|Lanre Da Silva Ajayi|
This year’s edition of the annual harvest luncheon/annual fundraiser of the “Catholic Church of Assumption, Falomo, Ikoyi Lagos” would not be forgotten in a hurry. The event happened over the weekend, same day as “Ifeoma Williams birthday party at the Civic Center”, but earlier in the day and the place of choice was none other than “Yewande Zaccheaus’s Harbour Point”, near Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
It’s one memory that would linger for a long while in the mind of all that attended, as entertainment of the highest order linked or connected simlessly with philanthropy/charity at the height, at this year’s event. Not only were they able to achieve the reason for the gathering, they were also entertained by 2 of the best in the business as guest artistes.
The highly successful harvest luncheon/fundraiser had as it Harvest Luncheon/Fundraising Committee chairperson Yemi Aluko, and the Planning committee for this year’s event was headed by top fashion entrepreneur and very gifted and award winning designer, the one and only “Lanre Da Silva Ajayi”, with all the committees reporting to Yemi Aluko.
And with the way things went, Lanre proved her mettle to be a meticulous organiser with fantastic attention to detail as a premium. Kudos to her and her members and by extension to the other committees, but the major kudos to Yemi Aluko for a very very very successful event.
Everyone that was an heavyweight from all walks of life, likes of many certified billionaires, others multimillionaires attended the harvest luncheon/ fundraiser. From the wealthy young Turks to the “super rich Old Skool peeps”. Some of those that were seen at the very successful event were the likes of Charles & Didi Ndiomu, Pascal Dozie- Diamond Bank and MTN fame, disputable king of “Rolls Royce” and lawyer Dr. Boluwasanmi “Bolu” Akin-Olugbade PhD, the incomparable Erelu of Lagos herself, the ever white cladded Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Hajia Fatima Edu, Biodun Aluko, the boss of Zinox and one of the biggest property owners in Nigeria, Leo Stan Ekeh, indefatigable and very prosperous businessman Oscar Udoji, one of Nigeria’s most solid investment bankers and GMD AfriInvest West Africa Ltd, Ike Chioke, who was the day’s chairman, Hakeem Muri-Okunola aka HMO, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Lagos State, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Akpani, the MD/CEO of Providus Bank, whose wife is the CEO of Northwest Petroleum and Gas Company, Chuka Eseka, Yinka and Derin Shonekan, Pat Faniran, Chuks Iroche and very many others.
Yemi Aluko who was this year’s Harvest committee chairman with very strong ties to King Sunny Ade himself, brought the King of African beats to the luncheon to add major bite to the whole proceedings and as expected when KSA sees the high and mighty, he gets inspired to no end, so he gave another excellent performance worthy of commendation. It wasn’t only KSA that razzled-dazzled all at the event, even afro-higlife pop crooner, with the crazily sexy body- “Flavour” also added major flavour to the event too.
The fundraiser is an annual event of the church, and this year’s focus was to raise funds towards a project that the church had already embarked on before, which was building some structures for “Mater Ecclesiae College, old Isiwom Road, Igbodu, Epe, Lagos”, this particular fundraiser was towards the 2nd phase of that same project. We heard that at the end of the day’s event, the expected amount was raised effortlessly.
The Church of the Assumption, Falomo, Ikoyi had acquired a while ago and fenced the 40 acres school land and went on to build a secondary school with 7 structures there, which included classroom block, dormitories, staff quarters etc. The school started with 25 pioneer students (male and female) in 2015 and is growing rapidly.