Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Picture Perfect! Kemi & Yinka’s Chic Wedding Celebratio

BellaNaija Weddings in collaboration with Munaluchi Bride Magazine brings you Kemi and Yinka’s intimate and chic wedding! Kemi and Yinka met at a friend’s  place and ran into each other again by chance, at a Nigerian Independence party a year later. They became close friends on the phone, then started hanging out after he persuaded her to come to a party one night. Close friendship bloomed into a relationship, and years after they met, they had an intimate chic wedding and reception in Maryland, USA. On their wedding day, Kemi – a natural hair bride, looked elegant in her curly honey kissed locs and strapless beaded Allure Bridals mermaid wedding gown, with romantic ruffles at the bottom. The groom Yinka was dapper in his black suit and purple tie with a matching floral pin. The bride and groom had tons of fun with Wamilele, a rocking MC and their closest family and friends, and changed into two matching traditional outfits at their reception.
Bride: Kemi Momoh
Groom: Yinka Momoh
Wedding date: August 18, 2012
How We Met
By the bride, Kemi
In 2005, a friend of mine wanted to hang out, so I ended up going to his place. We sat down and began to chit-chat not knowing he was sharing an apartment with a roommate. Yinka came out of his room and introduced himself, then joined us in the living room. As my friend and I went on, I soon realized there wasn’t much to talk about, while Yinka sat across and sparked a conversation that caught my attention. Yinka and I began talking for the rest of the evening; I mean we were talking as if we had known each other for a long time. About a year later, I ran into Yinka at a Nigerian Independence Day party. In my mind I’m thinking “Oh shoot! This guy again.” He spotted me from afar and came up to me, and blurted “Hi! Do you remember me?” I politely said, “Yes I do. You were the guy I met at my friend’s place.” So we began talking while he secretly asked for my number. From that point on, Yinka and I became really close friends. Even so, Yinka and I had not seen each other for years, but on this fateful Saturday; one of my girlfriends called and invited me to a house party in Laurel, Maryland. I told her I couldn’t make it. Couple of minutes later,
my phone rings again. It was a guy’s voice on her phone and I’m like hmmmnnnn…. “Who is this?” It was the same Yinka guy from the Nigerian Independence Day party. He persuaded me to come out, which I did. I got there, and it was like heaven for him, Lol. I personally think I was being stalked all night. We talked all night. We exchanged numbers AGAIN and agreed to hang out the following weekend. Hanging out the following weekend led to many more weekends. Yinka and I have been inseparable since that night.
From the Groom, Yinka
I proposed to Kemi at Sequoia in Georgetown DC – where we had our first date. I called Sequoia a month prior to ask questions and tell them about my plans and thoughts. On this beautiful Saturday evening, I picked up Kemi for this dinner that would change our lives forever. 30mins after we arrived at Sequoia, I lied I had to use the restroom. Not too long after I lied about going to the restroom, I show up dressed in a black tux with a bottle of wine and 2 engraved glasses. She was still playing a game on her phone while I was standing looking down at her. I don’t even think she knew who I was till I started talking. To be honest, I don’t know how and
what I said because I was so nervous. All she kept saying was, “Are you kidding me?” which she repeated several times. I got on my knees and asked if she would do me the honor of spending the rest of her life with me. She said, “Are you serious?” Now I’m getting nervous because everyone in the restaurant was staring at me. I was giving her the, are you gonna please say yes look, so at last I said, “Are you going to give me an answer?”
With tears in her eyes, she screamed, “Yes! Yes! Yes!
Yes! I love you and I definitely want to spend the rest of my life 
with you.” …
A Memorable Wedding Day
From Kemi, the bride
Everything about our wedding day was memorable. The reception venue was beautiful and breathtaking, thanks to our friends from BCG. The MC, Wamilele, was on point; He definitely made the reception with his jokes. We’ve been to quite a few weddings and we didn’t want a disorganized event or a wedding where everyone is standing around doing their own thing. We wanted an elegant, intimate, organized and classy wedding. We also wanted our guests to eat, drink, laugh, dance and have a blast. Yinka dancing, trying to get the garter, everyone laughing and wondering what he was looking for; that is definitely a memorable moment.
Incorporating our Yoruba culture was a big part of our wedding. There were reception venues in the area that insisted on catering and we couldn’t compromise on the Caterer; we wanted our traditional food. We wanted the jollof rice, assorted meat, iyan (pounded yam), efo-riro (spinach, spices and assorted meat). We also had a Yoruba band. We wanted this band to play till at least 3am; this also played a major role in the reception venue selection. We took our time looking for traditional outfits – I can’t forget about the 2 traditional outfits we wore during the reception.
For more of Kemi and Yinka’s chic and intimate wedding day, visit
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Photography: Dotun Ayodeji
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals
Bride’s Hair: Luv & Locs by Amber
Bridesmaids Hair: Evelyn Mann
Makeup: Tolu Kara
Wedding Planner: BCG Events
Floral, D├ęcor and Lighting: BCG Events
Wedding Cake:
Videographer: Event Media Production
Stationery: Skratchaus Studios
Ceremony Location: University of Maryland Memorial Chapel
Reception Venue: The Ballroom

For the Love of African Fashion Photography! View the Fashion Editorial by Eric Acquaye for Zen Magazine – “Fabrics of Our Culture”

Eric Acquaye Fabrics of Our Culture Zen Magazine Fashion Editorial - BellaNaija - August 2013 (4)Don’t you just adore African fashion? Well Ghanaian-American photographer Eric Acquaye loves African fashion so much he decided to capture it in the Zen Magazine fashion spread titled “Fabrics of Our Culture“.
According to the photographer “my vision was to shoot a fashionable spread with a creative cultural story. I collaborated with a fantastic makeup artist, a stylist that drapes stunningly and models that exuded the theme I envisioned. The rest was history.
View the editorial below.
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Photo Credit:
Photography: Eric Acquaye
Hair and Makeup: Renarda Joy
Styling: Jennifer Nnamani
Models: Suzy Wemi & T-Age Williams
Wardrobe, Jewelry & Special Thanks: Betty & Lucinda Acquaye

They’re HERE! BBA The Chase Nigerian Finalists Melvin & Beverly arrive in Lagos – Photos & Scoop

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Guess who is back on the Nigerian soil?
Yesterday evening Nigerian Big Brother Africa The Chase finalists Beverly and Melvin sparked a fan frenzy as they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
Melvin made a simple touch down in a green “Naija No Dey Carry Last” shirt, a grey blazer and black pants while Beverly rocked a red long sleeve dress, silver earrings and a colourful neckpiece.
TV star/actor Uti Nwachukwu who also arrived with Melvin and Beverly told BellaNaija’s Damilare Aiki that it was “super crowded and super hectic”. Uti who had always “campaigned” for votes for Melvin said he received “a Hero’s welcome”.
Check out the photos!
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Awww, Davido tweets about being single again...

Less than two weeks ago, Davido showed off his girlfriend, a girl named Funmi Aboderin (pictured with him above and right) on his instagram page...but it seems that relationship is over because he's now talking heartbreak and being single again. See his Tweets after the cut...

Get Ready for the “One Night Stand with Samklef” Hosted by Koga Entertainment | Saturday 31st August 2013

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The second edition of the One Night Stand event proudly brought to you by Koga Entertainment is here. Tagged “One Night Stand with Samklef” the show will treat fans to performances by Terry G, Samklef, Vector, Kay Switch, Skales & Ketchup.
That’s not all, other celebrity line up’s to feature include Jesse Jagz, Shaydee,  Bento Records Morell and Project Fame winner Ayoola.
According to the Project Manager, Amaka Eromole “It promises to be a night of fun, all we have thrived to do is to ensure that every edition surpasses the previous one, and this month, we are glad to have come up with this line up for fans of live music”.
One night Stand is a Koga Entertainment initiative, which was created to fill the vacuum for fans of live music. Past editions have seen likes of Sir Shina Peters, Obesere, Dede Mabiaku, Sound Sultan, Normoreloss, Rugged Man and a host of others perform. Don’t miss out.
Date: Saturday 31st August 2013
Time: 8PM
Venue: Koga Entertainment Event Place 2, Bolaji Street off Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Lagos.

Dbanj, Burna Boy, Phyno & Others Party Hard at the Hennessy Artistry Club Tour 2013

Hennessy Artistry Club Tour - BellaNaija - August 2013 (11)Nigeria’s oil city, Port Harcourt witnessed a major party last weekend as the Hennessy Artistry 2013 Club Tour stormed the garden city with some of Nigeria’s biggest superstars.
Hosted by popular on air personality Olisa Adibua, the event held on Saturday 24th August 2013 at the Lamborghini club in GRA, Port Harcourt and saw guests from different parts of the country come to witness the ultimate Hennessy experience.
With energetic performances from fast rising acts: and Phyno, the event kicked off on a high note and fans sure got in the party mood. Our very won Ejanla Dbanj brought the house down with pulsating performances also thrilling guests in attendance with his first live performance of this year’s Artistry theme song.
Port Harcourt’s biggest artiste, Burna Boy was also in town to party with Dbanj and fans present.
Dbanj will make his second club appearance in Lagos later in September. The next stop for the Hennessy Artistry club tour this weekend is Club DV8 in Victoria Island, Lagos and will feature performances from Phyno, Kay Switch and Chidinma.
This year’s Hennessy Artistry 2013 supporting acts include Olamide, Chidinma, Vector, Pucado, Phyno, Seyi Shay, Show Dem Camp, Kay Switch and Sean Tizzle. They were announced three weeks ago and have promised fans the time of their lives this year.
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Dbanj & Burna Boy
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Watch their freestyles for the Club Tour here.