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Helen Prest Ajayi hosts a grand soiree as she celebrates her 50th birthday



On Saturday 17th October 2009, Former Miss Nigeria – Helen Prest-Ajayi celebrated her 50th birthday by hosting a grand party at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos. Wife, mother, lawyer, author, entrepreneur and beauty queen – those are some of the titles associated with Helen so it was no surprise that the event was graced by a diverse range of guests. From corporate titans like Aliko Dangote to fellow beauty queen Nike Oshinowo-Soleye to Nollywood star Rita Dominic. It was a festive and glam night! We have to say you look fab at 50! Helen was surrounded by lots of friends on her special day but we all know that family comes first. Her husband, Dr Ajayi as well as her children, mother and siblings were there to celebrate her big day. Photos below.

The Birthday Girl, Helen Prest Ajayi looking dazzling at 50

The Birthday Girl, Helen Prest Ajayi looking dazzling at 50

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It seems like the event was a perfect date night for lots of couples including Eyimofe and Dorothy Atake; Tony and Dr. Awele Elumelu and many more Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija008 Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija009Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija010Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija011Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija012Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija015Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija016Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija031Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija022Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija014Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija034Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Bella Naija199Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija028

Celebs were not left out of the festivities. Talk Show Hosts Funmi Iyanda and Mo Abudu both attended looking fab in black, Designers – Remi Lagos, Frank Osodi and Ade Bakare also attended, actresses Rita Dominic and Kate Henshaw-Nuttall were there well. Crooner Wande Coal performed and AY the comedian MCd. Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija032Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija033Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija004Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija025Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija001Helen Prest Ajayi 50th Party Bella Naija005

Several business titans and accomplished individuals in the medical field (the celebrants husband is a doctor) also graced the event including Aliko Dangote of Dangote, Stella Okoli of Emzor, Dr. Sunny Kuku and many others.
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The Lagos social establishment were there to celebrate this milestone with Helen. Nike Osinowo-Soleye was there – making her first public appearance in a while, Nkiru Anumudu, Deola Bali, Vivian Chiologi, Dr. Doyin Abiola, Abah Folawiyo were also at the event to celebrate with their friend.
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The fashion stakes were raised high at the event. Female guests looked elegant in their cocktail and evening dresses while the men looked good in their suits. ThisDay Style Editor – Ruth Osime rocked a runway inspired look in her gold dress with flower applique and lace trimmings from Lanre DaSilva Ajayi’s Golden Girl collection. Hauwa Mukan rocked an Ituen Basi dress from the very popular Ankara and Beads collection while Nkiru Anumudu made a style statement in the Dolce and Gabbana Marilyn Puff Sleeve Mikado dress from their Fall/Winter 2009 collection. Her black headband, statement necklace, gold cuff and snakeskin Lulu Guinness ‘lips’quilted clutch seal the bold look.Helen Prest Ajayi 50th  Party Bella Naija036Helen Prest Ajayi 50th  Party Bella Naija037Helen Prest Ajayi 50th  Party Bella Naija027
Great party! Happy Birthday Helen.


  1. nrgirl

    October 24, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Ageless beauty she is. Nike Osinowo looks stunning. what was Nkiru N thinking?

  2. gbekun

    October 24, 2009 at 2:52 am

    her children r QT, her son especially ;);). hauwa’s dress is lovely. isnt dat eremu of lagos? i tire for her makeup oo

  3. luvlife

    October 24, 2009 at 3:18 am

    nawa oh, Nkiru Anumudu’s look is really bold. thumbs up to her for daring that look. The girl in the Ankara dress is simply beautiful!!!

  4. sweetie

    October 24, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Nkiru Anumudu ooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i don taya!!!! congrats Helen, looking fab at 50….i want to look like dat when i get to dat age o!!!!….., u have such beautiful kids…. nike oshinowo is finally married…we thank God!!!

  5. 9jagal

    October 24, 2009 at 4:29 am

    nice write up bella:) stunning pics

  6. elmo

    October 24, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Hauwa looks FAB!

  7. Eva

    October 24, 2009 at 4:44 am

    I do not know what you guys are smoking…Nkiru’s accessories did WHAT? They simply killed the outfit. ONE SHOULD NEVER PAIR a black and white dress with GOLD…IT IS A FASHION NO-NO that is why the stylist at the Dolcce and Gabbana show paired the dress with a rhinestone and silver necklace. And as if the bold necklace was not enough…SHE ADDS the cuff and the RED Lulu Guinness clutch..I AM DIEING (opposite of R. Zoe’s def of “I DIE”) of laughter.. THEN THE HEAD BAND..AND THAT HAIR?? AND MAKE-UP…I am sure she has money…but I cannot blame the electricity situation in our dearest country has made our lovely citizens fashion victims…the lighting in her house was not BRIGHT enough to SCREAM…HALLOWEEN is STILL A WEEK AWAY!!

  8. nikky jay

    October 24, 2009 at 6:12 am

    The celebrant Helen Prest Ajayi looks super FAB for 50! Her Skin is gorgeous and her legs are to DIE FOR!

    There’s a picture of her with a young guy and after this picture there’s another picture with two girls. I wonder if they’re her children? If they are, then she has some good looking children.

    Dorothy Atake always looks nice and appropriate dressed for every event.

    Nike Oshinowo looks flawless. Am really feeling the Ituen Bassy’s outfit.
    And before i forget Ruth Osime really looks Nice, this time around!

    All in all the event looked well organized and it seems that everybody had alot of fun.

    Everyone looked nice.

  9. MiaJadore

    October 24, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Nice pics! Rita Dominic is one party away from Lindsey Lohan, am just saying.

  10. Deshina

    October 24, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Aunt Helen–I wish you all the best in life.You are not only a stunningly beautiful woman on the outside,but your reputation also speaks volumes about the type of wonderful,humble,loving,kind,caring,down to earth woman that you are.You have survived situations that would make other women break and retreat,YET you faced all situations and came out on top bigger and stronger.
    For me,your niece from your first marriage,to have written this piece shows the world that you are indeed a woman filled with light and no ounce of bitterness of things gone past.You still stay the same sweet aunt helen i have always known,and you never let any situation between you and uncle jimi affect how you always treat us.
    ALL your children are indeed lucky to be born to such a wonderful woman as you are.And i am happy that they are growing up to be such grounded and beautiful children who never take anything for granted.
    I thank God for your life aunty Helen.Dr.A,has done a wonderful job of even making you radiate more love.
    I hope you get to read this and hope you loved your cards and prezzies,i couldn’t be there but mummy represented our side of the family and she said it was BEAUTIFUL LIKE HELEN AND WELL DESERVED.
    As for me,when i grow up i still cannot decide if i want to be like you or aunt Dorothy atake(hee hee hee…;-)

    God bless you aunt Helen..see you over christmas.

    Your Niece

  11. Shubbie

    October 24, 2009 at 6:40 am

    She looks fab for her age…Good Job.considering the fact that its all natural, no surgeries….i want to be like u wen i grow up for real. Nike Osinowo is still as pretty as ever!

  12. Rimzy

    October 24, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Really wande coal does not need to wear dark shades, he looks like darkness!!!

  13. KK

    October 24, 2009 at 7:42 am

    what the heck is fashion No No?
    The lady is making her own style and defying all the set laws that persons like you are enslaved to.
    David Beckham breaks more fashion laws than most people will ever do in three lifetimes.
    Because he does it stylishly and with loads of fun, he is considered a fashion icon.
    I will never be a fan of Nkiru Anumundu’s dressing (i find them too loud and that is my personal opinion) but one thing i like about her is that she does not give a hoot about laid down rules and does her stuff with loads of confidence.

    • Bose Akinn

      February 13, 2011 at 1:08 am

      yeah, but it doesnt look right..period..if your gonna break the rules, go right ahead, but make it work..!

  14. KK

    October 24, 2009 at 7:44 am

    two of my favourite Nigerian women of style in the house!!!
    Helen Ajayi and Nike Soleye.
    black women with style.
    Nice one..

  15. KK

    October 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

    that Hauwa Mukan is a absolutely sweet.
    in the pics i mean.


    October 24, 2009 at 9:28 am

    oh yeah, i believe this is the same woman that wore that Tina Turner looking dress at the black and white ball, right?
    woah if that is, then i thought that lady was at least in her late 30’s talk less of being 50!

    and who is that guy in the 4th picture? HE IS FINE!
    and the girl in the black and white dress below that pic looks fabulous.
    im digging her style with that black and white, something i could see myself wearing. me like.

  17. Support local design

    October 24, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I agree. Fashion “rules” are for fashion fools.
    As for never pairing black and white with gold, after 10 years in the industry that is the first time Im hearing that. If anything the proportions of the necklace were off making it clash with the bold print but its nothing to start getting all CAPITAL LETTERS about!

  18. Eva

    October 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you for a well thought out opinion…only if Nigerians could learn to give their opinions without having to resort to insults. I agree she carries it with confidence, but there are too many things going on with er outfit. I have not finished looking at the head band then there is the makeup then I am distracted with the bag, oops there is also the necklace….there is a reason why Jackie O and Michelle O..among others are fashion icons…HELL even the celebrant and Nike O are fashion icons because their style is graceful and not forced. Look at Nike and Funmi Iyanda…i am not against Nkiru’s sense of style…just how she tends to express it…she is simply telling us she can afford expensive designer clothes and she has gold jewelry but she is not and never has been able to express a “style” even if it is borrowed.

  19. Eva

    October 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Totally agree…effortless and graceful style..

  20. nnenna

    October 24, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    this party looks killer like it was so much fun……
    nigerians are great dressers oh……
    nike soleye….ha! beautiful…..
    the celebrants skin is to die for!
    everyone looked nice and nkiru anumudu…..give it to her, she will never be a wall flower! i heart the red lulu clutch…..

  21. marian_o

    October 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Are the 2 girls in the 6th picture her daughters? I see a striking resemblance, especially the one on the left. Also who’s the hottie with her in the 5th pic?
    Nike Osinowo is gorgeous! her skin is still as flawless as it was in that lotion (or was it soap) advert in the eighties.

  22. jaybee

    October 26, 2009 at 8:55 am

    yeah,helen looks fab at 50 n its as a result of eating right n taking good care of yourself n not also forgeting that its d grace of God o.cos 4 dos of us wanting to look like her wen we get to dt age,na baba happy for her,n she should kip up her good wrks like her neice said.she also has beautiful children….i was about to stuff myself with enuf junk food,but lookn at helen’s pictures.. i had to change my mind ,lol!cos it wnt help me to look dis way when am fifty n above.long life n prosperity helen.

  23. wienna

    November 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t know how you came to that conclusion and comparison. So, person no fit attend parties again. She’s got a great job and lucrative deals to her resume that many including yourself would be jealous of. What does Lindsay have? Pls don’t let Rita fans come and woop your ass here o. Bad belle.

  24. riri

    November 2, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Helen looks beautiful and fabulous. I love to see couples, it was a whole lot of them. Skin is glowing, she’s smiling, and looks like she’s happy to be 50, that’s what I’m talking about. Women, don’t be scared to get old, just take good care of yourself and you will be fine. American women, are always too scared to even turn 40, they will do anything do look 15, wear their daughter’s clothes, liposuction, botox, and upon that they look like crap. Just allow yourself to age gracefully and naturally, and you will be fine.

    Hmmm, who’s the guy in the 4th and 6th pic, he’s handsome.

  25. ayodele osanyinlusi

    November 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

    please allow me to say that the woman can never be up to fifty.There must have been a confusion as regards her date of birth.some 20 years difference. she is absolutely stuning.I pray my wife looks this prettyat that age.

  26. Amaka from Lag

    November 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    50! Wow that woman looks great! It must have been a great party, looked like a correct affair. That guy in the 5th pic must be related to her as they look alike.

  27. Sisi B

    December 3, 2009 at 11:51 am

    whao! 50 years and looking this stunning…i must say weldone Dr. Ajayi.
    Ooh! i love to see couples celebrates as one ..nice

  28. Sade

    December 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    @marian_o, yep, those are her daughters, Tiffany & Tosan, looking absolutely stunning. I’m impressed. I’m impressed.

    Looks like I missed a great party.

    PS: Pls who’s the hot dude??!

  29. bukky

    December 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Naija women we can like weave sa..chineke

  30. silva

    December 7, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Mo is nt lookin like herself at alllll……
    loooooooovvvvvvveeeeeeee Rita Dominic’s shoesssss!!!!
    Helen is beautiful!!!! and her daughters take after her…
    is dat dude her son? he’s foiineeee!!!!!!!

  31. silva

    December 7, 2009 at 12:53 am

    awwww!!!! wat a heartfelt letter….

  32. Helen Osime-Afolabi

    December 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Wonderful party…Helen you look fab @ 50 and everyone looked gorgeous…..

  33. Aibee

    August 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Took another look at this post, about a year and half after. Helen Prest-Ajayi still looks fabulous. Nkiru Anumudu is still horrible at breaking fashion rules. Mofe & Dorothy Atake are still fashionable, Nike Oshinowo-Soleye is still one of the most beautiful women Nigeria ever produced. All these pictures were taken before the human hair/brazillian/peruvian hair craze hit Nigeria. The women looked a lot prettier then.

  34. MEE

    January 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Hahaahahha,n’am looking it up some4years later n’ur observations still stands! About d’person who said Nigerian women love Weaves, hehehhehehhe, i bet you’d’be crying now!

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