A Nigerian wedding is far from being complete without an unnecessary display of affluence. Lots of Nigerians go as far as borrowing to make a statement with their weddings.
In as much as every Nigerian wants to have an extravagant wedding, some weddings definitely are bigger than the rest. Nowadays, rich Nigerian celebrities take their weddings out of the shores of Nigeria to ensure they are perceived as rich. This action and others like it definitely make some weddings stand out from the rest.
Some of the most expensive Nigerian weddings are;
Former President Jonathan’s Daughter’s Wedding
This wedding took place between former President Jonathan’s daughter and her then boyfriend Godswill Osim Edward. Although this is not the first wedding involving an incumbent president’s daughter, it is the most expensive.
Beyond the amount spent on both the traditional and white wedding, a lot was spent on gifts for this wedding. Some of the gifts for this wedding were packs of gold plated iPhone 5. These phones were designed by luxury designer Malivelihood.
Wedding of General Ibrahim Babangida’s daughter, Halimat
This is one of the most recent high profile weddings in Nigeria. Involved in this wedding were Halima Babangida, daughter of former military head of state, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and Gombe born Alhaji Auwal Abdullahi.
In attendance at this wedding were some of the biggest names in Nigerian politics. Among them were APC national leader Bola Tinubu, former president Goodluck Jonathan, senate president Bukola Saraki and a host of others.
This wedding recorded the highest number of private jets at a single event in Nigeria. In addition to the private jets that made it to Niger state for this wedding, there were also lots of luxurious vehicles around the venue of this wedding
Tools Oniru and Tunde Demuren’s Wedding
On the 28th of May, 2016, lots of Nigerians converged at far away Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to celebrate the matrimony of on air personality, Tolu Oniru popularly known as tools and aero contractor pilot Captain Tunde Demuren.
This wedding was not just the talk of town for a very long time, it was also one of the few extravagant celebrity weddings to take place off the shores of Nigeria last year.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Cynthia Obianobo’s Wedding
The wedding between former Big Brother Naija housemate and multiple brand ambassador Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and his beautiful wife and daughter of Nigerian billionaire Cynthia Obianobo took place on the 6th of February, 2016.
Venue for this wedding was the Federal Capital Territory. As a result of the couple’s social status, this wedding was attended by lots of A-list celebrities. Some of the wedding guests include two of the groom’s bosom friends Bankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W and Captain Tunde Demuren, husband of popular Beats FM OAP. Also at this wedding were Timi Dakolo and Noble Igwe.
Ogenyi Onazi and Sandra Ogunsuyi’s Wedding
Super Eagles midfield player Ogenyi Onazi on the 18th of June, 2016 got married to the love of his life Sandra Ogunsuyi. This Benue state born super eagles’ player’s wedding was wrapped in extravagance from start to finish.
Onazi’s bride was dressed in a wedding gown designed by an Italian designer based in the city of Rome. Also, the reception venue was decorated with class and extravagance. Present at this wedding were some of the most famous sportsmen in Nigeria as well as player agents and managers.
Zahra Buhari and Ahmed Indimi
The wedding between the daughter of incumbent Nigerian president, General Muhammadu Buhari and Ahmed Indimi, son of Northern billionaire took place early this year. Although this wedding was done on a very low key as requested by the president, it can still be regarded as expensive.
One very notable reasons this wedding is on the list of the most expensive weddings in Nigeria is because of the gifts the bride, Zahra Buhari got from her groom’s family. Zahra Buhari got a box of jewelry from her groom’s family. As at the day of wedding, this jewelry were estimated to be worth about N44 million. This is arguably the most expensive wedding gift ever.
Innocent Idibia and Ani Idibia
The wedding between Innocent Idibia popularly known as Tuface and Nigerian Nollywood actress Ani Macaulay was probably the most anticipated celebrity wedding of 2013.
This wedding took place in the beautiful city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates on the 23rd of May, 2013. This occurred 11 years after the duo began dating.
This wedding was attended by both politicians, businessmen and top Nigerian entertainers. It is probably the only recorded case where a Nigerian celebrity got married to one of his baby mamas.
Stephanie Okereke and Linus Idahosa
The wedding between top Nollywood actress, Stephanie Okereke and her husband Linus Idahosa was the celebrity wedding of 2012.
Beginning with the wedding venue to the wedding dress and social status of wedding guests, everything about this wedding was in a class of its own.
Just like the beautiful Stephanie had always wanted, her wedding was a perfect fairy tale wedding and also the first known Nigerian wedding to take plae in Paris, France.
Tiwa Savage and Tunji Balogun
In 2014, Nigeria music queen Tiwa Savage got married to her manager/ boyfriend Tunji Balogun, popularly known as Teebliz. Just like many other Nigerian celebrity weddings, this wedding took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Present at this wedding were Banky W who played the role of the groom’s best man and other popular faces in Nigerian entertainment.
Olujuwon Obasanjo and Temitope Adebutu
This is the most recent wedding on the list of most expensive weddings in Nigeria. It took place on the 14th of May, 2017 between Olujuwon Obasanjo, son of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and Temitope Adebutu, daughter of wealthy businessman, Chief Kessington Adebutu popularly known as “Baba ijebu”.
This wedding took place in Lagos and was attended by National leaders, Royal fathers and a host of many others. Although, the expenses at this wedding are yet to be ascertained, it is definitely one of the most expensive weddings in Nigeria.
This list is dominated by celebrity weddings because celebrities are in the limelight. There might be other expensive weddings not on this list because they are not weddings of known people. It is there important to note that only weddings of famous people were able to make it to this list.