Marriage in Nigeria follows a strong tradition and is intended to be a lifelong commitment. In 2018, Jamil Mohammed Abubakar married Fatima Aliko Dangote in a lavish ceremony in their home country, and many famous people were in attendance for their special day.
The wedding was a grand eight-part celebration. They dubbed the celebration #Famil2018, sharing photos of their union on social media. The wedding festivities started with Fatima’s mother hosting a mother’s dinner, which then continued to a Kamu ceremony in Kano. The wedding reception was a gift from the bride’s father and attended by many influential people inside and outside Nigeria. Notable attendees include Emir of Kano Malam Muhammad Sanusi, former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. American entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates was also in attendance. “It was such an exciting day,” Abubakar said. “I was amazed when I saw Fatima at the end of the aisle. It was amazing to celebrate our union with so many notable people, as well as close family and friends.”
Jamil Abubakar is a pilot and the first son of Mohammed Akubakar, the former inspector general of police. He is also the head of the JMD Foundation, which works to eliminate poverty in Nigeria and helps the less privileged members of society. Fatima Dangote is the daughter of Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Nigeria. He has a net worth of $8.3 billion USD, making him the 162nd wealthiest person in the world. Fatima is the founder of Cupcake Factory Lagos, a successful baking business.
In August of 2019, Jamil and Fatima welcomed a baby girl into their family. “I’ve always known I wanted children,” Abubakar said. “Holding my baby girl in my arms was the best moment of my life so far. I know she will grow up to do great things.”
Jamil and Fatima’s union has been incredibly joyful. “I’m grateful for my wife every day,” he said. “She’s so amazing, and I couldn’t imagine my life without her.”