40th b’day bash: How Gbenga Kaka’s daughter stunned husband, LOL

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Daddy & Mummy in a Birthday Pose with Ayowole, Ayokunle, Ayomide & Ayokunmi Lawal
Throwing a Surprise Birthday Party for a loved one is not a task that comes so cheap. For the chaperon, it entails a meticulous level of information management on all fronts in order to prevent the info from leaking to the hearing of the surprisee with the attendant collateral damage of losing the steam and ‘surprise feel’ of such a rare gesture.
Good Celebration of such magnitude is a product of meticulous planning, chemistry, and like most things in life, luck.
 If the chaperon is your wife and you are the surprisee, then, the “wow effect” can better be imagined than explained.



That was exactly what happened to Lagos’s politician and socio-economic analyst, Lookman Oyewole Lawal on Sunday 17th of July, 2016  (Clocked 40 on 13th of July) when his beautiful and charming wife, Ayobola threw a surprised 40th birthday bash for him inside the ball room of a highbrow hotel besides Brooks Estate, Magodo GRA Lagos-South West Nigeria.
'Behind Every Successful LOL is an Ayobola'
From the invitation arrangement down to catering and entertainment of guests, all information was kept away from the knowledge of the celebrant.
Ayobola, a banker with a first generation bank (Names withheld) is the beautiful daughter of former Deputy Governor of Ogun State-South West Nigeria, and later Senator for Ogun East Senatorial district, Senator Adegbenga Kaka while her husband, Lookman is the son of late Alhaji Ibrahim Lawal an Ansar-Udeen faith missioner. 
The Celebrant Lookman Oyewole Lawal welcomes the GDA to his 40th birhday bash
Friends and well-wishers serenade the celebrant and his wife with their appearance by the cake side
The birthday party was a milestone event in all ramifications as the celebrant; Lookman Oyewole Lawal (LOL) said he can’t remember ever celebrating a birthday event in his entire 39 years of living. For him, it was a mixture of raw excitement and profound surprise even though he didn’t really wanted the mother of his 4 lovely kids (3 boys and a daughter) to wound her purse for a party in his name.  However, Ayobola had her plan for the man who has loved her genuinely in the last 15 years.
The story of Lookman and Ayobola is the story of true love breaking the barrier of social status for a life of peace and successful living. While Ayobola hails from a very privileged home where fortunes and opportunities work hand in hand, Lookman on the other hand grew from a very humble background into prominence through a dint of hard work and sheer intelligence.
Lookman lost his dad at age 7 and his mother at age 17. His dad used to be one of the few Islamic Scholars in Lagos who propagated the ethics of the Islamic religion on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) every Friday morning in his days in the early 80s.  He was the scion of his dad’s youngest wife. He was raised by his half sister at the demise of his dad and mum. 
A Happy Mother-in-law, Her Excellency, Alhaja Oladunni Kaka in a rare pose with her grand children
LOL: The Orphan with a heart of gold…


Lookman became an orphan too early in life and if not for the interest of his half sister (Mrs. Oluremi Cole) in his self development, he might have ended up in a wrong junction of life.  A Surulere boy to the core, Lookman had his Primary Education at Jehovah-Jireh African Church Primary School (Surulere) between 1982 & 1988.  He got his Higher School Leaving Certificate from the prestigious Berth Freeman High School (Surulere) and later got a degree in Accountancy from Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye.
Lookman who is naturally disturbed with the high level of juvenile decadence in the society contested for a seat at the Lagos State House of Assembly last year under the ruling All Progressive Party at his Surulere Constituency 1. 
Ayobola Lawal to Asabeafrika....'Organizing a Surprise Bash for him was my own way of giving him his 1st birthday party in life'
During the campaign, he reeled out various social empowerment initiatives for youths in his constituency and equally sponsored Health Awareness programs for the aged ones where he gave free eye, dental and general health treatment to over 250 residents in his constituency. He was determined to do more if he had emerged as their representative.
His social-engineering initiatives took his name far and near for consideration. If his humble gesture of eradicating poverty among young ones and giving of free health care services to the aged ones in his constituency endeared him to majority of people in Surulere; his raw intelligence at using statics to evaluate the various societal problems killing sustainable development like Youth restiveness, traffic related accidents on high ways,  street trading, maternal death in hospitals, prison congestion and many more on radio and television shows brought him closer to thousands of Nigerians who felt the political elites would have the common sense of fixing him in a position  where his intelligence will be valid for the sake of humanity.
Ayokunle Lawal wishing Dad a Happy Birthday, Long Live and Prosperity
His acronym LOL (Laugh-Out-Loud or Lookman Oyewole Lawal) also gave him an addendum of further popularity in his Surulere constituency. However, due to the kind of skewed politics at hand in a politically backward society like ours, some elite forces in his party adopted a famous Delta state born actor who quickly added a Yoruba middle name to his profile in order to lay claim to Surulere origin, few weeks to election. They allegedly favored him at the primaries above other contestants including the more politically savvy, intelligent and ready-to-serve Lookman Oyewole Lawal who was technically edged out with others.
The August surprise birthday bash by his wife on Sunday August 17 (His birth date) was more like a confirmation of people’s love for LOL. Despite the short notice; People from all walks of life stormed the modest venue inside the ambience of a 3 star hotel in Magodo GRA. The Celebrant who was tricked down to the venue by his wife couldn’t resist the huge shock that greeted him as he arrive the venue for what his wife told him was ‘A family birthday dinner’.
Friends from all walks of life surrounded LOL and his damsel, Ayobola as he cuts his 40th birthday cake
“He was a bit reluctant to even climb up to the floor where the event was taking place” a close family source confessed to Asabeafrika. “On opening the door of the venue and seeing the crowd of guests seated, he quickly shut back the door and almost returned home. I wouldn’t know if it was confusion or excitement that was written on his face but I knew he was emotionally rattled to see the kind of personalities who came to honor him at the event. I think what rattled him most was the fact that most of his colleagues at work, who saw him two days to the event didn’t even inform him of what his wife had in the offing for him. It was such a huge suspense”. The family source confessed to this blog.
Family, friends, in-laws and other well wishers had arrived the venue to celebrate with LOL @40. The event center revealed trendy attires worn by very excited guests who had all the canapés foods and drinks they could consume at their disposal as music of various genres blast from the speakers courtesy a gifted Deejay.  It was a buffet affair as guests were encouraged to serve themselves.
The Celebrant and his wife, Ayobola with his boss, Mrs. Toyin Anjous
 Testimonial for LOL @40
Asabeafrika sought opinion of selected guests at the event on how they viewed the personality of the celebrant. This is what we found out. Speaking with Asabeafrika at the venue, Lookman’s boss at the Lagos State Health Commission, Mrs. Toyin Anjous Ademuyiwa said even though the celebrant is her junior colleague at work she sees him more as a brother based on his strength of character. “It is so funny that we are celebrating his 40th because he still doesn’t look a bit over 20” Mrs. Anjous an assistant director at the state’s health service commission noted with enthusiasm.
Giving an insight into the personality of the celebrant, Anjous spoke further “But more importantly, he is a highly, highly cerebral person. You will never know how intelligent he is until you get close to him. Lookman is a very down to earth person. He is always willing to help. When his political career was about to start, he had my full support because I had no doubt that this is a man who can stand for a generation that is eager for change. But unfortunately, knowing the environment we live in, he was not allowed to express his good intention. But like I have always told him, there is always a right time for dreams to manifest. As long as he continues to be on the right path and on the right journey with the right people supporting him, I am sure he is going to be fine”.
The Lawals and VIP Couple who attended the event
Mrs. Anjous concluded by saying this of LOL “He is an exceptional young man.  Although, I may be his boss but I don’t see him like my junior colleague, he is a brother to me. He is very close to my family. I am very, very proud of him”.
LOL’s brother in-law, Ayotunde Kaka, an Agric business expert spoke about LOL describing him as a man of good look and good character “Mr. Lookman Lawal happens to be my in-law but I will call him my brother. He is an accountant by profession, a politician per excellence. I don’t think a word or two can describe the personality of Mr. Lawal. I will try to tell you about him in one sentence, I will tell you that Mr. Lookman Lawal is an embodiment of so many positive things words cannot express”. “I think God has been kind to him, he has good looks, a good character and a good personality as well. I wish him joy, happiness, love, long life, prosperity and all the good things of life”.
LOL and his wife, Ayobola with in-law, Ayotunde Kaka
For Mr. Sunday Adebola Adesanya, the celebrant’s elder brother, LOL is the perfect leader that is needed to run a rational society. While speaking with Asabeafrika, Adesanya said “Lookman Oyewole Lawal is my lovely brother. He has been there for everybody. He loves everybody, both the poor and the rich” He added “I believe that his political intention is to make the masses happy because the masses interest is his priority. He is a very lovely guy; he wants everybody to be happy. He encourages people and I believe if people can identify his intention and support him, he is going to be the best for this nation either at state or federal politics. He is a very good person that I believe will carry everybody along”
For Mr. Seun Oni a family friend, LOL is ‘a good man’  “We met Mr. Lawal a couple of years ago and I can tell you that he is a very intelligent person and he is very warm and sociable. I recall the first time we had to drive together about two years ago. We were going for a function outside of Lagos and throughout the trip; he was coming with intelligent and interesting topics. That was the first time I got to know that he is a politician and I can tell you he will go far as a politician and I also know that he is a very caring husband and a loving Father as well”
Invited Guests enjoying their meal at the event
Corroborating her husband’s views about the celebrant, Lami, Seun’s beautiful wife said “I absolutely agree with my husband. I see a lovely couple in Mr. and Mrs. Oyewole Lawal. They are wonderful people. I mean the wife is very close to me and I actually admire the profile of her husband. The first time I met them I think they came for our daughter’s dedication and I remember asking my husband that ‘who are this couple?’ and I got to know much about them later. I like the husband, Mr. Lookman, he looked dedicated, caring and very humble. So, I think everything that was said here today about him is absolutely true even if I don’t know him that much, I knew him through my husband because they are colleagues and he and his wife have always attended our functions. I wish them all the best in their endeavors”.
Fuad Kayode Laguda is one of the contestants who had a ball with LOL during the Surulere Constituency 1 house of assembly election. But instead of the two becoming rivals, they became brothers and this Fuad who attended the event with his pretty wife Kehinde told AsabeafrikaI met Lookman when we were both vying for Lagos State House of Assembly in Surulere Constituency 1. There were 9 of us that were contesting for that seat and I and Lookman became brothers. That is all I have to say. We became brothers”
Fuad who works with the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) has more to say of the celebrant “He is a great and honorable gentle man. The elections are over but our friendship remains. The brotherhood remains. At 40, life has just started; the best is yet to come”
 For his wife, Kehinde Laguda, she shares almost the same wish as her husband “I wish him all the good things my husband wished him. I wish him and his family good health, peace of mind and love”   
LOL and wife, Ayobola in a selfie mood with Ayobola's friends
Why I did a ‘40th Surprise’ on my husbandWife
Ayobola Lawal (Nee Kaka) is a very, very shy lady and it took Asabeafrika a great deal of appeal to make her open up on the rationale behind her Surprise 40th birthday bash on her husband. She later gave in and spoke to us “Well, I married Lookman Oyewole as an orphan and when his 40th birthday was approaching he just told me casually, ‘do you know I have never celebrated a birthday before?’ and I just ignored him. I didn’t really; really pay attention to what he said. I was like ‘ehen, really? Ok!’ I had my plans and I kept them to myself”
LOL & Wife with some Pretty Sisters at LOL's 40th Birthday Bash
How I got guests to attend without telling him
On how she was able to drag out a sizeable number of friends and well-wishers to her husband’s 40th bash without arousing his attention she gave a reply “The message I sent across said it all. I told everyone it was going to be a surprised birthday party and I told everybody to be punctual in order to help me yell a surprise at him. (Laughs) and I followed up with calls as well and to my surprise, they came. I really appreciate all those that came. Just very few people that couldn’t make it made it known why they couldn’t make it”
A VIP giving word of advice to the Celebrant on how to view life @ 40
Untold story of my LOL…
When we asked Ayobola to describe her man to us, she gave a cheery smile, the kind of smile that is synonymous with stars gracing the covers of foreign magazines before answering the harmless question “Lookman Oyewole Lawal is a hardworking man, loving, caring and I can say he has been my pillar of support. I work in a bank and everybody knows what it takes to work in a bank. I really don’t have time but he is always there for me. He is a father, he is a mother and he is a husband. He loves cooking, he likes taking care of the children, house chores etc. I mean he is hard working. He made the work easy for me. He has always been there for me, he is my pillar of support and I really want to thank him for always being there”. She ended with an emotional birthday wish for her darling husband “I wish him all the best. In all his endeavors the good lord shall meet him at every point of his need”
A cream of Couple supporting Lookman & Ayobola to cut the cake
My wife really ‘embarrassed’ me—LOL
The birthday boy, Lookman Oyewole Lawal shared his experience with Asabeafrika and this is how he put it to us when we asked how he felt with the suspense that accompanied the event? “Of course I am very happy to witness this day. I am really shocked. I was really not in the mood, I never expected anything and it was something that was quite surprising. Indeed, I would have loved to have a party but I shifted the idea and it never occurred to me that it can happen like this. Even though I can’t remember ever celebrating a birthday before and I must say that she has done very well. I mean, she touched everybody that matters to me. Surprisingly, none of them gave a hint in terms of sharing the information. Even some people I saw two days ago, none of them gave me a hint. I am very happy; this is a very memorable day in my life. I will forever cherish this day. She has really done me a great offer” (Prayed ceaselessly for her before giving her a deep kiss).
'Lol, my G, Life begins @ 40' a VIP seems to be saying to the Birthday boy
“What I want to do with my life @ 40”
LOL is not one of those who believe in the cliché ‘Life starts @40’, to him ‘Only a meaningful living can actually start at 40 “Well, I have heard that narrative for over thirty years. You know, growing up in Lagos and it has been a popular narrative. Talk of celebrities, talk of who is who in social life, it is something I have heard over the years that life begins at 40. But for me, I will share some secrets in that light. At this age, one really needs to live for others. One should have discovered what role an individual is playing in the community, in the nation and the general society. If you look at our politics today, you will put a very big question mark on that narrative called ‘leadership’. It seems that is really, really lacking. We don’t have any semblance of good leadership and our value system is something we should all worry about. So, in those areas, this is the age that I will love to do more and give back to the society. I will love to do more in also improving leadership, in empowering young people most especially. The world is talking about sustainable development, you can’t sustain anything ‘development’ without looking at the ones coming behind, without showing good examples, without building legacies that emerging communities will say ‘yes, we can see what Mr. A or B is doing, let us emulate him’. We have had it rough lately in our polity especially as regards the development of the young ones. By the grace of God, somebody like me will continue to look forward to the development of the young generation and show better example at 40
The event was attended by family friends like Bunmi and Korede Akinsanmi, Joy Adebayo, Adenike Dedeke, Desola Aberuagba and Motunrayo Babatunde.
Others are; Mr. and Mrs. Toyin Idowu, Mrs. Toyin Anjous, Prince Adeyemi Kazeem, Kehinde and Aisha Filani, Fatima Idris, Khadija Bosun Adams, Dr. Leke & Dare Kaka, Kazeem and Tinuke Onadeko, Fuad and Kehinde Laguda, Seun and Lami Oni and Tayo Ismail.
A Happy Cream of Guests enjoying their meal during LOL's 40th birthday bash
Opening Prayer was conducted by Alhaji Abolore Gafar Yusuf and Mr. Korede Adenuga from Lagos State Ministry of Justice.
LOL’s Mother-in-law and wife of Senator Adegbenga Kaka,  Her Excellency, Alhaja Oladunni Kaka was Mother of the Day while her first son, Ayotunde and his pretty wife, Opeyemi Fausiyyat Kaka also graced the event. 
The couple’s lovely kids Ayowole, Ayokunle, Ayomide and Ayokunmi Lawal were also in attendance to celebrate with Daddy at 40.
LOL & wife, Ayobola in a rare pose with a Very Important Guest who graced the occassion

LOL giving his Vote of Thanks to all for giving him a Yell @ his 40th Birthday bash

LOL to Asabeafrika....'What my wife Ayobola did for me can never be quantified in any form. I am grateful to her for her love & Loyalty'

LOL welcomes his Co-Contestant at Surulere now brother for life, Fuad Laguda to his 40th birthday bash

LOL's Brother-in-law, Ayotunde Kaka showering encomium on his brother in-law @ 40

LOL's Mother-in-Law, Her Excellency, Alhaja Oladunni Kaka offering prayers and good wishes to the celebrant and his family

LOL's Mother-in-law, Her Excellency, Alhaja Oladunni Kaka with daughter-in-law, Mrs. Opeyemi Kaka during Praise and Worship in honor of LOL's 40th'

LOL's Sister-in-law, Mrs. Opeyemi Fausiyyat Opeyemi Kaka savoring the steam of the of the event

LOL, the Birthday Boy welcomes a female guest to his 40th bash

Lookman & Wife Ayobola receiving the blessing of Allah during Lookman's 40th birthday celebration

More Kudos for LOL from VIPs

More VIPs joins LOL and his wife to cut the cake

Mr. & Mrs. Lookman & Ayobola Lawal with Mr. & Mrs. Seun & Lami Oni

Mr. & Mrs. Lookman and Ayobola Lawal with their Special Guest Mr.  & Mrs. Fuad and Kehinde Laguda

Mr. Sunda Adebola Adesanya, Celebrant's brother giving kudos to the birthday boy

Some Islamic Clerific Offering Prayers for the celebrant and his family

The Cake tells the story of a man surrounded the many good things of life


The Chief Organizer, Mrs. Ayobola Lawal Kaka. Very Elated with how the event turned out

The Chief Organizer, Mrs. Ayobola Lawal-Kaka welcomes some of her friends to the event

The Couple's lovely children, Ayowole, Ayokunle, Ayomide & Ayokunmi savoring the good moments of Daddy's 40th birthday bash

The Magnificent Birthday Cake of LOL @ 40
The Organizer welcoming a friend to her husband's 40th birthday bash

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