BEVERLY HILLS, March 22, (THEWILL) – It was a night of glitz, fun and glamour on Sunday, March 13 when ex Big Brother Naija housemate, Erica Nlewedim, celebrated her most anticipated birthday bash. The star-studded party held at different locations around Lagos.
Here are snippets from the day’s most talked-about event.
The pre-event billboards: Days to her birthday, a countdown began with the erection of two cube LED giant billboards at strategic locations on Lagos Island. One was at the Alexander roundabout in Ikoyi and another at Victoria Island/Ikoyi Link bridge. Pictures of the celebrant loomed large on those billboards with inscriptions such as ‘Countdown to world Erica’s day’. That singular gesture gave Lagosians a hint that Erica and her fans, referred to as the ‘Elites,’ meant business.
The parties: There were several parties organized in Erica’s honour on the said day. From a brunch party by her Elite fan club, to another mini party at a brand-new house she unveiled, where singer Praiz serenaded her. Later in the evening, there was an exclusive party held for her at the Sky lounge, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, with an after party at Crossroads located at Eko Hotel and Suites as well.
The Hollywood themed party: The main party which was held at Sky Lounge, Eko Hotel was an old Hollywood themed party. Guests turned up in the timeless elegance of old Hollywood glam. The celebrant herself, not wanting to be out done by her guests, wowed in dresses by celebrity designers, Lanre DaSilva Ajayi and Tolu Bally for the party. She later changed for the after party. All her looks were styled by stylist to the stars, Swanky Jerry.
The guests: Her three parties were star-studded. Besides some of her Big Brother Naija housemates, the guests were mostly made up of socialites. People like media entrepreneur, Dele Momodu, who has been one of her biggest supporters and promoters; Funke Kuti, her manager; fashion designers, Lanre Dasilva Ajayi and Lisa Folawiyo, music producer, Don Jazzy; Master of ceremonies, Denrele Edun; Venita Akpofure, Serwaa Amihere, TV producer, Tola Odunsi, Mercedez Richards etc. She got a huge dose of massive support with their presence.
The gifts: Erica was inundated with lots of gifts. She got a three-bedroom flat with a boys’ quarter maisonette in Lekki, an all-expense paid trip to Kenya, $10,000 dollars worth of stocks in Tesla, Amazon, Disney and United Airlines, #500,000 cash gift, a 65 inches smart TV, another 70 inches smart TV, refrigerator, sound system, 27 boxes of real pink and white roses, seven beautifully decorated cakes and so many more wrapped gifts. When it was time for the presentation of the house to her, she was told to cut the ribbon. But sensing something was amiss, she hesitated wondering why, but her fans urged her on and when she did, they told her it was hers. Walking into the house, a few household items were already purchased for the furnishing of the house. At that point, she burst into tears. The keys were handed over to her and she proceeded to sign the documents of the house.
A kind and worthy gesture: The birthday wasn’t all about her alone as her fans contributed N891,000 to pay for the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC and the National Examination Council, NECO of 54 students in Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja, her alma mata. In addition, a N10,000,000 scholarship was awarded to a student from secondary school up to any private university of his or her choice.
No strict compliance to Covid 19 rules: Even though the day was a huge success, Covid19 protocols were discarded. Only a few complied with the rules.
What’s up with Kiddwaya? Erica‘s ex and former fellow housemate, Kiddwaya, son of wealthy businessman, Terry Waya, also attended the event. He comported himself and kept to himself most of the time. He turned down the celebrant’s request to join her on the dance floor. That didn’t go down well with the celebrant though.
What a show of love: That Erica is well loved can not be over emphasized. Despite the fact that she got disqualified from the reality show, the massive show of love she has received since leaving the house is unprecedented. From all over Africa and beyond, her fans have continued to wish her well and would go over and beyond just to put a smile on her face.