When two people are truly in love, it is usually at their wedding that you know; the way they share jokes, laugh and even coo into each other’s ears in the heat of this special occasion.
This was exactly what was witnessed when dashing Olayinka Afolabi, son of the famous Group Executive Chairman of SIFAX, Dr Taiwo Afolabi wedded the beautiful Abisola Omisade.
Proceedings followed the tenets of Yoruba marriage rites which always witnesses speeches, dancing, singing and a general air of jollity.
The traditional comperes known as Alaga Iduro and Alaga Ijoko, then took over, showering the families and their children with prayers.
It was the groom and his retinue of friends that appeared first, as it is the custom. Wearing a bright smile that matched his flowing Agbada, he swayed to lovely music that heralded his entrance and danced to where the Omisade family gathered.
There, as directed by the comperes, he and his friends prostrated, as a sign of obeisance to his in-laws. This expression of humility was applauded by all-and soon after wards he was showered with prayers by his in-laws. His proud parents and elders of his own family also showered him with prayers before he made his way to a special sitting area reserved for he and his wife.
Her first port of call was to her parents. There, she knelt before them and they prayed for her. The bride and her mother fought back tears as this was going on. It was a very emotional moment.
The Chairman of the occasion was none other than the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who urged the couple to be pateint with each other and then gave them royal blessings.