Nigerian in ‘£5m wedding’, Merkel warns of ‘hopelessness’ in Africa

Nigerian oil baroness’s son marries in British palace. Wedding guests are still sharing pictures from the incredibly lavish wedding of the son of Nigerian oil baroness Folorunsho Alakija, which happened over the weekend.

The UK-based Daily Mail newspaper reports that Folarin Alakija married Iranian Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in Bleinheim Palace in the UK.

The newspaper says that the wedding is estimated to have cost £5m ($6.3m). There was a 12ft (3.6m) cake, one million roses and a surprise performance by US singer Robin Thicke.

Wedding guests shared their favourite moments on Instagram:

One guest shared video of guests entering the dance floor to Nigerian musician Ycee’s song Omo Alhaji:

While what looks like later in the night, bejewelled guests danced to Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It:

The floral designers posted on Instragram that they used “10,000 hydrangea and counting”:

Folorunsho Alakija is estimated to be worth $1.61bn by Forbes magazine. She made most of her money in the oil industry and is ranked number 18 in Forbes’ list of African billionaires.