Weekend Special, N°1001

1. The fat lady will sing. The New York Times has now featured two West African marriages in its Sunday “Vows” section in a matter of weeks. The first is of a Nigerian wedding (ceremonies in Abuja and Virginia). It’s a union of a very well connected lawyer and an investment banker that makes for, shall we say, interesting copy. Wole Soyinka (who now lives in California, according to the article) is the bride Mojoyin Morolayo Onijala’s maternal grandfather and her father is the state chief of protocol for President Goodluck Jonathan. As for the groom Aderemi Ademola Jacobs, his reasons for marrying his new wife read like a CV: “She was beautiful, very intelligent and well traveled … She brought a different perspective to every one of my conversations.” They also went for 14 months of “premarital counseling” before the wedding. Above is the happy couple.

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