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THE GLAMOUR AND THE GLORY OF OVATION GREEN CAROL

THE ROYAL WEDDING OF

PRINCE ADEDAMILOTUN ADEREMI AND PRINCESS FUNMILOLA ODUTOLA IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

RIYAD MAHREZ

IS GLO-CAF AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2016

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ALGERIAN

RIYAD MAHREZ IS

GLO-CAF

AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2016 Story: Donald Asakitikpi Photo: Adekoya Adegbite

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eicester City and Algerian star, Riyad Mahrez has won the 2016 Glo-CAF African Footballer Of The Year crown. The Silky and skillful winger who scored 361 votes beat Gabonese Captain, PierreEmerick Aubameyang (313 votes) and Liverpool /Senegalese Striker, Saido Mane (186 votes) to the coveted crown of King of African Football at the 25th edition of the ceremony which was held at the International Conference Centre, L-r: Mrs. Gladys Talabi, Executive Director, Globacom, CAF President, Issa Hayatou, Nigerian’s Sports Minister, Hon. Solomon Daloung & Riyad Mahrez

Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital. The Title Sponsors, Globacom pulled all the stops to ensure that the event was filled with glitz and glamour-and also well-attended by the leading lights of African football. Hosted by top Nigerian actor and Glo’s Numero uno Brand Ambassador, Richard MofeDamijo fondly called RMD and sexy Sports Presenter, Mimi Fawaz, the evening was first-rate 7


Riyad Mahrez

The comperes: Richard Mofe-Damijo & Mimi Fawaz

in all ramifications. Other winners on the night included: The Nigeria’s Super Falcons who won in the Women’s National Team of the Year category. The Nigerian Ladies finished ahead of Cameroon and South Africa Super Eagles stars: Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi won the Most Promising Talent and the Youth Player of the Year Awards respectively. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, received the awards on behalf of the Arsenal and Manchester City stars who were absent at the ceremony due to club engagements. Asisat Oshoala capped the excellent night for Nigerian football as she was voted as Women’s Player of the Year. Ugandan goalie and Captain, Denis Onyango was adjudged African Player of the Year-based in Africa, while his National team, won the National Team of the 8

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang receiving his second place award from Mrs. Gladys Talabi, Mr. Dalung & Mr. Hayatou presenting

Year Award. The winner of the Coach of the Year category was Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns, which also won Club of The Year. Sundowns made history as it won its first CAF Champion’s League title in 2016. Bakary Papa Gassama took home the Referee of the Year Award while Manuel Lopes Nascimento, President of Guinea Bissau Football Federation won Football Leader of the Year. The Legends Award were presented to Laurent Pokou, former player of Cote d’Ivoire, and Emilienne Mbango, former player of Cameroon. As it is always the case, the GLO-CAF was also used to showcase the best of African music and entertainment. Performers on the night included Femi Kuti, Afrobeat Musician and son of Afrobeat King and Activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti who performed with his Positive Force Band, Chinedu Okoli, popularly called Flavour N’abania, Omawumi and Yemi Alade all from

Nigeria. Others were: Diamondz Platinumz, the Bongo Flava artsiste from Tanzania and the South African group, Muffinz. Of course, top DJ Jimmy Jatt was on the wheels of steel and thrilled guests at will. In his speech, CAF President, Issa Hayatou praised African footballers who are showcasing their talents all over the world, he also praised sponsors who had stood by the association all through the years. In his words “All that we have achieved till this point would not have been possible without the support of partners, which we hope to increase in numbers, to meet the numerous expectations… “The new partners which we are inviting to join us, would have to draw inspiration from an example as that of Mike Adenuga, the founder of Globacom, to whom I will forever be grateful for his multi-facetted support to the development of football in Africa” The CAF President promised a bigger and better event in 2017.


Amb. John Fashanu & Amb. Racheal Bakam

Mrs. Patricia Onianwa, Amb. Charles Onianwa & Yvonne Onianwa

Kayode Sanni

Dj Jimmy Jatt & Lamboginni

Lynda

Mr. & Mrs. Amakye Ansah

Hadiza Kachallah

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Riyad Mahrez, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang & Sadio Mane

Globacom’s Coordinator, Enterprise Sales, Mr. Folu Aderibigbe

Sadio Mane, Bakary Papa Gassama & Khama Billiat

L-r: Amb. Racheal Bekam, J.J. Okocha, Amb. John Fashanu & friends

CAF President Issa Hayatou greeting guest with Mr. Adewale Sangowawa (far right)

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Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns (Coach of the year)

Rainford Kalaba

Asisat Oshoala (Women Player of the Year)


Most Promising Talent award received by NFF Chairman, Amaju Pinnick

Young Player of the Year award received by NFF boss

Pitso Mosimane of (m) receiving his award (Coach of the Year)

Women Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala

Referee of the Year: Bakary Papa Gassama receiving his award

Khama Billiat (Player of the Year in Africa 2nd place)

CAF President, Issa Hayatou, Denis Onyango (Player of the year in Africa winner) with Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu

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Platinum award for President Mohammed Buhari received by Hon. Solomon Dalung

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Zambia & TP Mazembe striker, Rainford Kalaba receiving the 3rd place award as Africa Player of the Year based in Africa


Yemi Alade

Yemi Alade performing on stage

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Omawumi

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Omawumi


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Femi Kuti

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Yemi Alade & Flavour perform a duet

Flavour

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THE ROYAL WEDDING OF

PRINCE ADEDAMILOTUN ADEREMI AND PRINCESS FUNMILOLA ODUTOLA IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

Story: Donald Asakikpiti Photos: Ken Ehimen & Segun Lawal

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liss was the word on everybody’s mouth on the day Prince Adedamilotun Oluwapelumi Aderemi and Princess Oluwafunmilola Ayokunle Odutola formalized their years of friendship-and got married in the presence of family and friends. The ceremonies: an engagement, church service and reception were statements in class, style and colour. This was an occasion when love was celebrated with fanfare and in the most regal manner. And what made the whole nuptial top-rate was the fact that both families are well connected and the guest’s list was very intimidating. The groom, is the son of Prince Adedamola Aderemi, a cerebral barrister, practicing in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom, grandson of late Ooni of Ife, Sir Adesoji Aderemi and former Premier of Western Nigeria, Alhaji D S Adegbenro and a Director of OVATION International Magazine. 18


THE ENGAGEMENT

Adewojumi, Adekepemi, Prince Damola, Adedamilotun, Princess Kemi & Adesekemi Aderemi

Prince & Princess Damola Aderemi

Sweet mother, Princess Kemi Aderemi & son

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Prince Adedamilotun Aderemi (Groom)

Groom’s father, Prince Damola Aderemi

Fisayo Ayodeji, Folajimi Ayodeji & Sope Odunubi

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Adesekemi, Adedamilotun, Adekepemi & Adewojumi Aderemi

That is not all, his mother, Princess Kemi Aderemi, is the daughter of Professor Kayode Oyediran, a former Vice-Chancellor and Mrs. Tola Oyediran. She is also the granddaughter of the late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The bride on the other hand, is the daughter of Engr. (Sir) Adelana Odutola, an accomplished Engineer and seasoned administrator, who was born into the royal family of KoyeluErinwole of Sagamu. He is a retired Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Minister of Works and now a successful businessman. Her mother, Lady Ranti Odutola (nee Seriki) also retired as a Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Civil Service. The royal wedding kicked off with the engagement and traditional wedding at the Classique Events Centre in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.The whole venue was heavenly transformed by the event planners: Ruby Fay Events and 2706

Events. Both families were allocated different sections of the arena but as it is the norm, it was the bride’s parents and her family members that arrived and settled in first. The groom’s parents were next to arrive. They were heralded by the renowned Ife Royal “Osirigi” traditional gongs, drummers and singers and accompanied by friends and family members. They immediately exchanged pleasantries with the Odutola family before making their way to their allotted seats. A session of prayers formally kicked off the ceremony, and the traditional comperes took over. A letter of intent was presented by the Aderemi’s and this gesture was reciprocated with an acceptance letter by the bride’s family. The rest of the ceremony moved smoothly till the groom was invited to make his entry.


EXQUISITE DECOR BY ROSTAL FLOWERS AND YVENT KOUTURE

Usherettes

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Mrs. Modupe Oshin, Alhaja Bisi Abiola, Engr. Adelana Odutola & Princess Debo Odutola

L-r: Mrs. Toyin Seriki, Mr. Tayo Seriki, Mrs. Kofo Akanni-Aluko, Mrs. Ranti Odutola, Mrs. Laide Amole, Mrs. Peju Famuyegun & Pastor Biyi Famuyegun

Bashorun Dele Momodu, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi & Amb. Tokunbo AwolowoDosunmu

From r-l: Princess Oyekemi Oyewunmi, Princess Toyin Adedoyin & friend

Bride’s family

Groom’s grandmother, Madam Funlayo Adegbenro & her sisters

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L-r: Mrs. Laide Amole, Mrs. Kofo Akanni-Aluko & Mr. Tayo Seriki

Mrs. Kofo Akanni-Aluko, Mrs. Toyin Seriki, Mrs. Tola Seriki & Mrs. Aramide Asaolu


Mrs. Mobolaji Momodu & Mrs. Funlayo Malumi

Ms Nike Oshinowo, Mr. Raph Lewu, Femi Osibona & Prince Lupo Aderemi

Prince Lakunle Aderemi, Prince Kole Aderemi, Chief Niyi Adegbenro & Prince Ishola Aderemi

Mrs. Yejide Badmus, Mrs. Ayotola Ayodeji, Mr. Olumide Oyediran & Mrs. Yemisi Subair

Mrs. Tola Oyediran, Prof. Kayode Oyediran, Princess Kemi Aderemi, Prince Damola Aderemi, Madam Funlayo Adegbenro & Chief Niyi Adegbenro

Mrs. Tayo Morgan & Mrs. Agy Ojehomon

Mr. & Mrs. Adelana

Bride’s mother, Lady Ranti Odutola with family members

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Mr Gbolaga Ajayi, Mr. Segun Awolowo, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Mr. Iranola Ayodeji & Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi

Couple

Iyiola Ayoade, Adebowale Ayoade & Michael Effiong

Mrs. Bampe Odunubi, Mrs. Bimbo Oworu & Mrs. Kemi Ashiru

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Right: Alhaji T.A.B. Seriki, Dawodu of The Seriki family

Princess Folake St. Mathew Daniel & son, Oreoluwa

Mrs. Alake Sobo & Engr. Dayo Odutola


Arrival of Prince & Princess Damola Aderemi

Prince Damola Aderemi & Chief Odutola

Princess Kemi & Lady Ranti Odutola in a warm embrace

The Aderemis & Odutolas

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Groom’s father, Prince Adedamola Aderemi with Royal “Opa” of Ooni Aderemi

Groom’s parents, Prince Adedamola Aderemi & Princess Kemi Aderemi

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Mrs. Lamide Adegbenro & Chief Ezekiel Fatoye

Groom’s father, Prince Adedamola Aderemi & Amb. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu

Prince & Olori Ishola Aderemi


Princess Kemi Aderemi & Prince Damola Aderemi

Engr. & Lady Odutola

Bashorun Dele Momodu, Princess Kemi Aderemi & Prince Adedamola Aderemi during the opening prayer

Engr. & Lady Odutola with Baba Ijo Methodist Cathedral Remo, Chief Emmanuel Awofala & Mama J during the opening prayer

Cross section of bride’s family

Prince Damola Aderemi, Prince Kole Aderemi, Madam Funlayo Adegbenro & Prince Ishola Aderemi

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Mrs. Yemisi Subair & Mrs. Bimbo Oworu

Yemi Ayandokun & Mrs. Buky Adewuyi

Mrs. Yemisi Subair, Rev. Mrs. Tola Oyediran, Princess Kemi Aderemi, Amb. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu & Mrs. Ayotola Ayodeji

Aderoluwa Adesola, Feyisola Ayodeji & Toluwaleke Subair

Princess Kemi Aderemi & Princess Debo Odutola

Mrs. Kate Soleye

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Olori Ekundayo Onagoruwa & Mr. Fola Scot

Prof. & Mrs. Tola Atinmo


Mrs. Ojehomon, Mrs. Shonubi, Mrs. Oyediran & Mrs. Sholeye

Groom’s parents & family members

Dr. Duro Soleye & Mr. Segun Awolowo

Aunty Molly & Hajia Abbah Folawiyo

Mrs. Dayo Soares, Pastor (Mrs.) Moyosola Thorpe & Mrs. Iyabowale Aluko

Cross section of clergymen

Mr. & Mrs. Afun

Mr. & Mrs. Ade Layeni

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Groom with his men

Groom with bride’s parents

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Groom receiving blessing from elders of his family

Groom with bride’s mum

Groom receiving blessing from his grandfather, Prof. Kayode Oyediran


Groom with parents: Prince & Princess Aderemi

Groom with Prof. & Chief (Mrs.) Oyediran

Groom with Prince Kole Aderemi, his grandmum, Madam Funlayo Adegbenro & Prince Ishola Aderemi

Prince Damola Aderemi receiving their Acceptance letter

Groom with Fisayo Ayodeji, Rotimi Soleye, Folajinmi Ayodeji, Segun Awolowo III, Sope Odunubi, Ore St. Mathew-Daniel & Seyi Tinubu

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Bride receiving blessing from parents

Bride with parents, Engr. & Lady Odutola

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Bride with Princess Kemi Aderemi

Prince & Princess Aderemi unveiling the bride

Bride with Prince Damola Aderemi


The dashing groom, who was all smiles entered the arena with his friends and as soon as he got in front of his in-laws, he put his royal heritage and British Education aside to follow the Yoruba tradition of prostrating flat as a sign of respect to his in-laws. This was appreciated by all especially his parents who nodded with pride. He was then showered with prayers by the Odutolas and later, his own parents spent time praying for the success of the union. In no time, he was ushered to a special seating area with his friendsand was now waiting for his wife, the beautiful Princess to appear. It was not long before the venue was enveloped with lively rhythms of

Bride & Groom with bride’s friends

Yoruba drums and then the bride and her friends made their appearance dancing excitedly. Her face was covered with a veil. She immediately slowly made her way to her parents who asked her once again that the Aderemis had come for her hand in marriage and if indeed she was ready for this matrimonial adventure. She replied in the positive and was then showered with prayers by her parents and elders of her family. She was unveiled by Princess Aderemi, maybe to confirm that it was their bride that was presented to them. She flashed her trademark smile, ushered the new addition to their family to her husband, and together, they held her hand and prayed for her.

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Cutting of the cake

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Bride & groom with parents


Princes Debo Ayoade, Segun Omoworare and Iyiola Ayoade

Mrs. Dayo Soares, Pastor (Mrs.) Moyosola Thorpe & Mrs. Iyabowale Aluko

Prince Raymond Fadairo, Barr. Layi Fadairo & Hon. Justice Ladiran Akintola

Omoshalewa Seriki, Tobi Odukoya & Yewande Seriki

Chief (Mrs.) Olutunda, Mrs. Modupe Olutunda & Mrs. Oluranti Adekunle

Prince Remi Onakade, Mrs. Olaolu Adubifa, Deaconess Olubunmi Busari & Maryam Busari

Miss Taiwo Layeni. Kehinde Ashimi, Mrs. Ibitola Oredawodu & Miss Yewande Oredawodu

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Deborah Smith, Mrs. Funmilayo Ajanaku & Funke Adebonojo

Mrs. Funmilayo Adekunbi & Mrs. Sola Adenmosun

Ms Tundun Abiola & Mrs. Sade Oshifala

Mr. Kayode Awofeso, Mother Cele, Tope Awofeso & Alhaji Taiwo Onafuwa

Ife & Mrs. Oyefunke Oyewole

Evang. Nike Odebiyi, Mrs. Gbemisola Fawole & Mrs. Moji Odukomaiya

Mr. Olasunkanmi Hassan & Mr. Balogun Rasheed

DSP Mohammed Ibrahim

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Mr. Damola Amole, Alhaja Mulikat Falade, Rev. (Mrs.) Kehinde Gbogboola & Mrs. Abiola otaniyi


Hajia Bisi Shuaib & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Mr. Oye Balogun & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Olori Abeni Aderemi & Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu

Yole Momodu, Yvonne Akinyele, Eniafe Momodu & Adewalie Akinyele

Raph Lewu & Femi Osibona

Prince Tomiwa Gbadebo, Prince Kola & Mrs. Olayinka Gbadebo

Mrs. Arinola Kola- Daisi, Buki Williams & Mrs. Ibiwunmi Akinnola

Prince Gboye Odutola, Princess Pelola Odutola, Ope Awosan, Mrs Bisola Odutola & Prince Tolu Odutola

Remi Aboderin & Mrs. Omoze Layi-Adedayo

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Tolu Odutola & Afolabi Seriki

Couple with groom’s aunt, Mrs. Yemisi Subair

Ohi Momodu

Prince Ademilola Aderemi, Princess Kemi Aderemi & Ms Lola Oladeji

Ariyike Seriki, Mrs Mobolaji Momodu with Dr. Simi Seriki

Wojumi, Kepemi & Sekemi Aderemi with their Aunt, Mrs. Tola Fadeyi

Afolabi Seriki & Dr. Simi Seriki

R-l: Prince Dayo Adeyemi, Mr. Ralph Lewu, Prince Yemi Adeyemi & Prince Sokan Aderemi

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Mrs. Bolaji Giwa, Hajia Bisi Shuaibu, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Adeola Macaulay

Prince Lekan Aderemi & Princess Folake St. Mathew Daniel

Prince Dayo Aderemi

Princess Ronke Olagbaju & Princess Wura Adepoju

Prince Femi & Princess Tejuoso

The next stage was to test Oluwafunmilola. She was to confirm that she knew full well whom her Prince Charming was. She was handed his cap, he was to locate him in the hall and place the cap on his head. It did not take her too long to locate her friend and lover, and falling on her knees, like a well-groomed Yoruba lady, she placed the cap on his head amidst cheers from all present. In appreciation, he showered her with some naira notes and words of prayer. Oluwafunmilola’s next task was to choose an item she cherishes from the bunch that the Aderemi family had presented to her family. She went straight for the Bible to the delight of all. It was with this Bible in hand that they both declared their love for each other and he slipped an engagement ring on her fingers. The couple later cut their cake and danced heartily. The ceremony went on smoothly till well into the night. A few days later the Aderemi and Odutola families met again. This time it was for the Solemnization of the wedding ceremony of ‘Damilotun and ‘Funmolola at Methodist Church City Mission, Surulere , Lagos. While the dashing groom arrived in a Bentley

(accompanied by his best man, Adesekemi who wore an outfit by Deola Sagoe & Clan), the bride who was stunning and resplendent stepped out of a limousine. They were in high spirits and ready for the momentous occasion. The couple were joined by the Very Rev. Johnson Sunday who indicated that they must love and cherish each other till death! Though it was when the couple said “I do” that was the highpoint of the church ceremony, it must be said that the service was indeed lively and spirit-lifting. Later, the families and their guests headed to Classique Event Centre, venue of a lavish reception. Once again, the venue was well-decorated and the event planners, Ruby Fay and 2706 Events was exceptional. The ambience was welcoming and everywhere was emblazoned in royal purple. The Master of Ceremonies was Tunde Adewale, Tee A. He was at his professional best and really added zest to the occasion. The couple danced into the hall to soulful classical music from Violinist, Godwin Strings and later also

enjoyed the performance of Bee Jay Sax. They cut their cake made by groom's aunt, Nike Ademidun of Queens Quest, fed each other and shared an intimate dance session that evoked a sense of admiration and love from all corners of the hall. As expected the occasions were attended by notable personalities and guests were well pampared with meals by Laveda, Malas, Choppies, Dami's Kitchen, Peter Dove BBQ and Executive Chefs. That was not all, guests were also served desserts by The Red Brick Bakery Limited and Perfect Desserts. While Don Tee Cocktails and Pointone were in charge of drinks He enjoyinged a lovely moment with his mother on the dance floor rocking to a medley of tunes by Faith Band, soon after his wife and her dad had showed their moves too, Adedamilotun delivered a powerful thank you speech. Later, there was an after party where Juju Gospeller, Atorise performed for a few minutes before a DJ Loyalty jammed for hours and everyone had a good time. 39


THE CHURCH CEREMONY

The bride, Princess Oluwafunmilola Odutola

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Bride’s parents, Engr. & Lady Odutola with the bride, Princess Oluwafunmilola

Bride with bride’s maids


Groom, Adedamilotun Aderemi & mom, Mrs. Kemi Aderemi

Groom, Adedamilotun Aderemi

Groom, Adedamilotun Aderemi & dad, Prince Adedamola Aderemi

Adewojumi Aderemi, the groom, Prince Adedamilotun Aderemi & Adekepemi Aderemi

Oluwaseyi Tinubu, Adesekemi Aderemi (Best Man) & groom, Adedamilotun Aderemi

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Prince Charming eagerly awaiting his beautiful bride

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Groom’s parents: Prince Damola Aderemi & Princess Kemi Aderemi

Engr. & Lady Odutola

Oba Adedokun Abolarin & Princess Funlayo Adegbenro

The couple with wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi

Mrs. Bolaji Momodu, Dr. (Mrs.) Bose Durojaiye & Eniafe Momodu

Mrs. Modupe Amu & Olori Ladun Sijuwade

Prof. & Rev. (Mrs.) Oyediran with Chief Ayo Adebanjo

Mr. & Mrs. Gbenga Olunloyo, Toks Afikuyomi (Jnr.) with Senator Toks Afikuyomi

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Mrs. Ayotola Ayodeji, Mrs. Yemisi Subair & Mrs. Olufunke Daniel

Mr. & Mrs. Segun Awolowo with Children


Bishop George Amu

Mr. Tunde Ayeni

Mr. Ralph Lewu

Dr. Gbolahan Dosunmu

Chief Bisi Omidiora

Olori Ladun Sijuwade

Chief Osibona

Chief Ayo Adebanjo

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Couple with Clergymen

Mrs. Oyinkansola Badejo-Okusanya & Princess Kemi Aderemi

The Very Revd. Kanyinsola Ajayi, SAN

The Serikis: Afolabi, Dr. Simi & Mrs. Toyin

Hon. Justice (Mrs.) Aderonke Aderemi & Prince Damola Aderemi

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Chief (Mrs.) Olayinka Ajayi & Princess Kemi Aderemi

Couple with groom’s grandmum, Madam Funlayo Adegbenro

Mr. & Mrs. Niyi Adelana


Ms. Nike Oshinowo & Tunji Odunlami

Prince Damola Aderemi, HRM Oba Adedokun Abolarin & Prince Yemi Aderemi

Hon. Justice & Dr. (Mrs.) Diran Akintola with groom’s father, Prince Damola Aderemi

Mr. Ayo Alabi, Miss Morola Alabi, Princess Adebimpe Aderemi, Prince Damola Aderemi, Miss Morayo Alabi, Olori Modupe Aderemi, Princess Deke Alabi & Princess Nike Ademidun

Raph Lewu, Prince Damola Aderemi & Mr. Emeka Wigwe

Mr. Ayodele Babalola, Prince Aderemi & Femi Adelana

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THE RECEPTION

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Vice President's wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo & groom’s father, Prince Damola Aderemi

Prince Damola Aderemi, Mrs. Abimbola Jakande with bride’s parents

Mr. Tunde Folawiyo & Prince Adedamola Aderemi

Senator Jide Omoworare & Prince Adedamola Aderemi

Prince Damola Aderemi & Mr. Yomi Adenuga

Mr. Ayo Subair, Prince Damola Aderemi & Mr. Olumide Oyediran

Prince Adedamola Aderemi & Hajia Bisi Shuaibu

Her Excellency, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo with Rev. (Mrs.) Omotola Oyediran

Madam Funlayo Adegbenro, Mrs. Omoze Adedayo & Prince Damola Aderemi

Princess Kemi Aderemi, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru & Mr. Segun Awolowo

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Dr. Kweku Tandoh, Basorun Dele Momodu, Mrs. Mia Essien SAN, Funke Aboyade SAN with Prince Damola Aderemi

Korewa Momodu, Barr. Gbolaga Ajayi, Chief & Mrs. Momodu with Oba Adedokun Abolarin

Mr. Ralph Lewu & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Mrs. Mobolaji Momodu, Princess Kemi Aderemi, Mrs. Tokunbo Ogunsanya & Hon. Folake Oshinowo

Prince Damola Aderemi, Barr. Gbolaga Ajayi with Dr. & Mrs. Dapo Alalade

Raph Lewu, Funmi Odunsi, Demola Odunsi & Dayo Aderibigbe

Prince Lakunle Aderemi & Prince Ayo Adewuyi

Hon. Adeyinka Ajayi & Prince Adedamola Aderemi

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Princess Debo Odutola & Mrs. Yemi Adejuwon

Prince Tunji Herbert Macaulay, Princess Yemi Adejuwon, Prince Yemi Aderemi, Mr. Akinwunmi Akindele & Prince Adekoyejo Aderemi


Former beauty queen, Ms. Nike Oshinowo & Prince Adedamola Aderemi

Raph Lewu, Gloria Oseghale, Lovette Williams & Prince Damola Aderemi

Lanre Teriba & Prince Adedamola Aderemi

Mrs. Dele Osibo, groom’s father, Prince Damola Aderemi & Mrs. Tokunbo Ige

Seyi Awolowo, Prince Damola Aderemi & Kunle Awolowo

Gbenga Awolowo, Prince Aderemi Sijuwade & groom’s mum, Princess Kemi Aderemi

Prince Damola Aderemi & Mrs. Lamide Adegbenro

Iyiola Ayoade & Prince Adedamola Aderemi

Princess Kemi Aderemi, Mrs. Adeola Macaulay & Mrs. Bolaji Giwa

Mr. & Mrs. Tunde Babalola with groom’s father, Prince Damola Aderemi

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Mrs. Bola Awolowo with Bashorun & Mrs. Momodu

Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, Basorun Dele Momodu, Senator Jide Omoworare & friend

Michael Effiong, Senator Jide Omoworare, Gbenga Olunloyo with Mr & Mrs Oye Balogun

Jahman Anikulapo & friend

Prince Damola Aderemi, Mr. Femi Osibona & Mrs. Yemi Adejuwon

Mrs. Mowunmi Fadojutimi with her daughters & son in-law

Doyin Kukoyi & Mrs. Bolaji Momodu

Tunde Babalola, Gbolaga Ajayi, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Korewa Momodu, Abiodun Raji & Yemi Adejuwon

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Princess Kunbi Tandoh, Mrs. Funmi Odunsi, Mrs. Yemi Adejuwon, Omosede Eweka, Prince Lekan Aderemi, Prince Yanju Aderemi & Prince Niyi Ogundeji

Prince Yanju Aderemi with Prince Damola Aderemi & Prince Niyi Ogundeji


Ms. Tosin Okunowo & groom’s mum, Princess Kemi Aderemi

Mr. Olumide Oyediran, HRM Oba Adedokun Abolarin, Princess Kemi Aderemi & Alhaji Teju Kareem

Prince Lakunle Aderemi & Prince Ayo Adewuyi

Ovation Editor, Michael Effiong & Mrs. Adeola Macaulay

Prince Damola Aderemi & Kayode Lanihun

Kemi Awoyemi, Omoze Adedayo, Prince Damola Aderemi Mrs. Nike Akindele & Mrs. Bimbade Lewu

Prince Damola Aderemi & Mrs. Tokunbo Ogunsanya

Mr. Biola Akinola with groom’s dad, Prince Damola Aderemi

Yomi Orunesajo, Prince Damola Aderemi, Bukola Ayoola, Mrs Tolu Fasoranti, Mrs. Bisola Runsewe, Gbolaga Ajayi & Tunde Babalola

Folake Aziegbe, Kemi Awoyemi, Prince Damola Aderemi Ronke Adedayo & Innocent Aziegbe

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Mrs. Banpe Odunubi, Mrs. Bola Awolowo & Mrs. Kemi Ashiru

Ms. Lola Oke, Prince Damola Aderemi & Ms. Olu Oke

Prince Damola Aderemi with Mrs. Damilola Akingbulugbe & Miss Kanyinsola Phillips

Prince Damola Aderemi with Babs Animashaun

Princess Funmi Odunsi, Princess Rhoda Eweka & her friend

The Aderemis

Mrs. Sola Fatoye, Mrs Mosun Aderemi, Prince Damola Aderemi & Mrs. Alice Baruwa MBE

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Wonuola with couple

Yusuf Awoyemi & Doyin Kukoyi


Bashorun Dele Momodu, Olori Ladun Sijuwade & Chief (Mrs.) Bisi Abiola

Prince Damola Aderemi & Prince Gboyega Aderemi

Princess Oyekemi Oyewunmi, Princess Toyin Adedoyin, Mr. & Mrs. Segun Awolowo

Prince Ademilola Aderemi, Prince Dayo Aderemi, Princess Funmi Odunsi, Yomi Adenuga & Prince Yemi Aderemi

Senator Jide Omoworare, Basorun Dele Momodu, Prince Olumide Orafidiya & Iyiola Ayoade

The Serikis

Prince Diekolaoluwa & Adesoji Aderemi

Oreoluwa, Fisayo Ayodeji, Bimbola Ashiru (Jnr.) & Toluwalase Seriki

Yole Momodu, Mrs Ayininuola, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Korewa Momodu, Mr. Sam Ayininuola & Eniafe Momodu

Hon. Ajayi, Bashorun Dele Momodu, HRM Oba Adedokun Abolarin, Sen. Babajide Omoworare, Prince Yemi Aderemi & Mr. Segun Omoworare

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Tobi Odukoya

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Chief Bride’s maid, Jessica Abhulimhen & Ifeoma Nwajei

Yinka Nolah, Dr Simi Seriki & Chloe Majomi

Kemi Akinyemi & Mrs. Yemi Adejuwon


Mrs. Kemi Awoyemi, Judith Anighoro, Segun Meshioye, Biodun Alade, Dunni Oladeji, Omoze Layi-Adedayo & Korede Olaode

Olumide, Lovette Williams, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Gloria Oseghale, Onyeka Odum & friend

Mrs. Omoze Adedayo & Prince Damola Aderemi

Senator Jide Omoworare & the younger Omoworares

Princess Damola Aderemi, Mr Jibola & Princess Damilola Adesina with Princess Yemi Adejuwon

The Omoworares

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Prince Lupo Aderemi, Mrs. Funmi Odunsi & Prince Lekan Aderemi

Toyin Pinheiro, SAN, Price Damola Aderemi & Yomi Adenuga

Otunba & Chief (Mrs.) Obajimi

Seun Awolowo, Dr. Simi Seriki & Dewalie Akinyele

Mrs. Funmi Doherty-Akinyele, Mrs. Eniola Oyekanmi, Ms Mojisola Okunloyijo & Mr. Tunde Akinyele

Bashorun Dele Momodu with Mr. Michael Effiong

Hon. Femi Kehinde, Bashorun Dele Momodu with Princess Debo Odutola

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Mr. Kola Oloyebi

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Bashorun Dele Momodu with Mr. & Mrs. Ayininuola

From left: Debo Odutola & Bashorun Dele Momodu (2nd from right) with guest


Mr. & Mrs Segun Awolowo, Her Excellency, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo with Mr. Segun Shebanjo

Her Excellency, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, Princess Kemi Aderemi & Mrs. Ayotola Ayodeji

Mr. Olumide Oyediran, Mr. Ayo Subair & Mr. Iranola Ayodeji

Eniafe Momodu, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Mrs. Kemi Aderemi with Yole Momodu

Rev. (Mrs.) Omotola Oyediran with Amb. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu

Amb. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, Chief Ayo Adebanjo & Rev. (Mrs.) Omotola Oyediran

Oyinkansola Olatunji & Ifeoma Nwajei

(left) Bashorun Dele Momodu, Princess Larinade Akingbulugbe & Oba Obolarin Adedotun (right)

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GLAMOUR OF

OVATION GREEN CAROL 2016 Story: Michael Effiong & Eric Elezuo Photos: Adekoya Adegbite, Ken Ehimen, Abraham Falodun, Segun Lawal & Funmi Adeyemi

Former Rivers State Gov., Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Former Ogun State Gov., Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Group Managing Director UBA, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, Ghana President, H.E John Dramani Mahama & Ovation Publisher, Bashorun (Dr.) Dele Momodu

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he atmosphere was more than turbocharged, the audience superlatively dressed and the event hall exquisitely decorated. These marked the prelude to the grand celebration of the OVATION Green Carol 2016 which was proudly sponsored by telecommunications giant, Globacom. The venue, the posh Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos was creatively transformed by Mrs. Folashayo Shoyinka and her team from Saykins Events. The whole place was a sea of green and white the official colours of Globacom. This heavenly set-up provided a wonderful backdrop for what turned out to be a great evening of colour, glamour and high octane entertainment. And to put a lovely icing on the cake, the American Group, Cameo was in town! This 2016 edition of what has now become Africa’s biggest Carol Concert was extra-special because of the decision of the organizers to honour two great Africans, President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama for his outstanding infrastructural revolution in his country and King Sunny Ade, for his exemplary contribution to the world of entertainment. In addition, 2016 marked the 20th Anniversary of OVATION International Magazine, the flagship brand that has now given birth to OVATION Media Group 62

comprising the magazine, OVATION TV and The Boss Newspaper. Celebration was therefore in the air. That was not all, in continuation of the event’s theme of spreading hope every yuletide, presentations were made to three beneficiaries. The family of late talented Producer/Performer, OJB Jezreel, The Cymbals Dance Group and Ghanaian Philanthropist, Richard Ofori McCarthy Year after year, the event attracts the best and the brightest celebrities around the continent, this year, apart from President Mahama, others Alist guests included: Former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, GMD/CEO of UBA Group, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, Former Minister and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, Auto Magnate, Chief Mike Inegbese, who came with his wife, Mary, top businessman, Otunba Funsho Lawal, IyaOge Of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson, retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Chief ‘Tunji Alapini and wife. Of course, there was the royal presence of Oba Adedokun Abolarin and many others from across Nigeria and Africa. The event, which kicked off properly at 8:30pm with a

Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Former Ogun State Gov., Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Group Managing Director UBA, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, Ghana President, H.E John Dramani Mahama & Ovation Publisher, Bashorun (Dr.) Dele Momodu at induction of President Mahama into Ovation Hall of Fame

Former Ogun State Gov., Aremo Olusegun Osoba, King Sunny Ade, Group Managing Director UBA, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, Ghana President, H.E John Dramani Mahama & Ovation Publisher, Bashorun (Dr) Dele Momodu, during induction into Ovation Hall of Fame


Ovation Publisher, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Ghana President, H.E John Dramani Mahama

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Chief Mike Inegbese & wife, Mary Inegbese

Aremo Olusegun Osoba

Hon. Segun Olulade

Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Azuh Arinze, Emeka Oparah & Mayor Akinpelu

Mr. & Mrs. Danny Kiopouroglou

Princess Adenrele AdeniranOgunsanya

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Chief Tunji Alapini

Cebo from South Africa

Lulu Enobaifo (m)

Princess Debo Odutola & Mrs. Maria Penawou

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Otunba Funsho Lawal

Mr. Richard Mofe-Damiojo

Mrs. Kemi Adewunmi, Mrs. Lawunmi Bibilari & Sola Oluwatosin

Tobi Enitan, Ronke Somefun & Bisi Famuyiwa


Mr. & Mrs.Kayode Kolade

Pst. & Mrs. Akintola Samuel

Mr. & Mrs. Azuh Arinze

Anietie, Kemi & Kufre James

From right: Mrs. Juliet Geoffrey-Porbeni, Mr. Ingram Osigwe with Miss Green & White Nigeria 2016

Mrs. Joke Sogunro & Nana Adwoa Osei-Akoto

Funke Ogunyele with Opeyemi Oretuyi

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Idia Aisien

Mr. Eric Eluozo with Azuh Arinze

Queen Sandra Azeez (Miss Green & White Nigeria 2016)

Mrs. Olufunmilola Alimi

Ella

Mrs. Elizabeth Adegbite

Sonnie Badu

Ruth Joseph

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Tesso Achineku


Mr. Michael Effiong

Prince Kolade Kayode & Prince Jide Fadairo

Nina Anyianuka & Mudi

Mrs. Titi Afebuameh & Yetunde Green

Pearl & Ruby

Eunice Efole & Iheoma Nwigwe

Chiazor Malize & Natasha Malize

Tomi Abraham & Inawoley Okunuga

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I Y O (Artist) & Mr. Sunday Are

Mr. Tunde Martins

Mr. Adekoya Abiodun with Edward Emmanuel

Olayinka & Ibrahim

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Whyte Mahomey & Gucci

(left) Ms. Kemi Adewunmi

Johnson Falodun & Rebecca Falodun

Mr. Quadri Olowolagba I & Hon. Oluseye Olofin

Mr. Abiola Aderemi

Damilare Oyebanjo & friend with Elizabeth Odey & Benjamin Osei-Bansah


Mrs. Imelda Osuji

Obinna Omeruo, Uwa Saleh & Nneoma Effanga

Charles Aigbe & friends

Mr. Tunde Oshinowo & Mr. Dipo Abdul

Bunmi Abiodun, Lukmon Oloyede & Mariam Oladega

Eniola with Chief & Chief (Mrs.) Daramola

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Evelyn Adewale & Wole Obarotimi

Mr. & Mrs. Emeka Oramadike with Mr. Ingram Osigwe

Mr. & Mrs. Godwin Ohimai-Amaize

Mrs. Kemi Aderemi with Mrs. Oyekanmi

Mr. & Mrs. Temitayo Jacob-Awolo

Mrs. Omowunmi Bibilari & Shola Oluwatosin

Mrs. Betsy Iheabunke, Mr. Kazah Madaki, & Mrs. Lynda Uzodike

Rose Ogadinma & Laura Iheke

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Former Lagos SSG, Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya

Tayo Soji & Tolani Adeniran, Kemi James, Anietie James, Kufre James, Ayoola Ikhizama, Zainab Ayinla with Akin & Remi Samuel

Titi Kasali, Kokomma Oku, Mrs. Fadahunsi, Doreen Dolie & Yemisi Aiye

Patience Okpe & Ruth Joseph

Temidayo Oluwafemi, Eda Aitalegbe, Deji Yakubu, Oge & Vanessa

Olu Sax, Korede Bello, Mr. Folu Aderibigbe & others

Olusegun Omoyeni, Lauretta Ukamaka, Akintola Lola & DJ Soso (Metro FM)

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Bernice of Globacom

Mrs. Aboderin & Mrs. Jumoke

Miss Funmilayo & Shola

Mr. Adewale Adebajo

Bolu & Precious

Mr. Olumide

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Mrs. Jennifer & Zion Mr. & Mrs. Odebelli

Mrs. Juliet

Sammy Adeyemi


Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama

Ovation Publisher, Bashorun Dele Momodu during his speech

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Ovation Carol Comperes: Richard Mofe-Damijo & Daala Oruwari

Daala Oruwari

Group Managing Director UBA, Kennedy Uzoka, King Sunny Ade & Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama

Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama & Prince Adedamola Aderemi

Chief Mike Inegbese & wife, Mary Inegbese Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro & Dr. Tunde Oshinowo

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Dr. Peter Obafemi & Otunba Funsho Lawal

session of Carols was hosted by dashing Nollywood icon and everyone’s darling, Richard Mofe-Damijo fondly called (RMD) and OVATION TV’s own pretty Presenter, the delectable Daala Oruwari. In his welcome address, Chairman/CEO of OVATION Media Group, Bashorun Dele Momodu thanked everyone who has supported the brand for the past 20 years, he was particularly grateful to UBA which backed the OVATION Carol idea at its inception and the bank’s current Chairman, Mr. Tony Elumelu for his love and friendship. He also used the opportunity to thank Dangote Group and its President, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and other corporate organisations and individuals who have advertised or patronized OVATION in the last 20 years. After applauding the dedication of past and present staff, he saved the best for last by heaping praise on the 2016

sponsors Globacom and its Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr. He noted that Dr Adenuga epitomises unequalled charity and love for the good of others which has made him make great impact on the lives of thousands of Nigerians through his numerous business concerns and in his personal capacity as a philanthropist. He stressed that the high point of the OVATION carol was the assistance to the needy which rekindles hope for the hopeless. In his address, Globacom’s Commercial Coordinator, Enterprise Business Group, Mr. Folu Aderibigbe, who represented the company at the event said Globacom’s collaboration with the organisers of the carol was indicative of the unflinching love the company nurses for the people. According to Mr. Aderibigbe “I am sure you will unanimously agree with me that the Ovation Carol is getting bigger, greener and better.”


WHE N THE KI NG MET MR. PR ESIDENT

King Sunny Ade & Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama

King Sunny Ade, Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama & Aremo Olusegun Osoba

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Adedeji Oladele, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Saheed Kekere-Ekun (Saheeto)

Mr. Leke Alder & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Mr. Foluso Adeagbo, Mrs. Lara Adeagbo & Gbenga Olunloyo

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Andrew Okeleke of Globacom

Princess Kemi Aderemi & Mrs. Mobolaji Momodu

Mr. Alex Otti & Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama

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Hon. Segun Olulade greeting President John Dramani Mahama


Bashorun Dele Momodu, Mr. & Mrs. Leke Alder & President Mahama

Ms Phanice Kwamboka (from Kenya) & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Bashorun Dele Momodu, Mr. Alex Otti, Otunba Peter Obafemi & Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

Hon. Rotimi Amaechi & Prince Bisi Olatilo

Otunba Funsho Lawal & Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama

Princess Oluwakemi Aderemi & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Saheed Kekere-Ekun, Anjorin Babatunde of Anjorin Couture & Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama

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Mr. Kennedy Uzoka & King Sunny Ade

Prince Yemi Aderemi, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Prince Damola Aderemi & Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi

Mr. Folu Aderibigbe, Coordinator, Commercial Enterprise, Globacom

Mrs. Debbie Captan-Duatey, President J.D. Mahama & Mr. Alex Duatey

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Bayo Fatusin, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Otunba Femi Carrera

Mrs. Debbie Captan-Duatey, Mrs. Phanice Kwamboka & Bashorun Dele Momodu


Bashorun Dele Momodu in a conversation with HRM, Oba Adedokun Abolarin

Bashorun Dele Momodu with HRM Oba Adedokun Abolarin

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Chief Daramola

Mr. Tunde Oshinowo, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Bayo Abdul & Segun Ajibola, SAN

Ovation International Editor, Michael Effiong & Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama

Mr.s. Yasmin Yartofa & Samyra De La Torrezz

Goke Dokun (2nd left) & friends

Eric Elezuo & Bashorun Dele Momodu

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President Mahama, Ms Phanice Kwamboka & Mr. Chibuike Amaechi

Mr. & Mrs. Iyiola Ayoade

Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Momodu

Prince & Princess Kolade, Mrs. Kemi Adewunmi & friends

Bashorun Dele Momodu exchanging pleasantries with Senator Musiliu Obanikoro

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Mr. & Mrs. Daye Oruwari, Daala Oruwari & Daye Jnr. Oruwari

Mr. Bayo Abdul, Segun Ajibola, SAN, Mr. Tunde Oshinowo & Mr. Kola James

Prince Jide Fadairo, Princess Toyin Kolade, Hon. Seye Olofin, Mr. Kayode Kolade & Quadri

2nd left: Jide Fadairo, Princess Toyin Kolade & friends

Ms Mobola Oyekaimi & Mrs. Bolaji Momodu

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Abiodun Koya

Debo Collins & friends

Chief (Mrs.) Ariyike Fadahunsi, Doris & Okoma Elizabeth Wuyep

Mrs. Ajibade, Ceboo & friend

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Lewu

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Mr. & Mrs. Bisi Oyemade

AIG Tunji Alapini (Rtd) & wife

Mr. & Mrs. Adesoji Adeniran

Bayo Ogori

Mr. Tunde Moshood

Mrs. Kemi James, Pastor & Mrs. Samuel & Mrs. Ayoola Ikhizama

The theme of this year’s edition “It’s all about hope” is indeed very apt as it signals regeneration which is the hallmark of Christmas, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. “For Nigerians, the theme triggers hope that despite the extant recession, all will be well. The economy will turn the corner and make a steady journey towards recovery. “For us at Globacom, our passionate love for the people guides all our actions. From the per second billing which made telecommunications services accessible to all, to our numerous firsts culminating lately, in the speed of life, the Glo 4G LTE, we have always ensured provision of quality products at affordable rates to our esteemed subscribers. This is our bond with Nigerians and we assure you that we will never renege on this. Needless to say, it is also for this reason that we have continued to partner with laudable initiatives like the Ovation Carol, an international star-studded musical fiesta organized to return thanks to the Almighty for His numerous mercies in the out-going year. “Our association with Ovation Carol is in continuation of our support for music widely regarded as the food of love. As you are all aware, the yuletide period is a season of mirth and celebration. We are very 82

proud of our association with Ovation Carol and this explains why we extended invitation to our loyal subscribers, many of whom are in this gathering, to experience this very rich menu of sublime musical variety. We welcome the legendary Cameo music group to Nigeria and applaud the other A-listers billed to perform tonight. Special recognition to our own pearl, King Sunny Ade. We join the world to wish the living legend, a happy 70th birthday!” Thereafter guests were treated to hours of pulsating entertainment by upcoming and popular artistes from across the continent and beyond. It was the rising artistes that began the day: Ruby & Pearl, a set of twins thrilled with their Afrofusion performance, then came Zeynab, Shikane, Eniola, LAX and Iyo. The high-tempo set by these new acts, was sustained when Glo Ambassadors Korede and Reekado Banks hit the stage. The audience sang along and had loads of fun. For those who wanted a feel of classical music, the Ovation Green Carol delivered in that respect too-Olu Sax, who played with a band, thrilled guests with a lively medley of contemporary songs including some soulful carols. And the ever reliable Abiodun Koya gave another

five star opera rendition that elicited a standing ovation. She also showed her dexterity by introducing the audience to her latest single, a very danceable beat. If you thought that was enough for one night, then you have never savoured the Ovation Carol experience, velvety voiced Simi also hit centre-stage and she did not leave until she sang her mega hit single “Jamb Question”. In Ghana, many may not know him, but Dee Aja’s song, Onapo was adjudged by all as the No.1 song in Ghana in 2016. Onapo was the campaign song of President Mahama, and it became so popular that different remixes soon emerged. At the Ovation Green Carol Dee Aja and his crew sang a gospel version of Onapo-and it was well received by the largely Nigerian audience. International Award-winning gospel artiste, Sonnie Badu whose song “Baba o!” is an anthem at many churches was also on stage. He transformed the venue into a heavenly worship centre with popular chorusesmany where enveloped in the spirit and where on their feet throughout his performance. Cymbals, a group of talented dancers who are all undergraduates also showcased their talent on the night. Their dance steps, acrobatic display and amazing moves delighted the audience.


Mr. Danny Kioupouroglou & Sheila Okonji-Ashinze

Mr. & Mrs. Loye Amsat

Prince Adeyemi Aseperi & guest

Sheila Okonji-Ashinze with Ohi Momodu

Prince Jide Fadairo (m) with guests

AbolarinAkintunde & friend

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Mr. & Mrs. Abiodun Oshinibosi

Segun Adesanya & Lord Mayor Akinpelu

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Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, Biodun Koya & friend


Bode Opeseitan & Garba Sheu, President Management Committee

Mr. Folu Aderibigbe & Chief Rafiu Ladipo, President-General of Nigeria Supporters club

Hon. Segun Olulade & Quadri Olowolagba

Ayo Adedeji & guest

Mrs. Kemi Adewumi & member, Cameo

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King Creg & Charlie Singleton of Cameo

Emmanuel Edward & Charlie Singleton of Cameo

Ms Tina Olagbegi & friend

Sandra Ajayi & guests

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Josiah Abiola (r) with friends


The Momodus

Mr. & Mrs. Tunde Martins

Cornel Udofia (r) with friend

Bayo Ogori, Sandra Ajayi & Mr. Tunde Moshood

Chief Rafiu Ladipo & Lord Mayor Akinpelu

Kunle Rasheed (r) & guest

Akin Ajibola

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Deola Kamson, Ayo Olunloyo, Bolaji Momodu & Kemi Adewunmi

Bashorun Dele Momodu, Hon. Bimbo Ashiru & Prince Damola Aderemi

Tobi Enitan, Bisi Famuyiwa & Ronke Somefun

Efe Eboh & Jefferson Samuel

Wale & Muhammed Jimoh

Jennifer & Wale

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Mr. Eric Elezuo & family

Segun Adesanya (left)


Mr. & Mrs. Efunkoya

Mr. & Mrs. Coker

Mr. & Mrs. Aremu

Mrs. Elizabeth Adekoya & Mrs. Cecilia Lawal

Tosin, Usman, Bolanle, Funmilayo & Micheal

Shakiru Fantola & Olawunmi Rasaq

Mr. Segun Lawal (Iroko) & wife, Cecilia Lawal

Deola, Koya, Eliabeth, Kemi & Cecilia

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Princess Kemi Aderemi, Mrs. Bolaji Momodu & Eniola Oyekanmi

Ovation staff: Ayo, Damilare, Bola, Funmi & Israel

Dr. (Mrs.) Bose Durojaiye, Mrs. Moyo Kuyinu & Mrs. Toyin Seriki

Jelili Agbabiaka & Olayinka Sekoni

Korewa Momodu, Sandra Ajayi & Bashorun Dele Momodu

When Larry Blackmore and the other members of Cameo hit the stage in their outlandish costumes, it sparked an effect from the audience. From the younger generation, the reaction was that of shook but the older ones, it was a feeling of nostalgia as the band got into its groove and performed its popular oldskool jams. The fun continued with the performance of Nigeria’s sexy hunk and Glo Ambassador, Flavour. Playing with a well-grilled band, Flavour thrilled the audience with his super hits, the tempo around the venue definitely hit an all-time high throughout. There 90

Oluwafemi, Abayomi, Aderemi, Kassim & Waheed

were even screams of “more more” from a section of the audience as he rounded off and sneaked back stage. The entertainment content of the night reached its crescendo with the arrival of the 70 year-old Juju Maestro, King Sunny Ade. Sunny Ade performed like a young man of 25, moving his body with the ease of a teenager. He was magnificent. This was an excellent finale to a wonderful night and it was no wonder that His Excellency, President John Mahama, who confessed later that he was a KSA fan stepped on stage to rock gingerly to this unique

brand of highly percussive African beats! The occasion was not all about music though, there was a segment to honur worthy individuals. This segment was personally compered by Bashorun Dele Momodu. Babatunde Okungbowa aka OJB Jezreel, a talented Producer/Performer, who worked with stars such as Tu Face, Wizkid, RuggedMan, Jazzman Olofin, Weird MC, Paul Ik Dairo, Daddy Showkey, Sir Shina Peters Olu Maintain, Faze, Iyanya, D'banj, Durella, Wizkid, Yemi Alade and Jamaican super star, Bennie Man was recognized.


Mrs. Shayo Shoyinka of Saykin Events (Event decor) & Mrs. Bukola Aroyehun of De Potters Ltd

Yole Momodu, Nike Jacobs & with Eniafe Momodu

Eniafe Momodu, Osa Aigbe & Kemi Jacobs

Michael Effiong & Yole Momodu

Bisi Edujobi , Anike & Bose Akinremi

Antonia Eweta & Victoria Ephraim

Mr. & Mrs. Segun Omoyeni

Mayowa Ilori, Balogun Hannah & Favour Wekere

Mbaebie Nonso & Ebun Immanuel

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Imade Oduware, Abraham Falodun, Keji Yusuf, Donmai & Kunle Sanni

Mr. & Mrs. Sesan Ayeni with Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Abhulimen

Kunle Rasheed & Charles Aigbe

Left: Mr. Richmond Orisunbare

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Abraham Falodun, DJ Soso (MetroFM), Micheal Effiong & Segun Lawal

Keji Yusuf & Bolarinwa

Abraham Falodun, Mrs. Ben, DJ Soso, Kunle Sanni & Segun Omoyeni


Mrs. Tokunbo Ogunsanya, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Princess Adenrele AdeniranOgunsanya & Mrs. Moyo Kuyinu

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Mr. Wale Adebayo

Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Emeka Ugwui Oju & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Mr. John Adeyemi & Eki Okougbo

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Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Bashorun Dele Momodu & John Dramani Mahama

Senator Obanikoro, Otunba Femi Carrera & Dayo Isreal

Ms Kemi Adewumi, Bode Opeseitan & Bashorun Dele Momodu

NiAAbigail, Frances, Nkiru & fiends

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Mrs. Imelda Osuji


OJB who produced a couple of theme songs for OVATION Carol was acknowleged for his tenacity, creativity and humility. His wives and children were invited centre-stage to receive a much-deserved award. For their talent and dexterity on the dance floor coupled with their decision to pursue their education with vigor, The Cymbals Dance Group received support from the organizers of the Ovation Green Carol in continuation of spreading its message of hope and supporting worthy causes and individuals. It was for his work in Ghana, where he has tirelessly worked towards revamping and restoring hope for street kids in Accra, Ghana that Mr. Richard Ofori Mac Carty was also honoured. The Chairman of OVATION Group then introduced President John Dramani Mhama who was going to be

inducted into the elite OVATION Hall of Fame and presented with a plaque. He described President Mahama as the pride of Africa, an epitome of humility and hardowrk, and a man who put rebuilding his country above political considerations. Bashorun stated that no one in Ghana could quarrel with the infrastructural turn around that President Mahama had brought to every part of Ghana. “I was privileged to travel to all 10 regions of Ghana and I was astonished at the gigantic projects completed by the Mahama administration in just 5 years of being in office. In Mahama, Africa has a true statesman and I can assure him that he will have a hug role to play in Africa and world affairs in the near future” He stated

There was a short clip of the various projects including the transformation of the Kwame Nkrummah Circle now called “Little Dubai” before President Mahama stepped on stage to receive his award. In an emotional speech, President Mahama said he was overwhelmed with joy at such an honour from Nigeria and OVATION. He said it was a beautiful thing to be appreciated for what he humbly termed “Modest work” that has been done in Ghana. He advised African leaders to think first about the people they pledged to serve, rather than their selves. He then lauded Globacom Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. (GCON), for what he described as his ”bold foray into the business landscape of Ghana when only foreigners dominated the telecommunications sector of the country” 95


Mrs. Sheila Okonji-Ashinze, Michael Effiong & Ohi Momodu

Mr. Daye Oruwari, Mrs. Dammy Oruwari & Data Oruwari

R-l: Mr. Kennedy Uzoka & King Sunny Ade

Sandra Ajayi & Debo Collins

Charles Aigbe & guests

Gboyega Larinde, Rotimi Ayeni & Hon. Wale Larinde

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Hakeem Aremu & Ovation TV Producer, Enitan Okesanjo


Onabamiro, Funmi, Mrs. Shade Ifonlaja & Dame Bernice Ibiam

Abiodun Adekoya, Enitan Okesanya & Tunde Martins

Bukky Bakare, Babatunde Martins, Christiana Emmanuel & Ayoola Babalola

Goke Dokun & wife

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Engr. Marcus & Mr. Kayode Kolade (far right) & guests

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Mr. Shogo Oshikoya & Children with Bashorun Dele Momodu & Richard Mofe-Damijo

Joseph (second left) & friends


Bjas Murthy, Chief Commercial Officer Globacom

Chief Ezekiel Fatoye

Bode Opeseitan, Director, Globacom

Charles Jenarius, Regional Director, Marketing Communications (West Africa) Globacom

Ashish Nisra

Eniafe Momodu & Daala Oruwari

Comrade Ayodele Adewale

Manorath Shukla, Marketing Development Globacom

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Wale Oluwaliemu, Micheal Effiong & Iyiola Ayoade

Deola Kamson, Princess Aderemi, Mrs. Ayo Olunloyo, Mrs. Bolaji Momodu, Mrs. Titi Baoku & Mrs. Kemi Adewunmi

Hon. Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba

Mr. Bayo Fatusi (right)

Prince & Princess Jide Fadairo

Ambassador Okanlawon (right)

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Ian Okudzeto & Selasi Dzamefe

Damilola Osikoya & Noya Kalango


Jide Adedeji, Daala Oruwari & Abraham Falodun

Emmanuel & friends

Mrs. Kemi Adewunmi & Amira Adewunmi

Princess Vicky Hastrup (left)

Tayo & Lola Jayeiola

Christy Nkah & daughter, Oluchi

Mr. Daniel (right)

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Mr. & Mrs. Gbenga Olunloyo

Mr. & Mrs. Ohimai with Amb. Musiliu Obanikoro

Bisola & Dami Abiodun

Lola Oluwatosin & Lawunmi Bibilari

Mr. Bayo Fatusin & Otunba Femi Karera

Simi Adeyinka & Kemi Ashiru

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Princess Toyin Kolade (r) with guests


Mr. Fidelis Anosike & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Bashorun Dele Moomodu with his son, Korewa Momodu

Bunmi & Ovation TV’s Sanni Damilare

Ramond Atimah & Imade Oduware

Eniafe Momodu, Mrs. Bolaji Momodu & Yole Momodu

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Mr. Fidelix Anosike, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi,Tetrz, Tokunbo Afikuyomi Jnr. & Kennedy Uzoka

Chief Mike Inegbese, Aremo Segun Osoba & Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi

Mr. Gbenga Olunloyo & guests

Charles Jenarius & Mr. Anish Nisra

L-r: Joseph, Kemi & Mrs. Eliizabeth Adegbite

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Eniafe Momodu, Junior Momodu & Yole Momodu


Korewa Momodu, Mrs. Bolaji Momodu, Ghana President, His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Bashorun Dele Momodu exchanging pleasantries with King Sunny Ade

Mr. Babatunde Anjorin of Anjorin couture & Niyi Ifetayo

Michael Effiong & Mr. Tokunbo Lulu Enobaifo

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Nike Jacobs, Mosun Rodipe, Bolaji Momodu, Toyin Seriki, Kayode Jacobs & Kemi Jacobs

Mr. & Mrs. Gbenga Olunloyo with Mrs. Bolaji Momodu

L-r: Mr. Gbenga Olunloyo, Eniafe Momodu & Tony Abiona

Mrs. Bolaji Momodu with Iya Oge, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson (middle) & guests from Liberia

Babatunde Anjorin, a guest & Ifetayo Adeniyi

Dr. Peter Obafemi (right)

Ken Ehimen, Nkechi Elezuo & Mr. Eric Elezuo

Chief (Mrs.) Oprah Benson, Mr. Emeka Ugwu-Oju & guest

According to him, Adenuga’s investment in Ghana has added value into the sector which was hitherto regarded as the exclusive preserve of foreign investors, adding that this is a testimonial of the business guru’s ”raw courage and great audacity”. This was why “our nation recently conferred Ghana’s highest award of the Companion of the Star of Ghana (CSG) on Adenuga”, he explained. According to him “Dr. Mike Adenuga is one African who had broken through in telecommunications and entrepreneurship as a whole. From my experience since I was a Deputy Communications Minister and later Communication Minister, the industry was dominated by foreign companies until Dr. Adenuga came with his submarine cables and innovations. That was why we recently

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presented him with the highest award. It is good to honour our foremost business people”. Referring to his recent loss at the Ghanaian polls, Mahama waxed philosophical: “while I might feel disappointed that Ghanaians did not see what I was trying to do, the will of the people must be respected. In four years time, there will be another election and the people will speak. Let the narrative be that Africa is developed. I have moved on and will hand over on January 7th”, he said. He also gave kudos to the Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu, whose 24th wedding anniversary fell on the date, for his giant strides in the last 20 years of publishing OVATION Magazine as well as the success of the ninth edition of the OVATION Carol. Chief Momodu, he noted, is “a pan-Africanist,

a passionate believer in democracy, a patriot and a comrade.” The induction into the OVATION Hall of Fame was then performed by GMD/CEO of UBA, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka assisted by Former Governors Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Mr. Rotimi Amaechi. Another inductee into the OVATION Hall of Fame was King Sunny Ade. He too was full of praise for the OVATION Media Group for the decision to honour him on his 70th birthday. Guests were all well pampers with assorted drinks and special cocktails courtesy of De Potters Limited and also they had a good serving of canapés. Without any shadow of doubt, the OVATION Green Carol was a superlative and exquisite night of indescribable fun.


THE PERFORMANCES

Daala Oruwari of Ovation Media Group

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Ruby & Paerl thrilling the guests


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Olu Jazz thrilling the guests

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Korede Bello

Korede Bello doing his thing

Chief Bisi Olatilo looks on while Korede Bello is performing

Bernice Ibiam singing along with Korede Bello

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Abiodun Koya Abiodun Koya performing

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L.A.X L.A.X performing

113 Reekado Banks thrilling the guests


Lawrence Ernest Blackmon and the Cameo

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Sonnie Badu

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Simi Ogunleye Simi Ogunleye

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Flavour

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The Cymbal Dance Crew

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...TIME FOR CHARITY

OJB Jezreel’s family with Bashorun Dele Momodu

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Mr. Richard Ofori McCarty with Bashorun Dele Momodu

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...THE KING GROOVES ON

King Sunny Ade Performing

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King Sunny Ade & President John Dramani Mahama on Stage

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A deep expression of brotherly love...


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KEMI OTEGBADE THANKS GOD AT 50 Story: Ajibola Morakinyo Photo: Falodun Abraham

Tayo Adejumo, Kemi Otegbade, Simi Opeoluwa, Star actress & Carol King

Celebrant, Kemi Otegbade with her birthday cake

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or many, turning 50 is a time to pop champagne and engage in merry making but for amiable Events Supremo, Kemi Otegbade, her 50th birthday was a time to thank God and extend love to the less-privileged. It was in line with this resolve that she invited family and close friends to the Hearts of Gold

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Bodunrin Otegbade, Kemi Otegbade & Bayo Alli

Deola Stephanie, Kemi Otegbade, Foluke Martins & Funmilayo Jolaoso

Children’s Hospice (HOGHospice), Surulere Lagos where she threw a party for the children and spent her day in their company. In her speech, Coordinator of the Hospice, Mrs. Laja Adedoyin, stated that every child, able or disabled, deserves respect, unconditional love and care, and believes that every child requires a safe home

Kemi Otegbade & BC Akin Alabi

where love and attention is given. Mrs. Adedoyin thanked Mrs. Otegbade for choosing to visit the hospice and share her time with the children, she urged others to emulate this gesture, adding that they need not wait for a special occasion to remember those in need. The celebrant, Mrs. Kemi Otegbade, explained her

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Sandra Ogbebor, Deola Stephanie, Mrs. Laja Adedoyin, Kemi Otegbade, Yvonne Ubeku-Popoola, Sola Babaoye & Titi Ebinisi

Olugbenga Onakomaiya, Kemi Otegbade & Tayo Adejumo

Yvonne Ubeku Popoola, Bc Akin-Alabi, Kemi Otegbade & Bayo Alli

Kemi Otegbade with kids of Hearts of Gold

Guests on visitation tour of Hearts of Gold Hospice

Kemi Alaka Alli, celebrant & Akeem Olowo-Eyo

Gbenga Adeyinka, Tunde Amu Jatt, Fred Mafikuyomi, celebrant, Lekan Ogunbanwo with Muyiwa Osinaike

Friends & celebrant with Mrs. Laja Adedoyin of Hearts of Gold (far right)

reasons for choosing this method of celebrating her landmark birthday. “I decided to celebrate with a few people who have come a long way with me, people, I trust, so we can see another side of life and also develop ways we can help make these set of people happier.” The birthday which was tagged “It’s Been You Lord” encapsulated her journey through life. According to her, she was born into a below-average family, but through hard work and integrity, overcame several of life’s challenges. Family & friends

“Nothing is impossible, whatever you put your mind to with dedication, hardwork and supplication to God, you will definitely succeed.”, she added. The popular comedian Gbenga Adeyinka was the Master of Ceremonies, the former Permanent Secretary of Lagos Television (LTV) Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo, Maltina dance hall judge, Mr. Muyiwa Oshinaike, Barrister Ekisola Olumide, Fred Amata, Simi Opeoluwa, DJ Jimmy Jatt and Matthias Obahiagbon were some of her friends that came to share this great moment. 127


SIR KESSINGTON

ADEBUTU 81

MARKS ST BIRTHDAY WITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE IN IPERU, OGUN STATE Story: Jogunomi Olatunde Photo: Adekoya Adegbite

Sir Kessington Adebutu & wives

Sir Kessington Adebutu

Pa. Sopoola (SAN) & Asiwaju S.A. Onafowokan

Oba M.O.M. Sonuga (Olofin of Ilishan Daniyan ) , Oba Timothy Akinsanya (Ewusi Of Maka) & Oba Babatunde Ola Ogunlaja

HRM Oba Kabir Shotobi (Ayangburen of Ikorodu) & Sir Kessington Adebutu

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he atmosphere in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, South West Nigeria was joyous when a worthy son of the soil, Sir (Dr.) Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu CON, KJW, FISM, celebrated his 81st birthday. The amiable philanthropist, fondly called “Baba Ijebu�, a top business Mogul and Chairman of Premier Lotto began the day in the Presence of God. 128

The celebration was originally meant to be a mere get together for family members, but due to his kindhearted nature and the number of lives he has touched, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to honour him at the event at his expensive and grand mansion located in the heart of Iperu-Remo. The event started with a thanksgiving service handled by Ministers of Wesley Methodist Cathedral

Church, Iperu. Prayers were rendered for the celebrant as well as a session of praise and worship by the choir. Most Rev. Adewale Atanda coordinated proceeding and took the Bible reading. He later showered prayers again on the celebrant, and conducted the Holy Communion where the celebrant and family members took part. In addition, some monarchs and well-wishers later joined them in the


solemn but symbolic gesture of sharing the body and blood of Christ. One of the major highlights of the occasion was when one of the Bishops presented a Gold Cross Pendant to the ‘birthday boy’ on behalf his children. It was such a wonderful moment to behold, the joy in his heart and face was apparent. He expressed this immense happiness while delivering his speech. According to him “At 81, which work can I do?, there is no work that I can do but the work of God,” He then invited his children to distribute envelopes to the congregation to support a programme

dubbed “Adebutu Family Harvest”. From all indications, during this event, he used his clout once gain to raise a lot of money for the church. Dignitaries in attendance included, Ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu who represented the Awolowo family; HRM Alaye Ode Remo, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, HRM Oba Kabir Shotobi, Alado of Ado Isagamu; Olofin of Ilisan, Onirolu of Remo land, Chief Olanihun Ajayi, Asiwaju S.A Onafowokan, Alhaja Kuburat Okoya, Hon. Dele Sikirulah and Alhaja Lateefat Gbajabiamila.

Officiating Ministers

Sir Kessington Adebutu

Sir Kessington Adebutu & wife

Alhaja Abiola Ogunnoiki & Alhaji Taofiki Ogunnoiki

Hon. Ladi Adebutu (m)

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Chief S.A. Onafowokan, Chief Olanihun Ajayi, Sir. Kessington Adebutu & Pa. Sopoola (SAN)

Alh. Lateefat Gbajabiamila (left)

Rt. Revd. O.O. Odejayi & Rt. Revd. I.A. Olawuyi

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Alh. Lateefat Gbajabiamila & Dr. Adetokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu

Alh. Kuburat Okoya (left)


Zenith Bank Presenting a birthday cake

Alhaja Salmot Badru, HRM Oba Kabir Shotobi with other Royal Fathers

Traditional rulers

Cross section of guests

Sir Kessington with guests

Chief Segun Dehinwa, Sir. Engr. Dapo Omo Eko & Prof. Tunde Ogunsanwo

Chief (Mrs.) Yinka Odukoya & Mrs. Ruth Kikelomo

R-l: Princess Rosemary D. Adebutu, Chief & Chief (Mrs.) Duro Otesanya

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L-r: Otunba Akin Osiyemi & Otunba Francis Banwo

Mrs. Kehinde Adebutu, Pastor (Mrs.) Abolanle Matel-Okon & Mrs. Adeyemi Olusoji

Olanipekun & Funmi Adebutu

Chief (Mrs.) Ronke Shodiya & Hon. Joke Folarin

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Alhaja T.K. Ogunnoiki & Alhaja Olufunbi Ogunnoiki


MONTE CARLO AND LAGOS POLO CLUBS SEAL UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP Story: Eric Elezuo Photo: Abraham Falodun

Chanelle George, Lina George Haidar, Mr. Fransesco Mitrano, President, Monte Carlo Polo Club & Nelly Kholobikian

Femi Akande, Chanelle George, Lina George Haidar, Adamu Atta, Fransesco Mitrano, Olu Holloway, Nelly Kholobikian & Osaro Giwa-Osagie

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henever the rich or influential in the society gather, the event that brings them together is always special, and so it was when Executives of the Monte Carlo Polo Club were in Lagos to partner the Lagos Polo Club. The partnership which was sealed during the 2016 Nigeria Polo Association (NPA) Lagos International Polo Tournament which took place at the prestigious Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi, Lagos, was to seek areas of collaboration that will be of benefit to both entities. According to Mr. Francesco Mitrano who led the team from Monaco, France, their visit to Nigeria was to prepare the ground for the Monte Carlo Polo tournament.

Bolaji Balogun, Fransesco Mitrano (President of Monaco Polo club), Lina George Hairdar, Abdulrahaam Abdulrasak & Abdulsamad Rabiu & friend

He declared that he was very happy to be at the Lagos Polo Tournament, adding that it was his first time in Nigeria and that the hospitality he has received was tremendous and impressive. In addition, he noted that from what he has observed, the level of polo in the country was very high and that it was obvious that The Monte Carlo Polo Club will learn some things from Nigeria, while extending an invitation to Nigerian players. According to him “Monte Polo Club is a young club. It started its beautiful adventure four years ago, and it is a very honourable thing that we have Prince Albert’s patronage in the past four years. It is a ten gold end-cup tournament, and the very nice thing is Capt. Nogie MeggisonAlhaji Aliko Dangote, Segun Agbaje & Otunba Bimbo Ashiru

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Ete Omatseye & Jude Offor

Alhaji Adamu Attah of 5th Chukker (m)

Senator Toks Ogunbanjo, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Hon. Ahmed Wadada, Mr. Dolapo Akerele & guest

Erelu Abiola Dosunmu & Adenike Oshinowo

Tafa Fashiro, Marcelo with friends

Gbenga Olunloyo (4th left) with guests

Tobi Alamutu, Tess Eke & Haleemah Harling

Alhaji Adamu Yaro, Alhaji Ahmed Joda & Mr. Dolapo Akerele

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R-l: Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Folly Coker & others at trophy presentation


Line up for the final polo game

Tafa Fashiro, Adeyemo Alakija & team

Murtala Tukur (m)

that we are hosting teams from many countries, and already we have done three editions, and we are out to prepare the fourth edition of the Monte Carlo Polo Tournament 2016 where Nigerian players will feature” he said. In her view, an associate of the Monte Carlo Polo Federation, Lina George Haidar, expressed the happiness of her team in coming to Nigeria as well as impressed by the hospitality of the Nigerian people. She described Nigerian polo players as good, but need exposure. “Clearly, there has been a lot of interest of Nigerians in Monaco, and they come around every

year. The polo players in Nigeria are among the best in world, but I think their talent is hidden. Now is the time for them to bring them over to Monaco to expose them and show the world how brilliant they are. We know that Nigeria football players are making the headlines all over the world; we want to do the same with polo players,” Haidar said. Channelle George and Nelly Kholobikian were also members of the Monte Carlo Polo Federation team visiting the Lagos Polo Tournament. They separately described their mission to Nigeria as that of bringing exposure to Nigerian polo players by taking some of

them to Monaco for the Monaco Tournament that took place from September 15 to 18, 2016. “We are here to build a relationship between Monaco and Lagos because Nigeria has some top talents, and it is about time we discovered them and exposed those talents to the whole world,” they said. For a game that harps on total safety for both player and animal, it is obvious that players will benefit greatly from better training, conditioning and competition and that, according to the team from Monaco, is the reason for scouting for Nigerian players to play in Monte Carlo. 135


Segun Agbaje

Erelu Abiola Dosunmu

Alhaji Aliko Dangote

Jide Coker

Folly Coker, Adamu Attah & Tunde Folawiyo

Alhaji Aliko Dangote presenting a trophy

Mr. Alaba Alakija & Mr. Tunde Kasunmu

Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Adeyemi Oreagba, Luqman Adebayo, Femi Akande & Bode Makanjuola

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Ovation TV’s Enitan Okesanya & Daala Oruware with Monaco Polo Club team


THE EXCITING FIRST BIRTHDAY OF THE OSIGWE

TWINS

Story: Jogunomi Olatunde Photo: Segun lawal (Iroko)

Ifeoma & Ifeanyi with their siblings

Mr. Ingram Osigwe, Laura Osigwe with the set of twins

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he atmosphere was lively and fun-filled as children, adults and friends gathered to celebrate with Mr. Ingram Osigwe, Managing Director, Full Page International Communication Limited and his wife, Laura. The couple was hosting the first birthday of their

Azuh Arinze, Laura & Ingram Osigwe with Michael Effiong

set of twins-Ifeanyi and Ifeoma and they spared no cost to ensure it was a wonderful occasion. The event presented opportunities for both old and young to express themselves, while the adults used the occasion to network, the children enjoyed assorted games and won exciting prizes from Ekulo Group and Cowbell.

Friends who were around to share the moment with the Osigwes included: the Publisher of Glam & Essence Magazine, Ms Susan Eyo-Honesty, Deputy Managing Director of the Sun Newspaper, Mr. Steve Nwosu; Publisher of Yes Magazine, Azuh Arinze, Editor of OVATION International, Michael Effiong as well as top executives of Ekulo Group. 137


Ifeoma Osigwe

Ifeanyi Osigwe

Susan Eyo-Honesty & Ingram Osigwe

Ozioma Momah & Ingram Osigwe

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Chiji Agbo Jnr. & Ingram Osigwe

Laura Osigwe & Nkechi Ibekwe

Chioma Ingram Osigwe

Mr. Steve Nwosu, Ingram Osigwe & Mrs. Rosemary Uneanya

Ihuaku, Laura & Linda Nwabunike


Derrick Osondu & family with Ingram Osigwe

Dr. Mike Izuogu & Reginald Ukaefu

Mrs. Laura Ingram Osigwe & Mrs. Oluwakemi James

Sir & Lady Chris Emenike

Ikegwuohace Anthony & Princess Leticia Otomewo

Mr. Ingram Osigwe & guests

Ekulo group staff, Tony Okoye, Joy Obiaga, Prisca Okoye, Izunna Obiaga & Emeka Oramadike

Staff of Promasidor with Mr. Ingram Osigwe

Usherettes with Mr. & Mrs. Ingram Osigwe

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RUFAI LADIPO CELEBRATES 60TH BIRTHDAY W

Celebrant & wife, Funmi Ajila-Ladipo

TO THE GLORY OF GOD Story: Blessing Ehidiamen Photo: Ken Ehimen

hen you have managed one of Nigeria's top Public Relations companies, flaunt awardwinning brands and married a stellar fashion designer, it is safe to admit that you are indeed living a fulfilled life. No doubt Advertising top shot and the former MD/CEO STB McCan Lagos, Nigeria, Mr. Rufai Gbolagade Ladipo is living his dreams, little wonder that when he turned sixty-he had every reason to thank God. Mr. Ladipo who now runs his own integrated marketing communications company, Agile began the day at The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Jide Oki Street, Victoria Island. As expected, family, friends and wellwishers were all there to mark this great occasion with the amiable gentleman. The officiating Minister, Pastor Biyi Famoyegun who has had a great influence on the celebrant, especially as regards making him a true believer described Mr. Ladipo as a dedicated worker in the vineyard of the Lord. The man of the moment, who could barely hide his joy was looking smashing in company of his delectable wife, fashion icon, Funmi AjilaLadipo, when they were invited centre stage for special prayers. After the

service, there was a reception for close knit family and friends at the church premises Dignitaries in attendance included Olori Ladun Sijuwade, wife of the late Ooni of Ife, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya, Prince Bisi Olatilo, Yanju Lipede, Omasan Buwa, and Modela. Mr. Ladipo, a native of Ibadan, Oyo State is the last of four children. The loss of his parents at a tender age didn't deter him as he struggled through life to become successful. He had to face life alone with little or no support. Mr. Ladipo travelled to the United States of America to study where he worked his way through College, and distinguished himself in the professional scene where he trained as a journalist and practised both in Nigeria and America (Chicago Defender), and never for once thought he would end up in advertising. However, the budding love for creative arts triggered an interest in advertising, a profession that has consumed him to date with an impressive line-up of sterling achievements. The elated celebrant told OVATION "60 is the new 40. I thank God for His mercies and I know I still have many years ahead of me to accomplish more feats and impact humanity�

Funmi Ajila-Ladipo with husband, Rufai Ladipo

Mrs. Adeluola Lipede & Olori Ladun Sijuade

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Mrs. Grace Mark with Ms Omasan Buwa

Mrs.Yemisi Ibrahim, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa with Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya


Pastor Biyi Famuyegun, Mr.Yomi Adeola & Mr.Yanju Lipede

Pastor Biyi Famuyegun

Timi Akinwunmi & Tokunbo Ekundayo

Mrs. Nneka Nwaligbe & Mrs. Evelyn Osaronwaji

Prince Bisi Olatilo, celebrant with Mr.Yanju Lipede

Modela, Funmi Ajila, celebrant with Olori Ladun Sijuwade

Mrs. Esther Farinloye, Mrs. Busola Adekusibe, celebrant, Funmi Ajila with Susan Eyo-Honesty

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Celebrant with the Officiating Ministers

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Major Gen. Biodun Role (rtd.)

Mr. & Mrs. Rufai Ladipo


WHEN THE OKOYAS HOSTED A WEDDING RECEPTION FOR

DAVID AND ELAINE EDWARDS Story: Donald Asakitikpi Photo: Adekoya Adegbite & Segun Lawal

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hen special couples get together, there is bound to be a love-filled wedding, which is always followed with a classy reception. This was the situation when a special reception was organized by billionaire industrialist and Aare of Lagos, Chief Razak Akanni Okoya, CON for newly-wedded David and Elaine Edwards in his stylish mansion, Oluwanisola Estate, Lekki, Lagos. Everything at the venue portrayed class and finesse and the quality of guests, made up of close knit family and friends was top notch. And they were treated like royals. The ceremony kicked off with an opening speech by retired Supreme Court Justice, Sola Oguntade (Rtd) to

welcome the guests. He urged them to enjoy the evening, as well as sit back, relax and savour the hospitality of the Okoyas. He revealed that David and Elaine are a lovely couple who have come to regard Nigeria as home. Speaking to OVATION, Chief (Mrs.) Shade Okoya described the couple as wonderful and kind. She noted that the Okoyas regard them as good friends and that was why the reception was hosted in their honour. Other dignitaries that graced the occasion were Sir Kessington, Otunba Funsho Lawal, General & Mrs. Ike Nwachukwu. The ceremony was nothing short of a colourful and fun-filled reception.

Justice Sola Oguntade (Rtd), Chief (Mrs.) Sade Okoya, Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Oguntade & Alhaji Rasak Okoya

Mr. & Mrs. Edwards

John Ryan, Rhanell Ryan & Femi Young

Stephen Gladwin & David Edwards

Alhaji Rasak Okoya, Mr. & Mrs. Femi Adeniyi-Williams, Mrs. Elaine Edwards, Femi Young & David Edwards

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Alh. Kuburat Okoya

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Otunba Funsho Lawal & David Edwards

Gen. & Mrs. Ike Nwachukwu


Alh & Alh. Lateef Okoya

Bunmi Olatunji & Delphine Okonkwo

Mr. & Mrs. Rufai Ladipo

Mrs. Rafat Adegbite, Alhaja Nimota Adeleye, Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Oguntade & Mrs. Temilade Uzum

Stephen & Marranne Gladwin

Mr. & Mrs. Olu Okeowo with Elaine Edwards

Chief (Mrs.) Folasade Okoya

Daala Oruwari (OvationTV presenter)

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Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Oguntade, Mr. David Edwards, Mrs. Elaine Edwards & Justices Sola Oguntade (Rtd.)

John Ryan & Rhanell Ryan

Chief & Mrs. Willy Anumudu with Alhaji & Mrs. Rasak Okoya

Kemi & Ezekiel Adamu with daughter, Elaine

Prince Jare Olateru-Olagbegi & Mr. Azuh Arinze

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Mrs Sophie Okoya

David & Elaine Edwards with Otunba Funsho Lawal

Frankle & Mrs. Joko Oni

Fatomah Shehu & Biola Okoya

Delphine Okonkwo


Mr. & Mrs. Ogundimu

Senator Lanre Tejuoso & Alhaji Rasak Okoya

Mr. & Mrs. Femi Adeniyi-Williams with Oladipo Okpeseyi

Tokunbo Okoya & David Edwards

David Edwards with Nicholas & Louise Rose Baard

Chief Obasa, Azuh Arinze & Prince Olateru-Olagbegi

Olamiju Akala, Sanya Savage, Ezekiel Adamu & Jide Tokan

Gen. Ike Nwanchukwu & Senator Lanre Tejuoso

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THE FUN-FILLED WEDDING BETWEEN

OLUFUNMILOLA OLUKOYA AND BABATUNDE PRATT Story: Donald Asakitikpi Photo: Funmilayo Adeyemi

The couple

Couple with best man & bride’s maid

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Chief Imam Ibowon Central Mosque, Epe: Alhaji Imam W.O Ismail

The groom, Babatunde Pratt

The bride, Funmilola Olukoya

The Officiating Ministers: Islamic clerics

Mr. Pratt & Alhaja Modupe Olukoya

The Olukoyas

Mrs. Kuburat Pratt & Mr. Michael Olukoya

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hen love is found, nothing else matters, and so it was between Olufunmilola Olukoya and Babatunde Pratt when they took their love affair further in a lively Niqqah ceremony. The ceremony brought together family members, friends and well wishers. The event which took place at the 10 Degrees Events Centre, Oregun Ikeja, Lagos, had Wazobia FM's

Omotunde Adebowale aka ‘Lolo 1’ as the compere. The ceremony had such dignitaries as Dr, Idiat Oluranti Adebule, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State who was the chairperson of the event, she was ably represented by Mrs. Yetunde Adefolahan Odejayi, the Permanent Secretary, Governor’s Office. Others present included Mrs. Taiwo Oyemade, Chairman, Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Lagos; HRM

(Dr.) Peter Afolabi Falade, The Obaloja of Oloje Kingdom, Ekiti State, HRM Oba Jagunmolu Gbolahan of Shomolu/Bariga area, and Dr. Ganiyu Shopeyin, Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). The ceremony moved smoothly when both families and their guests were comfortably seated. The programme was coordinated by knowledgeable Islamic 149


Groom’s father, Mr. Anthony Pratt, bride's father, Mr. Michael Olukoya, Mrs. Taiwo Oyemade ,bride's mum, Mrs. Modupe Olukoya & groom's mother, Alhaja Kuburat Pratt

Chairman of SUBEB, Lagos State, Mr. Ganiu Shopeyin

Mr. Jibola Ariyibi

Clerics-and from the opening prayer to the very end, they took charge. It was undoubtedly a well-planned occasion as the team from The Touch Events embellished the decor with its professional expertise, while Shelet Catering Services was on hand to pamper guests. The highest point of the occasion was when both families agreed to the union and the couple were joined amidst recitations from the Holy Quran as husband and wife. This part of the ceremony dovetailed to the reception were there was a Yoruba poetry recitation (Ewi) 150

and other forms of entertainment. There was also a moment of nostalgia as the groom called on his secondary school friends for a performance of their alma mater's (Igbobi College) school anthem. It was such a wonderful sight to behold. A lot of gifts were presented to the couple, and the groom gave a warm vote of thanks. The sensational Waka Queen, Alhaja Abeni Salawa was on hand to provide good music and the couple totally owned the dance-floor before others gleefully joined the celebratory atmosphere. Everyone rocked till well into the night.


L-r Hrm. Oba Jagunmolu Gbolahan

Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi (left)

Jessica Barroni, Mr. Michael Olukoya & Mr. Oludehinde Pratt

Chief Wale Oyeniyi, Alhaji Mutasu, Mr. Michael Olukoya, Mr. Obong & Dr. Clinton

Jessica Barroni , Mr. & Mrs. Oluwatosin, Mrs. Feyi Egbebiyi with bride's father, Mr. Michael Olukoya

Permanent Secretary of Lagos State, Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi & Mr. Michael Olukoya

Mrs. Taiwo Oyemade , Mr. Olukoya & Mrs. Otun A.O

Queen Salawa Abeni with Mr. & Mrs. Olukoya

The Olukoyas with couple

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80 HEARTY CHEERS FOR FORMER FINANCE MINISTER

ETUBOM ANTHONY ANI Story: Ajibola Morakinyo Photo: Falodun Abraham

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t was a superlative atmosphere of culture and colour when Accountancy icon, former Minister of Finance, Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Pioneer President, Accountancy Body of West Africa (ABWA), Member, Calabar Union of Great Britain and Ireland, Member, Board of Governors of African Development Bank and Member, Mbiabo Ikoneto (Ukpong Atai) Traditional Council, Dr. Etubom Anthony Asuquo Ani, celebrated his 80th birthday. Etubom Ani, the 18th President of ICAN (1977-78), Author, ‘Companies Income Tax and Petroleum Profits Tax’ and former Presidential aspirant under the National Republic Convention (NRC) was born on July 6, 1936 into four royal families of Efik Land. He is Celebrant, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Asuquo Ani & wife, Morin cutting the birthday cake

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Celebrant, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Asuquo Ani & wife with family members

the fourth generation of a family with formal British Education and is also the son of Late Chief Micheal Okon Nsa Ani, a top Nigerian Administrator. The Octogenarian, a parishioner at the Holy Cross Cathedral Victoria Island, Lagos showed his profound gratitude to God through a thanksgiving Mass to celebrate his birthday at the Cathedral, drawing several reverend fathers and bishops from all over Nigeria as well as celebrated Nigerians from all walks of life. As a stickler for time and principles, the church ceremony began exactly on time and it was a session of prayers and praises. Etubom Ani and his family during the service were also served the holy communion and had a wonderful thanksgiving dance that was enjoyed by all.


THE THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Celebrant, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Asuquo Ani with Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okojie & Officiating Ministers

Celebrant, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Asuquo Ani, MON, OFR, KSS

Most. Rev. Adewale Martins, Chief (Mrs.) Morin Ani & guests

Tola Williams, Chief William Inyang & Chief Edmund Eyo Ani

Cross section of children, celebrant and guests during church thanksgiving

Chief & Chief (Mrs.) Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan

Celebrant, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Asuquo Ani in a warm handshake with Chief Akintola Williams as Chief Femi Olapade looks on

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Mr. Toyin Pinheiro, SAN & Mr. Sholeye Hughes

Celebrant, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Asuquo Ani & Mrs. Angela Ani during thanksgiving mass

Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martin presenting celebrant, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Asuquo Ani a birthday gift

Mr. Mac Gregory Alfred Olufemi, Mr. Olujimi Agbaje & Mr. Kunle Damola

Bashorun J.K. Randle & Mr. Bode Emmanuel

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RECEPTION

The lovely reception venue

Etubom Ani’s grand arrival

Head of the Interim Government of Nigeria, Chief Ernest Shonekan and wife, Chief Akintola Williams, Chief Femi Olopade, Chief Olu Falomo, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Head of the Federal Civil Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita and Archbishop Cardinal Olubunmi Okojie were among the guests that made the church service. The reception at the Habor Point, Victoria Island Lagos had all the imprints of the celebrant. It was classy, stately and regal. The décor was top notch and guests were also well pampered. His entry into the venue was electrifying, he brought the Efik tradition all the way to Lagos, complete with colourful dancers, masquarades and the

melodious music. The Ifa Ibom Efik Eburutu was in full flow. He was heralded into the venue like a true blue-blooded royal that he is-the audience was on its feet and applauded him till he settled into his special seat. The Master of Ceremonies was none other than leading comedian, Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule (aka Okey Bakassi), He steered the event expertly, ensuring that there were no hitches. It was Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Civil Service of Nigeria who coordinated the cutting of the cake-and a toast was later proposed for Etubom Ani who was conferred with a Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree in Public Finance by University of Uyo.

In his vote of thanks, Etubom Ani thanked God for sparing his life all these years. He stated “"I didn’t know I would be 80 and thank God for many more healthy years. I'm a politician that led the whole Cross River people in politics, I financed politics then and developed politics in Cross River, but it is such a shame that politics is now financing people. People are now in politics not to add value but to make money”. He said he would continue to offer his expertise to Nigeria and thanked all those who came to share this wonderful occasion with him and his family. The party flowed seamlessly till very late with God Bless and his Eboni Band providing good quality music. 155


Mrs. Winifred Oya-Ita, The Erelu Ojuolape Ojora & The Otunba Adekunle Ojora

Prince Adedamola Aderemi & celebrant, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Asuquo Ani

Barrister Gbolaga Ajayi & Prince Barrister Adedamola Aderemi

Rear Admiral Ati John & Prince Barrister Adedamola Aderemi

Bashorun J.K Randle & wife, Folashade

Ededem & Angela Ani with son, Effiom

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Barr. A. B. Tase, Chief & Chief (Mrs.) Wilfred Inah, Mr. Inyang Ani & Mariam Okoi

Chief Ede Dafinone & Mr. Henry Odein Ajumogobia


Mr. Dada Tayo, Nsa Ani, Tope Edun, Mrs. Lola Ani, Ededem Ani & Ladi Jackson

Prince Barrister Adedamola Aderemi & Professor Kayode Oyediran

Rosaline Babs-Jonah, Sami Omai & Yetunde Akindire

Otunba (Dr.) Olawunmi Jasper & Olamide Gasper

Mr. & Mrs. Seyi Martins, Da-silva Adeyinka, Chief Edmund Ani & Mr. & Mrs. Isa Omagu

Da-silva Adeyinka, Eyo Ani & Adekunle Abayomi

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Proposing the toast

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Banji Adekanye & Eyo Ani

God Bless & Eboni Band

Mr. Olu Akpata

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FAMILY CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF

LATE MRS. OLUFUNMILAYO AJIBOLA Story: Ajibade Morakiyo Photo: Falodun Abraham

Prof. Bola Ajibola & Otunba (Mrs.) Grace Titilayo Tomori (Deputy Governor Osun State) with children, in-laws & grandchildren

Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi, H.E Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, Mrs. Modupe Afikuyomi, Adesegun Ajibola, SAN & Barr. Segun Odubela

Prince Bola Ajibola with children & Otunba (Mrs.) Tomori

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eing referred to as a mother is a badge of honour that most women cherish. But it must certainly be extra special to be described as a mother like no other. An epitome of humility, discipline and hardwork. A woman who is human and spreads love. These qualities of extraordinary mother aptly described Mrs. Olufunmilayo Abeni Janet Ajibola, who passed on in London, United Kingdom. The deceased who was the wife of Prince Bolasodun Adesumbo Ajibola, SAN, former Attorney-General and the Minister of Justice of Nigeria as well as Founder, Crescent University, Ogun State was given a most respectable burial in London and also celebrated in 160

Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Senator Ganiyu Solomon & Otunba (Mrs.) Grace Titilayo Tomori (Deputy Governor, Osun State)

Lagos, Nigeria. The activities in Nigeria began with a 40th day memorial service at her Ikeja, Lagos home. Weeks later, there was a thanksgiving service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), House of His Glory, Parish, Ikeja and activities were then rounded off with a colourful and well-attended reception at Haven Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos. The reception was grand and had Gbenga Adeyinka 1st and Comedian Mayowa as Comperes. As evidence of the clout of the Ajibola family, there were tributes from the Office of the Vice President, Ogun State Governor’s office amd many prominent Nigerians.


Prince Adesegun Ajibola, SAN eldest son, delivering his tribute

Pastor James Owolabi

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Awosika delivering her tribute

Pastor James Owolabi praying for the children

Tunji Olaniyi, Larry Ettah & Biodun Olaniyi

Cross section of children & Prof. Bola Ajibola during church service

Prof. Jonathan O. Fabunmi, Alh. Chief Adisa & Alh. Chief (Mrs.) Aina Adewolu

Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), Mrs. Modupe Afikuyomi, (daughter of the deceased), Barr. Segun Odubela & Prince Segun Ajibola

Akinmade Ajibola, Prince Bola Ajibola, Prof. Bola Ajibola, Dr. (Mrs.) W.A. Awosika, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Awosika & family friends

Mrs. Modupe Afikuyomi, Prof. Bola Ajibola & Mrs. Oluwatoyin Awosika

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Barr. Adisa Adewolu, Olumuyiwa Atanda Ogunbayo, HRM Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu Amororo, (Olowu of Owu Kingdom), Prince Bola Ajibola & Prof. J.O. Fabunmi

Hon. Segun Olulade, Adesegun Ajibola (SAN), H.E Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, Chief Ademola Seriki & Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji

Prince Adesegun Ajibola & friends

Mr. Akinmade Ajibola & friends

From 3rd left: Hon. Segun Odubela (SAN), Rickey Tarfa (SAN), Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi & A.J Owonikoko (SAN)

R-l: Mr. Foluso Adeagbo, Capt. Yemisi Allan, Akin Johnson

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Pastor Akin Osinbajo, Adesegun Ajibola, SAN & Hon. Rotimi Jacob

Adesegun Ajibola SAN, H.E Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Chief Ademola Seriki & Mr. Tunde Osinowo


Princess Gina Andrew, Princess Christine Andrew, & Princess Mrs. Cynthia Akiyoye

The Ajibolas with the Okoya-Thomases & others

From 3rd left: Senator Gbenga Ashafa & Senator Gbenga Onaolapo Obadara

Kayode Opeifa, Isreal Opayemi & Abimbola Opayemi

Tunde Okewobi, Barr. Adesegun Ajibola, SAN, Taiwo Adebowale & friend

Tunde Okuwobi, Rotimi Edu, Segun Ajibola, SAN, Segun Dawodu, & Tolu Omuero

From right: Kareems, Seyi Ben-Oduyelu, Tunji Ope, Mistura Ope & Zainab Imam

Lanre Adeniyi, Kola James, Niyi Adelaja, Debo Collins & Segun Dawodu

Her eldest son, Segun Ajibola, SAN in his tribute praised her for her motherly love, consistent advice and hardwork. Her daughter, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Awosika, in a tribute gave thanks to God for answering her mother's prayer on how she wished to pass on. "We were far from prepared for your departure, but you got the type of departure that you always prayed for; going to bed and meeting the Lord, and thank God it happened". Also, wife of RCCG, House of His Glory Parish, Pastor, Mrs. Nike Owolabi, described Mrs. Olufunmilayo Ajibola as a cheerful giver. "She has left

a legacy, touched lives, and gave gifts, especially to me� Her Grand-daughter, Tumike Awosika, remembered her loving kindness to all grandchildren. "You would pick Demilade and I up from school, and we will all go out and get some pop-corn". Her son in-law, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi decribed her as a woman in a million who was kind-hearted and a dedicated servant of God. Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Deputy Governor of Osun State, Otunba (Mrs.) Grace Tomori, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Former Speaker Lagos State House of Taiwo & Kehinde Ajibola & family

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Allahu Lateef, Tunde Osinowo & Wole Kazeem Amarachi Anyalewechi, Dele Owolabi, Mojisola, Peace, & Adeola

Mrs. Mojisola Benson, Mrs. Jadesola William & Miss Olajumoke Lawal Yewande Olajide, Olayinka Akanmu, Buki Oropo, Nike Kuku, Bisi Fetuga & Olaitan Okunwobi

Adesegun Ajibola,SAN, Barr. Folu Oguntade & associates

Laitan Okegbenro, Mako Detola & Yemisi Bamisile

Folu Oguntade (SAN) with Dr. & Mrs. Adeola

Hon. Taiwo Ebinisi, Abiodun Owoyele (Eko Round City) & Otunba Wale John Otubanjo

Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Former Lagos Commissioner for Transportation, Hon. Kayode Opeifa, Pastor of RCCG, House of His Glory Parish, Pastor James Owolabi, Folu Oguntade (SAN), Hon. Rotimi Jacob, Coordinator for School of Dental Nursing, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Mrs. Aina, Hon. Taiwo Ebinisi, Hon. Taiwo Odukomaiya, Chief Adisa Adewolu, Prof. Jonathan Fabunmi and members 164

of RCCG House of His Glory Parish were among those who came to celebrate the life Mrs. Ajibola. Mrs. Olufunmilayo Ajibola was born in Igbore, Abeokuta, Ogun State, to the family of Pa James Kuye Olugbemi and Madam Alice Abeke Olugbemi, she was an adventurous woman who loved travelling a lot. Her favourite fun spots included England, Atlanta, Ghana, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Italy and The Hague. Mrs. Aina (Coordinator, School of Dental Nursing, LUTH) (left)


40TH DAY PRAYERS AT HER LAGOS HOME

Cross section of the family Officiating Ministers

Dele Awosika, Tunmike Awosika, Somidele Awosika & Demilade Awosika

Elders Committee, RCCG, House of His Glory Parish Allen Avenue, Ikeja

Elizabeth Oduah, Mrs. Olasunpo Ipaye & Mrs. Stella Oyefeso

Mr. Aderemi Abiola & Michael Effiong, Editor, Ovation International

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THE STYLISH

50TH

BIRTHDAY OF RENOWNED I.T EXECUTIVE

SULEMANA ABUBAKAR Photo: Segun Lawal & Family Album

Abu & GE CIO, Jamie Miller enroute to Nigeria for ICT level discussions

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The birthday boy enjoying some Ashanti traditional 'Eto', specially prepared by his mother, Mrs. Ernestina Halm

Mr. Abubakar chairing a meeting at General Electric offices in Kenya


The celebrant with family

S

ulemana Abubakar (Abu) recently celebrated his 50th birthday in Accra in grand style with four days of fun and thanksgiving appropriately dubbed ‘Forever Young’. Abu is one of a kind. He is the son of the late Alhaji M.B. Sulemana, member of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s political team and Prophetess (Mrs.) Ernestina Veronica Halm. The fourth of six siblings, his mother raised him to fear God and value education and family. He graduated with 1st class honors in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and also holds an MBA in Finance and Project Management from Imperial College, London U.K. He is a family man, married to Nana Efrima Sam, and together they have three lovely kids: Zidane, 19-year old son, is a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Zeeta, 15-year old daughter at the SOS School, Ghana; and Zaiid, 10year old son at Multikids Academy in Ghana. This stylish, fun-loving gentleman is also the Chief Information Officer for GE Africa. A role which sees him travel across the African continent and the world, driving growth and productivity for GE through the use of digital technology. He’s also responsible for recruiting and grooming IT talent for GE in Africa.

Abu loves to unwind with movies, sports and music and enjoys hanging out with friends he’s made over the years. All those who know Abu know that he throws great parties and friends from all over the world made it a point to attend the 4-day event in Accra. The first event was on Tuesday November 1, 2016 with his friends from GE joining him at home for brunch, socializing and reminiscing. Friday night kicked off the weekend with a soiree at the popular Silver Star Towers. Family and friends turned out in their numbers to celebrate with Abu at the roof top and DJ Foe kept the evening jamming with great music. Abu arrived at the party with his beautiful wife and children, and spent most of the night personally ensuring that everyone had fun. Ghana’s finest Master of Ceremonies, the stylish dresser, KKD, who’s also Abu’s cousin, handled proceedings with his usual panache. In their tributes on the night, wellwishers described the birthday boy as a caring guy, and wished him everlasting youthfulness. In his response, the elated celebrant, beaming with smiles, thanked everyone that found time to grace his occasion, and asked them to return the next day for the main event. The third event was an exclusive allblack dinner at the World Trade Center, in the heart of Accra. The décor was spectacular and the ambience classy as guests included former First Lady, Nana Konadu AgyemanRawlings, Sir Sam Jonah and wife, and Nana 167


A SOIREE FOR FRIENDS

Lady Boadicea

Abu

Zidane, Abu, Nana Efrima & Zeeta Abubakar

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Cargo Brent & Stephanie Benson

Penelope Mawuenga

Belinda & Abu

KKD & Frema


Michael & Kofi

George & Mona

Carlo, Abu & friend

Mr. & Mrs Farouk Prempeh

Sulley, Abu & friends

Alex, Abu & Ama

Abu & Julia

Bhupendra, Abu & Mala

Victor, Abu & Yacoba

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Abu & GE colleagues

Emma, Hilda, Karen & Martha

Mrs. Effah, Joyce, Abu, Edward Effah (Fidelity Bank, CEO) & Angela

Abu & friends

Penelope, Belinda, Yahan & Nana Prah

Abu & friends from Fidelity Bank

Baba with Lady Boadicea

Prah Agyensaim IV and wife. The birthday boy made his grand entrance with a wicked performance with Flash Mob Ghana to kick off the event. Food and drinks flowed at the event as the guests enjoyed good music and a video montage of birthday wishes from family and friends who were unable to attend. His kids entertained the crowd with ‘inside’ stories about their dad the ‘disciplinarian’ and there were speeches by his wife and uncle, Opanyin Kweku Dua. 170

Bernard, Abu, Mona & George

In his own remarks, Abu told OVATION “I don’t feel a day older than 25. I wish that God will give me another 50 years so I live to be 100 or more”. According to his wife, ”Abu is an amazing man, an amazing husband and a great father”. His mother’s wish was that he lives a long life like his grandmother did. The celebration was rounded off on Sunday with a thanksgiving service at the Calvary Methodist Church in Adabraka, where the family worshipped in all white. Abu told us that it was necessary to thank God for

everything in his life because without the grace of God, nothing is possible. He noted that this was the most important aspect of the celebration. After the service the close knit family and friends headed to Coco Lounge Restaurant for lunch. The high point of the lunch was when the waiters put up a special birthday display for Abu, presenting him a special chocolate birthday cake and he was lovingly fed by his wife. This, indeed, was a very lively finale to a first class 4-day celebration.


Abu and his AIS classmates

Abu and his AIS classmates

Joe, Abu & Priscilla

Kristof, Abu & Vera

Sulley, Kofi, Boadicea & Friend

Sir Sam Jonah, Abu, & Lady Belinda Jonah

Abu & Friends

D-larbi, Abu & Teddy

Abu & Efrima with friends

Abu & friends

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Farouk, Boadicea & Brian

Ray, Julian & Friend

D-Larbi, Priscilla & Friends

Zeeta, Zidane & Joy

Yahan & Nana Prah

Estella, Faith, Mona, Vera & Efrima

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Abu & guest

Lady Boadicea & guest

The Setup


FOREVER YOUNG: THE UPSCALE DINNER

Prophetess (Mrs.) Ernestina Veronica Halm

The Abubakar family

Abu with mom

Lady Boadicea

Teddy & Abu

Clare & Clara

Mr Haruna Suleman

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Parents & sister of Mrs Abubakar:Araba Sam, Cramer Sam & Dr. Yacoba Hudson

Madam Yaa Ataa, Mrs. Halm & Lady Boadicea

Sir Sam Jonah & Wife

Sharon & Family

Simon, Klorkor & Prof. Atukwei Okai

Kwabena, Ijeoma & Uzo

Abu & Kelvin

Sarah

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Georgiette Ewaroc & friends


James, Kakra, Ewuradjoa, Abu, Kwakyewa & Poku

Kate, Theresa, Abu & Angela

Leslie, Abu, Shine & Marlon

GE guests

Siatta, Amina, Boadicea, Yaa Asantewa, Farouk & wife

Abu and AIS classmates

Kristoff, Abu & Faith

Kofi & friend

Mona, Jonelle & George

Naa Kai

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Abu performing with Flash Mob Ghana

Abu performing with Flash Mob Ghana

The lead dancer unveils his mark to reveal his true identity, as the very Abubakar to the total amazement of the guests!!!

Abu & Efrima on the dancefloor

Former First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyman-Rawlings, boogies with cousin, Mrs Ernestina Halm

Wife & son in awe of Abu The Dancer!

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The birthday boy proves he is truly not a day older than 25

Flash Mob Ghana performing


Abu giving a speech

Prophetess (Mrs) Ernestina Veronica Halm

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings & Prophetess (Mrs) Ernestina Veronica Halm

Yaa Asantewa & Amina Rawlings

Boadicea singing praises to God

Abu with GE colleagues

Kwasi & Gerry

Mr. Kojo Nyantekyi Lady Boadicea & Lady Victoria Bright

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Lady Boadicea & Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

Mr & Mrs Farouq Prempeh

Wendy & Nana Kwame

Jojo

Adesua, Abu & Welela

Nicholas

Kwab & Lady Boadicea being jovial

Zeeta & Zidane with their youngest Aunt, Lady Boadicea

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Mrs Oona Mahama


Mr, & Mrs Abubakar cuts the cake

Opanyin Kwaku- Duah, (celebrant’s favourite uncle & mentor)

Abu & Family

Mamaa & Zaiid

Zaiid tells audience he thinks daddy is cute

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Abu with GE colleagues

Abu showing off a gift from GE colleagues

MOBA '85 sings their school anthem

Abu with GE colleagues

Guests on the dance floor

Toasting Abu

Family Toasting Abu

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Nelly & Suley

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, celebrant’s mother & KKD, toasts to Abu in sheer delight


THANKSGIVING

Abu & Efrima

Abu being congratulated by the priest

Yaw Ofori, Mrs. Halm, Abu & Efrima

Congregation

Abu, Efrima & Mr. Sam

Mrs. Halm

Church Service

Abu & Efrima with clergy

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BIRTHDAY LUNCH

Family at lunch Lady Boadicea & mother, Prophetess (Mrs) Ernestina Veronica Halm

Family at lunch

Birhday cake arriving

Abu admiring the cake

Zaiid & Dad cutting the cake

Abu enjoys a taste of his cake

Mrs. Halm, Abu, Zeeta & Boadicea

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Bernard, Mala, Bhupendra, Boadicea & Efrima

Prophetess (Mrs) Ernestina Veronica Halm with daughter, Lady Boadicea


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