Tuesday, March 10, 2009

LEGENDARY BANKER, OTUNBA SUBOMI BALOGUN CLOCKS 75

The founder and Chairman of the FIRST CITY FINANCIAL GROUP, Otunba Subomi Balogun,GCON, attained the age of 75 recently. to celebrate the man who singlehandedly built of one Africa's biggest financial institution, an elaborate society party was put together in his honour. The event for Balogun's 75th birthday started with a well-attended book launch on Thur March 5th, at the Muson Centre in Lagos while the second phase started with an inspiring church service at the Cathedral Church of Christ Marina which was followed immediately by a colourful reception at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, all on Monday 9th March, 2009..The celebrant is one of the few Nigerian elites who have touched so many lives with their various acts of philantropy. When he clocked 70 in 2004, he donated a multimillion Naira Paediatric centre purposely built to offer free medicare to children and the less privileged in the society. This probably accounts for why there was a massive turn-out of distinguished Nigerians and eminent personalities at his 75th birthday yesterday..Below are the pictures of some of the guests at the event as captured by SOLA FOLOWOSELE.


(above)The celebrant, OTUNBA SUBOMI BALOGUN,GCON & his wife, Olori Abimbola

( above) Ladi Balogun & his wife, Banke..(Ladi is no 3 of the four all-boys children of the celebrant. He is the Managing Director of FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK, FCMB, a subsidiary of his father's FIRST CITY GROUP)

(above) Bolaji Balogun & his wife, Kemi.(Bolaji is the first born of the celebrant. He is also a topshot within his dad's FIRST CITY GROUP)

(above) This is gangling Jide Balogun & his wife, Uche( Jide, number 2 in the family, also calls the shots at The First City Group. Uche is the daughter of Asaba-born business mogul, Chief Sony Odogwu. She has two sons already for Jide) (above) This is Gboyega Balogun and his charming wife, Emma..Gboyega is the youngest of the Balogun boys..He also occupies a strategic position at the FCG HQ)

( Above) One of the two magnifient cakes for the event

(Above) MC of the event, Abuja-based Mrs Dayo Benjamin-Lawuyi, she did a great job at the event
(above) Funke Bucknor-Obrothe of ZAPPHIRE EVENTS (standing left) at the event admiring the work of her hand..Her firm handled the planning of the event including the massive decoration at the foreground, the supply of usherettes & other aspects. For doing just that, heavily pregnant Funke got a princely sum N5million Naira for herself.
(above) The ever-glamourous OKOYA couple, 70-year old Razak & 31-year old Shade..(He is the Chairman of the gigantic Eleganza Group while She is the Deputy Managing Director of Eleganza Fashion & Beauty Products, all based in Lagos Nigeria..They' ve been together as a couple for the past 10 years and they have 4 lovely kids (2 boys, 2 girls) together.

(above) The celebrant with Ex-Nigeria's Minster of Health, Prof. Adenike Grange..(the internationally recognized Paediatrician who lost her Ministerial appointment over an alleged N300million scam in her then Ministy of Health in Abuja, was recently appointed by Otunba Subomi Balogun as the new Head of his National Paediatric Centre, Ijebu., Ogun State Nigeria.
(above) Afenifere & NADECO veteran, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, still looking handsome and fresh at 81

(above) Former Head of State,Gen Yakubu Gowon(left) & The Alake of Egbaland,Oba Adedotun Gbadebo during the church service..In Nigeria, Kings and Bishops are permitted to wear their caps in the Church, others can't try it.

(above) (R-L) Uche Jide-Balogun,Lagos fashion designer, Folake Folarin-Coker of Tiffany Amber fame, with their friends Dolores Hart, & Yvonne Aleyideino

(above) Lagos High Society woman,Chief (Mrs) Joko Oni(right) and her sister..(when Joko Oni's son Niyi got married on 21st February,2009, Otunba Subomi Balogun was the Father of the day)

(above) The hardworking Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Raji Fashola(middle) flanked by The Alake of Egbalaend, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo(left) & the celebrant(right)


(above) Governor Fashola's Bullet proof Range Rover
(above) Mrs Mami Adeyemi(left) & Mrs Shade Oredugba(right)
(above) Impeached Deputy Gov of Lagos state, Femi Pedro(left) chatting with Air Marshal Anthony Okpere(rtd)
(above) (L-R) Jide Balogun, Sola Ojora, Onuorah Iyizoba & his wife

(above) (L-R) Tola Olagbegi, Toks Akerele& his brother Segun Akerele
(above) one of the many stlyes at the event
(above) Lady of Stlyes, Sade Okoya
(above) Erelu(DR) Abiola Dosunmu looking respledent in one of her unique white attires..(she doesnt wear any other colour apart from white)
(above & below)-THE CELEBRANT's customized ROLLS ROYCE
THANKS FOR VIEWING,& DONT FORGET TO DROP YOUR COMMENT

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

very good event coverage,i also like that u took time to caption all the pictures...
good work.

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures and good effort at getting the rights caption. Only correction is that Bolaji Balogun is the MD of Chapel Hill Denham and Jide is a lawyer in charge of Balogun & Balogun law firm and also Primrose Properties.

Sola Folowosele said...

@anon (March 11)--big thanks



@anon(March 14)--thanks a lot for the corrections..they are noted!

Anonymous said...

Well done. Other bloggers who know themselves ought to learn from your well captioned photos. But what happened to you. You were off for sometime and we missed you so much cos you handle your entries professionally

Anonymous said...

hey i thought femi pedro resigned, not impeached?

wienna said...

Hmmm....and dem they complain say there's no money for Lagos, meanwhile they're buying themselves bullet-proof cars. heheheheh...wonderful.

princekay123 said...

@Wienna
Even in US where public funds are not mismanaged (so to say), Governors use bullet proof cars. So what's the big deal?
What we need is total commitment to promises and proper implementation, which Fashola (SAN) is already giving us in Lagos, so let's learn to criticise constructively.

@Sola Folowosele
Na wah o egbon! It's now taking years for you to upload. Hope no yawa sha.
Thanks for the info. 'Ori e 4ka sile jo'.

Sola Folowosele said...

@Anon(March 18,2009-8.38am)-Femi Pedro was actually impeached two weeks to the end of his tenure in May 2007.When it became obvious to him that his impeachmemnt inevitable, he quickly tendered his resignation letter as a face-saving measure.It was however too late in day, as the HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY rejected the letter on technical grounds and went ahead to effect his impeachment. The then Gov Tinubu later appointed Chief Abiodun Ogunleye as the new Dep Gov.He served for just two weeks and entered the history books as a "FORMER DEP. GOV".
It is instructive to note that, under the 1999 constitution in Nigeria,if an elected public official resigns voluntarily after getting involved in a misdemeanour, he gets all his "entitlementment, severance packages and other benefits"..But if such official has the misfortune of being kicked out of office via "impeachment", he forfeits all his benefits and goes home empty-handed,regardless of how long he had served..Thus Femi Pedro served as Lagos state Deputy Governor for 6 years,got impeached for looking Tinubu in the face and went home empty-handed..All his entitlement package was paid to Ogunleye who served for just too weeks.!..talk of Nigeria's politics!!

Sola Folowosele said...

@Anon (March 17, 2009 7:31am)--thank you jare..lol@"other bloggers who know themselves"--u make me laugh!..im cool sha, nothing do me!just tha other stuff got more of my time..but with these nice comments now, i have to keep faith with blogville.

@wienna--that's Naija for u o! every politician now spends fortunes on what they call "pesonal security"

@Princekayi23-thanks, my brother. na Naija situation cause am.But i have more spare time now.

Anonymous said...

Good job!!...You really pulled this one off.......am yet to se a better coverage of the event else where.I am a fan of ur website,pls update more often.thank you

Yewande Atanda said...

That BRF's car is cool. So lovely.

Anonymous said...

Glamourious celebration indeed. may the good Lord continue to bless them & those who aspire to get there someday.

Sola Folowosele said...

@anon March 22,2009 4:08pm--you are fully in town! its cool to know that you saw it from that perspective! big thanks!

Sola Folowosele said...

@yewande atanda--dearie, where have u been& how is life wt you?

Sola Folowosele said...

@anon-March 26,,2009-1:46am--nice prayers...i say a BIG AMEN!

Anonymous said...

wow @ sola's comment on femi pedro. what was the pedro guy's crime? cuz there is no mention of the guy being a fraud or a theif, this was merely because of beef with tinubu? na wa for that country for real lol

@ anon yea the car looks super cool!

aderemilekun said...

good work,you really took ur time wt d captions.very colourful events. wat is seriously pinchin me is Tayo Odueke and Cossy,wat is wrong wt dose two?anyways thumbs up 4 u.

Sola Folowosele said...

@anon-April 6, 2009 6:18-As the deputy governor, Femi Pedro felt(rightly so) that he ought to the Tinubu's natural successor when latter's tenure expired in 2007.But Tinubu gave the ticket to Babatunde Raji Fashola who was then The Chief of Staff.As a result of this, Pedro decamped from Tinubu's party, The ACTION CONGRESS and joined the Labour Party where the governorship ticket was given to him automatically.by then he was still occupying the office of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State.He was later impeached after losing to Fashola 0n April 14,2007 governorship election in Lagos.he was acussed of "anti-party activities".And of course,dont forget that the Lagos House OF Assembly which carried out his impeachment was (and is still) dominated by Tinubu's loyalists.

Sola Folowosele said...

@aderemilekun-obviously the two are missing the point or they are not getting it right at all..just praying they would rebrand someday

Anonymous said...

why is Shade Okoya the youngest and urgliest of all she needs to get herself together money is not beauty there people without money but the natural beauty is there please advise her or else Baba will go for Newer Trend

Anonymous said...

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Abiola said...

Great job and Otunba deserves what he got.

Please can i get a contact address and phone number for the MC of the day, Mrs Dayo Benjamin-Lawuyi. I have a client that really wants her at their event coming up next month.

Thanks
Abiola Olaonipekun

Gboyega said...

Otunba Michael Olasubomi Balogun deserves all the honour. He has paid his dues. Helped so many people. I know Otunba personally, and I will for ever thank him for giving me an opportunity to set up one of Nigeria's leading TV production and post production companies. He always have good intentions, he is a man with style and a well bred Nigerian. From the Royal Family in Ijebu land.
Gboyega Adelaja

Bunmi Odunowo said...

Oba Iroyin, nice work you are doing keep it up. just wanted to let u know that Delores is an Odogwu too and is actually Uche's sister.

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures, Otunba definitely deserves this, a great man who has achieved a lot. I had a missed opportunity to meet Otunba Balogun in London a couple of years back when his brief case was stolen with some valuables and I assisted in recovering some of the lost stuff.I spoke to him on the phone a couple of times then and for a man of his achievement, he was a very pleasant man to talk to.....i will still relish an opportunity to meet him face to face to get a unique inspiration from him...if you know how?

d4bee1@aol.com

stoik shamshudeen musah said...

Praise singing of stolen wealth is the root of nigeria backwardness. Sola continue to insult our senses- foolll

Anonymous said...

SO NICE, CAN I BELONG? THAT'S EXACTLY MY WISH. MORE GREASE TO YOUR ELBOWS

Sola Folowosele said...

@Stoic--Otunba Subomi has never been in government. he made his money through his private business. so i dont know anything "about stealing Nigeria's money"

General Health said...

keep it up..good work....jst stumbled on diz nw thru a friend/good coverage&caption

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The whole display is all about Nigerian's extravagant ways of living that does no one any good than to steal. Life abroad is more meaningful than the display of wealth seen in Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

Tut ! tut!! people with integrity and long memory, remember that not too long ago, Subomi Balogun Ashiru was involved in a forex scam involving one foolish Ibo gal he used as a mule. That notwithstanding, the Lagos Chambers of Commerce sanctioned him and barred him from ever heading any corporate organisation in Nigeria. Hence, his son, Bolaji Balogun Ashiru (someone shd pls check his qualifications), was hurriedly brought in to fill the gap...In other civilised countries, people like that will hide their faces from public places; and like John Profumo, of the Christine Keeler scandalous episode will banish themselves to the poor East-end area of London to do charity work and help the poor till he has purged himself of the iniquity. .

T. Wright said...

Sometimes it is better to keep quiet if details of situations are not know. Otunba is my uncle and he worked diligently for his money and the position he is in today. Working in financial institutions is a very strenuous work, I know this because I am also a banker,from the time I've know him, he's always been hardworking and the story about an ibo girl who was a mule is all false but as people now, anything can be said to blaspheme anyone they don't know personally, I can say I know him well and he is not that kind of man and if you still do not believe, go into the archives and read up on important personalities in Nigeria and you will find Otunba's name...By Otunba's first niece in NYC

zizo said...

WHAOOOOOO,LOOK AT THE BASTARD OF OUR COUNTRY,IMMAGINE ALL THIS PEOPLE THAT WE CALLED THE LEADERS HOW THEY ARE EMBESSEL OUR MONEY AND STILL PEOPLE ARE COMPLANING OF NO ELECTRICITY ,WATER AND THERE IS NOTHING LIKE GOOD ROAD AND THEY ARE ALL TRAVELLING ABROAD LOOKING AT OTHERS PEOPLES COUNTRY ENJOYING WITH NIGERIA MONEY AND STILL DRIVING A ROLLS STROY COSTOMISING EMPLOYING PEOPLE AS MD WITH EMPTY ETHICHET...BULLSHIT,THEY ARE ALL CIVILIANS AND THEY HAVE TO BEHAVE LIKE CIVILIANS COZ THEY ARE ALL FUCKING BOMBOCLAT....FULLISH PEOPLE IN FULLISH ATTIRE

racheal said...

it was a great day that lord has made.rejoice and be glad.

g eze said...

When I 1st met him at NIDB/ ICON Stock Brokers, he was not an Otumba. He was a one hard working Mr. Michael Balogun. He inspired so many people when he broke the monopoly of the big corporate ownership of Financial Institutions. When nobody believed him, he dared it to make those historic moves. Critics sh study his past. His makes for a good test book. He is indeed a Master. His type is rare to come by. He stands out amongst the Professional Class

Anonymous said...

Waooh, The man was 80 last year. Sola where was the coverage? Good work why are you not blogging again?