• Why Austin Jay-Jay’s wife keeps a low profile
Honor is like a match, you can only use it once. Then you kindle its fickle flame to sustain it. However, without money and native intelligence, honour manifests like a disease, driving its affecter to commit great acts of folly. But Nkechi, wife of Nigerian ex-soccer star, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, understands the twisted indices of honour. That is why she carries on with the wisdom of the ancients in world corrupted by ego and vulgar affluence. Nkechi understands that to keep your cherished spot on the social ladder, you must know when to consciously raise your profile and when to lower it.
After years of gracing the Nigerian social scene with her elegance and beauty, Nkechi has adopted a low profile. Nkechi and her husband, Okocha, are without doubt one of the most admired couples on the social scene. The duo, who exchanged marital vows more than 15 years ago, have made strong, enviable impressions on the scene, especially after Okocha quit active football. Their astuteness is reflected in their humility, enviable character, choice apparels and matching accessories.
VALENTINE BLUES…LOVE SEIZES TUNJI OLOWOLAFE
•DEUX PROJECTS BOSS CELEBRATES WIFE IN 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
While many a man subjects his wife to ignominy and scorn, Tunji Olowolafe knows that nothing, other than the love and virtue of his ravishing wife, is more beautiful and worth treasuring. Curiously, however, where there is no love, there is no ardor. But where love exists, passion becomes a given and even the most wretched homestead becomes Eden. There is love in the heart and home of Tunji Olowolafe; unbeknownst to many a woman. The bosom friend of two-time Lagos governor and incumbent Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, is extremely joyous at the moment; he is swaddled in the ecstasy of requited love, like a newborn cradling in his mother’s warmth. Olowolafe, who is Nike Animasahun’s best friend, is very much in love with his wife. And he is never too shy to express his heartfelt adoration of his heartthrob.
At the backdrop of rumours of a controversial transaction with the nation’s government, Olowolafe, the boss of Deux Projects, an engineering firm, shunned his worries to celebrate his unflagging love for his wife of many years. Last Valentine’s day, Olowolafe and his wife celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Predictably, friends and family celebrated the couple on the social media on Valentine’s day. For the 30th wedding anniversary, social barometer is flailing wildly. In twos and threes and more, it is being discussed in hushed tones and sometimes openly that their marriage is made in heaven. You couldn’t have forgotten so soon when Olowolafe’s daughter, Olanike, married in London few years ago. It was indeed a classy wedding that attracted the creme of London and Nigeria’s high society.
SALAMOTU LAFIAJI TAKES A WIDE BERTH FROM MARRIAGE
•AS EX-HUSBAND AND NOLLYWOOD STAR, IBRAHIM CHATTA, REDISCOVERS LOVE
There is no gainsaying Salamatu Lafiaji was a misfit in marriage. Marriage hurt her soul as undersized shoes torment the toes on a mismatched feet. However, the daughter of Senator Shaaba Lafiaji, a former governor of Kwara State, remains undaunted in the midst of life’s challenges. While the beautiful woman eschews the allure of romantic entanglement at the moment, she is open to trying her luck with a promising suitor in the nearest future. Thus she is taking her time and scorning the advances of the long queue of eligible bachelors who have been knocking on the door of her heart without success since her tragic marital experience. Lafiaji was once married to Nollywood high flier, Ibrahim Chatta, but the union could not survive the first few challenges that came its way and it crashed down to earth faster than a malfunctioning rocket, leaving unpleasant memories in the minds of everyone involved. While Ibrahim has since rediscovered love and happiness in the arms of another woman, Salamatu has temporarily turned her back on romance, taking solace in her business endeavours. She has even reverted to her maiden name.
AFTER THE STORM…SEE WHAT TOYIN SUBAIR WAS CAUGHT DOING IN LONDON
•DEFUNCT HITV BOSS CUDDLES WITH BEAUTIFUL MATE IN POSH UK BAR
Like a moment’s apparition meant to be an everlasting ornament, Toyin Subair, the owner of defunct pay television station, HITV, provoked a debate in social circles by his sudden disappearance from the social scene. Not a few people had been wondering about his whereabouts. But Highlife has it on good authority that the popular socialite deserted the shores of the country and relocated to London, United Kingdom, soon after his private cable television business collapsed. But he is gradually staging a comeback. He was recently sighted at the Steam Bar of Paddington Hilton Hotel in London with a beautiful lady penultimate Friday. They had an interesting time in each other’s company until the wee hours of that day. Contrary to the popular belief that things are not really looking up for him, we have it on good authority that the well-connected dude is doing very fine.
OUR GRANNY IS A TITAN… HOW DEJARE ADEGBENRO, SIBLINGS CELEBRATED GRANNY IYABO REWANE AT 80
•HOW SHE IMPACTED POSITIVELY ON THEIR LIVES
She has gone through the motions of life with equanimity and grace. Through the shrill clang of trials and pain, she emerged victorious as the rough hewn ore returns finer, like burnished steel from a steel forge. Thus as you read, Madam Iyabo Rewane, the wife of late Pa Alfred Rewane and grandma of Lagos big boy, Dejare Adegbenro, evolves as worthy inspiration to generations of family and friends alike. Little wonder her grandson, Dejare and his siblings pulled all stops to celebrate her as she clocks 80 last Monday. Mama Rewane who happens to be the mother of Dejare’s late mum is no doubt a pillar of trust, hope, compassion and support to everyone around her, particularly her family members.
She never shies from giving them crucial and beneficial moral support in the most trying and pleasant moments. She is undoubtedly their guiding light through the wilderness of life and their interminable gust of calming wind on life’s stormy seas. Mama Rewane has been a lot of positive influence on Dejare in particular; thus his relentless bid to treat her to the best of celebrations. It was an unforgettable birthday party at Queens Park Events center Victoria Island, Lagos, last Saturday. Trust Dejare, he’s well connected in Nigeria socio-political circuits hence the event attracted the crème of Nigeria’s high society.
BEAR YOUR CROSS… WHY TURAI YAR’ ADUA COULDN’T SAVE HER SON-IN-LAW, YUGUDA, FROM EFCC
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned. To disarm the rich and covetous of illegal acquisitions is to change the social order in the interest of the citizenry. Thus the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s recent seizure of a choice property belonging to the immediate past governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda, is considered to be in consonance with the Rule of Law. The confiscation of the property which is located at No 184 Attahiru Bafarawa Close old GRA, Bauchi, is on the strength of an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja. It said the seizure will be in force pending the conclusion of investigations against him bordering on abuse of office, money laundering and diversion of public funds. Interestingly, his mother-in-law, Turai Yar’Adua, and Nigeria’s former first lady, is not doing anything to help him out. She is not pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari, on his behalf because she has her own issues to deal with. Yes, it is true that Nafisat was allegedly ‘begged’ by her mother, Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua, to marry Yuguda sometime back. No sooner was the union consummated than Nafisat discovered her rite of passage into motherhood, which has been a natural occurrence in every conjugal affinity between a man and a woman; a situation that necessitated her sojourn in America where she gave birth to baby boy.
REVEALED! HOW GOV. SERIAKE DICKSON BECAME AN IDOL TO HIS WIFE
•AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF MARRIAGE, BAYELSA GOVERNOR AND WIFE ENJOY THE FRUITS OF THE LOINS
Governor Seriake Dickson is an unusual man. Like an ageless oak, he stood strong and unbending against the tide of scorn and condemnations that trailed his wife’s inability to bear him a child after several years of marriage. The Governor of Bayelsa State never dithered in his resolve nor did dream of taking a trophy wife to fulfill the yearning of his loins. His long wait and loyalty finally paid off as his wife, Rachel, got pregnant with his kids when he least expected. When preliminary scan revealed that she was pregnant with his triplets, Dickson was overjoyed. Little wonder he took extra measures to guarantee the safety of his wife and kids.
By the time she was to put to bed, he flew her out of the country to the United States where she received ultimate care and treatment until she put to bed in October last year. At her return, Rachel was received by her husband and women of the state in joy and fanfare some days ago. It’s delightful to see her glow with pride and contentment over her latest feat. Her heartfelt wish has been granted and unlike so many of her peers, she never had to endure heartache or abuse from her husband before she bore him children.
But while friends, family and political associates rejoice with the Dicksons, sources close to the family commended the couple for setting a good example by treating each other like special, heavenly gifts all along.
Dickson has been particularly commended for exhibiting enviable maturity and tact. While so many other men would have taken mistresses outside wedlock and subjected their wives to emotional and physical torture for failing to bear them children, he lovingly and dutifully stood by his wife. He is indeed a real man, so argued a close relative of the family.
MEDICAL VACATION…NNPC HEAD HONCHO, BARU MAIKANTI, BACK ON HIS FEET
In many ways, Baru Maikanti epitomizes the nature of positive revolt: always at odd with the present, forever evolving. But wait a minute, decay and disease are never beautiful, they bring perfect misery to the fairest of mortals’ imperfect body and soul, like the translucent tear of the shellfish and the hectic glow of high fever. Ask NNPC head honcho, he knows better now. The news of his sickness and his trip to India for proper medical attention some days ago resonated like murderous of a mad mob hounding its prey to sad death. The story caused panic within Nigeria’s socio-economic space.
However, like random malevolent news at the end of its spell, news of his sickness dissipated into thin air to make room for the reality of his existence. Yes, Baru travelled to India for a minor surgery. As you read, he is back on his feet. He is reportedly hale and hearty, would return to the country soon to shame his critics and political detractors. Until his appointment, he was Special Adviser (Upstream) to the Minister of State for Petroleum and was NNPC’s Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production. The Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Mr. Saidu Muhammad, is currently running the NNPC in Baru’s absence.