The appointed day for the full traditional wedding is today, Saturday, April 5, 2014. The venue being the expansive country home of the President in his hometown Otuoke, in Bayelsa State. Occasion is the traditional wedding ceremony between the daughter of the President, Faith Elizabeth Sakwe and her heartthrob Godswill Osim Edward from Cross River State. The couple we hear met while in school. Faith is a lawyer.
The traditional marriage journey began last night Friday, April 4, 2014 at about 7pm, with the payment of bride price and exchange of gifts between the 2 families, it’s part of the rites that must be observed. Though, it wasn’t the main event itself, in attendance were the family members on both sides and a sprinkling of friends, the likes of Hajia Bola Shagaya, Senator Ben Obi, Ifeanyi Uba, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, Governor Liyel Imoke, some 1st ladies and many more.
The ceremony we heard started at about 7.30pm when the President and his beloved wife-Patience arrived at the venue of the event, which was a beautifully decorated marquee that had been erected in the President’s compound. And things began in earnest. The groom’s entourage from Cross Rivers State we heard was led by the Governor of his state Governor Liyel Imoke. As expected there was exchange of pleasantries between both families. The Edward’s entourage was asked what their mission was and they stated it was about a beautiful flower in the Goodluck’s vineyard that they had come to enquire about. Whom their son would love to have as wife forever.
From the initial intro to the fun haggling on the bride price, which started from 1 million and was finally pegged and agreed to at N50,000. Thereafter the agreement, the groom and family then went on to present many gifts to the bride’s family and community.
The day’s event was rounded off with the President speech inviting all and sundry to come back the next day (today) from 12 noon to finish what had begun the night before. And also so they the groom’s family could come take away their wife, as it was too late on Friday for her to be released to them