Lagos Icons Celebrate Alhaji Seriki Bamu’s 85th Birthday with Grandeur and Grace. reports that the grand celebration of the 85th birthday of Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu, a revered member of the Lagos Governors Advisory Council (GAC) and Epe Divisional political leader, adorned the landscape of Epe as Jubilee Chalets played host to top Lagos political figures and dignitaries from across the country on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

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The event was a lavish affair, with society’s elite joining hundreds of family members, friends, and well-wishers to honour this remarkable milestone amid mirth, pomp, and pageantry. The guests, dressed in splendid robes and ebi, radiated elegance and appreciation for the grace of God in the celebrant’s life.

Otunba Henry Ajomale, former APC Chairman of Lagos and Chairman of the occasion, praised God for the celebrant’s life, sharing memorable experiences of friendship and togetherness. “It’s not easy to be 85. Baba Bamu has been a great leader. We’re very pleased and happy whenever we see him. He is a man of principles, always fighting on the right side,” he said, commending the family for their care and support.

“Baba Bamu, as many have said, is a great and respected leader in Lagos State. You’ll get to know his true character when you’re closer to him. He may seem difficult, but he won’t tolerate nonsense. I respect him greatly because he is consistent and just in his actions,” Ajomale added.

Reflecting on his long-standing relationship with the celebrant, Pa Bushura Gbelegbuwa described Alhaji Seriki Bamu as an “Omoluabi,” a term signifying a person of noble character. “He is lovable, good, and a strong pillar of support. When he stands by someone, he does so wholeheartedly,” he said, recalling their 40-year friendship.

Dr. Tola Kasali, another notable speaker, praised the celebrant’s competence and leadership. “In Epe Division, we all look up to him. He is flexible in his approach and open to others’ ideas and opinions. At 85, he looks 75, which is a testament to God’s grace. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Alahaja, his wife, and wish him continued prosperity,” Kasali stated.

Earlier in his welcome address, Rep. Wale Raji, the member representing Epe Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, acknowledged the presence of the distinguished guests who came to honour the celebrant. “The impressive turnout is a testament to the love and respect for Alhaji Seriki Bamu, especially given that this event was planned in less than a month,” he remarked. He also highlighted the significant contributions of the committee members and donors who made the event possible.

Hon. Abiodun Tobun MHA, Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee, described the celebrant as a father, leader, and benefactor. Cardinal Odumbaku (Baba Eto) also paid tribute, recalling their political journey together and praising Alhaji Seriki Bamu’s leadership and humility.

The event, anchored by veteran broadcaster, Yinka Craig of Lagos Television, featured a cake-cutting session led by Dr. Tola Kasali. The Federation of Epe Division Students (FEDSA) entertained the audience with a captivating cultural performance and presented a photo frame to the celebrant.

Highlighting the generosity of the occasion, Alhaji Seriki Bamu was presented with a brand new Toyota Hilux, and the Bamu Foundation gifted the community with a Toyota Hiace Ambulance. The celebration was further enlivened by King Dr. Saheed Osupa’s unique Fuji performance, leaving guests thoroughly entertained.

The grand celebration not only honoured a remarkable leader but also reinforced the deep respect and admiration held for Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu within the community.



Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde is a budding academic researcher and media enthusiast whose experience germinated in high school, attaining the Press Club presidency. As an iconic field reporter for 3 years, he is a writer, serial volunteer, and community cum youth development champion whose collaborative efforts have immensely contributed to nation-building in Epe LGA, Lagos, and Nigeria at large.

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