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Biggest weddings of 2017

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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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Meet newly fortified Nollywood actresses

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It’s said life begins at 40 and this is aptly so for some of our top actresses who reached that age recently. These beautiful ladies have made remarkable achievements in their journey as Nollywood thespians as most of them started acting when they were so young. ABIOLA ALABA PETERS brings to you top actresses who recently turned 40 with various movies, awards and endorsements to show for it

 

Foluke Daramola

On February 15, 2018, busty screen diva, Foluke Daramola turned 40. She is still looking very sexy and exudes glamour anywhere she appears. She has used her poise to win several awards and endorsement deals with major brands in the country. The proud and beautiful mother recently shared lovely birthday photos and also celebrated with people with Down syndrome and the Blind People’s Home with a photo-documentary series. According to her, she will be using the series as a reposition on all forms of abuses and menace in the society through her non-governmental organisation, Passion Against Rape and Abuse Africa. “I feel so moved to tears, with my birthday celebration everywhere. I thank everyone that has been celebrating me and all my family and friends; thanks so very much for the celebration, may celebration never depart from your lives, God bless you all abundantly for the love, I feel really loved and special for all the show of love”. Foluke graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife with a degree in International Relations.

 

Funke Akindele Bello

 

Award winning actress, Funke Akindele Bello turned 40 on August 24, 2017. The ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ star was treated to a surprise birthday celebration by her husband, hip-hop singer and producer, Rasheed-Bello aka JJC skillz. It was a star-studded celebration, as family, friends, and colleagues stormed their Amen Estate home. Funke, who is one of the most sought after Nigerian actresses on Google, could not hide her joy as she took to her Instagram to thank everyone that made her day memorable. Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde Bello was born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. She was first noticed on screen after featuring in popular United Nations series on Aids/HIV, ‘I Need to Know’, which ran from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. She rose to stardom, through her produced movies, ‘Return of Jenifa’. Funke Akindele has over a hundred movies to her credit as an actress, writer and producer.

 

Omotola Jalade Ekehinde

 

Popularly known as Omo Sexy. Omotola is not just another actress but a proud mother of four. Omotola got married to her husband who is a pilot at the age of 18 and ever since she has been a super actress and mum to her four children. The Ondo State-born multiple-award winning actress, who also doubles as singer got ‘fortified’ on February 7, 2018. She celebrated her special day with a five-day long list of events. The United Nations Ambassador was also rumoured to have spent a whopping sum of N15 million for her birthday celebration. Omotola is one of the very few entertainers who is quite an icon when it’s comes to fashion. Beyond her show business accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming the most watched actress in Africa. In 2013, she was honoured on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton.

 

Mercy Aigbe

 

The Edo State-born actress surely knows how to make 40 look so sexy! Although there have been so many controversies around her; from a messy divorce with her husband of many years to the controversial red dress she wore to celebrate her 40th birthday, the newly ‘fortified’ damsel took to her social media page on her 40th birthday to reveal how happy and fulfilled she is, “Today I witness the unfolding of a new chapter in my life and I’m very grateful for this. For many years I have looked forward to the day I will turn 40 and now I am happy it has finally come”. Mercy Aigbe is a household name in Nollywood, especially in the Yoruba genre of the film industry. The Benin, actress has one of the sexiest bodies in the industry despite having two children. She graduated from the University of Lagos.

 

Iyabo Ojo

 

Iyabo Ojo is one sexy Nollywood actress who has successfully carved a niche for herself in the make-believe world. The proud mother of two is one of the few actresses who have tried to stay off controversies. Iyabo is a powerful lady who has been able to mesmerise men even at the ripe age of 40. Attractive and industrious, the single mother is as hot as ever. Iyabo Ojo is an actress who started her career as far back as 1998. She made her debut in a Nollywood movie but later crossed into the Yoruba genre. She is an A-list actress and producer and has featured in over 150 movies. Born in Lagos, Nigeria but hails from Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, South-western Nigeria. She obtained her West Africa School Certificate at National College, Gbagada in Lagos before she proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic where she received a Diploma certificate in Estate Management.

 

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Deji Doherty lays father to rest in style

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Engineer Deji Doherty is known to different people for various things. While the dude is cherished by some for his business acumen which has helped him succeed in whatever he puts his hands, the chubby and tiny voiced power dresser to others is a man who deserves to be held in high esteem in his constituency as a politician who stands for his people.

 

While it is an established fact that this handsome politician is highly concerned about the wellbeing of the people, the PDP Chieftain, it has been discovered is also passionate about his father. The father, at the ripe age of 84, after a brief illness passed on.

 

 

The former Lagos State governorship aspirant said he was so close to his father that he didn’t believe he had passed on until when he and his brother took the corpse to the morgue. After several weeks of planning and burial arrangement, the deceased was committed to mother earth penultimate weekend.

 

With the status of the deceased as well as that of his children who are all doing very well in their various fields of endeavour, Pa Doherty could not have asked for more if it was possible as the burial process which took place both in Ibadan and Lagos was nothing short of a befitting burial. Pa Julius Adetunji Doherty,

 

from popular Lagos family was a medical doctor and successful businessman.

 

 

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Hot bespoke Asoebi styles

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Have you noticed that the traditional ‘Asoebi’ styles of skirt and blouse has eventually fizzled out? Everyone wants something ‘bespoke”.

 

At weddings bride and guests have become even more tasteful in their choices. Everyone wants to stand out; they want their outfits to have that egoistic personality!

 

The bespoke ‘Asoebi’s’ have enchanting features that make them unique.

 

So come with detailed sleeves and freaky designs that set you apart even if the fabric is an ‘Asoebi’ for a party where every other person invited to the occasion is likely to come with the same fabric.

 

Bespoke outfits are clean with sophisticated appeal. Floral details, ruffles, feathers and embroidered outfits are some of the major highlights of Nigerian traditional weddings and we love as ladies slay in these hot ensembles.

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