Echoes of the private but glamorous 72nd birthday party of fun-loving and glamorous politician, Senator Florence Mayen Ita-Giwa, still reverberate loudly.
Indeed, like bloomed fables and flowers on furze, the 72nd birthday of one of the alpha-female politicians in Nigeria, Florence, was grand. Political associates, friends and family thronged the venue, her Bellavista, Banana Island, Ikoyi home, like a flock of sheep responding to the shepherdâ€™s summons.
Expectedly, of an event of high net worth individuals, there was plenty to eat and drink. The tables heaved with choice food and liquor and the party rocked to music from oldies. Many years after she exited the corridors of power, the power broker popularly known as Mma Bakassi still occupies a soft spot in the hearts of her most trusted business and political associates. Notable among the dignitaries who graced the event were; Ghanaian First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Hajia Bola Shagaya, Hajia Zainab Abah Folawiyo, Nike Makonde, Lanre Ogunlesi, Tayo Ayeni, Kayode Odukoya, Segun Awolowo. Mo Abudu, Ruth Osime, Willie Anumudu, Rufai and Funmi Ladipo, John Abebe, Ireti Asemota, Maureen Onigbanjo, Lao Oriowo, Greg Mbadiwe, Rita Dominic, Ndidi Obioha, Adaeze Yobo, Abigail Igwe and many others.