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Anita and Paul Okoye of PSquare Got Legally Married Today – All the Scoop!

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Paul Okoye and Anita Okoye, who had their traditional wedding ceremony last year have legalized their union today at the Ikoyi Registry!

After seeing their cute pre-wedding shoot, we have been eagerly counting down to their white wedding ceremony.

For their special day Paul Okoye was joined by his twin brother Peter Okoye and Anita was styled by Lilian Unachukwu.

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Congratulations to the couple!

For her beauty look, here’s what Lilian had to say, Getting the beautiful @anita_okoye ready for her court registry. She said she wanted to look like she walked in her closet and pulled out her outfit. So I decided to keep it #simpleandclassy. A lil lace detail for the special occasion.We decided neutrals and she seemed happy.#happyclienthappystylist. Wishing her and Paul God’s blessings on this special day #AnitaandPaul#2015loading’

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Photo Credit: Instagram

59 Comments

  1. God's favorite

    January 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    congratulations

    • MOSIWOMEKA

      January 22, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      THERE’S BEAUTY IN SIMPLICITY HONESTLY, THIS GIRL IS VERY FINE. MAY GOD BLESS THEIR UNION AND GIVE THEM A PEACEFUL HOME. SEE HOW SHE’S SO CUTE. AIYAH, IT’S WELL.
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  2. nne

    January 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Simplicity at its peak. I admire your humility Anita. May God bless your union.

  3. Anon

    January 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    There’s beauty in simplicity.

  4. concerned

    January 22, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Haba! No Dubai wedding, Tom Ford suit or Vera Wang gown?! Mba!!!(wailing with my hands on my head).
    Lol, just kidding. Stunning couple. Classy, elegant bride. May God protect you and give you so many years of joy, laughter, love and more babies (if you want more babies, that is). HML

    • Errrrrrm

      January 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Stop displaying ignorance here jo….This is a registry wedding to formally legalise their union. The white wedding which is ceremoial/religious will happen thereafter. No need for concern love.

    • concerned

      January 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      I’m sure you read that I stated clearly “LOL, JUST KIDDING”. If you didn’t I will take the liberty to write it in caps: “LOL, JUST KIDDING”, “LOL, JUST KIDDING” and once again “LOL, JUST KIDDING!!!” Have a good day, dearest.

    • concerned

      January 26, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      *of*
      Stupid typo.

    • concerned

      January 26, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Sorry oo, it wasn’t a typo afterall #okbye

  5. Ada

    January 22, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Lilian the stylist, so this is the outfit you put together for a registry wedding? Ok o

    • Anon

      January 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      If Anita didn’t like it, she could have easily said no. Let’s try something else.

    • jessica

      January 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Can you say something nice and pass? or just shut up! do you have a man? or single? to each their own..they are happy together, respect that please! and we all know they have the money for whatever.

    • M

      January 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Na wa o! I don’t think she meant it that way. I think she meant that this is not what you’ll typically expect someone to wear to court. You people go from 0-1000 real quick!

    • Cece

      January 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

      You are silly

    • ATl's finest

      January 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thank U ADA!!!! She’s cute no doubt but there’s nothing there to style or put together .. We should learn how to use words properly @BN. But, I adore her

    • hummm

      January 22, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Now that was a READ.LOL

  6. ejogene

    January 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Anita is beautiful. HML

  7. Akua

    January 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    These two make a really lovely couple. Congratulations, and I pray for happiness, peace, and love in your family.

  8. IB

    January 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    A random question, is a traditional wedding recognised legally in Nigeria. I had an argument with a colleague sometime ago cause he was of the opinion that trad and white weddings are recognised legally in Nigeria and having an extra court wedding is unnecessary. Someone please clarify

    • anonymous

      January 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      your friend is veryyyyyyyyyyyy right, in naija court wedding is jus an xtra

    • bae

      January 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      No your wrong court is what is recognized on under the law. Especially if you want legal rights like 2wives fighting for property

    • M

      January 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      I’m not sure but I don’t think traditional weddings are legally recognized. I know some white weddings are because some churches can now issue the legal marriage certificate. If the church can then a court wedding is not necessary.

    • Nahum

      January 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Court weddings are the only legally recognized weddings in Nigeria. However, some orthodox churches like the Catholic Church have legal recognition of their marriage certificates and in such cases, court weddings are unnecessary. Traditional weddings are not legally recognized

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Traditional weddings are recognized under customary law and customary law is an acknowledged part of our national body of laws. Also, a formal marraige license can be obtained from any customary court within the region your marriage was conducted in; can’t remember what the procedure is and I don’t know if a lot of couples even apply for the license after the rites. The catch is that Nigerian customary law is made up of traditional practices so if you decide to formalize your marriage only under one unique traditional system, whatever legal steps that might be taken later on have to be taken under that same system (e.g. divorce, child custody, division of property, etc).

      Registry weddings are carried out under Nigerian statutory law and binding across the board (i.e. your marriage is recognized by all courts of the land, except that you can’t get a divorce in the customary courts). However, weddings conducted in a church may or may not be binding, depending on whether the officiating church and minister are registered to award the couple with a marriage license.

      Maybe explaining why a lot of Nigerian couples opt for either the traditional marraige or registry wedding first, before having a ceremony in church.

    • adelegirl

      January 23, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Thank you Mz SA! Totally spot on. I am shocked that some think the registry wedding is an unnecessary extra when you have the traditional. I mean, do you want your marriage to be decided by customary courts if anything goes awry? Have you been to a customary court proceeding before? The customary court panel are not actual judges or legal professionals and can be arbitrary sometimes in making their rulings. Please except you were joined in a church duly licensed to carry out marriages and issues marriage licenses under the MCA, then you do have to go to registry first. In fact, some churches will not even join you until you show your registry certificate.

    • Ice

      January 23, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      just to chip in, Customary Courts have the powers to dissolve a marriage which was performed under native law and customs. i.e Traditional marriages…….Lawyer

    • Miss_Flygerian

      January 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Traditional weddings are NOT recognized legally. You have to do a court wedding or a wedding in a marriage registry licensed church (like Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, headquarters of big pentecostal churches) before your marriage certificate can be issued. It is this certificate that will be accepted by embassies and the likes.

    • deb

      January 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      In Nigeria, there are two types of marriage
      1. Customary
      2. Legal

      Customary: under the the customary marriage a marriage is valid between two people who have entered into it with consent of both families, exchange of gifts depending on the cultural norm&ultimately payment of the bride price or dowry as the case maybe. However it should be noted that it provides for One man and many women. Sharia/Islamic law is also categorised under this.

      Legal : this is the marriage between a man&a wife to the exclusion of all others. A certificate is issued from a recognised marriage registry or recognised religious institutions(churches) another marriage with another person while still married under the law attracts 7 years imprisonment.

      While marriage here is between one man and one wife, under customary law there is no exclusivity so it’s between one man and many women, if a man marries different women at different times under customary law he is not guilty of bigamy.

      Marriage under customary law and in the court registry to the same person is known as double deck marriage.

      If you have any other questions do not hesitate to ask.

    • NaijaPikin

      January 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Your friend is absolutely wrong. Traditional marriages are not legally binding. Thats why you see folks who have multiple wives marry the extra wives traditionally (to avoid being charged with bigamy).

      Most of the new generational/pentecoastal churches aren’t licensed to issue marriage certificates. To get a binding marriage certificate, your best bet is to get married in an Anglican, Catholic, Methodists church. (Confirm with the church that they issue before your committ)

      I’m not sure how it works for muslims. hope this helps. no enter 1 chance oh

    • M

      January 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Many of the Pentecostal churches are now licensed too. One of my cousins did court and white wedding in RCCG and she got pretty much the same certificate.

    • slice

      January 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      It depends. The courts only recognize ur court wedding as the so called legal wedding this doesn’t mean ur trad wedding and church or mosque wedding r of no value to the courts or others. But if u want legal rights to be acknowledgede, u need a ct wedding in nigeria

    • Daisy

      January 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Customary law recognises traditional wedding so long as all the dues were paid and every single rite was met. Courts will still honor a wedding performed traditionally as long as there’s proof of all these and witnesses too

    • jojo

      January 22, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      It is recognized if you register it in court. Hmmmm. You both need to go to court!!!!

    • IB

      January 23, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Thanks a lot guys, very informative answers here. Just to be safe I will do all, better safe than sorry.

  9. kenitola

    January 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    HAPPY MARRIED LIFE…… MR AND MRS PAUL OKOYE

  10. jummai

    January 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    ….aproko and what the hell is wrong with the outfit oooooo

  11. Ginika

    January 22, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    see advertisment! A few articles ago, the ‘tory’ was that there were only a few good stylists in Nigeria, with some industry heavy weights mentioned in that article and now *drum-roll*, we get a comment from a stylist! *clapping*

    • joh

      January 22, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      huh?

  12. frankteacher

    January 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    UNCONVENTIONAL, not a white dress.
    I like.
    fulfilling all righteousness, abi?
    congratulations to the couple.

  13. achiever

    January 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    9ice cople.. Oluwa gozie unu.

  14. Chelukwa

    January 22, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Anita, asa nwa!

  15. ibiye

    January 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Paul and Anita alwys do their thing simple,not extravagantly,i love them. Congrats to them.

  16. Lady

    January 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Nice outfit but would not have worn those shoes – personal preference don’t like those spiky’s on a dress. Pencil jeans maybe.

  17. zeb

    January 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Hippieeeee, i love them sooo much, beautiful couple. HML

  18. Someone Naughty

    January 22, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    There’s something about Anita, like you can’t help but like her. Plus I’ve never seen an ugly picture of her

  19. i no send

    January 22, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    ms socially akward has said it all….my wedding which was conducted in a anglican church is legally binding because the certificate issued is endorsed by the nigerian courts thank you

  20. Ene

    January 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Anita is so beautiful. Best wishes to them

  21. Julie

    January 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I love dis,Very simple not seeking attention. Wedding. HML

  22. Aibee

    January 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    There are 2 types of valid marriages recognised under Nigerian Law

    1. Customary Marriage
    2. Marriage under the Act.

    Customary Marriage is marriage performed according to the customary laws of a community. It follows the culture of the people and depending on the tribe , it would involve the payment of a bride price/dowry. In most Nigerian tribes, polygamy is legal, hence a man who married his first wife under customary law can marry as many wives as he so pleases. Any marriage conducted according to customary law can only be dissolved according to customary law. Also, when a couple marries under customary, all the issues that come with marriage/divorce will also have to be decided according to customary law e.g divorce, inheritance, sharing of property etc. In Nigerian law, Islamic Law and marriages contracted under Islamic law are categorised as customary marriages.

    MArriage under the Act means marriage performed pursuant to the Marriage Act. Under the marriage Act, if a man marries a woman under the Act, he commits the offence known as bigamy if he marries any other woman. If Mr. A marries Mrs A. under the Act, any subsequent marriage to Mrs. B, Mrs C will be null and void, regardless of whether he married Mrs. B by traditional law. As long as there is no order of divorce from Mrs. A pursuant to the Act, marrying any person under whatsoever law will be bigamy. Marriage under the Act can be conducted by any person licensed the Minister of Internal Affairs to conduct Marriages – this includes Marriage Registries/Registrars and Churches. Hence a Registry/Court Marriage is a marriage under the Act. A church can apply to the Minister for license to conduct marriages and once that license is granted to that church, then the Church can legally join couples in marriage, provided that the marriage is conducted by an ordained Minister of that church in that church’s recognised place of worship. A couple of churches that I know are licensed to conduct marriage include Anglican, Catholics and RCCG. If your church is not licensed to conduct a marriage under the Act, its best to have a Court wedding and a church blessing. Marriages conducted under the act can only dissolved pursuant to the same Act. Churches do not often dissolve marriages, hence even if the marriage is conducted by a church, recourse must be had to the Court for a dissolution. If you marry under the Act, inheritance, divorce, separation, sharing of property etc will also be determined according to statutory law, and not customary law.

    This is a summary of about half of the course content of JPL 301 – Family Law!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      I’m smiling here @ “JPL 301 – Family Law”

      Plus, where are my manners? Didn’t even wish the newlyweds (?? not sure I can use that term for them seeing as my earlier statement indicates they’re already recognized as a married couple under customary law) my sincere congratulations. Anita looks lovely and I hope you both always have joy and contentment in each other.

    • hummm

      January 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thx attorney Aibee.

    • chu

      January 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks, my question is why do people feel it’s necessary to do court at Ikoyi Registry? Local Govts also do it, I hear that Ikoyi’s own is more recognized internationally, is that true?

  23. hawttalkwithtosan.blogspot.ca

    January 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Choi, this babe’s effortless beauty has got me drooling. Simplicity is just the best i tell you.

  24. Vic

    January 22, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    So graceful Anita.God bless ur home.

  25. Anonymous

    January 22, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    The 22nd of January yet those hideous Christmas drapes are still hanging.

    Appalling

    Congrats to the couple in other news

  26. MsTilii

    January 22, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    am i the only one who absolutely utterly love this chic Anita Okoye. I call her Aniliscious.
    I think she is absolutely stunning and l love her graceful aura.
    They are so lucky to have each other. All the Okoyes wifes are good looking.
    Congratulations #AniLiscious. Happy Married Life

  27. Uteo

    January 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Those of you shouting “simplicity” here are you for real? Was her trad wedding simple? Who wears a vera wang dress to a registry wedding? Some people do not even bother with make-up artists for registry sef (which Anita did) It seems most of you live in dreamland where there are always handsome princes with brides draped in gold and sheer lace! hehehehehehehehe

  28. kanjo brandon

    January 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    i love that anita cos she is a very lucky who got married to a popular star i call aniliscious and they so lucky to have each other .i wish a happy married life

  29. Again

    February 10, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I personally have hugeee respect for Anita and her husband. They just act maturely, simple and elegant. And that Anita girl is fineee.. unlike the other twin, (not to put him down) but he’s a bit too showy and can be perceived as proud… I don’t know him personally though. Both wives are beautiful but Anita, she just looks like the perfect wifeyy… i love her

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