… As her children appreciate an exceptional mother

The celebrant and Publisher, The Guardian, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru (fourth left); her children, Tive (left), Toke, Uvie, Olorogun Oskar Ibru, Anita and celebrant’s, son-in-law, Max Piele, during the cutting of her 70th birthday cake of Lady Maiden in Lagos … yesterday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI


The ambience at the birthday reception, held at the Federal Palace Hotel was that of glitz and sophistication, as well wishers from all walks of life gathered to share in the celebrant’s day of joy. Clad in a beautiful blue gown, Lady Maiden looked radiant. She glistened with joy and happiness, as her children and well-wishers gathered round her to show love.

Among the dignitaries present were Aliko Dangote, Chief Bisi Akande, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Afenifere Chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo and Okoya, among others. In her children’s tributes, Lady Maiden was described as a devoted mother and diligent homemaker.

Anita Eloho wrote: ‘Mum, there are so many times when I am in awe of you. And I want you to know that I admire you so much. I admire the way you treat other people. I admire how easy a smile finds its way to your face. I admire your dedication to all the right things and your devotion to your family.’

Ose said: “I thank you for the very special gifts you have given me all my life. You’ve given me the gift of sweet childhood memories. You’ve given me the gift of dreams— the ones you’ve made come true and the ones I achieved myself because of your encouragement.”

On his part, Toke said: My mother’s love advises and inspires me to dream and hope. My mother’s love is still a gift I treasure every single day. Then, with every passing year, I realise more fully all the caring and unselfish things you’ve done for me. With every passing year, I grow more grateful that I have a mother who loves me with such warmth and generous heart.”

Tive said: “I could not have asked for a greater gift in my life than to have you as a mother and a friend. As I have grown, you have watched me experience all the joys and sadness this world has to offer. Remember the attempt on dad’s life?

“You’ve remained by my side every step of the way. You have always encouraged me, never doubted me. You made me believe in myself and never let me down. You have taught me life’s lessons and given me morals and standards to live by.

“Your strength has helped me appreciate my ability. You have handed me keys to open doors of opportunity. When one door closes, I have the courage to open another, knowing that no matter what lies behind that door, I have your love, support and friendship to turn to. You have exceeded the duties of a mother and surpassed all expectations of a friend.

Uvie said: ‘A free-spirited soul, who mixes easily with everyone. Kind, generous, loving, compassionate, funny, sensible and extremely considerate towards other people, she obeys the rules of etiquette at all times to make others comfortable.’

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