Earlier in September, news broke out that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, was giving marriage another shot after his Olori, Prophetess Silekunola Naomi Ogunwusi, left him. The buzz about his marriage wasn’t because it was a royal wedding but an unusual one. Unusual in the sense that he was taking two wives almost simultaneously.

It was the first time in a long time that people would hear that a Nigerian monarch was taking more than one wife almost simultaneously. Royal weddings are usually the talk of the town or globe, depending on the royals involved. They’re often grand and widely publicized, so we’ll discuss Nigerian royal weddings.

What is a royal wedding?

A royal wedding is one involving members of a royal family in a given location. A wedding is termed royal when at least one party is from a royal family. The weddings are often grand and can last for days and weeks, depending on the tradition.

Top 10 royal weddings in Nigeria

It’s difficult to compile a perfect list of royal weddings in Nigeria to know the top 10. However, we in Skabash have done it, and here’s our list. You’re free to add more notable royal weddings in Nigeria.

 

1. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and Mariam Anako

It’s no longer news that Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has not been lucky in marriage. But it hasn’t stopped him from trying. His September 6 wedding to his new wife, Mariam Anako, has been buzzing all over the media. Olori Mariam, an Egbira woman from Kogi State, was an oil and gas company, administrative worker. The new queen was beautifully dressed in an aso oke piece with gold and silver patterns and regal beads that matched her new status.

She was led into the palace amidst melodious singing and playing of traditional musical instruments after completing traditional rites that officially made her queen of the Ife kingdom. The wedding was attended by the families of the king and the queen. Also in the dance were the chiefs of the kingdom and close aids of the king. This is the king’s fourth wedding after the previous three failed.

2. Yusuf Buhari and Princess Zahra Beyero

Yusuf Buhari and Princess Zahra Beyero

Yusuf Buhari and Zahra Bayero was perhaps the most talked about Nigerian royal wedding in 2021. Yusuf is the only son of Nigeria’s current President, Muhammadu Buhari, while Zahra Bayero is the daughter of the Emir of Bichi, Nasir Ado Bayero. The wedding on August 20, 2021, was a high-octane event, with former and incumbent governors, ministers, lawmakers, judges, businessmen, diplomats, relatives, friends, and groups flooding thousands into the ancient city of Kano in their various private jets to attend. It would remain one of the grandest wedding ceremonies Nigeria has ever witnessed.

3. Princess Rukayya Bayero and Amir Usman

Princess Rukayya Bayero and Amir Usman

The Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, also gave away his daughter, Princess Rukayya Bayero to Amir Usman on September 4, 2022. The wedding fatiha lasted for four days according to the custom of the people of Kano. Throughout the duration of the wedding, the bride was adorned in different beautifully styled outfits, which caught the people’s attention. As usual, dignitaries converged on Kano State to attend the grand royal event.

 

4. Natasha Akpoti and Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan

Natasha Akpoti and Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan

Former Kogi State governorship aspirant under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, found love again in the arms of a married father of three children, Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan, the Alema of Warri Kingdom. The couple got married in a flamboyant ceremony on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at her father’s house in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Akpoti was a single mother of three children before she became the second wife of Uduaghan. The wedding was so grand that Vanguard described it as a “roll call of who is who” due to a large number of the political class and celebrities in attendance.

5. Princess HaBeeba Merah and Garba Haruna

Princess HaBeeba Merah and Garba Haruna

It was a royalty and blue blood wedding as Engr Garba Haruna MNSE (Garkuwan Kebbi) MD Kaduna electric & Princess HaBeeba Merah the daughter of Emir of Argungu, got married in the popular #ArgunguRoyalWedding. The wedding was held in November 2021. The pre-wedding shoot alone was a rich blend of Arewa/Fulani culture.

6. Princess Fatima Sa’ad Abubakar and Mahmoud Isa

Princess Fatima Sa’ad Abubakar and Mahmoud Isa

The daughter of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, Princess Fatima Sa’ad Abubakar,  wedded the son of former Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isah Yuguda, Mahmoud Isa, on August 24, 2019. As expected, it was a memorable day in Sokoto State as roads and the airport experienced heavy traffic when members of the political class, traditional rulers, and top government officials made their way to Sultan Bello Jima’at Mosque, the venue of the wedding. A total of 18 aircraft were lined in rows on the airport’s tarmac, drawing a lot of media attention on a special day.

 

7. Oba Abdularosheed Adewale Akanbi and Princess Firdaus Abdullahi

Oba Abdularosheed Adewale Akanbi and Princess Firdaus Abdullahi

It was a wedding of two royal families as the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdularosheed Adewale Akanbi, married a Kano Princess, Firdaus Abdullahi, the granddaughter of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. Although the wedding wasn’t as loud as expected, it was still graced by dignitaries, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The royal wedding was held at the residence of the Madakin Kano, where the sum of N1 million was paid as the bride price. Meanwhile, this is the king’s second marriage after his first with Queen Chanel Chin crashed in 2019.

8. Olu Atuwatse III Tsola Emiko and Ivie Okunbo

Olu Atuwatse III Tsola Emiko and Ivie Okunbo

Olu Atuwatse III Tsola Emiko is the current king of Itsekiri, Warri kingdom. He succeeded his late father, Olu Ogiame Atuwatse II, on August 21, 2021. The Olu of Warri married Ivie Okunbo, daughter of billionaire Captain Honsa Okunbo in a grand ceremony in 2014. The wedding was the talk of the town as it was attended by dignitaries and celebrities all over the country. The couple is blessed with three children.

 

9. Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III and Chioma Nwosu

Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III and Chioma Nwosu

Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the late Alaafin of Oyo empire, married his 13th wife in 2020. Although the wedding was quiet, it broke the internet for one reason: his new wife is Igbo, and her name is Chioma Nwosu. This would be the first time a prominent Yoruba monarch is married to a woman from the Igbo ethnic group of Nigeria, especially when the monarch has several wives already.

10. Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Silekunola Naomi

Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Silekunola Naomi

We started this list with the Ooni of Ife, and we’re ending it with him as well. October 19, 2018, was a memorable day in the Ife kingdom as the Oba took Oluwaseyi Naomi as a new bride. The occasion was particularly special because the new Olori was a Prophetess who ran her ministry. The wedding was well attended by dignitaries, and the pictures broke the internet for weeks. Sadly, the queen announced her separation from the king on December 23, 2021, after three years of marriage that produced a son. The king has since moved on with a new wife, Mariam, as previously listed.

Which of the royal weddings in Nigeria interested you most?