Many interesting events shaped our world in 2014. From spectacular weddings and political jamboree to big budget gigs, we cannot just but remember the glitz and glamour of these events.
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s RASHEED ABUBAKAR reminds us of the celebrity weddings that rocked as 2014 comes to a close…
MARCH 1: ALEX IBRU’S CLAN LIGHTS UP LAGOS WITH DAUGHTER’S TRADITIONAL WEDDING
What a beginning of the month! March 1 was the day when the Alex Ibru clan fixed for the wedding of their daughter. Pillars of high society assembled at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos, to rejoice with Omotuvie Alexia Ibru and Maxwell Herbert Peile during their traditional wedding. From billionaires to governors, captains of industry and commerce to leaders of the faithful, professionals to socialite, the day was exciting and blissful as colours of the rainbow glowed and sparkled with different aso ebi painting the arena joyous.
MARCH 22: INSIDE P-SQUARE’S SPELL BINDING WEDDING
Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital went agog on Saturday, March 22, 2014, when Paul Okoye of P-Square duo and long time girlfriend and babymama, Anita Isama staged a spell binding traditional wedding carnival. Magically entertaining from start to finish, multitude of music stars stormed the Aztec Arcum Events Centre in PH to support the music super star, whose twin brother, Peter also wedded his own baby mama (Lola Omotayo).
Over 300 guests graced the wedding, which had back-to-back performances from Paul’s colleagues.
APRIL 12: WHEN PRESIDENT JONATHAN’S DAUGHTER WEDS IN ABUJA WEDDING
It would amaze you that our president, Goodluck Jonathan, declared the month open as he gave out his daughter, Faith Sakwe in marriage to Godswill Edwards. The colorful nuptials, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. It had in attendance the high and mighty in society, business and politics.
APRIL 26: TIWA SAVAGE, TEE BILLZ FAIRY TALE WEDDING IN DUBAI
It was the most anticipated wedding in 2014. After their traditional wedding which rocked Lagos in late 2013, the couple, Tiwa Savage and her husband, Tee-Billz took their white wedding to Dubai, the biggest city in United Arab Emirates. It was a fairytale affair that was well attended by the industry heavyweights. The bride’s flowing Vera Wang outfit was said to cost the music star about $2,800. Attending the wedding was said to have cost about N350,000 for each guest. And to cap it all, Don Jazzy presented 2014 Toyota Prado jeep, worth N9.5 million to the couple.
APRIL 20, 2014: RASAQ OKOYA STAGES SUPERLATIVE NIKKAH FOR DAUGHTER
Business mogul, Alhaju Rasaq Akanni Okoya, hosted the creme de la creme of Lagos and Oyo in his Olorunnisola Estate, Ajah, Lagos, on Sunday, April 20, 2014, when he staged a superlative Nikkah for his daughter, Hadiza, and Olomijowonlo Alao Akala, the son of Otunba Christopher Alao Akala, the former governor of Oyo state. It was a congregation of elder statesmen, politicians, moguls, senior public servants and respected professionals who honoured the Okoyas and Akalas at the union of their children.
APRIL 26: TESSY OLISEH’S SUPERLATIVE WEDDING
While Tiwa Savage and hubby were celebrating their union in far away Dubai, multiple award-winning fashion designer, Teresa Oliseh gathered friends and family at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Ikeja, Lagos, for a beautiful and colourful union with her husband, Godwin Amaize. The wedding, with reception at The Balmoral Event Centre, Oregun, Lagos, had prominent Nigerians in attendance, including Bashorun Dele Momodu and Sunday Oliseh, the brother of the bride. Ice Prince, Darey Art Alade and Sheyman gave electrifying performances. The gigantic wedding cake a tree with so many branches, went viral on social media, as many admitted never to have seen such a cake before.
The list of celebrity weddings in 2014 will not be complete without the blissful nikkah between Dr. Sekinat, the beautiful daughter of Hon Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo and her heartthrob, Dr. AbdulHammed Adeoye Adebisi. That Saturday, August 30, 2014, politician friends of the bride’s father, including the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola ignored every other function to honour one of their own. Held at K&G Event Place, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Lagos, it was a nuptial to remember, and Chief Ebenezer Obey ensured that there was never a dull moment.
On September 20, 2014, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa gave out his beautiful, Kokoeka in marriage to son of the late mogul and socialite, Chimaobi Showcross Obioma Jnr. It’s one of the big budget nuptials of 2014. It gulped close to N100 million. Not only that, pillars of high society stormed the Methodist Church of the Trinity, Lagos and Eko Hotel & Suites for the solemnization and reception respectively.
OCTOBER 11: ORANGE DRUGS’ SIR TONY EZENNA DAUGHTER’S WEDDING
Orange Drugs’ Boss, 30 gave out his first daughter, Uchenna Cynthia, in marriage to Chukueku Elurihuka. It was a fabulous wedding that was well attended by leading politicos, mainly from the South East; corporate titans and creme de la creme of the society. Held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, the solemnization of holy matrimony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Musa Yar’Adua Road, Victoria Island, Lagos. The fun was later moved to the prestigious Oriental Hotel (also at the Victoria Island) where the colourful reception held. For the guests that graced the nuptials, it was an unforgettable experience as P-Square gave electrifying performance. The 5-Star wedding was said to have gulped over N100 million.