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Celebrating Nigerian Fashion Pioneer & Philanthropist Folurunsho Alakija at 60!

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As we make strides towards the future of Nigerian fashion, it is very important for us to celebrate the pioneers. A few weeks ago, Folurunsho Alakija, one of the foremost pioneers of Nigerian fashion celebrated her 60th birthday, 35th wedding anniversary and the launch of two published books.

In 1986, Folurunsho Alakija founded her couture label, Supreme Stitches, for over 15 years, the label creatively explored the use of local fabrics including aso-oke and ankara alongside foreign fabrics – chiffon, taffeta and silk. As the long-serving President of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN) for over six years, she worked tirelessly to educate and encourage the new generation of Nigerian fashion designers. Through the Rose of Sharon Foundation, she has changed the lives of numerous widows and orphans through their various charity initiatives, scholarships and empowerment programmes. To find out more on the foundation, visit their blog – http://roseofsharonfoundation.wordpress.com/

As she celebrated her 60th birthday and she and her husband, Modupe Alakija marked their 35th wedding anniversary, Folorunsho Alakija penned and published two books. Both books were officially launched on the 13th of July 2011 at the Civic Centre in Lagos – the books are an autobiography and a relationship guide titled “University of Marriage“. During a recent interview with Next Newspaper, she shared her motivation for writing both books –

The marriage book and the autobiography were not borne out of my deliberate attempts to write, but out of God’s plans for my destiny. When I started writing, God gave me grace. I got into the flow and it was relatively easy; for the marriage book, I have had case studies from the many years of counselling which guided me to get a good grip of writing alongside with the wisdom of God. The autobiography is not just an autobiography of my life. It is a book that has been written in such a way that at the end of every chapter, there are lessons to be learnt and scriptures to be memorized. The books have been launched and all the proceeds go to Rose of Sharon Foundation.

Here are photos from Folorunsho Alakija’s 60th Birthday and 35th wedding anniversary celebration events. After the church thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church Of Christ, Marina Lagos, the event transitioned to the birthday celebration at the Eko Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. Red was the colour of the day and the vibrant hue shone all around as Mrs. Alakija celebrated this landmark occasion surrounded by her family (including her cute granddaughter – Miss Femi Alakija who also celebrated her 3rd birthday). The guest list for the event included Dr. Doyin Abiola, Abba Folawiyo, Justice & Dupe Oguntade, Eyimofe & Dorothy Atake, Edward & Abike Erewa, First Lady of Lagos State – Abimbola Fashola, Duputy Governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Ladi & Banke Balogun, Gboyega & Emma Balogun, Senator Remi Tinubu, Dr. Alex Ekwueme and many other friends and well-wishers. The event was coordinated and decorated by Elizabeth R.

The Church Service

Guests at the Event

The Party

62 Comments

  1. OLISA Friend

    September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    all the mamas in the house say yeeeeeeeh!

    • Chikalaka

      September 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      LOL!!!!

    • aah

      September 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      LMAO!

  2. Gorgeous

    September 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    hehehe, the mama dey wear brazillian weave oh. Iya o ni gba at 60. Ooo ga, when her mates are doing didi. Age is a thing of the mind.

  3. Deiz

    September 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I just love those women with their iro and buba…..all in all they all look gorgeous. Happy birthday.

  4. PRECIOUS

    September 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    NAWAOOOOO NAIJA WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE CAME OUT EN MASS OH.

  5. Aibee

    September 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    YeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeH! Ko sarugbo n’ghana (no old women in Ghana) lol!

    But seriously, I would have thought all the guests, especially the females, would wear native attires in true honour and celebration of Mrs Alakija. Glad to see Zizi Cardow’s legs covered up for once.

  6. Pearl

    September 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    see class…

  7. The Editrix

    September 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    35 years of marriage?!?!?

    Well Done!!!!!!

    And here’s to another 35!

  8. eloho

    September 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Wow! so much red!!!! People wan dress die oh! Congrats ma!

  9. Tope

    September 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Nice to see old mama fashionistas in the bellanaija hizzhouse…enough of starlets :p

  10. http://diaryofsnw.blogspot.com/

    September 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    very nice

  11. KLODYN

    September 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    NIGERIANS! PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND KNOW HOW TO CELEBRATE LIFE!KLODYN FROM CAMEROON!

  12. iwalewa

    September 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    i love d red concept.congrats Mrs Alakija

  13. faith

    September 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    How wuld U̶̲̥̅̊ feel if U̶̲̥̅̊ get τ̅☺ a bd party n some oda lady ȋ̊§ wearing exact same tin as U̶̲̥̅̊ …I wonder how d two ladies in d picture, wearing dsame thing felt wen dey saw eachoda…lolsss

    • Xxxxx

      September 15, 2011 at 5:17 am

      It is called aso ebi…

    • missy

      September 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

      i think they are friends and they love dressing alike 🙂

  14. NNENNE

    September 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Drpeperempe

    September 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    60 is the new 40! most of the 60yr olds i know r still so hot my mum included. not even a wrinkle! and 35yrs of marriage? well done!

  16. Summer

    September 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Nigerians sure are beautiful…

  17. zainab

    September 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    nice to see the old skool come out to play

  18. shay shay

    September 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    some fine elegant mamas up in here … and see espensif laces shaaa… as in i can build house (in ABUJA)from proceeds resulting from selling the laces of HALF the pple in there, its not even funny… bu LOL

  19. Bee

    September 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    i love d way dey all look…beautiful

  20. [email protected] desinger handbags

    September 13, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Best wedding dresses . thanks for sharing these dresses with me. keep on sharing more and more.

  21. yeye

    September 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Beautiful event, but too red for my liking, ahan!

  22. royalhottie

    September 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    grace egbagbe looks very hot!
    congrats ma. hope to celebrate 35yrs of marriage in life too.
    hot hot mamas in da house.lol

  23. kiki

    September 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    So many women are scared of growing old but there is nothing like aging gracefully as Mummy has done.
    May God grant you more happy and fulfilling years ahead.

  24. Chloeze

    September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Mrs Alakija looks so good for a 60 years old! I hope I look like her when am her age.

  25. MelonX

    September 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Nigerian women o ni gba o!!!

  26. Lil miss sunshine

    September 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I can finally agree that the class of the host/hostess tells a lot on the kind of guests that will show up at their events regardless of the age bracket…. everyone looks elegant and dressed for the occassion. No flip flops, brazillian hair, sweaty & excessive make-up, cleavage-baring-tacky-short dresses

    • Yori

      September 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Well spoken..birds of a feather! They look absolutely gorgeous

  27. Achi

    September 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    WHAO!!!>>>mothers are not smiling oh! when will they leave it for the young ones. Nigerian women are always representing. btw i love d concept…

    • amaqqs

      September 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      My thots exactly! Elegant!

  28. sisiekomi

    September 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

  29. itohow williams

    September 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    great event, great Philanthropist Folurunsho Alakija. wishing u more years

  30. @Chizoba

    September 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Wow what an event! very elegant love the venue______ 🙂

  31. Purpleicious Babe

    September 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    likes the Caucasian outfit…..

  32. Eve

    September 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    like the mamas atires

  33. istidele

    September 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    her hubby is a cutie

  34. Dorothy

    September 14, 2011 at 12:16 am

    this is Ah-mazinggggggggggg!

  35. Namesabi

    September 14, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Really loved it all and I’m very glad to see the good ol’ Nigerian sense of decency in dressing again. Through it all, I just kept wondering if she warned people not to expose flesh.

  36. jewel

    September 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

    nice.

  37. dee

    September 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

    the two women wearing the same ankara and style are Funmi Ajila Ladipo and Abike Dabiri Erewa. they are best friends and always wear the same thing to parties.

  38. Adeola

    September 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

    colourful

  39. Flowerpower

    September 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Oooopsssy doosy!! Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Maureen of House of Maufechi….We know who rocked the outfit better…thumbs up for Maureen.

  40. I Dey

    September 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Wande Williams looking Hott! Laide lose that necklace naa.. o ti to. not once not twice, not thrice…. Lola Can you see with all that hair covering your face lmaoooo.. Zizi needs a stylist (hope she will listen to one though) clown..whyyyy… ageless sisi abah. Ms Ita giwa-weight loss is fab and that draping is sooo flaterring. i see a more mature dress sense these days. nice one… a lot of them look nce but as usual some ppl went there to “show them how its done”” lolll.. and Emma Balogun—Fantastic ensemble! thumbs up to ur tailor. The elderly couple holding hands..awwwwww…….. ok im tiredddd! lol

  41. BrownSugah

    September 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Everyone’s looking beautifully dressed. Wonderful and amazing. I thought red was a strong colour before but you guys got it so right and am so loving it. I like her sons. Please are they all married? *wink* *wink*. Chief and mrs, wishing you many more blissful years of marriage. Amen!
    http:/nitabrownsugah.wordpress.com

  42. diva

    September 16, 2011 at 1:50 am

    beautiful venue! i really like that eko hall…..who knows how much it costs to rent it?

  43. corely

    September 16, 2011 at 2:58 am

    waoooooo, na like bi this. I love this. I love to see pple celebrating what God has given them. Women of substance in the houseeeee. Fine fine clothes oooo. 9ja one love

  44. Priscy

    September 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Love Love Love

  45. nina

    September 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    a true philanthropist. She once said ” to be able to help people, you need to feel empathy”. Congratulations ma!

  46. Christian okoli

    September 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Do u thing u hav got swag? do you think u hav what it takes to be in a clothing line?

  47. Tunde Hamza

    October 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Happy birthday to you Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija. Long life and prosperity.

  48. ERINFOLAMI TOYIN

    November 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I love u Mama my role model…chao

  49. vblannm

    December 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Marvelous!

  50. lilkunta

    December 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    i wish the pictures were captioned. they all look great.
    did the invite say every1 wear read, but the bday woman alone was to be in green?

  51. Mateo

    December 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I can help anyone when I have a free dole of cash!!! She is feasting on the commonwealth guys open your eyes!! She is a freaking billionaire in dollars, I mean US dollars!! All from our oil money!!! Yes, I’m pissed at such irresponsibility and wastefulness in the Land.

  52. Amanabo Ojoma Sarah

    April 4, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I’m so fascinated with everything and more especially the story of folorunsho Alakija and I keep telling myself that one day I’ll be very rich and influential as this woman and even much more.

  53. VIVIENNE BENTLEY-KUTI

    May 21, 2013 at 5:44 am

    so funny

  54. Rae Gray

    May 22, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    By the grace of God I am going to meet her!

  55. AnikeArewa

    July 31, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I TAP INTO A WEALTH IN JESUS NAME. MY OWN WEALTH WILL SURELY LOCATED ME IJN..

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