– 4,000 Aso-Ebi over-subscribed
– Wizkid, Kcee, Bracket others to perform
– Hon. Abike Dabiri as Special Guest
– Helen Paul opts out as co-host
On Sunday, November 17, 2013, the most anticipated traditional wedding between Peter Okoye, twin brother of singing duo of P-Square and Lola Omotayo, his baby mama, will hold at The Arc Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The nuptials is expected to be carnival-like, as the elated groom’s friends, home and abroad, are now set to identify with one of their own. The bride’s friends are not left out as they are ready to make the day a memorable one for the mother-of-two, Cameron and Aliona.
ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered thay it’s an understatement to say Peter and Lola’s wedding is going to be star-studded. It’s also going to be a superlative wedding, going by the array of guests already slated to honour the celebrated couple.
While telecommunications giant, Glo boss, Mike Adenuga Jnr. is going to chair the nuptials, ENCOMIUM Weekly can authoritatively confirm that gifted comedienne, Helen Paul is no longer going to co-host with fellow comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka. No replacement as at the time of filing this report on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
Sources who craved anonymity said, “It’s very sad that Helen will not only miss the wedding, she’s not going to host as well. Coincidentally, that day happens to be comedian AY’s London show and Helen is billed to perform. In fact, flight tickets have been bought for Helen and her hubby for the much-talked about comedy show.”
Helen Paul’s absence will definitely not dull the day, as politicos and celeb friends of the couple have promised to grace the great occasion. On the list are Kanayo O. Kanayo, Genevieve Nnaji, Monalisa Chinda, Segun Arinze, Aki and Paw Paw, KCee, Bracket, amongst other top Nollywood actors and music stars. House of Representatives member, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa will also grace the great occasion.
“Invitations have been sent out, except for few friends who are not in the country at the moment. Apart from the afore-mentioned names, we’re also expecting some other celebrities, which I don’t want to mention,” said one of the planning committee members, who preferred not to be named. “This is because some of them have paid shows on that day and it’s compulsory for them to attend.”
Although, Peter’s mum passed on a year ago, his father, Mr. Okoye will lead other siblings from their base in Ifite-Dunu, Akwa Village, Anambra State, to Lagos for marriage rites. Peter, 33, is going to be the first celebrity son of Mr. Okoye to marry. His brother, Paul has already proposed to his babymama and long time girlfriend, Anita Itokwu-Isama, but yet to pick a date. However, the woman that rocks the life of their elder brother, Jude, 38, is yet to be known, as he has not been linked romantically with any lady. Jude, however, told ENCOMIUM Weekly in a recent interview that he has someone in his life.
Meanwhile, there is massive demand for the wedding aso ebi and headgear, otherwise known as gele, that go for N40, 000. As you read this, we can tell you authoritatively that the demand has soared, but only few were able to get. Those who didn’t get the complete aso ebi have gone for the N5000 headgear.
An inside source said, “There is no aso-ebi for men, except for family and close friends. However, the groom, Peter has given out free cap (blue) to friends, especially celebrities, who are excluded from the male aso-ebi. By now, they should have gotten theirs, with access card. The access card admits one person and should be brought to the venue.”
Apart from Wizkid, who has officially shown interest to perform at the wedding, likely entertainers that will thrill include KCee, Bracket and Paul of P-Square.
THEIR LOVE STORY
Peter has proven to the world that true love goes beyond age. He didn’t see it as a barrier when he asked pretty Lola out a couple of years ago. Despite pressures from Miss Omotayo’s side, especially friends, not to date Peter, a musician, who was then still struggling to get fame, Lola, who had already fallen in love with the talented singer, ignored this, believing that there is something very different and unique about him.
In her recent interview, she confessed, “I love Peter because he was never intimidated. When I met him, he was just trying to build himself and I was very proud of him. I have a lot of respect for him, his talent and I saw that he had a vision. Peter doesn’t get intimidated by anything; in fact, he supports and encourages me all the time. I think he’s happy that he doesn’t have to do everything; he can rely on me that I will take care of our kids.”
She continues, “Peter has drive. He has vision and pursues it. He doesn’t let anybody distract him from that vision and that I saw in him, which a lot of people didn’t see. Some people were like, ‘What are you doing with a musician? Are you crazy?’ But I saw something very different and unique about Peter. I saw the goals he set for himself and how he accomplished those goals step by step, and I was very impressed with that. I also saw that he wasn’t a selfish person. He was a generous person from the outset. Even though he didn’t have much then, he was always generous. I like a man who is generous, not for the financial reason, but also to see how he can add value to other people’s lives- that is very important to me. He is also a good listener; he listens to people and also listens to me. Those are the things that attracted me to Peter. He’s an amazing guy.”
Peter also confirmed his genuine love for Lola, in an exclusive interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly considering the fact that they are not yet living under the same roof. He said, “She’s my girlfriend (now wife) and the mother of my kids. At the moment, I’ll say she is my best friend. She’s a wonderful woman; there is no doubt about that. We’ve never had quarrel since I met her. The truth is that she’s the woman in my life right now, not because she is the mother of my kids. She is a wonderful woman, very understanding person.”
Ardent fans of P-Square want to see Peter and Lola formalise their union, while some were speculating that the Do Me crooner has no plan to marry the mother of his kids, the great dancer surprised them by proposing to Lola in a special way meant for unique people.
Peter, who did not give Lola a hint of his plan, visited her at her residence with the car parked in the compound, a ring on the bonnet of the car, a rose and a card with the inscription, Please, say Yes.
This romantic drama was followed by a long passionate kiss showing acceptance from the overwhelmed beauty. He was very happy to say, “This is something I had always wanted to do and I knew I would definitely do this to Lola one day, but I needed to wait for the right time. Honestly, she deserves even more from me.”