Saturday, 23 April 2016


The 22nd of April 2016, will remain indelible in the minds of Dr. and Dr. Ladi Sotimehin. It was the day Dr. Mrs. Adetoun Sotimehin the Chief Medical Director of Maitama General Hospital turned 50.

The celebration began from Living Faith Church, Durumi 11, Abuja where a comprehensive service was held for her after which the party moved to Grand Resort Hotel to celebrate with her.

Though it was a Friday, that did not deter people from turning up mostly her colleagues, Living Faith Church members, University of Ife alumni, Alumni of Federal Government Girls’ College Benin-City, Chief Medical Directors and senior medical officers from other General Hospitals and a host of other persons.

Her youthful mother who danced throughout, her sisters Bisola and Yinka who flew in from US and London, her four boys, and numerous friends from Lagos were on hand to grace the occasion.

The party began with a minute silence for the celebrant’s father who died a decade ago.

Her son, Soyinka spoke glowingly of his mother who he described as caring and number one in their lives. Most importantly, not only was she strict, she will not allow you to mess with any of her children.

He recalled a funny incident when his grades were dropping and the mother intercepted a midnight call to his girlfriend and they had to end the relationship and his grades improved.

Her sister spoke about how caring, dependable and reliable the celebrant was.

She also spoke about her extraordinary intelligence. She was most importantly very frugal and managed resources very well.

She said they confided a lot in her and she never broke any confidences.

The brother said though strict, she had a fun side of her. She is also a simple person and very humble.

The husband of 26 years thanked God for making him meet his wife when she was still a student and he was ill and in the hospital. According to him, as he lay down there, the most beautiful ‘damsel house officer’ walked in to take notes.

He told her he loved her and he had no words to describe her. He praised her for her selflessness and the way she always moved everywhere with him as an itinerant doctor.

He concluded by telling her that she has brought immeasurable joy into his life. He couldn’t have asked for a better spouse and she was everything to him.

The staff of the Maitama General Hospital had the sweet words for her.

They said she feared God

She was not corrupt.

She was very hardworking and dedicated to her duty.

They confessed that at first they hated her frugal stand but today glad that she was at the helm of affair because she has given them a sense of belonging and pride because their hospital has consistently won the best General Hospital of the year culminating with Berekete Family show the watchdog of the society giving her an award.

She is intelligent

She is ever ready to work to make sure everything went well.

She would never give you government property but she will not deny you your due.

They looked forward to her being appointed Minister of Health in Nigeria.

The celebrant had three delightful cakes of different sizes.

She radiated first in her golden lace dress before changing into another exquisite blue dress.

There were lots of food and drinks to eat. There were also a lot of souvenirs.

Though the party officially ended with closing prayers but the eating and dancing unlimited.

All in all it was a wonderful party and we truly wish her like the husband said many more years of celebration with her family.


Unknown said...

It was a great day cos I was there. You cannot but be there because of who she is. She's lovable,admirable and fun to be with.

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Lana said...

Adetoun Happy 50th Birthday. Wishing you a lot more years in Jesus name. Chinyere thanks for a lovely description of all that happened. It made me feel I was present at the party and far away in Canada. Good job.

Unknown said...

Chinyere, each time I read this article,I remember the joy and love I felt on that special day. Thank you for capturing it so well, and with such eloquence. I appreciate you....