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Event Planner Ibidun Ituah-Ighodalo glows in HiMag as she announces her New “Dream Wedding” TV Show

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The June 2010 issue of Hi Magazine features event planner, Ibidun Ituah-Ighodalo of Hi Magazine on the cover. This issue of the magazine is the exclusive unveiling of Ibidun as the star of a new TV show which will air on the Wedding Channel on HiTV.
The show is called “My Dream Wedding with Elizabeth R“.
In the interview, Ibidun talks about her stint as the first “Miss Lux”, how she started her career as an event planner, the new TV show and how she planned her own wedding – in secret!
It’s an interesting read.
The photos are also very stunning as Ibidun looks beautiful in outfits by designer Odio Mimonet and glows in all the shots.

Here are some excerpts from the interview.
D: I wonder how someone so private is able to go into such an extravagant lifestyle business?

I: Well I can’t exactly say I chose it, it was and it still is my passion and I discovered it. So there was no question of it being extravagant or not it was a divine call and I answered it.

D: How has it been?

I: Well, it has had its pros and cons, but because it’s my calling, I enjoy the stress and pleasure that comes with it. Apart from that, it has boosted me in different areas like developing my people’s skill because trust me, you meet and relate with people with all kinds of personalities.

D: How did the Journey of “Miss Lux” come about?

I: I was walking in school one day and I saw a poster about the pageant so I decided to go in for the fun of it. Honestly it was all a joke.

D: (Smiles), that’s some joke. How did people react to a Microbiologist becoming a beauty Queen?

I: People usually expect to see a beauty queen emerge from the arts or social science field, so for a bit they found it difficult to comprehend because they believed people from the sciences never had the time to socialise let alone run for a pageant. The reactions were all short lived so it was never really an issue. At least not strong enough to bother me…. (smiles)

D: Remembering the Events you attended then, and the ones you attend now, how much of a difference in change is there?

I: Wow! There is a huge difference now, and in a good way. From the cuisine to the decor to the coordination of each event, a lot of things have changed. Nigerians are very open to change and that’s a good thing. We also have to bear in mind that there has been a number of new inventions. I personally have changed a number of things in the events that I plan now, there are some things that I did or used at an event back then that I would never try using now. I guess change is the only constant thing…

D: How will you measure current events standards in Nigeria to that of International Standards?

I: I would say that Nigeria is very close to international standards. While a lot of trends are innovated abroad, Nigerians still have a way of turning it around, adapting it and making it customized and unique. But don’t get me wrong; our industry still has a lot to learn and implement that’s why Elizabeth R has partners in UK, America, and China.

D: Does Elizabeth R still have a lot of stones to turn?

I: Oh yes we do, while a lot people complement us saying we have gone very far I just murmur to myself that, with God on our side ,our best is certainly yet to come.

D: Well, now to your most exciting project! The TV Show – My Dream Wedding with Elizabeth R, how excited are you? And has it been a long time coming?

I: I am excited about the show for the following reasons and more:
1. I get to enlighten the public especially young people who want to go on this path about vital tips on planning a successful wedding
2. I get to share with the public the hustle and bustle Elizabeth R faces in ensuring the very perfect wedding.
3. I get to give back to the society, which is an opportunity I have been searching for a long time. I would be able to achieve this through a competition where couples who can hardly afford anything would be given an all expense paid wedding courtesy of Elizabeth R. This gesture would make their wedding dream come true.

My team and I are really excited about putting this through. I didn’t see this coming though but I’m pleased about it all the same.

D: Exciting, we can’t wait to see what you all have under your sleeve, but I can’t help but wonder, did Elizabeth R Plan YOUR wedding?

I: Yes Elizabeth R planned the wedding; remember my wedding was a secret, not one staff knew it was my wedding; they thought it was for a Bride who was supposed to come in that day from America. When I showed up in my dress, I had all my people in tears. I am telling you I would never forget that day. It was such an experience.

D: WHAT?! That’s so hilarious, how did you pull that off?

I: It was funny; I was downstairs doing the decor till about one hour before the wedding. I even did my own bouquet (laughs). When Banke Meshida (Make up Artist of BM Pro) walked in and asked for the bride, you should have seen the shock on her face. Frank Oshodi (Nigerian Designer) made my dress, when he walked in with the dress and saw Banke doing my make up, he thought I was representing our ghost bride (laughs) that didn’t show up.

Oh my goodness, I can’t go on. That day was fantastic and I got what I wanted in everyway.

To read the complete interview, click to visit the HiMagazine website

Photography: Bamiyo Emina – TY Bello Studio
Location: Ighodalo Residence
Makeup: Tinuke Akande – BM Pro

73 Comments

  1. Elle W

    May 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    She is so gorgeous!

  2. nrgirl

    May 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    what a beautiful and humble woman!

  3. ms. natalie

    May 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    she looks magnificient,amazing.

  4. tyna

    May 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    She is so beautiful,who was the photographer,good photos and
    quality printing.

  5. iNterested

    May 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    She looks sensational. Lord, please help me get my shape back. Chai

  6. Blossom

    May 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Jealous 🙁

  7. THE AMAKA

    May 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Blossom, why are you jealous?

    she is soooo pretty. 🙂

  8. honey

    May 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    she is an epitome of beauty! I just love her…xoxo

  9. Patricia Ejim

    May 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    God help me make i marry a wonderful man,thats why she radiates sooooooooo much beauty and happiness and joy………………( make i continue?)

  10. Blossom

    May 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Does anyone know how old she is?

  11. Wadami

    May 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Humble is THE word! That’s probably why she’s so Gorg. Beauty does start from Inside. I’m looking forward to the show too!!

  12. neli

    May 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    i’m beefing lady R…how come she’s dis beautiful ? only her u’re wonderfully made.

  13. Oga O

    May 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    wow she is soooo beautiful

  14. cynthia

    May 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    She’s is stunning! What a shape!

  15. Mel

    May 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    she is sooo gorgeous!!!

  16. fokasibe

    May 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    She is a blessed woman!! That’s all I can say.

  17. Abi

    May 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    @ blossom she cant be more than 30 years old,
    we were at uni together.

  18. ms. natalie

    May 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    @patricia, i agree.continue pls…

  19. Passerby

    May 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    God! See beauty!!

  20. Miss Lawunmi

    May 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful, dazzling woman with radiant smile.

  21. vanessa

    May 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    M also jealous.lol.pweety woman.me likeyyyyy

  22. oge

    May 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    she is preetyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  23. cici

    May 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    My uncle is sitting next to me, and when he saw these pics, I think his
    heartbeat skipped for a second, his reaction is priceless. My uncle claims he
    has only seen few Nigerian women that he thinks are gorgeous, and this
    woman is one of them .

    This woman looks stunning, elegant, classy, just exquisite.

  24. Ola

    May 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    She is such a beautiful person, inside and out.

  25. tutu

    May 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    i was just wishing i was a man, i would have married her. she is just excellent!!!

  26. Ms K

    May 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    She’s 35-36. She was ex-Miss Lux in the 90s and she was in her mid 20s as at the time.

    She is really humble and beautiful.

  27. silva

    May 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    wow!!!!!!! HiMag una try…you look at these pictures, esp, the trio(where she has the jacket) and you think they were in some foreign mag or she’s in some magazine ad.
    great job! very beautiful woman!

  28. beautiful iris

    May 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Wow !!!! Ibidun is one gorgeous and hardworking woman.
    She has paid her dues and deserves all she gets.
    Well done on your upcoming show.

    You’re such an inspiration.

  29. silva

    May 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    in d 2nd to last pix, she looks like a woman i saw in an ad. once in Ebony magazine…

  30. oyin

    May 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    ms K i know for a fact that she is 30….not 35-36!!!shuo

  31. nino

    May 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Ms K…shes not a day over 31 maximum and it doesnt matter cos she will look this good forever…
    i just know this!!!
    PS- Pator ituah carry better eye go market oh! chai

  32. Olivia M.

    May 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Hmmmn,,She is got all oprah thing going, the hair and the love for dogs.lol just saying
    . She is beautiful though

  33. kem

    May 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    ibidun is not 35 or 36.if u do not know, zip ur mouth. she is max 31

  34. Ujubaby

    May 25, 2010 at 3:34 am

    lol @ iNterested! Me 2 ooo, me 2, lol! She is gorgeous!

  35. olivia

    May 25, 2010 at 3:58 am

    She is truly a beauty! We were at ‘Lag together and she’s still that humble girl!

  36. pearl

    May 25, 2010 at 6:27 am

    she’s so beautiful. but abeg airbrush tastefully…not this glow effect all over the thing like its a dream. overkill much? everybody wants to look flawless. irunnn….it doesn’t work like that.

  37. Blossom

    May 25, 2010 at 7:56 am

    LOL @ Pearl’s comment. It’s true sha. There’s loads of photoshop on the spread…
    I’ve met her in person and she is pretty. But ofcourse, what’s a photoshoot if it doesn’t exagerrate, right?

  38. ashley

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 am

    she almost looks like toccara fron ANTM. she is stunning. i always thought she was older but i guess these beauty queens (inc. ifeoma williams) dress older than their age so u wud think they were old. at least they’re not exposing their bodies like some 40 yr old mums. she’s very classy. women take note.

  39. ME

    May 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

    inspiration to every young lady…

  40. Mandie Moi

    May 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Inspiration to every young woman..she’s got great looks too

  41. Me

    May 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    One of My Role Models. She is truly an inspiration to every young woman. Her Simplicity and purity of her smile is what makes her so admrable

  42. Dee

    May 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    She’s gorgeous… SO beautiful and classy. Her age is irrelevant, but if she really is 30, I say kudos to her for achieving SO MUCH as an events planner at such a young age. She’s done an awesome job, very inspiring. Like she says, find your passion and your calling… you’ll go places.

  43. afrochic

    May 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    the babe’s tuh fine. na wetin?!! her glow’s from within. @ pearl, believe me, who fine, fine! airbrushing or not. Airbrushing to me’s kinda like make up. it enhances your beautiful features & hides your flaws. I’d say her humility comes from being well grounded in Christ. Once you have Christ, everything’s a breeze!. Her lace outfit just kills me. talk about class. She’s got loads to spare.

  44. Pearl

    May 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    all i have to do here is to mimic everybody.. she beautiful, pretty, stunning, classy, exquisite, elegant,Geog…AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON………

  45. abi

    May 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Ibidun is really beautiful, we went to high school together. One thing i can remember about her is that she was well grounded in the lord. she was involved in all the school christian activities, but from what i see here she is still the same person.

  46. jaybee

    May 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    she’s the bizness,God really took his time,she’s stunning and humble at the same time,av met her in person and i can attest to the fact that she’s very humble

  47. reen

    May 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    everyone scarcely talked abt her planned TV show. All have just been extolling her raw beauty and i wont be left out so this begs for d question- hausa, igbo and yoruba, which has d finest babes sef?

  48. kayhetch

    May 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    What a beautiful lady.. I have not read the interview yet… but the pics are breathtaking… I’m sure I will love her more after I read the interview.

  49. mariam

    May 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    keep living ur passion ibidun,the Lord will continue to bess the works of ur hand and grant all ur heart desire,peace f mind,body,soul and spirit…thats wat you get when you are married to a man that Loves God totally…

  50. Nma

    May 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Chineke! Can u get n e more gorgeous than this?! Love her sense of style also!

  51. Chiangel

    May 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    LOL @ iNterested. My dear tell me about it. Trying to loose my stomach! Arrrrrghhhhh!!! The lady is stunning! Very beautiful and gorgeous. I wish to be like her depending on how old she is. Can’t really tell. She looks like 38 or in her early fourties like 40 – 42 nothing more. If she is then oh yes, I want to look like her when I age up.

  52. Chiangel

    May 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    She is 30?!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! Even without seeing her in person she carries herself very well. Very good my dear, very good. Keep it up.

  53. GLORY

    May 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    WOW !
    WAT A NATURAL WOMAN !
    SOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL !

  54. ONYINYE

    May 26, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    PRETTY GIRL!

  55. Pam

    May 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    she’s beautiful

  56. SugarBABE

    May 26, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Pls can someone tell me the tribe of this beautiful lady?her name,surname make me believe she’s both yoruba,edo state.

  57. Chika

    May 27, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Stunning! Wow! Just wow! If I were a guy, I’d totally be chasing that! LOL!

  58. kk

    May 27, 2010 at 7:09 am

    even with all the photoshop, i got to say that she is a pretty woman.
    Pastor Ituah dey see road die!!!
    I want to be a pastor when i grow up.

  59. Mandie Moi

    May 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I mean, with a very wonderful husband, Christmas decoration contract with Lagos state…pls…even me will be verrryyyy fine n fabulous ..She’s got it all…She is one hell of a lucky woman…keep rocking Lady

  60. RMG

    May 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Damn this woman’s hot and has a body that rocks,now that works!!!

  61. Foxtrot ©

    May 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    She IS pretty BUT what with the Tina Turner hair? 🙁

  62. mimi

    May 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    wow! she makes me proud to be a woman and a christian one at that.lovely gal.

  63. na me

    May 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    gorgeous!!

  64. ronnie

    June 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    She’s too cute!!! Does she have kids yet? How many?

  65. jaybee

    June 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

    @sugerbabe,she’s yoruba
    married to an edo man,
    her name is ibidun ajayi ighodalo

  66. Tolu

    June 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    she’s the finest pastors wife in niheria and chris okotie’s wife

  67. seanini

    June 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    she’s totally on point,from the makeup,her combo and the dogs.really love it

  68. Graceful

    August 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    ibidun is 30. she’s very pretty but not as pretty as the pics depict cos of the airbrushing and photoshop. she’s indeed a role model.

  69. Agboola Luke

    September 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

    hi….
    i am into multimedia i will like to do business with your organization…i am looking forward to a favourable response..
    Thanks and remain blessed

  70. Cornelia

    April 11, 2011 at 8:42 am

    She is gorgeous,God fearing,a born again christian,an epitome of beauty,beauty with brains,with a wonderful husband like pastor Ituah Ighodalo,i love her&she is my role model.i know i’ll definitely b better dan she is.Amen.

  71. Gasky Gaskiya

    April 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Even I will risk losing my membership of RCCG to have her!!

  72. Chris Airebamen

    December 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Have been out of this Country for 8yrs, was checking the work done by various make up artist in Nigeria, one Atinuke Akande to me is the best in Nigeria right now, considering what she did to Ituah Ighodalo, pls can someone send me her no via my email

  73. arabella

    July 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

    beautiful.

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