+Why It Was Star-Studded
Respected Lagos society woman, Alhaja Shareefah Andu, the owner of Arabel, a popular up-scale Islamic shop in Lagos on Sunday 4th of November, 2018, gathered many prominent Nigerians at the spacious The Podium hall, Kubooye road, Oniru Lekki, Phase 1, when her pretty daughter, Adedoyin Aisha and her boo, Taiwo Taofiq Kafidipe, son of Alhaji Abdul Fatai Alani, had their wedding reception.
Though the wedding first phase kicked off in Ibadan few weeks ago, many, who couldn’t make the Ibadan traditional wedding all came out in their large number for the classy wedding reception in Lagos. City People’s Assistant Society Editor, ABIOLA ORISILE was at the silver and ash event to serve you exclusive gists from the wedding reception. Below are excerpts of the event.
OLORILADUN SIJUADE’S DAUGHTER, DEREMI HANDLED THE EVENT
Right from the way the large guests were welcomed into the well decorated venue of the wedding, one could tell that only a pro like Princess Derenle Sijuade of Ruby Fay Events and planning company could do the magic. She is the only daughter of Oloori Ladun Sijuade, wife of late Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Okunade Sijuade. She has also handled many prominent weddings. This was why many were not surprised that she also did justice to the wedding decor and planning. Entering the venue, the ambience of the decor made many of the guests feel at home. The banquet chair was arranged in such a way that all the guests could view the dance section of the couple.
OVER 500 CELEBRITIES ROCKED THE SILVER AND ASH ASO-EBI
The only party which was on the lips of many South-West women in the month of November was the holy solemnization between Adedoyin Aisha and her handsome husband, Taiwo Taofeek Kafidipe. This is because Aisha and her mum co-run her mother’s shop. Her mother even has a special line of trendy scarves which was named after her. Her mother is also very influential and close to all the ‘who is who’ in Nigeria’s corridor of power especially the muslim community. To know Alhaja Sherifat Andu is to know her beautiful look-alike daughter. Not only is Aisha was a well trained and highly cultured young babe, she is also very friendly. This was why many who heard that she was signing the dotted lines didn’t only buy the fabrics, they saved the date.
LAGOSFIRST LADY WAS FULLY REPRESENTED
OSUN DEPUTY GOVERNOR AND ADEJOKE ADEFULIRE MADE IT
Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori was one of the early callers at the event. She walked in at few minutes past 3pm beaming with smiles as she took her seat at the reserved session for VIPS. She later joined the mother of the bride, Mrs. Sherifat Andu, when she was ushered into the hall. She was later joined by former Lagos Deputy Governor and Special Adviser to the President, Muhhamed Buhari, Mrs. Adejoke Adefulire. She was one of those who coordinated the cutting of the cake with Mrs. Foluke Abdulrasak.
HERE COMES THE PROUD MOTHERS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM
The joy that flowed in the hearts of Alhaja Shareefah Abiola Andu and Alhaja Kudirat Abimbola couldn’t be contained, as their 2 children sealed their marital vows. They both looked so much like a bride themselves as their husbands watched them with admiration. Mrs. Shareefah was the cynosure of all eyes as she was elegantly dressed in a luxury lemon colour HOH lace sewed into traditional iro and buba. She had on a lemon shoe and purse to go with it while her 18 carat gold jewellery kept ‘talking’ as she danced in. Of course, Alhaja Kudirat was also up to the task, she danced in looking like a pack of diamonds. One needed not be told that their children have made them proud, not only by excelling in their academic pursuits, but also by choosing for themselves the right partner.
SO, ACE BRAODCASTER, MODELE SARAFA YUSUF AND ARABEL ARE SISTERS…
Not many know that Mrs. Modele Sarafa-Yusuf and Alhaja Shareefah Abiola Andu are blood sisters. This was obvious at the Kafidipe and Andu wedding as she came with her large guests to witness the wedding of her niece. She was up and doing to make sure the event went as planned. She also came with her large guests who flew in from Abuja with her. Her husband of many years, Alhaji Yusuf, was also in attendance with his guests.
THE GRAND ENTRY OF THE COUPLE
A few minutes past 4pm, the entire hall went agog when the beautiful bridal train for the couple danced in. They dazzled many of the guests with their dance steps as they danced in, in twos. While many were admiring the bridal train, they also tried to catch a glimpse of what the couple rocked for their D-Day. They however took the guests by surprise when the guests were told to look towards the other direction. The couple took guests by surprise as they came out holding hands while the stage decor was opened. It was a romantic moment as the flame of love and lighting covered them up while they walked like angels. The ebony pretty bride, Aisha, looked stunning in a floor length milk cream coloured gown with an embellished Luxury Aisha head wrap cap from Arabel. It was one of the rare coloured caps, while her husband, Taiwo Taofiq complemented her in a cream white suit. The bride is a lawyer by profession while her husband is an Economist turned business consultant.
IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL DAY FOR THE BRIDE AISHA AND HER MUM
It was an emotional day for the beautiful bride, Aisha Andu and her look-alike mother, Mrs. Shareefah Andu. The beautiful bride who kept smiling throughout her day stunned the hall when she sang Adekunle Gold’s special song for mothers specially for her mother. Arabel danced so well to the song and sang along with her daughter.
HAJI ABOLA SHAGAYAPARTIED WITH SIS ABBA
Oil Magnate, Hajia Bola Shagaya was very visible at Aisha Andu’s wedding. She was spotted rocking the special aso-ebi which was picked for the large guests. She was seen with Lagos society matriach, Sis Abbah Folawiyo. They chatted freely while the event lasted.
AND OLORI LADUN SIJUADE TRIED THE SWIFT GELE
At a few minutes past 5pm, the ever stunning wife of late Ooni of Ife, Olori Ladun Sijuade walked in elegantly and changed the tone of the party. Looking pretty as ever, she was welcomed by Alhaja Shareefah herself. As expected of the fashion pacesetter, Olori Ladun had no hiding place. Many of the guests couldn’t take their eyes off her new trendy “Swift” gele.
IT WAS AN ARRAY OF SOCIALITES
Itwas an array of many VIPs. They include like Dr. Muiz Banire, Balogun AbiolaOsho and wife, Dr. Lanre Dixion, Mrs. Chioma Madubuko, Mrs. Bimpe Odunsi, AlhajaFehintola Muri-Okunola, Alhaja Wonu Folami, Mrs. Foluke Abdulrasak, Alhaji andAlhaja Ogunniyi, Alhaja Deroju, Alhaja Gbemiso Fatgbems and children, EngineerLanre Shagaya, Engineer Ashim Oyekan and wife,(Adama), Dr. and Dr. Mrs.Monsurat Oyekan, Justice Tokunbo Majekodunmi, Mrs. Morufat Obanikoro, Dr.Akintunde Kareem, Mrs. Aisha and KuburatLawal, Tokunbo Eko, Tokunbo Awoniyi, Dr.Taofeek Oladiran Folami, Senaator Akanbi, Senator Gbenga Obadara, Ahaja Medinah Wahab Okudjato, Hon. LanreIbrahim, Gbenga Bamiro, Dr. Lambert Ofoegbu, Barrister Kilani, Sesan Ishmail,Tola Satos Anjorin , Alhaja Lai Muhhamed, Ambassador Lola Akanbi, Mrs. RisikatAkinyode, Fatimo Braimo, Mrs. Peju Muraino, Mrs. Eniola Kilani, Mrs. FunkeAkinyera, Alhaja Mariam Kilani(UK), Barrister Lanre Osinaike, Mrs. Toyin Qudus,Alhaji and Alhaja Ebiti, Mr. and Mrs. Afis Bakare, Mrs. Teju Philips, ModdenatOlushola, Tokunbo Adegbaike, Hajia Raimat Olatinwo, Hajia Raliat Oyetunde,Hajia Fatimah Braimah, Mrs. RasheedatOgunsnaya, Mrs. Sherifat Baoku, Mrs. Maimunat Folami, Mrs. Folasade Salako,Mrs. Jenifer Afebuameh,, Hajia Laraba Ibrahim,, Hajia Taibat MogbojubolaOnisiga, Mrs. Folake Akanbi, Olori Alaba Oniru, Abosede Oyeleye, Mrs LambetOfoegbu, Hjia Similola Adegbite, DrTokunbo Dabiri, Olori Toun Adebowale, Princess Funmi Odunsi, Mrs. Joko oni,Olori Moji SIjuade, Abiola Gbadamosi,Mrs Olarewanju Emili Olufunmilola, Alhaja Aisah Popoola, Mrs. Monsu AmokeSoaga, Alhaja Kehinde Abimbola , AlhajaSakirat Adisa, Mrs Oluwatoyin Agboola, Mrs. Bola Bakre, Alhaja AlakeSopeyin, Fatima Wali Abdulrahma, AderemiAdeleye (groom’s sister), Omolade Ajibola, Jokotade Bamiro, Hajia Tutu Oloko,Mrs Qudus, Alhaja Bola Owoyemi( Rikaz,) Alhaja Dupe Belgore, Iyaloja General Mrs. Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, Alhaja Tope Lawal, De-root Aso-oke, TolaSantos and others.