|Bridegroom, Wale and Oyenike|
center of event
wondrous celebration of life, and even though it happens once in a life time,
anytime it is experienced, it is always an extra-ordinary occasion. But in
Yoruba land where the culture of families meeting each other before the couples
are contracted into the union is a standard, the event becomes merrier.
|There was more than enough to eat.|
That was the real picture penultimate
Saturday when the families of a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Senator Simeon Ajibola came with their son, Architect Wale Ajibola for the hand
of beautifully endowed Rosemary Oyenike, one of the daughters of Princess Rose
Osipitan, MD/CEO of First Royal Oil Nigeria Ltd a leading oil marketing firm in
Nigeria and a prominent member of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association
of Nigeria (IPMAN) in marriage.
ceremony attracted dignitaries from all walks of life who stormed Princess
Rose Osipitan’s Ologun Agbaje
street off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos home to usher the new couple
into a marriage life with lots of fanfare and celebration. Leading the team of
dignitaries that stormed the Saturday event were families of the groom which
comprise father, Senator Simeon Ajibola (PDP) Kwara South who was in company of
his wife and mother of the groom, Deaconess Victoria Oladunni Ajibola
and his brother, Alhaji Akewusola Ajibola, friend, Alhaji Bola Sanusi and a
retinue of family members from Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara state who
joined Wale to ask for Oyenike’s hand in marriage. Others who came with the three times Senator
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are PDP woman leader and member of the Board
of Trustee, Chief (Mrs.) Aduke Maina with a cream of top party stalwarts
who added color to the ceremony. The event which started 11 am in the morning
suddenly amassed its own life and turned big with lots of traditional
celebration, exotic drinks and assorted meals of various delicacies for the
over one thousand guests that closed the date for Princess Osipitan.
|Guests having fun time|
|There was more than enough to drink|
|Madam First Royal, Princess Rose Osipitan |
on her happiest day.
Chairman of the occasion/Father of the day was former Minister of Health and
founder of Juli Pharmaceuticals, Chief Julius
Adeluyi Adelusi who sat all through the day and welcomed other important guests
to the event. The Ewi of Ado Ekiti where Princess Rose Osipitan hails from, Oba
Rufus Adejuyigbe also sent in his Royal staff of office and a retinue of
elderly representatives from Ado Ekiti to celebrate with an illustrious
daughter who was giving out one of her daughters in marriage. Another very
important traditional ruler who graced the event with his presence was the Onitori
of Itori kingdom, Abeokuta, Oba Fatai Akamo who graced the event
with retinue of aides and his emblem of office; the mother of the bride Princess
Rose Osipitan is one of his eminent chiefs: she is the Iya
Oba of Itori land in Ogun state. Among the very important
dignitaries who graced the event are Oil big boys and top Independent Petroleum
marketers and members of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria
(IPMAN) like Chief Akinfenwa of the Lagos Oil depot, Alhaji Dele Tajudeen,
Chairman of Mosinmi Oil depot and the Chairman of Ibadan Depot also known as AK
Petroleum Nigeria ltd and a host of many independent petroleum
marketers who graced the occasion to celebrate with one of their own. The Lagos Fabric sector did not lag behind as
they came in droves and nearly competed with the IPMAN circle; leading the
cream of the Lagos fabric sector was the Iyaloja of Gutter Market in Lagos
and best friend of Princess Rose Osipitan, Chief (Mrs.) Amori Odumosu
Founder/CEO of Ritz fashion International.
|Madam First Royal in company of admirers|
|Chief (Mrs.) Basirat Olayinka Ojugbele (R) dragged|
political class to the event.
|A top IPMAN Chief appreciates Princess Rose Osipitan|
very prominent woman who supported her friend on that very auspicious occasion was
APC Woman leader and Gbegba-Aje of Owode kingdom in Ogun state, Chief (Mrs.) Basirat Olayinka
Ojugbele; the very powerful and influential APC woman leader in Ojokoro
land, Lagos, drew her cream of friends to the event which include Chief (Mrs.) Mary
Akiode, Alhaja Biodun Ninalowo, Chief (Mrs.) Iyabode
Akerele, Alhaja Nurat Dauda and a host of other very
important women in Lagos business and political circle. However one other woman
that drew lots of attention with her appearance and clout was the Iyalode
of Gbagura land and Yeye-Meso of Oke-Odan, Chief
(Mrs.) Adunni Bankole who came with a retinue of aides and friends. The
party was never complete without the presence of Chief (Mrs.) Alake
Osun, CEO, Justland Hotels Ltd, Lagos and Chief (Mrs.) Funmi
Sodeke, CEO, Unique Jewelries Ltd and many other
very important ladies who stormed the wedding introduction ceremony in their
best mood and apparels. Lagos top property developer, Architect kayoed Idowu who
is equally the first son of Chief (Mrs.) Basirat Olayinka Ojugbele
and his wife, Alero of Hallero Couture Ltd also graced the
one in town wedding introduction ceremony. Other children of the frontline oil
entrepreneur, Princess Rose Osipitan were also in attendance
with their young friends from all walks of life who came to pomp champagne and
celebrate with the Osipitan family. They are Doyin Aladesanmi and Bunmi
Omosehin; her third child Adebayo Osipitan who was in London
at the time his sister was being given out in marriage sent in a blackberry
message from his UK school. The white
wedding which is to take place in a later date in the middle of the year
promises to be a grand occasion as the new couple have the backing of their
influential families to pull strings and make the event a successful one.
|Bride, Oyenike with Onitori of Itori land, Oba Fatai Akamo|
|Bride with Ex-Minister Julius Adelusi and father-in-law, Senator Ajibola|
after the introduction engagement ceremony at the bride’s Ologun Agbaje, off
Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos home. It was the groom, Architect Wale
Ajibola who is one of the scions of the three times Senator Simeon Ajibola of
Kwara South (PDP) who spoke to us first before his fiancée agreed spoke. The London trained architect who matches brain
with humility opened up on how he came across his equally beautiful and well
trained wife, Rosemary Oyenike in a popular Lagos eatery. Enjoy the exerpts.
name is Wale Ajibola and I can simply tell you that I am very happy for what
God has done for me today. It is such a wonderful day to behold.
met somewhere on Adeola Odeku (On Victoria Island) some years back, like three
years back; 2011 precisely and we actually met in the eatery.
actually met at Sweet Sensation Eatery on Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos
and a lot of good things happened afterwards.
friend told me she looks like me and that she looks like my sister. And I guess
that was it; that was the basis for the chemistry that worked for us and
brought us together.
were no big challenges it is just that we did mostly a long distance
relationship because when we started dating I moved to Abuja and she was in
Lagos and after then she went to the UK for her masters while I was still in
Abuja. So, we saw each other every other month and through the power of
technology. We related well through the phone and other means of
handsome guy with so much intelligence, how were you able to wade off every
other lady for Oyenike alone?
heartily) It is simply because I have made up my mind that she was the one so
there were no distractions.
studied partly in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom. My first Degree is in
Architecture from Federal University of Technology, Minna , Niger state and my
Master Degree is in Architecture from the University of Lincoln in the United
from this union, two, four, six or what?
boy and a girl.
equally rich, so why just two?
I am not rich; I am still working at it (Laughter)
of people that graced your event today from every segment of the country’s
am just grateful and humbled by their presence and I just want to thank them
for taking out of their busy schedule and time to be here today. I am deeply
grateful and humble.
am from Kwara state; Kwara South precisely. I am from Ekiti Local Governement
initially – Bride
|Bride, Rosemary Oyenike|
new bride, Princess Rosemary Oyenike equally shared her love experience
after her family received the letter of intention of marriage from the families
Simon Ajibola of Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara state. The very
pretty London trained International Business and Entrepreneurship graduate told
us some little-little secrets that made her cling to her new found love, Architect Wale
Ajibola. Hear her story.
and the cynosure of all eyes?
feel very happy, I thank God for everything.
Sensation and dated for two years before today; how would you describe the
chemistry that brought you together?
first I didn’t know he was Mr. Right though, but later I got to know and we
continued from there.
you realize he was the real man for you?
is very loving, he is caring and he has everything a woman will love in a man.
He is a man that cares for details; I mean he is very intelligent.
VIPs at your traditional introduction?
course very happy and elated, I am very impressed with their presence here but
most importantly, I am very happy with the way they all created a space for me
in their diary to be here. They came for me and my husband, it is a great sacrifice.
I thank them for the gesture.
full names are Rosemary Oyenike . I studied accounting as my first degree at
Igbinedion University, Okada Edo state and did my Masters in International
Business and Entrepreneurship at University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
state, Ogbomoso precisely.
from the union?
(She was not there when this reporter was interviewing her husband?)
same number for your kids?
that is what we want. It only means we share same philosophy on certain things