What makes the perfect Nigerian wedding? Let’s face it, this is Naija. For most people, the answer is always going to be food. But beyond the food, opinions vary about everything else.
For the traditional baes, family (over)involvement is not up for debate, everyone is invited. But, for the modern/IJGB/upwardly mobile baes, the fantasy is quite different: it’s all about the optics. And then, there are the woke/feminist baes who will not subscribe to ‘our African culture’.
So, is there a sweet spot? And which Nigerian wedding ceremonies have managed to grab our attention without sacrificing family, culture, hashtag appeal, personality and style? We have taken the liberty of making a list, feel free to add your faves:
1. Fatima Dangote and Jamil Abubakar
This has been the biggest Nigerian wedding this year. The world has been raving about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, but here in Naija, it’s unlikely that any wedding will top this one in 2018.
2. Xerona Duke and DJ Caise
This pair blew our minds with their fun and intimate three-strand cord ceremony which they followed with their white wedding in Lagos
3. Salewa Hassan-Odukale and Nonso Osakwe
Now this is how to do a destination wedding. We’d like to see another bride outrank Salewa’s wedding gown.
4. Chidiogo Akunyili and Andrew Parr
This is for the woke baes who want a nice compromise between tradition and their independent streaks.
5. Damilola Osinbajo and Oluwaseun Bakare
A presidential wedding does not come by every other year or administration, and this wedding was up there on the list of Aso Rock weddings.
6. Omawumi and Tosin Yusuf
We loved the fact that every detail of this Warri wedding was steeped in the bride’s rich Itsekiri culture.
7. Zainab Balogun and Dikko Nwachukwu
This classy wedding had to catch our attention because everybody loves Zainab Balogun. And we all want to know who styled her in that eclectic fabric!
8. Olusoji Jacobs and Miss Boma Douglas
We all love a cross-cultural wedding. And, for good measure, we got a chance to see what Nollywood veterans, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva are like as parents.
9. Hauwa Indimi and Mohammed Yar’adua
This wedding makes the list because as much as we love to hate our billionaire 1 per cent, we look forward to the splash they make when they celebrate just about anything.
10. Mo’Cheddah and Prince ‘BK’ Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi
This wedding makes the list because the couple managed to pull off a secret Nigerian wedding on their own terms. We just want to know how they did it!
Which Nigerian wedding has been your favourite this year? Speaking of favourites, here are our favourite photos from the double Indimi wedding.