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FASHION POLICE: The 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

First of all, let me confess that I am not very big on Nollywood. I honestly cannot remember the last time I sat down to watch one Nollywood movie. However I hear the industry is actually making some good movies. I was therefore not very excited initially about doing this piece, because after trying to do a piece on the Headies and not finding even one manageable dress, I was going to give up. However AMVCA 2016 was quite a surprise for me and I would make some observations before going into the fashion;

  1. The organization of the event has significantly improved; from the sound, to the lighting, projector etc, they had all improved. It also looked as if the hosts had actually rehearsed. Thumbs up.
  2. The fashion had also improved. The stars are beginning to take their red carpet appearances serious and that is a very good thing. I also think it will help the fashion scene of Lagos.
  3. I am however confused as to who attended and why; is it not supposed to be an award ceremony for movie people only? Why am I seeing stylists, makeup artists, baby mamas and people who are famous for nothing really on the red carpet and being interviewed? In Hollywood, the lines are clear; film stars, movie stars, music stars and Broadway stars. If you don’t have a SAG card, you will not attend the Oscars or Golden Globes, unless you were invited to present. This is why you will probably not see Meryl Streep at the Grammys. Plus it keeps the Kardashians away (except for the Grammys where Kanye smuggles them in).

Anyway enough of my preaching and let us get into some fashion, shall we? The Hits, the ‘Erm Okay” and the WHAT WERE YOU THINKING. Feel free to give your feedback.



amvca 1 Mercy-Aigbe-GentryMERCY AIGBE GENTRY


I love, love, love this look! She channeled old Hollywood glamour, but the sparkle on the dress gave it a modern twist. Everything was on point, from her hair (kind of Marilyn Monroe-ish) to her minimal accessories and her makeup. I don’t even know who this girl is, but she won my heart over with this look. The draping is my best part; it covers her but is still sheer. And her figure? Jeso Kreste! A (fashion) STAR IS BORN! (BEST DRESSED NOMINEE)

amvca 2 Rita-Dominic-600x900RITA DOMINIC

All hail the queen of couture!

Babe came to slay and she is not smiling! This woman knows how to dress, knows what works and what doesn’t. Simple! This look is PERFECTION!

Rita Dominic is not exactly a spring chicken. Rumor has it that she is closer to 50 than 40, but she has clearly found the fountain of life and she is drinking from it. What does she eat? What does she drink? Who is preeqing her? Rita is a goddess! (BEST DRESSED NOMINEE)

amvca 3 Ik-Sonia-Ogbonna-600x900IK OGBONNA

You see the difference between him and Uti? If he had worn the same color of pants, he would have ended in the same place with Uti. He nailed this look, and together with his beard – sorry, bride, they look stunning together

amvca 4 Stephanie-Linus-Idahosa-2STEPHANIE LINUS


I am obsessed with the detailing on this dress, and for me, this was a winner. I love the cutouts plus the shimmer and the butterfly appliqué! This girl gets it always, very refreshing. Notice how she pulled her hair back to show us the dress and her stunning diamonds? DIVA-esque!

amvca 5 Osas-Ajibade-600x900OSAS AJIBADE

This girl is a fashion star and a babe after my heart. She has been slaying red carpet after red carpet appearances with almost no misses. This time again, she nearly nailed it, if not for the tacky finishing of this dress (don’t argue; look at the bust area and the hemline). The truth is, most Nigerian tailors were carpenters in a previous life. Their finishing always lives a sour taste in the mouth. I put her among the hits by a hair’s breadth.

amvca 6 Minnie-Dhlamini-600x900MINNIE DHLAMINI

One word: PERFECTION! End of Story.

amvca 7 Nancy-Isime-600x900NANCY ISIME

This look was very contentious; many liked it and many did not. I loved it; my only problem was the thigh high slit; she should have let that flower be the star of the outfit. The color suits her plus her minimal use of accessories is a winner! Overall good look.

amvca 8 Blossom-Chukwujekwu-600x900BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU

IGBO KWENU! I LOVED THIS LOOK! He knew he was going to win and decided to make fashion history! We are going to talk about this look for a long time!

amvca 9 omoni oboliOMONI OBOLI

This dress is near perfection, but I’m not sure what is going on near the bust area that makes her tummy look big. It actually looked great in video, but it appears the dress doesn’t photograph well.

However someone should still call Ini Edo; this is how you wear white without going “I eloped from my wedding to be here” couture.

amvca 10 Linda-EjioforLINDA EJIOFOR

This babe is refreshing abeg! She is like a breath of fresh air. I love minimalism, and notice again how her hair is out of the way and allowing her dress to take the spotlight! Her skin is flawless, look at her shoulders! Damn! (BEST DRESSED NOMINEE)

amvca 11 Anna-Ebiere-600x900ANNA EBIERE BANNER

Yes, she looks good and all, but WHY IS SHE HERE? Besides winning some beauty pageant and having a baby for Flavor, WHY IS SHE ATTENDING? Was she in any movies last year? Abeg make I see road! The dress try sha.



amvca 12 Kemi-Adetiba-600x900KEMI ADETIBA

I liked that she did the whole masculine look but I sincerely don’t want to see this again. It wasn’t hideous, but it wasn’t exactly flattering to her frame! Plus her hair was just everywhere, I wished she had put it all up in a round bun so we can appreciate the suit she was wearing. She actually looks like a dominatrix, and I was half expecting her to whip out a dildo and handcuffs from her jacket!

amvca 13 Funke-AkindeleFUNKE AKINDELE

The problem with Funke is that she doesn’t know how to dress for her age! This is a clear example of pretty girl (somewhat) + pretty dress who are not good together. See this dress and think Grace Egbagbe, Daisy Danjuma, Mo Abudu, and not a young girl in her thirties. The hair sef is not helping her case! Why can’t she learn from her age mates? Is it that hard?

amvca 14 Caroline-Danjuma-600x900CAROLINE DANJUMA

This is a stunning dress but unfortunately it completely washed her out. If she were darker, it would have worked, but the dress is almost the same color as her skin. You literally cannot even see where it starts and where it ends. This, with all the billions she controls? Abeg #MoneyMissRoad

amvca 15 Genevieve NnajiGENEVIEVE NNAJI

This one has crazy loyal fans like Beyoncé, so I have to be very careful here! But come on guys, this look is very underwhelming; not even the drama at the back could save it! This is a very BORING dress!

Genny is the queen of Nollywood (for her star quality please, not her acting skills… Yes, I said it) and this was supposed to be her night. And this is what she chose to wear? *inserts very long hiss* With Genevieve, it’s always hits and misses, more misses than hits, but this look was just there abeg!

amvca 16 Lilian-Esoro-600x602LILIAN ESORO

Lilian is pregnant, so I will be nice. But she should hit up Chrissy Teigen for tips on how to dress while expecting. She looks like she is wearing yellow choir robes, I half expected her to break into a soprano!

amvca 17 Rukky-Sanda-2-600x900RUKKY SANDA

I thought we left peplum behind in 2015.

amvca 18 Richard-Mofe-Damijo-1-600x900RICHARD MOFE DAMIJO

I love everything except the velvet jacket; velvet is a very tough fabric to wear and unfortunately the jacket is wearing him. However this man is ageing like fine wine; if I could look like this while being a grandfather, then Osun has been good to me.

amvca 19 Fade-OgunroFADE OGUNRO

Now a lot of people did not like this dress and I somewhat see their reason. However, I did not like this dress myself for some other reasons; majorly the tailoring of the skirt. To be honest, I loved the under boobs; to me, it was a political statement of some sort. However the tailoring of the lower part of the garment leaves a lot to be desired and screams Obioma couture. Sad really.


This guy tries too hard; way too hard to be stylish! He actually looks like a giant yellow banana. Plus the rule of the thumb is that if we can see the creases of your suit, then it is too tight. Everything is supposed to be smooth.

Besides, was this event not held at night? In a hotel? What’s with the sunglasses? #AskingForAfriend

amvca 21 Kate-HenshawKATE HENSHAW

Surely you can afford an iron, no?

amvca 22 denola-greyDENOLA GREY

The suit is lovely, pastel looks good on him, but the tailoring is bad. Take a look at the shoulders and see the depression the lapel makes there. This is a big problem with shawl lapel, and it takes a good tailor to cut perfectly around there. Other than that, he looks okay.



amvca 23 Ini-Edo-600x900INI EDO


Where do I start? I feel like I am Eniola Badmus’ plastic surgeon right now; where do I start cutting from?

I wanted to be nice to Ini, but where will that niceness come from. I said to myself, maybe if the dress was in another color, it would work. But then, I looked closely at it; the fabric is very tacky and cheap looking. The finishing is very poor, the fitting is not perfect, and her hair is off! I mean, what did she even get right? What? She looks like those brides who do mass weddings at Morning mass.

The truth is that the problem is Ini herself; nothing she wears has ever worked. She just doesn’t have that IT factor. The other time she wore the same dress that Lupita wore and looked like a Made-in-China Lupita. Ini has to take a break from red carpets and find her own style. (WORST DRESSED NOMINEE)

amvca 24 Dakore-AkandeDAKORE AKANDE

She looks like a present you will send to your husband’s baby mama on her birthday only because your husband insisted, so of course you will find the tackiest wrapping paper available.  This dress is so hideous that it is sad to look at; I mean, just look at the hemline, and where it is joined at the knee! It is bad enough that the fabric looks cheap, the tailoring is even cheaper! Is her tailor visually impaired?

Money doesn’t buy style, my people. It doesn’t! (WORST DRESSED NOMINEE)

amvca 25 Eku-EdeworEKU EDEWOR

Yes, Eku is a fashion girl, but wtf is this please? How do you take a stunning dress like this and ruin it with that ridiculous hairdo? What did she tie on her arms? Was she bitten by a snake and had to tie an emergency tourniquet? The hair actually looks like she wants to balance a basket of tomatoes on her head. Mtchew!

amvca 26 Yemi-Alade-600x900YEMI ALADE

Yemi is a young girl with a bubbly personality, so what was she wearing please? I see this dress and I think Angelique Kidjo, and not a young fun girl like Yemi. This look fell flat on her style face and I think she needs a new stylist. I know she was dressed by that boy who dresses Moet Abebe and makes her look like a pumpkin, so it’s not surprising. This however is a whole new level of bad!

amvca 27 Falz-1-600x900FOLARIN ‘FALZ’ FALANA

I am his fan musically; well technically mostly because I love that Karishika song. But this look is a big NO-NO! I am not a fan of doing this mustard yellow head to toe, and as if that was not bad enough, the fit is horrible on top. The jacket looks stretched and the pants… Were they made by an obioma tailor? And Nigerian men… *sigh* We need to have a conversation about the appropriate length of your pants.

Sorry, kiddo, this is not werking for me.

amvca 28 Mike-Ezuruonye-600x900MIKE EZURONYE

Too many accessories in one outfit, I’m going to have a headache. Also ditch the pants, they are not werking. Less is more, darling. Less is more.

amvca 29 Nse-Ikpe-EtimNSE IKPE-ETIM

Well, she has never really been a fashion girl, so I will allow her this one. What was she aiming for, Deeper-life chic? How can you have such an amazing body and hide it under all this fabric?


amvca 30 Mr IbuJOHN ‘MR IBU’ OKAFOR

Well he is a comedian who apparently takes his craft seriously, on camera and off. He looks like a spare parts dealer, the kind that will sell a fake part to you though.

amvca 31 Kehinde-BankoleKEHINDE BANKOLE

I was going to shout “Slay!” Then I saw the original version of this dress and saw that hers actually looks tacky! It is my firm belief that on the last day, Nigerian tailors will have a special judgement session with God.

amvca 32 Alexx-EkuboALEX EKUBO

This is a disaster anyway you cut it.

amvca 33 Uche-JomboUCHE JOMBO


amvca 35 Ibinabo-FiberesimaIBINABO FIBERESIMA

I can’t even deal right now! Like seriously, I can’t! She looks like a circus freak or one of those “show time at the Apollo” girls. I am really confused with this look. Who on earth told her this was a good idea? What do we even manage? The hair is not helping her case one bit! She needs a lesson in dressing her age; she cannot coman be dressing like a confused teenager. She actually looks like a peahen, stranded on the red carpet and confused! (WORST DRESSED NOMINEE)

amvca 36 Ebube-Nwagbo-1EBUBE NWAGBO

Nne, this is what you wore to Africa’s biggest night in film? *inserts very long hiss*

And so, after careful considerations, here are my final results.

BEST DRESSED MALE: Blossom Chukwujekwu



WORST DRESSED FEMALE: Ibinabo Fiberesima

Do you guys agree? Let us know in the comments.

Written by John Ocean

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  1. Ibinabo Fiberesima’s look is the one that baffles me the most. Did this woman think she was at some Halloween party, where she was aiming (and failing) for the look of an African Maleficent? I just can’t with her look. And Ini Edo… LMAO! Chai! That woman haf hear nwiii for this her AMVCA look. That is eh, Nigerians were not even smiling with her and her wedding dress.

  2. And Genevieve’s fashion was sleek (that’s just the word for it: SLEEK) And on point. What is this Ocean guy thinking classing her look as boring?

  3. Best Dressed Female!!! I absolutely agree. Rita Dominic. Green is indeed a beautiful colour.

  4. I hate green. but seeing it on Rita Domnic was woooow. Genevieve sha. underwhelming biko. you at so right. and like you said, her blind fans will just keep Making noise make e b like them follow. not just like beyonces fans now but more like Buhari’s followers the way they have been defending that dress.

  5. Yea, Green is only for the unique and brave! It’s a hit or miss. Kay. Please do not hate green(hurt face) it’s my favourite colour.

  6. I agree Genny’s look was boring,underwhelming and to think she scooped an award in that dress(ducks before Walter stones me)
    But seriously you are one of the biggest stars in Naija,and people were looking forward to seeing that jaw dropping, star quality outfit that would hv bin a risqué winner like that cleavage hit some years back

  7. Oh this was a real pleasure to read…got me laughing so hard a customer had to ask me if all was ok!?

    Really on point with a lot of ur fashion critiquing…it’s like u read my mind dear. I couldn’t agree with u more on d best dressed nominees and especially on queen Genny’s look. Ahn ahn, I am still fuming at her for letting us crazy,loyal fans down. Then Uti did look good but his suit was a tad too tight. I asked the same ” where was your iron” question when I saw Ini, Osas, Kate and a host of others. Also Kate, Ebube and Nse reminded me of some of my church outfits.

    I really think d night had more misses than hits, so many looks got my jaw dropping to d floor and me shaking my head in grief! However, with Rita and Mercy, d nyt was saved o.

    …did I mention that green has always been one of my 2 favorite colours?????

  8. Slay was the word with Rita!!! From the hair to the make up to the dress to her carriage. Everything worked together for her good!!

    Genny.. The jury is still out on that one. I feel she could have done more with her hair to do justice to the dress. I am a big fan of less is more so her accessories worked a bit.

    I think Lilian looked regal. The colour maybe didn’t work but she carried the dress off well. The dress wasn’t wearing her.

    Thank you for helping me make sense of Carolina Danjuma’s dress. I knew there was something I didn’t like about that dress and you got it once!!!!

    Love R.M.D!!!! He can do no wrong in my book so he gets a pass.

    Lovely review. Well done.

  9. March Aigbe….. The hair should have been half of what she had on her head for it to have made sense. I think it was too much. The dress was lovely and fit her well.

    Kemi Adetiba….. Nah!!!! Does not werk for me.

  10. Nice work guys, but to be. Frank. I loved Funke Akindele’s dressing, she naile it and she looked younger than her age, so abeg leave my Jenifer alone. Abeg ooooo

  11. Please ooo! Leave my Jenifer alone! She looks cute n looks younger than her age! For goodness sake Jenifer is in her late 30’s but with this she looks like someone in her 20’s!!! Jenny baby U rock! @ Uti indeed U look like a giant banana n d suit is too tight U wan show us ur bulge? @ Ini Jesus Christ!! U look like a run-away bride frm a Mass wedding! @ Nse Etim I love U cos U dnt expose Urself! Keep it Up!…..nice work guys #fashionpolice

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