Former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin took Ibadan by storm on January 21, 2017 when he hosted people from all corners of Nigeria and beyond to a grand reception marking the final burial of his mum, Alhaja Sidikat Abebi Folarin.
The magnificent Ibadan Recreation Club was divided into the general and VIP sections and both sides were capacity filled.
The gathering was a gathering of people from the political class; the battle tested veterans, the fairly old and even the new. People from the business world were not left out too and the traditional institution was well represented.
Iku Baba Yeye, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi Iii graced the event and he did with no fewer than two princes; including Prince Akeem Adeyemi of the House of Representatives. The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, too registered his presence at the reception.
The former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola “Tokyo” too was there. He comported himself well and from his looks, it is obvious Alhaji has put the hassles of the past behind him.
Senators Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, Musiliu Obanikoro, Olorunnibe Mamora, Folashade Bent and Femi Lanlehin, Senator Folarin’s mates in the red chamber were there to honour one of their own.
While people enjoyed themselves with the music of Abass Akande Obesere at the main arena overlooking the Recreation Club gate, in the VIP arena, order was ensured in all matters as Chief Ebenezer Obey, who made a special appearance.
Class was on full display as the former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala and his son, Olamiju danced. While the former shows no signs of willingness to quit the social circles yet, the latter clearly demonstrated his readiness to take over. Trust Chief Ebenezer Obey, he treated both of them to his old hit song, “Ogbomoso o ya ka jo de be o”.
Before the event, not many knew of Angela Folarin’s sister, with whom she has a striking resemblance. They were all over the venue ensuring that guests had all they wanted.
The presence of High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan, was a pointer to the fact that Senator Folarin is a chief reckoned with on the Olubadan chieftaincy ladder. High Chief Adebayo Akande and his wife, Chief Onikepo Akande were their distinguished selves.
Chief Raymond Dokpesi and his wife, Moji too showed class.
Barrister Azeem Gbolarumi and Honourable Tafeek Arapaja, were there. The clean cut look Arapaja has maintained for years is still very much intact. With Gbolarumi, they made up the “Former Deputy Governors’ corner”.
Like her husband, Alhaja Bose, widow of the late Strongman of Ibadan Politics, High Chief Lamidi Adedibu, never attends functions alone. She came with a retinue of supporters capable of filing up a bus and she personally ensured that all were given special treatment.
Though Engineer Seyi Makinde and Senator Folarin were opponents during the last governorship election, they seem to have a brotherly bond. Makinde was one of the early guests. He also took his leave early in order to attend to some other issues.
Ibadan’s Queen of Sheba, Tina Ogundoyin has simply defied age. She looked daringly modern and fifteen years younger in her lacy top and Ankara skirt combination.
For Alhaja Sharafa Tunji Ishola, a former Secretary to the Ogun State Government and former Minister, it was simply a matter of providing support for a friend and comrade.
Though he does not belong to any political camp, Alhaji Tunde Ologburo is not one who would abandon his friends who are into politics. One other thing about Ologburo is that he hardly goes out without his wife, Bola, who has become more or less his teammate over the years. At the party, they looked every inch like new lovers, with Alhaja Bola carrying herself with so much elegance.
Celebrity designer, Alhaji Bashy Kuti, the CEO of BKK Ultimo handled himself with the grace of a movie star. He also dared a different look which suited him well. Bashy turned out in a kaftan and Hausa styled “taiga” cap; a wide variation from his usual cone-styled trademark caps. His close pal, Ganiyu Shonubi obviously enjoyed the tunes Obey dished out. He responded to the beats and lyrics as appropriate; physically and financially.
Dressed in an all-white agbada with abeti aja cap, Idris, son of Aare Arisekola Alao looked every inch like a man of honour of the old school. His well embroidered agbada outfit, made in the typical Aare style and matching abeti aja cap reminded many of those in attendance of a little over four decades ago; when his dad used to attend social functions in company of older friends like Chief Augustus Adisa Akinloye and Prince (later Ooni) Okunade Sijuwade. Trust Chief Ebenezer Obey, on sighting Idris, he started the Oke ‘Badan song he specially composed for Aare Arisekola and he gave the younger Alao the full complement of the song.
The arrival of Governor Abiola Ajimobi couldn’t have been better timed. He arrived when the party was in full swing; and immediately he did, heads turned in his direction. For him and his wife, it was indeed a magnificent entry.
The trio of Femi Oye, Olumide Osunsina and Ganiyu Shonubi were the cynosure of all eyes. Everything about them was classy.
Former National Table Tennis champion, Waheed Ekun is one of the few people that cut across every social clique in Ibadan. He blended well with almost everybody that mattered at the party.
Senator Buruji Kashamu dined magnificently at the reception. He also gave a good account of himself when Ebenezer Obey sang his praise.
Former Member of the House of Representatives, Folake Olunloyo-Oshinowo arrived the venue a bit late and she had to go back into her SUV almost immediately to correct a near wardrobe malfunction before making her entry.
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