Businesswoman Tara Durotoye and senior editor, CNN Africa Stephanie Busari have shared videos from the 40th wedding anniversary celebration of media personalities Soni and Betty Irabor.
Soni and Betty Irabor, on Tuesday held an occasion in Lagos where they renewed their marital vows.
Among those present were Mrs Durotoye and her husband Fela Durotoye, Mrs Busari, actors Segun Arinze and Ramsey Nouah; and media personality Linda Ikeji among others.
Stand-up comedian Bovi was the MC for the day. Musician Waje sang for the couple at the event.
On Wednesday, Durotoye shared on Instagram a video from the event.
She wrote, “40yrs!!!40yrs!!!The 40th Wedding anniversary of The Irabors is no joke!
“Fela & I are truly inspired by the friendship, love and Commitment they have exemplified in their union.
“In 2007, we were honoured to join their 25th wedding anniversary celebrations at the La Scala restaurant, Muson Centre.
“Yesterday, we joined family and friends to witness them renew their vows as they celebrate 40 years of matrimony.
“They have never been shy to share their struggles as a couple but also the joy of doing life together in the mountains and the valleys.”
Busari captioned her Instagram post, “What a beautiful and joyous occasion it was to celebrate the Irabors. It was a gorgeous ceremony and everyone brought their fashion A game. It is Aunty Betty after all and we all know what a fashionista she is. There was so much love in the room and everyone was so happy to be there and sharing in their vow renewals.
“I love how they hold space for one another. Their easy companionship and friendship. Like @son_irabor said in her speech, they actually seem to LIKE each other. Love is important but liking the person and what they stand for is extremely important too.
“Sustaining this over 40 years is not easy but they make it look effortless. Love you both so much @bettyirabor @iraborsoni. God bless you. May you live long and prosper.”
Mr Irabor, 71, and Mrs Irabor, 66, have two children, Omoruyi Irabor and Sonia Irabor.
About Mrs. Betty Irabor
Betty Irabor (born March 25, 1957) is a Nigerian columnist, philanthropist, writer, publisher and founder of Genevieve magazine. She previously had a column in Black & Beauty magazine in the United Kingdom. She also has a foundation that promotes breast cancer awareness, early detection and treatment.
Irabor studied English in university and then ventured into publishing. She worked as a journalist at Concord Newspapers, took freelance writing jobs at the Vanguard, The Guardian, This Day as well as Black & Beauty magazine and others abroad. She later ventured into telecommunications.
In 2003 she founded the glossy magazine Genevieve Magazine, which has been described as “Nigeria’s leading inspirational and lifestyle magazine”. It is headquartered in Lekki, with a staff of fourteen. Ten issues are published each year. The magazine website focuses on celebrity news. Irabor is the editor-in-chief and chief executive officer.
In 2018 her memoir Dust to Dew was published. In it she chronicles her struggles with depression.
She is a philanthropist, public speaker and champion for breast cancer awareness with her nonprofit known as the Genevieve PinkBall Foundation.
She is also the host and presenter of Life’s Lessons with Betty Irabor. She is a speaker and ambassador who shares promotional and modeling shots.
Bety Irabor was born on March 25, 1957, and raised in Nigeria. She’s married to Soni Irabor and they have two children. Their son made a short film that was selected by the Zanzibar International Film Festival.
She was honored by the Association of Professional Women Bankers as The Most Accomplished Female Publisher in Nigeria 2011.
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