All roads lead to the the Etsako West Local Government Council Marriage Registry, Auchi on Friday as Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, takes a new wife.
Oshiomhole is remarrying four years after the death of his first wife, Clara.
The bride is Ethiopian-born Miss Lara Fortes, a model and former air hostess.
Already, wedding invitations have been sent by the governor to select close friends and associates.
The reception, according to the invitation which was personally signed by Oshiomhole himself, will hold at the Peoples’ Hall, Iyamho, the governor’s country home.
“While looking forward to the honour of your distinguished presence, I sincerely crave your pardon for the rather short notice. Please accept the renewed assurances of my highest esteem,” Oshiomhole wrote in the invitation.
The bride who is in her 30s was earlier seen with Oshiomhole at the 50th birthday party of Grace Ihonvbere, wife of Secretary to the Edo State Government, Julius Ihonvbere, on March 21 in Abuja.
Oshiomhole’s first wife, Clara, died of cancer on 8 December, 2010.
During her burial service, Oshiomhole said: “My marriage with Clara was a miracle of God because without her many things would have been impossible in my life. I will always remember what my wife told me, that once I am with God nothing evil can come to me.”
Other prominent Nigerians married to foreigners are: Anselmn Madubuko, Pastor of Revival Assembly Ministries International, Ogba, who married Kenyan singer, Emmy Kosgey after the death of his first wife, Connie, who bore him three children. Connie died on Friday, July 6, 2012.
Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, presiding pastor of Fountain of Life Church also married a South African, Nomthi, after the death of his first wife, Bimbo.
Popular Nollywood actor Ramson Noah is married to a Beninois while former External Affairs Minister, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi is married to a Briton.
Popular highlife musician Orlando Julius is married to a black American, so also is punk star Charly Boy who is married to a black American.
Esama of Benin, Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion is married to a Carribean, Lady Cherry.
One of King Sunny Ade’s wives, Ahneva, is also a black American.
One of the Ibru siblings, Oboden Ibru, is married to an Ethiopian. Sunday Oliseh former Captain of the Super Eagles is married to a Tunisian.