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BN Living: A Chronological Display of Baba’s Life! See Elizabeth R’s Stunning Décor at Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s 80th Birthday Party



It was a creative display of history and glamour at the 80th birthday dinner of former President Olusegun Obasanjo at Eko Hotel, Lagos on Sunday, 5 March.

The event was organised and managed by one of Nigeria’s foremost events management company, Elizabeth R, who transformed the venue into two parts – a chronological display of some of Obasanjo’s life defining moments and then, a classic themed reception. Guests were taken on a nostalgic journey as they made their way from the red carpet to their tables.

The Entrance

The walls of the entrance tunnel were decorated with short narratives of his growing up years including his political career in the military and civilian eras.

What followed next was a representation of Obasanjo’s popular Ota farm, complete with farm produce and market women in their elements.

The Holding Area

This simulation led guests into the holding area where they were treated to a selection of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. In there, the creative team at Elizabeth R re-enacted some memorable events of Obasanjo’s life:

From his days as a military officer to a young Obasanjo cruising in his Mercedes to his years in prison.

There was also a scene that represented the period he went overseas and met with American President, Jimmy Carter, Queen Elizabeth of England and Pope John Paul.

Meeting with American President, Jimmy Carter, Queen Elizabeth of England and Pope John Paul

The set up also showed ‘Baba’, as he is fondly called, drinking palm wine, dancing and playing ‘ayo’ with his friends. Then finally to present day Obasanjo in his Ota home, surrounded by children listening to him tell his life’s stories.

Drinking palm wine

Playing ‘ayo’ with his friend

A present day Obasanjo in his Ota home, surrounded by children listening to him tell his life’s stories

The Reception Area

The reception area was also a sight to behold. The area featured crystal encrusted centrepieces placed on mirrored tables, with an all white table setting contrasting perfectly with the purple hues projected by the lights.

The Cake

Cakes by Tosan worked with the theme and produced a yummy creation that featured Obasanjo’s favourite things.

After his tour of the setup, a very pleased Obasanjo said he was surprised at what was planned for the night.

“You laid out a bit of my life including the prison experience. And all of you who have contributed to this, I want to thank you very very much”, he said.

See more photos here and watch the short video clip below

Event Planner: Elizabeth R | @elizabeth_r_empire
Video Coverage & Production: ThisMediaGirl | @thismediagirl
Photography: Kunle Haastrup


  1. bipolar me

    March 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Please who knows how I can train under Elizabeth?

    • Anne

      March 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Elizabeth R. Welldone. I admire your decency. Though you are so pretty, some women would have wanted the focus to be on them by showing cleavage but you were appropriate. Life. Na only one wife baba carry go stage. That is life o. Ish. I no fit pariwo.

  2. bipolar me

    March 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Nice work….a lot effort put in

  3. Ify

    March 29, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Just thinking of how much this would have cost. I’m so broke.

  4. Anonymous

    March 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    This decor is absolutely mind blowing!

  5. Chi

    March 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Money is good sha

  6. Nerve

    March 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Excellent display of creative talent.

  7. Akua Pokua

    March 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Really elaborate!…Nigerians no dey play oo….ei
    All this for just a birthday…
    Its nice though!creativity at its best….

  8. Memoir

    March 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Inpressive with quite a lot of meaning to it. 5 stars

  9. blessing

    March 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I just pray baba didn’t commandeer that lady pounding yam to Ota with ‘immediate effect’

  10. Kemi

    March 30, 2017 at 11:22 am

    This is creativity at its best ,Elizabeth r is the best in this industry , she goes all out ???????? Well done ,I have to learn from her no way , this is my way too

  11. Tunde

    March 30, 2017 at 11:24 am

    The man must have been so happy , saying it meant he noticed every effort put in it .good job well done elizabeth r.she is beautiful and simple sha ??

  12. Demi

    March 30, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Wow wow wow ???????????????????????????????????? Very very well done , I love the part Baba was bursting his balloon ????

  13. Mrs jeje

    March 30, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Watching this beautiful job , well done Bella Naija that is why i always come to your website , it is clean and very professional..watching this coverage I pray my children can do same for me .Ive told my children to come and watch this video and they should give me this once in a lifetime experience not after I have gone.God bless you the creative lady .
    Mrs jeje .

  14. George

    March 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Decor , class , all in one very creative, who thought of this idea ? Kudos to them ,a lot must have gone into it and plenty money too

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