For Erelu of Lagos, Princess Abiola Sherifat Dosunmu, last Wednesday, 24 January, 2018, will always remain indelible in her memory. It was the day she was celebrated by the man who cherishes and adores her. She was treated to a near superlative post 70th birthday party by her very dear friend, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria.
The party was held at the Green Heritage Resort, Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta, Ogun State. It was graced by close family members and friends of the celebrating and her host.
Erelu Dosunmu clocked 70 last July, and she had marked the event with a week-long activities, which climaxes with a party that had King Sunny Ade on the bandstand.
However, her 70th birthday celebration wouldn’t have held any significance had her darling friend, Obasanjo, had not hosted a party in her honour.
However, Bola Obasanjo’s absence didn’t dim the gaiety of the party. The convivial atmosphere of the venue provided the much needed vista of fanfare for the high profile guests to mingle and connect.
It will be recalled that when Obasanjo completed his second term as Nigeria’s president in 2007, Erelu Dosunmu had hosted a classy soirée to celebrate his 70th birthday anniversary. The two also traveled abroad for a long vacation. Upon their return, they became inseparable. Those who were privy to how close the two “friends” were even swore they would end up as a married couple. However, that expectation was deflated by Obasanjo’s first daughter, Iyabo. She was alleged to have foisted the choice of Bola as her father’s official wife.