Many arresting Nigerians kept acuity with amulet maestro, King Sunny Ade, at the 2017 copy of the Island Cub’s Annual Christmas Eve Party, AKEEM LASISI writes
Many arresting Nigerians rose to bless with associates of the Island Club on Sunday, back it captivated the 2017 copy of its Annual Christmas Eve Dance. The Onikan, Lagos-based club is itself a anchorage of giants from altered industries in the country. But with the attendance of the Lagos Accompaniment Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; business moguls such as Sir Adebutu Kessington and Chief Sunny Odogwu, the august anteroom of the club artlessly became a backup of who is who in Nigeria.
Also at the affair were the Speaker of the Lagos Accompaniment Abode of Assembly, Hon. Mubasiru Obasa; Chairman, Chisco Accumulation of Companies, Chief Chidi Anyeagbu; Chief Femi Adeniyi-Williams, Prince Ademola Dada, Alhaji Akeem Awe, Chief Olusola Faleye and Alhaji Tajudeen Okoya, who represented his ancestor and accepted industrialist, Alhaji Rasak Okoya.
The club had, for long, acclimatized the catechism of who can best abridge the party, which has added or beneath become its brilliant show. For abounding years, music superstar, King Sunny Ade, has ashamed the ‘Peacock’ date and aftermost Sunday’s accident was not different. Indeed, neighbours of the ‘Islanders’ are, every December 24 night, acclimated to seeing the van of the brilliant artisan anchored about in advanced of the club house, abutting to the Onikan Stadium and adjoining the ECOWAS office/ Zone 2 Police Station.
Trust KSA. He afresh brought to comedy the adorableness of alive performance, borer from his acquaintance and ability at singing, dancing, arena the guitar and ad-lib but around-the-clock captainship of the band, while in action on stage.
By 10:45pm back he aboriginal army the stage, he approved to accompany the blast bottomward with a ‘praise song’, ‘Olorun oke igba ni/ Eyin ni mo fi ope mi fun’ – You God the allegorical mountain/ I accord you all my acknowledgment – rendered in his own way. Earlier, the DJ had played several of KSA’s tracks, which kept associates and guests entertained afore the programme formally started.
For the 71-year-old musician, neither association nor age is a barrier whenever he finds it air-conditioned to praise-sing. That is why as he deployed his affective verses to adulatory the brand of Ambode, Adebutu and Island Club Chairman, Mr. Olabanji Oladapo, who are Yoruba, he suffered no block in accomplishing the aforementioned for Odogwu and Anyeagbu, who are of Igbo extraction. Of course, the aforementioned KSA had for several years waxed about an anthology anniversary for the brand of the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and DAAR Communication Chairman, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi.
This is the aboriginal Christmas Eve Ball to be organised by Oladapo back he affected appointment as the 30th administrator of the club. So, he advancing a actual accustomed one. Everything acicular to the actuality that he savoured fulfilment eventually. He appropriately commended associates for dupe the accepted administration with the assignment of administering its affairs.
According to him, the Annual Christmas Ball is one breadth associates and guests assemble and barter pleasantries.
He added, “Christmas is the time of the year back the amicableness associated with the bearing of Jesus Christ is aggregate all over the apple by all faiths. The bearing of Christ depicts accord on apple and amicableness appear mankind.”
Oladapo acclaimed that the aboriginal above action of his board was the Lagos at 50 celebrations, which took abode aftermost May. He saluted the Ambode government for the assorted achievements that he highlighted.
The administrator added, “Governor Ambode, who is the Angel of the Island Club, should be congratulated for extenuative lives of Lagosians on the anchorage through massive architecture of bottom bridges all over Lagos. The Lagosians themselves are agreeably acknowledging after cat-and-mouse for its enforcement. Those active on the Lekki aisle are adequate of acute and ceaseless cartage jams by the cancelation of best of the roundabouts and the addition of cartage lights.”
He explained that the club absitively to honour admirable associates at the accident to appearance acknowledgment and defended the action of others to chase their footsteps. The eight associates honoured with the Grand Commander of the Adjustment of the Peacock are Prince Ademola Dada, Prince David A. Ademiluyi, Alhaji Tajudeen Ipaye, Chief Gabriel Orororo, Alhaji Olubodun Rafiu Tinubu, Alhaji Abubakar Olasewere and Chief Rabiu Adio Oluwa.
Also bestowed with the Knight Commander of the adjustment of Peacock are Mr. Julius Omoboriowo, Mr. Segun Oyegbola, Chief Tunde Oremule, Mr. Ademola Mumuney and Mr. Mobolaji Fowler, an engineer.
Oladapo said the above activity that the club boarded aloft in the aftermost four years was its ‘Multi-Storey Car Esplanade Project’, conceived to allay members’ parking bind and the enough abiding cartage anarchy at Onikan.
“Your Excellency, it is important to agenda that the Lagos Accompaniment Government, beneath the administration of your predecessors, contributed over 65 per cent to the amount of axle and added abetting expenses. I am additionally captivated to acquaint acclaimed associates of the Island Club that our patron, the governor, welcomes the abstraction of the car esplanade project. Your club is accordingly ambrosial to you, Sir, to amuse abide with the akin of abutment accustomed by Lagos Accompaniment Government and book your name in gold.”
Ambode, who abounding the accident with some of his aides, bidding amusement to be there.
“I acknowledge the admiral and all associates of this celebrated and arch amusing club for the balmy accession I accept consistently enjoyed here,” he said. “I additionally acknowledge you for befitting acceptance with your agreement to accord your abutment as individuals and as a accumulation to the Lagos Accompaniment Government beneath my stewardship. Together, we accept ensured that our baby accompaniment maintained its administration cachet as the best affluent one in the nation.”
Ambode acclaimed that the efforts of abounding years of abiding charge to the assiduous and analytical accomplishing of the state’s cardinal plan in all the sectors of the abridgement were axiomatic in the achievements that, he said, were actuality benchmarked adjoin those of frontline nations beyond our continent.
Ambode said, “The backbone and animation of the state’s abridgement was approved during the aeon of bread-and-butter recession which technically concluded in the additional division of this year. The addition of our accompaniment to the turnaround of the civic abridgement from abrogating to absolute GDP advance was broadly acknowledged. Our administration’s action to addition the abridgement through added amount on basic projects and amusing infrastructure, as able-bodied as allotment the small, average and micro enterprises through our Employment Trust Fund created jobs and added the disposable assets of low and average assets earners beyond the state.
“One of the absolute furnishings was the bigger about-face of the accomplishment breadth which was absolutely articular as one of the sectors that contributed decidedly to the all-embracing absolute advance recorded in the additional division of this year.”
He articular added achievements to accommodate efforts to accomplish Lagos a best destination for investments, including alive appear convalescent the affluence of accomplishing business in Lagos, adage this fetched the government an advancement movement by 24 credibility on the all-around affluence of accomplishing business basis ranking.
The governor additionally recalled the state’s aureate ceremony barbecue captivated in the year, apparent by the achievement and allotment of what he declared as some high-impact projects, such as the ceremony flyovers at Ajah and Abule-Egba.
He had acceptable account for the club too. According to him, one of the above new projects for beheading is the Onikan-Marina burghal about-face action advised to catechumen the arbor into a tourism hub.
“By the time we will be affair abutting year, this breadth will be cutting a new attending and our club will be allotment of the tourism affection of Lagos. The Lagos Abode Marina beside you will be the Lagos History Centre, with a new Lagos Museum average the History Centre and the Heritage Centre for Leadership, which will be amid in the Presidential Accompaniment Abode aloof handed over to the Accompaniment Government,” he explained.
He appropriately solicited the connected abutment of the club appear accomplishing what he alleged the dream of a new Lagos.
He said, “Our club has a ample accumulating of professionals with advanced and assorted expertise, which can be put to assignment to booty our country and our Accompaniment to the abutting level. Our government is accessible to new account and partnerships, and we will acceptable suggestions for bigger means to do things and advance on account commitment to the people.”
Yet, he never bootless to admonish associates and the guests about the backroom activities starting in 1918, advancement them to abutment his party.
In his remarks, Anyeagbu said he was blessed to be present at the occasion. According to him, he will consistently honour the club whenever he is invited. He appropriately apprenticed abutment for the club’s programmes.
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