When glamour and panache meet with elegance and splendour, what you get is pure, unadulterated ecstasy.
That was exactly the situation on October 31st, 2020 when all roads led to the palatial country home of Chief (Sir) Nnamdi Okwuonu (Akajiugo di ndu Kwochaa na Uke) and his beautiful wife, Lady Okwuonu at Nkwelle village Uke, Idemili North LGA of Anambra state for the traditional wedding of their delectable daughter, Ebele.
Ebele, a British trained lawyer got hooked, traditionally to her heartthrob, Chibuike Ihionu, computer scientist and a British trained Human Resources Management expert.
The groom’s father is Chief (Sir) Sam Ihionu, an industrialist from Akokwa, Ideato North LGA, Imo State. The groom’s mother Lady Maria was the cynosure of all eyes in her delectable dress.
She and her in-law, Lady Okwuonu spared nothing in giving their guests the best of comfort.
The event was epochal and will remain etched on the memories of guests and indigenes of Uke for a long time to come.
The ambience oscillated between solemn and electrifying, leaving heads bowed in awe, hands to clap in appreciation, eyes to rove in admiration and lips and feet to move in acceptance.
The Ebele-Chubuike Day was charmingly colorful just as it was amazingly enchanting.
Suspense enveloped the arena when the beautiful bride stepped out, in line with the Igbo custom, to receive a cup of palm wine from her obviously joyous father who mandated her to search out his groom among the galaxy of young men seated, and hand the cup to him to sip from, signaling the confirmation that indeed, he was the reason for the gathering.
It didn’t take Ebele long to spot out Chibuike who accepted the cup of wine, sipped from it amid thunderous applause.
Thereafter, together, the newest couple in town, ensconced in each other’s arms made a deliberate but slow elegant movement to their seats.
It was another unwavering show of undying love for each other as Chibuike intermittently gazed into Ebele’s eyes while she gently caressed his well manicured beards.
Guests were treated to choice foods and drinks and there were plenty to eat and drink.
Parents of the new couple, beaming with smiles and evidently satiated with joy personally went round to great high profile dignitaries who came from all walks of life.
Among the galaxy of guests who graced the traditional wedding were Senator Uche Ekwuife, Chief & Lolo Godwin Ubaka Okek(Onwa). Chief Sir & Lady Joseph Ukeji (Chimalunzu) marriage sponsor, Chief & Lolo Celestine Ebubeogu (Ide Akokwa) and chairman of Tiger Foods Ltd (groom’s uncle), Chief & Lolo Dona Ebubeogu MD Tiger foods (groom’s uncle), Chief Sir & Lady Emma Eziokwu, (Aku ilili na utu), Chief Sir & Lolo Anagu(Ide umuoji) Makson Chemicals Ltd.
Others include, Chief & Lolo Willy Obi (Agbarusia Ngele), Ossy container (aku Chukwu), Chief & Lolo Okwudiri Otti Nwarupuo aku na Umuchu (Caltec), Chief Sir and Lolo Kelvin Izuogu (Eze Onwenu), Chief Sir & Lolo Aloy Okonkwo (Ide ifitedulu), Chief & Lolo Dona Madumere (Aku nwata).
Also witnesses to the epochal traditional nuptials are: Hon. Sir & Lady Everist Uba (Oba Nnabuenyi), Chief Mrs / Lady Ojimba (Envoy oil), Chief Sir & Lolo A. Anthony Anagwo (Onowu) Onwanetirioha, Engr. Greg Obioha(KpakpaNdo) Barr. Yagazie Obioha, Hon. Callista Nwachukwu (former Executive chairman Ogbaru LGA), Chief Sir & Lady Gab Ezedimbu (Onye mara Ihe na ese okwu na Ihitenansa), Zubix Biscuit (Ikenga Alor), Chief Sir & Lady Edmund Nwachukwu (Nwachinemere Orifite), Chief Sir & Lolo Nebolisa (Akuchukwu), Chief and Lolo Achii Ojimba, Chief Sir & Lady Franklin Anazodo (Ikemba Aniocha), Chief Sir & Lady Chukwudi Ofoedu (Owelle) and Chief Sir Kelvin Alisigwe.
Also in attendance were Chief Sir & Lady Atukason, Rev. Fr. Emma Obimma (Ebube Muonso), Chief & Mrs Nwajimma gbuo agu, Chief Sir & Lady Kelvin Obieri (Agu ji egbe), Chief Sir & Lady Augustine Ibeme (Udokamma) Citizen paint, Chief & Lolo Alex Offordile (Dollar man), Chief Ifeanyi Amonye (Pounds & Dollars), Chief Sir & Lady Eugene Nwankwo (vote for Jesus) and Chief Mrs/Lady Benice Arinze (GMO), Chief and Lolo Ben Uluabuike, Chief Sir Ben Amuta (oil minister), Chief and Mrs Mosco Nwankwo, HRH Igwe and Lolo Charles Agbala (igwe Oranyelu II), Dr. Emegakor (crown Hospital), Dr Clement Ojukwu (Ivy Hospital), Sir and Lady Agbasimalo, Mr Emeka Enendu (Surveyor), Chief Ben Chinemelu (Ikenga Oraukwu), Chief Mrs Okaro . (Chairman PPSSC Awka), Sir and Lady Jude Efulu (Akunia n’Awka etiti), Chief Sir and Lady James Obele (Ojenanwayo n’ Awgbu), Chief John Nsofor (Ugwumba n’Awka etiti), Chief Chinedu Omeifeukwu n’uke(Edu white), Ven. Chuks Okoli, Chief and Mrs Jocalis Aluminum, Tomac interlinks limited, Chief Sir Amaechi Anyanwor (Amaco Resources Ltd), Chief and Lolo Chika Isi (Spinach), Chief and Mrs Ilonzo (DaveyMore), Chief and Mrs Ifediora Abasilim (Nzenwugo n’alor), Chief Okey Umuoji (Ozuo-Omee), Chief Okey Obikwelu, JBC Block industry(Nzeakonobi) n’ Abagana, Chief Okey Ekwomadu (Omekannaya), Barr. Nkem Anaekie, Chief and Lolo Fred Ezika (Nzenwaku), Chief Sir Bob Ugonabu (Ezeafojulu), Dr. Gabby Nwankwo (GK knight of St. Mulumba), Barr. and Dr. Mrs Chike Onyali, Chief Sir and Lady Onochie Etele (Eteleson group), Mr & Mrs Degaulle Uba and Dame Beatrice N. Madueke.