Ibidun Ajayi-Ighodalo’s mum had planned to gift her a house on her 40th birthday which would been on July 19.
Her brother in-law, Asuen Ighodalo, who disclosed this at her funeral service on Saturday afternoon, said Ibidun’s mum was almost done with the house she wanted to gift her daughter.
Ibidun Ighodalo’s mum had wanted her husband to be the one to present the house to her on her birthday.
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Before her death, Former beauty queen and businesswoman, Ibidun Ituah-Ighodalo shared a lovely photo of herself, her mum and daughter, revealing three generations of beauty. The photo was accompanied by an inspiring piece on her philosophy of life.
Ibidun wrote: ‘’My mum always said that it is the people around you that will hurt you the most .Be careful of the people who have access to you and whose words mean a lot cos they can make or mar you. Never let anyone make you feel less of who you are… Be careful what you say to people for your word is like an egg once broken you can never take it back. No matter what anyone says or does to you, take it to God because He sees your heart, He knows how you truly feel. Let them call you names, judge you and say the nastiest things bout you it’s okay… you know the truth and so does the Almighty. God bless us all”.
Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, as the fifth child of eight children of late Olaleye Ajayi, Ibidun as she was fondly called, attended K-Kotun Primary School in Surulere Lagos, before heading for the Federal Government Girls College, Oyo State for her secondary education.
She proceeded to study Microbiology at the University of Lagos, Akoka, after which she acquired further training in Business Management from the Lagos Business School. She was also a fellow of the National Institute Marketing, Nigeria (NIMN).
Her epic life journey started significantly while she was waiting to gain admission into the University of Lagos to study Medicine, which was her father’s choice. And because she loved her father, she also fell in love with the medical sciences. But unknown to her, providence had charted another course for her when her admission letter erroneously got mixed up and sent to someone else, which left her devastated.
The young lady was left with no choice than to study another course. This, in a way, made her indecisive on what career to pursue.
However, her life took a new turn when she won the first-ever Miss Lux Beauty Pageant in 1999. She got into the limelight and seized the platform to boost her desired career in event management. She founded Elizabeth R, a PR and event Management Company in 2003 and thrived as one of the leading events agencies in the country. Over the last 15 years, she has no doubt dominated the events management and decoration business in Nigeria, especially in Lagos and Abuja.
Her entry into that space really changed the headlines as she launched her luxury 4000-capacity event centre, The Dorchester, in 2014. By 2016, she launched a bridal store Avant-Garde.