Benny Obaze lies low

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Aug 15th, 2014
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Once upon a time, Benny Obaze, hugged the limelight like the butterfly courts the nectar. Even if he did not deliberately set out to be noticed, he occupied a space on the social scene that always made his presence or absence noticeable.

Just a few years ago, his name rang so resonantly in the Lagos social circle that the uninitiated would take him for a hip hop star or a public office holder with soaring popularity. But Benny was none of these. The astute business man of Igbo extraction was just a clothier with two thriving labels, Bevista and Rivista, with expansive offices in Lagos and Port-Harcourt.

Apart from stocking top-of-the range men’s wears, Benny’s Rivista was the hottest shop for fashion forward ladies. Although he still runs these fashion stores, they no longer seem to be as hot as they once were among fashion freaks and socialites.

Since he remarried a few years ago, Benny has cut down on his visibility on the social radar. He is said to be giving his all to making his home and marriage work. Obaze tied the nuptial knot with Lizzy Pirinye, an equally successful businesswoman, after his marriage with a foreigner hit the rocks. He also tried his luck with a top banker, but to no avail. These, observers say, could be responsible for the attenetion he is giving his marriage at the moment.

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