It was indeed a party to remember on Saturday, Oct 12th 2019 when Lagos society woman and Oil magnate, Hajia Bola Shagaya threw a big 60th birthday that shut down the whole of Lagos. It was an event which was attended by many top dignitaries from all corners of the country. Citypeople Society Editor, TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI and PHOTOJOURNALIST, Femi Adeleke captured the classy dinner party.
HAJIA BOLA SHAGAYA LOOKED GOOD AT 60
For Hajia Bola Shagaya, Life just began at 60. She looked so good for her age and was so energetic that she went to all tables to greet all her guests. It was her best day and many dignatries all came to show her love.
HOW SHE STOLE
HER OWN SHOW
To say the celebrant was the best dressed for the day will not be outrageous because she looked very pretty. She has been known to be a very simple yet expensive dresser. She wears what looks good on her and what you cannot take away from her is her love for diamonds. They are her best friend. She must have rocked precious stones that were in a rough estimate of over 2million dollars. From her pre birthday pictures to the Abuja party and Lagos grand finale she shone like a million stars. She also shopped for most of her outfits and accessories like shoes and bags from designer stores around the world. So when she made her entry into the venue, all eyes were on her. She was rocking a beautiful, never sewn before outfit from award winning designer, Deola Sagoe and her make up was done by queen of make up, Banke Meshida.
APC NATIONAL LEADER, TINUBU STEPPED OUT
WITH SON AND DAUGHTER IN LAW
Jagaban Borgu, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, APC National Leader was at the party. He also made a loud entry as he made his way to the VVIP table where the celebrant was sitting. He was at the party with his son, Seyi who is fast becoming a force to reckon with alongside Seyi’s wife, Layal Tinubu who just got back from vacation.
VICE PRESIDENT OSINBAJO HONOURED HIS IN-LAW
It will not be a surprise to see Vice President Osinbajo and his wife at the event because they are in-laws with Hajia Bola Shagaya. Vice President’s daughter, Dami got married to Hajia Bola Shagaya’s son, Seun in a superlative wedding in Abuja over a year ago.
WHEN ALIKO DANGOTE WAS WITHOUT HIS
Richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote was also at the party. He was sighted without his close friend, Femi Otedola. He was ushered into the venue by the celebrant herself, Hajia Bola Shagaya. He was with one of his billionaire’ friends, Sam Iwuajoku and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi
FIRST CLASS MONARCHS, OONI OF IFE, OBA SAHEED ELEGUSHI WERE THERE
Two first class monarchs, Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye and his bosm friend who is also a first class Oba, Saheed Elegushi were both at the party where they added their royal touch. Oba Saheed Elegushi was with his beautiful wife, Olori Sekinat Elegushi who looked pretty in an all-black dress by award winning designer, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi.
EKO HOTEL WORE A NEW LOOK
It was more or less the first of its kind in Eko Hotel as the convention centre wore a new look entirely. The decoration was out of this world. From the beginning of the walkway till the end, Hajia Bola Shagaya pictures littered the whole space and it was a lightening décor all through which gave many guests different places to take their pictures. Popular event decorator, Yewande Onabiyi was on top of her game.
2 EX-OGUN GOVS AND FORMER EKITI GOV WERE THERE
Ex-Ogun Govs, Aremo Segun Osoba and Gov Amosun were also at the party. Former Ekiti Governor and Minister of Industry, trade and investment, Niyi Adebayo was also there. They were there with their pretty wives, Olufunso Amosun, Derin Osoba and Angela Adebayo at the birthday dinner. Senator Ibikunle Amosun sat with Aliko Dangote. The wives all looked pretty in their outfits.
ABOUT OIL MAGNATE, TUNDE FOLAWIYO’S HUMBLE MIEN
One of the billionaires that rarely make noise is Tunde Folawiyo, the heir apparent to the Folawiyo dynasty. He does not always attend parties, but when he does, it must be A.list. Immediately he made his way into the venue, he went straight to greet Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari and was on his knees all through.
FMR PRESIDENT, BABANGIDA WAS REPRESENTED BY HIS SON, MOHAMMED
Nigeria’s former President, Ibrahim Babangida also honoured Hajia Bola Shagaya by sending his son, Mohammed to represent him. Mohammed was at the event with his wife, Umar. He also shares a great friendship with Bola Shagaya’s children. He was seen with them on stage singing happy birthday song for Hajia Bola Shagaya and took group pictures with them.
KWARA, OGUN, EKITI GOVS WERE THERE
The trio of Kwara, Ekiti, Ogun governors, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Kayode Fayemi and Dapo Abiodun were at the birthday dinner. They came in with their pretty wives, their first ladies. Sighted were Kwara first lady, Olufolake Abdulrasaq, Bamidele Abiodun but Bisi Fayemi was conspicuously absent.
A TALE OF 2 POWERFUL NORTHERN EMIRS
In the northern caliphate, Emirs are highly revered. At Hajia Bola Shagaya’s party were 2 influential emirs, Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi and Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari. They made the event grand by witnessing the 60th birthday dinner. They both came with all their entourages and Emir Of Kano’s daughter, Sadika was there with her father.
ADENUGA'S DAUGHTER, BELLA ADENUGA DISU SIGHTED WITH HER HUSBAND
It’s been a while Adenuga's daughter, Bella Adenuga stepped out at Lagos parties but she was at Hajia Bola Shagaya’s birthday as friend to her children. She was spotted alongside her husband, Jamil Disu.
SISI ABBA FOLAWIYO, IRETI ASEMOTA, DUPE SAGOE AND OTHERS HONOURED BOLA SHAGAYA
Hajia Bola Shagaya can’t be having a party and society women will not be there in large numbers. The hall was filled with a lot of society women who have had one contact or the other with the celebrant. It was indeed payback time for her. Sighted were Sisi Abba Folawiyo, Ireti Asemota, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Chief Mrs Oprah Benson, Olori Ladun Sijuade, Mrs Bisi Abiola, Alhaja Kubrat Okoya and many others.
WHEN THE WHOLE NORTH WAS BROUGHT TO LAGOS
It was as though Hajia Bola Shagaya was a core northerner because the northern Nigeria were well represented at the event by northern big shots from Abuja, Kano, Kaduna and Ilorin. It was a huge caliber of northern men and women who all came to celebrate her diamond mile stone.
MADAM ESTHER AJAYI IN HER MULTIMILLION NAIRA WHITE DRESS
Popularly called mother of all generations, Prophetess Esther Ajayi was at the party. She was ushered in by Ovation publisher, Chief Dele Momodu. She was looking regal in her usual diamond stoned Sutanna dresses that she wears. She sat on the same table with Senator Daisy Danjuma.
SHEIK FAROUQ ONIKIJIPA LED THE OPENING PRAYER
One of the highly revered Islamic Clerics in Nigeria, Sheik Farouq Onikijipa was at the event. He is well loved by the muslims and most powerful celebrities always want to have him at their events. He led the opening prayer at the party.
FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT, BUKOLA SARAKI AND
The former president of the 8th Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki also came to support his sister Bola Shagaya, who is also from Kwara State. They have been friends from time immemorial. His pretty wife, Toyin Saraki complemented her husband. She wore a monochrome dress which sat well on her.
MAMA BAKASSI, SEN FLORENCE ITA GIWA STUNNED GUESTS
Mama Bakkasi, Senator Florence Ita Giwa dazzled at the party. She wouldn’t have missed her friend’s birthday for anything. She was seen on the same table with her.
DAISY DANJUMA PLAYED PIVOTAL ROLE
Queen of blings, Senator Daisy Danjuma was also one of the celebrity women who lit up Hajia Bola Shagaya’s birthday. She took up some major roles at the birthday and only someone who shares a close friendship together with the celebrant can go that extra length. She was seen wearing an ivory coloured dress.
CHIEF KESINGTON ADEBUTU STEPPED OUT WITH DAUGHTER, TOPE
Lotto High Chief, Chief Kesington Adebutu was also at the party. He was there this time around not with his wife but with his daughter, Tope Adebutu.
ELEGANZA BOSS, RASAQ OKOYA AND WIFE SPOTTED
Eleganza boss, Chief Rasaq Okoya was at the birthday with his pretty wife, Shade Okoya. They both looked good together wearing white outifts.
POWERFUL ROLL CALL
At the party also were other big shots from different walks of life. Amongst the long lists were Chief Bolu Akin Olugbade, Fidelity Bank MD, Nnamdi Okonkwo, Emeka Ihedioha, Dr. Nike Akande, Oba Otudeko, Ike Nweremadu, Dame Pauline Tallen, Maiden Ibru, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwakwaso, Hon. Alfred Agboola, Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla, Modupe Jemibewon, Senator Sanusi Dagash, Kola Belgore, Sam Iwuajoku, Dr. Tunji Bello, Bayo Ojo, Medina Anako, Zainab Kure, Esther Ogbeha, Fatima Raji Rasaq, Julie Minaj, Adenike Adedutan, Terry Waya, Yomi Awoniyi, Bamanga Tukur, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Prince Adesuyi Hastrup and wife, Vicky Hastrup, Aremo Olusegun Oniru, Lagos SSG, Hakeem Muri Okunola, Fagbohungbe SAN, Prince Sam Adedoyin and many others.