Nigeria’s Richest Woman, Folorunso Alakija, Spends N2Bn on Son’s Wedding to Iranian Wife in UK

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By  Ladejobi Ekemini

*Folarin Alakija and wife Nazanin
*Folarin Alakija and wife Nazanin

Folarin, son of Chief Folorunso Alakija, the World’s richest black woman got married to his Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in an extravagant two billion naira wedding bash.

This came with little or no surprise that Folarin’s wedding was a lavish, no-expense spared, fairy tale affair at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire over the weekend in the UK, estimated to have cost around five million pounds, about N2billion. Folarin is one of the 66-year-old oil tycoon Alakija’s four sons.

*Chief and Chief (Mrs) Alakija, parents of Folarin
*Chief and Chief (Mrs) Alakija, parents of Folarin

While Folarin makes his money as an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, it’s his mother who has an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion.

Forbes ranks her as the 14th richest person in Africa but the richest woman in the country. She is number 80 on its global Power Women list and overtook Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world in 2014.

It is thought the family flew hundreds of close friends and family members over from Nigeria, who were no doubt put up in the lavish hotel for the weekend.

The Woodstock venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was kitted out with one million white roses, a lavish cake decorated with hundreds of ornate white roses and even hosted pop star Robin Thicke at an estimated cost of £150,000.

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Wedding planners believe the venue was exclusively hired at a cost of £150,000 with the bespoke marquee and bespoke marble floor with their initials etched in gold costing around £200,000 on top.

According to the venue’s website, the cost of hiring the whole venue is on application but hiring just the palace and state rooms costs £33,000.

The breathtaking flowers were the work of Jeff Leatham, who is known for his elaborate decorating of the Kardashian’s homes.

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Bringing over 30 staff members to the UK for the ceremony, Jeff adorned every inch of the venue with copious amounts of roses and white orchids.

Jeff, who can command up to £250,000 for flowers, has worked for Madonna, Oprah and Tina Turner. He was also the man behind the flowers at Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding.

Guests were also treated to a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000 to hire and would have been flown over from the US, as well as a magnificent firework display in the hotel grounds later in the evening.

Folarin’s new wife, who once dated Rob Kardashian, studied Bio-engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant.

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