The Royal Nigerian Wedding. My travel experience that I am going to share with you took place this summer when I travelled back to my birth country, Nigeria which is in West Africa. After four years of living in the United States my parent decided that it was time for me to go back and visit my relatives. I went from Miami International Airport to Amsterdam Airport and then from Amsterdam to Nigeria. This was a long distance flight but I was so excited I over looked the long flight because when I got there I’m going to see my cousins and friends who I had been with since I was in kindergarten to J.S.S 1 which is 7th grade in the United States. I got to my destination which was Lagos states in Nigeria on July 7th, 2009. After being in Lagos, hanging out with my friends for about a week and getting bitten by mosquitoes because I left my bug spray in the U.S which I evidently thought I brought with me. The main event of my holiday began about two weeks before I knew I was going to Nigeria. My uncle, Gafar Maliki had called my parents to tell them he was getting married. So when I got home to Nigeria all my relatives were preparing for the wedding. My family is a Royal family and the bride my uncle was to marry is a straight descendant of the king of Kwara State so the marriage had to be a traditional a Royal marriage which took approximately a week. We, the husbands’ family had to get there early to make arrangements for all the things we needed to give to the wife’s family on the day of the engagement. The 1st day of the marriage was the King’s Children’s Play, which it is mostly called “Ere Olomoba” which is when the bride runs away from her house and goes hiding at a relative’s house where she and her friends draw Lali (Henna) on their hands and legs by a professional Lali artist. The wife’s Lali stands out most because it’s drawn all over her. When the bride is finally located, she and her family makes another preparation for her to dance from where she hid to the front of the king’s palace and from there to the main house of her family where she will have to dance for all of the royal members to secure the approval for her marriage. The 2nd day was the Nikai, which is when the wife finally graduates from Arabic school and reads the Holy Quran for her family members after which she proceeds to do the same thing at the groom’s house. The 3rd day of the ceremony was the engagement, which is when the husband asks for the wife’s hand in marriage. This involves presentation of gifts to the bride‘s family including cola nuts, palm oil, yam, a goat, sugar cane, and other necessities. The 4th day is the actual traditional marriage that the bride and her groom exchange marriage rings. Finally the last event for the marriage ceremony was the reception to entertaining the guest, dancing, eating, presentation of gifts and generally having fun. This trip to Nigeria was really interesting as it was my first time of experiencing the preparations involved in a traditional Royal wedding. After seeing the way my uncle’s wedding was arranged, I made up my mind of holding my wedding in the future in a similar fashion because it was a great and exiting experience for me.
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