Year by year, event after event the Mode Magazine Annual awards seem to be growing in leaps & bounds. Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, the grandson of the late former Prime-Minister of Nigeria, who is the publisher of Mode Men Magazine and his team must be well commended for doing their best to put together a great award showcase. That they were able to get the support of such classy brands like Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Tom Ford is a plus for them. Those 2 brands were very conspicuous at the venue of the event on night and many who had not before then, experienced the power of the 2 brands had a ball at no cost to themselves.
The venue of the award, that's in its 5th season, was the grand ballroom of the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Dress code, was Men in Tuxedo with a touch of Gold and ladies were told to look utterly ravishing in gold. While many tried, some were quite outstanding. There were 14 awards categories, plus 2 lifetime awards.
The winners and their different categories are as follows-
1. Man of the Year- Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the richest black man on earth.
Woman of the Year- Maryanna Udo-Okonjo, CEO, Fine & Country.
2. Businessman of the Year- Dr. Ernest Azudialu.
3. Governor of the Year- Governor Godswill Akpabio.
4. Young Entrepreneur of the Year- Uche Nnaji of OUCH!
5. Actor of the Year- Chris Attoh.
6. TV Personality of the Year- Uti Nwachukwu.
7. Radio Personality of the Year- Freeze.
8. Luxury Brand of the Year- Porsche.
9. Young Designer of the Year- Tayor Gabriel.
10. Most Stylish Man of the Year- Ohimai Atafo.
11. Sports Personality of the Year- The Paralympic Team.
12. Musician of the Year- Wizkid.
13. Comedian of the Year- Elenu
14. Young Humanitarian of the Year- Igho Sanomi II(CEO, Taleveras)
The night's comperes were the ever graceful, Stella Damasus & the hunk known to all as, Frank Edoho. The major highlight of the night apart from other great performances, was that by Africa's best, the one & only Tuface Idibia, who is always on top of his game. Some of those we saw at the event, were Chydinma, Noble Igwe, Elohor Aisien, Yets Asika, Lami Phillips, Jumai Shaba, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Beverly Naya, Uru Eke, Damilola Adegbite, Gbolahan Obanikoro, Kevin Luciano-Gabriel, Seyi Shay, Vector, Ezinne Chinkata, Ifeanyi of Message, Ruth Obih, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Dolapo Oni, Femi Adeyinka and a host of others. Truth be told, the Johnie Walker Cocktails served was so good, that we had to ask for more encore several times over. All in all it was a great event and a very fun night. Check out the event in pictures.
All the pictures were taken by Abiola Aloba, for Maestro's Media. Pictures are the property of MM, use without notification or credit would be dealt with appropriately.
|THE DELICIOUS URU EKE|
|GOTH QUEEN- UGONNA OMERUO OF HOUSE OF NWOCHA|
|UGONNA OMERUO & ABUBAKAR TAFAWA-BALEWA|
|UCHE NNAJI & ONYINYE|
|SEYI SHAY DRAPED IN TOJU FOYEH'S LIQUID METAL|
|...SO GOOD WE CAPTURED ALL ANGLES|
|LAMI PHILLIPS GORGEOUS IN PINK|
|MORE FANTASTIC PICTURES AFTER THE BREAK. PLS CLICK ON READ MORE|
|TOP STYLIST EZINNE CHINKATA & FRIEND|
|KEVIN LUCIANO-GABRIEL & FRIEND|
|UGONNA & EZINNE|
|BABAJIDE OBANIKORO & FRIEND|
|YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR-BAYOR ON THE RIGHT|
|EBUKA & CHYDINMA|
|JULIETTE MORGAN & FRIEND|
|NOBLE IGWE OF 360 NOBS|
|CALLY IKPE & A T BALEWA|
|STELLA & SHANKA|
|VECTOR & FRIEND|
|IFEANYI & A.T BALEWA|
|FEMI ADEYINKA & FRIEND|
|SEYI SHAY & VECTOR|
|AMECHI OKOBI, BRAND MANAGER, JOHNNIE WALKER|
|TALKING BLUE LABEL, THE GRANDEST OF WHISKIES|
|OHIMAI RECEIVING THE MOST STYLISH MAN AWARD|
|FREEZE RECEIVING THE RADIO PERSONALITY AWARD|
|BAYOR RECEIVING THE YOUNG DESIGNER AWARD|
|UTI RECEIVING THE TV PERSONALITY AWARD|
|AZUKA & ABUBAKAR|
|FRANK EDOHO & STELLA DAMASUS|
|CHIEF NEWTON JIBUNOH PRESENTING AN AWARD|
|IFEANYI OF MESSAGE|
|RUTH OBIH, MD OF 3INVEST|
|STEVE ONU AKA YAW|
|OHIMAI & ABUBAKAR|
|BEVERLY NAYA IN MAI INSPIRED|
|NOBLE IGWE & GBEMI|
|URU EKE & NOBLE IGWE|
|NK UKONU & AZUKA OGUJUIBA|
|URU, NOBLE, GBEMI & CHYDINMA|
|MORIAM MUSA, NK & AZUKA|
|BEVERLY NAYA & MOM|
|MORIAM MUSA & JULIETTE MORGAN|
|BARRATT & MR FAB|
|RUTH OBIH & ABUBAKAR TAFAWA-BALEWA|