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Classics: Billionaire Bola Shagaya buys N36 m Rolls Royce for son

– New couple off to Los Angeles for honeymoon

NEWLY wedded couple, Sheriff and Maryam Shagaya have jetted out to spend the next two weeks together as husband and wife.  The destination for the newest couple in town is Los Angeles in the United States of America.

ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that the trip to God’s own country would have been made earlier than now but because the couple were sorting out their travelling documents and to take a little rest after close to two weeks of activities for their wedding ceremony.  Embarking on another long hour flight would not be advisable.  We gathered that Sheriff and his delectable wife, the daughter of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur flew  out in the early hours of Wednesday, November 17, 2010, with Hajia Bola Shagaya and few of their relations to the Abuja airport.  This the billionaire businesswoman confirmed to ENCOMIUM Weekly on Friday, November 19, 2010, “Yes, they are spending their honeymoon in Los Angeles.”

While there, sources revealed that they will hibernate in one of the choicest hotels in ‘the city of angels’ with everything at their beck and call.

Though still fresh in matrimony, Sheriff and Maryam Shagaya have already started counting their blessings with the expensive presents showered on them as wedding gifts.  Informed sources disclosed that many expensive gifts have been delivered to them. They were later pampered with a new Rolls Royce Phantom.  The wonderful ride, we gathered was given to them by the groom’s mother, Hajia Bola Shagaya and it cost $380,000 to bring in the exotic ride made for the rich and powerful.  It was in that Rolls Royce that they cruised to the wedding luncheon on Saturday, November 13, 2010.  Hajia Shagaya also dazzled in her own Phantom with registration number FQ 440 ABJ that day.  Said to be the latest in the Phantom family, the ride is more than 19-feet long, it commands attention anywhere it’s found.  The Phantom is powered by a 6.7 litre V12 with 453 horse power and 531 pound feet of tongue, weight about three tons, riding on a 60 mph takes just 5.7 seconds and behind the 20-inch wheels are superbly powered brakes and an air suspension.  The inside boast of sophisticated leather sofar.  The rear seat provides lots of room for stretching one’s leg.  And once in motion, the steering feels light in one’s hand yet offers good feedback and can change direction with ease so long as you are travelling at a relaxed pace.

The Sheriff and Maryam Shagaya wedding ceremony will go down as one of the most expensive in recent times, gulping close to N1 billion, the couple’s parents did not spare any cost to pamper their children for that special occasion.

The nuptial kicked off with the wedding Fatiha on Friday, November 5, 2010, in Yola, Adamawa State.  The next day, Saturday, November 6, 2010, it was ‘The Mother’s Night’ in Kaduna and the mother-of-all luncheon which was the climax came up on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at the Grand Ballroom, New Expo Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.  The city of Lagos was painted gold as crème de la crème, politicians, businessmen, billionaires and others stormed the venue.  Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan was also in attendance as the Mother of the Day.  The most interesting part of the day was the performance of American R & B singer, Donell Jones for the couple.  He was flown in from the US for the nuptial and it costs a fortune to have that done.

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