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IBADAN High Chief, Oloye Lekan Alabi's Daughter, Abimbola Weds In Grand Style






For two days, Wednesday 25th August and Thursday 26th August, 2021, Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State, was agog, with a  classy wedding that shook the ancient city.

 

Abimbola, the beautiful daughter of the Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadanland and the first Cultural Ambassador of the National Museum, Ile-Ife, Oloye Lekan Alabi got married to her better half, Ademola Lawson at a very colourful wedding ceremony.

 The two ceremonies, engagement and the wedding reception, was held at the Ibadan Civic Centre, Idi-Ape, Agodi, Ibadan, were well attended, despite being held on  week days.

 

The Church wedding was at Anglican Church of the Ascension, Akobo,( General Gas) Area, in Ibadan, after which guests were hosted to an elaborate reception at the Ibadan Civic Centre, Idi-Ape, Agodi, Ibadan.

 

Both families, the Alabis and Lawsons didn't leave any stone unturned in making the event a glamorous one. From the choice of venue to the exquisite decorations, food, drinks, music and the quality of guests, it was indeed a grand party that befits royalty. COVID-19 protocols were also strictly observed.

 

The best party vendors were engaged for the 2-day events. Top celebrities from Ibadan, Lagos and across the southwest graced the two parties. City People's Dare Adeniran was at the parties and he here presents to you some hot gists.


ABOUT THE COUPLE

 

Both Abimbola and Ademola are professionals. While Ademola works with a multinational health insurance company, AXA Mansard, as Head, Upstream and Aviation Team, Abimbola is the Company Secretary and the Chief People Officer heading HR, Admin, Learning & Development/Performance Management and Legal teams at Allianz Nigeria Insurance Ltd. They are both from eminent family backgrounds and of good upbringing too.

 

THE WEDDING PROCEEDINGS AT A GLANCE

 

To say that Abimbola and Ademola's wedding ceremony was colourful would be stating the obvious. Apart from the fact the party was well attended, it was a party with a touch of class. The bride's gift items (Eru Iyawo) were so rich and well packaged. Both MCs (Alaga Iduro and Alaga Ijoko) at the traditional wedding added spices to the whole event. Not to talk of the elaborate decorations. The two halls, both function, and the main hall, used for traditional and wedding reception, respectfully, were transformed into a small paradise with exquisite decorations in African way by the Ibadan number 1 decorator, Dexterity Plus

Guests were served fresh palm wine at the party. The Soul Foods By Solace, Amala Special by Ose Olorun Food Canteen, small chops were made available abundantly. This is coupled with other dishes, both Africa and continental. The lovely ushers in Aso-Oke attires also added color to the events.  Popular Ibadan highlife singer, Wole Ojo was on bandstand. He was supported by a D.J. Seun Treasures band performed at the wedding reception. 

Colour code for the party was Sweet Pink and Fila Etu for men.

 

OLOYE LEKAN ALABI & WIFE AS EXCELLENT HOSTS

 

The Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadaland, Oloye Lekan Alabi is widely known to be a highly disciplined and meticulous man. And that is always reflected in whatever he does. He is also a good organiser and a PR expert. So it wasn't surprising to those who know to see him moving around the tables at the party, to make sure all guests were adequately taken care of. The wife, Chief (Mrs) Tokunbo Alabi was at her best too. She is equally an excellent hostess. She is warm and kind and cheerful. She loves hosting and taking care of people, even those that are not her family.

 

IBADAN TOP SOCIETY WOMEN IN THE HOUSE

 

Oloye Lekan Alabi and his wife are one of the influential couples when it comes to tradition and social circles in Ibadan. They are well-loved and respected. They are also always in support of others when necessary too. The wife, Chief (Mrs) Tokunbo Alabi is close to some top society women in Ibadan. Little wonder then that some of these prominent society women stormed the party in style. They also participated in Aso-Ebi lace. They include the former first lady of Oyo State, Chief (Mrs) Yinka Ladoja; the Iyaloja General of Ibarapaland and the mother of Oyo Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Debo Ogundoyin, Chief (Mrs) Tina Ogundoyin; Chief Ronke Thomas; Chief (Mrs) Olarenwaju Adedeji-Otiti; Mrs Folusho Fisher; Mrs Bolade Condi; Dr Funmi Robert; Chief (Mrs) Onikepo Akande and others.

 

WITH LOVE FROM OLUBADAN'S PALACE

 

Though the Olubadan of Ibadaland, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso 1 couldn't make it to the party, he was fully represented. Apart from his staff of office that was sighted at the party, a good number of traditional chiefs from the palace and across Ibadan were present. It wasn't unexpected to see these chiefs, Oloye Lekan is deeply in tune with Yoruba tradition and culture. He also represents Olubadan in most events within a d outside Ibadan.

 

WHAT OLOYE LEKAN ALABI & LADOJA HAVE IN COMMON

 

The former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashid Adewolu Ladoja was Chairman of the occasion at Oloye Lekan Alabi's daughter's wedding ceremony. But he was represented by the Ajia Balogun of Ibadaland, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke. What many people may not know, however, is that Oloye Lekan Alabi and Senator Rashidi Ladoja are brothers. They are both from Isale-osi Area of Ibadan. They are also both in Olubadan line. Senator Ladoja is the Osi Olubadan of Ibadaland, while Oloye Lekan Alabi is the Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadaland.

 

OMO AJOROSUN CLUB WAS WELL REPRESENTED

 

Omo Ajorosun Club, Ibadan, a popular social-cultural group in the ancient city was not left out of actions at the party. Oloye Lekan Alabi is a prominent member of the club. The club members were led to the party by their amiable President, Mogaji Ismail Bioku.

 

ONIKEPO AKANDE'S MOTHERLY ROLE

 

Chief (Mrs) Onikepo Akande, the Iyalaje Iyalode of Ibadanland and two-time Minister of Industry of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was fully on ground. She was there as one of the representatives of Ibadan league of women in Iyalode line. She also coordinated the cutting of the wedding cake alongside Akinlolu Akinyele of AXA Mansard, and as well supervised the couple's first assignment of feeding themselves.

 

FRIENDS OF THE COUPLE AT THE PARTY

 

There was a good number of friends of the newly wedded who came around to celebrate with them as they are joined in the holy matrimony. They came from the University of Ibadan, UNILAG, Lagos Business School, Allianz Insurance, AXA Mansard and other private sectors. They include Tayo, Ibukun, Niyi Adebutu; Austin, Bayo, Alfred and While some of Abimbola's friends at the party include Tola, Ope, Titi, Moyo, Deola Sugar, Tolu, Ebun, Zara, Tutu,Oyinda, Gbemi, Ezene and Yetunde.

 

 

MOGAJI AKERE, THE NEW MR FIX IT IN IBADAN

 

For the two days that the wedding ceremony lasted, one of those who also played a prominent role is Mogaji Moshood Adesina popularly known as Mogaji Akere. He is a member of the Omo Ajorosun Club. He was practically on his feet to make guests, especially those from  Ajorosun Club and others were taken care of. He is being described as the new 'Mr. Fix It' in Ibadan. Akere is rich and hot and well connected. He also carries himself with a lot of dignity. 



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THE ROLL CALL

 

Some of the celebrities who graced the wedding ceremony include Alhaji Musa Alubankudi; Muyideen Oladapo; Engr. Kunle Adebowale: Dapo Lam Adesina; Chief (Mrs) Yinka Ladoja; Mr Tosin Abiola; the Adefioyes; Laditans; Senator and Mrs Kola Balogun; Mr Owolabi Salami whose father was the MC at Oloye Lekan Alabi's naming ceremony; the Odusolas; Chief (Mrs) Ronke Thomas; Yeye Tina Ogundoyin, iyaloja-General of Ibarapaland; Folusho Gboyega-Fisher; . Mrs Bolade Condi. Lanre Otiti. Airin. Dr Funmi Robot and lots of others who are just too numerous to mention.


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