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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
Congrats to the couples.
Lets respect their fashion/husband/wife/life choices and keep things positive!