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Warring and Marrying: The Beautiful Culture of the Okrika Canoe War Tribe

Dear friends, this is a new kind of wedding. One I was new to.

Weddings in Okrika are a serious business…..This Means War!!!!!

Ibubeleye became a friend after a wedding i did in Port Harcourt.  She told me straight then, I was the only Nigerian wedding photographer she was calling for her wedding except I want her to get another from the US. I laughed it off then as a joke, but a few weeks later she was booking her dates.

IB is a very vivacious person. Full of like and exuberant all the time. Little did i know this was the way of the Okrika people. I would never want to face them in a war.

They place extreme value on a human life and so when they give out their daughters the extract every single value they can from the transaction so the groom realizes that the bride is not a give away but a value to him. This can be construed on both poles +ve and -ve depending on how you view it.

IB was so excited on her wedding morning it was contagious.

I await the 41 megapixels of the Pureview with bated breaths cos at the rate photographers are springing up …………..We had three professional Blackberry photographers struggling with me for space.
While Ib was having fun inside, outside a war brewed.  The canoe war tribe were not ready to loose this war and the sternness of their visage said it all.  at the point a truce was reached, the bride was asked to come out for proceedings.
The groom was also asked to come in to show himself  and they were handed over to their new parents in an exchange. The elders of the canoe war tribe eventually retired to share their spoils of war while the bride went in to change and come out to dance.
Eventually, IB did the traditional drink hunting of her groom. A glass of wine was handed over to her and whoever she handed it over to was her groom. She chose Mac-D.

It was a groovy day where the entire family danced to celebrate this day of love.

©Akara Ogheneworo Photography

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  • Elaine Borges-Ibañez - July 18, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    Fascinating Nigerian wedding by a photographer colleague of mine in Lagos, Nigeria!ReplyCancel

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    Very nice… good job here!ReplyCancel

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