– Gov. Oshiomole, Ubi Franklin, Dolapo Oni, Gbenro Ajibade, Omawumi, IK Ogbonna tie the knot this year
It has been a rain of nuptials in 2015, as many celebrities have left the singles market and tied the knot with their heartthrobs in some, superlative and, others, private wedding.
ENCOMIUM Weekly chronicles the celebrity weddings of 2015, covering court, traditional and white wedding.
Adams Oshiomole and Iara Fortes
Edo’s comrade governor, Adams Oshiomole tied the knot with Cape Verdean belle, Iara Fortes on Friday, May 15, 2015.
The governor and his bride signed the dotted lines at a private marriage registry attended only by family and friends at his Iyamho residence after which top dignitaries were led by then President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to the reception held at the People’s White Hall in the governor’s country home.
Dolapo Oni and Gbite Sijuade
TV personality, Dolapo Oni and son of late Ooni of Ife, Prince Adegbite Sijuade tied the knot in one of the talked about weddings of the year on October 10 in London, England.
The traditional wedding held on Sunday, August 2, in Lagos and had in attendance Ekiti governor, Ayo Fayose, Senator Buruji Kashamu and others.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Cynthia Obianodo
Media personality and Rubbin’ Minds host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu married Cynthia, daughter of transport magnate, Vincent Obianodo of Young Shall Grow Motors.
The couple who got engaged in April had their traditional wedding in Umueze, Neni, Anambra state on Saturday, October 3.
Chris Attoh and Damilola Adegbite
It was the coming together of two cultures and two different movie industries as beautiful couple, Chris Attoh and Damilola tied the knot in a private ceremony on Valentine’s Day (February 14) in Accra, Ghana. The couple who have a child together were honoured by the attendance of a few friends such as movie stars, Gideon Okeke and Michel Majid.
Tonto Dikeh and Oladunni Churchill
Nollywood’s queen of controversy, Tonto Dikeh got hooked to her lover, Churchill Oladunni on Saturday, August 29, the traditional way in a private ceremony in her hometown Elelewa in Port Harcourt, Rivers.
Gbenro Ajibade and Osas Ighodaro
It was a classy entrance into matrimony as Tinsel couple Gbenro Ajibade and Osas Ighodaro legalized their union. First was the lavish traditional marriage in Benin, Edo on Saturday, June 20, from where the train proceeded to the Grand Prospect Hall, New York, USA on Saturday, July 4 (USA’s Independence Day) for the superlative white wedding. The groom’s men included familiar faces in the industry – Ubi Franklin, Kenneth Okolie, Dr. SID & Praiz.
Nollywood bad boy, IK Ogbonna made his union with his Colombian beauty, Sonia Morales legal in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday, June 29, in a quiet ceremony that was witnessed by mostly family members.
They are planning to have their white wedding some time in 2016.
Omawumi Megbele and Tosin Yusuf
Following their engagement in September last year, Bottom belle singer, Omawumi married her baby daddy, Tosin Yusuf at the Ikoyi Registry on Friday, January 16.
DJ Xclusive and Tinuke Ogundero
Superstar DJ Xclusive and his longtime girlfriend, Tinuke Ogundero got married after their engagement last year. First was their traditional marriage on Thursday, October 1, 2015, which had his record label mates, Banky W, Niyola, Shaydee, among others in attendance.
The loved-up couple then went on to exchange vows at their white wedding on Saturday, October 3.
Mimi Orjiekwe and Charles Billion
Nollywood couple, Mimi Orjiekwe and Charles Billion became husband and wife in the eyes of tradition in a beautiful ceremony held in Umuelem village, Enugu state on Saturday July 18, two years after the formerly dreadlock-wearing Charles proposed to his belle.
Shine Begho and Seth Usanga
OAP, Shine Begho became Mrs Usanga after she was joined in holy matrimony in grand style with fashion designer Beau, Seth Usanga. They first made things legal at the Ikoyi Registry on January 21, before the traditional and white wedding took center stage on the weekend of Saturday, February 7.
Lilian Esoro and Ubi Franklin
Music entrepreneur, Ubi Franklin and beautiful actress, Lilian Esoro sent all speculation to bed when they got married earlier this year.
First was the traditional wedding held on Friday, October 30, which was followed by a lovely white wedding on Sunday, November 1, in Lagos. Guests included married couples 2face and Annie Idibia, Tiwa Savage and Tee Billz, Osas and Gbenro Ajibade; Triple MG act, Tekno; Freda Francis, Sound Sultan, Teju Babyface, Kcee, Banky W, Funnybone and Chigul, OAP Stephanie Coker, Paul Okoye, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Noble Igwe, Damilola Attoh, Ushbebe, Tunde Demuren, Essence, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Yaw, Ill Bliss, Swanky Jerry, Toyin Lawani and others.
Rolari Segun and Benedict Jacka
Leeds University graduate and daughter of Yeni Kuti, Fela’s daughter, Rolari Segun married her Russian Beau, Benedict Jacka in a ceremony at the Afrikan Shrine, Agidingbi, Lagos on Saturday, June 27
Susan Peters and Dutch Beau
Benue-born Nollywood beauty, Susan Peters tied the knot with her Dutch beau as the two legalized their union at the Ikoyi Registry on Saturday, October 11.
A number of her colleagues in the industry stepped out to celebrate with her at the private occasion.
Jodie and David Nnaji
Following their engagement in September, kuchi kuchi crooner, J’odie and one-time manager, David Nnaji with whom she had denied any romantic relationship with in the past got married at a traditional wedding that held in Warri, Delta on Saturday, October 31.
The low profile wedding was witnessed by family and friends, including Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon.
Akpororo and Josephine Onuabughuchi
The comedian with too much swagger and anointing as Akpororo calls himself got hooked as he tied the knot with the beautiful Josephine Ijeoma Onuabughuchi on Saturday, November 14, at Eagles Club, Surulere, Lagos.
Chuddy K and Rachael
Gaga crazy crooner, Chuddy K and his heartthrob, Rachael tied the knot at the Ikoyi Registry on Friday, October 9, with family, friends witnessing the happy couple sign the dotted lines.
Mofe Duncan and Jessica Kakkad
Nollywood actor and TV personality, Mofe Duncan married his girlfriend of many years, Jessica Kakkad in star-studded wedding in August. The couple had their traditional wedding on August 20, while their white wedding held in Lagos on Saturday, August 22.
John Ogu and Veronica Adaolisa
Israel-based Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu followed up his quite dramatic proposal to his girlfriend, Veronica Adaolisa with the wedding at the Ikoyi registry on Thursday, November 12.
The Hapoel Be’er Sheva player had on Saturday, October 3, proposed on the pitch to his lovely bride following a match.
Duncan Mighty and Vivien
Self-styled Port Harcourt first son, Duncan Mighty married his love, Vivien in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, on Saturday, July 25, in a superlative wedding with performances from the likes of Iyanya, Kcee, Olamide and Phyno who did their thing at the post-wedding concert.
- MICHAEL NWOKIKE