It promised to be a star-studded event; an evening of beautiful people, lavish music, endless supply of champagne, and no-holds-barred conversations. And Champagne Conversations, which debuted in Lagos on Sunday 27 February at the Pool Side of Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, more than lived up to expectations.

•Praiz serving champagne with Bisoye Fagade watching.

With a marvelous decor and ambience, surplus exotic drinks, rich and riveting music from Shuga Band and DJ Jimmy JATT and a community of stylish guests, the cocktail event delivered on a well promoted promise: to deliver an evening of fun and friendship.


“We took the night club out of all those enclosures and delivered a wild evening of fun right by the pool side. Such beautiful people, colourful ensembles, great music and so much to drink,” said Abisoye Fagade, Principal Consultant, Sodium Brand Solutions, the promoter of the classy event.


The galaxy of celebs at the epoch night consist of those who understand uberlarge life. They are from the movie, music, media and corporate world.


The evening’s host, Darey, (who also anchored a special Chat Arena) joined Akin Shuga and Jimmy Jatt as the souls of the night. Guests mingled freely, downing glass after glass of champagne and various champagne-based cocktails. Meeting and mingling with old and new contacts was not a problem, as specially-trained ‘Conversation Starters’ moved round endlessly, linking up guests and breaking all conversation barriers.


Many admitted to making new friends; getting long-sought business appointments. Some just drank and danced, rocking away the night without any bother – fully aware that Monday was just a few hours away.


The turbo charged reached a climax when an argument ensued and a well-dressed gentleman landed in the pool.


On Air Personality Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi and Project Fame West Africa alumnus Praiz joked and argued about the floating technique that sustained the giant-sized champagne in the pool all evening. Praiz, who’s apparently a regular swimmer, was taking Gbemi through the details, when, encouraged by standers-by, Gbemi pushed Praiz into the pool.


When the singer emerged seconds later with bottle of champagne in his hand, he was a 100 per cent wet. It only became clear that it was part of the suspense of the night when Praiz simply popped the huge bottle and drank away with friends, including Gbemi, who disappeared shortly after her ‘mischief’.


Other surprises of the night, made possible with the support of MTN Funlink, include ex-reality TV show star Ebuka Obi-Uchendu showing up in a native attire, Darey’s ‘Bani kidi’ costume which shocked many a fashion pundit and usually solo Timi Dakolo who showed up with a glam date.


Among those present to witness the epoch debut were actresses Kate Henshaw, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Monalisa Chinda, Rukky Sanda, Annie Macauley and Najite Dede. Musicians like Jaywon, Mo’cheddah, KSB, Goldie, Emem Ema, TWO, Femi Adeyinka, Essence, Djinee, also spent the evening soaking up the fun.


—Funsho Arogundade


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