It was another day of joy and celebration for Otunba Iyabo Martins Kuye, the wife of Senator Jubril Martins Kuye, former minister of finance, when she marked her 72nd birthday on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at her Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos residence.
To friends and family members that attended the house party, it was vintage Otunba Iyabo Martins Kuye known for her sumptuous soiree. There was more than enough to eat and drink. And the drinks were choice drinks as usual.
She used the occasion of her birthday to host the Amala Group, a social club of old friends to which she belongs.
The Amala Group usually holds its meetings on the last Tuesday of every month at the Surulere residence of Ms Bunmi Sofola, her close friend of three decades.
Since Otunba Iyabo Martins Kuye is the host of this month’s meeting, she decided to do it at her place in commemoration of her birthday.
Among Amala Group members present at the joyous occasion are Ms Bunmi Sofola, Mr Yomi Onashile, Dr Abimbola Ogunkelu, Mrs Folake Marcus Bello, Mr Kenny Adamson, Mr Paul Okeme, aka Paul O , Mrs Agnes Otemuopo, Dr Tayo Fawehinmi, Jackie Kareem…
The Amala Group was founded by veteran journalists such as, Ms Bunmi Sofola, Muyiwa Adetiba, Kenny Adamson and Mr Yomi Onashile who though is not a journalist is very close to all of them.
The group has increased in number over time. They now have Uncle Sam Amuka who was their boss in their Punch days, as their patron, and General Alabi Isama (rtd) as the chairman.
Other members of the group are Uncle Bisi Lawrence, Otunba Iyabo Martins Kuye who is not a journalist but worked in the same Punch premises then at Kudeti Street, Onipetesi, Agege, Lagos, Mr Gori Ogunyemi, Mrs Ibidun Allison (aka Amebo), Mrs Bimbo Oworu , Hon Bayo Odulana and many others.
The group meets once every month just to have fun and catch up with one another on a hot plate of Amala and choice drinks with old tunes playing at the background.
They also join and support each other during any social function.
– Tolani Abatti for encomium.ng