The ex-Premium Times reporter marries a heartthrob


As Nigeria celebrated its independence, former PREMIUM TIMES journalist Yusuf Akinpelu had a dream come true when he tied the knot with his lover Oadele Mahrufat in Ibadan.

The #AyoAdura22 themed wedding was a modest ceremony with a few friends, family and colleagues in attendance.

The Akinpelu couple flanked by the groom’s parents, siblings and other family members

The couple had performed the Islamic wedding rites (Aqdun Nikkah) on May 14, during which they obtained the consent and blessings of both their parents and the Islamic clergy, and were legally married under Islamic law.

Mr Akinpelu, a multi-award-winning journalist now employed by the BBC, described the moment as “a cocktail of emotions” for him.

“It’s a sense of accomplishment, a sense of triumph, a sense of hope and joy. I’m glad it finally came and it went with the glam,” he said.

Love Story – “From Facebook to Life Partners.”

Currently, an education management student at the University of Ibadan and a successful fashion designer, Ms. Akinpelu, 26, said their love journey began with the messenger app Facebook.

“…we started talking in March 2021,” she recalled to PREMIUM TIMES, saying she met her husband when she wasn’t interested in any relationship, let alone marriage.

Mrs. Akinpelu
Mrs. Akinpelu

“But he’s proven he’s worth pushing boundaries,” she added. The excited bride continued, “AlhamduLlilah, we are here. And I don’t regret it. My husband is an incredible man and I admire him so much.”

the couple cling to each other
The couple cling to each other

On the other hand, Mr. Akinpelu, 28, a digital journalist and nature lover, graduated from the University of Ibadanwhere he earned a bachelor’s degree in statistics.

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Before joining the BBC, he ran the data department of PREMIUM TIMES, leading a team that brought data to life and made it understandable.

Sharing how he met his beautiful bride, he said it all started with a chat he received from a fan (his wife) last year.

“Sometime last year I received a message from a writing fanatic who wrote occasionally and wanted to develop the skill. It was her,” he recalled.

During that time, Mr. Akinpelu said, “We had occasions where we talked about life and it was clear that we shared some life experiences.”

He said: “So we kept that mentor-mentee relationship going for a few months and that was it. After that there was a hiatus… for months: no contact and no chat.”

Mr Akinpelu
Mr Akinpelu

After speaking again, Mr. Akinpelu added that he felt she was the one, “so one day I decided to ask the question and her answer gave me further conviction.”

“And that was it, from distant admirers to life partners. Isn’t that the goal of a couple?” he chuckled lightly.

For Ms. Akinpelu, she described entering into a relationship as a “risk” because one is not so sure whether it will lead to a forever together.

“AlhamduLlilah, we proposed and Allah did not remove it. I’m glad we overcame all the hurdles and got here,” she said.

She continued to pray for Allah’s guidance and protection to overcome even the impossible adversities that the future might bring.

Ms. Akinpelu is from Ede, a city in Osun State, while Mr. Akinpelu is from Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

The couple is currently on their honeymoon in Lagos.

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