Late Ibidun Ighodalo mum planned to gift her a house on 40th birthday

The late Ibidun Ighodalo was laid to rest today and words got out that her mum had actually planned to gift her a house on her 40th birthday which would have been on July 19.

Her brother in-law, Asue Ighodalo, who disclosed this at her funeral service this afternoon, said Ibidun’s mum was almost done with the house, and she had wanted her husband to be the one to present the house to her on her birthday.

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Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, as the fifth child of eight children of late Olaleye Ajayi, Ibidun as she was fondly called, attended K-Kotun Primary School in Surulere Lagos, before heading for the Federal Government Girls College, Oyo State for her secondary education.

She proceeded to study Microbiology at the University of Lagos, Akoka, after which she acquired further training in Business Management from the Lagos Business School. She was also a fellow of the National Institute Marketing, Nigeria (NIMN).

Her epic life journey started significantly while she was waiting to gain admission into the University of Lagos to study Medicine, which was her father’s choice. And because she loved her father, she also fell in love with the medical sciences. But unknown to her, providence had charted another course for her when her admission letter erroneously got mixed up and sent to someone else, which left her devastated.

The young lady was left with no choice than to study another course. This, in a way, made her indecisive on what career to pursue.

However, her life took a new turn when she won the first-ever Miss Lux Beauty Pageant in 1999. She got into the limelight and seized the platform to boost her desired career in event management. She founded Elizabeth R, a PR and event Management Company in 2003 and thrived as one of the leading events agencies in the country. Over the last 15 years, she has no doubt dominated the events management and decoration business in Nigeria, especially in Lagos and Abuja.

Her entry into that space really changed the headlines as she launched her luxury 4000-capacity event centre, The Dorchester, in 2014. By 2016, she launched a bridal store Avant-Garde.

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