Weddings that are particularly memorable are often those in which something completely out of the ordinary occurred. Indeed, if the food was extraordinary or the speeches were heart-wrenching, chances are people will continue to talk about it. But one Nigerian wedding became the talk of the town after the groom did something truly unusual at the altar.
Seun Ajayi is a famous Nigerian actor who is most well-known for his roles in “Nollywood” cinema. Originally from the Ogun State in Nigeria, he studied at the University of Lagos and left with a degree in theatre arts. This naturally set him on his path towards stardom.
Reportedly inspired to get into the world of film after seeing the making of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, Ajayi burst onto the showbiz scene back in 2007 when he appeared in Nigerian reality TV show AMBO. He has also appeared in the films Gidi Culture and Suru L’ere.
But while he may have become popular for his film appearances, there’s another reason why Ajayi has found himself in the spotlight recently. And it has nothing to do with the movie industry. In fact, it all started on arguably the biggest day of a person’s life: his wedding day.
Ajayi had been dating his girlfriend, Damilola Oluwabiyi, ever since 2015. In an emotional Instagram tribute, the star wrote that his girlfriend came into his life in November of that year at a time when he “wasn’t even searching.” He even described Oluwabiyi as a gift sent from God.
It’s also clear from the actor’s social media that he is totally infatuated with his partner. His Instagram feed, for instance, features heartfelt descriptions of his girlfriend as “a sweet soul wrapped in a boisterous and fun-loving personality,” among plenty of other praise.
According to Ajayi, Oluwabiyi has a smile “that literally lights up the room” and is “a prize to be cherished.” With romantic gestures like these flying around social media, it was no surprise when the couple quickly announced their engagement.
The wedding ceremony took place on September 9, 2017, and featured a whole host of famous faces who gathered together to celebrate Ajayi and Oluwabiyi’s union. The star-studded guest list included fellow actors Kate Henshaw and Rita Dominic, among many others.
But something happened during the ceremony that really caught people’s attention. Indeed, a video of the incident in question was uploaded to YouTube for the world to see, and it subsequently caused quite a stir online. And it’s easy to understand why.
It all happened at the church altar in front of their family and friends. Oluwabiyi and Ajayi were standing with the priest when Ajayi’s new sister-in-law started filming what was about to be a truly incredible moment. Yes, it was time for Ajayi to remove his bride’s veil and kiss her.
Very slowly, the actor lifted up the veil, which is a normal part of many church wedding ceremonies. However, there was something about the way in which Ajayi did it that was far from normal. Indeed, as he slowly but surely revealed his bride’s face, the groom couldn’t stop smiling.
Once he was able to fully see Oluwabiyi, Ajayi flicked the last of the veil over her head and did something entirely unexpected. Amazingly, he clapped his hands, pulled a funny face and performed a little dance move – complete with a spin. The happy groom was clearly delighted by what he had seen under the veil.
Truly, Ajayi was unable to hide his excitement and simply couldn’t contain himself. His hilarious and unexpected actions understandably made many in the church squeal with delight. In fact, the congregation absolutely loved his reaction.
And it wasn’t just his nearest and dearest who couldn’t get enough of Ajayi’s little dance at the altar. Once the clip was posted online, it attracted plenty of attention. Nigerian media network Pulse reported on the story, for instance, as did Broadway Africa.
One version of the video has gathered over 150,000 views to date, which just goes to show that a lot of people thought Ajayi’s celebratory dance was hilarious. But viewers didn’t only think it was funny; some thought it was an adorable expression of his love for his bride.
One YouTube user commented that the actor’s fun little dance move was “probably the sweetest thing” that they had ever seen. The same person added that Ajayi’s reaction when he fully lifted his bride’s veil was nothing short of “priceless.”
After the wedding, Ajayi took to Instagram once more to comment on what had happened. But he wasn’t really able to explain what came over him in that emotional moment. Underneath a photograph depicting himself and his bride, the actor wrote, “What can I say?! Joy overflows…”
Ajayi also took the chance to thank all those who had helped with the wedding day, especially his wife’s sister who filmed the moment that set the internet on fire. “So grateful to everyone who helped us make this happen!” he wrote, before offering one final thank you.
“Thank you Lord for all the favor you have shown,” he wrote. “We know you have just started with us. With all our love – Mr and Mrs O.O Ajayi.” And in yet another Instagram post, the Nollywood actor thanked his wife for “adding so much color” to his life.
The actor gushed, “30 Days ago, against so many odds, we publicly declared our undying love and commitment to each other, while we had fun just being ourselves, the world took notice.” It’s true that everyone expresses their love differently, but there’s no denying that Ajayi’s excited dance at the altar was a particularly awesome way of signifying his happiness.