By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
“Eighty years old and still the prettiest woman in the world. Happy Birthday grandma!”
The above statement is one of the eulogies by eminent personalities that gathered to celebrate mama Ajoke Oluwole on her 80th years birthday.
Monday, the 7th of December, 2020 is a memorable day in the life of the celebrant, with all the encomiums poured on her and honour done to her.
Glitz and glamour filled the whole place, with enough drinks and food for the entertainment of the guests. The entire atmosphere was electrifying with state of the art decoration.
The colourful and elaborate birthday party, held at the swimming pool side of the Park Inn Radisson Hotel, Abeokuta had in attendance former Presidential Spokesman, Doyin Okupe; a People’s Democratic Party bigwig, Oladipupo Adebutu; Daisi Akintan; PDP stalwarts, a chairmanship aspirant, Tajhdeen Ishola, politicians and popular Yoruba Nollywood actor, Olatayo Amokade a.k.a Ijebu.
On hand to dish out melodies to the guests at the event is Fuji Musician, Adewale Ayuba.
Sons, daughters, spouses and grandchildren of the celebrant were all clad in same attire to honour matriarch of the Oluwole’s family. Friends, well wishes, media professionals were also on ground to celebrate the celebrant.
Testimonies, wishes, remarks from the children, grand children and friends revealed that indeed mama is a role model, industrialist and hard-working woman.
Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the party, one of the daughters of the celebrant, Mrs Tinu Achioya describe her mum as a fighter who is still standing strong to support her children in all their endeavours
“I am so happy to see my mum being 80 years today. I also thank God for the good life she has lived. She has been a courageous woman and very loving to us. She supportted her Children and a strong woman. I see myself in my mum!
“She is a fighter and still standing strong. So, I thank everyone for celebrating my mum and I wish her many more years”
Mrs Achionye however advised every family to look after their aged parents and bring them closer instead of taking them to the aged people’s home, adding that the secret of happiness and longevity of parents lies with their closeness to their loved ones.
The last son of the celebrant, Asiwaju Bolarinwa Oluwole gave thanks to God for sparing his mum who, coincidentally is celebrating her birthday on Monday, just as the father did couple of months ago.
“I am really happy and excited because just couple of months ago, I celebrated my dad at 80. And it also come on a Monday.
“Today, I am celebrating my mum too and it’s also on a Monday. So, their natural dates is September 27th is a Monday and December 7th also a Monday and they are both 80.
“In a year where there is a lot of disease turbulences. So, I am thanking God that we are alive. You know this year is a very terrible year all over the world, but we thank God. The Bible says, “I will have mercy on those I will have mercy on”. So am appreciating God today, this is one of my happiest day. ”
Bolarinwa described mama as a wonderful woman who has sacrificed a lot for his political career, adding that despite her not having a formal school experience, she is successful both in business and family
“My mum didn’t go to any school, but she is a successful woman. So it’s about your faith and belief, and your self confidence and that’s one trait you see in me today.
“My mum is a very wonderful and a fantastic woman. I pray that the good Lord will give her more years”.
Yetunde Ige, refered to as the closest grandchild to mama, described mama as her 5 and 6, adding that jokingly, she is also the most ‘abused’ because of her stature.
“We are very close and when it comes to ‘abuses’, she abused me a lot because of my stature. My slim stature is one thing she is very particular about. So I call her maami. 80 is a big year, and a milestone in anybody’s life and from her biography she has been through alot, and had scale through life, both hard and tough times. So, I want nothing more than the best for the remaining years of her life. I pray God grants her happiness for the years to come”.
The climax of the event came when mama put on her dancing shoes to the songs of Ayuba.
The event also witnessed cutting of birthday cake.