When a man has shown incredible resourcefulness over time, worked assiduously to achieve his dreams and aspirations, distinguished himself among his peers and recorded enviable successes in life and enterprise, you reckon that every day and every new year of his life will be marked with an immeasurable sense of gratitude.
This is perhaps why the Chairman of the Eleganza Group of Companies fame, Aare Abdulrazak Okoya-a respected billionaire industrialist-never hesitates to roll out the drums of delight on his birthday every year.
The business tycoon celebrated his 78th birthday with aplomb at his sprawling Oluwannisola Estate, located at Eti Osa, Lekki, Lagos, with an all-white party that was graced by Nigeria’s crème de la crème.
In commemoration of the special occasion, the celebrant received a special birthday message from President Muhammadu Buhari. The message, which was released in a statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, read:
“PRESIDENT BUHARI CONGRATULATES CHIEF RAZAQ OKOYA ON 78TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY”
“President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates top industrialist and Chairman of the Eleganza Group of companies, Chief Rasaq Akanni Okoya on his 78th birthday.
“President Buhari felicitates with all business associates, family and friends of the astute businessman, who through vision, hardwork and entrepreneurship completely altered the business landscape of Nigeria, and West Africa, by starting a cottage industry in the early 70’s that blossomed into a multi-billion naira empire, with a strong household name.
The President commends the Aare of Lagos for his generosity in providing for the less privileged, especially scholarships for people to further their education, and funds to jumpstart small businesses, which he personally provides mentorship.
President Buhari believes the Chairman of the Eleganza Group of companies, and his likes in the country, have set the right standards for weaning the country off dependence on one commodity, and assuaging the growing thirst for start-ups by exploring the benefits of personal savings, investments and building global business conglomerates.
The President prays that the almighty God will give Chief Okoya good health, longer life and more strength to serve the country and humanity.”
The classy party which was filled with unlimited joie de vivre was supported by a stylish crowd that included the wife of the Governor of Lagos, Her Excellency, Bolanle Ambode, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande, HRH Oba Adedapo Tejuoso and his Oloris , Otunba Subomi Balogun, Chief James Ibori and wife, Sir & Mrs. Olu Okeowo, Prince Samuel Adedoyin and wife, Bashorun J.K. Randle, Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce & Industry, Hon. Bimbo Ashiru, ace broadcaster, Prince Bisi Olatilo and wife, Honourable Funmilayo Tejuoso , Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, Chief (Mrs.) Wuraola Adebutu, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, Honourable Demola Seriki, Mr.& Mrs Seni Adetu amongst others.