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•Africa’s third richest woman plans grand ceremony to celebrate birthday and wedlock
Many a rich, privileged woman, stumble into wealth by marriage or inheritance. But it takes a brilliant, perceptive lady to create wealth from the scratch and mirror the depth of burgeoning wealth and enterprise to the world. However, when such woman possesses the dash and charisma to dictate and often set the pace in whatever economic and social circuit she inhabits, she runs the risk of affliction by societal thought that labels substance, affluence and sophistication, particularly when intense, as amoral.
Folorunsho Alakija is no doubt a rich, privileged woman. She is profound and perceptive too. But she does not suffer the affliction of such acerbic thought. Besides being the third richest woman in Africa and an economic giant in the oil industry among other sectors that she dominates, Folorunsho dictates and sets the pace in her social circuit; she’s got substance and classiness too and she is never amoral, in the estimation of her business associates, friends, family and even her major rivals.
Folorunsho symbolises the incontestable affirmation of charm and élan as acceptable traits in a virtuous woman and economic giant. The world renowned billionaire who was recently listed as the 87th most powerful woman in the world in 2015 by Forbes, Folorunsho is set to spare no expense in celebrating her 65th birthday and 40th wedding anniversary with her husband Modupe Alakija in a few weeks.
The Rose of Sharon Foundation boss and real estate mogul plans to hold a 3-in-1 celebration to also launch her inspirational book. The event, which is scheduled to kick off on July 15, will start off with a Thanksgiving Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ Marina, Lagos. Folorunsho will be holding her reception at the exotic ballroom of the Lagos Oriental Hotel, where top society businessmen and woman, and others will gather to celebrate her.
SO SAD! TIMELESS LESSONS IN OJO MADUEKWE’S SUDDEN DEATH
•HOW HIS WIFE’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY MORPHED INTO HIS FUNERAL
For Chief Ojo Maduekwe, all roads lead to his grave spot. In a proceeding that seems a cruel and unusual joke by fate, Maduekwe recently arrived from the United States to party with his wife on a marble dance floor only to be interred six feet in mud earth. The former Minister of Transport and Foreign Affairs embarked on a trip of no return few minutes into his arrival in the country for his wife’s 70th birthday.
Henceforth, friends and family of the 71-year old will tread with heavy steps to his final resting place although few minutes before his demise, they were preparing to hit the dance floor with him last Wednesday, as he celebrates his beloved wife’s 70th anniversary.
There is no gainsaying Maduekwe, who was also Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, hastened into the country to be part of his wife’s thanksgiving and success story but unknown to him, fate had a nasty surprise in stock for him.
At his demise, the birthday party was cancelled and all the drinks and food for the celebration will be used for his burial. This is indeed sad and ironic for the deceased’s family, and a worthy testament to the paradox called life.
Ojo Maduekwe slumped last Wednesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. He was later confirmed dead at a private hospital where he was transported for treatment.
Maduekwe allegedly arrived the airport ill on board an international flight and slumped as he was being transported to the Turkish Hospital in the nation’s capital where he was confirmed dead.
The politician was the National Secretary of the Senator Makarfi-led faction of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and also Secretary of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) until his demise.