12 Months, 12 Dazzling Brides, Boundless Joy!

Posted on Sunday, January 11th, 2009 at 5:36 AM

By BellaNaija.com

For the past 12 months, it seems like there has been a non-stop fiesta of WEDDINGS.
Beyonce sang ‘If you like it then you better put a ring on it’, apparently the guys were listening and they’ve done just that.
As we try to capture the essence of the last 12 months of weddings, we have chosen a cross-section of couples and weddings that represent the various facets of society and culture, settings and situations.
From an intimate beach wedding to a 4-day carnival
From Atlanta to Kano
From celebrities to billionaires to hardworking everyday people
From Hausa to Ibo to Yoruba to Edo and so many other cultures
From young couples to older people experiencing a second (or even third) chance at love
No matter the situation, one common thread runs through and that’s the love, dedication and commitment that these couples are exhibiting by taking this big step.
We wish them blessed marriages.
Enjoy.

Zainab Hayatudeen and Farouk Umar Mohammed

We start our wedding journey up North with the colourful ‘Arabian Nights’ themed wedding of Zainab Hayatudeen and Farouk Umar Mohammed. On the day of the Islamic blessing (Nikah), the beautiful bride was draped in jewellery, dressed in a richly embellished red dress and matching scarf with her hands and feet decorated with bridal henna designs. The 3 day long series of ceremonies stretched from Maiduguri to Kano as family and friends celebrated with the couple.

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Cecil Hammond & Keke Adenuga

TV Presenter/Producer Keke Adenuga and Rhythm Unplugged’s Cecil Hammond bucked convention by opting for a destination wedding on the Seychelles Islands. In the midst of close family and friends, the couple got married on the beach with Keke in a beautiful white monostrap gown dress with flower and jewel detailing.

Wedding Photos – Etomi Photoblog

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9ice and Toni Payne

Nigerian music superstar 9ice (Abolore Akande) and Entrepreneur, Toni Payne surprised many with their surprise court and traditional wedding ceremonies. Taking a page from the books of international celebrities who keep wedding plans ‘hush-hush’. 9ice and Toni opted for a quiet court ceremony devoid of large crowds. The bride was dressed in a  white halter-neck chiffon dress while 9ice wore the traditional black suit. The couple are now proud parents of baby boy, Zion Akande.

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Aisha Babangida and Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi

Aisha Babangida and Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi celebrated their wedding in Minna, Niger State. The polygamous Governor as his 3rd wife while this is the 2nd marriage for Aisha as she is divorced from her previous husband. The happy couple enjoyed the various festivities which showcased both Zamfara and Niger cultures.

Click For Wedding Album & Details via Funmi Iyanda’s Blog

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Maria Ayodele and Trevor Keeney

Maria Ayodele and Trevor Keeney met online through a networking website in 2006. From there, they met and friendship blossomed. The couple soon discovered that they were practically neighbours as they lived across the road from each other. Soon they were inseparable leading up to their Lagos wedding. It was a merging of 2 distinct cultures as American Trevor took Yoruba Maria as his wife. Trevor’s family and friends joined Maria’s family in Lagos for the traditional and white wedding ceremonies.

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Halima Dangote and Sulaiman Sani Bello

Halima Dangote and her husband Sulaiman Sani Bello met while at university in the UK. Their Kano wedding ceremony and events took place over the course of several days. The bride wore a series of outfits which were representative of her Hausa heritage, she complemented her attires with jewellery as well as beautiful bridal henna.

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Rasak Okoya and Shade Adeleye


Its a popular saying that ‘Its better late than never’, this phrase aptly describes the union of Chief Rasak Okoya and Shade Adeleye. After several years and four children together, the couple decided to officially solumnize their union with an Islamic Marriage rites ceremony as well as a grand reception. The bride was dressed in a yellow corsetted dress by Nigerian designer, Valerie Davids (Kehinde Ejiogu). The day was also special because it was the 68th birthday of the groom.

Click For Wedding Album & Details via Niyi Tabiti

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Tola Odunsi and Onohi Iremiren

Storm Records’ Tola Odunsi and Onohi Iremiren celebrated their union with a traditional engagement, church ceremony and an intimate garden reception. The couple who have been friends since secondary school and had been dating for about 3 years before deciding to walk down the aisle. The bride looked stunning in her strapless empire-waist Sophia Tolli dress with upswept hair adorned with bejeweled hair pieces.

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Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Yvonne Lameen Ikhana

Super Eagles Star Yakubu Aiyegbeni tied the knot with his sweetheart, Yvonne Lameen Ikhana. According to Yakubu, “When I wake up in the morning and see her face it makes me happy. I go for training and play a match with happiness in my heart. That is the motivation that makes me play well. When I am doing something that may not be right she is the one to tell me. That is a relationship. Not the kind where it is all about the man all the time. I am just lucky to have her. I am enjoying it and I expect us to be together for the rest of our lives“. Its been several months since the wedding and the couple are now expecting their first baby.

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Olaperi Shonibare and Mobolade Ojeahere

Olaperi Shonibare and Mobolade Ojeahere met at a wedding and the romance blossomed from there. The bride wore an elegant white dress with an off-shoulder lace neckline while the groom kept it modern with a 3-piece grey suit. It was a great ceremony as family, friends and well-wishers danced and celebrated with the couple.
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Kris Okotie and Stephanie Henshaw

It was a fresh start for both Kris Okotie and his bride, Stephanie Henshaw. Both were previously married before finding love again with each other.  Their wedding consisted of a series of ceremonies including the traditional ceremony where both Stephanie’s rich Akwa Ibom culture was in full display, the simple court ceremony as well as the church ceremony. The church thanksgiving ceremony was especially special as Kris is the pastor of the popular Household of God Church.

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Evana Eko and Chinedu Oli

The Atlanta wedding of Evana Eko and Chinedu Oli can simply be described as beautiful. The couple who met at a party wed at the Atlanta History Center/Swan House. The brides strapless gown was designed by Manuel Mota while the groom designed his own suit. Absolutely stunning!

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Congrats to the couples.

Lets respect their fashion/husband/wife/life choices and keep things positive!

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  • 28 Comments on “12 Months, 12 Dazzling Brides, Boundless Joy!”

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    • Dorah January 11, 2009 at 5:51 AM

      Stephanie has great style!

    • Dorah January 11, 2009 at 5:58 AM

      Evana and Chinedu’s wedding=BANANAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Flawless!

      • Favour Aitanun October 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        I love Marian Ayodele and Trevor Keeney’s wedding.I mean look at her dress.It’s so beautiful!

    • notjustok January 11, 2009 at 7:23 AM

      Congrats to Bobby B and his wife.

    • minime January 11, 2009 at 11:44 PM

      mehn…Evana&Chinedu=stunning,breathtaking!!!

    • Dorah January 12, 2009 at 2:45 AM

      Keke and Cecil’s wedding was very, very nice too.

    • Nneka January 12, 2009 at 6:23 AM

      “American Trevor took Yoruba Maria….”. Hilarious! Please rephrase.

      Congrats to all of them!

    • Lamide January 12, 2009 at 2:28 PM

      I’m biased, cuz I know Evana, but their Wedding was the most gorgeous :o) and they make a lovely couple, as do the rest of the people pictured!
      I love the Northern weddings as well, they r always so intricate and visually stunning.

    • tatafo! January 12, 2009 at 5:26 PM

      I absolutely love phoenix child’s dress!! and I’m still biting my nails for skipping Evana & Chinedu’s wedding.

    • ooo January 13, 2009 at 4:11 PM

      weddings always look nice in pictures..you need to be there to see the chaos
      american trevor and yoruba maria-lol

    • ooo January 13, 2009 at 4:12 PM

      i bet if Aisha wasnt Babaginda’s daughter they would have stoned her to death for divorcing and remarrying

      • Hadiza December 23, 2012 at 6:05 AM

        Its pathetic how ignorant people are.

    • dipo January 13, 2009 at 5:24 PM

      Aisha babangia´s wed in is a show of power.the governor is the next president coming from the north and what do you expect.NIGERIA´S first lady to be.ibb´s game plan.

    • nony January 13, 2009 at 9:48 PM

      smart game plan if u ask me…dats why d powerful still stay in power n keep on being relevant

    • aaa January 13, 2009 at 10:20 PM

      My God I cant believe people think like this. Cant we just appreciate a lovely union? Even if it could be purely political, it is still a beautiful union if it works out as planned. Check out your facts before making comments like that, marrying and divorcing does not apply to stoning.

    • cee cee January 14, 2009 at 12:53 AM

      I think the one with Cecil and Keke was stunning….appropriate beach wedding dress….skin…smile

    • Ladi January 14, 2009 at 1:47 AM

      In Islam, women can get divorsed (called ‘saki’ in Hausa) easily so no one will stone you to death……. please get your facts right or don’t comment.

    • Nma January 24, 2009 at 1:07 PM

      bella i wish u also featured “chioma and akolisa” too…their wedding was so beautiul….and they r the cutest couple among all wedding websites ave seen.

    • ADRIENEN February 2, 2009 at 5:06 PM

      Evana-Contact the ICSC Foundation asap! thanks!

    • esosa February 5, 2009 at 6:44 PM

      Bella what happened to Alex and Omeyi’s wedding…you were maid there.

    • Beezaun February 6, 2009 at 3:04 PM

      geez!why do you have to broadcast!na wa o

    • Nike February 9, 2009 at 2:47 AM

      Why is it Hilarious? I im a Yoruba girl that lives in the UK and I believe that God made us all to be attacted to one other, Black, White, Indian, Asain etc. Love is blind. I wish them both happiness and Joy in their marrage.

    • plomo February 9, 2009 at 3:04 AM

      Nike, its the way it was phrased that is hilarious and not the union of two people of diff races

    • zaara March 19, 2009 at 4:24 AM

      excuse me… no muslim gets stoned for getting divorced and remarrying.

    • Mariya Bello April 22, 2009 at 6:09 AM

      omG ppl should pls b quiet if they dont have anhythin positive to say..no matter what marriage is marriage, wish should wish them luck for taking a huge step forward for the 1st time in their lives or hundredth time..
      wish them all God’s guidance..

    • miss w August 24, 2009 at 11:08 PM

      evana is sooo beautiful, theyre union is gr8

    • Lati September 9, 2009 at 9:31 AM

      @ooo
      Even though ignorance is not an excuse in law, i would pardon u for getting your facts all mixed up and grossly wrong.. but wait a minute, do u guys reallly revel in making a mockery of the religion of Islam?? there is no religion that has given a woman as much freewil as Islam to get out of a marriage that is not working for her… of course it is one of teh most abhored permitted institutions, but what would it benefit the socciety if a woman is unhappy in a marriage, isnt taken care of and cant get out?? I dont get it…when all u associate teh religion with is violence.. but would i blame u?? there is NO punishment for divorce, and if a woman or man get out of a marriage for frivolous reasons, its between him/herself and their God.. dont make a statement wihtout knowing what u are talking about, it’l make people think less of u, especially if it is offensive. good day

    • Hadi November 27, 2010 at 8:26 PM

      The only thing more pathetic than a person who dose not know and dose not seek to is a person that dose not know but says the most usless things and pretend 2 be an authority on everything.Have ever heard,witnessed or read of a muslim being stoned bcos they divorced and remarried?Pls keep ur poisinous,vindictive and ignorant comments 2 ur self,if u are not botherd 2 get ur facts straight.