The recent royal wedding between Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex is still eliciting responses from all over the world.
Luxury wedding planner Aimee Dunne told CNBC Make It she estimates that, before security, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will cost $2.7 million (£2 million).
As a result, GLtrends.ng has collated a list of lavish Nigerian weddings that could be compared to the royal wedding in terms of cost, décor and even list of important guests that attended their marital ceremonies.
See them below:
1. FOLARIN ALAKIJA AND NAZANIN JAFARIAN GHAISSARIFA
The wedding of Folarin, one of the sons of billionaire businesswoman Folorunsho Alakija to Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifa has been described as one of the most lavish weddings ever held in London. The wedding is estimated to have cost £5m (N2.4bn). Guests at the wedding included Australian supermodel Shanina Shaik, Nigerian musician Mr Eazi. American musician Robin Thicke also performed at the wedding.
2. HALIMA BABANGIDA AND AUWAL LAWAL
The wedding of Halima, daughter of Nigerian ex-president Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida to Auwal Lawal had the who is who of Nigerian society in attendance. The Minna airport was said to have welcomed over 24 private jets ferrying important guests. Several ministers, senior government officials, top politicians and even ex-presidents where at the event.
3. BANKY W AND ADESUA ETOMI
Popular entertainers Banky W and Adesua Etomi literally had the country spellbound with their lavish wedding ceremonies. First, their traditional wedding had almost all the celebrities in Lagos in attendance and their white wedding that took place in South Africa trended for weeks on social media.
4. HALIMA SARAKI AND ADENIYI OLUKOYA
The nuptials of Halima, daughter of Senate President Bukola Saraki to Adeniyi Olukoya also had a lot of important personalities in attendance. Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote was amongst the guests as well as other top captains of industries.
5. FATIMA GANDUJE AND ABOLAJI AJIMOBI
When the children of two sitting governors get married, it is expected that it is going to lavish. Fatima, daughter of Kano state Governor Abdulahi Ganduje got married to Abolaji Ajimobi, son of Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi in the presence of President Buhari, and other dignitaries.
6. DAMILOLA OSINBAJO AND OLUSEUN BAKARE
Damilola, daughter of Nigeria’s vice President Yemi Osinbajo also got married to Oluseun Bakare in a lavish ceremony with a lot of important guests in attendance. A large number of governors, ministers and other senior government officials graced the occasion.
7. FATIMA DANGOTE AND JAMIL ABUBAKAR
Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote gave out his daughter Fatima to Jamil, son of a former inspector general of police. The wedding took place over three days and ended with a lavish ceremony at the prestigious Eko and Suites hotel in Lagos. The world’s richest man Bill Gates was in attendance.
8. ZAHRA BUHARI AND AHMED INDIMI
Zahra, daughter of President Buhari got married to Ahmed , son of billionaire businessman Mohammed Indimi in 2016. There were reports of lavish gifts the Indimi’s presented to the Buhari family for Zahra’s hand. The wedding literally held the Nigerian internet spellbound for days.