The year 2017 has been a very eventful one. We saw celebrities in the entertainment industry and children of the rich and politicians walk down the aisle in all shades of glamour; leaving us spellbound with lovely themes, beautiful coordination, fascinating loves stories and fantastic pictures filled with magic and romance from the stables of the rich and famous. These weddings were star studded, flashy; expensive and fairy tale in nature, the likes of which dreams were made of. The pageantry that trailed these celebrity weddings kept us hooked on some of them online as we faithfully kept watch for the latest photos from their nuptials while others kept things low key and private. VANESSA OKWARA AND ELIZABETH AKINDELE x-ray celebrity weddings of 2017; glamourous in nature we won’t be forgetting in a hurry
Neya Orji Uzor Kalu and Lawrence Iyere’s wedding
The beautiful daughter of politician and businessman, Orji Uzor Kalu, Neya, and her lover, Lawrence Iyere, beamed majestically as they walked down the aisle on Thursday, December 21, 2017. The solemnisation of the holy matrimony was held at the Catholic Church of the Assumption, Ikoyi, Lagos with the reception at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.
It was indeed a glamourous wedding as the venue of the reception was lit with beautiful decoration and attended by the creme de la creme of society. Some dignitaries present at the ocassion include: Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, MD Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo and other chieftains of the All Progressive Congress APC.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s daughter’s wedding
Tosin, daughter of Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki, held her white wedding in Lagos on October 29, 2017 and APC chieftains all stormed the wedding to support the family. This wedding was tagged mother of all weddings as it was estimated to have gulped over 200 million naira! The events venues were many and spread over two months in three states. Ilorin (Kwara), Lagos and Abuja (federal capital territory) hosted the introduction, traditional engagement, registry, church, reception, party and many more. As they entertained guests in thousands, the expenses were enormous. Some of the dignitaries who attended the wedding include; Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, Lai Mohammed, Bola Tinubu, John Oyegun, Ben Bruce and many other dignities.
Halima Babangida and Auwal Abdullai
Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida’s daughter, Halima Babangida married Sarkin Sudan of Gombe, Auwal Abdullahi in a grand series of events culminating in the luxe wedding dinner which took place on May 12, 2017 at her home town Minna, Niger State. The glamourous event saw the presence of the high and mighty in the society. The venue was accentuated with strings of crystals and white paper clouds hanging from the ceiling. Intricate ornaments such as Grecian busts and glass centrepieces were also infused in the décor while a bed of flowers and candles surrounded the three-tier cake.
Folorunsho Alakija’s son, Folarin’s wedding
Folarin Alakija, who is one of the sons of the world’s richest black woman, Folorunsho Alakija married Iranian beauty, Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in an extravagant wedding at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, June 10, 2017 which is estimated to have cost around £5m (about N2billion). The Woodstock venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was adorned with one million white roses. The wedding cake is said to have cost £10,000, standing at 12-feet tall and comprising eight tiers with flowers donning it. The venue was exclusively hired at a cost of £150,000 with the bespoke marquee and bespoke marble floor with their initials etched in gold costing around £200,000.
Adesua Etomi and Bankole Wellington
Nollywood sweetheart, Adesua Etomi and her then lover, Banky W first got the attention of the internet back in May when they announced their engagement with a photo. It was one of the least expected events of the year but a joyous one nonetheless. Then came the wedding tagged #BAAD2017. The social media was at a halt as their traditional wedding ceremony which took place on the 19th of November took over the web. Following on its heel was their white wedding which took Africa on the 25th of November. It was all love as celebrities turned out in mass to celebrate with this lovely pair. It is definitely a ceremony nobody will be forgetting in a hurry.
Ibikunle Amosun’s daughter, Ayomide and Abike Dabiri-Erewa’s son, Oladipo
Ibikunle Amosun’s daughter, Ayomide and Abike Dabiri-Erewa’s son, Oladipo tied the knot in Abeokuta on July 8. 2017. The ceremony was as expected, a large and colourful affair with a guest list of societies finest. As expected, the event was attended mainly by heavyweights in politics such as Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.
Stephanie Coker and Olumide Adenirokun
Beloved media girl, Stephanie had the whole of Lagos turning up for her trendy traditional wedding to Olumide Adenirokun in December 2016. Afterwards, it was a countdown to her destination wedding which took place in Greece on August 1st 2017.This was also an avenue for her to exhibit
her fashionable personality when she wore three bespoke outfits for the ceremony. The event was a celebration straight out of a fairy tale.
Mustafa Indimi and Hadiza Sheriff
Mustafa Indimi and Hadiza Sheriff married in Maiduguri on January 14, 2017. The groom is Mohammed Indimi’s son and the bride is Ali-Modu Sheriff’s niece. The couple’s huge ceremony was held at the Indimi Mosque in Maiduguri and was witnessed by quite a large number of friends and well-wishers, including Borno State Governor. Kashim Shettima, his Deputy, Hon Usman Durkwa, Senator Ali Ndume, former Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Sani Yerima among several others.
Prince Aderemi Sijuwade and Olabisi Folawiyo
It was love and royalty as Prince Aderemi Sijuwade, son of the former Ooni of Ife and Olabisi Folawiyo took their marriage vows in Lagos on March 11, 2017. The Lagos society stood still, as the families of Sijuwade and Folawiyo played hosts to a galaxy of personalities, who gathered to witness the traditional marriage ceremony of their children. Labisi is one of the most outstanding make-up artists in the society. She is the brain behind FACES By Labisi, the upscale make-up studio in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi.
Oristefemi and Nabila
Popular musician, Oritsefemi Majemite Ekele known as Oritsefemi also walked down the aisle with his beautiful wife Nabila Fash this year. The event kick-started with the traditional marriage which held in the early hours of the day followed by the colourful white wedding in Lagos. It had a host of celebrities in attendance.
Omoniyi Makun and Grace Onuoha
It was a love-filled day for Omoniyi Makun popularly known as Yomi Casual and his sweetheart, Grace Onuoha. The couple’s special day started with a romantic outdoor ceremony and then to the glitz of the reception on the 14th October 2017. As expected, there was a long list of celebrity guests including several popular faces who were part of Yomi’s ‘groom’s squad’.
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