She's quite popular in Turkey. Everyone calls her Iyalaje.
MEET IYALAJE OF TURKEY
Hajia Wasilat Amope Animashaun was born & raised in Lagos Island where she completed her primary & secondary educations. She started business at a very young age. Her business acumen is top notch with vast investments in textile, construction, foodstuff supplies & catering.
She was a big time Textiles importer in the popular "gutter" area of Idumota of Lagos Island in the 90s.
Her business investments took her outside the shores of Nigeria to various countries like India, London, Paris, Singapore, Uganda, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Germany, and Holland but after so many years, she decided to settle down in Istanbul, Turkey. The saying that the golden goose has no hiding place (I hope this is correct and is well interpreted Hajia Wasilat Amope Animashaun.
She built her foodstuff supply business from scratch to a million dollar empire in Turkey which earned her the Yoruba traditional title of IYALAJE OF TURKEY. Her motherly care of all Nigerians living in Turkey who have had a reason to meet her is phenomenal, this also earned her the title of IYA OODUA OF TURKEY from his Eminence Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams.
Iyalaje is the No 1 in Turkey when it comes to Nigerian foodstuff & African Cuisines. Just name the food. Is it piping hot Amala with gbegiri, & ewedu plus goat meat or efo riro with crabs, snails & dry fish, in Nigeria and you'll get it @ Iyalaje's shops in Mecedikoy & Esenyurt in Istanbul or anywhere else in Turkey.
Istanbul stood still for Iyalaje on the 21st of September when she celebrated her 55th birthday.
The menu list which included asaro, tuwo, fufu with sumptuous soups like egusi, gbegiri, ewedu, garri & ede yoyo, Ofada rice, jollof & fried rice were served. Guests who flew in from Lagos, Canada, London, USA, Dubai & Congo to celebrate this wonderful epitome of beauty, business acumen & humility were well satisfied.
She's blessed with 3 handsome sons who were also on ground to support their mum. She's the god aunt of Omolola Abibat Popoola who she constantly calls her Otun Iyalaje.