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 touchesThe bride’s accessoriesThe 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.The bride – makeup, gele and accessories completed!The bride doing a last-minute fitting of her ‘wrapper’. A wrapper is the fabric tied around the waist. It’s called ‘iro’ (Yoruba).The bride is wearing a traditional Yoruba wedding attired called ‘aso oke’. It’s a luxurious fabric custom- made by hand.
The bride admiring herself in the mirror.
The groom getting ready. He’s adjusting his ‘fila’ (Yoruba for hat).
The groom in his ‘aso oke’ ‘agbada’ attire – a traditional wedding attire custom-made by hand.
The bride with her ‘little brides’…The groom with his groomsmenThe 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.
Notice how culture played a major role in the decorations…The groom’s parentsThe 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.
The groom, male family members and friends are greeting the bride’s family – a custom in Nigeria.
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.The 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.
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…
The bride receiving blessings/prayers from her own parents. Notice she’s still veiled.The bride poses with her parents
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.
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…
The bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife
- Interracial Relationship Advice: Can you give me ideas for an African Interracial wedding? (kolorblindmag.com)
- True Love Has No Color – An Interracial Wedding Story (multiculturalfamilia.com)
- Top 10 Nigerian Wedding Songs 2012 (naijalivinguk.com)
- Toronto Multicultural Wedding from Rosetta Li Photography (stylemepretty.com)
- Engagement and Wedding Traditions Around the World (whiteflash.com)
Credit: Spicy Inc Studios