Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Regal Wedding of Ayotunde Kaka & Saufiyyat Owolabi in Lagos + Exclusive Pictures you won’t find anywhere!

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Ayotunde and his bride, Saufiyyat exchanges their first romantic glance at the event

 Sunday June 7th 2015 was regal, it was colorful and it was extremely classy as  the famous Kaka family of Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun state South West Nigeria and the Owolabi families of Iragbiji and Ibadan in Oshun and Oyo state respectively staged a glitzy nuptial for their son, handsome Hamzat Opeyemi Ayotunde Kaka and their daughter, beautiful Saufiyyat Opeyemi Ajike Owolabi.

Both said  “I do” in a Nikkai Ceremony that took place inside the cool ambience of Anchor Event Center off Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi-Ikeja Lagos. The Nikkai event preceded a classy wedding ceremony where both families pulled the cream-de-la-cream of society to the venue.
Although it was the sixth month of the year and some 38 days to the grooms’ birthday (July 15) those who had the privilege of attending this celebration of immense love confessed that in all terms of sheer class, the Kaka wedding was the best in terms of ethics of the Nikkai tenet of the Islamic religion complimented with solid family values. The presence of eminent friends and well-wishers from all walks of life also added to the upscale tempo of the event.  Among the class of people who witnessed the occasion were politicians, technocrats, business men and entertainers.  The event which started at 10 am dot ended at 6pm with Apala traditional music exponent Musiliu Haruna Ishola dishing out tunes and sounds that made the occasion merry.
Your soar away Africa’s number 1 Celebrity encounter blog Asabeafrika got exclusive pictures and snippets from the events for your delightful read. Enjoy the read and pray to celebrate yours like this.

The Handsome Hamzat Ayotunde Kaka, still waiting for his missing rib
The Beautiful looking Saufiyyat Opeyemi Ajike admiring the Love of her life, Ayotunde Kaka in the 'Nuptial arcade'

The Kaka Standard
Those who know groom’s dad Senator Adegbenka Kaka right from his public service days as Deputy Governor of Ogun state in South West Nigeria will tell you that the Ijebu-Igbo born politician is a stickler for time and there is nothing that irritates him like the activities of time waters. No wonder the event which was to start by 10 am dot began some minutes ahead as the Senator was the first to lead members of his family which comprise of grooms’ mother Alhaja Safiyyat Oladunni Kaka and groom’s step mother Alhaja Latifat Kaka and a powerful delegation from the Kaka dynasty of Ijebu Igbo into the Anchor Event Center venue of his son’s Nikkai ceremony as early as 9:45 am. The former Senator of the Federal Republic was said to have been upbeat for the event and equally mounted pressure on all acquaintances that arrived his Lagos abode for the occasion.

The Groom; Hamzat Ayotunde Kaka arrives with friends for his nuptials
Ayotunde & Wife cut their traditional wedding cake

Meet the Bride’s family
The bride’s father Alhaji Moshood Owolabi is from Iragbiji in Osun state and the bride’s mum Alhaja Sherifat Oluyomi Owolabi is from Ibadan. They both led a powerful delegation of relatives and well-wishers decked in their colorful Aso Ebi to the wedding ceremony and took their seat by 10 am dot according to the dictates of groom’s dad, Senator Gbenga Kaka. While bride’s dad who is an Engineer and business man led top members of his family from Iragbiji to the occasion, the bride’s mum, Alhaja Sherifat Oluyomi Owolabi equally had a sizeable number of her own family members from Ibadan in Oyo state. She was wearing a permanent smile all through the event.

The Sheikhs waiting to conduct the Nikkai
The Moshood Owolabi family from Iragbiji

Meet the dashing groom.
The groom, Hamzat Opeyemi Ayotunde Kaka is the very handsome and humble first son of Senator Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka, a former Deputy Governor of Ogun state and former Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial zone. He red Agric Economics from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye in Ogun state and later got his masters’ degree in accounting from the University Of Hull, United Kingdom. Ayotunde Kaka famously known as AK among his circle of friends is a chattered accountant with many years of  experience both home and away. Apart from running several of his father’s investments, he is equally into his private business as a consultant to several local and international firms. Ayotunde Kaka is the MD/CEO of OCS Inventory and Professional Services, an accounting consultancy firm. Very quite and unassuming, the Kaka boy loves football as a hubby and he is an Arsenal fan for life. He is equally a director of Solace farms ltd.

Bride's mum & family from Ibadam. She is 2nd on the right.
Bride's dad, Alhaji Moshood Owolabi leads daughter to Nikkai Lecture

What about the beautiful bride?
Fausiyyat Opeyemi Ajike Owolabi is the pretty daughter of Iragbiji, Osun state born Alhaji Moshood Olayiwola Owolabi and Ibadan Oyo state born, Alhaja Sherifat Oluyomi Owolabi. She had her first degree at Yaba College of Technology, in Lagos and her second degree in architecture at the Federal University of Technology, Abeokuta, Ogun state. Both Fausiyyat and her hubby Hamzat have the name “Opeyemi” as second names and that is seen by many as “a coincidence of love”

Groom's mum, Alhaja Kaka joined by well-wishers to welcome her son's bride
The Kakas receive 'Letter of Marriage Approval' from the Owolabis

Groom’s Father is a big man!
The groom’s father seems to come with lots of goodwill and heavy credentials to his name, he is equally a man of several achievements and high connection. No wonder, he was the cynosure of all eyes at his son’s wedding bash. Sefiu Adegbenka Kaka (SAK) can be described as one of the luckiest and famous politicians in the history of Ogun state. Born on May 14 1963; the 65 years old farmer turned politician started his political career as a commissioner for Agric in Ogun state under Colonel Daniel Akintonde’s regime and later served as Commissioner for Housing under the Sam Ewang military regime. He was later elected deputy governor of Ogun state in 1999 alongside Aremo Olusegun Osoba and left office with his boss in 2003 when the opposition won power with Gbenga Daniel of PDP coming on board. He was elected as senator representing Ogun East senatorial zone under the A.C.N platform in 2011 and ran his four years tenure until 2015 when he decamped from All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and lost the election to the embattled Prince Buruji Kashamu a PDP political lord who is presently facing extradition charges from the United states of America over drug related transactions. Senator Gbenga Kaka is also the chairman Solace Farms Ltd, major distributors of Visa Agro Feeds in West Africa.

The Master of Ceremony Alhaji Fowosere joyfully receives the letter of expression of marriage from the Kakas to the Owolabis
The Groom & The Sheikhs waiting for the arrival of the bride

The Glitzy Nuptials
The real event started at 10:40am with the arrival of the groom and his men. The segment was conducted by a team of Islamic clerics. The groom’s family with relatives and well-wishers took their seat at the left side of the hall while the bride’s family and their well-wishers took the right side of the hall. The Alaga Iduro segment of the event was directed by Alhaja Ronke Fowosere while Alhaji Osein Abdulsalam aka Omo Jambu-Jambu, an Islamic program presenter on NTA Channel 10, Tejuosho, Lagos handled the Islamic aspect of the nuptial with his team of Islamic teachers which include Alfa Abdul-Kabir Suleiman, Alfa Zakariyah Abdulganiyya, Alfa Suleiman Abdulkadir and many others co-directing the event. The nuptial aspect where the groom and his family were expected to carry out certain traditional rites with the bride’s family was very interesting as Alhaja Ronke Fowosere and Alhaji Osein Abdulsalam complimented each other with both of them offering traditional and religious salutations to both families.

Groom's Dad, Senator Adegbenka Kaka with groom's mum, Alhaja Kaka
The newly wedded Mrs. Saufiyyat Opeyemi Ajike Kaka (Nee Owolabi)

The stylish arrival of the groom
By the time Ayotunde Kaka arrived the venue in a convoy of SUVs, the atmosphere changed as his league of friends massage his ego and pampered his mood before he was led into the hall to face the crowd of guests, in-laws and well-wishers who were ready to watch him perform his sacrifice of love to earn Fausiyyat’s hand in holly wedlock. A well trained Muslim boy, Ayotunde Kaka was initially upbeat at the gravity of the atmosphere with the tension of joy written all over his face but the moment he was ushered into the ambience of his guests, his mood shot up from zero to hero

The groom & his men waiting for the arrival of his bride Saufiyyat
Dad & daughter in a tete-a-tete; Alhaji Moshood Owolabi shares a joke with his daughter on her wedding day

Salutation to the Groom
Many of the guests were taken aback as the Master of Ceremony Alhaja Ronke Fowosere sank into a mood synonymous with that of the gods drawing off the Oriki (Family Praise and eulogies) of Hamzat Ayotunde Kaka, first son of Senator Sefiu Adegbenka Kaka and drawing attention to his royalty and describing him as someone who has all at his beck and call and who cannot be taken for granted in all ramification of life. She described the young Kaka as a child of destiny and the son of a political hero whose lineage in Ijebu-Igbo is synonymous with hard work, vision, wealth and societal respect. The Oriki nearly drew tears off groom’s father, Senatior Sefiu Adegbenka Kaka’s eyes as the MC nearly burst his emotions. It was after this that the groom and his men took their long standing prostrating exercise which is very synonymous with Yoruba traditional marriages. He prostrated alongside his friends who joined him to “plead” with his in-laws seeking their blessing to marry their charming daughter. Both families granted Ayotunde Kaka’s wish with prayers. 

Mrs.Saufiyyat Opeyemi Ajike Kaka
The groom with his men attempting to prostrate for bride's family

How Sen. Kaka saved son from emotional slip.
Ayotunde must have felt the gravity of that sacred moment of making the greatest decision of his life as he took time to prostrate for his darling father whom he described as his role model. Sighting his father’s countenance on such a great day of his life and perhaps appreciating the sacrifice of such a great dad, the young Kaka lost his composure and nearly allowed the tears to have their way but for the smartness of his dad who is more matured in issues of emotional stance. He stood quick to grab his Ayotunde holding him tight to his chest and both did a merry-go-round dance before the crowd and the sliding emotions of the young Kaka was halted and the event continued as Ayotunde was escorted to his seat at the “Nuptial Arcade” by his legion of friends. 

The groom receiving marital blessings from his mother-in-law
Members of the Kaka family of Ijebu Igbo

Bride’s dad in ten minutes prayer
Another beautiful moment came when Fausiyyat Opeyemi Ajike Owolabi was led into the ambience by group of well-wishers to honor “the pleading” of her groom to have her beautiful hand in marriage. Looking radiant and beautiful, the trained architect got a deluge of prayers from her father, Alhaji Moshood Olayiwola Owolabi who did the prayer sitting but suddenly stood in the middle of the prayer to intensify the action which lasted for ten minutes. Bride’s mother Alhaja Sherifat Oluyomi Owolabi complimented the prayer session before the entire crowd decreed blessings into Fausiayyat’s new journey to matrimony. It was a moment of solemn authority.

The Groom; Hamzat Ayotunde Kaka waiting for the arrival of his beautiful bride
The Bride stepping into the event

Family exchanges letter of request/acceptance
The Kaka and Owolabi family are very dynamic in the art of marriage courtesies. As the nuptials entered the final stage, the groom’s family directed their letter of “Marriage Request” to the bride’s family while the bride’s family promptly responded with a letter of “Marriage Approval” for their children’s onward journey to matrimony. Both letters were written on gold plates. 

The groom in his moment of decision with the Owolabi family of Iragbiji
The Couple with the Sheiks who delivered the Nikkai lecture

How groom’s family delivered their gift
Unlike in other marriages or Nikkai ceremonies where gifts are set on a stage before the event proper, the Kaka family added a bit of drama to their manner of presentation as some traditional maids in blue Aso-Ebi danced into the hall in acrobatic steps to present bags of clothes, food stuff, Yam tubers and other related items to the bride’s family. An inspection was carried out by two members of each family to ascertain if the goods were of due expectation by the bride’s family. The MC later confirmed to the entire guests that the groom’s family brought all the desired gifts needed for the marriage to hold.

The Groom, Ayotunde with friends sharing moments before the marriage lecture
The dashing Ayotunde Kaka ready to dobale for his in-laws

Cutting of the Cake & the Hutuba
The Hutuba prayer is an Islamic prayer conducted to close a nuptial ceremony to enable the couple to go and fully prepare for the Islamic leg of the event which is the Nikkai. The time was 11:45am and all the top Imams were already seated for the next leg of the ceremony which is the NIKKAI. The bride and her groom were allowed to cut their Wedding Cake before they took their exit to go and change from their wedding attire into their Nikkai attire.

Dad & Daughter arrives for the Nikkai Lecture
The Couple taking Nikkai blessings after the marriage lecture

And the Nikkai took place @ Noon.
By 12 pm, the atmosphere of the event changed with more dignitaries arriving for the Nikkai ceremony and one of them was Alhaja Salmot Badru, the first female Deputy Governor of Ogun state who took her seat near Senator Gbenga Kaka and his first lady, Alhaja Safiyyat Oladunni Kaka. The groom soon arrived in a new all white Babanriga attire with his group of friends as they led him to the upper podium where he took his seat in anticipation of the arrival of his bride. At 12:20pm, Alhaji Moshood Olayiwola Owolabi, bride’s dad ushered his beautiful daughter into the ambience of the Nikkai ceremony ready to finally hand over his daughter to the Kaka family and to his son-in-law Hamzat Ayotunde Kaka

The Bride picks 'The Most Precious Gift' of a Quran, Tesbiu & Muslim Praying mat from the legion of gifts given her by her groom's family
Some traditional maids with some of the gifts from the groom's family to the bride's family

Meet the league of Imams
If there is one thing you will not find lacking in the life of Senator Sefiu Adegbenka Kaka, it is his religious disposition to Islam. In fact, when it was time for him to pray for his son’s wife, Fausiyyat, many were surprised to see the former Senator of the Federal Republic turn to an Islamic cleric and offering prayers backed with Quranic verses for the new bride. To help him unite his son and his wife were league of top Imams from various Islamic organizations led by FADHEELAT SHEIKH ZAKARIYYAHU MUHAMMAD THANI who is one of the greatest Islamic scholars on marriage matters in Nigeria. Others are FADHEELAT SHEIKH THAOBATAN ABDULLAH AL-ILORY, FADHEELAT SHEIKH EL-IMAAM and FADHEELAT SHEIKH SULAIMON ILIYAS who is the representative of SHEIKH IMRA ELEHA from the Moricas family. The MC for this aspect of the marriage ceremony was Alhaji Imaam Abdulateef Ibraheem, the Secretary, Mission Board, Ansar-Udeen Society of Nigeria, Lagos branch.

Bride's father, standing to offer more marital blessings to his lovely daughter
The Bridegroom listening to Islamic marriage lecture before they are pronounced husband and wife

What the Sheikh said about Marriage in Islam
The Nikkai segment of Ayotunde Kaka and Fausiyyat Owolabi’s nuptials suddenly turned into a marriage seminar as the guest lecturer Fadheelat Sheikh Zakariyyahu Muhammad Thanni delivered a 60 minutes lecture on the rules, principles and reasons for marriage. The Sheikh who said marriage was designed by God for man to procreate and multiply for the purpose of humanity frowned at the recent evil in the global society where the act of homosexuality is being legalized in some foreign countries. The Sheikh described such people and their generation as people rejected by God. Drawing his background from the Quran, the Sheikh said one day, three disciples of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) approached his wife Aisha asking her to teach them how to be and live like the prophet without blemishes but she couldn’t find an accurate answer to their question. One of them promised to put himself on fasting in order to be able to live like the prophet, the second one promised to evade sleep while the third one promised to stop talking to any woman in order for him to be able to live a life of purity. But when Prophet Mohammed returned and heard what happened,  he summoned a meeting of his intimate disciples and gave them an orientation concerning marriage and living a life of purity;  Hear him “Any one who has the means to marry, let him go and marry as that will stop him from committing illegal sexual intercourse” the Prophet warned. “But anyone that does not want to marry can engage in consistent fasting as that will diminish his appetite for sex” Prophet Muhammed counseled.

Some beautiful women @ the event
Saufiyyat gets a gush of affection from sister-in-law, Mrs. Ayobola Kaka Lawal while a guest looks on

 “If you keep fasting, you will not commit lookery, talk less of committing touchery and ending up inside “another thing” Sheikh Thanni noted jokingly. Sheikh Thanni gave some of the reasons why God created the institution of marriage; “Marriage is to multiply humanity, create family diplomacy, procreation, civilization (Without marriage, no family-no society-no nation) and finally, to keep the society together and ensuring future generation. “Islam is against celibacy. It is natural for a man to want to be with a woman at a certain period of his life as that is how God made it to be” The Sheikh noted further  Gariza which is the “Urge”  to have sex is the only instrument in marriage that God uses for procreation. So, it is not a sin for a man to want to be with a woman at a certain period of his life and it is equally not a sin for a woman to desire a man” “Marriage is a social necessity, it a moral safeguard and an act of rebirth and that is why God cherished marriage”. The Sheikh noted that there are few things God wants a man to do in his life time. One is going to Mecca, offering of 5 times prayer service daily and the last one is marriage. “God said if you marry, you have won 50% of his marks and there is “Lada” (Grace) for you; you can use the remaining 50% to worship God and raise a good family”.

Ayotunde & his bride taking Islamic Instructions on Marriage during their Nikkai
'Now I am here with you' Bride, Saufiyyat seems to say to her Groom, Hamzat

The Sheikh finally noted in the Quran where God admonishes parent never to disallow their daughters from marrying when the time is ripe and once she found anyone she finds happiness with irrespective of his religion “The Prophet said it three times, ‘If your daughter has found someone that is befitting of living with and he is up to the task of keeping a home, let her marry him! Let her marry him!! Let her marry him!!! The prophet said this three times and that if such parent refuses her demand, it will become a “Fitna” (Immorality) and any “Fitna” that arises from your daughter’s conduct because you denied her the opportunity to marry at that period, the punishment will be upon you”.  The Sheikh thanked Senator Gbenga Kaka for granting his son, Ayotunde Hamzat the privilege to do the marriage before Ramadan and equally thanked the bride’s parent for allowing their daughter to pick her own choice and not forcing her to marry otherwise”

(Watch out! More gists, more names & Pics from The Regal Wedding of Ayotunde Kaka & Saufiyyat Owolabi on this blog tomorrow + “how they met & fell in love”)
Alhaji Oriyomi hands over the letter of expression of marriage from the Kakas to her husband, Alhaji Moshood Owolabi
Alhaja Oriyomi Owolabi, bride's mum jubilates as she receives the letter of expression of marriage from her in-laws
A team of beautiful traditional maids ushered the groom into the unique occassion
Traditional maides dance in with the all gold letter of expression of marriage
The Traditional Wedding Cake
The traditional marriage gifts from the groom's family to the bride's family
The Italian designed all-white affair seat for the couple
The groom, Ayotunde Kaka waiting for his bride for the Nikkai Marriage Lecture
The Groom being ushered in by friends for his Nikkai Lecture
The Gift of Tesbiu, Holy Quran & Praying mat picked by Saufiyyat for Islamic blessings by the Sheikhs
Sheikh Muhammad Thani (R) with Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ilory
Mrs.Saufiyyat Opeyemi Ajike Kaka
Mrs.Saufiyyat Opeyemi Ajike Kaka
Here Comes the bride; Saufiyyat Owolabi led in by a team of beauties
Hamazat Ayotunde Kaka and Saufiyyat Owolabi expressed their first touch of expression
Dad & Son; Sen. Adegbega Kaka shows emotion for son, Ayotunde
Bride's mum offers marital blessing to her daughter
Bride's dad, Alhaji Moshood Owolabi offering marital blessing to his charming daughter
The Bride, Fausiyyat after the prayers
Mrs.Saufiyyat Opeyemi Ajike Kaka
Ayotunde Kaka's in-law, Mr. Lookmon Oyewole Lawal (LOL) with wife, Mrs. Ayobola Kaka Lawal and a guest (M)
Ayotunde Kaka on his way to Nikkai Marriage Lecture
Ayotunde & Saufiyyat after their traditional marriage

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