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By Lisa Mugo

On Friday, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari’s only son, Yusuf Buhari joined in union with the Emir of Kano’s niece Zahra Nasir Bayero and it was an event that will have people talking for a very long time.

The bride and the groom

The no expense spared lavish event took place at the palace of the Emir of Bichi, a town in Kano state.

Dignitaries from all over West Africa jetted into the country to attend the glamorous event. According to BBC, over 40 private jets flocked the Kano airport and all the five-star hotels were booked to capacity.

President Muhammadu Buhari and dignitaries

In attendance was Communications Minister Isa Ali Pantami who conducted the ceremony, Gambia’s First Lady Fatoumata Bah Barrow and the former president of neighbouring Niger, Muhammadu Issoufu, top politicians, traditional rulers as well as the former president of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.

The attendees

Yusuf (27) and Zahra (19) met at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom (UK).

The groom’s family paid 500,000 naira ($1,215) bride price which is the highest dowry amount to be paid in Northern Nigeria.

First Lady Aisha Halilu Buhari with the newly weds

The ceremony is said to have had around 1000 guests but the numbers were still scaled down due to the pandemic as Nigeria is currently facing an upsurge of cases. Nevertheless, the guests still showed up and showed with face masks and their traditional west African attires and expensive jewelry.

President Muhammadu Buhari being attended to

The wedding may have been a one-day ceremony, but the celebrations rolled over to Saturday as Zahra’s father Nasir Ado Bayero was crowned as the Emir of Bichi. There are now two Emir’s in the family including the Emir of Kano who is Bayero’s brother.


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