The fairy tale wedding of Kayode Ogunyade & Ngozi Daniel in Lagos

It was the
first Sunday after Nigeria’s 56th Year anniversary of Saturday,
October 1st 2016. Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, seemed to
express how divinely genuine the last stanza of our national anthem; ‘One
Nation bound in
Freedom, Peace and Unity’ is; as
tall, handsome and ebony colored Kayode Ogunyade, an ICT guru
from Abeokuta, Ogun State, (South
Western Nigeria) took his heartthrob, Ngozi Peace Daniel of Mbatoili LGA area of Imo
State (South Eastern Nigeria) before Reverend Fidelis Ayemoba and a cream
of other ministers of uGod at Omega Fire Ministries, on plot 8,
Jubilee/CMD Road, Magodo GRA, Lagos.

For Asabeafrika, it was the first
wedding event after Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary. And it
was a colorful one as well. 
Family,
friends and well wishers of the couple who turned up to join church members for
the White Wedding ceremony were impeccably dressed in the best of English and
native attires.
 Ngozi whose name means ‘Blessing’ in her native Ibo
language and Kayode whose name means ‘Bringer
of Joy’
in his native Yoruba language met five years ago at
a Lagos based newspaper firm where both worked at the ICT department and on
Sunday October 2nd, the two broke their cultural barrier as they
agreed to live in freedom, peace and unity as one flesh.


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The groom is
the son of late Pa Josiah Amao Ogunyade an Owu, Abeokuta-Ogun state born
administrator while the bride is the daughter of late Pa and Mrs.
Robinson Daniel Ejiofor 
from Mbatoili LGA in Imo
State.
The exciting
journey to marital bliss for the couple began with observing the traditional
marriage rites at the bride’s hometown in Imo state two months earlier. It was
a colorful engagement ceremony done according to Ibo customs and tradition.
The official
church nuptial of Sunday October 2nd started at 8 am with opening
prayers and song ministration from the very dynamic and ebullient choristers of
Omega Fire Ministries, (Magodo-GRA,
Lagos branch) under the ministration of the a dynamic minister of the gospel, Reverend
Fidelis Ayemoba
and a host of other anointed ministers of God. For the
bride who is a member of the church’s chorister, it was a unique day as her
colleagues immersed with joy and happiness for ‘Sister Ngozi’ saw the event as
the best  opportunity to show gratitude
of giving one of their own a befitting ‘send-off’ celebration.
The bride
and groom later arrived (Entering of the Bride & Entering of the groom) in
company of family & relations with the processional hymn ‘How great thou
art’ being rendered by the choristers. Other officiating ministers who joined Reverend
Fidelis
Ayemoba
to bless the marital journey of Kayode and
Ngozi
are Pastor and Pastor (Mrs.) Julius Otoikhiam, Pastor
& Pastor
(Mrs.) Ifeanyi Ofienbor, Pastor
and
Pastor (Mrs.) Bright Edobor
, Pastor Israel Igbinosa, Pastor
Ossy Omenai
, Pastor Martin Okonkwo, Pastor
Nobert Ayemoba
, Pastor Isaiah Moses and Pastor
Ezekiel Obutse
.
Giving his
word of exhortation, Reverend Ayemoba described the
institution of marriage as one sanctified by God Almighty from the foundation
of the earth; the cleric noted that for Christian couples to enjoy the
blessings of marriage, they must tap into the inner recesses of God’s divine
promises through Genesis 2 verse 24 & Ephesians 5 verses 22 to 26 to take
what belongs to them by faith as they are now in one accord. 
He enjoined the
couple to follow through their new life path with a Christ like virtue.  Ayemoba who based his major sermon on
‘prophetic inheritance’ illustrating it with the story of the troubled kingdom
of David and the peaceful inheritance of King Solomon congratulated Kayode
Ogunyade
who is of the Glory Christian Ministries and
equally a church worker like Ngozi (He works at the IT department
of his church) for locating his bone of bones in the body of Christ.  The Reverend urged the couple to live by nothing
but the laws and standards of the Holy Bible. Ayemoba urged the groom, Kayode
to love his bride, Ngozi unconditionally and that Ngozi should surrender
and remain loyal to her husband in the entire course of the union.
Kayode and Ngozi later took their
marital vow before the congregation after the charge of declaration. A
prophetic declaration from ministers of God followed suit after Reverend
Ayemoba
administered the Holy Communion on the newly wedded couple.

The
next event was the signing of marriage register which took place inside the
office of the pastor in the presence of selected members of the couple’s
families. A marriage certificate was later issued to the newly wedded Mr. and
Mrs. Kayode Ogunyade
which was
specially handed to them by Pastor Gladys Ayemoba, wife of the
presiding Reverend Fidelis Ayemoba in the presence of the congregation.

Some of the
groom’s family members who attended the occasion are Madam Olukemi
Ogunyade
, groom’s mother. Others are groom’s uncle, Pa
Tunde
Ogunyade, elder sister Mrs. Funbi Ojelere, brothers Mr.
Gabriel Ogunyade
and Mr. Tope Oluwabiyi, an IT expert and
Agric blogger. Another sister of the groom Mrs. Sola Suberu who was out of town
sent her blessings to the couple. Bride’s uncle, Mr. Christian Onu led a
delegation of families from Mbatoili to Lagos to witness the
historic occasion.  
The Couple at a glance…
Kayode Ogunyade is a Technology Manager with leading
Nigerian Public Relations Company, Media Craft while his beautiful
wife, Ngozi is a marketing executive with GSM Company, Etisalat.
The two met six years ago at The Moment Newspaper, Lagos
where they both shared responsibilities at the ICT department of the media
establishment.  Both later found that
they shared many things in common and that led to a courtship that culminated
into marriage.
Their Marriage
reception took place at the church’s recreational center with the presence of
friends from all walks of life and relations who throng the venue from Imo
and Ogun
States respectively.
The toast….
Speaking on
how Kayode
and Ngozi
met, Gbenga
Olajobi
, head of Photography department, Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo-Ogun State, who equally
worked at The Moment Newspaper with the couple as Photo Editor 6 years ago,
described the marriage of Kayode and Ngozi as a ‘Unique
Miracle’.
Olajobi noted that not many people saw it
coming ‘I think Kay (As Kayode is fondly addressed by friends) is a lucky husband
and Ngozi is equally a lucky wife.
We never knew the two could come together to be lovers talk less of becoming a
couple. Like it is in some work environments in this part of the world, Ngozi was under pressure from other
quarters in our office at that material time but she maintained her decency and
sanity. Very cool headed, easy going and hardworking. However, the big puzzle
was the fact that we didn’t know Kay
was the lucky man. It never showed, it was later we all got to know but the
secrecy was quite profound. It was indeed a meticulous affair and for them
taking it this far, I can only congratulate and wish them many more years of
blissful experience, happiness, lovely children and other achievements of life.
I am happy for Kayode and Ngozi
concluded Gbenga
Olajobi
who spoke to Asabeafrika on phone as he could not
make it down to the event to give his toast due to pressing engagements
elsewhere.
The Commendations…
Victor Bassey an ex-staff of Media Craft who has
worked with the groom in two other organizations (Business Hallmark Newspaper
and Media Craft) described the groom like this; “What can I say about Kayode?
I will say he is an honest guy, honest to a fault. He is indeed honest and very
sincere. His type is very rare to come by and that is why I strongly believe
that Ngozi made the right choice in
having him as her life partner. I have worked with Kayode for many years and in two organizations for that matter; and
I have never heard any negative comment from him or about him. I congratulate Ngozi for being lucky to have him as
her life partner”.
In her own
submission to Asabeafrika, Mrs. Immaculate Chinyere Uzoma a
relative of the bride from Imo State
described the bride as ‘a complete gift of marriage’ hear her speak “Our daughter is a blessed daughter, Ngozi can cook good meals, she can
wash clothes, she can take care of the home and she will take care of the
incoming kids. She is what I call complete package because she is very
hospitable”
Mrs. Immaculate declared to the admiration of the crowd who
rendered clap offerings at the reception.
The wedding
reception which saw the couple dancing majestically into the hall with bride’s
maids, best men and best ladies was spiced with various segments like special
music ministration by the OFM Magodo choir.
The opening
prayer was conducted by Mr. Femi Attah of Glory
Christian Ministries
while opening remark was given by the Chairman of
the occasion, Pastor Olasupo Ojo of Adonai Prayer & Miracle Ministry.
Pastor
Olasupo Ojo
while giving his remarks urged the newly wedded couple not
to ever deviate from the real manual of a successful marriage which is the Holy
Bible as that is the only manual needed for them to live a greater life of joy
and happiness.
Some
representatives of the founder of Glory Christian Ministries, Pastor
(Dr.) I.
S. James, in the person of Pastor Ronald King and Apostle
Mike Eko
were also in attendance.
In their
characteristic of love and unity, several branches of the Apostle (Dr.) Johnson
Suleiman
led Omega Fire Ministries like OFM Ikeja/Magodo family, OFM Women
council
, OFM Men council, OFM Youths extended families, and OFM Central
Youth
graced Kayode and Ngozi’s nuptial.
Likewise
families of the groom’s church like GCM
Ikotun family point
, GCM Infotech Department and
Glorylanders
were in attendance. Members of Winners Chapel equally
attended with many of them bringing wedding gifts to the couple.
Some
Executives of Media craft Ltd (Martha
Okpeke
, Victoria Bassey, Seun Igbalode,
Andrew Ajileye and Jerry Ehiguese) were in attendance
likewise executives of Etisalat.
The cutting
of cake was directed by bride’s uncle Mr. Christian Onu while this blogger
directed the affairs of the event as MC.
Closing
Prayer was delivered by Deaconess Roseline Ositadinma of Redeemed
Christian Church of God
.

Asabeafrika wishes Mr. & Mrs. Kayode Ogunyade
a blissful marriage. Amen.

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