OVATION Publisher, Bashorun Dele Momodu is in a happy mood right now.He will be 59 in a few hours.As you read this,Bob Dee is in the air right now, travelling from one African country to another.He just left Kigali in Rwanda where he went to receive the Honorary Fellowship of the African Public Relations Association,alongside former Ghanaian President,John Dramani Mahama.
Bob Dee and Mahama have since left for Congo today to arrive Nigeria tomorrow for his 59th birthday which holds on Thursday 16th May 2019.
On that day he is having a big reception to mark his birthday which will be chaired by Mahama.
In all of his recent trips across Africa and Europe he has been in the company of Mahama. Both are friends. Both are close. Both respect each other.Bob Dee has been close to Mahama since his days in office as Ghanaian President. And since then they've kept their friendship aglow.
Mahama has over the last few years been visiting Nigeria frequently to meet all the high and mighty here.
So close are they that anywhere he goes,Bob Dee goes.He is usually a member of Mahamas trip.He is a member of his inner caucus.
Don't forget that Bob Dee is very influential in Ghana having lived there for years
What many don't know is that Bob Dee and this former President have a lot in common in terms of great taste .
They both have a great fashion taste.Ex President Mahama is a man of sartorial elegance.So also Bob Dee.
Recently he told Citypeople online a lot about his Style.
I love to wear any dress that makes me very comfortable, stylish and impeccable. You are also likely to find me in African Traditional wears. A Canadian Immigration officer once asked why I wore a folkloric dress and I didn't know how to answer. She took me to their inner office and apparently Googled my name and she turned the screen to her colleagues and exclaimed: "Wow, this guy is indeed a celebrity..." as more folkloric dresses jumped out of her computer. I love to stand out because Ovation is loud for a purpose.
I don't usually comform to colour codes when I go to parties because I love dark colours. The secret is simple. I'm a man of the people and I have to greet so many friends at events and I don't want the sweat to show on my dress...
Let me confess, I've always been a shoe freak even as a little boy growing up in the ancient town of Ile-Ife. Our best designers then were BATA and LENNARDS which my father struggled to buy for me as school sandals or Christmas gift. Many years later, I discovered very good shoes during my first trip to England in 1985, I was 25, and I fell in love with Bally shoes. I later discovered Russell & Bromley, Moreshi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and others. I love soft leathers and very comfortable shoes.
As for wristwatches, I'm not too expensive since I have greater responsibilities with running a tough business, maintaining a good family with huge responsibilities, demands from friends and associates, I don't indulge in excessive materialism. Chief MKO Abiola gave me my first gold wristwatch while Ambassador Deinde Fernandez once ordered me an expensive wristwatch when he invited me to lunch in Edinburgh, Scotland, and inscribed my name on it as well as his. I'm ok in anything God has made possible.
As for perfumes, I love to smell good, I hate dirty men and women smelling like he-goats, but I'm old fashioned. I discovered Aramis Concentree from Chief MKO Abiola, which I wear till this day. Aramis is common but not the concentree which I now get to buy at Edgar's in South Africa. The Aramis agents often phone or email me when they have new stocks. Aramis is an inspirational perfume and it takes me back to that time Daddy, Chief Abiola was here with us.
I love Must de Cartier which is also not common these days but I get every now and then at duty free shops in London Heathrow. I've tried so different perfumes, Amouage, Parco Rabanne, Creed, Azzaro, Grey Flannels, Kuoros, Eternity, Safari, Polo, and many others. I love strong deodorants and antiperspirant by Aramis plus good natural soaps from Body Shop.
I wear Buba and sokoto and Kaftans more than other styles. I find agbada too ceremonial and cumbersome but I wear the full regalia on special occasions. It is painfully beautiful because of the excruciating heat in Africa. I don't wear suits a lot but I love when I do. I look fresh and young and I have loads in Nigeria and London.