Hey BN Beauxs, did you follow me when I hi-jacked BellaNaija’s Instagram for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards – MAMAs?
Let me tell you exactly what happened during the weekend in Durban. Here’s what I did not tell you on Instagram…
I work within the African entertainment sphere from behind the camera as a TV Producer for my production company Film Factory, to the front of the camera as a TV Presenter for the coolest fashion shows on Multichoice Nigeria – The Fashion Protege and Glam Report TV.
And of course I’m most widely known for my raspy – I tell myself it’s sexy – voice; I am also a weekend Radio Presenter for The Beat 99.9FM
A week before the 2014 MTV Base Africa Awards, I received a phone call from BellaNaija, asking if I was interested in an all expense paid, VIP access trip to Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, courtesy of MTV Base Africa and South African Tourism.
Of course I said “HELL YES!’ Duh?!?” I wasn’t quite sure what my role was…would I be sipping Champagne with French Montana, perhaps feeding Trey Songz some strawberries on a boat or…
Reality kicked in, I was to document the entire trip the way #FashionistarFade knows best; by showcasing the best of African Fashion at the best of African events. I “asked” if I could hi-jack @BellaNaijaOnline on Instagram and showcase South Africa, MTV MAMA and fashion through my eyes.
Seems simple, right?
I called my stylist Ify Onyido (@iolastylist) and told her about my #MamaStyleTakeOver, she was super excited. I was worried because I wasn’t sure which designer I was going to wear for the show, what about hair and makeup and OMG what’s my weight allowance because I already have a suitcase set aside for my shoes.
Thank God Ify did her research and told me it was winter in South Africa because I had packed a few bikinis (in case I did get to feed Trey Songz on a boat).
Wednesday Evening: My flight on South African Airways was booked for Wednesday 4th June 2014 at 10pm. I arrived at 8.30pm to be greeted by an empty check in desk. After experiencing car problems, sitting in traffic, having to pack my luggage in the dark – that’s another story- this was the icing on the cake. I was told the check in desk was closed and could not fly. Aaaaaaargh!!
I have to give a huge thanks to the woman, whose name I’ve forgotten, I think the GM of SAA at the International airport, she listened to my dilemma and once I told her I was working for Bella Naija/MTV Base/ Beat FM/South African Tourism in fact any company that came to mind, she checked me in and I ran like Chanel was having a 90% sale.
Last person on board, phew! Let the fun begin.
Thursday Morning: Touch down Jo’burg. The sun was just rising, I checked into the hotel and as I was waiting for the stores to open I decided to have a quick nap but all I could think about was, “Did I pack enough shoes, Gosh I think I forgot my bracelet, I hope all the designers love the way I rock their clothes, did I even bring all the clothes…..zzzz…..”
#OOTD: I threw on a chiffon heart print shirt by Republic of Foreigner, yellow Ankara shorts by Grey, green and yellow chunky necklace by Ariaba, a cute Ankara print bag by Mak Nisy available at Grey Velvet, a trusty Mac and some superstar Versace shades and these flats are from Kurt Geiger. You like?
First stop was Sandton Mall, needed to get my phone sorted so I could Instagram and keep up with my social media life. Then I took a picture at the Iconic Landmark, Nelson Mandela Square.
I had lunch and bumped into the Ghanaian rapper D-Black. Made a few phone calls and realised that all my mates like Efya, Tiwa Savage, Ice Prince, Sarkodie and other media presenters were arriving into Jo’burg on Friday morning.
I called up Vimbai Mutinhiri, co-presenter of Star Gist who lives in Johannesburg and arranged to have dinner and drinks at Signature.
#OOTN: In pictures this looks like a monochrome dress but it’s a actually 2 piece lace blouse which I tucked into a high-waisted skirt from Fashpa.com. For a pop of colour I added a bright orange leather clutch and bracelet from, handmade by Ariaba. The black suede and clear shoes were an impulse purchase from Mobo store, Lagos.
Friday Morning: A very early start, my flight to Durban was 8am. It was a very cold morning. I grabbed the warmest outfit my stylist had given me. Arrived at the airport and I was on standby, typical. The staff at SAA were very helpful and informed me that there was a flight every hour from Jo’burg to Durban so worst case scenario I would be on the 9am flight.
Good news, there was space for me on the flight. Once again, I was running, I ran past Sarkodie, I think I saw Don Jazzy buying perfume (not sure, I was so tired at the time) and finally last person on board, again. Just as I settled in, the pilot announced the plane had a generator problem and we would be delayed.
I heard a few people call my name and I realised Efya, Tiwa, Freeze, Stephanie Coker and loads more people were on my flight to Durban, sweeeeeet!
#OOTD: Faux leather crop jack, chiffon blouse with matching print silk trousers all by Alter Ego. Black pumps by Versace. See more pictures