Thursday, April 14, 2011


The Fabulous..Preston Bailey 
Many thought it was all hype but indeed, world acclaimed Celebrity Events Designer, Author and Inspiration to many, Preston Bailey  was in Nigeria courtesy of Oaken Events exciting the Events Industry who turned out in style to honour the man who had inspired many of their own works. " Dine with Preston Bailey" was an exclusive ticketed event (N75,000 per head)  organised on Day 2 of FLARE at Sky Restaurant, Eko Hotel and Suites on the 7th of April, where guests had the opportunity to meet and mingle with other professionals and top business entrepreneurs as well and of course guests had the opportunity to wine, dine and speak with Preston Bailey.
I absolutely loved the sitting arrangement and decor - it felt quite intimate. The flowers by FlowerPlus were absolutely  gorgeous and the ambience was just perfect in celebration of the man known world wide as The King of Event Design. The evening started off with cocktails and canapes with music by Nigeria's Bez, Mike Aremu and Paschal Obidile and as the evening progressed dinner was served followed by tributes to Preston Bailey by some of the biggest names in Nigerian Events Design including the Organiser and brain behind "FLARE" Mrs Ayiri Oladunmoye, CEO Oaken Events, Akin Ariyo of Open Hands (Lagos), Mrs Ozo Adeyeye of FlowerPlus (Lagos), Mrs Bimbo Okuti-Iyang of Bims Living Gardens, (Ibadan)It was no doubt an exciting evening for all but most especially Preston Bailey who beamed with gratitude at all the love and warmth of the beautiful people of Nigeria (his words). An absolutely fabulous night and yet another  ace event by the Oaken Team...I really really love these guys! Once again kudos to all at Oaken Events.

Here are a few pictures from the dinner...enjoy!

Decor by FlowerPlus

CEO Oaken Events, Mrs Ayiri Oladunmoye with Preston Bailey
The wonderful BEZ 
Mrs Ayiri Oladunmoye (The gentle giant behind Oaken Events)
Backview of "That Lovely Dress" by Yemi Osunkoya  Kosibah Creations
Aderonke Adebanjo, On Air Personality Smooth FM wearing an outfit
by Zebra Living
Debi Williams and Linda Goodman
Ugoma Adegoke, Designer behind Zebra Living
The beautiful, Adeyinka Oloyede and Charles Njoku of Arik Air
Iqbal and Rezina Hamid
Debola Lewis of Event Couture and Seyi Olusanya of Cedar Events
Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah Creations and Ayiri Oladunmoye
wearing one of Yemi's designs
Akin Ariyo of Open Hands
The Lovely, Miss Uche Eze, MD of  Bella Naija
Mrs Bimbo Okuti-Iyang of Bims Living Gardens
Anu Ogunwo Adeyemi, Events Manager Oaken Events
Yours truly with Preston Bailey...I'm so framing this picture..LOL!
Fatima Aliko Dangote
 Rae Simpson and CEO Preston Bailey Designs, Xoua Vang 

Chioma Ehumadu, Presenter SilverBird TV
Pastor Craig Isa of Citizens of Heaven and Mr Kola Oladunmoye
Faiza Abubakar Events Coordinator
Ifechukwu Onyeka-Patrick
Isabella Akinseye
Layole Oyatogun, Presenter Silverbird TV
Mr And Mrs Chima Anyabo (Probably the cutest couple ever..!)

The fab Pascal Obidile
Chisom of Newton and David Floral Decorators with Preston Bailey
Musician Bez and Band Members with Preston Bailey
Uwa Osagie

Mike Aremu in entertainment mode..
Aderonke Adebanjo and Preston Bailey
Bunmi Olunloyo

Sharon Adeleke and Juyin Damuren
Chike Nwobu, Publisher Munaluchi Bridal Magazine (USA)
with Ayiri Oladunmoye
Mike Aremu trying to serenade Ugoma Adegoke
Gbolahan Balogun of Arik Air
Chisom of Newton & David with Preston Bailey

Fatima Aliko Dangote

Team Oaken with Preston Bailey

Tope Abulude with Ayiri Oladunmoye

Alhassan Mohamed of Oaken Events

Lola Oba, Aisha Alhassan, Sarah Idem ( Ushers: Lola and Sarah wearing
 Odion Mimonet)
Ozo Adeyeye of FlowerPlus



  1. Flowerplus is owned by Ozo Adeyeye

  2. Thanks Kemi (wink!) fixed plus a pic of her...:)

  3. Rest assured Bola (wink), Kemi is my real name, I am not Ozo. Lol!

    I actually never liked your blog until you wrote about this article about one long time ago musician. I was really impressed.

  4. glamour!!! someone buy me a flight ticket

  5. Nigerian women are so talented and creative big up gals


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