by Rachel Ogbu
Elections and Brexit aside, the UK can’t get enough of the £5 million wedding between son of Folorunsho Alakija (Africa’s Richest Black Woman) and Iranian-born, Manchester based model Nazi Jafarian Ghaissarifa which took place at the lavish Blenheim Palace.
Entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, Folarin Alakija who was in high spirits on his wedding day attended by The First Lady Aisha Buhari looked like he’d hit the jackpot with the beautiful model after his first wife, Chena tragically died from cancer in London six years ago – they had a daughter. Folarin, who studied Geography at Imperial College, London is the last of Folorunsho’s four sons and part heir to her $2.1 billion fortune.
However, Nazi is the lucky one after news reports reveal she had a troubled upbringing and her mother who was declared bankrupt raised her on a Manchester council estate paid for by the British government. Nazi also has a brother, Sam who was given a six-week jail sentence, suspended for drug driving having taken cocaine.
Even though her background is in sharp contrast to that of her husband’s family, Nazi later proved herself by studying bioengineering and biomedical engineering at Manchester University – she also has a graduate diploma in law and has been modelling. She once dated Rob Kardashian while modelling in the US. It is believed she was introduced to Folarin in London.
Their fairy tale white wedding was witnessed by hundreds of friends and family in Oxfordshire. An estimate of the wedding expenses saw at least £200,000 going for the flowers alone while a performance by Robin Thicke reportedly cost £150,000. The venue hire was priced at another £200,000 and the 12ft cake was priced at £10,000.