by Ekene Okwuegbunam
As guests arrived at the Coral Hall on Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, strutting on the purple carpet, photographers and television anchors swarmed upon them. The were welcomed with the usual clicks and flashes of the cameras, and chitchat from the anchors. TW Magazine was 3, and it was time to celebrate!
The veteran TV personality and brain child of TW, Adesuwa Oyenokwe explained that the magazine debuted in September 2007 to showcase the woman of today who is many things at once – a mother, wife, activist, feminist and globe trotter. But also T.W was conceived to serve as a companion, guide, source of inspiration and information to the modern woman as she navigates the perils of today’s world.
The variety of guests, ranging from media gurus such as Sienne Allwell-Browne and Rosemary Benemesia Opia to movie actress Dakore Egbuson and Taofeek Okoya were seated on an eight-man table draped in purple and white linen and decorated with a bouquet of white roses in enormous long stemmed champagne glasses that were no doubt not meant to be drank out of.
To entertain the guests, testimonials of TW readers and comments and anecdotes from friends of the publisher Adesuwa were shown on a projector. Dance performances from Xplicit dancers got the crowd wowing in appreciation. Upcoming music artiste Tosan AND Dm2 did renditions celebrating the beauty of the woman, and the spirit of Nigerian patriotism respectively.
The performance that shook up things and got even the most sober of guests to loosen up was by the ever refreshing and surprisingly ageless Blackie doing the Blackie Skan to the admiration and accompaniment of the crowd.
Dinner was served buffet style, with a mouth watering palette of delicacies to pick from. Guests did justice to the spread, combining food with the varied choice drinks which flowed on demand.
To express her appreciation of the little remembered movers of her business, the ever graceful Adesuwa called on stage the magazine circulation agents with whom she worked. They were thanked profusely for their support and faithfulness and were handed gifts in huge boxes.
There was also a raffle draw, and a lucky guest became the winner of an all expense paid trip to Dubai. Adesuwa and early founders and supporters of the vision cut a cake to mark the celebration, and to strengthen the vision and image of TW, a new logo was unveiled and a new editor came on board.
Three years have gone by, and many magazines have come and gone, but TW still holds its ground as one of the most relevant in the industry. Here’s wishing it many more years of success!