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6 Dec 2013

All The Glitz And Glamour At Tiwa Savage's Wedding

Love they say is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together. This belief is what best described what happened between popular singer, Tiwa Savage and her manager/hubby, Tunji ‘Tee-Billz’ Balogun when the couple finally tie the nuptial knot. The traditional wedding ceremony that took place at the Ark Vicinity, Lekki, Lagos was like a carnival of some sort as family, friends and colleagues of the couple showed up to celebrate their holy solemnization On Saturday, November 23, 2013. The wedding that could be tagged “All White Gig” was indeed a galaxy of star. The ceremony began with the traditional wedding rite as both families were ushered into the smaller hall of the venue at a few minutes past 11am. Both families sat opposite each other with that of the groom sitting to the left and the bride to the right.
After the introduction of both families by the wedding engager who is known as ‘Alaga’ in Yoruba, the groom’s family handed a letter to the bride’s family officially asking for their daughter’s hand in marriage which the bride’s family accepted. Soon after, the groom was ushered into the hall accompanied his friends, which included Don Jazzy, Banky W and Darey Art Alade. Tunji entered the hall dressed in a white traditional attire (‘agbada’ laced on buba and sokoto) with white cap to match. He and his group of friends prostrated before the bride’s family as a show of respect.
Finally the bride, dressed in silver coloured Aso-Oke with a headgear of same colour to match was ushered into the hall. She was accompanied by her friends, which included Karen Igho and singer Essence.
After a few more rites, the couple were joined together, prayed for and blessed by both families.
Wedding IV
The Fuchsia and gold coloured invitation card came with small access cards for entry into the venue, all packed in a beautifully designed paper bag.
The Wedding Company
No doubt, it was a well-organized wedding by the bespoke wedding design and planning outfit, The Wedding Company.  This was the same company that handled musician Darey Art Alade’s wedding to wife Deola as well as Basketmouth’s wedding to Elsie.
The Hall Was Decorated To The Fullest  
The official wedding colours were fuchsia and gold while the hall was beautifully lit with white and orange. Uche Majekodunmis Newton and David were hired to do the decorations of the hall.
The venue
The venue of the wedding, Ark Vicinity in Lekki, Lagos is fast becoming one of the most patronized event centres in Lagos. This was the same venue where Peter Okoye of Psquare wedded his wife Lola Omotayo just the previous week. With its proximity to a 5-Star hotel, Vantage Hotel and the exquisite Lekki Beach.
Choice Food And Drink were Served
There was more than enough to eat and drink. The main company responsible for providing the varieties of delicacies was Morenike Okupe’s Malas Foods Catering Services and then there were other small companies that provided the cannapes, ice creams and barbecues. All sorts of drinks were available, from soft drinks, to beer, spirits, wines and champagnes.
King Sunny Ade Add Colour To The Event
King Sunny Ade and his band were on the bandstand dishing out both the oldest and the new tunes. The was never a dull moment as guest, family and friends are just moving and dancing. As the main entertainer for the occasion, the Juju musician serenaded the guests as well as the couple.
Seyi Law Was At His Best
Comedian/MC who was able to held down the ceremony was no other person than Seyi Law.

Through the course of the entire wedding, the couple had a change of clothes three different times. Not only did they change clothes, shoes and accessories were also changed. Parents, family and close friends were also catered for as they almost all dressed uniformly in the gold-coloured lace aso-ebi. The clothing items on the couple, parents and family, may well cost between a million to 1.5million, accessories inclusive.
Private security company, ‘Bold Events’ were in charge at the venue. While some were at the doors and gates fully dressed with military-type gears and gadgets, a few were however dressed in black suits and dark shades, protecting the couple from undesired guests and photographers alike. The cost of security from the company could be up to N500k.

Photo Journalists barred from the main hall
Journalist who are on the guest list were allowed to entered the main hall but without a camera. Security officials from Bold Events company and soldiers stationed at the venue refused to allow journalists with video and photo cameras into the premises despite showing up with their invitation and access cards. The security explained to be acting under instruction since exclusive coverage rights had been sold to a prominent media house.
General Pype arrives with child covered up
Dance hall artiste General Pipe came with his wife and few months old baby. The ‘Champion’ singer wrapped the baby in ‘Michael Jackson blanket style’ in a bid to stop the press from taking shots of the baby.
Reign of exotic cars
The parking lot was almost like the venue of a car show as the invited guests came in different brands of classy and exotic cars. The Mavin crew led by Don Jazzy came in a Bentley, Escalade and a Carrera S sport car. Dayo ‘D1’ Adeneye came in his Bentley with a customized number and Florence Ita-Giwa was driven to the venue in wine coloured   Bentley. There were also eye-popping cars like Ferrari, Range Sports, G Wagons and lots of other expensive automobiles.
Femi Otedola’s daughter took the turntables
UK based Celebrity DJ, Producer and songwriter DJ Cuppy (Florence Otedola), daughter of Billionaire Femi Otedola was also on deck to spin on the turntables. After enjoying mixes by DJ Xclusive, the female DJ was invited to the turntables to do her thing.
Apart from King Sunny Ade who was the main entertainer for the event, a few of the artistes who were also present were given a few minutes to do their thing. Being called up on stage, the artistes all mounted the stage and performed in a single row, one after the other. First up were Dr SID and Don Jazzy, and thenBanky W, Iyanya, Lynxxx, Davido, Chuddy K and finally Seyi Shay.
Tiwa and T-Billz’s love story
Tiwa and T-Billz certainly share lot of history together. The two met in the US and established a working relationship where T-Billz functioned as Tiwa’s manager. Together they established their label, 323 Entertainment and began the journey back home to make a name in the Nigerian music industry.
In what started as a rumour and several denials, their relationship suddenly took a dramatic twist when T-Billz formally proposed on Tiwa’s 34th birthday on February 5, 2013.
NET investigations reveal that the white wedding ceremony which is expected to hold in early 2014 in The Maldives an island off the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Roll Call
Don Jazzy, Banky W, Dr SID and fiancĂ©e Simi Osomo, Iyanya, Tekno, Waje, Davido, Sasha P, DJ Jimmy JATT, DJ Xclusive, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Toke Makinwa, Kaylah Oniwo, Fade Ogunro, Psquare wives Lola Omotayo, Anita Isama, Ali Baba, Julius Agwu, Seyi Law, Agbani Darego, Rita Dominic, Funke Akindele, Jane Michele, Kaylah Oniwo, Niyola, Michelle Dede, Lamii Philips, Kaffy, Zaina, Elohor Aisien, Nicole Chikwe, Yvonne Nwosu, Tee-Y Mix, Ayo Animashaun, Eva Alordiah, Toyin Lawani, Tola Odunsi, Toolz, Ali Baba, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Segun Demuren, Omawumi, Emma Nyra, Linda Ikeji, Toju Foyeh, Jumai Shaba, Juliet Ibrahim, Mai Atafo, Olamide, Olisa Adibau, Freeze, Bridget Awosika, Eku Edewor, Chris the Razor, Susan Peters, Saeon, Femi Otedola, Otedola’s daughter DJ Cuppy, Lynxxx, Uti Nwachukwu, Iceberg Slim, Dammy Krane, General Pype, Seyi Shay, Karen Igho, Essence, Dayo D1 Adeneye, Kenny Ogungbe, Florence Ita-Giwa, Ayo Badmus, Teeto Cemos, Denrele Edun, Kola Oyeyemi, Eniola Badmus, Princess, ID Cabasa.

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