This post was first published on Joel Williams Blog.
So I went to a Nigerian traditional wedding [a typical Nigerian wedding] ceremony and oh my gosh I was fascinated by what I saw there. If you haven’t been to Nigeria or attended exotic Nigerian functions then you are missing out on a lot—a CAPITAL ‘LOT’.
However, if you’ve been to a Nigerian wedding then you’ve surely observed the elegant and colourful occasion. The sweet grace it moves with, the aura of glory and the sweetness in the air.
No matter how small the budget may be, the colourful, elegant, and exotic effect is always achieved.
WHAT ACTUALLY GOES DOWN IN NIGERIAN WEDDINGS
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So naturally, Nigerian wedding [both the traditional and white/church] weddings are five-sided. In some very rare cases, this siding structure creates some sort of tension during the wedding.
NOTE: At this point I’ll refer you to watch Nollywood hit movie The Wedding Party.
What are the five sides? They are:
The Bride’s Family
Most of them are still wondering what their daughter saw in this man and his family. The bride’s mother may have already started exchanging glances with the groom’s people.
The Groom’s Family
They are having the same thoughts as the bride’s family. But then if it’s a case where the man is sponsoring the wedding—let’s say he’s rich. Then the women will be like “…they just want our son’s money…”
She’s already feeling on top of the world as it’s her day. She doesn’t care what others think. Though she may be having doubts and asking herself the question “did I make the right choice.” She’ll also be praying “God, please let this work out.”
He’s the BIG MAN in Nigerian Weddings. He’s feeling his success at:
- Being able to find a good wife, or
- Being able to play this girl…
NOTE: if it’s the second option then he’ll probably be thinking of the other girls while the ones with no chill will even be receiving DMs in the wedding. If it’s the first option then we’re in for a blissful wedding (if the bride is also faithful).
The Friends and Others
They are the real trouble makers at the wedding ceremony. They finish the food and make sure jollof rice doesn’t go around; they pack the meat into their bags. They propose during the wedding (eww); they dance more than the couple. They decide that they know how best to run things.
Nigerian Weddings can give shows.
The bad belle ones are already talking of how the wedding will scatter or how the divorce will happen. Some are talking of how the bride still had something with *Emeka a month to the wedding.
The good ones stay at one corner look and observing while doing little or nothing. Lol.
* An exemplary name, not referring to anyone in particular.
Let me know what else you think goes down within these parties in a Nigerian Wedding ceremony [both Nigerian traditional and church weddings].