By: Jon Egie.
Friday, May 20, 2011 was a day to remember when Mr. Kenneth Onyenuloya of Ikwuono local government area in Abia State took former Miss Erica Ovbidje’s hand in marriage at Orogun town in the ancient Orogun kingdom of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The family of the groom, guests and well wishers from across the country trooped into the family compound of Ovbidje in Orogun where they were received by Mr. Pius Odioko Christopher Ovbidje, aka POC, the father of the bride on behalf of the Ovbidje family.
As the Urhobo tradition demands, the marriage process began with the entertainment of the groom’s family at 1410 hours and with that done, a replay of the entertainment fete commonly referred to as Aganuzo in Urhobo language was kicked off by the in-laws at 1227 hours and by 1441 hours, both parties retreated to the inner chambers of the bride’s father where the marriage conference was held.
At 1517 hours, deliberations and negotiations for the marriage business was through and the in-law having satisfied all the marriage rites demanded by tradition received his wife and the couple danced joyfully round the arena to greet the audience for their support.
Shortly after, 1522 hours, the young couple were seated in the ‘marital cot’, posing charmingly for the paparazzi shots and what followed thereafter was the presentation of gifts in cash and kind to the couple by the witnesses.
In an interview, the groom, Mr. Kenneth Onyenuloya, a banker, said he was so excited, happy and grateful to God for the successful marriage.
“I thought it was a dream, I am so happy that I am married today”
Asked to describe his wife, he said “she is wonderful, a friend, a companion and all that I desire in life.”
Father of the bride, Mr. Pius Ovbidje was equally elated and said as a chattered accountant his daughter has been well equipped for her marital life and “now that they are married, marriage is solely the affair of the couple, forget about the family and maintain your home” he advised and used the opportunity to call on parents to invest in the education of their wards so that they could build a stable family when married.
Asked how she felt on her daughter’s marriage day, the mother of the bride, Mrs. Agness Ovbidje said, “I feel glad, I am so happy, I feel fulfilled honestly.”
Charged to give a piece of advice to the couple, the bride’s mother counseled “I advice them that marriage is a thing of joy but there is up and down, so patience is the only key to the success of marriage.”
On Saturday, May 21, 2011 the couple exchanged their marital vows at the Christ Apostolic Church, Okeanu Parish, Commercial Avenue, Sapele.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion included Chief A. K. Osawota, Ogbuefi Abel Ovbidje aka ABJ, Mrs. Agness Ovbidje, Mrs. Queen Ogbighele, Mr. Christopher Akpede, Prince E. E. Akporugo among others.