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’.
Mr. Real: Street style savvy
Uchenna Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Real or Mr. ‘Legbegbe’ is a hip hop musician and the rave of the moment in the Nigerian music world.
Following the release of his single late in 2017, it became one of the most played songs in the clubs, radio stations and topping charts nationwide, he has become a household name and one of the most featured artists on the scene.
Mr. Real, who is one of the pioneer promoters of the rave of the moment dance style
Shaku Shaku,’ performed at the finale of the just concluded 2018 BBNaijaDouble Wahala’ reality show.
Born and raised in Abule Egba, Lagos, Mr. Real is an Igbo boy that speaks Yoruba very well. He was a member of the defunct Plantashun Boiz band, which also had Tubaba and Faze as members. The fast-rising street pop artiste has been featured by Dbanj, Jaywon and other popular singers. He is also a nominee for the 2018 Headies Award for Best Street-Hop Artiste, along with Small Doctor, Olamide, CDQ and other artistes. Mr. Real has landed a recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment Africa.
He spots natural dreadlocks which he styles to suit his mood and style. He loves to wear dark shades and dress up in the hip street style reminiscent of American rappers.
I don’t mind being called ‘old’ musician
African China was among the ‘happening’ musicians back in the days. But even as so many people would feel that his time has passed and the younger generation of artistes has overtaken him, the artiste said he doesn’t mind when he is being referred to as ‘old’ musician.
“I actually feel happy being called ‘old’. Yes, I am a musician of yesterday because I am not a child anymore. It is not an insult; it is an accolade. It is a good thing these young guys are here now doing their stuff. For me, you must be a good role model. We should not forget that everything that has time has season. Their time will pass too.
“You know in Nigeria, once you keep quiet for some time, people feel you are old and there is nothing new coming from you. But if you are able to show them that you still have that creative mind, it goes a long way. The business is all about creativity. So, over the years, I have been working under ground doing my stuff. I have come to realise that my kind of music has its time and season and I think this is the time.”
No matter how many artistes have come after him, African China still believes he made good use of the time he was prominent.
“Many of the people in my generation cannot work with their heads held high like I do today. I did not spend money lavishly on women, drinks or drugs. I now have something to fall back to. I don’t go all over the place to look for sponsors; if I want to do certain things, I will do it.
“I made good use of my time. I partied a lot, I drank too, but I used my head and I did not abuse my time. I only partied when I was invited to a party. I don’t just follow friends to the bar. I don’t smoke, I never smoked.”
African China still believes that no matter the number of young generation on the scene at the moment, he would still be relevant.
“I was relevant 20 years ago when I sang Crisis and 19 years ago when I sang Mr. President,” he said.
Many actresses were envious of my skin colour
Nollywood actress, Queeneth Hilbert has claimed so many of her colleagues were so jealous of her when she came into Nollywood especially because of her skin colour.
The bi racial actress whose father is Lebanese, said some Nollywood actresses saw her as a threat and weren’t comfortable with her sudden rise in the industry.
“I would say my skin colour brought me this far in the industry. When I came into Nollywood, there were lots of envy because of the colour of my skin. But over the years, they had to accept me for who I am. There was nothing they can do about it; my colour is here to stay.
“I was surprised when I was nominated as the most beautiful girl in Nollywood. I hadn’t even stayed up to two years in the industry when that nomination came. I felt good but I wasn’t comfortable initially. It brought some kind of ‘beef’ between me and my older colleagues. But now, I don’t even listen to what people say. I do my thing. If I had listened to what people say about me, I wouldn’t have reached this level in my career. People will always talk.
“When I was much younger, people didn’t want to be around me because of my complexion. Back then, I was the lightest girl in school. I was always noticed and so many people weren’t happy about it just the same way it is in Nollywood. People are just getting to accept me now,” she said.
Even with some controversies that have trailed her since she joined the industry, Queeneth said she wouldn’t bulge and she is not ready to leave the industry.
“I intend to remain an actor, I am not planning to quit. I don’t care about the scandals that come with the nature of my job. People see me as controversial. I try to avoid controversies but yet, they keep coming. There is nothing else I can do about it. I have developed a thick skin,” she said.
A single mother of one, Queeneth explained in bits why the relationship with the father of her son didn’t work out.
“It didn’t work out with my ex. I met him along the same time I started doing something that makes me happy and that is acting. If along the line he decided that I should quit acting because he wanted to make me his wife, that will not work. For now, I intend to focus on my career. I don’t want any form of distraction. For now, I have not seen any man I would want to get married to. When I see him, I will know. It is not easy to be a single mum anyway.”
Talking about what how her future would be, Queeneth said, “I want to have a foundation and I want to produce my own movies. I plan to become better.”
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