Nollywood diva, Rita Dominic was the centre of attraction on Saturday 11 October 2008 as www.niyitabiti.blogspot.com hosted her to a lavish reception at A-list celebrity hangout, Swe Bar in Lagos, Nigeria. Rita emerged the best dressed actress after a poll conducted by gistmaster on the internet.
The actress had a filled day as paparazzi serenaded her with camera shots, amidst the glitz, glamour and popping of champagne.
Rita rode in a luxury car provided by one of the sponsors, Mr.Tony Prest, CEO of Prestel communication and owner of NIRE Prest, operators of the hottest luxury boat cruise in Nigeria.Jibola Olubiyi of Swe Bar was on hand to give Rita a warmth welcome into the bar considered as the hottest spot for silver spoons in the country.Tosyn Bucknor, a key partner in the Rita Dominic’s event also got many things fixed, thereby ensuring a grand outing. I must not underestimate the contributions of Cornel Udofia.He was all over the place.
We took her round as she exchanged pleasantries with everyone present at the ceremony. Actress and up and coming singer, Anita Joseph celebrated the actress with her performance to the delight of the guests, which included Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) actress of the year award winner, Kate Henshaw,Michelle Dede,Noble Igwe,Kemi Otegbade,IBAN girls,Abiola Aloba and Rita’s manager, Mildred Okwo.
Rita was elated as she was formally presented to the press as the winner of Nollywood best dressed actress opinion poll. She expressed her joy and optimism that Nollywood would continue to grow. She also disclosed that her late mum influenced her sense of style. Later, there was question and answers session by journalists.
We sincerely thank the Nigerian press for their contributions. Encomium, Punch Newspapers, Champion, City People, First Weekly, News of the People, Global Excellence, The Sun (on Sunday), The Nation, Vanguard Newspapers, Top Celebrities,Werunthings.com, Nicholas Anukanti of Style TV, Quest Television, Showtime Africa (Tee A baba, you are too much), Galaxy Television and others too numerous to mention.Ms.Otegbade of Heartlink,thanks for always being there. Tayo Odusanya, Ayeni Adekunle,Nonye Iwuagwu,Amadi Ogbonaya,Victor Akande, Godwin Onyemachi,Patience… and finally, I thank my wife,TEE for the support.And to all readers,I thank you all!
Photo 1-Rita’s manager,Mildred,Victor Akande,Niyi Tabiti and Rita Dominic @the reception for Rita @Swe Bar in Lagos.
Photo 2-Tosyn Bucknor, Dammy and another lady with Kate Henshaw
Photo 3-Mercedes and Michelle Dede@ the reception organised for Rita by GISTMASTER.
Noble Igwe in a pose with Rita Dominic
Some of the guests at the event
Anita Joseph dedicating a song to Rita Dominic.
Niyi Tabiti of Gistmaster,Jibola Olubiyi of Swe Bar,Rita Dominic,Kate Henshaw and Anita Joseph
Kate Henshaw and others doing their thing on the dance floor.
Presenting gifts from Gene (Tosyn Bucknor), Orekelewa by Tara Fela Durotoye and KU (USA)
Kehinde Falode of The Nation Newspapers, Abiola Aloba of Encomium Magazine,TEE,myself,Rita and Cornel Udofia Bhaira Mcwizu, past winner of Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show
Miss Tosyn Bucknor, leading partner in the Gistmaster/Rita Dominic event and a friend posing for us
…as she steps into the event venue on Saturday 11 October 2008