THE BLING LAGOSIANS
The Holloways are one of Lagos’ most prestigious families.
They holiday in Europe, dress like royalty, hobnob with the political class and own the city’s most luxurious high-rise, St. Ives Towers. Their family name is a synonym for class and elan.
When MOPELOLA HOLLOWAY (50), the sophisticated matriarch of the family, announces that she’s throwing a flamboyant party for her fifty-first birthday – to top the headline-making shindig she threw the year before for her fiftieth – she unwittingly sets a series of events into motion that will have repercussions far from pleasant for the Holloway household.
AKIN HOLLOWAY (50s), her suave husband, secretly battles to stop the banks from foreclosing on St. Ives Towers which owes billions in unpaid debts. Losing the firm would ruin Akin and his family’s standing in Lagos and soil the legacy established by his father who bequeathed the mighty firm to him.
DEMIDUN TADE-SMITH (30s), the oldest daughter of Mopelola and Akin Holloway and wife to GEORGE, a gorgeous pilot, is a highly-demanded business consultant. She’s renowned for teaching business strategy using the concept of marriage. Her marriage, however, is poor inspiration for her work as she discovers her husband is seeing another woman and will stop at nothing to end the affair.
TOKUNBOH HOLLOWAY (early 20s), the youngest scion of the Holloway clan and a screenwriter, is hired by NNAMDI (30s), an Asaba-filmmaker, to develop a movie concept for his theatrical debut. Her pitch will either secure funding from Nnamdi’s investors or turn them away, but Tokunboh’s greatest obstacle is Nnamdi who rejects her ideas for the very ones he’s trying to distance himself from.
As each member of the Holloway family work to solve their problems, they prepare for Mopelola’s party, clearly to become the year’s biggest society event. But the buzz about the party compels the Asset Management Corporation to foreclose on ST. IVES, the family business, after the death of his God Father Baba Eko who had been protecting Akin Holloway. He must then fight a bigger battle – getting Mopelola to cancel her party and maintain a low profile to get them off the radar, while he tries to save the business.
The Bling Lagosians is a story that brings to light the façade which is fake living; one that the younger generation is often deceived by and encouraged to aspire to. It is a tale that educates about societal realities and the deception that seemingly defines the classes.