The Abuja narratives in social life is rapidly taking a new turn courtesy of new sheriffs in town. Prior to recent times, the FCT was not known beyond being the nation's seat of power where politicians meet to plot their political survival and restrategise against the next political year. Added to this is the fact that it houses key government ministries, departments and agencies. One can therefore safely say the city is a civil service state where the calendar cycle runs Monday-Friday, unlike Lagos where the large quantum of commercial and social activities run all week.

Interestingly, the I-cannot-kill-myself philosophy of Lagos where social life runs at par with work life seems to have in a way crept into Abuja. Residents of the nation's capital unlike in the past do not need to travel to Eko to unwind after a week-long work. What they are looking for in Sokoto is now in their shokoto, as we say in our parlance. Then why not save the flight ticket and have a full blast here at your doorstep?

This again accounts to why some top class MCs, comedians and artistes are finding their survival in a city once considered a rocky ground for the entertainment industry. Credit must be given to those who are bringing Abuja to limelight with social life, thereby offering residents opportunity of easing off the accumulated work-induced stress while getting them ready for a more healthy and productive lifestyle through a sound and emotionally balanced psyche. Some of these event gurus started off as pageant beauty contest organisers years back but have enlarged their scope to package events that adorn the presence of top socialites, politically exposed persons, business moguls and entertainment icons.

These visionary event organisers have not only created a niche for themselves, they have equally gone ahead to give Lagos a run for its money. In a short while, they have brought fame, attention, accolades, satisfaction, recognition and glamour to the FCT, thereby reviving the social life of the Abuja residents once in limbo.

In no particular order, these five individuals and organisations based on our research have contributed immensely to thrilling the residents of FCT with memorable events. Also note that Venue of Event, Quality Of Personalities, Turn Out of Individuals, Event Packaging, Media Presence & Visibility, Human Relation and Profit/ Income generation form the criteria for our listing. 

Dr. Suleiman Adejo

The founder Messengers of Peace (MOP) Foundation, Dr. Suleiman Adejo is the National President of mop, convener of the prestigious National Peace Awards a yearly event where peace promoters are honoured, also the convener of the Queens of Peace Nigeria/Africa and the convener National Peace Summit, an event where experts come to discuss and proffer solutions to peace and conflict resolutions. He is also the secretary of the Actors Guild of Nigerians patrons forum while Prince Ned Nwoko a known philanthropist and billionaire serves as the chairman (AGN).

Before this time, he has been rendering consultancy services to public and private organisations representing a German company and producers of the best parking meter machines in the world Authomaten Technik Baunann ( ATB) and Kinos Smart System of china One of such was the now defunct Park n Pay service in Abuja, the nation's capital. Although it was temporarily suspended, efforts are at moment being intensified to bring back the service across FCT again. In fact at the moment, approval has been granted to the company to resume operation in the FCT .

Just recently, he was appointed by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State as a member of the State Economic Advisory Council. He serves in three committees Finance and Investment, Education and ICT while he is the Alternate chairman of the social infrastructures development committee.

He enjoys a cordial working relationship with few government offices, the AGF and SGF were part of the 2021 national peace awards as the SGF gave the key note speech for the event. The administration of the Federal Capital Territory also partners with MOP in all their events across the country and FCT in the production and distribution of their customized peace vehicle plate numbers. The FCT Minister of State Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu acceptance to become the Grand matron of Messengers of Peace, MOP Foundation, in addition to H E Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state who was also recently unveiled as MOP Patron together with HRH the Emir of Bichi Alh Dr Nasir Ado Bayero and the current National President of ALGON Bar kolade Alabi has added more vibe to the brand.

The cardinal aim for the establishment of Messengers of Peace, MOP Foundation is to promote peace across the country's ethnic and religious divides. He has in his team peace advocates, otherwise called messengers of peace or real lovers of peace who are engaged as instruments to broaden the horizon of peace across Nigeria's landscape.

From this population also sprang a pageantry, Queen of Peace Nigeria and Africa who became a high-level peace advocates dispatched across troubled states of the federation for the purpose of enhancing national unity and peaceful co-existence. Their job is not limited within the shores of Nigeria. They have travelled within some countries in African; Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia and recently they were hosted by the Firstady of Islamic Republic of Saharawi. Dr Sulaiman Adejoh is a consultant to the government of Guinea Bissau on several activities, the next edition of the African Peace Awards is slated for GB to promote internal peace and bilateral relations though at purely on advocacy ground.

In its kits, Messengers of Peace Foundation has some beauty queens who are making waves in their various respective endeavours.

With his National Peace Award, under the Messengers of Peace (MOP) Foundation, Dr. Adejo has acknowledged and recognised the high and mighty in government, business, showbiz and entertainment industry who have contributed significantly in broadening the scope of brotherliness in our great nation.

One indisputable selling point about Dr. Adejo is his capacity to pull high profile personalities, including serving Governors, Minister, Heads Departments and Agencies, Federal Legislators and Diplomats to his event. You can take his list of invitees to the bank. They do not disappoint.

His years of experience in event management gives him an edge to come up with an international class events within a very short period of time and effortlessly, little wonder, they are going to stage as the first ever global Messengers of Peace awards at the Hilton metropolitan hotel in London come June 2022.

Another selling point about this brand its 100 peace nuggets compilation of quotes translated into the three major tribes in Nigeria ,Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo are distributed free during townhall peace sensitisation workshops. It takes place before any event is hosted. It is also another value addition to the peace project.

The National Peace Summit organised by MOP Foundation provides an umbrella for individuals, representatives of ethnic nationalities and religious groups, trade unions, student bodies, Kids, etc to come together, brainstorm and chart a way forward for the country's peaceful co-existence.

On his choice of venue, his consistency in making a tasteful choice has remained unquestionable. He is known to make use of sophisticated and secured venues to give the brand and quest a classic event all the time ,from the transcorp Hilton Abuja, to Sheraton hotel and recently the international conference center Abuja are the only choice areas for the MOP events.

On quality of individuals that grace his events, they are of high profile. Politically exposed persons are never in short supply when it comes to Dr. Adejo's events. A significant presence of top state and federal government functionaries add glitz and glamour to any of his outings.

In packaging he gives his events a modest touch of class due to the the calibre of persons that honour with their presence.

He also gives his best before, during and after event in terms of publicity and visibility in the media space. There are however so much he has done that are not in the public domain. You must give that to him.

In human relations, the beauty queens this brand has produced over the years have helped in building a solid human relations between the brand and guests. They ensure that guests have some refreshments while they are thrilled with entertainment. Leaving a guest happy at the end of the day is of utmost importance to them.

Messengers of Peace (MOP) Foundation wields side attractions that spice up events, one among which includes the stage special presentation by messengers of peace Kids AKA mop kids to get audience and guests relaxed. The mop kids numbering 35 on stage well trained, bond together for any event and they make the brand tick. The organization have it's own online tv moptv where all their contents are viewed. They also have their own magazine known as MOP Magazine which is for a quarterly Publication.

On income/profit, one will not be wrong to say that Dr. Adejo and his team get some swollen pockets when the quality of personalities, choice of event venue and other factors are put into consideration. His fortunes also reflect in the packaging he gives his events, general assessment of him and investments he goes into after each outing.

He didn't come into the industry without any experiential background, having consulted for individuals and public institutions in the past. He came to amplify what he has been doing in a seemingly different field of endeavour and not as a JJC as we say in our parlance. He is truly an industrious personality of high reputation.



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