Written by: The Bridge on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
Seems like we have been slacking with the blogs. Well, let’s try another one. This May has gone by both slowly and fast. On May 1st we got to witness a Traditional Nigerian Marriage! I don’t want to write a blog on it because Lance wrote about that one. You can read up on it in the Archives, August 2006. I myself just finished reading it and I had to laugh as I read the comments, especially the ones I made and how some people thought me nuts, all because they misunderstood my meaning! At that point in time I never thought for one second I’d get to see such a wedding first hand! Wow! The way life turns out sometimes!
I’d say Lance describes accurately how the wedding was, as in, it happened just like he described it. Brian and I walked to the junction with Gloria and Zeke; we grabbed two motorbikes and drove to the wedding, which wasn’t too far from Palmgrove. Half the way was smooth pave (actually!) and the other half was up and down jungle trails. We didn’t get there too early, so we didn’t have to wait for the groom’s family. They were sitting there already. It took so long for the groom to arrive, that by the time the bride came, it was dark and people were leaving already. Many people were angry, actually, because it was allegedly the grooms fault for not coming on time. At least that’s what we could figure out; you are never 100% sure of anything. I never got to see the bride. Once it started getting dark, we left, bride or no bride. This place was for the couple to sit, don’t know if they ever did, maybe they sat there in the dark all alone because the people had left. The food was good; they had all the goodies like Lance told us about. The band was like that too, Nigerian music; for those people who’ve been here, you’ll know all about it. Talk about blown speakers. This is a clown who was entertaining the people with funny actions and dancing. I was lucky actually. I got to sit beside the woman who nurses here in Palmgrove and she took it upon herself to describe everything to me, even telling me what the MC was saying. It reminded me of our own MC’s at weddings. He was telling jokes, passing time, introducing people…. much like Victor at home! So that was our wedding experience.