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BN Celebrity Weddings: Toyosi Phillips & Daniel Etim Effiong’s #3StrandCord #YorubaEfikMerger



Media personality Toyosi Phillips and actor/producer Daniel Etim Effiong recently tied the knot and we are so excited to bring you their BellaNaija Weddings feature.

Toyosi is an active member of the BellaNaija Community so, YAY, issa BN Wedding.

Toyosi and Etim’s wedding festivities started with their introduction, which took place soon after the proposal. After that, it was time for the traditional engagement which took place in October 2017. As the bride is Yoruba, all the Yoruba engagement ceremony customs were completed. The couple also decided to infuse Etim’s Efik culture too – one of our favourite moments was when Toyosi surprised everyone with her Ekombi dance! This cultural melange is one of the reasons why one of their 3 wedding hashtags was #YorubaEfikMerger

The couple celebrated their white wedding tagged #3StrandCord, solemnized at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina followed by the reception and after-party at The Eventistry. All the wedding events were beautifully captured by the talented Kola Oshalusi of Insigna Media.

Here is a little back story of how Toyosi and Etim met.BellaNaija Weddings wishes the couple peace and lots love of love!

How We Met
by the Bride, Toyosi

I met Daniel face to face on a set of a project in Lagos. Before then I knew of him because of his character on Ndani TV’s Gidi Up. Folarin was and is still the best character on the show hands down *laughs*. Okay, everyone is really good but “Folarin” caught my eye then. Somehow we ended up working together last September and we’ve been together since then.

The Proposal
We were in Dubai for a vacation and it was his birthday. We had gone for dinner at a restaurant. I was trying to surprise him with a cake and singing waiters but the joke turned out to be on me because the waiters did come out singing the birthday song but then I saw one of the waiters hold up a “Will You Marry Me?” sign. I turned back to see my (now) husband on one knee with the ring and heard him ask me to marry him. I said Yes when I stopped crying and shaking like a leaf saying wait, what are you doing? Wait, wait ?

God First
It sounds so cliché but you honestly have to love and put God before the person you’re getting married to. Everything makes better sense that way. Our main hashtag was #3StrandCord got from Ecclesiastes 4:12 because we both understood how important it was not to go into the marriage alone – so 3 Strand Cord (Daniel, Toyosi, God. We’re all in this together!)

White Wedding


Traditional Engagement


White Wedding
Photography: @kolaoshalusi| @KunleHaastrup
Wedding Planners: Bride & Groom
Wedding Coordinators: @Holly_Events
Reception Location: @the_eventistry
Bride’s Dress: @elizabeth_r_empire
Accessories: @elizabeth_r_empire
Bride’s Reception Dress: @elizabeth_r_empire
Groom’s Suit: @Eragbae
Decor: @elizabeth_r_empire
Lights: @elizabeth_r_empire
Bouquet/Buttoners: @elizabeth_r_empire
Makeup: @iamdodos
Hair: Zainab at Maslaq Hq
Food: Bolad |Ccl | Ofadaboy | Shawarma Inc | Bbq Grill
Cocktails: Icebox Ng
Cake: Fimiesville
Dessert: Dessert Studio
Mcs: Oluwabibs | Seun Ajayi
Music: @beejaysaxb | @isaacgeralds
Dj: Dj Ocean
Photobooth: Photogenic

Traditional Engagement
Photography: @kolaoshalusi| @KunleHaastrup
Wedding Planners: Bride & Groom Wedding
Coordinators: @Holly_Events
Bride’s Outfit (Yoruba): @bisbodv
Bride’s Outfit (Efik): Fablane By Derin
Groom’s Outfit (Yoruba): @bisbodv
Bridesmaid Dresses: Moh Dress
Bride’s Reception Dress: Fablane By Derin
Accessories: Bride’s
Decor: @elizabeth_r_empire
Bride’s Hair (Efik): Isaac Bassey
Food: Bolad | Ofadaboy
Drinks: Icebox NG
Cocktails: @bvelixirs
Cake: @bakendalescakesng
Dessert: Fimiesville
Mcs: Mrs Adewale | Jeffrey Ekpeyong
Music: Lords Band
Eru Iyawo: Mrs Otanyi


  1. Tory

    November 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    So So beautiful! Congrats Etim and Toyosi

    • Red

      November 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Loooooove wins! Beautiful couple! May God bless the Etim Effiongs! ????????

  2. Toba Emmanuel

    November 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    whoow lovely thats what we are saying inter tribal marriage that would foster a national unity,whooww my Sister Toyosi taken by an Ibibio handsome guy,may the good Lord bless the union, what a colorful photographic events.

    • Welcome Toyosi

      November 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Efik guy actually.

  3. Sandra

    November 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    The groom is super handsome, Congratulations guys. God bless you.

  4. Omoh

    November 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Congratulations to the couple. I pray the 3 strand cord is never broken! Amen!… Please how come her tattoo disappears and appears?

    • Sherlie Holmes

      November 29, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Prob makeup, and it also appears that some of her dresses cover it up.

      Happy Married Life Beautiful People! That 3-strand chord will keep yall together for a couple of forevers!!! Amen!

  5. 'Deola

    November 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Lovely ! God bless your marriage.

  6. Ec

    November 28, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Oh my gosh. The way I am happy for Toyosi like she is my sister. Love this

  7. Ije

    November 28, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    This Etim guy is so dashing! Chai, see colorful union. Everything looking resplendent and beautiful.. I adore inter-tribal/interracial unions. God bless Etim and Toyosi!

  8. zzzzzzzzz

    November 29, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Lovely inter-cultural display, lovely bide and groom, lovely in laws, see CMS and Marina looking tush. I pray your union last forever. May we not hear any funny stories tomorrow. Amen

  9. Sijuade

    November 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Everything about this is beautiful. God bless their home

  10. I love Shea butter.

    November 29, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    This is so awesome, colourful and beautiful people everywhere .God bless your home.

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