..then, it was a taboo for Africans to live together after marriage. It used as a measure to announce publicly that the couples will be devoted to each other.
Africa has a rich cultural heritage. It comprises of various tribes and they also have diverse cultures. When it come to wedding ceremony, Africa has many fascinating wedding cultures they practise traditionally. While some are practise others are restructured by adding other interesting things.
There are 4 ways Africans practise their traditional wedding customs:
The groom’s Knocking on the door to ask for the bride’s hand in marriage:
This custom is practised by the Ghanaians. It is their wedding tradition whereby the groom seek for the consent to marry the bride by first knocking on the door. He goes with a gift and his family escorts him to go meet his in-law to be, to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage. If they accept they knock, the groom’s family rejoices and commences the wedding plans. But if otherwise, the marriage will not take place.
To jump over a broom from the slave trade era:
This is another type of African wedding which indicates the bride and groom moving into another face of life speedily. The broom connotes the sweeping away of all manner of problems of the groom and bride. This broom is always locally made and as well decorated in an attractive way. Most times they go home with it . This tradition came into being during the era of slave trade. Then, it was a taboo for Africans to live together after marriage. It used as a measure to announce publicly that the couples will be devoted to each other.
Tasting the 3 basic things that during the wedding ceremony:
This is a Yoruba culture. It comes after the exchange of rings and vows by the couples, they will be asked to taste 3 basic things. They are; pepper, honey and dried fish which means, bitterness, happiness and fertility. These 3 basics signify different emotions that have to be experienced during the marital life. It shows that they can endure during the hard moments of their life and in reap the sweetness in the future.
Sharing Kola nut between the bride and groom:This wedding tradition is basically practised by the Igbo’s during the wedding ceremony. The kola is divided and shared between the groom and bride, a portion is picked and shared between them
Indicating that, both of them are ready able to care for each other. The remaining one is taking home and kept where it will be seen. This is to remind them of the promise they made to tackle any problems that come their way in their marital life.
Act of flogging on the back:
In the Northern part of Nigeria, fulani to be precised, when a man wants to marry, he will be flogged in other to check if he’s fit. This will show if he is man enough to take care of his wife. It is risky, and recorded that a man died during the process. This is also practised in other parts of Africa.