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Ask FVO!: How Do I Know When an Event is “Successful”?




BellaNaija is pleased to announce a new column for our special readers – Ask FVO! Funmi Victor-Okigbo (FVO)  is an expert in event planning & management, and is now a  BellaNaija contributor.

FVO is the Chief Executive and Lead Production Designer of No Surprises Events. Her corporate client base spans industries as diverse as technology, entertainment, banking, government and consumer goods across sub-Saharan Africa.

Need help planning a family dinner, birthday party, seminar, wedding, board meeting, concert or just curious about how the professionals do some of their amazing tricks? If you have a burning question, just Ask FVO and get a focused, clear, no-nonsense answer!


Dear FVO,

How do you carry out an objective assessment of the success of an event? In other words what in your professional opinion would you say is the criteria to terming an event ‘successful’. 



Dear Kunle,

‘A successful event’ means different things to different people, which is why it is very important to ask your clients from the get go “How would you measure the success of this event?” That way everyone is on the same page and you can focus your energy on the things that matter to the client. Having said that though I’d say focus your attention on every aspect of the event, it’s all in the detail!

The décor is as important as the event flow and everything else within the event. It’s about creating an unforgettable experience for your guests.



Send your questions for FVO to askFVO(at) stating your name and where you are writing from. The editor reserves the right to edit submissions for content brevity and clarity. We regret that we cannot provide individual answers to questions sent in and cannot state at which exact date answers would be published.

We look forward to reading your emails and tweets with questions.

Funmi Victor-Okigbo (FVO) is the Chief Executive and Lead Production Designer of No Surprises Events. Her corporate client base spans industries as diverse as technology, entertainment, banking, government and consumer goods across sub-Saharan Africa. No Surprises Events practices an in-house methodology termed “Event Architecture” which they hold delivers world class events in a predictable on-time and on-budget fashion. Developed over the years, “Event Architecture” has become the company’s trademark as well as a FVO’s personal approach to creating and managing events for corporate and individual clients. The approach has since been incorporated into FVO’s other venture, The Wedding Company. Visit


  1. Bintata

    August 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    weak answer

  2. iyo

    August 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    The answer is lacking

  3. Mostest

    August 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    She didn’t understand the question.

  4. Lmao, y’all have killed this woman. She’ll run from BN now. But really tho? That’s her best answer?? Madam see ur life.

  5. DiaryofDido

    August 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I think it’s more a case of not wanting to give out her “trade secrets”.
    She doesn’t quite seem truly willing to share her knowledge of events decor and planning –
    Just advertise your firm ma’m, it’s no use if you won’t give it a 40% at least.

  6. Dami

    August 16, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I think she’s trying to say the decor, plus what is most important means different things to different people. if i have to answer the question, I’d first ask ‘why do people want to attend any event at all?” Is it to see decoration covered by the different types of gele and caps on heads of guests? In my opinion i think people want to come celebrate, chill have a great laugh, see old friends and family members and most importantly EAT! I feel we have misplaced priorities when organsing parties in Nigeria. The funny thing is the bride/ couple never actually get to see the real beauty of the decoration because as i earlier said, people and heat gears cover the decorations plus different colours of outfits- then everywhere look jam packed because you didnt have a good estimate of the number of guests that will be attending the events. Most important “in my own opinion’ MC, FOOD- GREAT FOOD-EXCELLENT FOOD, MUSIC-BAND/DJ, DECORATION.

  7. Oxygen

    August 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    My opinion in elaboration to hers’; assessment of event success. Success have different meaning to different individual but the core is to satisfy your client. Meet their need.

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