Friday, October 05, 2007

Ty Bello

I seem to be developing a trend of writing my posts on friday nights. I was trying to do a quick round of blogville when I decided to write a quick post about a celebrity I met at Gatwick Airport a fortnight ago.

Was at the airport during the week accompanying my friend who had come in over the weekend to take her niece who was on holiday back to school. I saw this huge blob of hair at the check in desk and whispered excitedly to my friend who was travelling and whom I had gone to escort. OMG! I shrieked. Thats TY BELLO! Who? She replied and I was like you mean you dont know TY Bello? She was like - that girl over there? We came in on the same flight on Thursday. I proceeded to tell her what I knew about TY - She used to be a member of a girl band, a succesful gospel group called KUSH, now she's an acclaimed photgrapher. My friend still had this blank look on her face and I couldnt help but abuse her. You mean you live in Lagos and you dont know the celebrities in your own town? Which kind of person are you? LOL!!

My next thoughts were now to either get an autograph from her or take a picture of her or even more, with her. Proof to show Mrs S and rub it in. LOL!! She was waiting for her flight not too far off and I decided to do 'paparazzi' style and take pictures of her from a distance first of all before finally mustering enough courage to go up to her and start gushing......

"Hi, TY I'm a great fan of yours. Please may I have a picture taken with you?" With a smile, she obliged me. Asked me my name and we made some small talk. I didnt recognise her friend who was with her and couldnt tell if she was a celebrity also on the Lagos scene and hoped she didnt feel too bad that I was gushing over TY and TY alone. TY's friend stepped aside and allowed me to have my 5 minutes with my 'celebrity friend' who proceeded to tell me "She liked my hair". (In my heart I was like - Ha! this my scattered experiment I call my hair that you like? Maybe you're just being nice. LOL!) I told her she looked extremely lovely too and that I was a great admirer of her work. (Talk about major sucking up) LOL!! Then I asked to take a picture of her alone and she obliged me but decided to give me a side view and looked away from me. That was when I asked her to please look at the camera and felt bad immediately after saying that. This was an experienced photograher I was talking to but well, shit happens. She smiled and obliged me and I smiled happily and glided away after taking the pictures. Mission accomplished, I sent a text to Mrs Somebody gloating. Thank God there was no huge entourage of bodyguards and PA's around her to stop me - yet. LOL!!

We waited not too far from each other waiting for her flight to be called so they could check in. I overheard her telling her friend she was due in Calabar over the weekend for a photo shoot. Finally at least, she was called in to check in her luggage but not before she had pushed her trolley to where I stood and said she had been at the airport almost 3 hours and had made a mistake coming in too early. I was tongue tied and didnt know what to say other than mumble something in the lines of Oh, thats so sad or something. Really cant remeber what I said. I suck at small talk and thats one area I've got to develop skills in SOON.

Maybe someday in future when she's become even more famous, my pictures of us together will sell of hundreds and hundreds of dough huh? Until then, I'm keeping it close to my heart. I'll share the pictures with you but still havent had the liver to show you all my ugly face with the lovely and beautiful TY BELLO. So what you see is what you get........


My paparazzi attempts at taking her pictures sneakily....


The beautiful Lady.....


My treasured pic that will fetch me millions later on in life. LOL!!
Read Bella Naija Post on TY Bello.