Babaloja Of Ota, Chief Saliu Lawal Gives Daughter, Esther In Marriage

The Babaloja of Ota, Awori land, Chief Saliu Alao Lawal has on Saturday 13th April given his daughter, Esther Abidemi Lawal hand’s in marriage to Nwabunike Ekene Daniel who hails from Ozubulu town in Ekwesigo Local Government area of Anambra State.

Engagement pose comprising of the couple and their immediate family

The engagement took place on Friday at the residence of the bride’s father at No1, Bilikis Close, Adjacent Keystone Bank, Sango-Idiroko expressway, Ota, Ogun. The church wedding was held at the Ephphatha Assembly, Ifo, Ogun state and was immediately followed by a reception at the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government hall in Ota.

While delivering the sermon, the Pastor in charge of Ephphatha Assembly, Ifo, Reverend J.S Akinsola advised the newly wedded couple to see themselves as one and to always remember that which bonded them together. He admonished the groom to always listen to his bride as she is the new angel God has assigned to guide and assist him in times of needs. Rev. Akinsola also advised the bride to always love, endure and respect her husband as it is the only way to enjoy a long lasting marriage.

In an interview with VOA Entertainment correspondent, the bride expressed her joy, having gotten married to the best man for her. “The joy of every woman is to get married to the love of their life and mine is not an exception”. She said that the relationship that led to the marriage has been on since 2011 and that she and her husband met while in school.


Esther added that their relationship was built on trust, having withstood the test of time. She described her husband as a peace loving man who knows what it takes to take care of a wife.

The groom refused to speak with our correspondent when contacted.

While speaking with our correspondent, the bride’s father, Chief Saliu Lawal expressed satisfaction in the union in that the newly wedded bride is a well cultured woman, having passed through the requisite informal training and also ensuring that she sought formal education. He however, wished the couple Allah’s blessing in their marriage.

Chief Saliu Lawal

In a separate interview with the bride’s mother, Chief Mrs Yemisola Okutoro Ikenwa could not hide her feelings on the success of the marriage. She was full of praises to the Almighty God for giving her a clear weather, just like she had earlier wished for. On the choice of her daughter’s husband, she said that all the tribes are one and there ought not be segregation of any kind in as much as happiness persists.

The groom’s mother, Mrs Augustina Nwabunike in an interview with VOA News correspondent, said she is accepting the new bride, Esther into her family as a second daughter because she gave birth to only one female child. “I thank God for giving me such a pretty girl as a daughter, I am now adopting her as my own daughter, so she has automatically become my second daughter; because i only gave birth to one female”. She described the groom as a very humble man who has the fear of God. She advised the newly wedded couple to be prayerful and always make sure they settle their quarrels on the bed without letting a third party seek advantage of their marriage as a result of constant dispute.

One of the bride’s siblings, Basirat Lawal who spoke with our correspondent, described her sister as the best choice for her husband.

Basirat Lawal
Basirat Lawal

She wished the marriage a success as she hoped to return to the family after nine month for child’s christening.

Rotimi Oluwabusola

One of the bride’s in-laws, Rotimi Oluwabusola who spoke with VOA Entertainment correspondent described Esther as one of the best people she has ever met.

Rotimi Oluwabusola

She however, expressed confidence that their marriage is going to last till forever as both the husband and wife understands one another to at least, a reasonable extend.

The creme-de-la-creme in Ota and Ifo, some of whom were; Olu of Ifo,
HRH Oba Samuel Atanda Oladipupo, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Chairman, Hon. Bashir Oladele Adeniji, Bashorun of Ota, High Chief Lamina Ojugbele, Balogun of Ota, High Chief Isiaka Idowu Balogun among several others graced the occasion.

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