(L-R) Actors Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, costume designer Mobolaji Dawodu and music supervisor Zohran Kwame Mamdani

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 Director Mira Nair (L) and costume designer Mobolaji Dawodu

Director Mira Nair (L) and costume designer Mobolaji Dawodu

Actors Lupita Nyong'o (L) and Martin Kabanza

Actors Lupita Nyong’o (L) and Martin Kabanza

Costume Designer Mobolaji Dawodu (L) and actor Martin Kabanza

Costume Designer Mobolaji Dawodu (L) and actor Martin Kabanza

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez



    September 11, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    All I see is BLACK BLACK BLACK, We need some TOKE MAKINWA in the building to light it up ?☀☀ .

    • Onye

      September 11, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      SHUT UP! Self-loathing negroid!

    • truthservedhot

      September 11, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      You need some self-love in your life to lighten it up.

    • Engoz

      September 11, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Bellanaija you will soon kill your brand by permitting these types of comments. No day goes by without a racist, tribalistic or extremely ignorant comment. There are many Nigerian blogs for these type of ignorance. Some actually started with some iota of decency but ended up devolving to degeneracy by permitting such comments. Please kindly inform us if the new approach BN is taking is to dine with pigs, so we don’t expect too much from you or put you on a pedestal.

    • Seriously

      September 11, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      You need bleachers? How dark is your brain that you can’t think properly. Its quite disturbing when Africans hate themselves so much. But get angry at whites for pushing white supremacy

    • sheybf

      September 12, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Who cares what a nonentity like you thinks? You’re not even funny. Both ladies are beautiful but Lupita more so b/c she doesn’t have to cake her face with makeup. Plus, her skin is very smooth. Why else do you think the world famous Vogue magazine asked her to be on the cover? You need to go somewhere with your Toke obsessed self. Blockhead.

  2. Betty

    September 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Lmao! That was cruel, all skin tones are beautiful. I love lupita, she’s beautiful, but girl needs a new makeup artist and a stylist as well, and PRONTO if i may add. i feel the fitting of the 1st dress wasn’t helping her cleavage in anyway and i always feel her makeup can be better (MY OPINION).

    • Mr. Egghead

      September 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm


  3. Uberhaute looks

    September 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I love that she’s representing..

  4. Ada

    September 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Self hating uncle…..until you see the light on yourself, you definitely won’t see it in others.

    • Ada

      September 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm


  5. Sultana

    September 11, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    See Lupita David Oyelowo and co representing Africa in their dressing. Naija artistes are now trying to blend into blah by wearing foreign half nude clothes sic Somkhele and Zainab. Odiegwu. Black is beautiful.

  6. Naijatalk

    September 11, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    BN, Lupita Nyongo is Kenyan. Would it be too much to actually find out the common name for headscarf in Kenya? It’s simply due diligence. This is why some of these nationalities take offense with Nigerians. Respect them enough to name the headscarf appropriately according to their lingo. This is a teachable moment for us, your readers. Afterall you are supposed to be bringing us specially curated content from Africa. Africa is not Nigeria.

    Just an aside, a friend went to a Caribbean restaurant (Jamaican) in the States and asked for a side of dodo. The waiter took slight offense because apparently dodo is a word with a sort sexual connotation in that culture. I thought the friend acted ignorant, why he chose to ask for dodo instead of plantain beats me. We need to be more mindful Nigerians.

    • Sansarai

      September 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      But Gele is not just the “Nigerian” name for a headtie/headscarf, it’s a particular kind of material and style of tying, true or false? As far as I know, Kenyans may tie their hair but they do not wear “gele” as part of their traditional regalia, i.e. – the stiff, paperlike material that lends itself well to our dramatic and colorful headtie styles here in Naij. So it’s not inaccurate to say that she’s tying gele…Kenyans don’t tie gele

    • Naijatalk

      September 11, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      We’re on the same page. Notice I called refrained from using the term gele but instead chose headscarf because Kenyan women may have a particular name for the material and STyle of their headscarf. BN should make the effort to discover the Kenyan cultural equivalent for what some Nigerians call Gele.

    • "changing moniker"

      September 11, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      BN doesn’t take to corrections. Quit wasting your energy/mb, whichever is more important.

    • Mama

      September 12, 2016 at 5:27 am

      But is this just the “ordinary” headscarves that Kenya’s tie? This is gele done differently so I don’t think BN is wrong for calling it as it is. If I use Ghanaian kente to sew iro and buba, does it now make it Nigerian. Even our neighbours Ghana cannot lay claim to this style of hair tie not to talk of faraway Kenya. You people should be careful the way you dash out our unique heritage to others while they cling to theirs. I recently read on a page where a picture of the classic naija gele was featured, and other Africans were claiming it is cultural to all Africans when we know it isn’t true.

    • Naijatalk

      September 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      The thing on her head is a satin scarf. That is NOT gele.
      BN you know what is right, do it.

    • Sansarai

      September 12, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      You’re in the spirit…you articulated exactly what I’m trying to say

    • Sansarai

      September 12, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      @Mama: exactly!

    • Sansarai

      September 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Sweetheart, my point is there is no Kenyan equivalent because Kenyans don’t wear “gele” — they can’t have a name for something that they do not wear.

    • Naijatalk

      September 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Hi Sansarai, please I know what I am talking about. They tie headscarves.

    • Mama

      September 13, 2016 at 10:43 am

      My dear, I have just decided to be quiet not every time one will respond. Just google Kenyan head scarf and see the pictures that come up. It is not wrong if they like the Nigerian gele and copy but it should be given appropriate credit like BN has done. Gele is not only about the material but the style afterall before damask and chiffon and all that were we not using ashoke and co. Generations from now it will no longer be jollof wars but gele wars because we would have sold out trying to be politically correct.

  7. Ade

    September 11, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Please let’s tell the truth. They don’t look good! Period. Its not the blackness or the trad. Its that lupita etc dont look clean. This is not how we want to show Africa. We’ve had people wear Africa in black shiny clean skin and good designs. If these were Nollywood stars we would insult them to high heavens because they are in Hollywood we are pretending their gold? Whatever…

    • sharon

      September 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Are you f-ng serious?? “She doesn’t look clean”. You Sir, are the problem with African mentality

  8. Sisi

    September 12, 2016 at 12:44 am

    BN please also be mindful of how u label pics. This one was wrongly labelled:×898.jpg

    I had to scroll all the way down to a different pic to get see the name of the lady in the middle.


  9. Oyinda

    September 12, 2016 at 2:29 am

    “Gele” is actually yoruba. Other languages e.g “Akishi” in Igbo have names for the headscarf

  10. pat

    September 12, 2016 at 2:45 am

    wow, African people representing…Ayeee! That is so true, Bella u need to find out if Kenyans have a particular name for a head-tie….u are being a little bit lazy to just say “gele-inspired”. of course it might be gele-inspired, but u claim u are repping the whole of Africa…

    By the way Bella, don’t you think it is time to change your name to something else other than BellaNaija….I know it has been a brand u have built for long….but the name is not all encompassing of Africa.

    on a side not, I really thought it was an African designer dress…wow, Carolina Herrare nodi sleep oh…Africa has always been a great source of influence…

    did y’all see the Russian designer with African inspired street wear!

  11. Barrister

    September 12, 2016 at 8:33 am

    @Naijatalk AKA Nene+,we know your type on here. I’m sure you call garri cassava flakes! Pls, what do you call Bantu not, Ghana weaving, a turban,pizza. Aso ebi ,Aso oke…. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

    • Naijatalk

      September 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Your comment portrays your stark illiteracy. You are not worth my time.

  12. chikita

    September 12, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Something is not right about this. Africans wear gele with a certain poise. And we carry it well. This is a first attempt. Next time they should complete the look and not try to modify it for Hollywood. Pick one and stick with it.
    Its not about the color of her skin, the look is not complete. Give Omotola gele and traditional, she go rock am scatter. Give any slim dark Nigerian, they go rock am die. This is too westernised jo. Loks funny cos its not complete. only thing I like is the yellow gown on its own.

  13. olojede oluwatosin

    September 12, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Dumb head, you see black but i see africans who are proud of their skin colour, who know who they really are, i see achievers,i see great men are women with good self esteem. They dont have body dysmorphic disorder and they have refused to bleach their skin like your toke makinwa who has taken an overdose of whitening cream.

  14. Josephine

    September 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    To see self-hating black people is so sickening. If we hate ourselves why should we complain when whites are racist?

  15. AmericanWonder

    September 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    The colours don’t do her justice & she’s posing like the gele/headscarf/silk tie /….. kenyan eqiv (pc warriors take your pic) is weighing her head down. Tis all.

  16. Tosin

    September 12, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    me sef i will start wearing gele 😀
    the girl is forever young.
    the Mobolaji Dawodu guy looks just like a girl I knew in school with the same surname. hmm.

  17. TrueTalk

    September 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I think Lupita needs a touch of Sika Osei’s make up artist. Her current make up artist is not doing justice to this black beauty a beg.

  18. Iyun

    September 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    This thing on Lupita’s head is ugly, I’m sure they have better ones in her country if they weren’t trying to imitate/tie gele.

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