The Nigerian Wedding

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 Image

While the two pictures below depicts how a bride from the south-south part of Nigeria adorn their-selves during the traditional wedding

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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.

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  • 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&not part of the entourage  might just start day-dreaming of her been the bride at that moment.

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  • 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.

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A cake design showing the couple paying respect to their Elders.

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  • 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.

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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

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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).

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The Groom (The Groom in white attire) and his friends in Aso Ebi.

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Groom and Bride dancing

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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.

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The Couple, Mr. and Mrs. Igiebor.

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The couple wearing same traditional attire.

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The couple getting down on the dance floor.

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Guests at the occasion.

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The Venue.

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Groom with friends

Annie & Ike Igiebor White Wedding.

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Bride shoes

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Brides accessories.

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Bride getting her hair and makeup done.

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Bride

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Bride and her Entourage.

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Groom and his groomsman

The Venue

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Arrival of the Bride and Bridesmaids

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Bride arrival

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The Bride Arrival

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Bridesmaids

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  • RECEPTION

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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.

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Couple grand entrance to the Reception

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Mr. & Mrs. Igiebor

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Couple Ring.

Tolulope and Adewale Adeagbo Traditional Engagement & White Wedding

  • Mr. & Mrs. Adeagbo Traditional Wedding

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The Bride in her traditional attire called “Iro & Buba” with an head-gear called “Gele” in the western part of Nigeria.

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Bride in her traditional bridal wear

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Bride and her entourage of friends

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The Couple

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Grooms and his friends

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  • The White Wedding

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Mr. & Mrs. Adeagbo (The Couple)

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The couple and their entourage

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Lola Omotayo and Peter Okoye Traditional Wedding

  • Venue

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The Couple Peter and Lola Okoye

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Friends of the couple

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Tiwa Savage doing her thing while the bride dances

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Twin brother of the Groom Paul Okoye and his Fiancee

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Ex-Arsenal players Emmanuel Adebayor and Kwanu Nwakwo in attendance also

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Friends of the groom

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Ex. Miss Nigeria Munachi Abi and Rapper Eva

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The groom and his twin brother with their baby mamas

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The bride family in front row

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The Bride Parents

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The grooms Familiy

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The Proposal Letter

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The beautiful Bride in her native attire

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both families praying for the couple

Opeyemi & Olayemi’s Traditional Engagement and White Wedding

  • Traditional Engagement

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  • White Wedding

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Couple Dancing.

Rukaiya Indimi & Usman Dantata Traditional and White Wedding

  • Traditional Wedding

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The Couple: Rukaiya & Usman Dantata

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Bride

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The Couple

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The bride getting her legs and hands beautify (Note: This traditional lali paint is only temporary and not permanent)

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Bride in pink flying down to the grooms state in her private jet.

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The Bride getting her make-up done before landing

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Bride friends

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The Bride getting ready

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The Beautiful couple

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Bride and her father

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The Bride Rukaiya Dantata Looking so gorgeous

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Bride and her friends

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Rukaiya

  • White Wedding

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The Bride getting her hair done

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Mr. & Mrs. Dantata

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Bridesmaids

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The Beautiful Bride showing off her lovely gown

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The couple with families and Africa Richest man Aliko Dangote

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Tiwa Savage & Tunji Balogun Traditional Engagement

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The Couple: Tiwa Savage and Tunji balogun

  • Guests at the ceremony

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Ex. Miss World Miss Agbani Darego In attendance

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Mrs. Naeto

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Dayo

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Davido

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Friends of the bride

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Rapper Eva

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BBA Karen Igho

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Lola Omotayo-Okoye

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Actress Rita Dominic

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The Bride (in white) with friends

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The bride and a guest

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The groom

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Bride: Tiwa Savage-Balogun

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32 thoughts on “The Nigerian Wedding

  1. Looking at all the pictures is almost tempting me to want to have one even though I’m not a fan of traditional weddings. I think I have attended only 2 that I can remember- my sisters. Like you said, its really fun, the whole process!

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      1. Ha! for real? I mean no offense but when i look at your comment I feel good cause I now know someone who’s exactly like me, so mum word won’t hurt too much…. LOL.

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  2. Beautiful post of a traditional wedding of your country ! Love the amazing photos and all of them were sparkling ! 🙂

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