By Gbenga Gbelee
One of the salient dreams of every parent is to witness the day they give out their daughter in marriage or take a wife for their son as the case may be.
It was no doubt a dream come true for the Ninalowo family of the University of Lagos and descendants of Ikorodu as Professor Adebayo Ninalowo gave out his daughter; Aishat in matrimony to her heart throb; Abdulwaheed, son of Mr and Mrs Waheed Olagunju, descendants of Offa in Kwara state.
Saturday; 1st of July, 2017 was a red letter day for both the Ninalowo and Olagunju families as they became in-laws officially by virtue of their children; Aishat and Abdulwaheed coming together in matrimony.
All roads led to the 10 degree events centre, situated along Billings way, Oregun, Ikeja in the heart of Lagos where a crème-de-la-crème converged to identify with both families on such a joyous occasion.
The mood was elative as guests made their ways into the well decorated hall to be part of the Nikkai (Islamic solemnisation) which later dovetailed into a civic and splendid reception.
Leading the pack was the Oba of Lagos; Oba Rilwan Akiolu who came in company of his array of white cap chiefs, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu; Oba Kabirudeen Shotobi and the Olubeshe of Ikorodu; Oba Richard Ogunsanya were also on ground leading other high profile monarchs and chiefs to the event.
On ground to receive the guests as they arrived not minding nature’s course through the downpour which characterised the early part of the day and the drizzling which dragged till almost midday were parents of both the bride; Prof Adebayo Ninalowo and the groom; Mr Waheed Olagunju, former Chief Executive Officer and Acting Managing Director of Bank of Industry Limited.
The arrival of both the bride; Aishat and the groom; Waheed kicked started the Nikkai with the Chief Imam of Oriwu Central Mosque, Ikorodu; Sheikh Muhammed Yahaya Olohunosebi presiding as the spiritual head.
His homily before the joining proper was a charge first to the bride, Aishat whom he implored to remain virtuous and be a worthy ambassador of her family as she proceeds to her matrimonial home.
Sheikh Olohunosebi who spoke glowingly about the late matriarch of the Ninalowo dynasty of Ikorodu also implored the groom; Abdulwaheed to be a good husband to his wife and see his new status as a call to responsibility.
To the in-laws on both sides, Sheikh Olohunosebi called for caution and warned them against the dangers of over-involvement in the affairs of the new couple.
Highpoint of the Nikkai was the official joining of Aishat and Waheed using items required according to Islamic rites which included the wedding ring, holy Quran, prayer rosary and kettle thereby declaring them husband and wife while the parents, relations, friends, well wishers and admirers watched with admiration and also prayed for them.
The Nikkai over, the event dovetailed into a glamorous reception during which guests of both families were hosted and treated to sumptuous meals and drinks of their choice.
The Vice chancellor, University of Lagos; Professor Rahamon Bello was readily on ground leading the array of principal officers of the University which included former and serving Deputy Vice Chancellors, the Registrar, and Dons including the Chairman, Centre of Excellence in Multimedia and cinematography, University of Lagos and professor of Mass Communication; Professor Ralph Akinfeleye alongside other academic and non-academic staffs of the ivory tower.
The reception was chaired by erudite professor of law; Professor Akin Oyebode, his remarks were anchored on the indispensability of love, trust and absolute faith between the newly wedded.
Prof Oyebode who recalled his personal experience of over three decades in marriage also buttressed the need for both the new husband and wife to see each other as one, hence they should build a relationship which will stand the test of time.
Other personalities who honoured both the Ninalowo and Olagunju families with their presence at the reception were the Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora matters; Honourable Abike Dabiri – Erewa who took the couple through their first assignment of cutting their wedding cake and feeding each other as well as an array of royal fathers.
It was a day of fulfilment for Professor Adebayo Ninalowo (Professor of Sociology and father of the bride) whose joy could best be encapsulated in the frenzy which characterised how he entertained his array of guests, how he danced with the bride (Aishat) before handing her over to her husband and the way he moved to the music supplied by the live-band in company of his relations, friends, well wishers and admirers who converged to identify with him on such an auspicious occasion.
The same could be said of the Waheed Olagunju family as they formally took custody of Aishat as their daughter-in-law having been married to their son; Abdulwaheed.
The couple (Aishat and Abdulwaheed) were also the cynosure of all eyes although the event, they electrified the entire atmosphere with lots of fun fair when they danced their way into the reception venue in company of their friends and also had their first couple’s dance as a way of bidding farewell to spinsterhood and bachelorhood.