Two exemplary Nigerian mould-breakers were honored last night at the exclusive gala dinner held in honor of Venus and Serena Williams at the prestigious Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Nike Okundaye of the Nike Art Gallery and Dr. Ola Olakunrin of Air Ambulance Nigeria/ Flying Doctors were both honored for their courage and resilience in the face of adversity, and for daring into sectors that many deemed were reserved exclusively for men.
The host for the evening was the delectable on-air personality, Tolu Oniru, fondly known as Toolz. The moderator for the chat session was Dr Sola Binigie, a medical doctor and amateur tennis player. She presented the chat session in a fashion reminiscent of the Oprah show.
Entertainment was provided by Yinka Davies and Timi Dakolo. As guests dined, the Williams Sisters expressed how excited they are to be playing against each other at today’s exhibition match slated for 10AM at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Ikoyi.
Tunji Adeyinka, the MD of Connect Marketing Services, the facilitators of the Nigeria BTM campaign told guests that more room has been made available courtside to accommodate the teeming fans of the Williams Sisters at today’s match. He further revealed that tickets will now be sold at the gate, in order to give everyone a good chance to watch the Tennis champions battle it out.
Kazeem Abimbola, the executive director of Connect Marketing Services also thanked the guests for supporting a worthy campaign aimed at empowering African women. He expressed his company’s gratitude to the Williams’ family, and also to the sponsors for their immense support.
Tickets for the exhibition match are sold for NGN10, 000 for VIP, and NGN5, 000 for classic.