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A life worth living is a life lived for others. This depicts
the life of late Mrs. Susannah Olayiwole Ariyo before passing on to glory. The
family and friends of the bereaved will definitely miss her because of her
kind-hearted nature. The committed Christian lived a life of love, sacrifice
and hard work.

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Death is inevitable and everyone’s final call to eternity
even as the Holy Book says in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2 that “For everything
there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born,
and time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted,”
and so it was with Mrs.

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What a fulfilling day it was for Former beauty queen,
Omowunmi Akinnifesi when she launched her clothing line simply called
“Omowunmi”, opened a store at the Polo Avenue and also developed a fashion
initiative that is aimed at setting 
trends.

According to the ever-smiling lady, Omowunmi Label was
carefully created for the urban woman with a social lifestyle.

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Amiable Abuja-based businessman, Abiodun Adisa Shola-Bakare
was almost in tears inside The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Utako,
Abuja branch when he gave a powerful testimony how God turned his life from
nothing to something, how God took him from poverty to prosperity, insisting
that on this his 50th birthday, the first person to thank and give honour to is
God Almighty.

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When Her Excellency, Olufunsho Amosun, wife of the Ogun
State Governor turned 50, she decided not to have a lavish party rather she
used the occasion to draw attention to the all-important issue of our
Environment.

Not only did she launch the Green Education For The Youths
(GEFTY) Foundation, she also brought in experts and environmental enthusiasts
to discuss at a grand lecture tagged ‘’Greening the Economy’’.

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Life presents us with several remarkable moments, and the
most adored moments among them all, are those spent with loved ones. It was the
realization of this fact that made the 2-day celebration of Senator Fatimat
Raji-Rasaki’s 60th birthday all the more special. It was a moment of tremendous
joy for the sexagenarian mother of five considering that not everyone is
privileged to attain this age.

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When a man hits 60, he has hit diamond and a lot of pomp
and pageantry  is usually laid out to
celebrate this great occasion.

That was the case when the amiable former Governor of
Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel celebrated his 60th at the Prestigious
Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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The Dangote Group owned by Africa’s richest man, Alhaji
Aliko Dangote has began construction of a $1 billion cement factory in Okpella,
Edo State. It was a double ceremony as the billionaire businessman also
celebrated his 59th birthday on that same day, April 10th.


The project which will be completed within 26 months will create 6,000 direct
jobs and 45,000 indirect jobs in the community.

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Very few
Nigerians have her sense of style, very few Nigerians have her pedigree, a
one-time Member, Federal House of Representatives, a one-time distinguished Senator
of the Federal Republic, a one-time top Presidential aide, the daughter of a journalist
who got married to a first-rate journalist and to top it all, a Princess from Calabar.
Senator Florence Ita-Giwa is indeed in a class of her own.

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The volume of the hearty cheers for Deaconess Victoria Olatunde
when she celebrated her birthday was very loud, but not louder than the
imprints of her life on humanity over these years.

The significant role she played alongside her husband in the home front was
done with a robust commitment to inculcating values into their children, even
as education was considered a must-have for them.

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The true A-Listers, men whose style never go out of fashion,
were out in their numbers in Lagos, the Centre of Excellence to honour one of
their own, Asiwaju of Ife, Chief Oyekunle Alex Duduyemi when he turned 80.

Just days before the landmark celebrations began, there were
rumours concerning the health of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

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When he goes to the World Economic Forum and other
international platforms to discuss the importance of investment in Africa as
the best way to lift the continent out of poverty, President of Dangote Group,
Alhaji Aliko Dangote surely means what he says.

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The Parakoyi of
Ibadan, billionaire businessman, High Chief Bode Akindele’s joy knew no bounds
as he hosted a lavish traditional wedding ceremony full of colour, pomp and
circumstance for his beautiful daughter, Mojisola Iyabode Akindele at the Landmark
Events
Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, shaking the Centre of Excellence
to its very foundations.

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When hadsome and talented
Ghanaian actor and TV Personality, Chris Attoh met delectable Nigerian actress,
Damilola Taylor on the set of super successful Mnet Drama Series, Tinsel, it
was love at first sight!

According to Chris, it was her
beauty, simplicity and down-to-earth nature that caught his attention, and he
was so moved that he had to strike up a conversation-and soon what began on the
set of Tinsel had

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Glamour, colour, class
and the overwhelming hand of Almighty God were present when Tomi Ashimolowo,
son of famous Preacher, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo and Dorothy Kamara wedded in
Kent, England. It was two days of spirit-lifting fun.

Their nuptial was a celebration of
true love befitting of the romance shared by the lovebirds which was very evident
by their unabashed public display of affection throughout the ceremonies.

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Pastor (Dr.)
Olatunde Oladokun (JP) is a man who may be referred to as an unsung hero. He
may not have the biceps or incredible mystical powers of Marvel’s superheroes
but he has certainly used what God has endowed him with namely, his time,
talents and treasures to make an indelible positive impact on the lives of
hundreds of thousands of people across Nigeria- his home country.

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African businessman
and philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu has proposed a new entrepreneur- led
development model for Africa at two high profile events in Washington DC.

Mr. Elumelu, who is Chairman of United
Bank for Africa
, and Founder, the Tony Elumelu Foundation, spoke
at a White House event hosted by United States President, Barack Obama
to celebrate emerging entrepreneurs around the globe.

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It has been said that
a tree is best measured when felled. The same is true of Chief David Gbadebo Sokoya
who departed this world having attained the ripe age of 86 years. Pa Sokoya was
a highly principled, quintessential and unique gentleman of impeccable
character.

A distinguished Community Leader who
had a cosmopolitan worldview.

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Some people celebrate their golden jubilee with a loud party, a
boat cruise, a vacation in the Bahamas, a shopping spree in Dubai, or a trip to
Zanzibar, but, Mrs. Morenike Oyeyemi Adejuwon as a committed Christian, decided
to celebrate hers with her Creator.

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When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind,
lights the paths of other men. Sir (Chief) Dr. Molade Okoya- Thomas has lived an
eventful life, he was a good father, a first-class role model, a philanthropist
extraordinaire and one of the most valuable assets of the Nigerian society. His
life is a story of service, sacrifice and success.

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Happy is the man who
finds a true friend, and happier is he who finds that true friend in his
partner. “And among His signs is this, that He created for you mates from among
yourselves, that you may dwell in peace and tranquility with them, and He has
put love and mercy between your (hearts): Verily in that are signs for those
who reflect” (Quran 30:21).

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A age 50 is Golden. It is no sheer surprise therefore that
those who reach this milestone are seen as special. Among these special people
is Ilupeju- Ekiti born Entrepreneur and Founder of Grenville Schools, Mr. Moses
Olajide Babalola who rolled out the drums of celebration, hosting numerous
guests and dignitaries to a classy party.

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The pictures said it all. The joy, love and laughter that
exist in the household of Honourable (Prince) Adeniyi and Mrs. Folake Oyemade
knew no bounds. It was etched on their faces when they invited a select group
of family and friends to celebrate two momentous occasions in their lives.

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Fondly referred to as the ‘State of Harmony’, Kwara State;
which is located in the North-Central geo-political zone of Nigeria has in
abundance distinguished and reputable families. These families have
distinguished themselves both in the state and the nation, in different fields
of endeavour including, Religion, Sports, Law, Education and Business.

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Life is good and in spite of the numerous challenges that it
throws up, life gives almost in equal measure, if not more, causes to be
grateful at every turn. It was one of such joyous moments of gratitude that
presented itself when Abuja-based businesswoman, Mrs. Blessing Mutu, was
celebrated by her husband, family and friends as she clocked 40.


The beautiful and brilliant wife of Hon.

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Dr. Ayokunnu
Olowoporoku is a walking melting pot of ideas, competencies and cultures with close
to three decades of experience in business administration, finance, hospitality
management and consultancy. Currently the founding Director of Finance and
Administration at HSSL Global – Nigeria’s pioneer indigenous hotel management
and support services company, it was at the prestigious Sheraton Hotel in Lagos,
Nigeria, that he cut his teeth in the hospitality business.

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It would be impossible to chronicle Nigeria’s media industry
without due mention of Mosunmola Abudu, fondly called Mo Abudu, Founder/CEO of
Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, EbonyLife
TV
. The superb TV personality who is often referred to as ‘Africa’s Oprah Winfrey’
created a buzz when she celebrated her 50th birthday at the Grand Ballroom of
the prestigious Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.

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A Marketing
Communications expert par excellence, Ehi Braimah, the Chief Executive Officer
of Neo Media and Marketing Ltd., has carved a niche of distinction
for himself within Nigeria’s blooming marketing communications industry. He
added another year recently and sat to an exclusive interview with OVATION,
recounting the highs and lows of his journey to prominence.

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The celebration was simple but splendid, stately and exclusive to
a select number of family members and friends. We’re talking about the 50th
birthday party of the stylish and graceful Beauty Expert, Mary Charles. For
those who attended, it was an invitation to love, excitement and merry-making. As
a committed Christian, it was at The Revival Assembly Church, Ogba, Lagos,
that the celebration began.

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Leslie Nabunya
Theresa Kasumba is a Ugandan-born media personality, entertainment mogul, magazine
editor, philanthropist, awards judge and music executive. Lee as she is fondly
called started her career as a teenager with her first job as a Radio Presenter
before going on to host and produce some of Africa’s biggest entertainment
shows.

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Sara, daughter
of one of Benin’s finest gentlemen and top business mogul, Alhadji Daouda Lawal
recently tied the knots with Armiyaou Mama in Cotonou.

The lavish ceremony which spanned
three memorable days in Cotonou and Calavi began with the customary lali ceremony
at the bride’s mother’s home at the Zongo quarters in the hub of Cotonou.

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Children are
arguably God’s greatest gifts to couples. God also delights greatly in
children-the Holy Book tells us. It is therefore always exciting whenever a new
child enters into a family.

This was why there was so much joy
in the Sola Bakare family when they joyfully dedicated newly born Deborah Motunrayo
before God, family and friends at the
Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Utako branch
in Abuja.

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A galaxy of family, friends
and industry professionals turned up at
The
Regent
Banqueting
Suite
London in celebration of the 50th Birthday
and 30 years in fashion golden gala for multiple award-winning couturier,
Adebayo Jones.

It
was an evening of pulsating colour, style, glitz, glamour and gold as guests
were treated to an intimate celebration of gospel praise and worship, fashion,
entertainment, sumptuous dinner and dancing.

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It was an
evening of fun when Lions Club 404B, Ikeja installed Lion Yinka Bolarinwa as
its new District Governor at the exquisite
Shaba Centre, Mobolaji Bank
Anthony way, Ikeja Lagos.

The event had several members of
other Lion Clubs in a t t e n d a n c e including the Governor of Oyo State,
Abiola Ajimobi who was the special guest of honour.

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General Robert Gbain, a tried and tested Gentleman and General of
the Beninese Army was in Nigeria recently as a recipient of the
Leadership Award for African Achievers (LAAFA).

A day before this
great occasion, General Gbain was surprised at his suite inside the Sheraton
Hotel, Lagos, when
OVATION Publisher, Bashorun Dele
Momodu paid him a courtesy call.

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The hallowed sanctuary of the Catholic
Church of Divine Mercy
, Lekki, Lagos, will be remembered as the grand setting for the English-themed wedding of incurable lovers, Dr. Nini
Chinazaekpere
Ugochukwu and Chiedu Chijioke Iyizoba as they gleefully said “I do” and exchanged rings before
a
delighted crowd of family and friends.

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The
year had just started but there will be very few weddings that will beat that
of Faith Elizabeth Sakwe, the daughter of Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan and businessman, Prince Godswill Osim Edward.

The
pair who confessed that what they have for each other is true unconditional
love had not granted any interview during or after their highly publicized
nuptials.

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There is no perfect timing to merry regardless of the motive
behind the merrymaking. We are therefore at liberty to celebrate landmark
achievements- birthdays, marriages and events- that add value to our existence.
In this case, there is no questioning why veteran broadcaster and Chief
Executive Officer of Biscon Communications, Prince Bisi Olatilo settled for a
low-key 60th birthday celebration.

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Great applause and cheers resounded around Eko Hotel and
Suites as FBN Holdings Plc., Nigeria’s largest financial services group,
unveiled its refreshed corporate identity for the entire group, including all its
subsidiaries.


The event which was witnessed by the media, partners,
investors, friends and customers marked the beginning of a new era for the
financial powerhouse.

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In a bid to say a big thank you to its clients, Stanbic IBTC
hosted an exclusive event which chronicled


the history of music across Africa. The event was the appropriate recipe for a
memorable year end celebration and an appreciation for the company’s clients
and the African culture.

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The
beautiful thing about love is that, sometimes two people who know little or
absolutely nothing about each other, have a chance encounter and having made
each other’s acquaintance, fall in love. Then, their love grows, till it
becomes rock-solid, eventually getting to a point, where not even their
different long-standing religious beliefs or traditional dispositions can break
the strong bond of affection that they share.

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When the 1975’s hit group, Captain and Tennile released
their hit single, ‘Love will keep us together’, they had only one message in
mind- love binds all good things. Love always finds a way to make sure that the
light of good is always burning in everyone’s soul, igniting a frenzy that can
only be caught by one with love embedded in his heart.

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Warm and delectable Abiola Okoya
is AFWL’S fashion Ambassador and she has been one of their greatest sources of
support and inspiration. In this chat with 
OVATION MAGAZINE, she opines that Africans must show case Africa more
boldly before they can earn global respect.

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Love was in the air when Mariam Shehu and Michael Oboh
cemented their years of friendship


with a colourful marriage ceremony in Kaduna State, Nigeria.


It was a most happy occasion as the Johnson Obu family from Uromi, Esanland,
Edo State united with the Hausa/Fulani Shehu Family and both exhibited their
different cultures and traditions.

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The
volume of the hearty cheers for Mrs. Mosunmola Olusola Adebajo when she
celebrated her 70th birthday was very loud, but not louder than the imprints of
her life on humanity over these years.

The significant role she played alongside her husband in the home front was
done with a robust commitment to inculcating values into their children, even
as education was considered a must-have for them.

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