•Family treats former first lady to grand anniversary feast in Kano

To her loved ones, Maryam Abacha is rare gem. There is no such thing in nature or humankind that measures up to her fairness and grace. If you ask them, her children, in-laws and grandchildren would earnestly tell you that she is that rare icon fate invents to stun mortality. By her industry, lofty politics and compassion, Maryam excites uncommon adulation which remains the treasure of icons and Africa’s most revered Amazons.

Thus as the former first lady and widow of late military president, Gen. Sani Abacha, turned 70 few days ago, March 4 to be precise, the Abacha clan came together to celebrate her in a ceremony befitting of a matriarch, at her residence in Kano. Predictably, Maryam looked resplendent in her dazzling attire and expensive jewelry thus making nonsense of speculations that she had lost the dash and élan that defined her back when she was Nigeria’s first lady.

For an ordinary person, the hurdles she had been forced to cross would have been both daunting and disastrous but she survived and subsequently gave the social scene a wide berth for many years. Today, Hajia Maryam Abacha is back with a bang and has launched herself back into the buzz of Nigeria’s high society.

No one is known to have paid for a space in the newspaper to congratulate her; many of the men and women who rode on her goodwill to societal acclaim conveniently forgot to place congratulatory messages for her in prominent national dailies as they did in those days when her husband held sway as President.

FROM COMMERCE TO POLITICS…AYO ADEDOYIN VIES FOR KWARA’S GOVERNORSHIP SEAT
•HOW SON OF BILLIONAIRE MAGNATE, CHIEF SAMUEL ADEDOYIN, PLANS TO OCCUPY STATE’S NUMBER ONE OFFICE
Like a closet gladiator, bursting through his self-woven sheathe of tact and obscurity, Ayo Adedoyin, has decided to cast his lot in the political arena. The Agbamu, Kwara-born magnate and boss of Peacegate Group, an aviation services provider with stakes in real estate, oil & gas, logistics and trading sector of the economy, has conquered the business world to his satisfaction and thus his decision to try his luck in politics.

He has therefore, set his sights on conquering a new frontier and ruling a new terrain by joining politics. Adedoyin has thrown his hat in the ring as one of the contenders for the governorship seat of Kwara State come 2019. Adedoyin is the son of the foremost industrialist Chief Samuel Adedoyin. With the backing of his father and a massive war chest at his disposal, he has no financial constraints to prevent him from aiming for Kwara’s number one office.

To achieve his ambition, he has embarked upon open and clandestine courtship of Kwara’s political powerbrokers and electorate. Adedoyin is trying to woo the main power blocs in the state to his side. With the battle for 2019 gathering momentum, the handsome dude is confident that his connections in the celebrity sphere, as well as his ties to the top players in several sectors of the economy will help him capture the governorship seat.

MAGNET OF THE RICH…WHY POLO TOURNEYS ATTRACT NIGERIA’S FILTHY RICH
•BEHIND THE GLAMOUR, INFORMAL BUSINESS DEALINGS AND SO ON
Polo has traditionally been the exclusive sport of maharajahs, marquises and millionaires, and the game’s stars still tend to be the rich. As butterflies swarm to savour the sweetness of nectar, so does Nigeria’s filthy rich flock to attend every Polo tournament. Widely acknowledged as the magnet of the rich, Nigeria’s Polo tourneys have been known to attract the crème of the country’s high society.

Thus at every Polo tournament, you will find the high and mighty flocking there in droves to either participate or enjoy the show. The venues of such tournaments have also been known to evolve as convenient rendezvous for informal business dealings. And that was exactly what happened last Sunday at the finals of the Majekodunmi Cup, which was held at the prestigious Polo Club, Ikoyi.

The event was attended by highfliers in the Nigerian political and business climate. Top names like Dangote boss, Aliko Dangote; oil and gas tycoon, Femi Otedola and several big players in the banking industry were there; as was the Senate President Bukola Saraki, fellow senator Dino Melaye and many others.