It was a gathering of stars, fashionistas, models, photographers, family members and well wishers on Sunday, February 20, 2011 as ace photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and brilliant stylist, Dimeji Alara, presented the first edition of their magazine at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The magazine which is aptly christened MANIA is a combination of maverick fashion, photography and words and this very first edition is subtitled “Fearless Fashion.” It has body enhancement specialist, Modupe Ozolua in a half-clothed pose on the cover plus articles on her, Keziah Jones, Munachi Abii and others. There are also contributions from Olayinka Epega who is the deputy editor, Chude Jideonwo and a host of others. The magazine would be published bi-monthly and would sell for N1000.
Part of the evening was music from Bez, Yinka Davies, MI, Banky and Godbless’ Eboni Band. The event was compered by Ik Osakioduwa and Michelle Dede. There were so many interesting guests at the event and I have taken time to find out the identities of most of them and they will really interest you. Just scroll through...
Editor-in-Chief, Dimeji Alara & publisher, Kelechi Amadi-Obi
Dimeji Alara & mom
Kelechi Amadi-Obi's mom, Mrs Theresa Amadi-Obi also made an appearance in purple while his elder brother, Barrister Sylvester Amadi-Obi, who owns a law firm in Owerri, Imo State, also showed up.
They are joined here by Kelechi's youngest brother, Azuwike, who runs Hues and Shades modelling agency and his wife, Mrs Nneoma
Kelechi's wife, Julia also stood beside her man
On their flanks are the ever casual Edi Lawani and master photographer, Don Barber
Kelechi's aunt, Mrs Nnenna Obi-Ani also made a reverent appearance
His cousin and namesake, Barrister Kelechi Obi also stood strong in his support
A large contingent of the Obi family including Kelechi's sister, Barrister Roma Wayo (on Kelechi's right), niece and model, Esuru Ahaneku (extreme left), cousin Igbo Amadi-Obi and wife (extreme left) were also present
Studio 53 host, Eku Edewor stands with Kelechi
Rapper, MI, who arrived late but still rocked the stage, points fingers with Kelechi
The audience asked for more Bez
Ik Osadioduwa & Michelle Dede made a good coup on stage
But his wife held her own
While Adebola Williams stood in for Steve Babaeko
And model, Cynthia Omorodion stood with her own man
Kate Henshaw showed her happiness to be around while Ini Edo tweeted hers
Kemi Adetiba looked on with interest
Face of Sleek, Makida Moka was also happy to be there
Same with Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic Nwaturuocha
And ex-beauty queen, Omowunmi Akinnifesi
MAI's Ohimai Atafo makes a statement in red and brown
Model, Uche Odoh, looking chubby these days had to be there because she is signed on to Hues and Shades
Soundcity's Yeancah came on her volition in this flowered piece
MI is "Undisputed"
Azuwike's half smile raps up this session.