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British High Commission Celebrates Nigerian Creativity At The Queen’s Birthday Party 2019



Photo: Koya Adegbite                                  Story: Promise Oshewa

It was a mix of senior personalities from various sectors of society on Thursday April 2019 as the British Deputy High Commission hosted the Queen’s Birthday Party at the British Residence in Ikoyi., Lagos.

The event, which was used to celebrate the creativity of Nigerians in different spheres of life was attended by the cream of Nigerian society both old and young.

Catriona Laing, Babajide Sanwoolu & Laure Beaufils

The creative them of the occasion was obvious right from the entrance as the décor and design of the venue was transformed with various installations that gave it a colourful and vibrant feel.

Following a week from the #BHCYouthParty, the design of the space was comprised of the work of various talented Nigerians, including the black wall of ideas guests to the youth party has scribbled on.

Laure Beaufils & Toyin Saraki

On arrival, guests were greeted by a lounge area with Adire fabric sofas from Nigerian Furniture designer, Alaga collections, a live mural-in-action being painted on the wall, and an already completed mural titled ‘Mammy water’ which was a painting by public school children in Lagos, both under the five cowries project by Polly Alakija.

Inside the residence, the living area was converted to a screening room for a video installation of the short film ‘Entitled’; a migrant fantasy film By British Nigerian filmmaker Adeyemi Michael.

Erelu Abiola Dosunmu & Catriona Laing

Reflecting on her experience so far in her new role as the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing said that working in Nigeria was the job she had always wanted since joining the Foreign and Commonwealth office.

She said this conviction was corroborated at an event recently in which she had met Queen Elizabeth who told her she had ‘the best job in the world’ representing the British Government in Nigeria.

Mrs Kuti & Catriona Laing

The musical talent of Nigerians was also brough to the fore in the form of music provided by Beejay Sax and his band, as well as Kafayat Quadri who sang both the Nigerian and British anthems.

That was not all, there was also a display of striking photographs taken by Nigerians and provided by the African Artists Foundation, as well as designs from the finalists of the British Council Creative Enterprise programme. Guests were also treated to delicious desserts by renowned culinary company, SaltLagos.

Laure Beaufils, Babajide Sanwoolu, Catriona Laing & Prince Dapo Abiodun

For Deputy High Commissioner Ms. Laure Beaufils who was hosting her third and final QBP, it was a bittersweet moment ‘Lagos will always have a place in my heart and that of my family. It is a city that is so full of life and gives you so much energy, there is never a dull moment here. But I leave with the confidence that my colleague Harriet Thompson who will be taking over from me has as much of a passion for Lagos and more broadly Nigeria as I do.’ She stated with s bright smile on her face.

Speaking about the design of the space, the Residence Manager & Social Secretary Opeyemi Ojo said ‘I’m really proud and relieved to finally see what we have been able to achieve with the space this year, and the feedback we’ve received from guests has been very encouraging. I’m delighted that we have been able to use this theme to showcase the talent and vibrancy that is Lagos, and I’d like to thank all the artistes and service providers that worked with me to make this happen.’

Adewale Adebajo & Opeyemi Ojo

The Queen’s Birthday Party is the flagship annual event held by embassies and high commissions to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen of England. Although her actual Birthday is the 21st of April, QBPs are generally celebrated in the month of April according to the discretion of embassies.

Bisi Alimi, Catriona Laing & Ireti Oluwagbemi

Valentine Osigbo & Catriona Laing

Abdulrahman Abiola-Odunnowo & Laure Beaufils

Catriona & Laure

Umbrella Installation by Polly Alakija#

Staff of the British Deputy High Commission and British Council Pose for a photo

Laure Beaufils

Omoni Oboli

Catriona Laing

Catriona Laing, Adewale Adebajo & Babajide Sanwoolu

Catriona Laing & Laure Beaufils

Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Catriona Laing & Laure Beaufils

Ireti Oluwagbemi & Leticia Tikyaa

Kafayat Quadri singing the anthems

Adewale Adebajo & Opeyemi Ojo

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Gladys Moyosore Adetunji Joins Octogenarian Club in Style




By Eric Elezuo

The octogenarian club is one decade above the Bible prescribed three scores and ten age, and it is a thing of utmost joy and grace to hit the 80th year.

For Madam Gladys Moyosore Adetunji, the feeling was exceptional as she was ushered into the octogenarian elite group with pomp and pageantry, and with plenty to drink, eat and take home.

Friends, family members and colleagues from all walks of life left nothing to chance as they gathered in solidarity to give the mama, as she is fondly called, the celebration of her life.

Born on March 15, 1943 to Gabriel Oyebanji Fatoye of Ile Osa-Oke Egan Gbongan and Adebomi Fatoye (Nee Fadele) from Ode Omu I Osun State, Mrs Gladys Moyosore Adetunji began her early education at St Luke’s Primary School Gbongan before proceeding to St Patrick’s Catholic Secondary School, also in Gbongan.

After her secondary educational, she was admitted into the Queen of Apostles Catholic Teachers training College, Oluyoro, Ibadan, to sharpen his teaching skills.

Thereafter, she was employed as a teacher at St Matthew Catholic School Oloba Gbongan, was later transferred to St Matthews Catholic School Ode-Omu and much later to St Martins Catholic School Gbongan.


However, in search of the proverbial greener pastures, she travelled to the United Kingdom in July 1967 to acquire more academic tutelage, and so attended the School of Science and Technology, Notting Hill Gate on arrival, and followed it up with attendance at the London & North-western Polytechnic, Camden Town, London.

Mrs Adetunji has an array of experience, having worked into establishments, especially in the UK

Some of the places where he once plied his trade include Metropolitan Police, Harrods, Selfridges, London Transport on Baker Street, and Greater London Council Harrow Road, London

After a meritorious service to the government and people of the United Kingdom, spanning years, she returned to Nigeria and worked in the following top executive positions:

1.Executive officer at the Federal Ministry of Finance Accountant General’s office in Lagos.

2, Federal Ministry of Agriculture – Department of Forestry Ibadan as executive Account officer

3. Federal Ministry of Agriculture – Monitoring Unit

4. Federal Agric Coordinating Unit – FACU

5. The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Moor Plantation Ibadan.

6. Federal Ministry of Economic Development

7. Federal Pay Office Ibadan as Assistant Federal Pay officer

8. Federal Pay Office Abeokuta as Federal Pay Officer

9. Federal Ministry of Communication Abuja where she retired as Assistant Director in 2003.

From testimonies and eulogies from loved ones including family members, friends and career colleagues, Mrs Adetunji is no doubt a workaholic and excellent go-getter, who saw all that needed to be seen and conquered.

She is blessed with a lot children a grandchildren, whom she dot a great deal.

We wish you the best of 80th birthday celebration, mama.

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Glamour, Fun As First Ever Alimosho Food Festival Holds in Lagos




By Eric Elezuo

The Youth Centre in the heart of Abesan Town in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, came alive penultimate Sunday, when Sunquest Discovery Limited in association with Zenith Bank, BandRus, MMS among others hosted the first ever food festival in the area.

Successful in all ramifications, stakeholders in the food sector, from all walks of life, gathered to showcase their culinary skills and technology embedded in the preparation of local and continental dishes and other edibles while calling on the local and state governments to address inflation and tackle the high cost of food materials so as to curb poverty in the country.

Speaking on the intentions behind the festival, the Chairman Sunquest Discovery Limited, the organisers of the festival, My Isiaka Lawal, said the festival was organised to give opportunities to good vendors to showcase their products as well as allow consumers to purchase food at cheaper prices against the high cost in the market.

He added that Alimosho, being the largest local government in Lagos State, was chosen because of its high population as it would afford more people the opportunity to benefit from the event.

“We understand the plight of the ordinary in trying to make a living, and also the fact that eating healthy food at affordable price will help to face the task of building the nation from all fronts.

“The cost of food as well as food shortage have become a problem in Nigeria which should be addressed by the government. While we call on the government to tackle the problem so as to make life easier for Nigerians, we have chosen this food festival to contribute our quota to alleviating the problem,” Lawal said.

He added that the festival also afforded the organizers the opportunity to test run an application which would allow food vendors to market their goods online.

On their part, stakeholders and food vendors also spoke of their expectations from both the government and organisers, citing high cost items as their major challenge.

One of the vendors, Mrs Omoluyi Esther, who deals in sales of local food commended the organizers for putting together the event.

She however, lamented the daily increase in food items, which according to her, is affecting many companies involved in food production business.

“As small scale business owners, there are challenges we are facing such as daily increases in prices of food.

“Today you buy something for N200 and tomorrow it goes up to N500. Government should try to make sure there is money in circulation and bring down prices of food stuff. In that way, they can address food scarcity,” she said.

Another vendor, Mrs Adekunle Olamide of Checkers Food said for the government to reduce poverty, ‘ it should help to reduce in prices of goods.’

“They should make sure there is stability in the economy. The instability is affecting all brands and they are finding it hard to get materials for production. When they increase prices of their goods, it’s the consumers that bear the brunt. So the government should help us stabilize Nigeria’s economy so that brands will find it easier to produce,” she urged.

A Nollywood actor, Joseph Momodu, who was the special guest at the event commended the quality of food on display at the festival.

“The kind of food you see here, you might need to order them online before you get them, but this event has offered people the opportunity to get them at their doorsteps and cheaper. The festival is of great significance to everyone,” he said.

He added: “There is hunger in the land. The government should help us subsidize food stuff to the nearest minimum to make food available. They should also control inflation especially the dollar scarcity so that the common man can do his or her business. They promised us that dollar will go down but it’s not so now. Government should do their business so that the masses can enjoy.”

While appreciating the over 22 ventures, and all the stakeholders and sponsors, who turned up for the successful test run of the first edition, the Creative Director of Sunquest Discovery, Adekoya Afeez, said the quality of food and products was commendable, promising that the subsequent editions of the festival will be bigger, and also be taken to other parts of the state so that the entire state can feel the impact of the fieata.

Adekoya also invited more stakeholders and sponsors to join hands with the company as they get ready to host another edition in no distant time.

The highlight of the event was display of acrobotics and choreographed dance steps from happy participants and distribution of various food items by sponsors including Labule Farms, which gave out lots of garri, Checkers Custard and a host of others.

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




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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