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Ogaga+Ijeoma: Love And The Warriors

Sit back and enjoy this story of a Warri boy and his Nnewi bride. I have posted their pre wedding session here so you can click on this Link to view and add a comment for them. Do also kindly drop a well wishing comment for them when you finish viewing this post at the bottom of the page.

How did these two love birds meet? Ijeoma has a story to tell you. I will share Ogaga’s story when I post the white wedding later next week.

Ijeoma: I went to meet a friend after work, who insisted that I accompany her to a work event. I reluctantly followed her, since she promised we would be there just for a short while . At the event I sat quietly as I was a little bit under the weather, but I couldn’t help noticing this “Morris Chesnut like” looking happy chap dancing away and I thought “someone’s happy”. Coincidentally, some minutes later, the happy dude aka Gaga came up to me, chatted briefly and asked for a dance. I politely turned him down because I didn’t have “energy ” for him; I was having a headache and definitely not in a dancing mood. Fast forward to some months later, I went to the gym to bring sexy back lol and I saw the same guy there, but this time he just kept staring and staring, making me feel a bit self conscious; I noticed he was even lifting weights heavier than he could carry “lool”. He walked over to me at some point to say hi, and being in a better mood, we got talking. That was how we became gym buddies; we got so close to the extent that on one occasion Gaga even followed me to the aerobics classes where he was the only male ‘lol’. We kept seeing regularly at the gym and from there our friendship progressed, till one day Gaga suggested we hangout outside the gym. At this point some of his swag and sweet mouth had rubbed off on me and I was happy to take our friendship outside the gym. He would always do the sweetest things, yet he would be forming Warri boy. Three years later our friendship is waxing stronger and I am about to get married to the love of my life and start our journey till forever after…………….

Ogaga and Ijeoma’s wedding was fantastic. Nnewi was shut down for it and Ogaga was ready for the long journey. I wish I knew how long it would take I would have gotten a shoe as solid as Ogaga’s.

Ogaga brought out this shoe with pride and asked that I take pictures of them o! I can imagine what would have happened if I did not.

Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-001-(Side-1)_1So you know the tradition of capturing the accessories of the couple cannot be overlooked. Right? Why so? The entire planning process of a wedding revolves around this small things here. Get one wrong and a bride or groom will be unhappy through out the day. It therefore behoves you to record these tiny details as a photographer because of the energy spent getting them for the wedding.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-002-(Side-2)_1Ogaga and Ijeoma had some fantastic details and has become very popular amonst Nigerian brides, Ijeoma had a beautiful Badgley MIschka  shoe.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-003-(Side-3)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-004-(Side-4)_1And we creatively lit them up to get some awesome background for this earrings and necklace.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-005-(Side-5)_1Started getting ready almost immediately we set foot in her shop and @jojostouch was beautifying Ijeoma so much we became instantly excited at the prospect of shooting a beautiful bride.
Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-006-(Side-6)_1Meanwhile, Ijeoma’s Asoebi ladies were ready long before her and taking their photographs gleefully.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-007-(Side-7)_1So we stepped in to help them and what a bunch of beautiful and spirited ladies these were. Full of smiles and energy. There was no dull moment with them at all. Thank you guys. You made taking your pictures  and the entire day easy.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-008-(Side-8)_1


Meanwhile, Ogaga was preparing fast to come take his bride.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-010-(Side-10)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-011-(Side-11)_1And this “urhobo stallion” as Ijeoma calls him looked royal in his traditional dress.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-012-(Side-12)_1When finally Jojostouch was done with Ijeoma, she blew our minds. We were caught jaws down staring at this beauty.
Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-014-(Side-14)_1But we were not the only ones, her inlaws were struggling to take a photograph with her as well.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-015-(Side-15)_1In the mean time, Ogaga had arrived to a huge chair and with his wonderfully dressed men.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-016-(Side-16)_1and the warriors he had gotten to protect Ijeoma.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-017-(Side-17)_1The guys!!!!  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-018-(Side-18)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-019-(Side-19)_1The event began in earnest with the welcoming of the groom and his people by the brides father and mother. Now pay attention here, because while I have photographed a lot of Nigerian weddings everywhere and they largely have the same storyline, these has a little twist. So for you attempting to marry a bride from Nnewi-Ichi, please note the little changes you will see in your traditional wedding process.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-020-(Side-20)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-021-(Side-21)_1The main course started with the bride stepping out to first show herself and greet the family of the man who had come to take her hand in marriage.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-022-(Side-22)_1and she was all smiles.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-023-(Side-23)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-024-(Side-24)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-025-(Side-25)_1You will notice that the warriors did not for one second leave this princess alone. Protecting her every step and ensuring none got close to her.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-026-(Side-26)_1You all know how I harp on ensuring you get the right set of ladies for your train right? Lets go over that again. It keeps you happy on this very demanding day when the people around you are full of smiles and joy for you and where they are intent on keeping you that way.

Ijeoma had those kind of ladies. These bunch were so sweet, there was no dull moment with them.

Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-027-(Side-27)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-028-(Side-28)_1Before the next set of events began, we did some more photographs of our beautiful bride and wow……………………… Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-029-(Side-29)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-030-(Side-30)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-031-(Side-31)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-032-(Side-32)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-033-(Side-33)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-034-(Side-34)_1Next after was selling the garden eggs. An event that involves the maidens around the bride carrying calabashes of garden eggs to the grooms family to sell . Out of honour one was given to Ijeoma’s grand mother. Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-035-(Side-35)_1And showing off their financial process, the grooms people snapped up the rest quickly.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-036-(Side-36)_1Meet them people who made these event tick…….. Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-037-(Side-37)_1I am sure followers of my blog would have seen this a lot of times in my curated Ibo weddings. Where the brides father hands over a cup of palm wine to the bride to go identify and bring back her groom. Whosoever she gives the cup to drink, is her husband. In Nnewi-Ichi, there was a slight variation to this tradition that required Ogaga to drink this palm wine three different times.
Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-038-(Side-38)_1Ijeoma wasted no time in handing over the cup to Ogaga. Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-039-(Side-39)_1And Ogaga being an Urhobo was ready for the cups to come. Do you have some more he seems to be asking here.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-040-(Side-40)_1Next was the tradition of Ijeoma carrying a Jerry Can of palm wine to her husband people to see where she was going and to know if she wanted to actually get married to the people she saw there. because when a woman marries a man, she marries her people as well.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-041-(Side-41)_1

Now let me tell you a small story of the Jerry Can……….

The first Jerry cans were introduced as gasoline containers by the German military at the start of World War II. These five-gallon cans, also called “Jeep cans” or “blitz cans” (or, in Germany, “Wehrmachtskanisters”) were made of steel and usually sat in the back of vehicles as a reserve tank of gas. It’s said that Adolph Hitler anticipated the biggest challenge to taking over Europe in WWII was fuel supply. So Germany stocked up.

As Germany moved through Europe and North Africa, so did their thousands of gasoline cans. These cans proved to be dependable and durable; soon, countries all over the world were adapting them to haul and store liquids, coining them “Jerry cans” because of their German origin (“Jerry” was a snide name for a German WWII soldier). New water container designs emerged but nothing could top the strength and simplicity of the original rectangular, X-marked Jerry can.

By the 70s, the plastic Jerry hit the market. Steel Jerry cans weigh 10 pounds empty; a plastic Jerry can weighs 3.5 pounds, and is much cheaper to manufacture. While the military uses metal cans, people all over the world now buy fuel or water for domestic use in plastic Jerry cans

Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-042-(Side-42)_1This task was easy! So easy that Ijeoma lifted off the Jerry can from her head with one hand when she arrived at her destination.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-043-(Side-43)_1Next she had to bring back a full crate of drinks to her mother as a gift from her husband’s people as a show of their generosity and Oops this time the crate was full of bottles of drinks.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-044-(Side-44)_1It was difficult but it was expedient and Ijeoma shed tears for this and it was a moment of emotions.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-045-(Side-45)_1And she returned to her in laws with a plate of Kola nuts showing gratitude for the things they brought.
Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-046-(Side-46)_1Next Ogaga took her back to her people.
Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-047-(Side-47)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-048-(Side-48)_1And I love this look on Ijeoma’s face. She was telling Ogaga what happened and how they made her carry a crate of drinks on her head. Awwww!  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-049-(Side-49)_1After this, Ijeoma’s dad gave her another glass of palm wine to go give her husband.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-050-(Side-50)_1meanwhile, on the side, Ogaga’s men were quietly dancing and celebrating him.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-051-(Side-51)_1As he returned with his wife to show his gratitude by inserting a token sum of money in the glass that Ijeoma used to bring the palm wine to him.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-052-(Side-52)_1and the dancing intensified and escalated.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-053-(Side-53)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-054-(Side-54)_1Ben was so elated he was dancing away without abandon.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-055-(Side-55)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-056-(Side-56)_1The third glass of palm wine was giving to Ogaga and at all time he drained them all. Urhobo wa do!!!! Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-057-(Side-57)_1A few pictures more and we were done with the crowd.  Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-058-(Side-58)_1We had to take a few more pictures of the couple though tired as they were.
Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-059-(Side-59)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-060-(Side-60)_1 Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-061-(Side-61)_1and you can see below the benefit of having these ladies around Ijeoma. Immediately they came out and around her, Ijeoma lit up brightly. You see what I mean right?
Blog-Template---IB-and-Koye-062-(Side-62)_1I had a nice time at this event. We had fun. Ogaga and Ijeoma are a fantastic host and their show of hospitality was legendary.

I can’t wait long enough to shoot their white wedding this weekend. It will be a fantastic time with this two and their crew.

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