Checkout 5 most interesting traditional weddings in Nigeria (Photos/ Videos)

Nigerian wedding traditions and customs are colorful & festive, and filled to the brim with music, food, and dancing.

Marriage in Nigeria is more than just the union of two individuals, it is the union of families and their ancestors. There are about 360 tribes in Nigeria.

The three major ethnic groups are Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. There are several other large but minority ethnic groups and tribes within the 36 states in Nigeria like Efik/Ibibio, Tiv, Kalabari, Ikwerre, Urhobo, Isoko, Bini and so on.

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Saturdays are mostly the D-Day for Owanbe wedding parties. Guests put on their best among attires, putting on jaw-dropping dresses in stylish look.

Although most couple adopted white wedding ceremonies, some do their traditional wedding in beautiful ways of their cultures and tribes.

Having a lot of fantastic traditional wedding, five most interesting traditional weddings will be discussed below:

The Efik and Ibibio wedding

Having Efik tribes in the coastal area of South Eastern Nigeria, Cross River State, the old ‘Fattening Room’ tradition is the first thing that comes to mind whenever their wedding is to be discussed.

Six months before marriage, Efik girls are sent to the fattening room that they may be pampered with massages from head to toe; fed as much as they would like to eat to eat, and enlighten them on the ins and outs of marriage.

The ceremony is celebrated with traditional Efik dances (Ekombi) and other forms of entertainment.

The Efik traditional attire for ladies is called the “Onyonyo”. It is a Victorian style dress made from lace fabric and usually worn by brides for their traditional wedding.

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The Hausa wedding 

It is the duty of the husband to provide a house for the couple to live in, while furnishing the house is the full responsibility of the bride’s family. At the wedding Fatihah, women are to remain indoors preparing the bride for her new life as a wife, which is referred to as Kunshi.

Northern weddings are always grand with their outfits. The couple are dressed in their best traditional attires, having the bride tattooed with hennah.

The Igbo wedding

The traditional ceremony is called Igbankwu, or wine carrying, because it involves the bride carrying a cup of palm wine to her groom. Igbokwe said that prior to the ceremony itself the groom must visit the bride’s compound with his father and ask the bride’s father’s permission to marry her.

The Yoruba wedding

The entire ceremony is orchestrated by two representatives who are chosen or hired by each side of the family. The groom’s family is represented by the Alaga Iduro/ Olopa Iduro (standing policeman), while the bride’s family is represented by the Alaga Ijoko/Olopa Ijoko (sitting policeman).

The Nupe Wedding

In traditional age-old Nupe tradition, the ceremony may have lasted between 5-7 days but nowadays, it lasts for 24-48hrs.

The morning after couple’s wedding, the bride dressed in ceremonial attire, goes back to her father’s house to prepare a meal and then takes to her ‘eba yawo’ (husband) house. They sit on a mat and the newly wedded wife feed her man in front of friends.

After feeding her husband, the bride goes to her father’s house again to make final preparation to leave for her new home. This time, her father’s compound will be surrounded with the married woman to prepare her ga’ra (set of box filled with clothe, dresses and kitchen items).

Mortal and pestle is one of the significant items that can not be neglected, according to the tradition.

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