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Funke Bucknor-Obruthe plans a “Royal Nigerian Wedding” on CNN International’s Inside Africa – Video & Photos



We were screaming with glee all through the weekend as we watched the CNN International’s Inside Africa show focused on Nigerian Weddings!

The team including CNN’s Christian Purefoy followed the planning journey for Olawunmi Taiwo and Taiwo Olashore‘s beautiful wedding. The royal wedding (the groom’s dad is an Oba) was planned by event planner extraordinaire, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe of Zapphire Events. Zapphire’s sister company, Furtullah did the decor for both the traditional and white wedding.

Banke Meshida-Lawal of BM Pro was also featured in the report as she did the bride’s makeup for both occasions. Aso-Ebi by Adeyinka Osilesi and the cakes for both occasions by Omotayo Adeniji of Buttercup. The venue for both ceremonies was HarbourPoint in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Sometimes when the international media reports on US, they totally miss the mark. We are so happy that the world got to see a positive representation of one of our most beloved ceremonies – a beautiful Nigerian wedding.

Planning a Royal Nigerian Wedding

The Traditional Nigerian Engagement

A Royal Wedding in Lagos

Sneak Peek of the Wedding Photos

Photo Credit: CNN International | Zapphire


  1. Anonymous

    August 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Lams and Maimuna both look Gorgy!!!!!!

    • stranger

      August 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      why do i av a feeling dis is jibby and her comment??

  2. Kemchi

    August 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Nice! It’s abt time too.


    August 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm


  4. Deola Adelekun

    August 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    yay!!!!! L&T!!!!!!!

  5. Luvlyn

    August 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    The bride Olawumni was my senior in secondary skool.(Corona secondary skool). She and d other in d second pic. She looks absolutely gorgeous. HAPPY MARRIED life!!!

  6. Disbabe

    August 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    wow i love the cake please who has the cake lady’s details

  7. tatafo

    August 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Very very nice!!
    And the cake is spectacular.

  8. Yetty

    August 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    very nice!

  9. buks

    August 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    haha…He said “I should prostrate abi”? LWKMD

    • Bertha

      September 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Hahaha! I laugh with you on this one jare! thot I was the only one who heard His talk…………..hahaha.

  10. AdaAda

    August 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Excellent! I love Funke’s personality.


    August 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    LOL!!!! is that oyinbo price?

  12. Godlovesme4me

    August 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely…very nice!!

  13. bebe

    August 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    that cake is beyond stunning!wow!!!!!!!!!!!…..and d couple’s lounge is beautiful!

  14. nooooooo

    August 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    i have a hugggeeeeeee CRUSH on christian purefoy!he looks sooo dapper in trad!!btw funke seems sooo fun, i can see y she loves planning weddings!

  15. funke bucknor obruthe

    August 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    truly humbled. this wedding was fab fab fab

    • dolapo gbodimowo

      August 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      so proud of u sis.

  16. dolapo gbodimowo

    August 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    So proud of my big sis, she always sets the standard. Beautiful Wedding. Proud of FBO

  17. aosgrl

    August 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Ahn ahn Christian ma tin gbo ede wa oh. Them no go fit sell am for lagos again lol.

  18. aosgrl

    August 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I love my culture. well some aspects of it lol. Good job on the reporting and happy married life to the couple.

  19. Gidi'More Girl

    August 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Wow! Now that’s a wedding. And I love her dress toooooo…
    Naija: we always do it big!

  20. foolish talk

    August 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm


  21. Anonymous

    August 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    oooooo forgot to say Happy Birthday Maimuna Maibe hehe

  22. Pearl

    August 9, 2011 at 12:24 am

    We thank the Lord! It was a fun wedding to plan. Nice couple, good service providers, great CNN team, Professional and fun FBO doing her thing! Yay!!!

  23. Anonymous

    August 9, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Don’t know what to say .. things getting out of hand now!!!.. beautiful event all them same. Glad i got married before the wedding boom took off , if not pressure!!!

  24. Aibee

    August 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Nice. That Christian dude is fine, hmmpf. Glad to see BM growing her hair again. The bride really glowed. Oya o, BN when are you going to upload the Wedding Glam and the Wedding Photos o? We, or should I say I, dey wait.

  25. Keyode

    August 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Lol Funke is still the same! I have known her since secondary school and she is still the same energetic person she was then
    Although, back then it was more jeans and tees!

  26. Temi

    August 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    That cake…

  27. cathy

    August 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    this is the sure thing jor. naija carry go““““““““““““““`

  28. Straight4ward

    August 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    That cake is just wow!!!!….BUTTER CUP! always representing!

  29. Fashion police

    August 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm


  30. Lola X

    August 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm


    Lola x, London

  31. ugowoundo

    August 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    ……..i love this and i knew her in 2008………YEAH!!….my client is married.

  32. WeTalkNaija

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 am

    This was such a great coverage and the wedding was just beautiful. That cake though, I want!
    Btw, Christian understands our naija vendors oh, N6000 for 4 yards, loool.

  33. Ruth

    August 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm


  34. tollahballoh

    August 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    that cake, that cake….go Funke and Banke!

  35. doll

    August 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    cake on wheels….nice overall

  36. man eater

    August 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    i stumbled upon this feature on cnn over d weekend. lovely wedding. groom was kinda nervous during d interview. But wait o, is this not5 a moslem wedding again? complete with cake, wedding gown and bridal train. hmmmm

  37. AJCiti

    August 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Fabulous, I’m so happy to see a positive depiction of Nigeria in the Media. Our culture is so beautiful!

  38. AO

    August 11, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Beautiful wedding, BUT a Yoruba wedding is not representative of Nigerian wedding given that we are a multi-ethnic nation with many groups, i.e, Igbo, Hausa, Ijaw, etc. Therefore, to present to the world a Yoruba wedding as a Nigerian wedding is misleading and offensive to those that are Nigerian and not Yoruba.

    • kogi chick

      August 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      nawa o…some people must sha vex…anyways, it was a lovely wedding….great post BN

    • ch

      August 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      I agree with u o Kogi chick, wat is offensive in this matter now?

    • AO

      August 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

      Your comment is nonresponsive. Try again.

    • anonymous

      August 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      But the presenter specified it was yoruba….and last I checked yoruba people were still Nigerian. If you are offended go and hug a transformer

    • Ojeikere Daniel

      August 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      You know sometimes,a couple of us are a bit myopic in reasoning.The reporter is perfectly informed about our crosss-fuctional diversities and reports in good light ok!

  39. angel eyes

    August 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

    i love love love that cake

  40. tayo adeniji buttercups

    August 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    fab wedding lovely bride and groom it was an absolute delight working with the bride enjoyed everybit of crafting the cakes thanks for the kind comments

  41. jennietobbie

    August 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm


  42. 4la

    August 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    @AO,na wa o.dis ur bad belle,the bride kept on sayin yoruba dis,yoruba dat,she didnt put every1 in d same basket.nice weddin jare.

  43. Blackberry

    August 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    its official, I love Funke!!! she has not changed one bit. I love real people.

  44. sessi

    August 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    they are gorgeous arnt they????she was my senior in sec school, (lovelyn, am repeating your words)….lovely wedding tho, am proud, lol

  45. Mayen Ola

    August 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Nice and lovely wedding! AO, pls dont luk 4 trouble where there is none. Is it impossible to be happy that Nigeria is being portrayed in a good light? Learn to just enjoy without reading (imaginary) meanings that will distort the good work done! I SAY GREEN WHITE GREEN, CARRY GO JOOOOOO!

  46. juliet

    March 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    That cake is da Bomb,Can i get their contact?

  47. Funke BUCKNOR obruthe

    April 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks guys for the wonderful comments. We thank God

  48. Etom Akpama

    March 11, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Nice planning. I love it

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