Ex-Minister Prof Taoheed Adedoja Set To Wed

  • Bride Is BAMANGA TUKUR’s Daughter, JAMILA
  • Details Of The IBADAN, LAGOS, YOLA Wedding

Prof Adedoja is in the news not because of the PDP secretary ticket zoned to the South West or even the politics of PDP but on his incoming wedding this May. This carnival wedding is the talk of town in Ibadan/Abuja. Ministers, Governors, Royalty and Dignitaries have been expected there.



Professor Taoheed Adedoja’s profile is very interesting. He was a gubernatorial aspirant twice; former Commissioner for Education, Oyo State subeb Chairman and former Minister of sports. He is known as an administrator per excellence and he is fondly called PTA by all.

He was a graduate of Uni Ife and Oklahoma State University. He became a professor at 42 at Bayero University, Kano after working for 4 yrs with Prof Jubril Aminu at the University of Maduguri. At the convocation ceremony of Unimaid last month, he was one of the prominent Nigerians present.

Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Borno and Delta states are his 2ND home where he has childhood friends, academic colleagues, and political associates. He lost his wife 7 years ago and hadn’t been linked with any woman since then. They were a closely knit family with 5 children. All his 5 children, we hear are very happy with the relationship and she relates well with them. He speaks fluent Hausa! Prof Adedoja is the mogaji of one of the prominent ibadan traditional families of igbonna compound of popoyemoja. Adedoja is very close to the new olubadan of Ibadan and he played prominent role during the royal reception for the new Olubadan. We learnt that the Olubadan will play host to other Obas and traditional rulers who are to attend the historical wedding which is seen by many quarters as opportunity to seal further relationship between the Yorubas of the South West and the Fulanis of the North.

Our Abuja source indicated that during the visit of Ooni of Ife and his Olori to Ambassador Bamanga Tukur last month intimated His Royal Majesty of the impending wedding between Professor and Jamila Bamanga Tukur, a development the Ooni is very happy with.



Her father, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur needs no introduction in Nigeria. Though he has quit partisan politics, he is a force to reckon with in Nigeria. Former NPA boss, former Gongola state governor, ex this, ex that, successful businessman and farmer, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has positioned himself as an institution in Nigeria. He is Amb. (Dr) Bamanga Tukur, Con, Com; the Tafida Adamawa; Ashipa Bashorun of Ibadanland; Walinkin Ganye; Adadahake Efik Eburutu; Gankobowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom; Ezi Enyi Ndigbo.

A man of such illustrious achievements doesn’t give his daughters to anyhow men. Prof Taoheed Adedoja excelled as a Minister of Sports in the Ex. President Jonathan Goodluck cabinet and has an unblemished name. This explains why Alhaji Tukur is indeed very pleased with the union.

The bride’s Mom, Aminat Bamanga Tukur is a princess of the Royal Obong family of Calabar, she got married to Bamanga Tukur when she was just 30 yrs. All the wives of Bamanga Tukur are beautiful. Hajia Fati is the youngest and taking care of the wedding arrangements. By the way, Bamanga Tukur has beautiful wives from Yola, Kaduna, Lagos, Calabar and Delta. By marriage he has become a unifying factor as well as his political antecedents in Nigeria. All his children married from the 6 geographical zones in Ibadan. His Late wife Hadijat Adebisi, was a native of Oshogbo and had a Masters’ degree from Oklahoma University. She was very religious and beautiful.



Jamila Bamanga Tukur is a communication system Analyst. She is based in UK but relocated to Nigeria recently. She graduated from Coventry University, where Prof Taoheed’s last son had his Master’s Degree. Bamanga Tukur has 19 children; 7 males and 12 females. All the 7males are married. Jamila is the 10TH female to be married this month, while the last 2 females who are still single (Sauda of CBN and Farida in UK) are engaged and will tie the nuptials this year. She is Fulani from Yola. All the children of Bamanga Tukur did their Primary Education in Yola, before travelling out. We hear it’s the family tradition it has make them more grounded, and in tune with Fulani language and culture. Checks revealed that she and Prof Taoheed Adedoja met one year ago in Yola. She came in from U.K and he was there for a meeting. He we heard he proposed to her and she accepted, he wanted marriage. Jamila we hear is 40 yrs old with 2 children from her previous marriage.



Since Prof Taoheed Adedoja lost his wife 7 yrs ago, he has refused to remarry or even have a relationship. We heard, according to a confidential source that Prof had vowed to get married after 7 yrs. Ironically the source continued “His wife died 7 yrs ago, and after 7 yrs, he has 7 grandchildren. Also his first son is married to Fulani too and his children were instrumental to their getting married because they are close and believe he has tried and she relates well with them. We also heard that the marriage gave Bamanga Tukur immense joy. This is because, has known him many years ago and they speak a common language of Hausa. His an intellectual and well travelled just like Prof. They are both detribalised Nigerians. By the way, Prof Taoheed 5 children are all based in UK, USA and Canada.



The Tambaya was done 2 weeks ago in Alhaji Bamanga Tukur residence. Tambaya is the same as Momi – N – Mo e (Traditional Introduction) in Yorubaland and knocking in Ibo. Both the bride and groom are not expected to attend. Salt, Kolanut and sweets are the Tambaya requirements and they were distributed to all and sundry in the family. It was during the Tambaya that the wedding dates were fixed.

The governor of Adamawa assisted by Bamanga Tukur’s eldest son Awal received the gifts from the Adedoja’s family; led by Rafiu Adedoja; during the solemn but brief ceremony. The governor is also a personal friend to Taoheed Adedoja and is a family person to Bamanga Tukur. Chief Mrs Bola Doherty, proprietor of immaculate group of Schools was at the Tambaya Ceremony as the leader of the women group from Ibadan. There is yet another programme called “Sa lalle” (body beautification) of the bride which will be held a day before the Nikah at the Bamanga Tukur’s sister’s residence.



Bamanga Tukur is a titled honorary Chief in Ibadan. He was given the title by the Olubadan when in the 70s when he was Gongola State governor. He is also a very closed friend and confidante of Rasheed Ladoja, Oyo State former governor. They have been close friends right from his NPA days. We hear, Gov. Ladoja would Jettison his travel plans to be at the wedding. Its not only Ex Gov. Ladoja of Accord that would be there, most of the Northern governors be it in APC or PDP will attend courtesy of the 2 political gladiators. Also, ex-gov. Akala will be there. It cuts across all party affliations.



Hajia Amina Bamanga Tukur is hosting guests in Lagos, preceeding the wedding day on Thursday 19TH May. The Nikah will hold on Friday 20th May, 2016 at 2:30pm after Jumat prayers at the Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent Wuse2 residence of the Bamanga. Reception follows at the same venue.

Ibadan Reception is on Sunday, 22nd May at Civic Centre, Idi Ape, Agodi at noon.


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