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From Vegas to Paris and then to Dubai! BN Living Presents Stella’s 40th Birthday | Zapphaire Events



After sending an e-invite with the quote “It takes a Long Time to Grow Young!”, Stella‘s guests knew they were in for a fabulous 40th birthday celebration. With initial plans to celebrate her big day in Ghana, the exchange rates convinced her to do something special in Lagos instead so she decided to give her guests a ‘destination experience’ with the help of events dream team, Zapphaire and it’s sister company Décor by Furtullah. The outcome was splendid!

Stella picked a 3-in-1 themed party at ‘De Venue‘ on Water Corporation Drive, V.I. Lagos, which she dubbed the “Feisty 76er-Fun Factory”.

Upon arrival at the Feisty 76er-Fun Factory, guests were welcomed into a Las Vegas themed cocktail reception area by the Zapphaire hostesses aptly dressed in corsets, tutus and fishnets. As the guests made their way through the red carpet, they passed the casino backdrop, which had slots machines in view. After which they stopped by the wall of fame, photo booth and a life-size cutout portrait to take pictures.

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After Vegas, the guests enjoyed dinner in Paris with face masks for an ‘Opera’ setting in 1840’s era of the city of love and lights. Guests were entertained by burlesque dancers (skimply clad) who choreographed some nice moulin rouge routines that thrilled the guests while they were served strawberries for their champagne.

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After dinner in Paris, Décor by Furtullah transformed the Las Vegas Cocktail area into an Arabian nights lounge area for the after party. Hostesses had yet again changed into black skinny jeans, tank tops and kimonos, poised to welcome the guests to Dubai.

Immediately after dinner the guests were issued with varying kinds of LED glasses to replace the masks worn in Paris together with other glow props. There was a cabana stand, shisha pipes with different flavours and an LED dance floor. Stella joined her guests on the LED dance floor, in a black (with multi-colored hues) glittering jumpsuit and partied into the morning until 4am!

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What a night! Stella and her guests ended up with experiences from three different cities without leaving Victoria Island! All perfectly brought to life by the fantastic teams at Zapphaire and Décor by Furtullah!

Happy birthday Stella, may the next 40 years be as colourful as your night of surprises.

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Vendors List
Venue: De Venue on Water Corporation Drive, Lagos | @dvenuebycedarwoodevents
Event Planner and Hostesses: Zapphaire Events | @zapphaire_events
Decor: Décor by Furtullah | @decorbyfurtullah
Makeup: BM Pro | @banksbmpro
Accessories: Maison De Bethany | @maisondebethany
Green Outfit: IyshaCouture | @iyshacouture (Fabric from Balogun Adebisi Sharkie @bunniebees_fabrics)
Red Outfit: Kehinde Ebie KTE Lagos | @ktelagos
Photography: May16 Photography | @may16thphotography  & Adetona Omokanye | @adetona_omokanye
Photo Booth: Selfie Box | @theselfiebox_ng_live
Videography: Lanre Esho Videography | @LanreEshoFilms & WHPH Media | @WHPHMedia
Special Effects: Innovate Media | @innovatemedia1
Food: Culinary Wok Catering | @culinarywokcatering
Canapes & Small Chops: Larry Spice and Peak Barbecue & Goldielux Catering Services | @goldieluxCatering
Cocktails & Drinks: Liquidsplace & Eventi Cocktails | @EventiCocktails
Desserts: Cupid Pattiserie and Helado Delicia | @HeladoDelicia
Grills & Shisha: Kmac Grills &  Litt Shisha | @LittShisha
Guinea Fowl/Fish and Chips: Tola Guinea Fowl & Sean B
Burlesque Dancers: Bailamos Dance Company | @Bailamos_Dance
DJ: Dj Snatch | @WhoisDjSnatch
MC/Comedian: Larry J | @Lanregreg
Saxophonist: Bj Sax | @BeeJaySaxB


  1. shhhh

    April 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    you go gurl.

  2. heeba

    April 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    As Dollar don rise and common folk cannot travel to the actual destinations (or want their friends and family to be part of the birthday) this is a very good idea. although i feel the cost of doing all this will be the same as actual doing her destination birthdays…..

  3. ms.jake

    April 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Really! Really!!…these all happened in one night? in the same venue? …Adonbilivit. Awesome job Zapphire and thumbs up to Furtullah, you guys did amazing.

    Happy belated birthday Stella, 40 sure looks good on you…God bless u BIG. Enjoy ur new age!

  4. Person

    April 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Awon ti B&I! Happy birthday, Stella! Looks like it was an amazing party!

  5. Great Lady

    April 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Some major money we have here.

  6. Efee

    April 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Very Lovely!!! Hmmm but It is very likely I am suffering from “living under da rock” syndrome or due to see an eye doctor. There’s no mention of who Stella is…her surname or what she does…just to get a better sense of her. Someone hep a sista!

  7. Ada Nnewi

    April 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Happy birthday Stella!

  8. naana

    April 28, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    9ja be packing some major silent millionaires o, with all the million million followers can some people boast of the millions well spent here to give herself the bash of a lifetime…Dear Stella, i want to be like you when i grow up, they can keep the fame, no they shouldn’t come into what i do or who i am, let me be able to splash out 5-7 million by my mathematical estimation here…Happy blazing 40th birthday, you give all the shallow wannabes a run for their fakery…damn girl

  9. Lawyeringtinz

    April 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    @Efee Stella Duru is a partner at the prestigious law firm called Banwo & Ighodalo (aka B&I). She is one of the partners that heads the Energy Practice at B&I. Self made lady of class with a kind heart that would make Mother Theresa proud. God bless you Stella and add unto your years. Cant wait for your 5oth! Had a smassssshing rollicking time at the destination experience party!!!

  10. oma D

    April 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    @naana no be small mathematical estimation…so cool….Bella y’all should have termed this piece “HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK”…GIRLLLLLL

  11. hello kitty

    April 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Na wa oo… at this rate im thinking the party in Ghana would have been less expensive. Anyway, better soup… very nice party. Deji and Dipo that’s where we will see you guys ooo. lol

  12. Henry Iloabuchi

    April 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Errrmmm…..Pls is Stella single? She looks really hot.

    • anon

      April 29, 2016 at 9:21 am

      yes! i hope you are not looking for sugar mama though…

  13. Afam

    April 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Don”t know her but she looks so happy. Happy Birthday Stella! And you are very beautiful i must add.

  14. Afam

    April 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Too many beautiful women in the pictures, it’s mildly upsetting. Please can someone help a brother here, Is Stella married, engaged or dating someone? She ticks all the boxes, Pretty Face and borderline flawless when it comes to full-figured beauty. She’s a queen, she needs a King to stand next to her. I’m sure i can handle that role perfectly.

  15. ViV

    April 28, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Afam, we know her oh… If you’re serious, let us know!!! @Henry, same goes for you…

  16. Yass

    April 28, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Love a bossy lady! She shut it down, period. Super elegant and classy… I think what I also love the most about her is the fact she’s not loud. Neither are her friends evidently. No need for excessive designer display, kept things lowkey and pulled off a gorgeous party

  17. Afam

    April 28, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    @Viv is that a trick question? I like her oh, queen mother viv pls hook a brother up. Gosh, it’s so exhausting trying to resist her. I might accidentally think about her for the rest of the night ?

  18. SassyHelen

    April 29, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Henry & Afam wey dey find sugar mommy don see potential mugu, begin get sleepless night. ??? I don’t blame u guys, economy dey v hard, man needs help with fuel n bills. Good luck!

  19. Banksbmpro

    May 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Stella!!! A jewel. Kind hearted and blessed beyond….. Had an amazing evening. Happy Birthday again beautiful….

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