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ICES Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Nigeria Cake Expo

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By Timothy Edaki                                                      Photos: Ken Ehimen

It was a beehive of activities, with people coming and going, buying and selling, arriving cheerfully in their dozens and listening to cake experts at the Nigeria Cake Expo 10th anniversary, the biggest cake show in Africa themed ‘Celebration’ and hosted by the International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES), Nigeria Chapter.

Chineze Ibuoka, Omolara Ikpen, Susan Ogunbayode, Bola Abbas with Amanda Sam-Wobo

The event featured varied events and fun-filled segments. It had a vendor/vending hub where buyers could connect with sellers; a tasting room where participants could try variety of cakes for their pleasure and decide to buy the merchandise; a display room filled with plethora of cakes with maker’s names and tags to get interested buyers to contact them. It also featured cake classes for those willing to be tutored in the art of cake’making at discounted fees.

Ludivina Muda-Airahi, Nkechi Onunkwor with Fehinyola Akintola

Held at the prestigious Event Centre by African Shrine at Agidingbi-Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, the event ran for two days, 3rd- 4th October, 2018 and according to the programme’s Communication Director, Mrs Amanda Sam-Wobo, the expo was designed to show Nigerians that beautiful cakes could be produced locally and there was no need to travel overseas to purchase what you could get in Nigeria.She also revealed that the event has proven once again that Nigerians are not only creative but are blessed with entrepreneurial spirit.

International Cake Exploration Societe, Chineze Ibuoka

In her brief remark, the Country Representative of the Society, Mrs. Susan Ogunbayode, stated that the event was also to bridge the gap between cake buyers and sellers, cake experts and enthusiasts and create a forum where all and sundry could gather and exchange ideas.

Editor Ovation Magazine, Mike Effiong

Ovation International Editor, Mr. Michael Effiong, while delivering a short speech, congratulated the organizers and participants for their quest to make the event a success and pledged to support more of such events in the near future.

MC Otuetue was on ground to keep the crowd bubbling and alive as the event moved on from speeches by cake vendors to dance competitions amongst other thrilling activities.

Kemi Effiong James with Amanda Sam-Wobo

The event had displays from some of the big names in the cake industry including IC Chimera, Tan Nhat Huong Co Ltd, Honey Suckle Cakes, Funtols, Chimex, Penmac Global Resources Ltd, PayLess, Celebrate Icing, Sugar Craft Bits and Bobs amongst others.

International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES) is one of the world’s leading cake societies. Founded about 42 years ago by Betty Jo Steinman, it was established to preserve and encourage the sugar arts and craft, and requires a membership fee of $45 to join.

Lady Nuda Airahi, Susan Ogunbayode with Amanda Sam-Wobo

 

 

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Buhari, Osinbajo, Dantata, Sultan, Ooni, Govs, Others Headline Oluwo’s Book Launch

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Arrangements are in top gear to mark the 7th year coronation anniversary of the Natural Paramount Ruler of Iwoland, HIM Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi next Monday 16th January,2023.

The event scheduled to hold at Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos will witness the unveiling of his book “Code of Kings”written to register a pathway for the black race in the traditional institution. Nigerians from all walks of life will grace the occasion.

The Chief Executive Officer of Peculiar Ultimate Concern Limited, Engr. Abel Lanre Adeleke is the chairman of the event while Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman of Sifax Group is the Chief Launcher.

A statement released by Oluwo through his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, further revealed other dignitaries expected at the occasion ” President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammed Buhari, his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Kano born business mogul, Aminu Dantata, , , Sultan of Sokoto, AlhajiSa’adu Abubakar, Ooni of Ife , HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Dapp Abiodun of Ogun State, Governor Abiodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State, former Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and few other Governors from Northern part of Nigeria are to grace the event”

Notable Royal Fathers, serving federal and state legislators, captains of industries, friends of Oluwo from Canada, United Kingdom, leading entrepreneurs, academic professors and doctors, veteran journalists etc are billed to attend the August event.

The book will form part of Oluwo contribution,to learning,knowledge and history with the strong hope, that the it will correct some distortions in our rich history and liberate Nigerian youth from mental slavery.

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The Colourful Birthday, Empowerment Programme of Prophetess Olufunmi Lucas in Lagos

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Amiable Prophetess Olufunmi Lucas showed how compassionate she really is when she decided to splash cash on widows and the needy as part of her birthday celebrations.

The event which was held in Ilara, Epe in Lagos State was attended by many family members and friends of the ever graceful lady.

The day began with a thanksgiving session of prayers and praises which was followed by the opening of Mountain of Miracles Prayer Ground.

Then it was time for her to put smiles on many faces with donations to many widows and less privileged members of society.

In a short speech, Prophetess Lucas who was supported by her darling husband said the philanthropic exercise is a continuous process and that N14.11 million has been earmarked for touching lives.

Guests at the event included: Lagos Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya , HRM Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo & Olori Bolanle , Olori Sekinat Elegushi, Olori Mariam Ogunwusi, Tope Alabi, Caroline Adeneye, Fathia Balogun, Ademola Muyiwa, Ronke Oshodi Oke and others.

Entertainment at the event achored by Woli Agba and Bashorun Gboyega Lawal was provided by Yinka Ayefele and his band.

Pic by @koyaadegbite

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The Splendid Nuptial Ceremony Between Commentator Par Excellence, JJ Omojuwa and Demilade Odu in Lagos

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By Eric Elezuo

Blogger, and political and social commentator, Japheth Omojuwa, popularly known as JJ Omojuwa, was on Saturday September 24, 2022 launched into the space, where it is written that there is a tide in time, which must sweep the qualified. Here, in the life of the popular blogger, the life came when the obvious becomes reality.

Before  a mammoth crowd of friends, family members and we’ll wishers from all walks of life, the celebrated content creator, stylishly converted his beautiful fiancee, Demilade Odu, to an outstanding bride.

The event, which was held at Harbour Point Victoria Island, Lagos, was a roll call of the who’s who in Nigeria’s political , media and traditional lexicon.

A week earlier, the happy couple had celebrated a colourful traditional engagement ceremony in the fountain of knowledge state, Ekiti.

Filled to capacity, the Harbour Point venue boasted of top notch personalities including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; the first female Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Ibukun Awosika; business tycoon and member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi, and actresses Kate Henshaw and Efe Irele.

Other notable guests at the event were rapper, Remilekun Safaru, aka Reminisce; and ace comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, aka Ali Baba.

With the special presence of Timi Dakolo, whose lovely voice serenaded the atmosphere, the occasion witnessed no dull moment as both guests and couple had a swell time on the dance floor.

While the guests savoured the ceaseless flow of continental and local delicacies, in addition to choice beverages, the likes of Akinmayokun Awodumila, aka May D, and Laolu Gbenjo continued to ensure that the hall exided an ambience of solid tunes.

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