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Friday, July 27, 2007

The 2007 Nigeria Entertainment Awards

The Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEAs) doled out awards to some of Nigeria's most celebrated performers and entertainers this past Saturday (July 21st). The event, which was held in New York City, was attended by Nigeria's finest ... super model Oluchi, former Miss World Agbani Darego and recording artist Tolumide were just a few of the stars who were in attendance. The show also featured some hot performances by Tolumide and gospel singer Sammy Okposo. The NEA's have definitely stepped up their game from last year and set the standard for award shows honoring Africans. Here are some photographs from the fabulous event:

L-R: Producers Kid Connect & Mic Tunes. Both were nominated for Best International Producers of the Year. Mic Tune won the category.

Bola of Ariya Entertainment. Nominated for U.S. Based Entertainmnet Promoter of the Year.

R&B Recording Artist Tolumide Performing at the 2007 NEA Awards. Tolumide was the 2006 NEA's R&B Female Artist of the Year.

R&B Recording Artist Banky W performing at the 2007 NEA Awards.

CNN Entertainment Reporter Lola Ogunnaike at the Night Gala event.

L-R: Julius Agwu, Sammy Okposo and Mike Aremu at the Night Gala event. Julius Agwu won Funniest Comedian of the Year Award and Sammy won the Gospel Artist of the Year. All performed at the event with Julius hosting.

Julius Agwu on the Red Carpet with Sammy next to him.

Sammy on the Red Carpet.

L-R: Steve Sugunro, Tosin Ola and Alfred Ali of Atlanta based We3 Entertainment, which was nominated for U.S. Based Entertainment Promoter of the Year.

L-R: Super Model Oluchi & Former Miss World Agbani Darego.

Super Model Oluchi.

L-R: Iceberg Slim, Alache, Blak Jesus presenting at the Award.

R&B Recording Artist Tolumide Presenting at the 2007 NEA Awards.


Looks like fun times were had by all! On the fashion front, Bola of Ariya Entertainment was the best dressed male (taking a risk with that pink bowtie and all those pinstripes really paid off). As for the females, although Agbani Darego's dress was fabulous (that color was h-o-t), Oluchi takes the cake for head to toe fabulousness. Lola Ogunnaike's hair was on point—that's definitely the look to rock for the summer (long weaves are overdone). Too bad there weren't as many artists representing Nigerian inspired designs.


Find out more about the show at where you can find a larger photo gallery, video footage from the event, as well as a complete list of nominees, categories and winners.


(Photo Credits: NEA Press)


Anonymous said...

nice photos. i wish more events like these were held.

Anonymous said...

lovely pics. i'm impressed but what's going on with agbani darego? she is a bit thin on the ground.

Anonymous said...

Read article you wrote on Hip-Hop artist Madarocka I'm from DC & I know she went to NY for the awards. I saw the video she performed & was nominated for "Africa Love".I didn't even start listening to music from other countries until I heard her & bro UGO years ago before Lil Kim, she was doing stuff w/Method, Fugees & oh KRS1 a&some more. I remember her w/Boot Camp. Well I'm proud she won the award in 2006 Best Male/Female Hip-Hop Artist