Nigerians danced in the street and celebrations continued late into the night following yesterday's (Saturday) wedding in Lagos between Nigerian Head of State, Major-General Yakubu Gowon and Miss Victoria Zakari.
CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL; CROWDS OUTSIDE; GENERAL GOWON ARRIVES; GENERAL GOWON AND PARTY ENTER CATHEDRAL; WEDDING CEREMONY; CROWD OUTSIDE CATHEDRAL; PROCESSION THROUGH LAGOS.
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Background: Nigerians danced in the street and celebrations continued late into the night following yesterday's (Saturday) wedding in Lagos between Nigerian Head of State, Major-General Yakubu Gowon and Miss Victoria Zakari. The wedding ceremony took place at the Christ Church Cathedral.
It is the first marriage for General Gowon, who's 34. His bride is 23.
The Nigerian Head-of State arrived at the cathedral accompanied by his best man, Rear Admiral J.E.A. Wey, Chief of the Nigerian Navy. Hundreds of Nigerians, including uniformed schoolchildren and market women, waited outside the cathedral.
About 800 civilian and military dignitaries attended the colourful state wedding ceremony between General Gowon and his bride -- a nurse from the General's home village.
Armed troops in combat uniforms, threw a security ring round the cathedral as the Anglican Bishop, S.I. Kale conducted the 95-minute ceremony, which was televised and broadcast.
Scores of plainclothes security policemen mingled with the congregation which included two of the three civil war commanders.
The third, Colonel Mohameed Shuwa, who is directing the current offensive against the Biafran stronghold of UMUAHIA, was conspicuously absent.
The bride, who was given away by her civil servant father, wore a white lace dress and carried a small bunch of white and yellow roses.
Major-General Yakubu Gowon assumed office as Head of the Federal Military Government and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces in Nigeria on the first of August 1966, after his predecessor, Major-General Aguiyi-Oronsi had been kidnapped by a section of the Nigerian army.
Today, at thirty-four, he is probably the youngest head of government in Africa.
General Gowon and his new wife are having a four-day honeymoon, in the north of the country.