‘On Becoming’ the memoir by Nigeria’s sweetheart, Toke Makinwa was launched on Sunday 27th of November 2016 at an intimate gathering held at The Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Hosted by Tee A and Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, the event was attended by close friends, family, industry colleagues and well wishers. The evening started with a keynote address by Hon. Abike Dabiri after which a short behind-the-scenes clip ‘The Journey to Become’ directed by The Film Factory played.
EbonyLife TV Chairwoman, Mo Abudu then hosted a beautifully curated ‘Conversations with Toke’ interjected with musical interludes by Waje, Niyola, Nikki Laoye, Chigurl, Funbi and Timi Dakolo. Each star sang renditions of carefully chosen songs by the Author representing different chapters of her memoir. Song choices include Aretha Franklin’s A Rose is Still a Rose and Whitney Houston’s Exhale (Shoop).
The highlight of the evening was the official unveiling of ‘On Becoming’, flanked by Lady Esther Akinyelure, Mo Abudu, Ruth Osime and Adenike Adebola; Hon. Abike Dabiri unveiled a life size version of the book art to breathtaking fireworks and theatrics.
The book readings then commenced with Debola Williams and Arese Ugwu who read excerpts from the Prologue and 1st Chapter.
The evening ended with a book signing whilst guests posed for pictures with the Author.
Notable faces at the launch include 2 Baba and Annie Idibia, Banky W, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Bolanle Olukanni, Chigurl, Elohor Aisien, Falzthebadguy, Funbi, Ayeni Adekunle, Ifeoma Williams, Michelle Dede, Nkiru Anumudu, Noble Igwe, Omojuwa, Osas Ighodaro, Ebuka, Stephanie Coker, Tara Durotoye, Tosyn Bucknor, Adenike Adebola, Ufuoma Udjoh, and Zainab Balogun.
See all the photos below.
Toke wearing a dress from Nigerian brand Style Temple Spring/Summer 2017 collection
The Red Carpet
Andrea Manuella Giaccaglia
Chief & Lady Esther Akinyelure
Femi Makinwa, Oyinda Fakeye, Doyin Sonubi
Funmi St. Matthew Daniels
Hon. Abike Dabiri
Kunle & Bimbo Akinyulere
Seyi Kuye, Segun Oyewo
Aurielle & Tosyn Boyer
Tola Odunsi & Liz Osho
Tundun Abiola, DBanj, Ifeoma Williams, Debola Williams & Banky W
Kaylah Oniwo, Osas Ajibade & Yinka Epega
Kaylah Oniwo & Niyola
The Book Signing
Chigurl & 2Baba
Iceberg Slim, Tiwa Savage & Chigurl
Jeremiah Obodo, 2Baba Idibia, DBanj & Tola Odunsi
Niyola & Annie Idibia
Wana Sambo, a guest, Ufuoma Udjoh, Kaylah Oniwo, Waje & Vimbai
Arese Ugwu, Adebola Williams & Toke Makinwa
A guest, Sanya Odunsi & Toke Makinwa
Niyola, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Seyi Kuye, Kunbi Tomori
Falz & Toke
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