Multicultural Wedding Spotlight: A Nigerian Traditional Wedding Reviewed!

If you’re in an interracial/interethnic relationship, there’s no escaping the multicultural experience. It’s all around you and in YOU! Having exposure to different cultures is an extremely fun learning experience; what would the world be like if we all did things the same?! As part of our KolorBlind showcase, we plan on highlighting weddings from different cultures to show readers what it’s like in another part of the world.

Love is a beautiful thing, but what makes it even more beautiful is the vast color array in a multicultural wedding. As mentioned before in a response to Interracial Relationship Advice: Suggestions for an African Wedding, each country has its own rich culture and in some countries there are hundreds of cultures depending on the tribe or village.

This wedding we are about to review is no different. This is a wedding between two different tribes in Nigeria. One is Yoruba-Muslim and the other is Ibo-Christian. The Yorubas are a tribe that consist of 40% Muslims, 40% Christians and 20% Indigenous Traditional Ethnic Religion worshippers. The Ibos are a tribe that consist of 80% Christians and 20% Indigenous Traditional Ethnic Religion worshippers.

As you can imagine, intermarriage can sometimes lead to conflicts not only because of religious differences but also because each tribe has its own culture and ways. Faidat and Uzonma have been able to overcome both and showcased their love before friends and family on their wedding day.

Spicy Inc Studios focuses on photographing weddings and lifestyle events. They are located in Lagos, Nigeria and are the ones who were privileged to capture the beautiful multicultural wedding.

Take a look below:

The bride getting her bridal makeup and finishing touchesuzonma wed 1The bride’s accessoriesuzonma wed 2The bride getting her ‘gele’ tied. Gele is a Nigerian (origin traced to the Yorubas hence the name ‘gele’) headgear worn on special occasions such as going to church, weddings and important ceremonies.uzonma wed 3The bride – makeup, gele and accessories completed!uzonma wed 4uzonma wed 5The bride doing a last-minute fitting of her ‘wrapper’. A wrapper is the fabric tied around the waist. It’s called ‘iro’ (Yoruba).uzonma wed 6The bride is wearing a traditional Yoruba wedding attired called ‘aso oke’. It’s a luxurious fabric custom- made by hand.uzonma wed 7

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The bride admiring herself in the mirror.uzonma wed 9

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The groom getting ready. He’s adjusting his ‘fila’ (Yoruba for hat).uzonma wed 13

uzonma wed 14The groom in his ‘aso oke’ ‘agbada’ attire – a traditional wedding attire custom-made by hand.uzonma wed 15

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uzonma wed 17The bride with her ‘little brides’…uzonma wed 18The groom with his groomsmenuzonma wed 19The wedding gifts. It is customary in any tribe in Nigeria for the groom’s family to provide gifts to the bride’s family. A representative from the bride’s family will provide a list of things they groom’s family are supposed to present including the dowry (the bride price which consists of a percentage of the total amount the bride’s parents have spent on her up until the wedding). Gifts can consists of clothing, food items, cars, houses, etc.uzonma wed 20

uzonma wed 21Notice how culture played a major role in the decorations…uzonma wed 22The groom’s parentsuzonma wed 23The bride’s parents. Notice the attire of the bride’s parents are slightly different from the groom’s own. They are wearing traditional Ibo attire while the groom’s parents are wearing traditional Yoruba attire. They are however, both wearing clothes in the same color scheme.uzonma wed 24

uzonma wed 25The groom, male family members and friends are greeting the bride’s family – a custom in Nigeria.uzonma wed 27

The Yoruba culture demands male members of the family and friends of the groom to ‘prostrate’ face-down while begging for the bride’s hand in marriage.

Without doing this, the wedding does not hold. This is a sign of respect!The bride making an entrance with her ladies-in-waiting. The bride’s family must remain covered until she has been blessed by both parents. Her husband then unveils her – another Nigerian custom.uzonma wed 29The bride receiving blessings/prayers from her husband’s family. The blessings/prayers invoke blessings of peace, fruitfulness and lasting joy in the union. It’s important every bride receives this – another Nigerian custom.uzonma wed 30

The bride with her new parents. Custom demands she takes on the groom’s parents/family as her own. She’ll refer to them as mum, dad, brother, sister henceforth…uzonma wed 31

The bride receiving blessings/prayers from her own parents. Notice she’s still veiled.uzonma wed 32The bride poses with her parentsuzonma wed 33

The bride has been unveiled and his showing the most valuable of her gifts – 90% of the time it’s either a Bible or Quran…this indicates that the picked-out gift is the foundation of their union.uzonma wed 34

The bride and groom cutting their wedding cake. Notice the cake is a combination of the Quran and Bible…they are showcasing their multicultural union…uzonma wed 35

The bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wifeuzonma wed 36

The newlywedsuzonma wed 37

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Dancing time…uzonma wed 39 the end

 

 

Credit: Spicy Inc Studios

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12 thoughts on “Multicultural Wedding Spotlight: A Nigerian Traditional Wedding Reviewed!

  1. I have always dreamed of an Indian wedding but after seeing this, I want a Nigerian wedding. This is beautiful. I love how you’re introducing us to different cultures. We want to see more…

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