July 10th, 2008

Mr and Mrs: Yakubu Ties the Knot

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Everton striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni got married last week in Lagos, Nigeria to his fiancee Yvonne.  High profile footie guests in attendance included Jay Jay Okocha and Kanu.

Following in the admirable baller tradition of stretching out the extravaganza as long as poss, the couple had two shindigs, a traditional one and then a white wedding ceremony a few days later.  We ask that you take note of the pic below, which shows the subtle and glamorous touch of having a massive billboard-sized photograph set up as a decorative reception backdrop.  This may come in handy later in the evening when guests are too drunk to remember where they are.

Random: We’ve had the pleasure of attending a London-based Nigerian wedding a while back, and it was one helluva party, we can assure you. Hands down, our favourite part (aside from all the dancing and eating until you can’t move) was during the reception, when random wedding guests surrounded the bride and stuck money on her forehead. 

We were gobsmacked and giddy with delight by this brilliant spectacle.  EPL Wags, we implore you to consider this fabulous custom.

Now onto some loved up sweetness from the groom:

“When I wake up in the morning and see her face it makes me happy.  I go for training and play a match with happiness in my heart. That is the motivation that makes me play well.  When I am doing something that may not be right she is the one to tell me. That is a relationship. Not the kind where it is all about the man all the time. I am just lucky to have her. I am enjoying it and I expect us to be together for the rest of our lives.“

Congratulations! 

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Link: Weddings- Super Eagle Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Many thanks to Bella for the pics!

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35 Responses to “Mr and Mrs: Yakubu Ties the Knot”

  1. jhon says:

    I too have been to a Nigerian wedding…fun times, fun times. home-made eyelid tape

  2. Jhon says:

    He sounds like a sweetheart. Has he always been that cute or is it the tribute to his wife that's turned my head?

  3. Well I have no concept who these individuals are and the wedding brides house maid outfits are the most severe I have ever seen, but his quotation is so valuable it creates everything just perfect!
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  4. Andrew says:

    He appears to be like a girlfriend. Has he always been that lovely or is it the honor to his spouse that's converted my head?
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  5. He appears to be like a girlfriend. Has he always been that lovely or is it the honor to his spouse that's converted my head?

  6. He sounds like a sweetheart. Has he always been that cute or is it the tribute to his wife that's turned my head?

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  8. Officially, I know adore them.. she didn't even give her bridemaids awful dress. very cute
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  13. Brandy says:

    Well I have no idea who these people are and the brides maid dresses are the worst I have ever seen, but his quote is so precious it makes everything just perfect!

  14. TammyV says:

    Officially, I know adore them.. she didn’t even give her bridemaids awful dress. very cute

  15. Cesc's lil bird says:

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  16. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    They stuck money to the bride's head????? Huuhh???

  17. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    They stuck money to the bride’s head????? Huuhh???

  18. TammyV says:

    Officially, I know adore them.. she didn't even give her bridemaids awful dress. very cute

  19. sweet_dreamz says:

    Kickette-That doesn't just happen at weddings. It happens at many African parties. Basically-in the tradition, if money touches you, it's yours! Ok, I digress. The bride looks very very pretty in these pictures. Congrats to both!

  20. marire penis says:

    I dont think the pink wedding dress was a cool idea. i dont knw if it was abt the color or it did not just suit her. anyway the other bride looked lovely. wish dem the best

  21. Oladele says:

    Happy married life

  22. julissa says:

    I cant belive she is black, have you darkened the picture in photoshop, she must be blonde.

    Bin laden is likely to the king of england, because black men date whites only.

  23. Addie says:

    Actually, it’s a pretty common Nigerian tradition to have a traditional ceremony and a Western ceremony.

    The bride looks beautiful!

  24. aristeia says:

    Ohhhhh… *dies from the sweetness*. I wish them all the happiness in the world!

  25. Becca says:

    Congratulations to them haha

  26. AJ says:

    He sounds like a sweetheart. Has he always been that cute or is it the tribute to his wife that's turned my head?

  27. lose that girl says:

    What a lovely man. The cake on the other hand looks like it could kill someone if it toppled over! lose that girl blog

  28. Pavi (Mrs Metzelder) says:

    Ballers seem to have gone all soft and mushy during the off-season but I'm loving all the sweet words about their other halves. The custom of sticking money to the bride's forehead sounds fun…it's always interesting to learn about other cultures. I have to say that the billboard-sized photo is a bit tacky though.

  29. FootballerChick43 - says:

    All the dresses and the cakes are absolutely fabulous. Very pretty.

  30. The Fourth Official says:

    The bride is quite a lovely woman. Congrats.

  31. Jesse says:

    She is gorgeous and they look incredibly happy together. What he said is romantic and moving. All the happiness in the world. BTW: LOVE her dress. Love. Thank you Kickette

  32. Filthygorgeous says:

    Christ, another genuinely happy footballing couple…what is the world coming to! :) I too have been to a Nigerian wedding…fun times, fun times :) However, with this particular wedding I’m a little taken aback by the HUGE photo of the couple on some kind of gigantic banner behind them in the photo of the wedding party. A nice WAG-esque touch :)

  33. Emily (Giggsy's Gal) says:

    Everything and everyone looks fantastic! The best part is that Yakubu really seems to have a firm grasp on what makes a great long-term relationship, and specifically a marriage that lasts. I want a man exactly like him — what a sweetheart with a good head on his shoulders. I’m so impressed with him! Best wishes to the lovely couple! :) xoxoxo

  34. Pavi (Mrs Metzelder) says:

    Ballers seem to have gone all soft and mushy during the off-season but I’m loving all the sweet words about their other halves. The custom of sticking money to the bride’s forehead sounds fun…it’s always interesting to learn about other cultures. I have to say that the billboard-sized photo is a bit tacky though.

  35. lose that girl says:

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