Happy Tuesday to everyone.
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.
Largely Hausa-speaking districts are scattered throughout West Africa and on the traditional Hajj route north and east traversing the Sahara, with an especially large population in and around the town of Agadez
Asides from Nigeria, the Hausa people can also be found in parts of Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast Chad, Sudan, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Togo, Ghana, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Senegal, and The Gambia. This makes the language one of the largest in West Africa.
Many are not so conversant with how the Hausa traditional weddings are done; therefore we have put together this so as to better acquaint everyone with what to expect when invited.
Kayan Zance; This is the list of items the groom’s family provides as soon as the bride’s family accepts their wedding proposal. The list of items includes but is not limited to cookware, furniture, fabrics beauty products, shoes, underwear, cash (Kudin Gaisuwa) amongst others to be brought to the ceremony.
Wedding Fatiha [Daurin Aure]: The Fatiha is the most significant event of the entire wedding ceremony. As opposed to what obtains in many other cultures, in the Hausa culture it is a representative from the groom and bride’s family who stands in place to exchange vows in the position of the couples. This is done in the presence of a religious priest and wedding guests. Prayers are then offered to the newly wedded couple.
Wuni [Sa lalle]: The event is strictly for the ladies. This is when the bride gets to spend the last bit of free time with her friends and female members of her family, in her father’s house. A mixture of henna is made and used to make beautiful designs on the bride’s hands, palms, and legs. Her friends and family also get henna designs on their hands but not as elaborate as the bride.
Kamun Amariya: Kamu means to catch the bride. It ensues with a form of negotiation between the groom’s family and the bride’s friends. A bargain for her release.
Sayan Baki: This is also a negotiation between the groom’s men and the bridesmaids. A debate on the amount to be paid before the bride can speak to her groom. It is not generally practiced by all Hausa’s just a few.
The final part is the Kai Amariya, this is when family and friends escort the bride to her matrimonial home. This is usually preceded by prayers and advice from her family. The financial capability of the families of the couples will determine if a grand reception should take place. At this junction is where we reach menu seven. Food and entertainment.
This is what a typical Hausa traditional wedding looks like. We hope you have garnered new knowledge and that we have been able to put your imagination into use picturing how lovely this would look.
More knowledge coming to you soon. The series is far from over.