Story & photos by Niyi Tabiti
The much talked about exclusive boat cruise for top celebrities in Nigeria by Encomium magazine in partnership with the management of Nire Prest owned by Mr.Tony Prest took place on Saturday 12 July 2008. The take off a Chinese restaurant on Admiralty way in Lekki phase 1. Those who came earlier included the likes of ace broadcaster, Mrs. Teni Aofiyebi and her relation, Dr.(Mrs.) Doyin Abiola, one of the wives of the late billionaire, Bashorun MKO Abiola. Mr. Soni Irabor also turned up with his wife, Mrs. Betty Irabor publisher of Genevieve Magazine. Actresses who turned up included, Uche Iwuji, Uche Jombo, Rukki Sanda and Nike Peller.We also had top actor, Ayo Badmus,one of Nigeria male style icons and owner of Sophisticant,Mr.Lanre Ogunlesi,female rap musician, Sasha, Muma Gee, lively couple Tunde and Wunmi Obe,Sola Idowu popularly known as Weird MC also came on board, Kenny Saint Brown, Essence,ID Ogungbe,actor and producer of Irapada Film, Kunle Afolayan, Mr.Steve Ayorinde, editor of The Punch Newspapers,Kingsley James of Visa hangout in Ikeja , Bayo Odusami popularly known as Howie T of Kiss Event, Wole Aboderin and others were all on board.I must not forget to mention that journalists such as Lanre Alfred, Kayode Olanshile, Azuh Amatus of The Sun, Shina Oyetayo of Tell magazine, Folusho Arogundade of Insider magazine and others who also came to enjoy themselves.
One thing that you don’t miss at Encomium’s parties is the ‘jollification’. They ensure that there are more music than talk and people dances freely. It is what you can call more music, less talk. Honestly, I have attended some parties in the past that would be more like a symposium than a party. This is because some organizers would keep inviting people to talk.www.niyitabiti.blogspot.com promise to post more photos from the event later.
Photo 1-Mr.Kunle Bakare, the publisher of Encomium dancing with Kenny Saint Brown
Photo 2-Seyi Law, the comedian who got all of us laughing on board after listening to his rib cracking jokes.
Photo 3- Nollywood actress, Uche Iwuji and ID Ogungbe (Professor ID ON THE STREET)
Photo 4- Shy,shy Betty Irabor and her husband,Soni
Photo 5- Elkanah Mowarin of EOM Communication and Star actor, Saint Obi
Photo 6-popular Yoruba actor Ayo Badmus and ‘friends’ with Mr.Kunle Bakare
Photo 7- Star comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka reeling out jokes
Photo 8-Man about town, Wole Aboderin dancing with Kenny Saint Brown
Photo 9-Shina Oyetayo of Tell Magazine,Lanre Alfred of This Day Newspapers and Kayode Olanshile of Encomium magazine
Photo 10-Singing couple Tunde and Wunmi Obe with Azuh Arinze,editor of Encomium Magazine on the dance floor
Photo 11-Alhaja Tai Elemosho Okesanjo
Photo 12-Rap artist, Sasha
Photo 13,14 and 15-Beautiful serenity captured that night by gistmaster.
Photo 16-Actress Rukki Sanda
Photo 17-Actress Nike Peller
Photo 18-Rukki Sanda
Photo 19-Muma Gee
Photo 20-Uche Jombo