On Thursday 5th November 2015, guests flew in from Dubai, Nigeria, America and London. 60 UK based guests departed Heathrow Airport for Olawunmi Adeogun’s 40th Birthday party in Ayia Napa Cyprus. While remaining 40 guests departed from their various country’s airport . All guests stayed at the prestigious Grecian Park Hotel Ayia Napa Cyprus with complimentary champagne at breakfast.
Olawunmi Adeogun is the CEO of Delro Catering Ltd in London, with other businesses in Nigeria. Olawunmi is the daughter of former commissioner for Finance Chief Niyi Adegbenro, a high chief of Egbaland and prominent politician. Olawunmi is the first grand daughter of Chief Alfred Rewane.
Olawunmi is happily married with 3 beautiful daughters.
Olawunmi’s birthday was planned to be a master class event, the birthday was in 3 parts:
Friday 6th November
Saturday 7th November
Birthday Thanksgiving @ Horizon Suite (1st Floor.)
Birthday Dinner & Disco party (007 Theme) (Antaeus Room)
Sunday 8th November
Boat Cruise Party (All White)
Thanks to Temi Bada and Bola Oyewumi who made sure guests had maximum fun while in Ayia Napa Cyprus.
DAY 1: Bus Tour of Ayia Napa Island Cyprus
Guest converged at the hotel reception for a bus tour of three Islands. The Tour guide Margaret has 30years experience as a tour guide and is very knowledgeable about the tourist attraction sites in Cyprus. In an exclusive interview with VRH CREW Ms. Kanyinsola Adeogun, Margaret reveals how she keeps herself updated as a Tour guide.
From the Grecian Hotel, our first stop on the bus tour was at Nicosia around the walls.
Nicosia is the capital and largest city on the Island of Cyprus, as well as its main business center. We then continued the tour to:
Archbishop’s Palace is the official residence and office of the Archbishop of Cyprus located in Nicosia. The palace was built next to the “Old Archbishop’s Palace” There is a bronze sculpture of Makarios 111, the first president of Cyprus on its grounds. It was sculpted by Nikolas Kotziamannis, weighs around 13 tons and is approximately 30 feet tall. Although the Archbishop’s Palace is not open to the public; the Byzantine Museum, Library of the Archbishopric, Folk Art Museum and the National Struggle Museum located on its grounds are open to the public.
Monument of Liberty
The Liberty Monument is on the Podocatro Bastion of the city walls, close to the old aqueduct and a couple of minutes walk from the Famagusta gate.
It was erected in 1973 to commemorate the release from prison in 1959 of EOKA fighters. It shows a statue of liberty overseeing two EOKA heroes tugging on chains in order to open prison gates and release Greek Cypriot prisoners, peasants and clergy, from British colonial rule.
After few hours of touring, we stopped over at Monte Christo Kolkopetriq Village to have lunch- It can be likened to the popular “ore” on Lagos -Benin road in Nigeria. The Lunch was really delicious!
Other tourist attraction sites we visited were: The Famagusta gate, The exhibition center, Limassol
Birthday Thanks giving/ Birthday Dinner – Thanksgiving prayer was held on Saturday 7th of November 2015 in the Horizon Suite of the hotel From 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs. All the female guests were dressed in the Celebrant’s chosen fabric (blue/yellow silk + blue Facinator) While family members were adorned in (yellow/pink silk + pink Facinator).
The Thanksgiving started with the DJ playing various Praise and worship songs, all guests were singing and dancing with hearts of appreciation to God Almighty when the celebrant danced in joyfully to sinach’s “I know who i am”
Still dancing, the celebrant went roll by roll to greet everyone in the hall. The celebrant was gorgeosly dressed in an olive green lace/silk fabric that seated nicely on her curvy body.
Opening prayer was said by Pastor Kemi Salami who followed up with a short sermon on LOVE and a speech about Olawunmi. Next was bible reading by Mrs Eriwu Molajo after which family and friends , Mrs Eriwu Molajo, Mrs Toyin Daodu, Adeogun girls, Bada Boys said short speeches about Olawunmi. The speeches were very emotional, especially the one said by the celebrants children. Practically everyone shed tears of joy by the moving speeches from the children.
The thanksgiving service ended with more prayers for the celebrant and family by Pastor Biyi Adewumi + Speech followed by photo sessions
The rest of the evening was free for guests to luxuriate. Some went to the beach, SPA, in-door swimming, and shopping. while others like Kemi Animashaun of MagniF Events was busy decorating the dinner tables, DJ Jerry was setting up his Turn Table and doing some sound check while the ever smiling FunkeO Photography worked alongside MagniF Events to capture all the beautiful decorations before guests get seated for the birthday dinner.
BIRTHDAY DINNER PARTY/DISCO:
Olawunmi’s birthday dinner party was themed- “James Bond 007”. Dress Code for the occasion was dress up as a character in any of James Bond movie
The dinner party kicked off at 19:00hrs with VRH Crew on the Red Carpet to welcome guests and conduct interviews. Everyone was gorgeously dressed for the night, all the men were “oo7 dress code” compliant while the ladies were all glammed up in their various dinner dress only 4 ladies went the extra mile to look the part, they are Bola, Wunmi, Sola and Temi.
The Dj played subtle music as guests were arriving into the antaeus room venue of the party. The venue was beautifully decorated in black and white and the tables were decorated with 007 playing cards and 007 name cards of each guests. The table/ sitting arrangement was done according to the different James Bond movies.
Welcome address was said by MC : Temilola Bada, with Opening Prayer by Mrs Eriwu Molajo. More speeches were said by Dr Bola Adeogun, Mrs Enitan Rewane, Ms Faith Smith, Mrs Bola Agbabiaka, Mrs Bunmi Iyaniwura,Mrs Chidilim Ogbona, Mrs Nike Sofowora, Mrs Kenny Gbaja, Abbey Dejonwo and Mrs Toyin Ademoye.
Guests were treated to a buffet dinner, with special guest appearance of Uk based comedian Kevin J A.K.A Oluwakevin, who thrilled the guests to funny jokes about his trips to Nigeria.
After much ado,it was time for the celebrant to cut her cake. The cake was a 4 tier cake, 4 stands for the number 4 in 40, the first tier stands for the celebrant’s husband, while the remaining tiers stand for the 3 beautiful children of the celebrant..
Guests took pictures with celebrant (table by table)
Tribute was said by Mr Dele Adeogun (Husband of the celebrant)while vote of thanks was said by the Celebrant .
Immediately after the Birthday Dinner, was the Disco. It was “free madness” on the dance floor as DJ JERRY brought back good old memories with well mixed old school music. Guest danced and danced from old school to new school till the early hours of Sunday 8/11/2015.
DAY 3: ALL WHITE BOAT CRUISE PARTY
Despite dancing all night to the early hours of the boat cruise, guests were up and ready to “ROCK THE BOAT”
Two hired luxurious buses where stationed just outside the hotel to covey guests to Anyia Napa Harbour at 12.00hrs- 16:00hrs. Guests were all dressed in white except for the celebrant and her husband who had a touch of red. Guests started taking pictures on getting to the Harbour. Dj Jerry went NUTS on the turn table as he kept guests dancing all through the 4hrs cruise. Hot Lunch and drinks were provided on board.
While partying on board, the captain announced that we were approaching FAMAGUSTA called the GHOST TOWN. Ghost Town?????? we all chorused in unison. Yes the captain said, and he went ahead to tell us that, in the 1970s, Famagusta was the number one tourist destination in Cyprus. To cater to the increasing number of tourists, many new high-rise buildings and hotels were constructed. During its heyday, Famagusta was not only the number one tourist destination in Cyprus, but between 1970 and 1974, it was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and was a favorite destination of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor,, Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, and Brigitte Bardot
Prior to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, it was the modern tourist area of Famagusta. Its inhabitants fled during the invasion, when it came under Turkish control, and it has remained abandoned and under the occupation of the Turkish Armed Forces ever since. Entry is forbidden to the public.
PROFESSIONAL PICTURES BY “FUNKE O” PHOTOGRAPHY LOADING SOON…….