Year 2021 has rounded up but we will not forget in a hurry the big parties that rocked that year. It was more like a competition that many celebrities were outshinning each other.This events are not just big, they are classy events. From the planning, the halls, the food, music to decoration, souvenirs, it simply speaks volume. These events are events which literarily shut down the days. These are the parties that stood tall in 2021 which was attended by many big shots in the society. Money was well spent and all who attended one or many of this events had one thing to say, money meets class. Chronicled below by City People Society Editor, TAYO OYEDIJI were some of the many big parties that shut down 2021.
It was simply tagged The overall party of the year 2021. Obi Cubana mothers burial was different from all parties. It was a party that trended on Google by climbing number 3 position for that week. It was a party which shut down Anambra State. Though Oba where the party held was a sleepy farming village in Anambra State, and has suddenly been thrust into the limelight after popular Nigerian nightlife entrepreneur, Obi Cubana, staged a talk of the town burial ceremony for his late mum.Many have dubbed it the burial of the year and rightly so. Others are wondering why a septuagenarian’s burial will have all the trappings of a jamboree. But, while they keep debating on the latter, Mr Cubana, with his late mum, Ezinne Iyiegbu’s funeral rites, has raised the bar too high for anyone aspiring to beat his unprecedented record in the country. From the over 400 cows donated to the host, the $100,000 diamond pendant, 67 Private Jets that landed Oba to the fleet of over 500 luxury cars, the ceremony was as loud as loud can be.
It is still the party to beat in 2021. Cubana’s friends, colleagues, business associates and celebrities alike all outdid themselves to put up a show. Cubana Chief Priest, alone donated 46 cows.In a bid to immortalise his mother, Obi Cubana had celebrity custom luxury jeweler, Obisgallery craft a $100,000 Diamond necklace in the image of his mother.The N40m Diamond Necklace is no small feat, because the jewelry was one of the highlights. He said he had to replicate his late mother’s face with gemstones.The casket reportedly cost N30m. Aside from the expensive and luxurious wines, whisky and other assorted drinks that were littered on the menu to entertain guests at the burial, the burial also witnessed a ‘money rain’.
Celebrity comedian,Ayo Makun popularly known as AY turned last year. He is One of Nigerian best comedian of the decades who hosted celebrities on Thursday, August 26th, 2021 to his classy 50th birthday party in Lagos. The movie superstar who is know for greasing the globe with stand-up movies as he has proven in some of his movies to mention a few, 30 days in Atlanta and a trip to Jamaica had the internet buzzing and everyone celebrating him for his proven work of excellence.King Sunny Ade made a surprise performance. Some celebrities turned up to the occasion. The stars showed up en mass to celebrate AY Makun’s 50th birthday in the heart of Lagos at the Balmoral convention centre.. The biggest and brightest stars in Nigeria’s entertainment business came dressed to impress to honour the comedian.It was an incredible occasion not just for him, but also for the celebrities who gathered to honour the famous comedian.
What of the veteran actor per excellence, RMD? He also staged a big party for his 60th birthday.Celebrating a milestone birthday was a huge deal for RMD and everyone came together to celebrate him at his birthday party, and we mean everyone. From Oba Alayeluwa Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Olumide Akpata the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dele Momodu, Rev Esther Ajayi, along with the likes of Mo Abudu, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Kate Henshaw, Ramsey Nouah and his wife Jumobi Adegbesan-Damijo, it seemed the entire Nollywood industry world was in attendance.
The party was held at Lekki and many side attractions with photos and videos making rounds showed it was amazing and lovely as almost all our favorites showed up to celebrate him and enjoy with him.
Olori Sekinat Elegushi also held her 45th birthday last year, Following her philanthropic gestures to elderly residents and market women within and around Eti Osa Local Government Area and Ikate-Elegushi, to mark her 45th birthday, Olori Aramide Sekinat Elegushi succumbed to pressure and finally threw a party, two weeks after her birthday. The queen had initially planned to do something different, away from partying, which informed her hitting the streets to celebrate with ordinary folks through her Queen Sekinat Foundation. She gave out gift items to market women, presented cash gifts to some, bought goods on display from others and organised a free eye test to about 150 elderly people with a 100 of them going home with free eyeglasses and medication.
The lavish birthday celebration took place at her events centre, The Monarch, in Lagos. For dress code, the guests were required to wear normal western-styled clothes. Olori Sekinat wowed her guests, including the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Adewasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Prohetess Funmi Lucas, Folashade Okoya, actress Toyin Abraham, her mother in-law and many others in a floor-length shimmery gold dress complete with a crown.King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, who had just married a new wife, thrilled the guests to his brand of Fuji music. Everyone who knows or is closely associated with Olori Sekinat attended the party to felicitate with her.
Her husband, Kabiyesi was also not left out, few months before hers, he threw a classy 45th birthday in Lagos. He is one of Lagos most popular and arguably the most stylish traditional ruler, the Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom, Oba Saheed Ademola Eleguhshi. He rounded off activities marking his 45th birthday with classy dinner that will be remembered for a long time.
Held at the Monarch Events Centre, and anchored by Gbenga Adeyinka and Ali Baba, the party was a fitting finale to two days of activities to celebrate King of Ikate-Elegushi Land. Entertainment was off the hook too. Veentage Band, DJ Spinal, Davido, Naira Marley, Patoranking, Fireboy, CDQ and Lil Kesh all thrilled the crowd.
Former Ogun Governor, Gbenga Daniels threw a classy wedding for his daughter as well. Top political officials and other prominent Nigerians from all walks of life, identified with the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel at the Holy Matrimony of his daughter, Kehinde Abioye Daniel and her husband, Adebola Tokunbo Williams.
The ceremony which was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, witnessed the presence of prominent Nigerians including the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience Jonathan. Others in the event include Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and Ekiti State Governor, Dr.Kayode Fayemi and others.
Star actress, Eniola Badmus also hosted her 20 years on stage in year 2021. The popular Yoruba actress celebrated her “20 years on stage” and debuted a trim figure to the amazement of guests and fans. The star-studded event which was held at the Monarch Event Centre Lekki, Lagos, had the likes of Fuji maestro Kwam 1, Davido, Toyin Abraham, Ijabo Ojo and other celebrities in attendance. Badmus began her acting career in 2000 and became famous eight years after she featured in Funke Akindele’s blockbuster ‘Omo Ghetto’.
Another actress who threw a big party in the year 2021 was Iyabo Ojo. The actress cum entrepreneur, Iyabo Ojo rolled out the drums on a Sunday to celebrate her late mother, Mrs Olubunmi Victoria Fetuga’s one-year remembrance and final burial ceremony. The event, which was well attended by her colleagues, business associates and friends will remain one of the most talked-about for a long time.
The ceremony took place at the upscale Monarch Event Centre in the Lekki area of Lagos. There was a red carpet that covered the floor from the entrance of the hall to the stage. The hall was decorated with beautiful flowers and two large portraits of the deceased were placed at strategic points in the hall. one of the highlights of the party was Kwam 1’s performance and Davido electrifying performance.
What of Lagos society woman, Barrister Shade Balogun, she also threw a classy 65th birthday in November. It was an afternoon of fun when the Iyalode of Itori land celebrated her 65th birthday in Lagos. The classy party took place at one of the top lounges in Lekki, the HOV lounge. Dignitaries and important personalities from all walks of life graced the occasion which was just for the selected few friends and family. Many of the society matriarchs graced the occasion.
President Buhari also hosted the crème de la crème to the superlative wedding of his son, Yusuf. Thursday and Friday, 19th and 20th of August 2021 will not be forgotten in a hurry in the minds of many who attended the showstopping wedding of President Buhari’s only son, Yusuf to Northern monarch, Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero’s daughter, Zahra. The high-class traditional engagement known as Kamu in Hausa and classy reception witnessed who is who from the political class, the academia, the business class as well as associates of the President and the Emir.The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero who is the elder brother of the bride’s father also played a huge role at the wedding. Many important personalities all shut down their schedules to attend the presidential royal wedding. Star actress, Shola Shobowale , On Sunday 26th 2021, celebrated her 58th birthday. Nollywood stars turned up for the classy private party. One of Lagos society woman, a jewelry merchant, Mrs Aisien celebrated her 70th birthday at the prestigious civic centre in Victoria island, it was a well detailed party which had the presence of many celebrity women and men in attendance.
Abeokuta city stood still for the grand wedding of fuji singer, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, known as Kwam1, and his belle, Emmanuella Ropo few weeks back. It was gathered that 30 kings, several monarchs, celebrities stormed Abeokuta to celebrate with the couple.
Lagos socialite, Lekan Oyefeso put Ijebuland on another party spree as the town heaved with excitement and jubilation at the prospect of Osifeso being honoured with two of the Ijebuland prestigious chieftaincy titles of Olotu Olowa and Madasa of Ijebuland by the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Awujale Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona.It was another event where many rop celebrities stormed Ijebu to honour him.
Ilara Epe bubbling few months back when Oba Ilara Epe celebrated one year coronation anniversary. The week-long activity to mark this successful one year started on Monday, August 16, 2021 and ended on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Activities were lined up for each day, thanks to the capable anniversary planning committee that had the like of veteran broadcaster, Mrs Funke Moore and Dr Taiwo O. Salaam and many other notable Lagosians as members who made the event glorious.
Prominent personalities from different parts of the country few weeks back attended the wedding ceremony of the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, held at the All Souls’ Anglican Church, Ibadan. The solemnisation between Ogundoyin and his wife, Olamidun Majekodunmi, was also witnessed by both the present and past governors, politicians, judges, traditional rulers, religion leaders, among others.
Lagos celebrity woman and fabric merchant, Jumoke Oyeneyin had a colourful birthday party where Aso ebi was 1200 pounds. It was a celebrity studded event which took place at Civic Centre, Victoria Island. Many celebrity women who turned up for the celebrant were up to 500 and they look beautiful in their HOH laces.
On Tuesday 7th September 2021, Abeokuta witnessed a classy party that shook the ancient city to its very root. It was the 70th Birthday Anniversary of Olori Omolara Tejuoso, the eldest of the 3 Olori’s of His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, Osile Oke-Ona Egba. It was a well-attended ceremony, which started with a church service at The African Church, Cathedral of St. James, Idi-Ape, Ago-Oko, Abeokuta and ended with a reception party held at OOPL Event Centre.
Top federal lawmaker, Honourable Shina Peller, was on Saturday, August 28, 2021, conferred with a new traditional title known as the “AYEDERO of Yorubaland.”Meanwhile, the conferment ceremony which took place at the Palace of the Alaafin of Oyo had a lot of dignitaries from all walks of life in attendance.Some of the notable names present at the occasion include Billionaire businessmen, Obi Cubana and Emeka Okonkwo, popularly known as Emoney, and their lovely wives as well. The event was a showstopper as Oyo bubbled all through the 2 days of events.
Media mogul, Bashorun Dele Momodu was also decorated with the Aare of Iwo kingdom in Iwo, Osun State by the Oluwo of Iwo Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi. The veteran journalist Momodu’s wife Mobolaji was named Yeye Aare of Iwo Kingdom in a classyinstallation ceremony that shook Iwo kingdom. Ibadan big babe Tosin oshinowo also held a grand funeral for her late mum. It was an even which took place in Lagos and was attended by many celebrity women and babes who slayed in the Ankara Aso ebi.
It was all merry, celebration, and happiness on Saturday, 16th October, 2021, when celebrity, friends and well-wishers of foremost billionaire, Alhaji Tajudeen Owoyemi, and his wife, Alhaja Bola Rianat Owoyemi stormed Offa land in Kwara State as Olofa of Offa Land, Oba Mufutau mohammed Gbadamosi conferred on the Owoyemis one of the biggest title in the land, Asiwaju and Yeye Asiwaju of Offa Land.
Offa town was shaken to its roots as many celebrities trooped out in large numbers to witness the historic event. The installation ceremony was at the Olofa’s Palace, and there was a classy reception afterwards at The Imperial Event Centre, Opposite Summit University, Irra Road, Offa.
It was an event which paraded over 25 prominent Obas and many celebrities from all sectors of the society.Retinue of guests moved into Offa town on Friday, 15th October to where the newly built hotel and lounge of Alhaji Owoyemi is located. Kwam 1 and 9ice were the musicians who serenaded guests.
This is the story of how Ilorin was shut down a few weeks back, when popular Islamic cleric, Fadilat Sheikh Dr. Sulaiman Faruq Onikijipa Al-Miskeenbillahi was turbanned as the Grand Mufty of Ilorin Emirate.Days before the event, the whole country was agog with the news that Ilorin was to witness the Royal Turbaning of the man everyone calls Sheikh Onikijipa with this big title. The invitation spread round Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan and other major cities of the country like wild fire. It was a beautiful Gold Envelope. This further got many attracted to the event. The wordings on the Invitation Card inside further excited many. It read: His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari (CFR), The Emir of Ilorin cordially requests the honour of your presence to The Royal Turbaning of Fadeelat Sheikh Dr. Sulaiman Faruq Onikijipa (Al-Miskeenbillah) as the Grand Mufti of Ilorin Emirate”.
The event took place on Friday, 17th, December 2021. Venue was the Emir’s Palace.
From the day before, guests started flying into Ilorin and before you knew it all the hotels in Ilorin were fully booked as all the Airpeace and Overland flights were fully booked. Then came the D-Day Friday more guests trooped in from all parts of Nigeria. Top government officials came for the event. Islamic scholars all trooped to Ilorin to support this great scholars.
It was a beautiful Christmas in Lagos when Heirs Holding boss, Tony Elumelu staged a classy Christmas party. The Chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Tony Elumelu, made it an unforgettable experience for his family and guests when he brought together three of Nigeria’s top music superstars to perform at his Christmas party. The event which was tagged “TOE Magical Christmas” was indeed a magical night for everyone present. Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy thrilled guests with pulsating performances.
Olu of Warri coronation party was another classical event in 2021 that shook that year. The coronation of a dashing monarch in the oil-rich Delta region sparked a resurgence in royalty, tradition and ancestry among some young Nigerians. Thousands thronged the streets and dignitaries and well-wishers flew in from around the world as the Itsekiri people of Iwere Kingdom in Delta State crowned a new king, Ogiame Atuwatse III. Born Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, the 37-year-old is the 21st Olu of Warri to ascend the throne and one of the youngest to do so.
Gov Dapo Abiodun fathers burial was another grand event that woke up the sleepy Iperu town in Remo. The father of Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Pa Emmanuel Abiodun, was buried at the cemetery of the St James Anglican Church, Sewolu Street, Iperu-Remo, Ikenne. Late Pa Abiodun, a renowned teacher and community leader, died on Monday, August 2, 2021, at the age of 89. The party was more like a carnival because it was stormed by important personalities and thousands of guests who came to felicitate with the Governor.
The funeral coach, to say the least, was in a class by itself. The carriage was hinged to a white horse and transparent glass. The casket enjoyed some paparazzi before the final interment in a grave house within the cathedral. The ancient town of Iperu and its environs supported the governor hugely as he played host to top dignitaries. Pastor Enoch and Foluke Adeboye, Gov Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Justice George Oguntade, Prince Ademola Aderemi were among the top personalities that attended the burial ceremony.
On the 17th of July 2021, Princess Toyin Kolade converged those who matter most from the nooks and crannies of Nigeria to the cradle of Yoruba Race Ile-Ife for her grand installation ceremony as the Iyalaje-Oodua. It was a day with a massive display of poise, allure, pomp and grand opulence. Entering into the ancient city Ile-Ife, you would be welcomed with a view of billboards littered around town with her face on it. The bubbling town of Ile-Ife witnessed growth in trade and commerce as it recorded a massive inflow of cash and massive patronage. Top Monarchs, Business Magnates, Politicians, Socialites and Money bags gathered at the well-decorated newly launched Ife Grand Resort hall where they were serenaded with a musical rendition from the King of Fuji Music King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, Small Doctor and Qdot. DJ Neptune was also on the turntable cheering the youthful crowd with music as Gbenga Adeyinka hosted the event. Her entry into the hall was grand as she was flanked by her hubby Kayode Kolade and her children looking elegant wearing an endearing smile looking surprised to see the mammoth crowd gathered for her.
On Saturday 23rd, October 2021, former Ekiti Governor, Peter Ayo Fayose held a talk of the town wedding for his son, Oluwanigba, who got married to the love of his life, Olamide Abdul. The event was held at the prestigious Monarch Event Centre in Lekki, Lagos State.
The event started with the Engagement, as the Abdul and Fayose family all came out to celebrate with the latest couple. After the engagement, the church service was also held at the same venue and aftermath a classy reception party.
IT guru, Afolabi Oke also celebrated his 50th birthday in grand style at Island few months back. It was event which was anchored by popular MC, AY Comedian. It also featured a session of lovely music from notable saxophonists in the industry. Reverend Mother, Esther Ajayi opened a massive cathedral few months back and it was celebrated in a big way. It is also among the events that shook 2021. Among the dignitaries in attendance at the event were Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG); Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife; Gbenga Daniel, former governor of Ogun State; Rochas Okorocha, former Governor of Imo State; Abdulrosheed Adewale, Oluwo of Iwoland and Gbolahan Lawal, Oniru of Iruland and many others.
Benin was on a stand still few weeks back when billionaire, Captain Idahosa was laid to rest. It was a one week burial which the whole of Benin city. Many dignatries also trooped to Benin to celebrate the man of many means. Senator Biyi Durojaiye’s burial is also one of iconic event of 2021. The 2 day event for the former chairman of NCC was attended by many important personalities.
Lagos society lady Bose Adegunwa threw a classy 50th in Ikoyi, in year 2021. The pretty looking lady hosted many celebrity men and women to an afternoon of fun and merriment in Leki where she had the party.
Lagos society woman, Joke Shogunro mum’s burial is also on this list. She is one of the Lagos celeb women who knows how to throw big parties.
The pretty boss of sweet sensation confectionary, Kehinde Kamson turned 60 in year 2021. The business woman of repute had a thanksgiving service at the church followed with a classy private reception party in Lagos. The Chaiirman of Darr communities, owbners of AIT, Chief Raymond Dokpesi celebrated his 70th birthday in Abuja. It was attended by many political topshot in the seat of power. Friends and close associate of the former emir of Kano,
Lamido Sanusi threw a classy evening get together for the Khalifa in Lagos. The event took place at the prestigious eko convention centre and you know what to expect when Nigeria former CBN Governor and man of such immense means throws a party, the who is who gathers.
Celebrity stylist Toyin Lawani also threw a star studded wedding in Lagos, the black themed wedding also trended on social media for many days. Popular and young OAP, Nancy Isime celebrated her 30th birthday party amidst fun and fares T was held at monarch event centre and had in attendance many Showbiz stars. London bigbabe, Jamond jewelry dragged over 100 celebrities to Nigeria for her 50th birthday. It was a colourful event which had Kwam 1 on the band stand. Another London bigbabe, Bidemi Oreagba stormed Ijebu with her retinue of friends to give her dad a befitting burial. The pretty woman and jewelry merchant is the CEO of cynosure metals. Not leaving Emmanuella Ropo, the newly married wife of Kwam 1 who also dragged many Lagos celebrities to Abeokuta for her father’s Burial.