Before I give you my red carpet report, I must first tell you of what happened at the event before it started. I wasn't given pre event or backstage clearance so I made some for myself. I can be a sneaky bastard sometimes. The bouncers were not happy with me, but you know, I don't think they were happy people. After hustling with me for the entire night, one of them asked me for Christmas. Christmas is usually a tip. I laughed, hard!! Christmas? What is Christmas? Do you know that Papa Afam once told me that I would get no presents because Santa Claus got stuck in AFGHANISTAN?! He wrote that in a $2 christmas card. I almost died. So that's where my Christmas spirit is. Furthermore, Zeek, my buddy extraordinaire from Manchester told me that I was looking black and skinny. That is the face of brokeness.
Let's get on with it shall we?
|This was at around five. They were still sorting out the runway. Yes that's what they're doing here. My pictures are noisy, but that was the point. I like noise now. Go figure.|
|Here he is again. Running away from me. :(|
|Look at me checking him checking someone else out. It's a cycle you know.|
|Toni Tones in the middle of one of her dance moves. Her hair's pretty massive. She looks like she was having a spiritual experience.|
|She was twerking here.|
|And there too.|
|And this is Uju, the model of the year, back stage. You remember her from fashion week don't you?http://www.theramblingsofamadman-afam.com/2013/10/review-of-ella-and-gabby-lagos-fashion.html I like this shot a lot. She's saying really? You mean you're going to take a picture of me now?|
|And here, we've got Makida. She's exquisite. I don't think I've seen many faces as symmetrical and pretty as hers. I ran into her at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Nominations party as well. http://www.theramblingsofamadman-afam.com/2013/12/what-da-what-happened-during-amvcas-de.html|
|Lola Rae and her dancers. I like this one because her hair's swinging.|
|Her voice is spectacular. It's a clean pretty sounding soprano.|
|Pat that weave baby!!! I'm sorry I had to.|
|The Ebony Life Crew. I didn't mean to catch him mid yawn but I did. I don't quite like ebony life. It isn't anything personal really. It's just that they're impossibly big and I'm infinitely little. They get all the perks and I get none. That sucks.|
|Bunmi Olunloyo talking to the Ebony Life crew. She was in the opening number, and she danced during Ohimai's performance. I think it was a modern dance with bits of modern ballet, African Jazz and such.|
|That's Ndidi getting her hair done. She's a waif of a thing. We're instabuddies!|
|Ituen Bassey inspecting her model's hair. This one wasn't big enough.|
|Ndidi again. She's incredibly pretty isn't she? I know her cheek bones don't cut glass, but it's a sweet face. She's a cutie.|
|She looked like she was having a melt down even though she wasn't so I snapped away. Yay me.|
|It's Tiwa Savage!|
|It's Tiwa Savage dropping it like it's hot in her sweats! I love this.|
|And finally we've fot a dude carrying a box of hair. That's how important hair is here. Hair, Hair, Everywah. |
Now you know that most of these guys don't just turn up on stage and deliver the awesome performances. They work hard. Tiwa did her sound check/stage rehearsal at about thirt minutes past five. She didn't perform until one. I think there's something admirable there.