We knew Agbani Darego‘s 30th birthday party would be great but we had no idea it would be this fabulous. On Sunday the 6th of January, 2013, Agbani Darego hosted an intimate dinner to celebrate her 30th Birthday at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi. In addition to friends of the model, the celebration attracted prominent personalities in the fashion, entertainment and media industry including Nike Oshinowo, Folake Folarin-Coker, Bola Balogun, Daisy Danjuma, Ruth Osime, Stephanie Okereke, Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi, Funke Kuku, Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid, M.I, Bez, Tiwa Savage and Baketmouth amongst others.
The evening kicked-off with a cocktail reception. On arrival, the elegantly styled guests were presented with fine wine and champagne as they mingled in the room filled with familiar faces. Agbani greeted guests in a black Stella McCartney stunner! The one-sleeved illusion cut-out dress, which she accessorized with black Miu Miu sandals and classic diamond studs was the perfect choice for a dramatic entrance.
Soon afterwards, guests were lured in into the banquet hall for dinner and Agbani joined them in a green Roland Mouret dress which featured a peek-a-boo back and zipper detail.
Exquisitely decorated by Newton & David, the never ending dinner table was lit up with candles and complemented by pink Roses, white Calla lilies, Queen Anne’s lace and white Chrysanthemums which gave the room a soft, feminine and alluring feel. Guests wrote their wishes for the celebrant and hung it on the wish tree just before they sat down to enjoy the specially selected four course meal.
Following the welcoming speech by Bola Balogun of Glam Networks, close friends and associates including Chalya Shagaya, Ojy Okpe and Kelechi Amadi-Obi shared heart-warming words and then the man behind her first crown as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2001, Ben Murray-Bruce who attended the event with his wife, gave a touching toast in Agbani’s honour. This was one of the major highlights of the evening; everyone got emotional, including Agbani who shed a few tears.
Artist and friend, ChiDynma serenaded the birthday girl to her delight as she cut the immaculately crafted vintage inspired cake by Cakes by Tosan. It was truly a splendid evening filled with love, laughter and smiles.
Special thanks to No Surprises Events. Enjoy the official photos by Jide Alakija.
Agbani chatted with guests including Stepahanie Okereke, Daisy Danjuma and Dr. SID during the cocktail hour while they enjoyed great wine and cocktails! Love love love the black Stella McCartney dress.
Photography: Jide Alakija – Facebook | Website
Venue: Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos
Event Planner: No Surprises – Website
Décor & Flowers: Newton and David
Cake: Cakes by Tosan
Food & Drinks: Wheatbaker Hotel
PR & Media Relations: Redrick PR