It is another knowledge session, and we will continue with our Nigerian traditional wedding series. We are taking it up north to the most dominant clan in Nigeria, the Hausa tribe.
We’ll continue our Nigerian traditional wedding series with another knowledge session. We’re heading north to the Hausa tribe, Nigeria’s most powerful clan.
Traditionally Hausa-speaking districts can be found throughout West Africa and along the historic Hajj route north and east over the Sahara, with a notably high population in and around Agadez.
Hausa people can also be found in Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Chad, Sudan, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Togo, Ghana, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Senegal, and The Gambia. As a result, the language is one of the most widely spoken in West Africa.
Many people are unfamiliar with how Hausa traditional weddings are conducted, so we’ve put this together to help everyone understand what to expect when they’re invited.
Kayan Zance: The groom’s family delivers this list as soon as the bride’s family accepts their wedding proposal. Cookware, furniture, fabrics, beauty products, shoes, underwear, and cash (Kudin Gaisuwa) are only few of the items that must be presented at the ceremony.
Wedding Fatiha [Daurin Aure]: The Fatiha is the most important part of the wedding ritual. Unlike many other cultures, the Hausa culture has a representative from the groom and bride’s family who stands in for the pair to exchange vows. In the presence of a religious minister and wedding guests, this is done. The newlywed pair is then blessed with prayers.
Wuni [Sa lalle]: The event is only for women. This is when the bride gets to spend her last free time at her father’s house with her friends and female family members. Henna is mixed and applied to the bride’s hands, palms, and legs to create lovely designs. Her friends and family get henna tattoos as well, although not as elaborately as the bride.
Kamun Amariya: Kamu literally translates to “capture the bride.” Following that, the groom’s family and the bride’s friends engage in some type of discussion. A good deal for her release.
Sayan Baki: The groom’s men and the bridesmaids are negotiating as well. Before the bride can talk to her groom, there is a disagreement about the sum that must be paid. It is not done by all Hausas, but only a select few.
The bride is escorted to her matrimonial home by her family and friends at the Kai Amariya. This is frequently preceded by her family’s prayers and guidance. If a lavish reception should be held, it will be determined by the financial capability of the newlyweds’ families. We arrive at menu number seven at this point. There will be food and entertainment.
This is an example of a typical Hausa traditional wedding. We hope you’ve learned something new and that we’ve inspired you to imagine how beautiful this would be.
Nigeria Hausa Wedding Photos