Lagos PDP Deputy governorship aspirant, Yemisi Busari and her husband, Olatunde are a great pair. To crown it all, they have a beautiful marriage and blessed with 3 lovely children. The couple is both lawyers. In fact the husband, Teslim is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, with 3 lovely children. They have been married for over 25 years and their kids are doing very well in their respective fields. They are an inseparable duo, they are very close to each other and this could be deduced from the type of close-knit family they come from.
Tunde Folawiyo and Reni are one of the lovely couples we admire. The Lagos oil magnate who heads the Folawiyo dynasty, Tunde Folawiyo and his pretty wife, Reni Folawiyo are over 30 years in marriage. The duo who got married on March 11th, 1989 in a spectacular wedding has been a role model couple for younger generations. They have chosen to keep their marriage lives private and hardly will you see them in the public display of love not until 3 years ago when they took many by surprise on their 28th wedding anniversary by openly displaying their love for each other. Not too many people know that Tunde and Reni’s marriage is up to 30 years except those who are privy to such information. They got married in a spectacular high octane wedding when Tunde was in his 30s and Reni in her late 20s. Theirs was a marriage that has waxed stronger and still waxing stronger.
Call them the power couple, it best describes these two amazing beings who have been together for 30 years. Tayo and Tutu Ayeni are both successful entrepreneurs who are doing very well in their respective fields. They have both made marriage look so easy that they live it and still waxing strong. It is pretty difficult for a marriage to last long in this time and era when both partners are prominent within the social space but Tayo and Tutu have got the magic wand where they both made up their minds to apply basic principles in tackling any issues they are faced with, in their marriage. Their love story is very amazing having shared many memories together during their undergraduate days.
In the Vineyard of God, Papa Ayo and Mama Helen Oritsejafor are well appreciated. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is the former Christian Association of Nigeria President and general overseer of the Word of Life Bible Church. The wife is a Dynamic Preacher, Mother, Business Tycoon and TV Personality. Many people know her as a pastor’s wife but many did not know she is a Yoruba woman and also because most people call her Helen. Her Yoruba name is Adunola. Helen is the backbone behind her husband. In her words on their love story,”I never planned to marry a pastor. I was already exposed to people as pastors and I saw what a lot of them go through. But when he showed up, he captivated me with his physique and personality”.They got married in I997 and blessed with triplets, 2 boys and a girl.
Pastor Paul Adefarasin is the Senior Pastor of House on the Rock Church and he has been married to his pretty wife, Ifeanyi for 26 years. Their love story is an amazing one, Pastor Ifeanyi once revealed how Pastor Paul proposed to her and what the attraction was in her tribute to her husband when he turned 50 a few years back.
Lanre Tejuosho is a suave, dapper and stylish heir apparent to the Tejuoso dynasty, Senator Lanre Tejuoso is a man of many colors. As he has made a success of his career so has he made a success of his marriage. He is happily married to Princess Moji Okoya, the first daughter of Eleganza boss, Alhaji Rasak Okoya.
The Minister of Works and Housing and former Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola and his wife, Abimbola Fashola also have an intimidating love story, the wife once narrated, “I met my husband at age 27. That was at my best friend’s engagement then. I was serving and making sure everybody was okay and well-taken care of, attending to people and all that. And then his father saw me and then said, I have a son. And I will like you to meet my son. So, I said no problems, sir. He said good. My son will soon come in. As soon as he comes in he will call me. When he came we introduced ourselves. We met. We exchanged our numbers and that was it. We took it off from there. The striking thing I saw in him was that he was cool. He looked cool-headed. He was friendly. He had no airs around him. He was a simple fellow. He was already working then as a lawyer. He was at Sofunde, Belgore & Co. He clicked with my sisters too. He was always going to parties with them. He was bubbling with them. I didn’t use to go to these parties with them. My younger sister and he just hit it off and were going to parties and all that. Since my sisters accepted him, I had no choice but to accept him.
Tax boss, Tunde Fowler and wife Rosemary have been married for 36 years and blessed with 3 children. Rosemary cuts a picture of a dutiful wife and homemaker to her husband. She is of the American extraction with a rich pedigree and also attended Ivy League Schools. It was in Wisconsin their love story started. They went to the same University of Wisconsin, White Water in US and from there they took their romance to another level and came back to Nigeria together as they say, the rest is history.
What of former First Bank CEO, Bisi Onasanya and wife, Helen? The successful couple has carved a niche for themselves in their different endeavors beautiful beginning started from when they were young. They met while in secondary school. At a point, they went to the same secondary school and the same polytechnic. Helen studied Insurance while Bisi studied Accounting and they started as platonic friends but later on, they met again on Broad Street Lagos and after a dinner date, Bisi proposed to his wife, Helen. The beautiful couple got married on October 25, 1986, and they have beautiful and successful children to show for it.
Few years back, Governor Wike and his wife, Justice Suzette celebrated their 17 years anniversary about 2 years ago and his wife reminisced on how they started till they got married. In her words, ”It’s funny how life sometimes takes us where we never plan or expect to go. For three years, we sat in the same lecture rooms and halls but never passed a word between each other.” she writes.”It was only after I chanced upon his law notebooks in the possession of a mutual classmate that everything changed.”At that time, the law books in our library were expired and in most cases not available and we had to find other means to report our Nigerian case law”. Their love is also waxing stronger.
The love story between Gbenga Daniel and Olufunke started off in Lagos in the 80s precisely Allen Avenue, Ikeja. Funke was doing a holiday job in a Bookshop in Ikeja and Gbenga came into the bookshop to purchase some books, on noticing Funke, They had a brief chat and time passed by. Later Funke went back to school, the University of Ibadan and her colleagues told her that Gbenga had been asking after her and was always coming to the bookshop to look for her so her colleagues directed Gbenga to her school. Later they met at a party and shortly after, love chemistry ensued between the 2 and before you say Jack Robbinson, the rest was history. They got married in 1986 and they are blessed with 5 amazing children.. She often referred to her husband as the one that brought out the positive side and outgoing aspect of her because she used to be a quiet person and those were part of the many attractions.
Pastor Nomthi narrated that she met Pastor Taiwo Odukoya in London where she stays when he came for a ministration at her local church, Triumphant Church International. She was a chorister and she enjoyed every bit of the preaching which was amazing. Unknown to her, Pastor Taiwo had seen her and could not come to meet her then she said after the conference, her pastor called her that someone is interested in her but she never gave in because of the relationship she was still keeping then.
So later after she walked out of the relationship, Pastor Taiwo had a stopover in London during one of his travelings and that was how they met for the first time. Though through her pastor in London who had given him her phone number, he was calling her before then and months later, he proposed to her. Initially, when she found out he was pastor Bimbos widower, she didn’t want to give in but after series of prayers she was convinced and since then it has been a beautiful union.
A few years back when the Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade revealed he is ready to walk down the aisle, many were happy and amazed. The lucky lady that stole his heart is Toyin Fajuyigbe aka Toyin Fajj, a media personality and gospel musician. Toyin Fajj is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of StoryTeller Media. The love story of Pastor Poju Oyemade and Toyin Fajuyigbe is said to have spanned over 5 years before they got married. Toyin is a worker in the Pastor’s church. She caught the attention of the Pastor and they hit it off from there.
Pastor Femi Faseru is the Senior Pastor of KICC Church in Nigeria. He is happily married to pastor Sade Faseru and together they have lovely kids. Pastor Faseru once shared their life story, I met my wife in September 1994. It was in the UK and she had been living in the UK. She studied in the UK and a cousin of hers who was a friend of mine in Nigeria here, I wanted to meet up with her in the UK. There was this party that was going to come, I invited that lady and she was going to come so that I will get to see her and gist with her. Her name is Dupe Awe. So I invited her but she needed someone to drive her to the party. So she invited her cousin (my wife now) so that she could drive her. When she then told me they were coming in a car, I stayed in my house and I gave her my house address to come. I was living with Gbenga Olunloyo at that time. So when they came, I decided to offer them dinner and jokingly I said what would they like to eat, that would they like to eat Amala? So they settled for Amala, and I went to the kitchen to do it and I made nice Amala for them. So I guess my wife thought this must be an angel; how on earth can a man be able to make Amala this way! So, later she told me that made a huge impression on her. So we became friends almost immediately and we kept on talking. So that is how I met her and in 1996 we got married.
Popular and award-winning comedian cum actor, Ayo Makun has enjoyed many beautiful years together with his wife, Mabel. Ayo also reminisced on the attraction when it all started, “We met at the (Delta State University) beauty contest and I was trying to get Mabel to be part of it. Mabel turned the pageant down because she was too busy with schoolwork at the time. We have been married for many years now and blessed with a daughter, Michelle.
Mary Akpobome and Ali Baba‘s love story is a beautiful one. They met at a bank when he went to open an account. She was the Banker and he was the customer. Then they had a baby together. They are one couple we admire.
Even if Oba Akinsiku talks about his life, his marriage is what he loves to keep to himself but for the interviewer, she made sure Oba Akinsiku who got married at the age of 30 spoke about his marriage to Olori Roimot and how it has lasted 15 years.
“I have been married to my wife for 15 years and I am still counting. I thank God for bringing us this far. My wife is a lovely and beautiful woman, she understands me. She knows I am a socialite, and I am going to do my social activities outside. But when it comes to my family, I don’t joke with them. My wife, my children, I take good care of them. And how did they meet? I met her 15 years ago, I met her in America and since then we got married and here we are today giving glory to God.
The number one couple in Lagos is Governor Sanwoolu and his wife, Ibijoke. In one of Gov. Sanwoolu’s interview’s he revealed, “We met in the university. Maybe you do not know I was a DJ. I used to be a paid DJ, meaning that I have my cassette player and other things. You guys now use MP3, flash drive and all. In those days, I used to carry all my cassettes and record box around. I met her at one of the Jambite parties that we used to have for new students. I had been in the university before she came as a Jambite. One of the things that usually happened then was that we always served ice cream in our parties. It was not the conventional parties of rice and plantain you have these days. The good thing about the whole thing is the fact that apart from being the DJ, which means I would give them good music, I was also the person to serve the ice cream and that means I would only give the ice cream to whoever I wanted. So, it was in the course of serving ice cream that I spotted her. I saw her and said to myself, ‘wow, this little one”. She was very innocent and looked too little. Today, she is a Medical Doctor. As a medical student then, after the first year at Akoka, she moved to LUTH at Idi-Araba to continue her medical studies. So, we continued. No telephone then, so I had to do the trips. It had to be measured trips of every two weeks. You need to say to yourself that I will be back in two weeks, you better be there. That was how our relationship grew. We dated for a long time, about 8 to 9 years before we married. As they say, everything is now history.
The Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr Obafemi Hamzat is also happily married to his long time beau, Oluremi. The couple has a lovely life story as well. According to the Deputy Governor, “We met in Ibadan. I went to the University of Ibadan and she went to Ibadan Polytechnic. In the process of activities all over we met. There was a symposium that I went to at Ibadan and interestingly, I noticed her. Again, there was an inaugural lecture by a professor in U.I that she also came for. I said, ‘Ha, ha, this woman has been coming. I have been seeing her. Maybe I should talk to her.’ One thing led to another and she became my wife. So, we met in U.I. On the attraction, Not many students come for inaugural lectures and the few that come interacted with each other. So, I just felt this lady that has been coming for this kind of lecture must be academically inclined. I think that was the attraction.I saw her in 1985 and from then on I was talking with her and in 1986, she said yes.
Since Segun Agbaje, became Managing Director of GT Bank Plc, his wife, Derin has left no one in doubt that she greatly complements his towering corporate status. The better half of the bank chief also takes time to rock the social scene. The beautiful couple is always a delight to behold.
On the list of celebrity couples, Lanre and Dupe Ogunlesi. Lanre is the boss of Sophisticat Clothings while she sits atop the thriving homeware stores, Adam and Eve. They have been married for over 35 years.
The train moves down to Doctor, Lawrence Akinsanya who runs the popular Amuwo Odofin Hospital, AMC in Lagos. His wife is the Iyalaje of Odua Market, Chief Mrs Omolara Akinsanya, the boss of the popular fabric store, Affordable, she is also the CEO of Aftermeals Catering services and All is well stores, well-grounded within the textile industry. They met on their way from Ijebu to Lagos and their marriage has lasted for over 20 years.
Let’s tell you about Chief Bisi Olatilo, an accomplished broadcaster and Ace MC who runs the popular BOS Communications and wife, Sade. They are one lovely couple who have been married for over 30 years. The couple met in Ibadan.
Highly industrious and boss of Quincy Herbal Slimmers is Quincy Ayodele. She is married to Engineer John Ayodele and the marriage has lasted for over 30 years.
Legal Practitioner and former 2-time commissioner in Lagos, Muiz Banire is married to Funmi, they are also enviable and for many years. Funmi is one of the ladies that dress very well to parties, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and wife, Mutiat are also one couple we admire. They have been married for over 30 years.
On this list is Oba Of Ilara Epe, Oba Folarin Ogunsanwo and his pretty Olori, Bolanle Ogunsanwo. They are an inseparable duo who dazzle us at every event. They are one of the couples we admire this Valentine.
Chief Mrs Noimot Okoya is the pretty wife of Alhaji Rasak Okoya’s younger brother, Tajudeen Okoya. She is one of the crowd pullers at many Owanbes, the couple has always been a recurring decimal at social events.
On this list is the Capital Oil Boss, Ifeanyi Ubah and his chubby wife, Uche. They are also inseparable. Demola Oyefeso is another socialite who attends many A-list parties, He is married to a socialite as well, Yetunde Oyefeso and they step out together.
Lagos lawmaker, Funmi Tejuosho will catch your attention many times. She is married to Kayode Tejuosho,one of the sons of Oba Tejuosho. She is one of the stunners at parties. Senator Olorunimbe Mamora and his wife, Olanlesi are on this list too. Senator Bariyu Ashafa, an ardent politician who has served Lagos State well also at the federal level is equally married to Folashade Omobola Asahafa for over 35 years and they are still waxing strong.
The younger sister of Eleganza boss, Wosilat Okoya is not missing on the list because of her prominence in the social scene.She is married to former Minister of State for Interior, Demola Seriki. It also includes Former Lagos Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro’s and wife,Hon. Justice Jumoke Pedro who are also prominent figures within the social milieu. What of celebrity couple, Ogun ex-Governor, Chief Segun Osoba and Dame Derin Osoba, they both light up the social scene.
Ovation Publisher, Chief Dele Momodu and his reserved wife, Bolaji are also on this list.
The inexhaustive list includes Kuburat Shokunbi of Kubis Fabrics in Lagos Island, she is married to popular socialite, Akeem Shokunbi. Sifax Boss, Taiwo Afolabi and wife, Sade Afolabi, former Rivers 1st Lady, Onari Duke and husband, Ex-River Governor, Donald Duke. Federal lawmaker and one of the illustrious Ikorodu daughters. Abike Dabiri is married to Segun Erewa, she is currently one of the special advisers of president Buhari. Make-up Expert, Tara Durotoye is married to a popular motivational speaker, Fela Durotoye. Sarah Bunu, daughter of former FCT Minister is the pretty wife of former Police IG, MD Abubarkar, they also make a lovely couple. Bigtime bizwoman, Toyin Kolade and her husband, Kayode Kolade. Former Minister, Odein Ajumogobia and wife, Awuneba Ajumogobia, Some Governors and their wives will also be mentioned, Ogun Governor Dapo Abiodun and wife, Bamidele, Oyo Gov, Seyi Makinde and wife, Tamuno, Gov Sanwoolu and wife, Ibijoke, Ogun ex-gov, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun and wife, Olufunsho Amosun. Former Osun Gov, Rauf Aregbesola and wife, Sherifat. Ex- Ondo Gov, Segun Mimiko and wife, Kemi.
Otunba Subomi Balogun’s first son, Mobolaji who is a tested and accomplished investment banker and financial guru, is the CEO of Financial Advisory Services firm, Chapel Hill Denham is married to beautiful Kemi, the beautiful daughter of veteran journalist, poet, playwright and author, Frank Aig-Imoukhuede. They have been married for many years and still waxing strong.
Jide Balogun is the second born of the foremost banker and he is married to Uche, the beautiful daughter of Ide- Asaba billionaire, Chief Sonny Odoqwu, He is a member of the Nigerian Bar and holds an MBA from Durham University, UK. What of Ladi Balogun and his pretty wife, Banke? They are also one of the power couples in the corporate sector. Ladi is the 3rd son of Otunba Subomi Balogun and married into an illustrious Lagos family, the Alakija family. The tall, handsome, gorgeous, and good-looking former MD of FCMB who is now the GMD of FCMB group met his pretty wife in the United Kingdom through his best friend who is Banke’s cousin. She works with Shell. Their beautiful marriage of 15 years has produced 4 lovely children.
The last born of the family, Gboyega Balogun is married to a big-time Brainy Emma. For 10 years now, Gboyega has been the Managing Director of CSL Stockbrokers Ltd.Emma is the Global Mobility Advisor at Electronic Arts (EA) Royal Holloway, University of London Guildford, United Kingdom.
Even if former UBA Bank CEO, Philip Oduoza is highly reserved and not an Owanbe person, he still made this list with his pretty wife, Jumai. They are one couple many love to see when they step out for events. They both compliment each other and have been married for many years.
The Group Deputy Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe is another great pair with his wife. Hebert has in his possession an impressive and intimidating CV to earn him the raise to be the post. Equally married to a great consultant, Chioma, they are on our watch list this Valentine.
Heirs Holding Group boss, Tony Elumelu and his wife, Dr Awele Elumelu, a Trustee of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and a leading voice in Africa’s healthcare sector are also one of the couples we admire. Chris Ubosi is the CEO of Megalectrics Limited, operators of Classic FM 97.3, The Beat 99.9FM and Naija FM 102.7. He is married to Ijeoma Obosi, the founder and CEO of Kontessa, a multi-branch fashion retail store, and Arsenal Ventures.