HIGH society regrouped on Saturday, October 5, 2013, as Prince Bisi Olatilo’s daughter, Adewunmi Eunice exchanged marital vows with Ayotunde Samuel Funsho. The Lagos social scene reverberated as the couple were joined at Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry, Omole, Lagos. Guests were treated to a superb reception in the afternoon at 10 Degrees Event Centre, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.
THE LOVE STORY OF AYOTUNDE AND ADEWUNMI
The newly-wed, Ayotunde and Adewunmi Funsho, have known each other for over two years. Within this period, their relationship waxed stronger. According to the lovebirds, “We started as friends. We never knew it could end up in marriage.”
THEIR JOURNEY TO MATRIMONY
Ayotunde and Adewunmi’s journey into matrimony started in March 2013, with their introduction. Their traditional wedding came up seven months later on Thursday, October 3, 2013, and a superlative wedding which held on Saturday, October 5, 2013, all in Lagos.
Ayotunde and Adewunmi Funsho were joined in matrimony at the Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM), Omole, Lagos in grand style. The ceremony was supervised by the church’s senior pastor, Wole Oladiyun. He was assisted by Pastors Tony Uche, Imoh Ekpin, Sunday Oluwaleye and Evangelist Favour Ukaegbu.
DIGNITARIES WHO CAME FOR THE SOLEMNIZATION
High profile dignitaries stepped out for the solemnization of matrimony. The party was led by Lagos State First Lady, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Mrs. Maiden Ibru, Mrs. Joko Oni, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande, Erelu Abiola Dosumu, Hon. Tunde Akogun, Mrs. Cordelia Agboti, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite and his wife.
HIGH PROFILE NETWORKING IN CHURCH
High profile networking, back slapping and warm embrace went on inside the church ceaselessly. That was when the couple moved to the pastor’s office for the signing of the marriage register. Guests at the church fell over one another in attempt to exchange greetings with Dame Abimbola Fashola.
THE SHOWERS OF BLESSING
Just as the call for the Recessional Hymn, “There shall be showers of blessing” came up and the congregation opened the page on their programme booklet, the heavens opened up and there was rainfall. Many of the dignitaries at the church rushed into their cars and moved to the reception. The couple and their families were held up for sometime as they were busy with the photograph session.
INSIDE THE BRIDAL PARTY
12 people, mostly friends and family members of the couple, constituted the bridal train. The ladies, except the chief bride’s maid wore a red flamboyant gown. The men also dazzled in lovely grey suits.
WELCOME TO BLISS
The ambience inside the 10 Degrees, Oregun, Lagos venue of the reception was beautiful. The chandeliers were in full blast, the tables set for kings were decorated with flowers while the couple’s gazebo stood out inside the marquee.
EXPENSIVE AUTOMOBILES JOSTLE FOR SPACE
Wonder on wheels brought by dignitaries to the nuptials jostled for available spaces inside 10 Degrees Event Centre. Latest Rolls Royce, Escalade jeep, Mercedes Benz G-class, Ford Explorer and other high end cars were on parade.
CHAIRMAN OF THE OCCASION
The chairman of the reception was billionaire businessman, Chief Sonny Odogwu.
OONI, ESAMA SENT DELEGATES
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who is still abroad nursing an ailment and The Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Igbinedion sent their representatives. Among the Ooni’s representative was one of his sons, Aderemi Sijuwade. The Igbinedion brothers, Fred and Michael led the Esama team.
The children of Prince Bisi and Mrs. Folashade Olatilo rallied round one of their own, Adewunmi for her wedding. Adetola, the eldest of them came with her husband and two children. There was also in attendance Babajide and Adeola. The last child of the family, Adedapo couldn’t make it. He is in the United Kingdom studying.
A MINUTE SILENCE FOR AGAGU
There was a minute silence in honour of the departed former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu.
WARM GREETINGS FROM ASO ROCK
President Goodluck Jonathan sent warm greetings. His aide on media and publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, who came to the event delivered the message via a brief speech.
THE CAKE FROM HARRODS
The chairman of the occasion, Chief Sonny Odogwu joked about the white multi-layered cake claiming it was ordered from Harrods in the UK. Luxury cakes for weddings can be ordered online from Harrods in the UK.
AFRICA’S RICHEST MAN CAME TO TOWN
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote joined other well wishers to the wedding. The trillionaire rode in a black Lexus jeep with two other jeeps in his convoy.
The well attended nuptials was managed by Funke Bucknor-Obruthe’s Zapphire Events. The catering angle was by Astoria Caterers. Music was supplied by Akinloye Tofomowo’s Shuga Band.
THOSE IN ATTENDANCE
There were Lagos State First Lady, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Mrs. Maiden Ibru, Mrs. Joko Oni, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande, Dr. Reuben Abati, Chief Sonny Odogwu, Mr. Chidi Anyaegbu, Mrs. Bisola Edwin Clark, Aare Rasaq and Chief (Mrs.) Folashade Okoya, Admiral Ndubuisi Kalu, Lady Onyeka Onwenu, Justice Sola Oguntade, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Hajia Abba Folawiyo, Mr. Chris Uba, Senators Eyinnaya Abaribe, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, Hon. Muniru Muse, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and a host of others.
‘I am happy I married my best friend’ -ADEWUNMI OLATILO, Bride
You look gorgeous, how will you describe this ceremony?
Wonderful, I am happy about everything. It is something we started planning since March this year and everything is going on as planned. At least, I am happy I married my best friend.
How did the journey actually start?
We met about two years ago in Kano State at my friend’s naming ceremony, who also happens to be his cousin. The journey so far has been eventful, we thank God we are here today.
How will you describe your husband?
He is a God fearing man, down to earth and caring. He is who I will call Mr. Fix it. Everything I wanted he just did it, I don’t know how. I just thank God that He blessed me with the man of my dream.
Were you expecting the day he proposed?
Not exactly, I wasn’t. It was actually the last thing on my mind.
For how long did it take you to say yes?
He asked me and I said yes.
Have you decided on your honeymoon destination?
Yes, we have. But it is a surprise package.
Who made your gown?
It is from an Italian designer.
What do you like to say to your bridal party?
They are wonderful and beautiful. I thank them for being with me today.
Who do you think would pick the bouquet at the end of today among your friends?
Let us wait and see.
‘I knew from the start she will be my wife’ – AYOTUNDE FUNSHO, Groom
How will you describe the turn of event today, particular the celebrities?
It’s nice to see everybody around here today. It is just an honour for me. I thank everyone for coming to honour the two families. I am grateful to God.
Your wife is beautiful, how did you actually win her heart?
I can’t really say how I did it, I am just myself. We started as friends. We never planned to go into a relationship or marriage. Our friendship developed and here we are today.
But what was your initial plan for her?
Of course, for a beautiful girl like her, my plans was to have her as my wife. It didn’t take long before I knew she is truly mine. I am convinced beyond doubt about it. I also have a divine backing because I brought God into the situation and He gave me confirmation.
What do you cherish about her?
Dewunmi is my friend. We work together. She is my ardent supporter. She is ready to go to the end of the world with me.
How are you going to handle her?
I just rely on the word of God that is the manual and guide for our marriage. The most important thing is just love your wife and every other thing will fall in place.
Tell us about your educational background and your occupation.
I studied Business Administration at the University of Benin and presently I work at KPMG as a management consultant.
ADEWUNMI and AYOTUNDE’S LOVE STORY
ADEWUNMI: Funny story actually! We met in Kano at the naming ceremony of his cousin’s son. His cousin happens to be married to my friend’s sister.
AYOTUNDE: Interestingly, we met under very strained circumstances. I happened to have gone to the ancient city of Kano for a naming ceremony. I got talking with my cousin and next thing we dabbled into my personal life. He said he was going to introduce Dewunmi to me and he feels we will be good friends. As fate would have it, Dewunmi came for the naming ceremony as well. The new mother happened to be her best friend’s sister.
When she arrived with another of my cousin’s wife (Zainab), I wanted to go take Zainab’s bag. I noticed the young lady, I said hi and she mumbled something back. I figured she must have had a horrible trip hence her cold response. But suffice to say, that was how we met. We didn’t share a single conversation till the next day when we had to look for batteries for a camera. I believe Dew has an interesting perspective on how we met.
How did your love develop? Was it love at first sight?
ADEWUNMI: For me I won’t say it was love at first sight because I actually thought he was married when we met.
AYOTUNDE: First off, I have never believed in love at first sight and I still cannot be convinced that such a phenomenon exists. What would be the basis for the love? Physical features I assume…not quite a static element in my own opinion. So…No, it was not love at first sight.
Anyway, since the departure from Kano, we never saw nor spoke till the day Zainab engineered a meeting. She had requested that I add her on BBM and speak to her and at least get a chance to have a civil conversation. So, I did. We started talking from then (there was always something to talk about I guess that came with the spur of the moment). She seemed quite engaging and an independent woman. We got to know each other pretty well. Within two months from when we met, we started dating.
Our love began to develop about 15 months into the relationship given the fact that we had had time to study each other, we had become comfortable with each other. We had been at the very bottom of our relationship and somehow we climbed back up. We learned to be each other’s friend. Our friendship is the basis of our love. And even when tempers fly and emotions are bruised, our friendship brings us back together.
What are the qualities in her/him that you find endearing?
ADEWUNMI: Ayotunde is my very own ‘Mr. Fix it’. There’s never a problem that I go to him with that he doesn’t help solve. He also is a very caring and God fearing person.
AYOTUNDE: Adewunmi is a combination of both extremes. She loves as much as she hates. So, in essence she is decisive. Dew is also a hard worker. She has demonstrated the ability to hold fort especially as I am never around to see to things. When handling tasks for people, she plans ahead. She is enterprising and commercially oriented. When she genuinely cares for someone or something, she does not hide it. I must also let you know that whatever the situation, Dew’s got my back. Even when we have an argument, it doesn’t impact her caring for me.
Dewunmi is always proud to show me off to the world. She likes to keep the sparks alive so we don’t drift. Above all, she is God-fearing. I am a very fortunate man I tell you. Guess it was pre-destined…or maybe I also desired to go for the best. Oh yeah…and she also understands my humour.
If you had to change one thing what would it be?
ADEWUNMI: Maybe his short fuse…
AYOTUNDE: I do not seek to change anything in Adewunmi. I believe if we do our bits everyday to become a better person given the expectations we have of each other and the understanding of each other’s tendencies, there will be no need for one to desire to change the other.
How did you propose?
ADEWUNMI: The proposal! Let me leave him to tell the story…
AYOTUNDE: Interestingly, Dew had been teased many times (by her guessing friends obviously) about when the proposal would be. Unfortunately, they all guessed wrong. This was premised on the fact that we had been at memorable places and events that would have been an enabling environment for a proposal. I kept on telling myself that she won’t see it coming…she has to be thrown off her feet.
For the proposal, I did a video recording at the Finesse Entertainment studio which was played as one of the trailers to a movie at Genesis Deluxe Cinemas. I appeared after the recording and declared my love to her in front of the cinema audience. Somewhere amidst the tears and shock she managed to squeal a ‘yes’. There were anxious moments prior to the proposal, but my cousin, Habeeb and wife, Tola were up to the task of getting her to the cinemas on that fateful day. There is a more elaborate feature on that later, be sure to catch the section where that is.
We never saw the movie till date. You can check the proposal on youtube for a better understanding. “Dottie and Dew Proposal”.
What makes you angry?
ADEWUNMI: When things don’t go according to plans.
AYOTUNDE: I am not sure I want to disclose the specifics. If you are close to me you will have the privilege of knowing what ticks me off. I can only give you the hint that I get upset over the very little things usually based on my expectation of the offending party.
What makes you happy?
ADEWUNMI: Making him happy, seeing the effort he puts into trying to make me happy…
AYOTUNDE: I have quite a number of things that make me happy. I could be eating my favourite meal, getting enough time for play and rest, receiving the news of an already won business proposal at work, driving on the free way with loud music, spending time with the love of my life. The list is not exhaustive.
What’s your pet name for her?
ADEWUNMI: Boo-boo, babes.
AYOTUNDE: Frankly, I don’t have a particular pet name. However, the situation is the deciding factor of the name I call her. She may be Dew, Adewunmi, Dewunmi, Anike or Babes…all depending on the situation.
Who’s the first to apologise?
ADEWUNMI: I’m ashamed to say this but he’s always quick to apologise when he feels he’s wronged me. Although I’m learning from him and I think I’ve improved…abi babes?
AYOTUNDE: (Laughing out loud) I don’t think it is about being the first to apologise. I believe beauty of resolving conflicts is accepting and acknowledging your wrong doing and for the offended party to pick up the contrite partner so that there is no distance set in between them. We practice the approach of owning up to our errors and picking each other up.
At what point did you realize that what you have developed is love?
ADEWUNMI: I really can’t say it was at this point, but I just realized I didn’t want to go another day without him in my life.
AYOTUNDE: We had literally been to the lowest end of our relationship. We were able to pull through together. We had each other’s backs and we just climbed back up. I realized that no matter how upset I am, I was never going to be able to hold it for a second the moment she apologises.
When did you take the decision to marry her/him?
ADEWUNMI: When he asked me to marry him.
AYOTUNDE: Not that I want to go all spiritual all of a sudden. But I had to be doubly sure my love for Dew is to lead to marriage. I sought divine guidance and coupled with inner peace I felt it was time to take this to the next level. All these happened around November 2012. I had begun the process for the proposal that was going to shock her.
How do you feel now given it’s your day?
ADEWUNMI: I’m ecstatic and on top of the world. I bless God that today is here and we’re celebrating with our friends and loved ones.
AYOTUNDE: I am grateful to God that I am alive today. I am extremely excited and I have also been looking forward to this day. Today marks the beginning of wonderful things to come in my life. Everybody’s been wonderful from both families and I am praying our families and all our friends and well wishers have many reasons to continually celebrate the goodness of God.
– Culled from wedding programme