Nigeria is a country bless with rich culture and tribes with nearly 371 tribes, and 3 major tribes (included in the 371) which are…. the IGBO, HAUSA & YORUBA tribe, and this very fact can be seen in the rich display of the Nigerian wedding. Boy I tell you, planning a wedding in Nigerian isn’t no joke, Financial stability and lots of physical energy is required; well depends on how extravagant you want it to be, It takes at least 2 days to complete – which consists of the Introduction, Engagement, court/Church Wedding and lastly Reception. Personally I really don’t fancy attending wedding ceremonies cause their are just too many extended families trying to Keep up with the latest info in one’s life and they end with chipping in advice on what to do with your life even when you don’t ask for their opinion, but I can’t deny the fact that the Nigerian traditional engagement wedding is one I don’t like to miss. I feel the traditional wedding and engagement is much more interesting, lovely, funny and the most beautiful way for us to experience our culture and also to honor and thank our parents and extended families for every of their contribution (either Physically, morally, spiritually or financially) in one’s life.
The picture below is an example of how a bride from the Yoruba tribe (western Nigeria) looks during her traditional wedding and engagement and the attire she has on is called Aso-Oke
While the two pictures below depicts how a bride from the south-south part of Nigeria adorn their-selves during the traditional wedding
I will just take you through my most cherished and never to miss moment of the traditional wedding and engagement.
- The groom giving his greetings to the brides family: This is when the grooms will have to come with his friends to prostrate to the brides family to show his respect to them as greeting is very important in the Nigerian culture, and the bride’s family which the groom is showing his respect to offer prayers back in return.
- The brides entrance: The brides comes in shortly after the grooms and she normally enters in a grand style with her entourage of sisters and friends behind her all wearing same attire. (bride in white below). I normally do call this an Unavoidable ‘show-off’ as every lady in attendance that is still single¬ part of the entourage might just start day-dreaming of her been the bride at that moment.
- The cake: OK, I will have to confess that am a big fan of the cake not because am eager to eat it but because it’s too beautiful that I wish it won’t be touched. The cakes are decorated to depict our traditional way of life as you can see below, some of the designs consists of the couple in traditional attire, couple paying respect to their parents, our local calabash, Kolanut and so many designs.
A cake design showing the couple paying respect to their Elders.
- The Proposal and acceptance letter: This letter is presented by the grooms family to the brides family and the letter will be read out loud by the youngest member of the brides family. This process is what i call ‘Legal extortion’ of one’s money and you can’t complain, whereby it will be announce that the groom family will have to pay for the plane ticket that will fly in the reader to the venue and funny enough the reader might just be 2 chairs away from the compere and I love it.
Below are pictures showing details of the Nigerian traditional engagement celebration and the white/church wedding.
- Annie and Ike Igiebor Traditional engagement wedding and White wedding.
Annie and Ike Traditional wedding
Ike and Annie – This is a typical traditional marriage from the southern part of Nigeria ( The bride always look colorful wearing so many beautiful beads from head-to-toe).
The Groom (The Groom in white attire) and his friends in Aso Ebi.
Groom and Bride dancing
And no Nigerian Party/Occasion is complete without the act of spraying the celebrants money, I called this a ritual that is only meant for the strong and the rich LOL.
The Couple, Mr. and Mrs. Igiebor.
The couple wearing same traditional attire.
The couple getting down on the dance floor.
Guests at the occasion.
Groom with friends
Annie & Ike Igiebor White Wedding.
Bride getting her hair and makeup done.
Bride and her Entourage.
Groom and his groomsman
Arrival of the Bride and Bridesmaids
The Bride Arrival
A well beautiful decorated cake always steal the show for me, if you are a cake lover like I am – Am sure you will understand.
Couple grand entrance to the Reception
Mr. & Mrs. Igiebor
Tolulope and Adewale Adeagbo Traditional Engagement & White Wedding
- Mr. & Mrs. Adeagbo Traditional Wedding
The Bride in her traditional attire called “Iro & Buba” with an head-gear called “Gele” in the western part of Nigeria.
Bride in her traditional bridal wear
Bride and her entourage of friends
Grooms and his friends
Mr. & Mrs. Adeagbo (The Couple)
The couple and their entourage
Lola Omotayo and Peter Okoye Traditional Wedding
The Couple Peter and Lola Okoye
Friends of the couple
Tiwa Savage doing her thing while the bride dances
Twin brother of the Groom Paul Okoye and his Fiancee
Ex-Arsenal players Emmanuel Adebayor and Kwanu Nwakwo in attendance also
Friends of the groom
Ex. Miss Nigeria Munachi Abi and Rapper Eva
The groom and his twin brother with their baby mamas
The bride family in front row
The Bride Parents
The grooms Familiy
The Proposal Letter
The beautiful Bride in her native attire
both families praying for the couple
Opeyemi & Olayemi’s Traditional Engagement and White Wedding
Rukaiya Indimi & Usman Dantata Traditional and White Wedding
The Couple: Rukaiya & Usman Dantata
The bride getting her legs and hands beautify (Note: This traditional lali paint is only temporary and not permanent)
Bride in pink flying down to the grooms state in her private jet.
The Bride getting her make-up done before landing
The Bride getting ready
The Beautiful couple
Bride and her father
The Bride Rukaiya Dantata Looking so gorgeous
Bride and her friends
The Bride getting her hair done
Mr. & Mrs. Dantata
The Beautiful Bride showing off her lovely gown
The couple with families and Africa Richest man Aliko Dangote
Tiwa Savage & Tunji Balogun Traditional Engagement
The Couple: Tiwa Savage and Tunji balogun
Ex. Miss World Miss Agbani Darego In attendance
Friends of the bride
BBA Karen Igho
Actress Rita Dominic
The Bride (in white) with friends
The bride and a guest
Bride: Tiwa Savage-Balogun