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Photos: Traditional Wedding of Donald Duke’s Daughter, Xerona and Derin Phillips in Calabar
Xerona Duke, the bride

Photos: Traditional Wedding of Donald Duke’s Daughter, Xerona and Derin Phillips in Calabar

By Adekoya Adegbite (Ovation Magazine)
The former Gvernor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke and wife,  Onari, were in the jolliest of moods over the weekend when they hosted the traditional wedding of their daughter, Xerona and Derin Phillps, the son of Chief (Mrs.) Teju Phillips and grand son of late international businessman, Chief Deinde Fernandez.

The ceremony was held at the private residence of the Dukes in the ancient city of Calabar, Cross River State and it was an admixture of Efik and Yoruba cultures.

The couple, bride’s parents with Alhaji Aliko Dangote

Groom with parents

Asue Ighodalo with Dr Wale Babalakin

Taking to instagram, the bride wrote about their introduction which unfolded months ago: “One of the aspects of the wedding we’ve looked forward to most is being able to embrace the cultures of our parents (my father is Efik and Quas, my mother is Kalabari and @drcaise is Yoruba), so we made the most of our #Introduction and I felt like a princess in my onyo onyo and double wrapper, while Derin looked rather dashing in his agbada. It was also wonderful to honor my late grandmother, Henrietta Ajumogobia Bobmanuel, by wearing her white coral necklaces and crown. The day went seamlessly and we give God all the glory because when He’s in charge you know it and He was without a doubt with us. God bless all of our family members and friends who were with us and showed up in brilliant fuschia and beautiful yellow for the first step in combining our families. Now to the trad! #XD2018 #firstofallintroduction • ”

Dignitaries in attendance included,  Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II HRM. Edidem Ekpo Oto V, Obong of Calabar, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, Alh.Abdulsamad Rabiu, Thisday Publisher, Mr Nduka Obaigbena, Mr Segun Awolowo,  Mr. Francis Ogboro,  John Obayuwana, Sam Iwuajoku, Otunba Niyi  Adebayo,  Chief of Naval Staff,  Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

Pix Adegbite Adekoya

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