Society bigwigs and politicians celebrate Abah Folayiwo at 80
July 24 (THEWILL) — Hajiya Zainab Abah Folayiwo, known as Sisi Abah, mother of Segun Awolowo, the former executive director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, celebrated her 80th birthday on Friday, July 22, 2022.
Awolowo and the socialite’s friends unfurled the drums in celebration and praise to God for sparing the fashion dean’s life.
The party started with a morning prayer at the residence of Sisi Abah in Ikoyi, Lagos State, which was followed by an after-party at the same venue.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was one of the first people to visit the fashion icon in commemoration of her birthday. Some of the highest dignitaries who graced the occasion include, billionaire businesswoman and one of Africa’s richest women, Hajia Bola Shagaya; Senator Florence Ita-Giwa; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his wife, Ibironke Sanwo-Olu; Senator Oluremi Tinubu; Heirs Holdings Chairman Tony Elumelu; the former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori; Editor of the Guardian newspapers, Ms Maiden Ibru; Olori Ladun Sijuade and a host of others were all present.
Ita-Giwa, the celebrant’s closest friend, was one of the people who ensured that all the dignitaries in attendance were well received and feted with the best delicacies from the menu.
Despite clocking 80, Sisi Abah is still nimble and ages gracefully. She had planned to have her 80th birthday party in Ghana, but her son and his friends insisted she have a Nigerian version.
Born and raised in Ghana in a family of seamstresses, she later moved to Nigeria with her mother. She established her fashion label, Labanella in the 1970s in Surulere and has remained on the fashion scene, winning numerous accolades. She won the Best Designer in Ghana competition when Ghana Airways started operations. She held a fashion contest which she won and she was taken to Beirut in Lebanon, the first place the airline flew to. She is also the patron of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN).
Sisi Abah was engaged to Segun Awolowo Jr, son of late Nigerian nationalist Obafemi Awolowo. She met him when he returned to Nigeria from London, but he was sadly killed in a car accident, which occurred while his father was on trial for treason in 1963. Folawiyo was pregnant with him and gave birth to his son single, Segun Awolowo. , two months before the death of her lover.
She also had an affair with Lasun Adesanya in the 1970s, but they later separated and she married the billionaire businessman, the Baba Idinni of Yorubaland, Chief Wahab Folawiyo. He spoiled her with the finer things in life and the two were regular faces on the covers of popular magazines and newspapers before his disappearance in 2008.