Check out 6 fantastic reasons Nigerians love weddings


5 Jul 2016

Check out 6 fantastic reasons Nigerians love weddings

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Nigerian love weddings, it is not a lie. Whether we are invited or not, we love to jasi. And even when we don’t attend, you’d find us online checking out photos of not just celebrity weddings but any wedding fa. We would even spend money we don’t have on some magazine just to check out the latest asoebi styles. 

So here’s a list of why we  love weddings!

1. The colours: 

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Nigerian wedding 1
Nigerian wedding 1

Nigerian weddings are very colourful. The colours abound in the decorations at the wedding venue, the asoebi on the guests, and even the bridal train including the groom and his groomsmen with their matching ties, gilet, pocket squares and socks.

2. The food 

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Nigerian wedding 2

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We can’t even lie about this one. Not like we don’t have food in our house but wedding food is sweeter and of course, there is variety: “sawllow” – semo, eba, amala, iyan, fufu; soups – edikaikong, egusi, gbegiri and ewedu, efo riro, ofe onugbu, white soup, pepper soup… chai! And of course, jollof rice! Nothing is sweeter than party jollof. We could manage fried rice sha but party jollof… Then there is asun, snails, salad, porridge… Are you salivating already?

3. The drinks

Nigerina wedding
Nigerina wedding

Even if on a normal day one is not necessarily a drinker, at weddings some just automatically turn to shayo masters, thanks to the free drinks. Of course, the quality of the drinks (and quantity) depends on how well-to-do the couple or their families are. If you can’t afford to drink expensive wine on a regular day, just branch into a Nigerian wedding and get your first taste of some quality stuff.  Some people even bring very strong bags so that they can take home the free (non-alcoholic) wine decorating the tables plus fruit juices; canned beer yapa! You’d be lucky if you are not taken home in a wheel barrow due to over-indulgence.

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4. The music and dancing

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Nigerian wedding 3

Weddings used to be staid affairs where the grown-ups over do themselves in making one speech after another, extolling and congratulating the lucky couple. But not these days. In fact if you have a chairman, lady of the day and guest of honour at your wedding nowadays, be prepared for some snickering from your friends behind their wedding invites. Weddings are now for the young. and we go there to party just like on any other club night. Who cares about the long dresses and suits! We’ll pull them up, take them off and dance to the hard beats long after the bride and groom have called it a night. Advice: In case you are planning your wedding, get a DJ and a live band. One will continue from where the other stopped.

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5. The souvenirs

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Nigerian wedding 4

Nigerians are a strange lot. We are the only ones who will go to a birthday or a wedding expecting gifts from the celebrants instead of the other way around. There are some people who have managed to furnish their kitchen and bathroom cupboards just with the souvenirs they received at weddings. Some cheeky people even re-gift some of the unbranded souvenirs. God is watching you! Some couples are getting more flamboyant with their souvenirs – from smartphones to shopping carts filled with goodies including a DSTV Explora. That’s how one day, someone will go to a wedding with taxi and come back with a brand new car. Amen o!

6. The chances of finding your own The One

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Nigeria wedding 6

Yes o! That’s why some of us don’t skint on our asoebi style o! Some chicks will even get their make-up done by a professional like it is their big day. And some dudes will borrow car keys and attach to their key chain just to impress. It’s not that serious. But seriously, a wedding is a nice place to meet people, just be careful you don’t fall into the wrong hands out of desperation.

Have your own list? Share in the comments.

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News Source: NAIJ, 9jaTales

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