Sunday 10th April 2016 will indeed be on the minds of those who were at the Eko Club, Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos, as the biggest movie caucus in Nigeria, Odunfa owned by Yinka Quadri, Taiwo Hassan Ogogo, Abbey Lanre, Kakawa and Araosan held its 30th anniversary in grand style. The event was well attended by top socialites, captains of industries, media practitioners, as well as entertainers especially those from the Yoruba movie industry. City People Yoruba Movie Reporter, GBOLAHAN ADETAYO brings you gist from the party. Excerpts:
THE EVENT KICKED OFF WITH AJOBI EWE AND SON
Shortly after the red carpet which lasted for hours, Sulaiman Ayilara Aremu popularly called Ajobiewe, who is widely known as a gifted praise singer mounted the stage to do what he knows how to do best with his son, Jamiu Ayilara. Their performance took a while and it was really thrilling, as the invited guests, fans and the celebrants stormed the stage to spray him.
ALAHAJI ALUFILANI SAID THE OPENING PRAYER
Just immediately after Ajobiewe’s electrifying performance, renowned Islamic cleric, Alhaji Alufilani was called on the podium to say the opening prayer. His appearance on stage was totally unique as he stepped out with his Alfas all dressed in white attires. He prayed after he preached the gospel of allah. He also urged the movie practitioners and other guests at the event to stand up to give thanks to almighty Allah for the life of one of the strong pillars of the caucus, Taiwo Hassan Ogogo who was sick and left the industry for many years before he bounced back.
ODUNFA CAUCUS’ STUDENTS CHURN OUT THEIR PERFORMANCE
To be sincere, that day was really the arts and culture day as series of dramas and cultural activities stole the show. The students of the theater school were invited on stage for their short drama which took about 30 minutes. Their fantastic drama passed a message on love, peace and unity.
JIDE MORONFOLU WAS THE MC
Renowned Yoruba broadcaster, Jide Moronfolu, a versatile presenter on Orisun TV, was the master of the ceremony and he really gave an account of the professionalism in him. With him, there was no dull moment at the event as he was dishing out hilarious statement that kept people laughing, and he was very fluent in his spoken English.
ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WAS THERE
The Assistant Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Mr Tajudeen Aremu was there with his squad. We learnt that he came to the event to represent his boss.
MATAAN HOTEL BOSS, ABIKE ALAJOGUN STORMED THE EVENT
Ibadan Oyo State socialite cum hotelier, Anike Alajogun who is the CEO of Mataan Hotel, located at Akobo Ojurin, Ibadan came to the event with a couple of her friends who were clad in all white attires. She took her time to catch fun at the event like no other. If you must know, Anike who is a cousin to Elizade Motors’ boss, is the mother of popular UK based actor, Tomiwa Alajogun, and Mr Joseph Alajogun, a top director of customs in Oyo/Osun division.
ODUNFA CAUCUS OLD STUDENTS TOOK OVER THE PODIUM FOR THEIR SPECIAL SONG
As the popular saying goes, the river which forgets its source dries. That is the adage that best illustrate the support and the special song composed by the old student of the caucus. In their special song, they recalled how they all started many years ago and where they are today. This team was led by the likes of Bisi Ibidapo Obe, Fathia Balogun, Toyosi Adesanya and many more.
WHY IYABO OJO WASN’T @ THE PARTY
It was a big surprise to some people at the event as some of the big stars produced by Odunfa caucus were not present at the occasion. Though, some of these people did that for a reason best known to them, but in Iyabo Ojo’s case, what we learnt was that the sexy actress has been out of Nigeria for a while but her impact was felt at the party. We learnt that her Fespris World provided the Ushers and the bouncers who worked endlessly at the event.
….WHERE IS SAIDI BALOGUN AND FUNKE AKINDELE?
That was the question asked by fans and those who know that these 2 great actors are products of Odunfa caucus. At the event, many expected to see these actors but they got disappointed as they were nowhere to be found.
UPCOMING ACTORS GOT SPECIAL TREATMENT
When there is money, all things become easy, and that is exactly what really happened at the back of the banquet used for the event. The upcoming actors, who are the products of the school employed a DJ who performed for them. Just as if they know that much attention will not be given to them inside, they made this arrangement for themselves and to be frank with you, this set of guys stole the show from behind the banquet.
ABOUT YOMI FABIYI’S ABETI AJA’S CAP
No doubt, Yomi Fabiyi is a dynamic and unique actor which is the reflection of his own produced movies. The charismatic Egba born Actor was unique in his all white Agbada and his Abeti Aja’s cap. The cap also had Odunfa @30 written on it.
FATHIA BALOGUN,ALESH ONILEGBALE, BISI IBIDAPO OBE, TOYOSI ADESANYA SHOWED SOME LOVE
Unarguably, they are stars in their industry but this set of actors put all that behind them as they were spotted at the event, not just as guests but to make sure that they are relevant at the event. They were seen attending to guests to proffer solution to their needs.
HONOURABLE LANREWAJU OSHUN CAME
Hon. Moshood Olanrewaju Oshun, a member of Lagos House of Assembly, representing Lagos Mainland Constituency, was at the occasion. The easy going astute politician, who will turn 47 come May 2016, was seen at the event.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD PRESENSENTATIONS
After the launching of the 35 million fund raising for Odunfa Caucus Films and Theatre Institute, special recognition awards were presented to those who deserves it for their immense contributions to the growth of the Yoruba movie industry. Subsequently, the well-decorated 30th birthday cake was cut and the official artistes of the day mounted the stage for his performance.
OBESERE BAND BOYS ON STAGE
As that is the only moment everyone was waiting for, the whole hall shook as guests kept singing some of Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere’s hit songs even before he climbed the stage. The new Alhaji Agba thrilled guests with his energetic performance.
Ajala Jalingo, Funsho Adeolu, Jide Kosoko, Corporate Picture Boss, Madam Saje, Sunny Ali, Alhaji Ade Adenrenle, Keji Yusuf, Ayoka Omo Ologede, Funmilayo Tejuosho and husband, Alhaji Ibrahim Dende, Muyiwa Ademola, Yomi Opakunle and many more.
-culled from City People Online