Lagos’ snazziest boutique hotel, Maison Fahrenheit, was the ideal setting for the takeoff of the Wet Summer Series, a platform to showcase pool parties across Lagos. Penultimate Friday (August 29) showed another side to the Maison, which is famous in Lagos for its thriving, tastefully-designed, fourth-floor rooftop lounge.

However, the Maison’s poolside showed an ability to attract revelers as the huge turnout at the event proved. Starting around eight in the evening, it was huge credit to booking/ communications agent, Kemdy McErnest ( CEO of The McErnest Company) and Titans Entertainment that they could draw a crowd made up of upwardly-mobile middle and upper class citizen of Lagos to a pool party on a Friday night.

In truth, it was more of a jump off, with manty taking advantage of the presence of premium vodka brand, Ciroc, to start off the evening on a merry note. As is the practice in Lagos though, it was a poolside party rather than a pool party. It took the promise of a prize – an iphone to be precise – to get anyone in the pool.

First to take up the challenge was a middle-aged European executive of a multinational who threw caution to the wind, stripped to his shorts right after calling his daughter to tell her Daddy would be winning a new phone for her, and jumped into the rose petal-filled pool. It was a noble act that helped raise the excitement levels as DJ Java ensured spirits stayed high with the right blend of music.