Hello fellow socialites. I don’t know if you guys notice that the so-called African Time in Naija weddings is gradually changing. You know how, when we were kids [at least for those born before the millennials], you could always count on wedding events starting at a later time than is stated on the invitation.
I mean, those days, you get a Naija wedding invite, stating church is for 10 a.m. and you can plan around that to know the church ceremony will begin at 11:00 or 11:30. Then you can count on the pastors, the other preachers, the dancers, and photo time to take the church service to 2:00 pm.
So while the older parents and grandparents have to show up at the church ceremony, you jejely prepare late so you can skip the ‘boring’ church ceremony and meet the Naija wedding party Jollof, just in time, at the reception.
That’s when the good old, dedicated folks who attended the actual ceremony end up getting to the reception venue to meet a fully packed hall, all the best seats taken, and some mogbo-moya’s shamelessly tucking away into the steaming plates of Jollof and iyan [a moment of silence for those peeps who attend church ceremony only to end up eating meatless jollof at the reception].
But you see, those were the good old days of the ever-reliable African Time for your Naija wedding. These days, you would get invites of wedding ceremonies slated for 10 a.m and by 12 noon, someone is already calling and asking why you weren’t coming, as Jollof has started moving and you are nowhere to be found.
And just as you are adjusting to the fact that the owanbe people have started keeping to time, that’s how you will go for one ‘prayer-warrior church’ wedding, and instead of church service ending within one hour, after they join the couples within the first 45 minutes, they will spend another 2 hours killing the couple’s great grandchildren’s enemies.
Hmmm, timing has a lot to do with planning, and if your pastor, alaga-iduro/alaga-ijoko or your M.C doesn’t keep to time, then there is a high chance you are messing up my other plans. Please and please, if you have planned certain hours of your program, let your people keep to time or simply let us know you are employing African Time so I can go and eat ‘Gbegiri and Ewedu’ somewhere else, before coming back to meet up with your ‘coconut fried rice’ and ‘garden salad’. Thank you.
there have been great improvements made in keeping to time for most wedding ceremonies. For the older generation of pastors and alagas/ local M.Cs who still want to spend all the time, a little bit more consideration has to be given and maybe some well-timed reminder. And for that oversabi M.C trying to say all his dry jokes, by all means, necessary, please threaten him with his payment balance and let us see if he won’t reset his timing.
Over to you; let us know about the African Time flops that have absolutely pissed you off in an event you attended.