Celebrating 60 with a Luxury weekend in Cape Town – Mr Ajukwu’s 60th Birthday Celebration – Part 1

“With more than a year and a half in the making - 300 VIP guests from across the globe flew into Cape Town for a weekend of celebrations in honour of Michael Ajukwu's 60th Birthday.”

“With more than a year and a half in the making - 300 VIP guests from across the globe flew into Cape Town for a weekend of celebrations in honour of Michael Ajukwu's 60th Birthday.”

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With more than a year and a half of a planning in the making, August saw 300 international VIP guests fly into Cape Town for a weekend of festivities to honour Michael Ajukwu’s 60th Birthday. A prominent businessman from Nigeria, Mr. Ajukwu wanted to showcase the best of Cape Town to his guests. This was a pure Concepts Collection collaborative effort as both our Event Concepts and Travel Concepts teams were on hand to not only manage each guest’s itinerary to South Africa, but also overseeing and designing two luxury events that would create a weekend of celebrations to remember!

The international guest list arrived throughout the week and filled the historic 5 star Mount Nelson Hotel, the trendy 15 on Orange Hotel with some overflow at the The Taj Hotel! The first event that would officially welcome guests to Cape Town would take place on the Friday evening at the magnificent Cavalli Wine and Stud Estate in Stellenbosch. Guests were transferred to the winelands where they were greeted to the beautiful sounds of Bolaji Banjoko – one of Nigeria’s top saxophonist and entertainers – more commonly known as Beejay Sax. In Cavalli’s state of the art and award winning Art Gallery, guests were treated to an incredible wine tasting experience, hosted by sommeliers from Under The Influence, and it was here that they sampled the best of South African wines.

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