Knowledge TUESDAY! Shedding light on a Nigerian wedding (IGBO)

Last year, we began our Knowledge Tuesday. Introducing a series on the different traditional ceremony of the variant’s tribes in Nigeria. We began with the most popular one which was that of the Yoruba tribe from the southwestern part of Nigeria.

Today we have taken it to the east side. These are the Ndigbos. Popularly known as the Igbo clan predominantly from the southeastern part of the country. They are people whose musical sound is unique. They are majorly found in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo, as well as minor parts of Delta, Rivers, and Benue states. Also scattered in little hamlets in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

Today, we would be looking at how the traditional wedding rites are performed.

Here are the things you should expect when invited to the Igbo traditional marriage.

Iku Akan or Iju Ese known as the proposal/introduction. It is a pre-wedding format where the families of the bride and groom meet officially.

Ummunal consent. This is to formally request for the bride’s hand from the extended family especially the elders in the house.

Ime ego /The Dowry. This is presented to the bride’s family to ask for the daughter’s hand. The bride family accepts if the groom is worthy of their daughter.

Igba Nkwu Nwanyi /The wine carrying ceremony. As the drums beat begin to permeate the air, the bride carries this gorge filled with palm wine, local alcohol in pursuit of her groom. When she finds him, the party begins, and everyone is elated. Music is played and food is served.

There are more things to look out for in the Igbo traditional wedding rite, however, these are the core things to expect. 

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