Globally many Africans,people of African descent have identity crisis. This is to a larger extent connected to the psychological impact of Arab and European invasion.This slave mentality is evident in how Africans/ black people do things,especially when celebrating important events such as weddings.
Rituals reflect a peoples’ ancient culture even though sometimes they are refined to accommodate modern times. I have attended weddings of Indians ( South Asians) , Anglo-Americans etc their wedding gowns, the ceremonies in general reflect their religions and cultures.But for many Africans their rituals honor their enslavers depending on who oppressed them.
A large segment of Africans display their inferiority compex and lack of knowledge of self on their wedding day.Nigeria is a classic example to this practice, in the North weddings are Arab Muslim centered. West, South, East are predominately European Christian and Central ( my region) a mixture of European and Arab. Indigenous / traditional weddings are often frowned upon by both Muslims and Christians and labeled backwards. The Nigerian government hasn’t done much to protect the rights of its citizens that prefer traditional weddings.
Fortunately there are resistance from some Africans who see value in their culture. They refused to be watered down versions of Europeans and Arabs. Despite centuries of oppression, they have managed to retain elements of their Africaness. These Africans are on the continent of Africa, in countries such as Brazil, United States of America, Cuba etc.Below I will provide you with pictures, videos of actual weddings and ideas for those of you planning to get married in the future without abandoning your African heritage for foreign ones. May Mwari /Kpan Luh lead your journey.
Bride and friends
The Bride Kim Walker and groom Gemaron Willis exchanging vows and jumping the broom.
The bride, Kim Walker, her gown was designed by Therez Fleetwood ( “Wedding gown style: inspired by ‘The Mother Land’ ” ) Pictures taken by Photographer: Tony Barreau – AVD dap @ Therez Fleetwood for the images see the link ?p=488
Bride and friends celebrating
4. African-American couple Kiwana and husband honoring their African roots on their wedding day. Read their story here afrobella-bride-kiwana dap@ Afrobella
Couple lighting Kwanzaa candles, Green, Black, Red they are also the colors of black/African unity, globally.
6. Bride in Morocco
Yaya Dacosta and husband sharing a kiss.
8. Didier Drogba footballer from Ivory Coast marries the mother of his three children the beautiful Lalla Diakite in African traditional wedding, they’ve been together for 12 years (Pan-African love).
9. Masai bride, East Africa dap@ lemerence-maasai-bride
10.Dudu and Lonwabo, Southern Africa, traditional wedding dap@ http://weddings-exclusive.blogspot.com/2011/09/president-zumas-daughter-traditional.html
11. Alicia and Olive an Afrocentric couple pouring libations at their wedding. Read their story here couple-celebrates-african-cultural-heritage-with-a-libation-ceremony-at-their-bohemian-chic-wedding
Bride and Groom happy as they can be! Eish …
12. Bride at her traditional wedding in Congo Brazzaville
14.Ethiopian traditional wedding, Teddy Afro and Amleset
15. Rwandan bride and groom in traditional wear
16. Cameroonian bride and groom in their traditional outfit
17. Acholi Ugandan bride in traditional wedding gown.
10. Diasporan Africans, bride and groom looking fabulous!
11. Gambian bride and groom.
12. Couple of African descent, killing it
13.Ugandan bride and groom
14. Gabon couple enjoying each other at their wedding
16. African American couple honoring their African Roots and of course looking amazingly beautiful!
17. Couple in Kente cloth enjoying each other!
18. Ghanaian couple kissing it up!
21. African couple with bridesmaid friends killed it
1. Traditional wedding in Uganda. The bride and groom are showered with gifts, love and community celebration.
2. African-American, African centered wedding. Many meaningful symbols in this wedding, for example friends of the bride are holding the African fertility goddess (Akuaaba).
3. Traditional Senegalese wedding in the diaspora. Amazing dance, high fashion and community celebration.
4. Ghanaian Traditional Wedding….pouring of libations to the ancestors and words from elders.
5. Caribbean African Wedding…lovely!…
Exchanging symbols of love
1. Ring with Ankh engraved an ancient black African symbol of life.
2. You could also have custom made ring in a shape of an Ankh. Here is a link for those interested in having it.ankh-jewelry-large-ankh-ring-funky-brass
or check this link: 033010
3. The Yotti/ Bali people of Middle Belt Nigeria ( my ethnic group), couple exchange plain sliver, brass, or gold bracelet. The bracelet is called Nuburi, a symbol of love, life and continuity.
you can have it made here…collections_ww_bangles_01.html
4. Cowrie Shell with Adinkra symbol in the middle ( Cowrie is used for protection and the Adinkra symbol engraved is to remind you of God’s supremacy).
Ideas for Afrocentric wedding dress
1. Designs by Kimma Wreh. The sankofa symbol is embroidered on both the bride’s and groom’s outfit. See the link for more information: prweb271864.htm
5. Kente print, wedding dress
6.Senegal, couple killing it
7. Brides maid, in Kente prints…Got Melanin?
African theme wedding cake for those of you that like sweets
1. Ankara Wedding Cake ( designer unknown)
3. Adinkra symbol Cake, origin Asanti Ghana, West Africa here is a link to help you with the meanings of the symbols West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings
9. Safari cake by Elizabeth Solaru this is part of her collection Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
14. Kente Cloth Wedding cake
17. Pot over fire cake
Ideas for Decoration
For additional information:
How to incorporate libations in your wedding ceremony
1. Example, wedding of Penelope and Hamid, here is a link:interfaithwedding.htm
2. additional idea for libation, “American Weddings: An Afrocentric Libation Ceremony” : afrocentric-libation-wedding-ceremony.aspx?MsdVisit=1
1. Jumping the Broom, Second Edition:The African-American Wedding Planner By Harriette Cole
2.Put Soul in Your Bridal Shower: The African American Bridal Shower Book By Tonya D. Evans
Note: Images and videos are not my personal properties.