Senator Dame Florence Ita Giwa clocked 70 on February 19, 2016 and coincidentally, the Methodist Church of Nigeria inducted her as a Dame of the Church because of her loyalty, commitment and contributions to the development of the church in Calabar and in Lagos where she worships.
This means that the feathers of Mama Bakassi is growing in leaps and bounds with titles that are well-deserved. Her lineage as a daughter of a traditional ruler earned her naturally the name ‘Princess’, while the fact that she was two term member of the Senate made her a Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic and perhaps having served two former Presidents as Special Adviser, the Federal government honoured her with the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).
Besides, her achievements in the field of business, politics and social works, Ita Giwa is a symbol of African fashion. She is an icon who dictates and set the pace for younger and aspiring fashionistas.
One thing to be noted about her dress and grooming is her modesty and decency. As a Princess and as a
political colossus, she carries herself with dignity, pride without exposing her God endowed shape and body. In fact, she is a personification of modest dressing. Little wonder why the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria honoured her too at the Oriental Hotel.
Still on the birthday of this blessed personage, the Zinnia Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites became a rendezvous for all the movers and shakers of Nigeria with handful presence of members of the diplomatic communities.
The role call includes the Minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers State, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Akwa Ibom State and the Minority Leader of the 8th National Assembly, Senator Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Harry Akande, Prince and Princess Samuel Adedoyin, former Deputy governor of Lagos, Mrs. Sarah Sosan, Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Ben Bruce, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Senator Kola Bajomo, Senator Lekan Mustapha, Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief Mrs. Opral Benson, Princess Abba Folawiyo, Founder of Entyst Event and Fashion Klinik, Mrs. Ndidi Obioha, Ambassador Greg Mbadiwe, Barrister Evlyn Obioha, mother of Senator Ita Giwa’s daughter, Koko’s husband and her hubby, Chimaobi Obioha amongst others too numerous to mention.
The night became an evening of accolades and music fiesta in honour of the septuaginarian especially for her investment in the Foundation for the Children of Bakassi with 13 children already adopted. These children of Bakassi were adopted 10 years ago and they are all studying in best institutions within and outside Nigeria. Two of them are in a Ghanaian University, while others are at Babcock University, Afe Babalola University at Ado Ekiti, among others.
Senator Ita Giwa is a woman with a heart of gold. At 70, she feels fulfilled. She is proud yet modest with her achievements. She is aging gracefully. She advised younger women to be confident and focused. She urged them to be ambitious and never allow anyone intimidate them.
Ita Giwa is not afraid of aging. To her, it is inevitable but she takes delight in the fact that she is aging gracefully.
The celebrant extolled the media for supporting her course and political career. And as such, she honoured some media houses with special recognition awards. Channels TV, NTA, Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation, Thisday, The Nation, City People, Encomium among others were handed their plaques by the Senator, Chief Osoba and Senator Malaya. Other individuals too were honoured.
The Late Chairman of CFAO motors, Chief Molade Okoya Thomas, Chief Nike Akande, Mrs. Rose Stephan and others.
Senator Ita Giwa’s birthday climaxed with musical performances by prominent artistes who volunteered to entertain the gathering with good and trendy music without any charge and as their own way of supporting the Children of Bakassi.
They are the African Queen crooner, Tuface Idibia, Inyanya, Muma Gee, Olu Maintain, Kcee, Harrysong, Pasuma Wonder, Thank, Dede Mbiaku, Sammy Okposo, Chris Mba and the rest.
As common with all Senator Ita Giwa’s events, there were foods and exotic drinks and the event climaxed with performance by the Seagull Band of the Calabar Carnival.