Calabash_Issue 9 Apr. 2014 - Page 86

celebration Mary Kumbu Smart stormed London, England with her Fortieth birthday party in grand style. The Birthday Party was hosted by Madanni Din- Gabisi and two Co Mcs - Mr Mustapha Adams and Desola Jegede, (a very close friend of Miss Kumbu-Smart). Mary was born in the United Kingdom to the late Hon Alfred Kumbu- Smart and wife Margaret. She attended both Primary and Secondary school in Freetown and Nigeria before returning to England several years ago. Most of her family, friends and associates know her for her delicious cuisine. (e sabi cook baaad says Giara and few other friends including the M.C for the night Madanni.) Mary’s first entrance into the night was met by pure acceptance and admiration. She came in and was met at the entrance by her bro-in-law Mr Leslie Magbe Jonjo and the birthday girl and London diva extraordinaire looked so regal and quite ravishing in a Moji, Saffiatu, Mary and Kadet Sia, Josephine Mary and Kefue Karim, Nunna, Alpha and Jariatu Mary and Umu 84 | Calabash Magazine | issue nine Swarovski jewel embellished strapless Hollywood gown. She went round all the tables greeting her guests and thanking them for being there. She left the hall while her guests were having their dinner and later returned in the most elegant eye catching, figure hugging, amazing black evening gown. On her 2nd appearance, Mary got a standing ovation from her guests who were again stunned by the sheer beauty of the birthday girl. Mary was full of smiles all throughout the night, a night of pure elegance, grace and delight. It was indeed her night. Ms Claudia Cummings one of her oldest, closest school friends made a moving speech by cataloguing all the good and crazy things she did in high school in her teenage years, paying glowing tribute to the Kumbu Smart family mentioning how they had spared Mary and Ahmed Sesay