Exclusive: Meet Aisha Achimugu, Lady Who Shut Down Island Of Grenada With Multi-Billion Naira Birthday Party

The media space has been awash with pictures and videos of socialite Aisha Achimugu ‘disturbing’ the Caribbean Island of Grenada where she threw herself a lavish 50th birthday party.

The party was on a higher pedestal than that of her 40th, which took place ten years ago at the Thisday Dome in Abuja. So grand was the party at that time that Aisha flew in Lebanese-born international designer of repute, Walid Atallah, known the world over for his wondrous outfits worn specially by the creme of the Arab world’s royalty. 

To be sure how exclusive Walid’s outfits are, some of them cost as much as $1.2 million ten years ago. Aisha of course wore four of his creations, which he flew in with and styled her. 

It wasn’t just Walid she flew in, she also flew in Najwa Sultan, otherwise known as the ‘Beyonce’ of the Arab world. Najwa was one of the best and most popular singers in the Middle East back in the day. 

One of the highlights of that party was the humongous birthday cake. It was made up of exactly 40 different cakes signifying her age, all stacked in the shape of a pyramid. 

Well, all that was 10 years ago. For her 50th, Aisha chose to shut down the Caribbean Island. The specific venue was Calivigny Island, an 80-acre private and exquisite location which costs about $132,000 per night. 

Guests alternated between Calivigny Island and Silver Sands Grenada, an exotic five-year-old seven-star luxury resort located at Grand Anse Beach, where some events of the posh celebration were held.

Aisha rented Calivigny Island for one week and reserved rooms for her guests at Silvers and Grenada. Several guests were also said to have been flown from Nigeria to the party location by chartered jets. 

On Monday, January 22 precisely, birthday wishes for Aisha flooded several newspapers. Some of those who attended the party included veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe Damijo and her fellow socialite, Terry Waya, among several others, including a serving governor. 

One of the numerous parties took place aboard the Silver Angel, a Yacht sailing on the Caribbean Sea under the flag of the United Kingdom. 

During the week-long party, Aisha reportedly changed clothes at least 30 times. This was in addition to the high-end clothes she used for a photo shoot with a celebrity photographer ahead of her event. 

For entertainment, a number of local and international A-list musicians and entertainers flew in to perform at the various events. Those who performed include Kenny G, an American saxophonist and composer; Aituaje Iruobe, aka Waje; Chinedu Okoli, aka Flavour; Adekunle Kosoko, aka Adekunle Gold; Ahmed Ololade, aka Asake, and Mr Killa, a Grenada musician. Hypemen, disc jockeys, make-up artists, hair stylists and masters of ceremonies were also flown to the Island and were all paid thousands of dollars for their services.

For many who do not know, Aisha comes from both Delta and Benue States. She used to be married to Engineer Sulaiman Akao Achimugu until a few years ago when they decided to go their separate ways. 

Sulaiman, who was the Managing Director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), died of Coronavirus in 2020. His death was the first recorded coronavirus death.

Their marriage was blessed with three children before it packed up. Aisha has no doubt done quite well for herself. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Abuja-based Felak Concept Group, a company that is into consultancy services related to health, equipment procurement, training and capacity building. 

She’s also a director at Altex Engineering Oil & Gas Limited and has also made her mark in maritime and transportation engineering. She is the first woman transaction advisor/consultant to develop a seaport (Ibaka Seaport) in Nigeria. 

Aisha chose to celebrate her birthday in Grenada after attaining Grenadian Citizenship by investment.