THE NATION FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012
SOCIETY Benin City, the capital of Edo State and ancient Bini Kingdom, came alive on August 18, when the families of Ebagua and Omohodion joined their children, Christie Osarodion and her beau, Evans Osaze, in marriage. SHOLA O’NEIL reports
OR the lovebirds, former Miss Christie Ebagua and Evans Omohodion, the day was one that would linger in their memories. Top politicians, captains of industry, the crème de la crème, and thousands of others, witnessed the celebration of love. The event began with a church service at the Dominion City Church, Constantial Hotel, Airport Road, Benin City, where the officiating minister, Pastor Anthony Imafidon, advised the couple on the tenets and ingredients of a successful marriage. From the church, the entourage moved to the reception venue at Image Garden, Benin GRA. The Chairman of the ceremony, who is the Commanding Officer of the 4 Mechanised Brigade of the Nigerian Army, General Obi Umahi, charged the couple to keep the flame of their love alive. Also the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who the groom serves as Special Assistant on Special Duties, urged them to put God first in whatever they do. Uduaghan, who attended the traditional marriage the previous Thursday, came with his wife, Roli; children Toju and Orode, who was accompanied by Ryan Okpu, her husband and top functionaries of his government. He advised the couple that they would never go wrong if they put God first in their marriage. The highpoint of the ceremony was the bridal dance and cutting of the wedding cake by the couple who also entertained guests with beautiful dance steps. The rave of the moment, Iyanya, serenaded them with his hit song, Kukere. Evans told The Nation that he was attracted to his beautiful wife by her decency, upbringing and beauty. He said: “I heard a lot about one beautiful and good girl in Benin City, who is very Godly. So, I said I would like to see her. It was a cousin of mine who introduced her to me. When I met her, we chatted for a long time and it seemed like I had known her all my life. When she was leaving, I told her ‘you are the one I would marry’. “That was about three years ago. I would also give her the credit that she was the one who drew me closer to God and even when I am down, she lifts me up with prayers and support. “Well, a lot of things attracted me to her, but one really stands out in my mind - she is God-fearing. I never knew a pretty girl in Nigeria would be so principled and clean.
‘Celebration of lover •Uduaghan’s aide marries in Benin •The Couple with Governor Uduaghan (second right); his wife Roli and Obayuwana
•Akulagba of Warri Kingdom Chief Ayiri Emama flanked by Chief Jaro Egbo (right) and Tuoyo Omatsuli
Just her beauty alone was stunning and I said to myself that I have found a dream wife.” Hiding her shyness with a soft smile, Christy said she was attracted to her man by his love for God, noting that it was her desire and prayer to get married to a man that would encourage and support her Christian life. “I saw that he is focused from the very first day we talked; he’s very funny and there is never a dull moment with him. “He has a heart like no other man and trusts me, and he is never afraid
to speak his mind and tell you the truth no matter how much it hurts. He wants to learn and puts his all to correct his mistakes. He’s caring, loves and fears God and he’s a giver and the nicest man ever.” The groom could not hide his surprise on seeing the calibre of personalities that graced the event. “The marriage was very great. I didn’t expect all the people I saw even on Thursday and also the Saturday for the white wedding. I would confidently say it was the best day of my life to see all my dreams
•From left: The celebrator Pa Charles Jituboh, his wife, Rose and brother Vincent Jituboh during Pa Jituboh’s 80th birthday at Church of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Ikeja, Lagos
come true the way it did. He said: “I would like to thank Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and his family who graced both events. This is a big blessing to me and my wife,” Evans said. Osaze, as he is fondly called, praised the officiating pastors, for seeing them through courtship to a successful wedding, his colleagues, officials of Delta and Edo state governments and friends. In attendance were Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, represented by his
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Osagie Obayuwana, Secretary to Delta State Government, Comrade Ovouzurie Macaulay led top officials including Chief Ighoyota Amori; Senior Special Adviser to Uduaghan on Political Affairs, Dr. Tony Nwaka; Commissioner for Special Duties and his Housing counterpart, Chief Paulinus Akpeki; Chief Jaro Egbo and Mr. Tuoyo Omatsuli; Uti Nwachukwu, winner of BBA 2010; andAyiri Emami, proprietor 911 Entertainment, among others.
•Former NULGE President Ekiti State Branch Segun Onaade; Mrs Victorial Ajewole; Mr Adedayo Ajewole and his wife Mrs Funmilola Ajewole; Chief Ajewole Dosumu and Mrs Iyabode Onaade at Akure South Local Govt, Ondo State.