Akwa Ibom state has prepared itself to accomodate a lot of people as the state explores its tourism potential, but the mammoth crowd that stormed the state in the past few days was a pleasant surprise for hoteliers in the state.
The ancient town of Eket, in the state lost its serenity as Nigerian celebrities stormed the town to be part of the historic traditional marriage of African music icon, 2face Idibia and his wife, Annie Macaulay.
Among the celebrities that graced the widely anticipated occasion were Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, Sound Sultan, HipHopWorld Magazine boss, Ayo Animashaun, Now Muzik Chief, Efe Omorogbe, Iyanya and many others.
Most guests who arrived Uyo, the prevous night were lodged at the Villa Marina hotel. The pre-nuptial party also held Thursday night. Sources say Akwa-Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio sponsored the event.
2face and Annie have been engaged since last year after the former popped the proposal with a sparkling diamond ring on Valentine’s day in the presence of very close friends to a shocked Annie at former Club 10 (now Club PoP) in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The proposal left many waiting for a star-studded wedding shortlyjbut the lovebirds settled for a private civil marriage in Lagos, shortly after.
2face later defended his decision to have a private wedding, saying that it was largely due to his respect for the feelings and emotions of his baby mamas, Sunmbo Ajaba and Pero Adeniyi. The two bore him four children, but each of them had since moved on.
Annie was as shocked as many who keep tabs on the singer’s life when he decided to settle down. The man who was sowing his seed about didn’t strike anyone as a family man, but his idol and role model status for young ones which music got him made him straighten his paths and settle down.
Annie whom 2face had met while still struggling in the industry as an upcoming artiste and member of the defunct pop group, Plantashaun Boiz was just one of his baby mama’s, but 2face saw more than just that; he saw a mother, a wife, and once he saw that, his choice was made.
Explaining his reason for settling down with Annie of all his ladies, 2face confessed that it was a decision he made from the depth of his soul. “Like any other thought about something important, you start feeling the need to do something or go somewhere different from deep within. Then you just make your move one time; no shaking. The timing for marriage should not be determined by any outside influences,” he said.
The couple’s white wedding comes up on March 23 in Dubai, UAE, where they are expected to spend their honeymoon.