Weddings are amazing and magical and the events that surround it is often special, as it is encapsulated by the beautiful feeling of love!
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For this issue we feature President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, wedding to Zahra Ado Bayero, the daughter of the Emir of Bichi. The event was undoubtedly the Wedding Of The Year and Nigeria’s 2021 ultra-glamorous royal wedding.
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President Muhammadu Buhari’s son wedding was the Nigeria’s biggest celebrity events of the year. Afterall, it was the wedding of the president’s only surviving son and the niece of the Emir of Kano, one of Nigeria’s most prominent Islamic leaders. Thousands attended the event at the palace of the Emir of Bichi, a town in the northern state of Kano.
Private jets filled the runway of the airport in Kano as members of Nigeria’s elite and West African dignitaries flew in for the wedding of Yusuf Buhari, 27, to Zahra Nasir Bayero, 19. Every five-star hotel in the state was fully booked.
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The groom’s family paid 500,000 Naira as the bride price – about 10 times the average amount in northern Nigeria. Despite the magnitude and sheer scale of the celebrations, it is understood to have been a scaled down version because of the coronavirus pandemic and many of the guests wore face masks. There was heavy security at the wedding ceremony, with police and military officers guarding the palace and stationed at nearby strategic locations.
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The wedding itself was conducted by Communications Minister Isa Ali Pantami, a qualified imam. Top politicians and traditional rulers from across the country flew in, including several opposition figures. Among them were President Muhammadu Buhari’s predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, whom he defeated in the 2015 election. Gambia’s First Lady Fatoumata Bah Barrow and the former president of neighbouring Niger, Muhammadu Issoufu, were among the foreign guests.
The bride’s father Nasir Ado Bayero was officially crowned as the Emir of Bichi the following day; his brother is the Emir of Kano. Nigeria’s first lady Aisha Buhari shared some photos of the couple, poignantly captioning one image: ‘All is set to welcome and receive our new daughter into the family.’
Photo Credit: Aisha Buhari