US Based Makeup Artist and Gele(head gear) expert, Hakeem Oluwasegun Olaleye , a.k.a Segun Gele has made a name for himself in the United States of America as an expert in creating show-stopping headgear (gele) styles and beautiful makeover. He has made a living out of tying gele and has transformed hundreds of brides on their wedding day.
Segun Gele, who arrived in US from Nigeria in 2003, has successfully built his brand into a flourishing business and a household name. He is presently cleaning out big in America .He was recently on the American Cable News Network, CNN, which was fascinated by his exotic headgear and makeup. The latest gist about this talented makeup artist had to do with the matters of the heart. On Thursday December 23, 2010. Segun Gele walked down the aisle with his heartthrob, Morenike Oluwafunmilola Sotunde, a Customer Service Rep at the Bi-Courtney Aviation Services, MM2, Lagos.
The news of his wedding actually came as surprised to a lot of people, reason been that he has been very engrossed in his work and this year, had been a good one for him as he has been shuttling between UK and America, and even Nigeria as the demand for his work increased unprecedently. So it was surprising to a lot of people when he officially announced his wedding, a couple of weeks back. He arrived in the country, few weeks back to finalize the plans.
The marital rites commenced in the early hours of Thursday at the Bride’s residence in Surulere. This was followed by the holy solemnization at the African Bethlehem Church, Ebute Meta, Lagos.Guests were afterwards treated to an A-class reception at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Staff School Hall, Lagos.
A lot of Segun friend’s based in America and UK all stormed Nigeria to witness the occasion.
We asked him how he met and fell in love with his wife, since he is based abroad and the wife, in Lagos, Nigeria, he responded thus “After my dad's burial in October last year, I came home for the 40days Fidau prayer which was in december and stayed back for Christmas during which I attended an Christmas gathering in Isolo where I met my wife Oluwafunmilola. And I will say ours was ordained by God as we both knew it was love at first sight. We both knew we would be getting married. Distance wasn't a barrier because we spoke everyday since Dec 25th of last year and never got tired on the phone. We became Best Friends.And since we had a clear vision of what we wanted, I introduced her to my family in Jan 2010 before going back to the USA; after which I accepted the offer to come co-ordinate a friends wedding in Feb 2010 where I proposed to her in the presence of her mum and my brothers.”
What are those qualities he dmired in her? Segun was asked “ The first thing that attracted me was her composure at the Christmas gathering; where other girls were flaunting themselves Funlola sat down quietly in one corner and only made logical contributions to the topic being discussed giving room to her elder brother to do most of the talking. My “Sugar”is quiet, respectful, humble, submissive and Content; what else would a man ask for?