On August 17, Techpoint cofounder and CEO Adewale Yusuf, tied the knot with his sweetheart Blessing in an intimate ceremony with a few family and friends in attendance.
It sounds like every other Lagos wedding but there was something unsual about this one. The wedding invitation Adewale and Blessing sent out had “NO RECEPTION” written boldly on it. However, we had a surprise reception for the couple with only team members, as well as brothers, sisters and a few friends of the couple in attendance.
Last week, about two weeks after the wedding, Adewale published a post on Facebook expressing his surprise at the party his team organised for him. In the post, he shared a picture (which he has now taken down) of his wedding invitation.
Before Wale took down the picture, many people who were intrigued by the fact that the couple didn’t plan a reception for their wedding began sharing it. Shortly after, it became a hot topic on all social media platforms, blogs and radio shows in Nigeria, and even Ghana and Kenya.
— Chike 😉 (@ChikeMD) August 30, 2019
— Nairobi News (@Nairobi_News) September 3, 2019
— Joy 99.7 FM (@Joy997FM) September 2, 2019
Nigerians have pushed couples to the height of publicly announcing. NO RECEPTION❌❌❌❌ pic.twitter.com/StC4IOOAc8
— Ayewosa Akpata (@AyewosaA) August 31, 2019
I used to think having a small wedding was it, apparently No Reception is the real life hack.
Love it. 💃🏽
— Lota Chukwu Elixir (@TheLotaChukwu) August 31, 2019
I see a lot of pple spreading the 'no reception' thingy around.
I laugh in African parents' style.
I'm laughing at myself too bcuz small gist with my father that I mentioned just 50guests, he almost had a cardiac arrest.
— Kunmi (@Kunmi_e) September 1, 2019
I can't come and kill myself ooo.. 😂😂😂😂😂
— Timidayo daniel (@Timmydennyd) September 2, 2019
That “no reception” thing sounds like me. I will never spend tens of millions to impress strangers at my wedding, I will use that money to enjoy life after the wedding. Thanks.
— Meka (@Meka_JD) August 31, 2019
Here’s how Adewale and Blessing reacted to all the social media comments;
So the weekend was full of drama as our wedding IV trended because of our #NoReception decision. I'm glad my wife is laughing about it now, because it wasn't funny over the weekend. Thanks to everyone that insulted or defended us, we're happy with our decision. pic.twitter.com/wNRhmPQ8BL
— Adewale Yusuf (@wexcely) September 2, 2019
Read more reactions here.
Xenophobia in South Africa
This week, foreign nationals in South Africa were attacked while their businesses were destroyed and looted in fresh xenophobic attacks.
— 2 Stina (@sveveni) September 2, 2019
This is what's happening at #JoburgCBD right now attacks on foreign nationals. #Xenophobia attack. 💔 #BreeTaxiRank Make sure ur Families are safe guys call check up on them. pic.twitter.com/6Be2P9HjFS
— 👑King Mabaso 👑💧 🇿🇦 (@SizweBebe) September 2, 2019
— Your type of guy🤗🤗🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@YOHANLOYAL) September 2, 2019
— Byamungu (@ByamunguBwene26) September 2, 2019
In the wake of the attacks, certain horrifying pictures and videos were circulating social media, resulting in more outrage, especially from non-South Africans across Africa.
— NairaMarley Focus 🥇#Marlians (@Mikypool4u2c) September 2, 2019
— Ayemojubar 🇳🇬🇨🇦 (@ayemojubar) September 2, 2019
Say no to black on black violence. End xenophobia pic.twitter.com/wWnZ8V8oox
— Uche PH® (@willieuch) September 2, 2019
This is really not #Xenophobia it is more of an illiterate, hopeless and impoverished community who think everyone else is the cause of their misery other than themselves or their own. Wake up South Africa ! You cannot get to the top by bringing others down.#Xenophobia pic.twitter.com/glKmLSz82D
— GMuriuki (@kianamuriuki) September 2, 2019
However, investigations reveal that some of these videos and photos were from months and even years ago.
At some point, it appeared that Nigerians in South Africa were bearing the most brunt of the attacks. Here’s how Nigerians back home reacted on social media.
— Hotxclusive Music Play (@HotxclusiveNG) September 2, 2019
— RareVision (@oladoyinRV) September 2, 2019
South Africa government is the fuel behind xenophobia. They support it
— Daddy Lewa (@TheInfamous__) September 2, 2019
— Kwistian 🇳🇬 (@Kwistian1) September 2, 2019
It led to these…
— TheCable (@thecableng) September 3, 2019
Crisis at Circle mall as Nigerians destroys South Africa's businesses in the country.. all against Xenophobia.. #saynotoxenophobia #shoprite #lagos #lekkinews #lekkitv #nigeriapolice #xenophobia #Mtnnigera #SouthAfricanXenophobia pic.twitter.com/Zmf4qQbsOl
— Lekki TV (@LekkiTv) September 3, 2019
And then these…
— Nigeria Info FM 99.3 (@NigeriainfoFM) September 3, 2019
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Robert Mugabe dies at 95
Former Zimbabwean prime minister Robert Mugabe is dead. He died today in Singapore where he had reportedly been receiving medical treatment for a long time. He was 95 years old.
Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe into independence and ruled the country for 37 years marked with repression and violence, has died at age 95. pic.twitter.com/n0u2ai1nUP
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 6, 2019
I learnt this morning about the passing of an African liberation icon & great Pan-Africanist, His Excellency Robert Mugabe. I join @edmnangagwa, the people of Zimbabwe and the entire African continent in mourning the demise of this great son of Africa. May his soul rest in peace.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) September 6, 2019
King of Memes is dead. Rip Mugabe pic.twitter.com/NLIYcLBjwE
— The Wild🇺🇬 (@TheWild92710046) September 6, 2019
You see, Finally Robert Mugabe is DEAD. Even dictators Finally die. A lesson to Buhari, Yoweri Museveni, Paul Biya, Ali Bongo of Gabon, Paul Kagame and all AFRICAN strong men. Make amends. The sad part is they die living their countries desolate. #RIPMugabe pic.twitter.com/BwSAWxGlN8
— BataTV Nigeria ✪ (@batatv_ng) September 6, 2019
Robert Gabriel Mugabe is dead at 95. One of the most controversial politicians in the history of politics. A liberator to some, a ruinous dictator to others. His legacy is far from settled. pic.twitter.com/Dmw2rSgIGG
— Brezh Malaba (@BrezhMalaba) September 6, 2019
"It's only in South Africa that an illiterate villager thinks a qualified medical doctor from another African country is the reason for his unemployment" – Robert Mugabe #RIPMugabe pic.twitter.com/hECgZ0tQzQ
— U J A M S (@Mazi_Ujam1) September 6, 2019
My favourite memory of Mugabe is the Northern British comedian who noted it spells e-ba-gum backwards.
— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) September 6, 2019
President Robert Mugabe once said:Tony Blair have you ever seen any Zimbabwean claiming the Land in Britain? Even today still no answer pic.twitter.com/EWvdPOcBtY
— KE SHARP (@danielmarven) September 6, 2019
— uwamusi thankGod baba T.G 🇳🇬 (@BABATG4) September 6, 2019
An African hero?
President Robert Mugabe was a true African hero & freedom fighter who dedicated his entire life to the struggle to free his people and land. He fought to set his people & country free from the imperialists. South Africa is still fighting for freedom. RIP African Hero pic.twitter.com/RXbC8qDFYd
— callmeafrican (@callmeafricanm) September 6, 2019
Mugabe was a liberation hero who like others, made mistakes during his reign.
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) September 6, 2019
Certain governments hated Mugabe because he basically told them to suck their mums. Their issue with him wasn’t a “humanitarian” one. They just hated that an African leader refused to show any sort of deference to their whims.
— Kelechi (@kelechnekoff) September 6, 2019
— Sarah Kagingo (@SarahKagingo) September 6, 2019
We buried our relatives over the phone and watched our parents ageing over Skype because of what Mugabe did. He ruined generations. Maimed innocent villagers. Pillaged peoples bank accounts.
Go ask rural Zimbabweans about “long sleeve / short sleeve”.
There’s no hero there.
— Baud Spencer (@Luo_T) September 6, 2019
When Zimbabwean teachers whose salary of 20 Trillion Zim Dollars can't buy bread see the Nigerians calling Mugabe an African hero on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/P8DGvHC0ap
— Marvin the Paranoid Android (@Boboye_Ak) September 6, 2019
Mugabe destroyed farms (incl black owned ones), was responsible for a genocide, destroyed Zim’s economy & had his people live in a climate of fear. But people praise him as a hero because he pissed off white people & gave farms to his friends. The bar is in Hell
— Miranda Priestly’s Hair (@naledimashishi) September 6, 2019
Mugabe terrorized Zimbabwe. He was ruthless, power hungry, maniacal, a murderer, a leftist, a cheater, a racist and drove his country to ruin. There’s nothing to celebrate about his life. He wasted it. He used it to destroy lives and enrich himself. A traitor to his own nation.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 6, 2019
If Mugabe's long and prosperous life, and his painless death from natural causes doesn't make you confirm that Karma is an empty scam designed to prevent you from seeking redress, or nursing your helplessness, then I don't know what else will. pic.twitter.com/Eh25w2hwvt
— Joey Akan (Tribalist) (@JoeyAkan) September 6, 2019
Robeet Mugabe is dead. May all tyrants and dictators join him soon.
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) September 6, 2019
Robert Mugabe is dead, and all of a sudden he is now a good man, 😂😂 the same man that ruled for a period of 4 decades in a democratic system of government, like he is the only one born to rule. Truth has finally become a foreign language in Africa. #RIPMugabe
— Duke of Africa (@Allezamani) September 6, 2019
Mugabe is dead. A man wth so much promise, so much education, so much political skill. He could have been revered like Madiba. Instead he chose racism and destroyed the prosperous Zimbabwe and turned it into a beggars’ state. I hope we shall never see the likes of him again.
— Rod MacPhail (@rodcampsbay) September 6, 2019
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