Inside the glamorous, N2.3 billion London wedding of Folorunsho Alakija’s son

Posted on June 13 2017 , at 09:08 am
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  • It truly was a fantasy wedding.

Folarin and Nazanin dance at their lavish wedding in London

One of the world’s richest black women, Folorunsho Alakija, had the joy of seeing her son, Folarin, get married to his Iranian love, Nazanin Ghaissarifar at a lavish ceremony in London over the weekend.


And if your net worth is $2.1b, you would wish to go all out on such a special occasion, which is exactly what the Alakijas did as an estimated N2.3b was spent on the glamourous wedding ceremony.

Naza walks the aisle with her father
Folarin and Naza walk down the aisle after being pronounced man and wife
A proud mother, Folorunsho Alakija with her husband
The new couple have their first dance
Folarin and Nazanin dance at their lavish wedding in London
Guests watch on as the couple dance at the glamorous venue

You must now be wondering how on earth not one, but two billion naira was spent on just one wedding.


For starters, the wedding cake alone is said to have cost only £10,000, standing at 12-feet tall and comprising eight tiers with flowers donning it.

The cake was a spectacle
It cost £10,000 and was also decorated with white flowers

The wedding was held at the Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire which reportedly rents out exclusively at £150,000 (N71m) and was decorated with a million white roses.

A million white flowers were used to decorate the venue
The florist employed was Jeff Leatham
The outdoor entrance of the venue
Blenheim Palace is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill

The venue also spotted a bespoke marquee as well as bespoke marble floor which had the couple’s initials inscribed on it. That is said to have cost only £200,000 (N95m).

The venue was also decorated with bespoke marquee and bespoke marble floor with the couple’s initials etched into it in gold
The wedding invite with the couple’s initials embossed in gold on it

Then there was the surprise guest performance for the adorable couple, as Robin Thicke serenaded them and the wedding guests with some of his well-known love songs.


Word is it took about £150,000 (N75m) to get the American R&B star to entertain guests at the wedding.

Robin Thicke performing at the wedding which saw guests served a five-course menu

Also, hundreds of family and close friends were said to have been flown in from Nigeria and lodged in a hotel for the weekend.

Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi were at the wedding
Temi Otedola
Mr Eazi and Temi sparked a frenzy online with this photo
Austraian Victoria’s Secret model, Shanina Shaik at the wedding
Models, Rio Fredrika and Becka Indigo at the wedding
Guest, Manny Kess described the wedding as the most amazing he’s ever been to
Other wedding guests

And the guests went home with gift bags – pink blush bags with white flowers embossed on the side of each bag.

The gift bags

Naza is Folarin’s second wife, after he lost his first wife, Chena, to cancer six years ago. He has a daughter with her.


The Iranian model studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester.


She also has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a marketing consultant.



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