Her Ageless Highness, Betty Edozien at 80


In this part of the world, attaining a milestone age usually prompt a celebrant to roll out the drums, hire a band of entertainers and invite the high and mighty to a gathering for merrymaking. 

On Tuesday, July 20, ageless and beautiful society matriarch, Chief (Mrs) Betty Edozien clocked 80 years and she was so excited joining the club of octogenarians.

To mark the event, her children and their respective spouses hosted a modest thanksgiving reception in her honour. The event was held at her Ikoyi, Lagos home. 

The graceful matriarch, known for her exemplary and exceptional humility, was obviously happy, as family members, friends and well-wishers gathered to celebrate her.

The guests were treated to a whole gamut of fun and the entire venue wore a convivial mood while the event lasted. The celebrant was at her element, dancing and mingling with her family and friends, with so much gusto. She basked in the blizzard of good wishes and felicitations that buffeted her.

Betty Edozien features prominently on the list of Nigeria’s ageless society matriarchs. Although, she is 80, she does not look anywhere close to that age. She takes exceptional care of herself. And while she is blessed with a fair look and flawless skin, it is the shifts in her wellness and beauty routine that she began making in her 30’s that she credits for her epic youth preservation.  

The ageless beauty is the widow of Professor Emmanuel C. Edozien, OFR, the late accomplished economist, Professor, businessman and boardroom super strategist, who died at the age of 82, on Saturday, October 5, 2019, after a brief ailment. He was the former Economic Adviser to former President Shehu Shagari. 

Prof Edozien was the brother of the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Professor) John Chike Edozien. He was a man of many colours who was relevant in both the public and private service while he lived. He was a Professor of International  and Development Economics and former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ibadan, Chairman, Governing Council, Bells University of Technology, Otta. 

The Ojiba of Asaba was a philanthropist and he lived a life of exceptional humility. He served as the Economic Adviser to Alhaji Shehu Shagari, President of Nigeria for over three years. He consulted for the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Federal and State Government and multinational companies. He served as the Non-Executive Chairman of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc since 2006 Until October 31, 2014. He served as Vice Chairman and Director of AMNI International Petroleum Development Company Limited. He also served as a Director of Union Bank of Nigeria Limited. Prof Edozien was a Director of Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company.

The Asaba-born intellectual contributed immensely to the growth and development of Nigeria’s economy by offering himself to chair many government policy panels and task forces. Besides, he consulted for international organisations, multinational companies and federal and state governments.

The marriage of Betty and Prof. Edozien is blessed with five children – Edward, Linda Anenih, Sandra Solebo, Vivian Ntim and Chiedu Eric, and ten grandchildren. 

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