Strolling gracefully into the diamond club are these set of celebrities who really never look 60. Some of them had a quiet celebration while some celebrated theirs in a big way. These set of women celebrated their birthdays within the last 6 months. They are fashion-conscious, urbane, sophisticated and up-to-the-minute despite they just turned 60. One peculiar thing about all of them is that they are aging gracefully. They are top celebrities in their own right, they are making waves in the corporate and society world. One of these classy and stylish women is Hajia Bola Shagaya who was born in October, 10th 1959. The pretty woman who hosted many top celebrities for her 60th birthday has not come to play. She proved that she is capable of hosting classy shindigs which remains the mother of all 60th birthdays in recent time. Everything about her birthday was beautiful, from the décor, the cake, and settings, everything had a touch of class in it. The astute businesswoman and fashion enthusiast has her hands in many things. She started her career with the audit department of the Central Bank of Nigeria before venturing into commercial activities in 1983. Her business experience started with the importation and distribution of photographic materials and she introduced the Konica brand of photographic materials into the Nigerian market and West Africa. Hajia Bola Shagaya is also the managing director of Practoil Limited, one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria, serving local lubricant blending plants. Her businesses also include huge investment in real estate, spanning across major cities in the country with over three hundred employees. She is currently on the board of Unity Bank Plc (formerly Intercity Bank) and has been for over eight years. She is also a member of the recently inaugurated Nepad Business Group – Nigeria. Hajia Bola Shagaya is a patron of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN). On 22 July 2010, she was awarded by Ex-President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR), the title of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).
Another amazing woman is Pastor Mrs. Yemisi Ashimolowo. The pretty wife of KICC Pastor, Matthew Ashimolowo celebrated with few friends and family in their London home 2 weeks back. The first lady of KICC is well loved by many. She also looked so beautiful at 60. Pastor Yemisi is the Resident Pastor of KICC (Headquarter Church) and the head of KICC’s Winning Women ministry. She oversees the spiritual lives of more than 5,000 women. She is a special gift in particular to women in ministry; challenging and encouraging them to discover and fulfill their calling and purpose.
Beautiful, calm and very conservative are the best words to aptly describe Rosemary Fowler, the pretty wife former LIRS Boss in Lagos state and Boss of FIRS, Tunde Fowler who turned 60 few months back. She celebrated it with her family and friends in their palatial home in Lagos. Meeting Rosemary Fowler for the first time, you might surely miss her age because she looks beautiful and younger than her age. She is of the American extraction with rich pedigree and also attended Ivy League schools. She runs one of the top high schools in Lagos, Topgrade Secondary School where she is an administrator. The school was founded by her mother in law, Chief Mrs. Leila Fowler in 1994 and it has been one of the top grade schools as it name connotes. Well loved amongst her friends, she is slim and beautiful. One thing you can’t take from her is her beauty, she is very beautiful and even the beauty shows in her accent as she talks gentle and fluent. When she steps out at parties, then she is sure one of the delights of the Paparrazis as everyone will want to catch a glimpse of what she is putting on. Apart from the school, she does business and sits atop some flourishing companies.
Meeting her for the first time, you will think she is just in her 30s, beautiful, stylish and gorgeous beauty queen, Helen Prest Ajayi glows radiantly. She turned 60 few weeks back but never looked close to it. She won the most coveted crown, Miss Nigeria in 1979 at the young age of 19 and 41 years after and she is still very relevant. She was one of the stylish colossus that rocked the 70s like no other, her style was a bane for ladies and girls who aspire to be like her, highly educated, beauty with brain, Helen Prest Ajayi caught a picture of a role model and astute mentor to those who looked up to her.
As she has made a success of her career so as she made of her marriage and has been married for over 3 decades. Helen Prest Ajayi is very “English” we must tell you, if there is any word like that, her diction is second to none and she is a perfect example of a “good woman” loved by all. She comes from a very illustrious family and has been relevant on the social scene for decades. Raised in England but returned to Nigeria for her studies.
On this list is the former Deputy Governor of Lagos state and senior special Assistant to President Buhari on SDG, Adejoke Adefulire. She also celebrated her birthday big 2 weeks back where many celebrities gathered in hundreds to honour her. Former First lady of Oyo State, Florence Ajimobi is glowing gracefully at age 60. One look at Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, wife of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, brings warmth to the heart and rightly so. She is a woman with unique qualities and impeccable character worthy of emulation. She is the Yèyé Ààré of Ibadan land and so passionate about humanity. The founder of several humanitarian projects, a philanthropist’s desire is to become a pastor at 60. Although she was born in Benin City on the 5th of April 1959, she is of mixed ancestry. She hails from the renowned Hajaig family of Lebanon and grew up in Ibadan in Oyo State. She had a colourful 60th birthday.
Ageless Mrs. Ibijoke Kuforiji also celebrated her 60th birthday in style few weeks back. She is also another celebrant who celebrated God’s greatness in her life, she was rallied round by her children and close family. She looked beautiful in her all nude and white colour of outfits for her birthday photoshoots. what of mrs Odunsi, she aged beautifully well. The woman who loves all shades of mint green pulled up an all mint green lace for her birthday and matched it with mint green aso oke. Foremost fabric mercjant, Alhaja Arike Subair is another big church who is 60. She celebrated her birthday in a huge way. She glowed in all her outfits for the day matched with Italian gold jewelries. Mrs Ajaja had a mini birthday and she was seen wearing a blush pink lace mixed with silver colour. She also did a special birthday photoshoot for her day. Not forgetting Pastor Mrs. Victoria Dada also celebrated few days ago. She settled for an all gold outfit for her day. She had a church thanksgiving and was joined by her children and family who all danced and celebrated with her. She was also born in January, 1959.
–TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI