As His Son, IDRIS Weds Gov. GANDUJE’s Daughter
Ibadan environs was on standstill on Saturday, March 10 when the first citizen of Oyo State,Gov Abiola Ajimobi and his pretty wife, Florence, held a superlative wedding reception for their son,Idris to Kano Governor,Gandujes daughter, Fateema at Agodi Gardens,GRA, Ibadan. It was an event which capped up the grand traditional wedding which held in Kano at the Kano central mosque and Emir Sanusi’s palace. So, what do you expect from the 2 prominent and influential families?Class, status and wealth were on display.
City People Society Editor, TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI and Senior Photojournalist, FEMI ADELEKE, captured all the precious moments from the wedding.
WEDDING GRAND FINALE TOOK PLACE IN IBADAN
The grand finale of the classy and showstopping wedding of Gov. Ajimobi’s son, Idris and Governor Ganduje’s daughter, Fateema’s we dding took place in Ibadan and it was a grand reception for the bride’s father who flew all the way from Kano. The party reception held at Agodi Gardens.
AGODI GARDENS WEARS A NEW LOOK
Though before the governor Ajimobi’s sons wedding,the biggest garden in Ibadan known as Agodi Botanical garden has been refurbished by his administration but it got alot better for the wedding because the wedding was expected to receive all the top notch individuals within the corridors of power in Nigeria. It was beautifully neated, cleaned and well decorated for the wedding.The entrance got another look totally and no activities took place at the gardens few days to the wedding.
ABOUT THE 3 FIRST LADIES WHO WORE THE SAME WHITE OUTFITS
The pretty wife of the Nigeria President, Aisha Buhari stormed the party in a big way and everyone accorded her the type of respect they will accord her husband.The simple but beautiful woman stormed the venue in the same outfit with the couples mothers,Florence Ajimobi and Hafsatu Ganduje.They all wore an all white stoned with precious stone aso oke and complimented it with their silver diamonds.
WHEN JAGABAN STORMED THE PARTY
Popularly called Jagaban,Asiwaju Tinubu chooses the events he goes for and therefore when he was seen at Ajimobi son’s wedding,many knew that they are close allies.He came into the venue amidst jubilation and uproar as many party faithfuls and his loyalists were praising him till he took his seat. He came in to the wedding with close ally and friend of many years,Pius Akinyelure who is also one of APC chieftains.
VICE PRESIDENT, OSINBAJO WAS WITH HIS WIFE
When the arrival of the Vice President was announced,everybody wanted to catch a glimpse of the no 2 man in Nigeria. He was welcomed by the governor himself and made his way straight to the high table. He was seen chatting with Asiwaju Tinubu whom have been friends for over 20 years.He came in with his beautiful wife,Oludolapo and they also threw a lavish wedding for their daughter, Damilola in Abuja last week.
IT WAS A ROYAL ENTRY FOR OONI OF IFE AND CLOSE FRIEND,OBA ELEGUSHI
That the Ooni of Ife,Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Oba Saheed Elegushi are close friends is like stating the obvious. The first class monarch,Ooni presence was huge and his entry was very royal. He came in alongside his close friend,Oba Saheed Elegushi and they both sat close to each other.
OLUBADAN’S PRESENCE PUT ENDS TO HIS RIFT WITH GOV. AJIMOBI
When it was announced that the Olubadan of Ibadan,Oba Saliu Adetunji has arrived,many guests did not believe it especially those that has been following some controversies between the Oba and Gov. Ajimobi but we can tell you authoritatively that there is no rift between both anymore and this will be Gov. Ajimobis first family event that Olubadan will be attending which further confirms their renewed friendship.Olubadan Oloori was spotted with him.
WHY OLUWO OF IWO LOVES TO LOOK GOOD
The Oluwo of Iwo is one of the new and latest Obas in Nigeria. He is also a first class monarch. He redefined the Oluwo stool and many people has commended him over time. Oluwo made his way into the venue in his newly acquired G-Wagon from Innoson Motors. He came into the venue with his wife,Queen chin. He was decked in a lovely handcrafted aso oke beautifully designed to suit his rich taste. He matched it up with a blue crown and same colour of staff.
OBA AKIOLU AND ALAKE OF EGBA LAND SAT TOGETHER
Oba of Lagos,Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the Alake of Egba Land,Oba Adedotun Gbadebo were also at the wedding. They came to play a royal fatherly role to the couple. They both sat together,while Oba Akiolu stunned in his usual white outfit,Alake opted for his usual royal garb, blue aso oke.
A TALE OF BOTH PRESENT AND FORMER GOVERNORS
What do you expect when children of 2 governors are getting married?The wedding in Kano was graced by over 22 governors and this was also put to bear at the Ibadan the 2nd leg of the wedding. Many governors especially APC members both present and former stormed the wedding in full force to support the couple’s father sighted were Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,Ogun Governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun,Ondo Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, fmr Ekiti governor, Kayode Fayemi, fmr Ondo Governor, Niyi Adebayo, fmr Oyo governor, Alao Akala,fmr Ogun Governor, Segun Osoba, fmà Osun Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola,Kwara Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed, and host of many Northern governors.
ABOUT AISHA BUHARI’S LOVELY SPEECH
The wife of Nigeria’s president,Hajia Aisha Buhari is a lover of many people. She seldom attends Owambe but because of her position, she has been saddled with the responsibility of either attending on her own or on President’s behalf, the amazing First Lady whose husband was the Kano wedding came all the way from Abuja to felicitate with the grooms mother, Florence Ajimobi on her son’s wedding. She coordinated the cake cutting and spoke about how happy she was that a beautiful intercultural wedding is happening between Yoruba and Hausa and also within same party. She said she attended one last year and this year again,she is attending another. She showed her heartfelt love and prayed for the couple.
IBADAN BIZ MAN, KOLA DAISI WAS THE CHAIRMAN
One of Governor Ajimobi’s close friends turned inlaw, Chief Kola Daisi was the chairman. He spoke glowingly about the Ajimobis and urged the couple to make God their number 1.
THE AWOLOWOS SHOWED LOVE
The Awolowos too were not left out of the show,they share a close friendship with the Ajimobis. At the wedding was Awolowo matriach, Mrs Oyediran, who led other family members.
IBADAN ELITES DIDN’T MISS THE PARTY
Some of the big boys in Ibadan amongst who are politicians, govt officials and friends of the Ajimobis attended the wedding. Sighted were Rtd AIG,Musiliu smith,Shina Peller,Idris Arisekola,sen teslim folarin and sen babalola, and numerous others.
WHY THE GANDUJES ARE VERY CALM IN NATURE
If not that they are the brides parent, you will almost not know that the Kano Governor ,Ganduje’s and his First Lady, Hafsatu are the ones welcoming their inlaws at the wedding because they were so calm, no airs around them,very quiet but they are both well read.They dressed moderately in expensive outfits and was calm all through the wedding in Kano and grand reception in Ibadan.
TOP UK REDEEMED PASTOR, AGU IRUKWU FLEW IN FROM LONDON
At the party was UK popular pastor,Pastor Agu Irukwu who flew in all the way from London with his pretty wife. He was well attended to by Oyo First Lady,Florence Ajimobi and the governor himself. Pastor Agu is well grounded in UK and was the pioneer pastor of Jesus House church, He is highly connected within the royalty hierarchy of Great Britain.
WHAT IS BETWEEN BARR SADE BALOGUN AND THE AJIMOBIS?
Lagos society woman, Barr Sade Balogun made it to the party. She is one of the stylish matriachs of our time because she preaches what she does.The big time fabric merchant,former topshot in Ogun Govt and a titled chief in Abeokuta looked beautiful in an all velvet pink lace designed with expensive stones,petals and accessories, it is only someone that knows about fashion and who is very stylish that can rock velvet well. She was seen up and doing at the party and we gathered that she shares a close family friendship with the Ajumobis,infact one of her daughter in law also catered at the classy wedding.
GOV AYO FAYOSE’S WIFE SPOTTED WITH MAKE UP
The First Lady of Ekiti state,Feyisetan Fayose is not your regular Owambe woman and not even one who dress flamboyantly or make up her face but when she stepped into the venue, many looked at her twice because she wore a very lovely but simple make up which enhanced her well tied headgear.
HOW MUCH IS FATEEMA’S RECEPTION DRESS?
When all your dresses were designed by Deola Sagoe in Nigeria and international designer, Zuhair Murad then you can’t but less look like a billion dollar. Fateemahs spectacular reception dress which is in form of a wedding dress was designed by international award winning designer, Zuhair Murad. Deola sagoe designed all the othere beautiful dresses she wore so summing it up, you can be sure she spent millions of naira on all her cloth but the wedding reception dress caught many attention because of its intricate designs and carefully placed precious stones on it. For such dresses,you will surely part away with 25,000 dollars approximately close to 8 million in exchange.She looked stunny in all her dresses.
GOV AJIMOBI’S 4 PRETTYDAUGHTERS STOOD OUT
Governor Abiola and Florence Ajimobi have 4 pretty daughters, Abisola, Ajibola, Abimbola and Ajilola. For the fact that it was Abisola that did all the coordination and designs, her sisters also joined hands and supported her to give their brother a wedding to remember; All the outfits they wore from the Kano wedding to Ibadan reception were all beautiful,nicely sown and expensive. At the weddding reception,they were spotted wearing celebrity designer, Andrea Iyamah dresses.
NAIJA NO 1 DESIGNER, DEOLA SAGOE MADE THE BRIDES DRESSES
Give it to Deola Sagoe, she has carved a niche for herself in the fashion industry not only in Nigeria but internationally. Her outfit House of Deola made all the beautiful luxury and unique dresses the bride wore for her wedding and we can tell you they don’t come cheap.
LAGOS STYLE MATRIARCHS NOT LEFT OUT
At the party were style matriachs from Lagos, sighted were APC south west women leader,Chief Mrs Kemi Nelson, former LCCI chairman and wife of Ibadan topshot, Bayo Akande, Chief Mrs Onikepo Akande, Senator Florence Ita Giwa and others.
IJEBU CHIEF, KESSINGTON ADEBUTU WITHOUT WIFE
Ijebu billionaire and lotto boss, Chief Kesington Adebutu was at Ibadan, he wore a blue outfit and also sat at the VVIP table.He was spotted without his beautiful and young wife, Kofo Adebutu.
FROM KANO WITH LOVE
The brides family led a powerful delegates of northern governors,First Ladies and top individuals to the wedding. They stormed Ibadan in their lovely Hausa outfits which further exudes the richness of Hausa culture amongst the Yorubas.
GOV AMOSUN INLAW, ABIKE DABIRI WAS THERE
The special adviser to the president on diaspora, Hon Abike Dabiri was at the party. She wore the Fushia pink aso ebi with burgundy headgear and headed straight to greet her Inlaw,the Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun.
FMR HEAD OF STATE,GEN GOWON AMONGST A-LIST GUESTS
The former head of state, Gen Yakubu Gowon is a man of many parts, Highly praised by many for his unrivalled and unequalled outstanding personalities in ruling the state of the nation when he was Nigeria’s head of state. Despite he has left power many decades ago, he is still relevant in the country. He played a big fatherly role to Governor Ajimobi and his wife made it to Ibadan to support the couple on their wedding.
SEN ITA GIWA THE PARTY STUNNER
Do we need to tell you that mama Bakassi, Sen Florence Ita Giwa is stylish? She is one of the style matriarchs of our time. She stormed the reception party midway and dazzled in a Lacey burgundy tulle outfit which enhanced her beautiful figure and glowing skin. She matched it up with a glam headgear and she looked less her age. Her neck was also brimming of a rose gold diamond jewelry. She cuts the attention as one of the most best dressed celebrities at the party.
WEDDING COLOURS WAS PINK AND BURGUNDY
The colours of the day was pink and burgundy.Both colour mix did justice to guests outfits as it came out nice on everyone. Many of the guests wore the pink aso ebi while the headgear which was the gele ebi sold was a mix of burgundy with a touch of pink. Bride’s friends also dazzled in another set of colourful pink aso ebi with a burgundy aso oke and cap.
TROYKA BOSS, SHOBANJO PARTIED WITH WIFE
The Chairman of Troyka Holdings which controls over 10 companies, Biodun Shobanjo was at the party. When Chief Shobanjo attends any event, then it is either they are close families or allies or an A list party. He was the wedding with his wife.
OBA ORILE IGBON AND WIFE TOO
The new Oba of Olugbon of Orile Igbon in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Oba Francis Alao, was at the wedding party. Not only was he there, he was spotted with his beautiful Olori, Sola Adeoti now Sola Alao.. Let’s quickly tell you that the new Kabiyesi’s Olori is the first daughter of Doyin Group of companies’ chairman, Chief Samuel Adedoyin. She was the CEO of the defunct City Express Bank where she holds sway and a pastor in the redeemed church of God.
SENATE PRESIDENT’S WIFE,TOYIN SARAKI GLOWED
At the party was the former First Lady of Kwara State,Toyin Saraki,the beautiful wife of Ex Kwara Governor and Nigeria Senate President, Bukola Saraki. She came to the party without her husband,though her husband attended the Kano wedding. She glowed in her lovely aso ebi which suits her petite frame.
FMR PRESIDENT, OBASANJO SENT HIS WIFE, BOLA
Former Nigerian president,Chief Olusegun could not make the party but sent his wife, Mrs Bola She was at the party on time and sat with both families.She was seen sitting on the high table as well.
OBANIKOROS SON, JIDE STAND IN FOR DAD
Sighted looking dapper like his dad is Babajide Obanikoro,the son of former minister and gubernatorial candidate, senator Musiliu Obanikoro. He got into the venue midway and went straight to the high table to exchange pleasantries with other party chieftains present especially Asiwaju Tinubu.
ALIKO DANGOTE AND BEST FRIEND, FEMI OTEDOLA CAME IN TOGETHER
Nigerias rich men and close friends, Aliko Dangote of the Dangote group and Femi Otedola,chairman of Forte Oil stormed Ibadan all for Governor Ajimobi. They were seen wearing their usual outfit for the party.
SEN DAISY DANJUMA AND HER LOVE FOR SPECIAL DIAMONDS
It has become a norm for Daisy Danjuma to stand out amongst her peers and she does this with no airs around her. The stylish woman is a lover of diamonds, and sure the diamonds doesn’t come cheap stormed the party in a beautiful burgundy colour diamond which made her neck do all the talking. She loves to play down her jewelries but when she adorns any, it makes a statement.
NO IV, NO ENTRY EVENT
The much acclaimed wedding is strictly by invitation and some gate crashers did not even go close to the entrance because of the huge presence of armed security men and bouncers who manned the venue entrance.It was strictly tagged ‘’Strictly by Invitation”. It was beautifully made by popular invitation company, ‘The wedsing store’.
RECETION MARQUEE WAS A REPLICA OF WHITE HOUSE IN US
After passing through the water tight security men at the entrance and stepping into the venue proper,what comes to your face is a massive marquee which capacity was up to 3,000 guests,it was suitably mounted and looked like a replica of white house in the US. We gathered the design was shipped from abroad specially for the occassion,guests most likely forgot they are inside a marquee because it looks like a real house.The Governors daughter, Abisola who sits atop a luxury lifestyle company, AKD was behind all the designs.