+ A to Z of the Saturday, October 11, 2014 A-list nuptials
LEADING politicos, mainly from the South East, corporate titans and crème de la crème of society massed a formidable pillar of support around billionaire mogul and founder of Orange Drugs, Sir Tony Ezenna when he gave out his first daughter, Uchenna Cynthia in marriage.
First was the solemnization of holy matrimony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Musa Yar’Adua Road, Victoria Island, Lagos.
An unforgettable wedding reception also held at the Grand Ballroom of the prestigious Oriental Hotel (also on Victoria Island, Lagos) shortly after the classy nuptial.
ENCOMIUM Weekly reporters were at the Saturday, October 11, 2014 lavish wedding ceremonies.
MINUTE-BY-MINUTE ACCOUNT OF THE WHITE WEDDING
The solemnization of holy matrimony between Sir Anthony Ifeanyichukwu Ezenna’s daughter, Uchenna Cynthia Ezenna and heartthrob, Chukueku Elurihuka Gboneme held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 14, Musa Yar’Adua Road, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Every second and minute mean a lot to us, mindful our esteemed readers wouldn’t take excuses in place of their inalienable right to know what really happened at the much talked about lavish wedding.
11.30 a.m: GUESTS ARRIVE OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, V.I, LAGOS
As early as 11.30 a.m, guests had started arriving Our Lady of Perpetual Help for the church wedding. Reason many made it that early had to do with the fact that Catholics don’t bend the rules when it comes to religious rites to be presided over by bishops.
12.20: SOLEMNISATION MASS, SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY COMMENCES
Like a typical Catholic wedding, the solemnization of holy matrimony between Uchenna Cynthia Ezenna and Chukwueku Gboneme sailed smoothly with the entrance of the couple, introductory rites, the penitential rites and opening prayer.
12.40: LITURGY OF THE WORD (SERMON)
Bishop Emeritus of Orlu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Gregory Ochiagha ministered at the mass. In his short address, the respected cleric advised the newly-wed to love and respect each other.
Bishop Ochiagha reminded them that a Catholic marriage does not tolerate divorce.
1.13: EXCHANGE OF MARRIAGE VOWS
Uchenna and her heartthrob vowed before the Lord, their parents, friends, well wishers and indeed the congregation to be one body till death.
1.15: EXCHANGE OF RINGS AND NUPTIAL BLESSING
The couple exchanged rings and received liturgical blessings from the clergy and the congregation.
1.18: THE CLERGY RETIRE TO THE ALTAR
With the most important parts of the mass almost concluded, the officiating bishops and priests retired to the altar to commence yet another segment of worship to further solemnize Uchenna/Chukie union.
1.29: COUPLE STEPS OUT FOR THANKSGIVING
The couple filed out at this stage. Bride in lovely white wedding gown, groom decked in designer black suit, bow tie and white shirt.
1.32: COUPLE RETURN WITH PARENTS FOR MASS
Joyously attired in burgundy agbada, the bride’s father, Sir Tony Ezenna and his lovely wife (Lady Elizabeth Adaeze), joined the newly-wed for mass.
1.54: MASS IS OFFICIALLY CELEBRATED
Holy communion commenced formally, though only Catholic communicants were advised to participate. Many were privileged to share in the holy feast to sanctify the marriage of Chukie and Uchenna.
2.02: SIGNING OF MARRIAGE REGISTER
2.08: NEWLY-WED JOINED BY PARENTS FOR THANKSGIVING
Having been officially married, the couple performed their first religious function, that’s a thanksgiving, with their parents and guests.
2.22: COUPLE RECEIVE PAPAL BLESSING
Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis sent the seal of his blessing to the couple. They were called out to receive the Papal blessing amidst cheers from the congregation.
2.30: CLERGY AND COUPLE RECESS
With the mass over together with other religious rites, it was time for the newest couple in town to step out and head for the grand reception at the Grand Ballroom of Lagos Oriental Hotel.
The excited couple tell their love story
‘It’s friendship at first sight’
– CHUKUEKU GBONEME
GETTING the couple to utter a word was as hard as the camel passing through the eye of a needle. The groom, however, gave our appeal to get a word or two from him at exactly 9.49 p.m. Chukueku ended up telling us a part of their exciting love story which began in 2010. He also revealed what attracted him to Uchenna Ezenna.
I’m excited. It’s fantastic and beyond my wildest dream.
Was it love at first sight?
Oh, it was actually friendship at first sight before it developed to love (laughs).
So, what do you cherish most about your wife?
She’s humble, caring and loving. She’s the best human being I’ve known in my life. She’s my best friend.
Today marks a special day in your life with many prominent Nigerians honouring you. Are you not excited by this privilege?
I’m blessed to have parents and in-laws that are people of integrity whom people would always honour their invitation no matter where they are.
And what about your father-in-law, Sir Tony Ezenna?
I love my father-in-law. He’s a wonderful man. He’s now like my father.
Can you please tell us your love story?
We’ve been dating for four years now because we met in 2010.
How did you propose to her?
That’s our private life.
What did you study?
I studied Economics. I also have a Masters degree in another discipline.
‘I pray God keeps us together’
– UCHENNA EZENNA
THE bride, billionaire Tony Ezenna’s daughter, also spoke with ENCOMIUM Weekly. Though she parried over most of the questions we asked.
Yes, I feel happy and thank God Almighty for His mercies. I’m very excited.
What’s your prayer for this marriage?
That God should always keep us together.
Your husband said you are his best friend and the best to happen to him. He also said it was more like friendship at first sight. Do you feel the same?
He actually said my mind (laughs). I feel the same way.
Interestingly, the crème de la crème of society graced your wedding…
I’m so happy for that. I think it’s a privilege.
Where are you guys going for honeymoon?
We’ve not yet decided on that.
Your parents have been quite supportive?
I have the best mom and dad in the world. My family is the best. And I really appreciate their love and care.
You dated for four years, how did he propose?
Please, ask him.