Have you ever been to a wedding where you felt you had mistakenly walked into Shoprite on Christmas day? Or into Balogun or Onitsha market in the middle of a long pre-holiday weekend. Well, I’m sure it was a classic naija wedding that wasn’t held at one of the poshest places in town.
Now, we all know a lot about village people and their escapades, but I can assure you, you’ve not seen the best of your ‘village pipu’ until you go and have your traditional wedding in your hometown.
That’s when you will understand why after slaughtering 100 cows, meat is still never going to be enough. The rate at which the local women and their groups always come together and claim rights to this and that is simply amazing.
I was recently involved in a wedding ceremony that was supposed to be a closed event for only very close family members and friends. But somehow, a ceremony that was originally planned for a maximum of 150 people was catering to over 250 wedding guests.
How do Naija people do these things though? A wedding with no invitations and that was held on a weekday so as to reduce the number of the wedding guests! Despite all these measures, the number of wedding guests was almost doubled. Planners and caterers had to start rationing portions so that the jollof rice can go round a bit.
Maybe the best method of wedding guest crowd control will be to keep the reception venue secret until the day of the wedding when only select guests will be given the venue. But when it comes to traditional weddings, there is very little filter you can put on the number of guests, especially when it is held in a local African setting. Mama must be ready to feed the whole village.
So, controlling the number of wedding guests in a Nigerian wedding might be an art that has not been discovered yet. But we are hoping to get more pointers from you to help poor, clueless couples and their families not to go hungry from feeding an entire community. Please help and share with us.