Saturday, November 6 will surely remain a unique day in the life of Keyna Omenukor. That was the day, Uche Uka, Law Osondu Kenya’s siblings and close friends pulled a surprise on her by celebrating her birthday party. To succeed in this coup d’état as Keyna described it in her reaction, was no mean task. Private messages were sent, hidden and secret conversations went on day and night, while nervous glances and body languages were taking place beside Keyna with everybody being very careful to avoid her very inquisitive and decoding attributes. This move was most risky because the venue of the surprise party was her house and this created a great and major challenge on how to decorate the house, prepare food and get in other relevant needs without Kenya’s searchlight picking up the signals. So a member of the inner caucus was deployed to shadow Keyna, know her schedules, influence same where necessary to ensure that her movements and schedules fitted into the plot. Another challenge was how to meet her standards realizing the fact that we are so used to Kenya’s expertise in party planning, her take-charge ability to get a places reserved, send out invites, order a cake, and order the food.
So to address these challenges, especially the issue of food, we decided to order food. Another major challenge was to keep her golden rule about food, never run out of food. So, we decided to keep her rule in this area and provided enough, as well as a variety of food. And we were adamant about this. . This is Kenya’s party, so we had better not break her top rule.
By far the hardest part of planning this party was keeping it from Keyna. So plan B was hatched to ensure that Keyna stayed away from her house long enough to provide the organizers of the party enough time to get things ready. At this stage, Ezioma was drafted to execute the plan B, take her out for a birthday outing after the medical outreach. Ezioma delivered on point.
At last she made for home to rest after a busy day and as strolled innocently into her house, she began to notice movements in the house, more people in the house and suddenly saw some people working on party decorations. As she was still trying to figure out what was going on, a member of the inner caucus who had been shadowing her movements all these while emerged from the living room with a special guest from Nigeria, and those present flanked by cameramen and a photographer who began snapping her even in her scrub and the guests who were present gave her the first inkling of what was going on began singing her happy birthday song. I guess that it was then that she started decoding what was going on and for the next ten minutes she was almost dumbfounded. How could anyone have succeeded in giving her this great surprise? It was unbelievable but very pleasant. It must be noted that the plot was very successful because it coincided at Kenya’s most vulnerable period. She was so busy preparing her Board examinations in Mental Health.
And the party was amazing. So many friends and family members joined to celebrate this wonderful lady who does so much for all daily. We never ran out of food, the decorations were on point, the cake was perfect, and everyone had an amazing time.
It was good. Really good.
Yes, we celebrated a surprise birthday for an amazing lady last Saturday, 11-6-2021. For one day, she was the reason all her loved ones gathered.
I want to use this opportunity to thank everyone that gathered to celebrate Dr. Keyna Omenukor, and for those that weren’t invited I apologize but it was also part of the surprise. To organize a successful surprise party for Keyna, a lot has to be sacrificed and compromised.
Continue to celebrate your life because you only live once.