ON Saturday, June 1, 2013, amiable designer, Ngozi Nkoloenyi wore her garbs of celebration as her first son, Obinna Paul Nkoloenyi walked his long time friend, Joan Chinelo Borger down the aisle. The ceremony held at St. Leo Catholic Church, Ikeja, Lagos.
Later in the afternoon, guests were treated to a wondrous reception at Grandeur Events Centre, Billings Way, Oregun, Lagos. A sizeable number of the high and might made it to the ceremony.
THE PRIVATE WORLD OF OBINNA AND JOAN
Obinna and Joan Nkoloenyi began life together as man and wife at an elaborate ceremony on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Obinna, who has Masters in International Law found his missing rib in Joan Chinelo Borger. They were together for 10 years before they were joined in holy matrimony at St. Leo Catholic Church, Ikeja, Lagos.
Obinna is a businessman while his wife, Joan works at Heritage Bank, Lagos.
MOST REV. (DR.) MICHAEL ELUE LED OFFICIATING MINISTERS
The solemnization of holy matrimony held at St. Leo Catholic Church, Ikeja, Lagos started and ended on a bright note.
All the way from Isele-Ukwu diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Michael Elue led the officiating ministers who supervised the ceremony. He was assisted by Rev. Fr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, Rev. Fr. Stanley Ezeowa, Rev. Gabriel Udom and others.
THE CARS THEY USED
The two families, Borger and Nkolenyi love the good things of life. They replicated class and panache at their ceremony. Top of the range cars were on display. The couple, Obinna and Joan rode in a black Rolls Royce. The exotic ride took them from the church to the reception in a convoy.
READING OF THE DAY
The Bible reading was from the Book of Ephesians 5:21-33 which admonished the wife to submit to the husband as commanded by the Lord. The good Book also says, the husband should love his wife.
TOP POLITICIANS HONOUR THE NKOLOENYIS
Former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani was the chairman of the occasion. Garbed in a cream Agbada and wine cap, he was also present at the church service.
Senator Jim and Barrister (Mrs.) Patricia Nwobodo, former governor of old Anambra State also honoured the couple with their presence.
Former governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Okwesilieze Nwodo was also not left behind.
…ERELU ABIOLA TOO
Erelu Abiola Dosumu was at the church service. It is obvious that the amiable woman is aging gracefully. She was looking all fresh and robusy, garbed in an all white ensemble and a white cap.
THE ROYAL FATHER OF THE DAY
The Esama of Benin Kingdom, High Chief Gabriel Igbinedion was the royal father of the day. He was one of the early callers at the church service. His royal presence was also felt at the reception, where he walked in with five of his chiefs alongside two women. They were garbed in all white ensemble with heavy traditional beads.
The presence of military personnel and policemen showed there were high profile personalities in attendance. Right from the gate of Grandeur Event Centre where the reception held to the entrance of the event venue, armed and huge security officers from Preston & Potter took charge of the place, keeping miscreants away.
VICTOR ROBERTS USHERS
Pretty damsels were waiting at the entrance of the hall. Garbed in gold lace gown, they checked visitor’s access card and directed them to their seats. The ladies ensured that all the guests left with smiles on their faces.
AY WAS THE COMPERE
Gifted comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY anchored the ceremony. From the beginning till the end, there was no dull moment. He set the venue literarily ablaze with his rib cracking jokes.
THE FIVE LARGE SCREENS
Five large LCD screens were strategically placed at different angles of the hall, beaming happenstances as the event unfolded.
Even those at obscure corners did not miss out any part of the show.
THE SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
To liven up the occasion, there was a special performance by Ile Ijo crooner, May D. He sang his hit song and kept the guests wanting for more.
THE KISSING GAME
When it was time to kiss, the newly-wed thrilled with a session of deep kissing. They grabbed each other like it was the first time. Even the timing by the compere did not stop them.
- K. RANDLE AND PAPARAZZI
Foremost Chartered Accountant, J. K. Randle avoided paparazzi. He walked in briskly without taking snap shots. He wore a white Agbada and yellow cap.
GRACE’S HAT BOSS ALSO CAME
City milliner, Chito Mark and her husband were in the house. She wore a knee length green dress with a gold head gear. She came hand in hand with her husband. They were there until the party ended.
EMZOR BOSS ALSO CAME
Emzor Pharmaceuticals boss, Dr. Stella Okoli was also present. Having missed out at the church service, she showed up at the reception but did not wait till the end of the party.
The catering was handled by Penzie Nigeria Limited. Music was supplied by Sharp Band and DJ Lami. The event was well packaged by Victoria Roberts, photography was by Camara Studios and Alistair Englerbert.
A MINUTE SILENCE
When the chairman of the occasion took over, he observed a minute silence for the departed, Igwe Paul O. Nkoloenyi, the groom’s father; Mr. H. W. Borger and Mrs. Stella Oranye, the bride’s parents.
BLESSINGS FROM MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL
The duo of Pastor Anslem Madubuko of Revival Assembly and Pastor (Mrs.) Blessings Agboli of Victorious Army rained blessing upon the newly-wed.
Surplus souvenirs were in circulation for the guests. Right from the church service, guests were given a pack of souvenir as they walked out. Also at the reception, gifts were handed to each guest at the entrance. There was another special package for the ladies.
Senator Ken Nnamani, Senator Jim & Barrister (Mrs.) Patricia Nwobodo, High Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, His Excellency Okwesilieze Nwodo, Grace Egbagbe, Maureen Onigbanjo, Nikky Khiran, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande, Dr. Stella Okoli, Chief J. K. Randle, Erelu Abiola Dosumu, Teni Aofiyebi, Chito Mark, Biola Okoya, Pastor Anslem Madubuko, Pastor Blessings Agboli.
‘He always supports me in everything’
– Joan Chinelo Borger, Bride
Congratulations! How does it feel to be married?
It feels great. It is a new step.
What are your expectations as you step into the marriage institution?
A new life, new dream, new ambition, new responsibility.
How did you meet your husband?
We met in a funny manner. I don’t think I want to share it. No one introduced us to each other. We met on the road and he walked up to me and he struck friendship with me, that was it.
Like how many years now?
We have been friends for 10 years now.
When did he propose to you?
About six, seven months ago.
What was your reaction when he proposed?
I already knew he was going to ask me. If he wasn’t going to ask, I was ready to ask.
What do you cherish most about him?
The fact that he makes me laugh. He is very supportive, he always supports me in everything, he is also very understanding. He is not judgmental. He is someone I can open up to. I can tell him the good, the bad and the ugly.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a graduate. I had my first degree in English Language, then my Masters in Management at the School of Management in Belgium. I have been working before that and I am still working. I just joined Heritage Bank.
‘We know each other in and out’
– Obinna Paul Nkoloenyi, Groom
Congratulations! How does it feel to be married?
It feels great so far. I believe it is the sign of good things and good times to come.
What do you cherish about her?
She is very caring and understanding. She is also very patient and understanding because I can make trouble at times. She understands when to get involved and when to let me be.
What was the attraction when you met her?
Can’t you see her, she is very beautiful. So, what else do I want?
What is the best thing about finding a wife?
I think there is no need to rush into it. We had to be patient. We have known each other for 10 years now. We know each other in and out. I guess that is the best about it.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a lawyer by profession but presently, I am not practicing. I studied International Law to Masters level. I am managing an agro allied company. It is a small enterprise.
How many children are you looking at?
10, for the years we have known each other (laughs).
‘My spirit is highly lifted’
- Ngozi Nkoloenyi, Groom’s mother
Congratulations ma, how does it feel that your first son is getting married today?
I have been in sadness for the past two years. Today, I am so happy, my spirit is highly lifted. My husband’s friends did not let us down. You could see that the hall was filled with loads and loads of men. I give glory to God and I thank them all for the support they have given to my family. May God bless everyone that attended the wedding. And for those that due to one reason or the other could not attend the wedding, may God bless them too.
What was your reaction when he brought his wife home?
It was long expected. I have been praying for him to get married. His father actually wanted him to get married at 26. How I wished his father saw this before he died. This is my first son, the carbon copy of his father except that he is a lot taller than his father. He just behaves like the father.
How will you describe your son and what are your wishes for him?
He is a humble man. His wife is so lucky to have gotten a very caring, humble son of mine. And of course, she is also a sweet girl. She is also very caring. The Bible says what God has joined together, no father, no mother, not even siblings, nor friends should come in between them. I wish them the best.
‘Jesus is enough in their marriage’
- Rabi Momoh, Bride’s mother
My name is Rabi Momoh. My adopted daughter in whom I am well pleased is getting married today.
How does it feel, ma?
It feels wonderful. I am very excited and elated.
What advise do you have for her?
I advise her to take her husband as her father, mother, sibling and everything apart from God. She should put God first in her marriage and every other thing will work out well. She has to be patient, she has to learn that it’s not everything you take to heart. You have to let some things go and focus on God.
What about your prayer for her?
I wish her the best, more than she wish herself. I wish her Jesus. The whole world is not enough but Jesus is enough for her. I wish her Jesus in her marriage.
THIS STORY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN ENCOMIUM WEEKLY ON TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2013