Sunday, 19 April 2015

Part 2: The Princess Bunmi Jegede’s daughter’s Wedding | How Ebenezer Obey performed for Honey Bee 24 Hours after his 73rd birthday bash | + What Ex-Defense Chief, Petinrin told groom

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The Couple taking their wedding vows before the Priests
The Spectacular wedding bash of Abuja based textile merchant, Princess Bunmi Jegede’s daughter, Esther Temitope to Ila-Oragun, Osun state born Engineer Mobolaji Jolayemi aka Beejay continues on this blog today with more behind the scene happenstances and lovely pictures you wont find elsewhere than in their wedding album. Juju Music Legend turned Evangelist, Dr. Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi who clocked 73 a day to the event was the Chief entertainer.
He gave his best performance in a straight four hour afternoon show while immediate past minister of Defense; Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin was the Chairman of the occasion. National Hospital, Abuja spokesman Dr. Tope Hastrup and his wife, Justice Remilekun Hastrup was also on the high table to assist the former military top brass. Enjoy the excerpt.
'What God has joined together, let no man put asunder'.
The Priests of Rev. S.O Jegede Memorial Anglican Church blessing Mobolaji & Esther
About the Venues of the Wedding
One thing that worked well for the event was the proximity of location. Both the venue of the traditional marriage, the church and the reception center were within the same area. A stone throw from each other. Guests who moved out of Honey Bee’s Court later moved into Rev. S.O. Jegede Memorial Anglican Church while those who came for the church wedding later crossed into Upper Spring Events Center which is just a stone throw. All the Jegede daughters are so blessed that they each have lands to utilize to their benefits within same Oke-Ana Quarters. The Church event started at 11am prompt.
The Priests blessing the First Couple to be joined together inside Rev. S.o. Jegede Memorial Anglican Church
The newest husband in town, Mr. Mobolaji Jolayemi aka Beejay sprays Chief Entertainer, Commander Ebenezer Obey with wads of Dollar notes
Eminent Nigerians storm Church for Honey Bee
The Church wedding witnessed a large turn out of eminent Nigerians who drove into Iwaraja from various locations in their posh cars. The field of the church was littered with various brands of cars. Leading the cream of celebrities who stormed the church wedding is the immediate past minister of Defense, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin. He arrived the church with his retinue of aides from Lagos. Other eminent Nigerians are Odofin Olayiwola Ogunbambi, a former Director General at the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory. Dr. GT Ali Balogun, Mr. Gregory Ozegbe, an Abuja based real estate expert, Engineer Olatunde Dabiri from NNPC, Abuja. Alhaji Wahab Ali Balogun, Mr. Victor Omotoyinmbo, Engineer Samson Osoba, Squadron Leader Olusegun Coker, Air Commodore Dickson, Air Commodore Johnson, Engineer Olusegun Olabiyi and a host of other big men from various fields of life.
The Groom's Family @ the Church
The Groom, Engineer Mobolaji Jolayemi aka Beejay
Chairman Oriade LGA too
Another top dignitary who stormed the Rev. SO Jegede Memorial Anglican Church venue of the event is APC chieftain and Chairman, Oriade Local Government area of Osun State, Honorable Taiwo Fatiregun. He came with his wife, Sola Fatiregun
The Couple in a Photo shot with Mrs. MB Sowale of the Anglican Church, Ilesa Dioces's Mother Union with Princess Bunmi Jegede
The Chief Entertainer, Evangelist (Dr.) Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi
More big boys storm church for the Jegedes & Jolayemis
Some of the big boys at the church are Demola Oluwayemi, MD/CEO Beautiful Fabrics and Accessories, Abiodun Ajayi (Groom’s main man) who works with Ministry of Science and Technology, Lagos, MTN big boy, Spending Fatoyinbo (Sales & Distribution Department) and Olumide Ajibade, Executive Director, Atlor Nigeria Ltd. Others are Oladele Olusesi, MD, High Tides Nigeria Ltd and Muyiwa Akinbolagbe, Chairman, Chariot Development Ltd, VI, Lagos.
The Couple in a group photograph with family and well-wishers
The Chief Priest of Rev. S.O Jegede Memorial Anglican Church giving his 'Marriage Sermon' to the New Couple
The Sermon by the Priest
In his sermon, Priest in Charge of Reverend S.O Jegede Memorial Anglican Church, Reverend G.A.D Ewulum charged the couple to live in peace with no division of thought or action. He gave a sermon titled ONE BODY, MANY PARTS after he and a team of other priests conducted the holy solemnization on the couple. Drawing his sermon from Genesis 2 from verse 18, Ewulum drew out 7 reasons why God created a woman out of a man. The man of God said God’s creation was not complete until he created a woman. The Priest said God clearly demonstrated that in Marriage two is not two but one. The man of God charged the groom and his bride to live in peace; he particularly told Bolaji that “Marriage is to be enjoyed not to be endured”. The thirty minutes sermon was almost like a counsel as the man of God hammered on the concept of unity and understanding as the main virtue of a successful marriage.
Newly Wedded Mrs. Esther Temitope Jolayemi (Nee Jegede) with Mum, Princess Bunmi Jegede
Princess Bunmi Jegede, MD & CEO, Honey Bee Textiles Ltd, Abuja
Mobolaji & Tope are the first couple to be wedded in the church
 Unknown to the guests and well-wishers Bolaji Jolayemi and Esther Temitope Jegede’s wedding was the first solemnization to take place inside the church since the church was founded in 2008. The two are the first couple to wed after the church has been chattered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). They were declared SPECIAL HARVEST COUPLE OF YEAR 2015 by the leadership of the church with a certificate given to that effect. Reverend G.A D. Ewulum while confirming to this blog after church service said “It is an epic event for us here and for me it is a thing of joy because it is in my own time that the wedding started in this church” Speaking further on the history of the church, Reverend Ewulum said, the church was founded in 2008 when late Reverend Samuel Jegede died and instructed his children to build a church in his name and they build the church and it was dedicated by the Lord Bishop, The Rt. Reverend. Dr. Samuel Olubayo Sowale the Diocesan Bishop of Ilesa Anglican diocese. This is the first time we are having a wedding in this church and that is why we gave the couple the award of Harvest Couple of year 2015 as the first couple to be joined together in this church”
Mrs. Mary Eyoita in a dancing spree with Big Boy, Muyiwa Akinbolagbe of Chariot Development Ltd
Princess Adejoke Momoh, daughter of Oba Akadiri Momoh, the Onikare of Ikare-Akoko, Ondo state
The only gift that was given to the couple
The only gift that was allowed to be given to the couple was a Bible which was given by the Mother’s Union, a conglomerate of senior priest’s wives in the Anglican Church led by Mrs. MB Sowale the President, Women’s Girls Organization Ilesa Diocese. Mrs. Olajubu, wife of Venerable I.O Olajubu, the Arch Deacon of the Anglican Diocese, Ilesa and Mrs. Ewulum, the Vicar’s wife among many others. The women who marched to the podium later invited the mother of the bride, Princess Bunmi Jegede to lead the couple forward to receive the Bible gift. It was an auspicious moment for the couple and their family.
Prince Oluseyi Ajayi, Princess Bunmi Jegede & Princess Bosede Tonade
Some Big Boys having fun-time at the one-in-town wedding celebration
Why gifts were not allowed in the church
It was in the course of the closing remarks that a shocking revelation was shared by one of the visiting priests Dr. Akintade of Christian House Center about how a couple who wedded recently in Ilesa town got a shocking wedding gift of a Python snake wrapped inside a wedding gift y an unknown guest. The Church leader said due to this reason and many other experiences, it is not advisable for people to bring physical gifts to the altar for the couple.
Mrs. Dupe Jemibewon & some very lovely ladies with Demola Oluwayemi dances to the happy tune of Commander Ebenezer Obey
Mr. and Mrs. Jolayemi collects their gift of Bible from represntative of Anglican Church Mother's Union, Mrs. MB Sowale
Why Macmillan MD couldn’t make it
Although Dr. Iyiola Adelekan the MD of Macmillan Books and husband of bride’s aunty, Princess Omolara Adelekan was supposed to be at the event but he couldn’t make it down as he was said to be out of the country for some reasons unconnected with his organization. Unconfirmed reports has it that the very dynamic Dr. Iyiola Adelekan was far away in the United kingdom but he sent in the Head of Tertiary & Secondary Education, Macmillan Books Ilupeju Lagos, Mr. Isaac Komolafe to represent him at the event.
Mr. & Mrs. Jolayemi
Mr. & Mrs. Jolayemi welcomes Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon to their wedding occassion
What Former Minister of Defense, Petinrin told the couple
Immediate past Chief of Defense, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petirin was the chairman of the wedding Reception. In his word of advise, the former Defense Chief described Mobolaji as the “Head of the home” while he said Tope is the “owner of the home”. As if speaking from the spirit, the chairman charged the groom to always overlook any little thing that could cause him anger and instead face the bigger picture of managing the home front with the assistant of his wife. The fair complexioned Military Expert said to Mobolaji “You are the head of the home while she is the owner of the home”. “As the head you need a lot of tolerance to direct the affairs of the home. You must be able to endure insults. You must be able to endure abuse because you are the head of the family while your wife is the owner of the home”. Lastly, Petinrin advised Mobolaji to give away all old habits and embrace the maturity of marriage and responsibility of the head of the family.
More attention for Honey Bee
Lady Evanglist Kemi Odeyemi with Commander Ebenezer Obey
It was Ebenezer Obey’s first show after 73rd birthday
The Temitope Esther  Jegede and Mobolaji Jolayemi’s nuptial was the first show Juju Music icon turned Evangelist Commander Ebenezer Obey performed after his 73rd year birthday which held on the 3rd of April in Lagos which was 24 hours to the Iwaraja, Ilesa event.  The veteran Juju Music band leader stormed the stage at 2:30pm and performed for four solid hours as it was an afternoon party. A lot of celebrities and dignitaries stormed the stage to salute the Juju Music maestro.  For the couple, it was a good thing to recover many first on a single day; they were first to be wedded in their local church and were equally first to get the attention of Commander Ebenezer Obey twenty fours hours after his 73rd birthday ceremony. What a great record?
Mobolaji gives his bride, Esther Temitope a wedding ring
Princess Adejoke Momoh, daughter of HRM, Oba Akadiri Momoh, the Onikare of Ikare land on the stage with Commander Ebenezer Obey
Honey Bee opens the stage
The celebrant Princess Bunmi Jegede aka Honey Bee was the first to storm the stage at 3pm dot. The Chief Entertainer, Commander Ebenezer Obey welcomed her with a special number which he sang repeatedly until the end of the event. She was equally the cynosure of all eyes as her all gold dressing apparel matched with beautiful shoes from Zurich, Switzerland and her trademarked Honey Bee Gele (Head tie) was quite spectacular.
Mobolaji & Wife Temitope signs dotted lines of L-O-V-E
Big boys Lai Oriowo and Bola Orolugbagbe stole show
They were the cynosure of all eyes immediately they arrived. That is Lagos big boy and Skymit Motors’ Tayo Ayeni’s best friend, Lai Oriowo. He and another big boy, the Ibadan based Basorun Bola Orolugbagbe stormed the event in grand style.  Bola Orolugbagbe is the CEO of COOP Exchange Credit Union by Alaafin Avenue, Ibadan. They were both on white attires as they stormed Commander Ebenezer Obey’s stage and danced to all the oldies Obey dished out in their honor. For Basorun Bola Orolugbagbe, it was a great day as Obey released a mini-track “Omo Baba Aimasiko Nilesa” for him while his friend Lai Oriowo was well acknowledged for his love for Benz G-Wagon Cars (Bullet proof)
Princess Bunmi Jegeede storm stage for Commander Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi
Lagos Big Boy, Dele Olusesi of Higher Tides Nigeria ltd (L) with others @ the church
Big Girls storm Iwaraja for Honey Bee
More beautiful ladies came in from Lagos to grace the occasion and one of them is Lola Tomori and her friend Yetunde Balogun who have come a long way with the celebrant, Princess Bunmi Jegede. We also had Mrs. Omolara Soares in the house.
L-R; Mrs. Omolara Soares, Princess Bunmi Jegede & Princess Bosede Tonade
Former Minister of Defense, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin with Asabeafrika's GDA arrives for the Reception where he was the Chairman
Dupe Jemibewon too
One other lady who added color to the event with her arrival is wife of former Police Affairs Minister, General David Jemibewon; Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon. Her arrival elicited lots of enthusiasm as many Abuja celebrities at the event welcomed her and brought her to the ambience of Bride’s mother Princess Bunmi Jegede aka Honey Bee. She spent the entire day with Princess Bunmi Jegede and didn’t leave until next day.
Esther Temitope performs her first assignment of feeding her husband, Mobolaji Jolayemi
Dr. Tope Hastrup of National Hospital, Abuja with wife, Justice Remilekun Hastrup
How Obey serenade the couple
By the time Mobolaji Jolayemi aka Beejay and his newly married wife Tope entered the stage after cutting their wedding cake, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey gave them three of his classical numbers  (1)“Eto Igbeyawo Laiye”,  (2)“Toko Taya E maja” and (3)“Imoran mi fun Iwo Iyawo & Imoran mi Fun Oko Iyawo” etc. A lot of dignitaries danced to the series of old school numbers and the stage was spoiled with a crowd of guests and wads of naira note in appreciation of Commander Ebenezer Obey’s gift of music.
Cross session of guests @ the Church Wedding
Couple with som very important female celebrities @ the event
Olabisi Odunaiya evolves with beauty…
Another top celebrity lady who stole show at the event was Chief Mrs. Olabisi Odunaiya wife of late socialite Simileoluwa Odunaiya. On sighting her, Commander Ebenezer Obey poured lot of praises on her and equally rendered old numbers he did on her late husband to welcome her to the occasion. Olabisi Odunaiya (Nee Akinbolagbe) stole the stage for a while and her outing made a good impression.  
Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon with a cream of lady guests at the event
Couple with more female celebrities at their wedding reception
How Chairman, Ilesa East held Obey ransom
His name is Aremo Lanre Balogun and he is very famous in town. This very sociable politician who is said to be very close to Governor Rauf Aregbsola was the cynosure of all eyes at the event. At a point in time, he held the stage and disallowed other celebrities from climbing to enjoy a piece of Commander Ebenezer Obey’s music. Aremo Lanre Balogun was on the Juju music maestro for almost an hour. A lot of dignitaries who wanted to share stage with him were disappointed as they had to turn back as his presence was very strong and his naira power unbeatable.

The Exterior of the Multi-Million Naira state-of-the-arts equipment fitted Upper Spring Events Center, Oke-Ana, Ilesa
The Couple waiting for on the Priests to commense the action.
Mr. & Mrs. Jolayemi collects their 'Harvest Couple of Year 2015' certificate from Priest-in-charge, Rev. G. A. D. Ewulum
Mobolaji & Temitope looking into the future as they receive their marital blessing
Exterior shot of late Rev. S.O Jegede Memorial Anglican Church where the white wedding took place
Esther Temitope gives her groom, Mobolaji a new ring of love & Affection
Dr. Tope Hastrup of National Hospital, Abuja giving the opening prayer at the Wedding Reception

Couple with Justice Hastrup and a female guest
Couple with Honey Bee's only son, Prince Oluseyi Ajayi
Couple with dignatories from Ilesa, Osun state
Couple with Bride's Uncle Dr. Kayode Timothy Jegede
Couple with Bride's Mum, Princess Bunmi Jegede & Aunty, Princess Bosede Tonade
Couple with Bride's Mum, Princess Bunmi Jeegede, Bride's Aunt, Princess Bosede Tonade and Abuja big boy, Barrister Demola Oluwayemi of Beautiful Fabrics
Couple with Bride's Mother, Princess Bunmi Jegede & Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon
Couple with Bride's cousin, Olawale Tonade
Couple with Bride's aunty, Mrs. Dayo Akinbobola and children
Couple with another couple at th reception
Couple with Abuja Big gal Mary Itaeyo with Madam Bisi Odunaiya (L) and a female guest
Chief Entertainer, Commander Ebenezer Obey in action
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi with Asabeafrika's Gbenga Dan Asabe @ the event

Chairman, Ilesa East LGA, Aremo Lanre Balogun
Chairman of the Wedding Reception & Former Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin
Bride with some male guests @ the event
Bride with some female guests at the event
Bride with incoming in-law, Abiodun Ajayi of Lagos State Ministry of Science & Technology
Bride with Aunty, Princess Omolara Adelekan
Big Girls Lola Tomori with friend Yetunde Balogun with a female guests (L)
Big Boys serenade Honey Bee
Big Boys fights over each other to satisfy Honey Bee with Naira spray
Beejay 'waters' down his love with Esther
Beejay holding his biggest prize of the day, Tope from her  'passion zone' after the event

'Baby, let's go home' Beejay seems to be telling newly wedded wife, Esther Temitope after the wedding bash
Abuja big boy, Demola Oluwayemi of Beautiful Fabrics dances to the music of Commander Ebenezer Obey
Abuja Big Boy, Bar. Demola Oluwayemi, CEO, Beautiful Fabrics with SA to Ondo state Governor, Dr. Segun Mimiko, Bar. Toyin Aladegbemi
A triangular shot of the interior of Upper Springs Events Center where the Wedding Reception took place
A rectangular shot of the interior of Upper Spring Events Center where the party took place

A male admirer with Chief entertainer, Commander Ebenezer Obey

Wife of former Police Affiars Minister, Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon arrives event as Mrs. Mary Eyoita, others welcome her

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