+The Millions They Spend To Acquire Them
We love seeing them at Owambes, not only because they are rich and influential, but because of their royal look. After wearing some of the most expensive Babarigas, they complement them with expensive precious 18carat Gold and diamond chains. These are celebrity rich men, who dominate Lagos parties. They always leave a long lasting impression on many of the guests at Owambes with their customised 18carat navel-length chains that give them that Royal look. They spare no cost to make sure they have many collections of the 18carat Gold, which symbolise Wealth, Class and Success.
Many of these celebrity rich men travel to Italy to get their 18 Carat, while some travel to Saudi Arabia for 21 carat Gold customised, just to make sure their jewellery are exclusive to them. Sometimes they love to rock traditional coral beads. They always make sure their jewellers use 18carat stopper and hook to have that classy look.
Of course, it is not only a latest trend, it is a fad that dates back many centuries, when rich socialites frilled their attire with expensive long navel-length thick Gold chains, and courtesy of these rich Nigerian men, they have been able to raise the tempo. Some have even introduced their touch of class. not just by wearing 18carat Gold, but by always making sure their pendants which always have their names or symbol are frilled with diamond. The jewellery don’t come cheap. You need over 500 grams, worth over 10 million naira or more to get your Gold customised with pendant in precious Gold.
One society guru, whom many can’t stop admiring his jewellery is Oloori Omo’ba of Ijebuland, Chief Olasubomi Balogun. He is the founder of FCMB. The 85year-old lover of white attire always complements his look with long Navel-length Gold Chain frilled with diamond, worth millions of Naira. Though, he loves 18carat white Gold, but he sometimes spots Yellow Gold on a few occasions. Another society man who spares no cost on 18carat Gold is Chief Kola Daisi, the best friend of Otunba Subomi Balogun. The Ibadan socialite and in-law to Oyo State Governor is one of the grand masters of the social scene. He hasn’t changed his fashion statement. He is known as a lover of long navel-length 18 carat gold.
Do you also know how much Lagos billionaire, Chief Rasak Akanni Okoya loves his yellow twisted Gold chain collections which are worth many millions? The man surely knows how to complement his beautiful collections of Damask with his beyond the navel-length Chain. His wife, Dr. Sade Okoya, always goes far to source for her husband’s unique gold collections. Few weeks ago, when the Aare of Lagos clocked 79, he made a huge impression on many of his billionaire friends when he walked in majestically in a simple Danshiki, matched with a twisted 18carat Gold long beyond the navel-length chain that is worth many millions of Naira. He has many collections of them. One celebrity rich man who many describe as a high gold collector is Chief Kesington Adebutu, the Chairman and founder of Premier Lotto fondly called Baba Ijebu. He loves to rock one of the unique pieces.
Of course, money is not an issue. His wife, Otun Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief Kofoworola Adebutu is in charge of his Gold accessories. Recently, he made many UP ASSO members turn green with envy in admiration of his long yellow chain, which has a giant pendant made of gold and diamond. Even his pretty wife couldn’t help but admire him as he took his seat. This didn’t come strange to many knowingfully well that Chief Kesington Adebutu has always been a lover of expensive Jewellery including wrist watches that are worth many thousands of dollars.
Do you know Otunba Adekunle Ojora, the boardroom guru, loves tiny 18carat Gold chain? The handsome husband of Erelu OjuolapeOjora, an in-law to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, loves his 18carat tiny chain just like Otunba Femi Pedro, the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and Mr Omar Erogbogbo, the elder brother of Hon Abike Dabiri do.
There are Lagos Kings who love to look trendy, despite wearing their royal Iyun beads. One of them is Olowo Eko himself, Oba Rilwan Akiolu. The paramount ruler of Lagos. Others are: Oba Fatai Ojora, Oba Saheed Ikunsela Elegushi and Baale Akeem Ogbara, the Baale of Apapa Land.
Oba Ademola Elegushi loves to wear traditional coral beads. He never jokes with his Blue Diamond, while he loves to wear expensive beads matched with pure 18carat Gold. He loves to rock royal in Diamond hand chain with blue sapphire. He doesn’t compromise on any brand as he loves to buy exclusive Diamond chains from Jewellery Affairs.
Oba Fatai Ojora’s 18carat Gold is frilled with diamond. Few days ago, he stepped out at Baale Apapa’s 3 years coronation anniversary looking all glam with his Oloori, while his navel-length chain with his customised white diamond pendant with his name on it, dazzled all through. Baale Apapa, Otunba Akeem Ogbara, the handsome husband of Akimat doesn’t joke with either 18carat white gold or yellow.
This list is not complete without mentioning Otunba Babatunde Adesoye, the CEO of Techlum Aluminum, and husband of a top Lagos Jeweller, Otunba Folasade Adesoye. The son of the late Ijebuland Balogun, who is Otunba Gbaderogun of Ijebuland, doesnt joke with his Gold. He loves them long and yellow. He also makes sure it’s frilled with Diamond. Of course, we don’t expect anything short of standard as his wife is one of Lagos respected Gold and diamond merchants.
Ask Otunba Dapo Alli Balogun, the owner of popular Saudi Eko Market one thing he can never joke with and he would quickly tell you he can’t be caught without wearing his Gold. He revealed this to City People magazine when he clocked 60 many years ago. Even when he is wearing T shirt, you will see him wearing his 18carat Gold. His wife is the elder sister of popular Lagos Gold merchant Otunba Afolasade Risikiyat Adesoye.
Aside Chief Sunny Kuku’s walking stick, the only thing he can’t do without is his slim 18carat Gold, which always gives an effect on his neck. The Medical Director and co-owner of Eko hospital and husband of a former beauty Queen, stands out at any Naija Owambe spotting his chain. Have you seen Alhaji Buari Oloto at events and not fall his love with his 18carat Gold? The answer is No. His wife, Iya Oyo who is also a top Gold seller supplies all his gold accessories.
Other celebrity men, who make fashion statements at parties are: Chief Sunny Asemota, Alhaji Akeem Sokunbi, Dr Taiwo Afolabi Chief Sunny Asemota, , Chief Bukunola Okunowo, Chief Funlola Okunowo, Chief Muyiwa Ibeun, Deji Osinubi, Otunba Lekan Osifeso, Oba Lateef Adams (latrix), Alhaji Muhammed Olarewanju (Lamex) and Alhaji Abiodun Ejibadero.