ON Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Eagles Club, Surulere, Lagos, popular comedian, Bowoto Jephthah Oluwatiseyifunmi, who is known by the stage name Akpororo got married to the woman that means the world to him, Onuabughuchi Ijeoma Josephine. The ceremony attracted a lot of witnesses as they marched hand in hand into matrimony.
ENCOMIUM Weekly was there and we bring to you tit bits from the event.
EVENT STARTED LATE
The event started really late. The time on the invite stated 10 a.m, but the event didn’t start until about 1 p.m. Guests who came early didn’t seem to bother waiting.
HOW THEIR MARRIAGE WAS BLESSED
The order of blessing was at the back of a marquee. A small section at the back of the tent was arranged and decorated beautifully, with chairs on the left and right and an aisle for the couple and bridal train to walk through. The other part of the tent was already amazingly adorned with tables and chairs in white and gold.
The opening prayer started at about 1 p.m. The officiating ministers were Rev. Caleb Asuni of New Covenant Church, Ibadan; Rev. Wole Owolabi of New Covenant Church, Lagos; Rev. Shayo Akintola of New Covenant Church, London and Bishop Isreal Matthew.
The bride gracefully walked in with her bridal train while the processional hymn was being sang.
The exhortation, charge and declaration, solemnization of marriage, choir ministration, sermon and signing of marriage register followed.
The marriage blessing ended at about 2.40 p.m.
THE CARS THEY RODE IN
The bride, Josephine came in a metallic grey Range Rover Sports. The groom, Jephtah was in a black Land Rover.
Immediately after the church service, the couple took pictures with friends and families. While that was going on, the back section, where the church service held was quickly rearranged to look like the other part of the hall. After a while, everywhere looked more beautiful.
The reception proper kicked off at about 3.35 p.m.
Music maker and actor, Sexy Steel was Akpororo’s best man, while Skuki (Vavavoom and Pishaun) and Solidstar were amongst the groom’s men.
CHAIRMAN OF THE DAY
Godfather of comedy in Nigeria, Ali Baba was the chairman of the occasion, and he was also one of the early callers at the wedding. He gave a wonderful speech advising the couple. He also supervised the cutting of the cake along with his beautiful wife,Mary.
COMEDY FROM MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF RORO
Comedians from Akpororo’s outfit, House of Roro, thrilled with rib-cracking jokes.
DAME ABIMBOLA FASHOLA WAS IN THE HOUSE
The former first lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, who is known as a great supporter of entertainers, was equally present at the event, looking calm and graceful as ever. No protocol and no airs, she really let her hairs down.
AY’S SURPRISE APPEARANCE
While the couple were dancing, Akpororo’s mentor, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, stormed the venue in a black T-shirt, black sweat pants and black faze cap with Jamaica inscribed in front of it.
AY wasn’t expected at the wedding as he had been in Jamaica filming a movie. His entry sparked a lot of excitement and screams from the ecstatic groom.
AY also danced and sprayed the couple. He came in at about 5.47 p.m. We believe he came into the country early for Akpororo’s wedding.
AIRTEL CUSTOMER SERVICE POINT
Akpororo, being an Airtel ambassador, was honoured by the communication outfit as an Airtel service point was at the entrance of the marquee for sales of Airtel products and of course, goody bags for select guests.
HYPER ACTIVE GROOM
Akpororo was hyper-active and overly excited throughout the ceremony.
He danced with so much joy at every given opportunity and as a comedian, he tossed guests up and collected the microphone and made remarks from time to time.
A few artistes sang for the couple. They performed several of their hit tracks back to back. Skuki, Sexy Steel, Solidstar and Nikki Laoye all thrilled to no end.
THE BRIDE’S LAST DANCE
The bride, Josephine Oluwatiseyifunmi was a member of the popular dance group, Explicit Dancers. So, she performed with the group for the very last time. She and her former group members danced to Patoranking’s My Woman, My Everything.
‘We are happy’ – JEPHTHAH and JOSEPHINE
How do you feel today?
I feel very happy, I thank God. Today is a beautiful day.
How many kids do you plan to have?
I want twins.
Jephthah Bowoto Akpororo (Groom)
How do you feel today?
I am the happiest man alive today.
‘They should tolerate each other’ – Lauretta Odawulu
Can you please introduce yourself?
I am Mrs. Lauretta Odawulu. I am the director of Odic Electrical Company Limited and the owner of Odic Football Club, where Akpororo is the team captain.
How would you describe Akpororo?
Akpororo is a team leader, a very humble personality. He is someone everyone would like to associate with.
How long has he been in your football club?
He has been in the football club for about eight years now, that’s even before he became a comedian.
What is your prayer for Akpororo as he is getting married?
I pray that God will guide and protect him and give him a happy married life.
Your advice for the couple?
They should tolerate each other, be there for each other and avoid third party in their marriage.
– Queen Obaji (Bride’s sister)
How do you feel today that your younger sister is getting married?
I am glad, I’m the happiest person today.
What advice do you have for her?
The best advice is that there should be no third party in their marriage and she should be caring, respectful and loving to her husband. She should have the fear of God. I wish her a happy and blessed union, and may everything be well with her.