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FLARE – The 2011 Oaken Events Fair: Photos from the “Dine with Preston Bailey” Event

One of the major highlights of FLARE – the Special Events Fair organized by Oaken Events was the exclusive dinner with world renowned Event Designer, Preston Bailey.



Rae Simpson - Project Manager, Preston Bailey Designs; Ayiri Oladunmoye - MD, Oaken Events; Preston Bailey & Xoua Vang - CEO, Preston Bailey Designs

One of the major highlights of FLARE – the Special Events Fair organized by Oaken Events was the exclusive dinner with world renowned Event Designer, Preston Bailey.

The dinner event took place on Thursday, 7th April 2011 at the Sky Lounge penthouse restaurant of Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria.

The special guest, Preston Bailey was accompanied by executive from his company, Rae Simpson – Project Manager, Preston Bailey Designs and Xoua Vang – CEO, Preston Bailey Designs. He graciously navigated the room as he posed for photographs, signed copies of his books and chatted with the guests who were all there to dine with him.

Bez, Paschal Obidile and Mike Aremu provided the entertainment while the Oaken team led by Ayiri Oladunmoye were the perfect hosts. A fabulous night for a truly talented and inspiring man.

View photos below. Click HERE to view our previous coverage of FLARE including the fashion show by Yemi Osunkoya’s Kosibah.

Preston Bailey

Onyeka & Chima Anyaso

Aderonke Adebanjo

Adeyinka Oloyede

Gbolahan Balogun


Linda Goodman

Ugoma Adegoke


Juyin Demuren

Ayiri Oladunmoye

Bunmi Olunloyo

Yemi Osunkoya

Mike Aremu

Rae Simpson, Ayiri Oladunmoye, Preston Bailey & Xoua Vang

Ifeanyi Adefarasin

Tomori Awosanya

Anu Ogunwo Adeyemi

Sharon Adeleke

Veronica Ebie-Odeka

Akin Ariyo

Ozo Adeyeye

Layole Oyatogun

Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi for Insignia


Watch out for photos from the exhibition.


  1. kumasiba

    April 17, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Lovely designs…


    April 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

    the only thing i will point out is Layole Oyatogun bad taste in shoes.
    other than that, CLASSY EVENT!

    • Gbemi

      April 18, 2011 at 3:36 am

      The only thing I will point out that is your first sentence isn’t properly constructed. My point? You thought it was okay when you hit “post your comment”, she thought it was okay when she left home.

    • xiao

      April 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      hahahahahaha hillarious …

  3. Someone

    April 17, 2011 at 12:40 am

    enjoyment for naija

  4. kumasiba

    April 17, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Preston Bailey is one of the few talented event designers that I know. His designs are breathtaking.

  5. sweetie

    April 17, 2011 at 1:36 am

    nice looking event, i see a couple that was featured on bella naija a while back, or i might be mistaken…….veronica i would like to believe you are pregnant right??? or else….wahala dey

    • eye-TEE-kay

      April 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      my sentiments exactly!

    • LOLA

      April 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Yes veronica is pregnant. She looks hot.x

  6. Anya

    April 17, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Ugonma Adegoke looks gorgeous in that blue mono-strap dress and orange neck-piece. Beautiful!

  7. anon

    April 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    This definitely was a house on the rock event. Beautiful. Ugoma looks lovely!

  8. honeybee

    April 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    One question : Is that Gbolahan Balogun guy single? 😉

    • Asake Jujube

      April 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Nope he isn’t, Married to me thank you very much.

    • Sola

      April 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

      haaaa! Are you Iya ‘Mide ni?
      Gbolahan Balogun is sooooo married to >>>>>>> IYA MIDE! lol

    • Sukey

      September 30, 2011 at 9:53 am

      You’ve got to be kidding me—it’s so tasrnparenlty clear now!

  9. Obi

    April 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Beautiful people.

  10. Asake Jujube

    April 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Sharon Adeleke in Herve Ledger rocks!

  11. Bisi BusyBee!

    April 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    The right word here is CLASSY! nice event. well done Ayiri. cheers,

  12. maggie

    April 18, 2011 at 12:26 am

    cream de la cream

  13. Candie

    April 18, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Is veronica pregnant????Laloye please the hair gatta go, its lovely but not on u. Nice Event. Big ups my people. Ugonma and Ayiri u guys look fab.

  14. Naj

    April 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Class class class….This was one spify event (Yes oh, I said Spiffy) Nicely done and Aderonke 😉 Nice!

  15. OGE

    April 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    classy event but loyale and bunmi olunloyo shoes are not it.

  16. Olivia

    April 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Sharon Adeleke has my ‘little red dress’!! Classy looking event…just the right amount of everything.

  17. Wiklo

    April 19, 2011 at 5:08 am


  18. zee

    April 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Wrong name placement Bella,the lady on black is not Onos.

  19. Vivian

    April 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    She’s neither Ozo Adeyeye, She’s Ladi

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