Ronke & Seye’s Highlights

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When two people have found love, as pure as the love between Ronke and Seye, they embark on a traditional ceremonial adventure as sacred and spiritual as the love they share. Their family and friends begin to prepare for the marriage by singing to inform that the bride is bound and will soon be brought to her husband.

Singing and dancing are two very important fragments in this sacred tradition and they are always combined with a big feast. The bride is kept in a secret seclusion where she stays until her parents have interrogated the groom and his family and are satisfied with their answers. But before she comes out, the bride groom has to give money to the guests and when all have gotten this the bride groom is let inside the bride’s house.

During this celebration, the groom’s family gives gifts to the bride’s family, consisting mostly of yams, fruits, sweets, cooked foods, drinks, jewelry, lace and/or money. Sometimes cattle are killed and the meat is shared amongst the guests. After this ceremony, the bride comes to live with the groom and his family and a wedding feast is held. After the ceremonial feast, the bride is considered married to the groom and his family.