by Daniel Nkado and Mosope Sotade
Weddings are a huge thing in Nigeria and it doesn’t matter which tribe is involved.
Whether from the North, South, East or West, Nigerians don’t take weddings lightly. The reason it could take over a year to plan a single Nigerian wedding.
If you’ve ever attended any Nigerian wedding, then you’d know how drama-filled it gets.
Here are 8 things about Nigerian weddings that can be very annoying:
1. Buying aso-ebi materials
“Aso-ebi” is a Yoruba word that literally translates to “Family Clothing”.
In Nigerian weddings, the most important aspect is, surprisingly, the food. This is the reason many of the guests never join the wedding service and will only show up at the reception — because that’s where all the eating and drinking happen.
3. Annoying aunties
Aunties occupy an important niche in Nigerian families. Some of them have acquired master’s degrees in tormenting the younger members of the family. You can read this post about Nigerian aunties to get a feel of what we are talking about.
Some of the annoying things Nigerian aunties do are:
a. Asking about marriage plans
b. Talking about your performance in school or at work in public
c. Using your personal stuff without seeking your permission
d. Publicly sharing embarrassing things you did in childhood
This is probably why aso-ebi is so important. It is the one thing that confirms to the food and drinks and souvenir sharers that you are related to the family and hence should be served well.
Some people do not really come to the wedding to celebrate with the bride and groom. They are there only to restock their refrigerators at home.
These are the “bad belle” people whose only reason for coming to the wedding is to talk about the groom and criticize the outfits and food.
At Nigerian weddings, nobody wants to carry last.
Some men cannot handle free drinks. Drink-loving uncles at weddings can get easily overwhelmed by all the free drinks.
Daniel Nkado and Mosope Sotade contributed to this article.