A lot has been said about the disrupted wedding at the Overcomers Church World Outreach in Aguda between Ms. Uloma Agwu and Mr. Solomon Akiyesi, and not all of it has been true.
Petty bloggers (shout out to Linda Ikeji) have seized upon the opportunity to spread hurtful lies about the couple in the interest of getting a few extra hits on their sites.
I am a member of the Overcomers Church World Outreach, a proud one, and Ms. Uloma Agwu is my family, a beloved one. To see her wedding to Nollywood actor Mr. Solomon Akiyesi, completely overturned today was horrid.
It was supposed to be a day of great joy and gladness for family and friends, but there was so much sorrow attached to this day.
We have just returned from the church and our spirits are low, so when I get online and see gossip monger Linda Ikeji spreading lies about a woman she doesn’t know and has never met, it saddens and weakens me all the more.
My aunt Uloma, was meant to wed Solomon, a man she has known for years, today on April 13. To the best of our knowledge, Solomon was single. A good man who was set on marrying my aunt. We were happy and excited for today.
But at about 11:45 a.m., right after the praise and worship and before the officiating minister even started the sermon, a woman, who Linda Ikeji has now identified as Lillian, stormed into the church, waving a wedding photo of her and Solomon.
Lillian together with her friends and family caused such a disruption. It was one of the ugliest scenes I have ever had the misfortune of witnessing.
A scuffle ensued when members of the church attempted to remove Lillian and her group, they numbered about 10 or so. They caused such chaos and it was not necessary. My father, Bishop N.E. Moses, is the pastor of the Overcomers Church. I know for a fact that he would NOT have entertained the idea of a wedding had he known of an existing lawful relationship between Solomon and Lillian.
I know this because I know the characters involved in this sordid story.
I was shamed by the scene that transpired at my house of worship. Had Lillian come to the church and, in a manner befitting an adult, alerted officials as to the nature of her relationship with Mr. Akiyesi, believe me that wedding will not have held and this scene would not have occurred. Lillian was bent on causing a scene and wrecking havoc. In that regard, she was a stunning success.
It took about an hour for order to be restored. It was supposed to be a double wedding at the Overcomers Church, so Rev. Simeon Okeke, the officiating minister, went ahead and conducted the wedding of the second couple.
After hours of deliberation with Bishop N.E. Moses behind closed doors, Mr. Akiyesi and Ms. Agwu returned to the auditorium at about 2:30 p.m. Solomon was apologetic about the horrid scene and accepted blame for not properly dissolving his previous relationship before seeking to enter another. He apologised for “cutting corners”, as he said, and promised to do the right thing by all the parties involved. His future no longer involved my aunt Ulo, however.
Solomon lay no blame at Lillian’s feet, despite her callous display in a house of worship. He admitted he was in the wrong.
Bishop Moses also apologised to the church and urged us to take from this a lesson, “be careful and weigh the consequences of each decision you make” (I would add – the things you say and write online for the benefit of Linda Ikeji).
The founder of the Overcomers Church prayed for the couple, but did not legally wed them. No documents were signed because the Overcomers Church is not looking to break the law.
Gossip is ugly
I love my aunt Uloma. She is so deserving of happiness and this was such a hurtful blow.
So for Linda Ikeji or others like her to take to the internet and write such hurtful things about a person they don’t know… it shows the wickedness in man’s heart, doesn’t it?
For the record, the only woman who claimed to be pregnant is Lillian. My Aunty Uloma is NOT pregnant, regardless of what LI says in her blog.
I realise I don’t pull the same weight as LI does online – it is easier for people to gravitate towards salacious gossip and ugly lies – but I still want to put the truth out there. If only one or two people read this, I would know that I have done my best to counter the lies that are bound to spread.
This is the truth. Let’s not be quick to judge this situation without having all the facts. There is a woman who is nursing a broken heart, so instead of spreading lies about her to get a few hits on your blog, or just to be in on the latest gossip, show a little compassion, a little tenderness. What goes around, comes around.
- Written by Chika Moses