Take 2! Exclusive CANDID shots from The Future Awards 2011

by Sola Fasasi

The 2011 edition of Africa’s biggest youth event kicked off at about 5pm on the 30th of January 2011, as guests began to make their way into the Landmark Village, lighting up The Future Awards’ trademark green carpet. They were met by the wonderful hosts of the Y! Red Carpet – Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Makida Moka, Ifeanyi Dike Jr. and Bubu Ogisi – who welcomed and engaged them, put them at ease and sent them off into the marquee to have a wonderful evening.

The beautifully lit hall was literally bursting at the seams with the inimitable energy of youth. From the rendition of the national anthem to presentation of the final award, The Future Awards 2011 was an exciting mishmash of riveting performances, outstanding personalities and inspiring speeches. Guests were thrilled to watch M.I, Banky W, Chase, Tosin Martins, Genevieve Nnaji, Tomi Odunsi, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and a troupe of other top Nigerian entertainers light up the stage, as the hosts of the awards Yvonne Ekwere, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Dolapo Oni and Dr Sid – dolled up and dapper in outfits by MAI, Bridget Awosika and Ouch! – effortlessly took the show from one climax to another. At the end of it all, it was clear that everyone who attended went home feeling a renewed sense of hope and a desire to achieve greater heights. Mission accomplished!

But there’s more. As guests enjoyed the evening, the Y! team – emissaries of the new High Priest of Nigerian youth culture – were on a mission: ‘Cover The Future Awards from unanticipated angles. Search all corners and catch unexpected moments. Leave no stone unturned’. So we took strategic positions and we watched, we snapped – and yes – eavesdropped where necessary!

A little bird overheard a few praying hard for green carpet malfunctions, but thankfully their prayers bounced right off the pearly gates, as the green carpet session and the ensuing award show couldn’t have gone more smoothly. We must confess however, the team did catch some priceless, comical moments!

Pictures tell the best stories, especially when those captured in them are not aware that they are being photographed! So beyond the clichéd Green Carpet poses, our team went the extra mile – to catch the funny, the quirky, the unexpected. We present ‘Take 2! The EXCLUSIVE candid shots’ – a ‘SideView report’ – from The Future Awards 2011!

Multitasking - Bubu & Bayo strut their stuff while doing a last minute rehearsal before the Y! Red Carpet
"Be quiet! This is the price we have to pay for looking fabulous." - Omowunmi to her growling stomach
Don't try this at home, kids
A pair of 'man heels' would've really come in handy now...
Fighting crime, trying to save the world, here they come just in time, the PowerPuff girls!
You look hot darling. No you look hotter sweetie! No you look hott...
We shall pretend we did not see this!
Oh no, where's the car key? A stitch in time would have saved that hole in your pocket, man.
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
There is something oddly superheroic about this outfit and pose. If you pull on that sash twice, will Genny go up in the air?
This couple gives a new, cheerier meaning to the words 'black and blue'
Moyeen hangs on for dear life
"No no, I'm not Chris Oyakh... I'm Timi Dakolo"
Genny's number? In your dreams, loverboy!
Here's a shy one!
Ow! We sympathise with the nerves in Dayo's right hand.
Where on earth is that spaceship? It should have arrived by now...
Aha! The emissary from Jupiter and her entourage just landed
And this was how Chude swallowed Ekene the sandfly
Whatever Banky's staring at...must be a strong tin!
OMG I'm Designer of the Year!
Two presidential candidates share a joke - perhaps about their chances in the upcoming elections?
Aunty, aunty me!
Seyi Law is a very happy man right now! IK? Not so much.
"Dimeji, I SO can't wait till we go head to head for Creative Professional of the year!"
Did they get the spelling right? Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu is a mouthful, after all
Er, Adebola, you can let go now

Comments (5)

  1. Come see jedi's tummy… Nice caption abt utomi and dele momodu

  2. I know wu d guilty guy in green socks and slippers is but my lips are sealed for fear I may be Snatched away whilst walking down my block…LOL!

  3. ha! ha! ha! wow thoroughly depicted jare

  4. Omg hahahaahah I love the captions–fabulous shots by the way!

  5. So u guys didn't see jedi the comedian's big pot belle to comment on.it's his hands u saw abi? Smh…

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