IT was certainly a gathering of who-is-who in Nigeria’s socio-political scene on Saturday, November 21, 2015, when Dr. Oluwafemi Olawale Adefulire, son of former deputy governor of Lagos State, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire got traditionally engaged to his beau of many years, Miss Temitope Aminat Agbomeji.
The traditional/engagement ceremony held at the prestigious event centre, Ruby Gardens, on Lekki-Epe Expressway, had in attendance, Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajia Aishat Buhari, the Vice President’s wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, All Progressives Congress leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinuub and so many dignitaries.
ENCOMIUM Weekly was also there and we interviewed the groom and his mother.
‘She is beautiful inside out’
Congratulations on your wedding.
Thank you very much.
How and where did you and Temitope meet?
That is a long story.
Cut it short.
That was in 2007. She came to our college (Lagos State College of Medicine). Although, she came to see her cousin. I met her when I was playing football and she just passed by the pitch. I enquired about her and a colleague of mine said she was his neighbor, that they lived in the same estate. I got her house address from my colleague and I started visiting her house.
What would you say was the attraction?
It is her beauty. But I later found out she was not only beautiful outside but inside too.
How did you propose to her?
I did it in the room, on her birthday. That was in 2013. I wanted to take her for a dinner date. She said she did not want a dinner. So, I did it in the room and she said yes.
What is your expectation from this marriage?
We started as friends. We are still friends and we are going to be friends forever.
How many children are you planning for?
Whatever God gives us, but it shouldn’t be more than two or three.
‘I thank the Almighty God for the grace’
Congratulations on your son’s traditional wedding, ma.
We thank God.
How do you feel today seeing your son getting married?
I am full of joy and I thank the Almighty God for the grace. He is a son I am proud of. He is very reliable, responsible, brilliant and cool-headed young man. He has made the family proud. I thank God that he is now a man.
Was it something you have been expecting for long?
Of course, yes. Every mother will expect any of her children to get married when they are ripe for it. I thank God that the day has come, the day that God Almighty made. I give Him all the glory.
How much of Temitope would you say you know?
I would say my son is very lucky to have Temitope as a wife. She has been like a daughter to me since I knew her. She is responsible and diligent.
What will be your advice to the couple?
They should make God the cornerstone of their marriage. They should always pray together. They know that coming together as husband and wife requires patience, tolerance and prayer. The God that has sustained we their parents will also sustain them. We, as parents will not stop counseling them that marriage is a life contract between man and a woman.
What is your prayer for them?
I pray that God Almighty would stand by them and bless them with beautiful children.