Story: Jesuloluwa Adebiyi Photo: Abraham Falodun
Love is indeed a beautiful thing as Oluwaseun Oluwadamilola Bankole-Balogun and Adeseun Adeniyi Ogundoyin celebrate their union of love, traditionally, and in grand style. The families of Bankole-Balogun and Ogundoyin were full of joy as both families performed the traditional rites of the joining of their children, Oluwaseun and Adeseun at the Civic Centre, Lagos. The hall was painted with celebration as friends and families of the couple came to show their love.
The event began with the opening prayer by Mr. Moses Ihonde before Alaga Iduro (Sir Kay) and Alaga Ijoko (Folake Oshinowo of LTV Shokoyokoto) representing the husband’s family and the bride’s family respectively, stepped forward to corordinate the programme. After the opening prayer, the guests observe a minute silence for the father of the groom, late Pa Ogundoyin.
They parents were introduced and asked to drop money into the silver bowl provided as they came forward. Other members of the family followed suit, fulfilling a Yoruba tradition that implies helpking the couple money to kick start their marriage. While the introductions were ongoing, the Sugar Band were entertained the guests with good traditional music befitting the event.
The song performed by the Sugar band was a narration of the proposal of the groom to the bride. The journey of how Adeseun proposed and how Oluwaseun fell in love and accepted was narrated in the music. Sir Kay, who was the coordinator from the groom’s family, brought the letter of proposal, which was read by the bride’s younger sister, Morenike. But before the letter was read, prayer was offered on the letter, wrapped in wine wrapper and pink ribbon.
Afterwards, the groom, Adeseun, danced in with his friends, led by Alaga Iduro, Sir Kay, and the Sugar band never failed them at all as they gave the groom and his escorts wonderful music. The groom his friends performed all the rites as was instructed, and the bride, in company of her friends as well danced in, led by the Alaga Ijoko. Shortly after, the couple went before both parents for parental blessings.
The reception commenced shortly after the prayers and the M.C. took over from the traditional coordinators, just as D.J Larry was on hand to provide great music.
The cutting of the cake followed, and then the first dance. The reception was rounded off with a vote of thanks by the groom’s younger brother.
The event was graced by the presence of dignitaries like Femi Tejuosho, Senator Obembe, Ebenezer Obey among others.