THOMASTVC E. Like the evergreen plant which remains fresh as the seasons come and go, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas is as good-looking and bubbly as ever. The revered politician is one of the most formidable women in the country; an icon of the ‘can do’ spirit that has propelled her to success in a male-dominated field.

The daughter of the late industrialist and CFAO boss, Alexander Molade Okoya-Thomas, recently celebrated her 60th birthday and the high society was out in full force to honour one of their own. The event, which took place on Friday January 20, was a spectacular affair full of vim and colour. Spotting local outfits of varying designs, Jumoke’s family, friends and well-wishers converged on the Oriental Hotel, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island, Lagos, venue in droves to felicitate with her.

The three-term former member of the House of Representatives was all smiles at the event as she greeted guests. Although she is currently not serving in any political position, her pedigree was still enough to attract the who is who among the social and political elites, including the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi; former Ogun State governor, Olusegun Osoba; the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode.

Chief Razaq Okoya and his wife, Shade, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Oba Otudeko, Mrs. Daisy Danjuma, Mrs Haba Folawiyo and Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi were also on hand to lend colour to the event.