How Nigerian weddings have changed

Before now, Saturdays were mainly for Owambe parties. You walked into different ‘fantasy land’ receptions on most Saturdays to eat yourself to stupor and party hard.  You had  a wardrobe occupied by the Aso-ebi’s you were lured into buying for almost twice the price. Not to mention your house filled with different sophisticated party souvenirs and an Instagram page decorated with different wedding pictures and couple hashtags.

However, since ‘Change’ hit Nigeria, you realized that things have changed around the Owambe industry which had previously brought you so much joy. You are now considering quitting Owambe for simple egusi-soup shopping trips on Saturdays.

Here are a few things you might have noticed around:

1. Nigerian weddings now cost twice as much as they used to.

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Thanks to the steady molestation of the Naira by the dollar, the price of everything has skyrocketed… Including Nigerian-grown tomatoes and Cows reared in the North. Isn’t it shocking to discover how many things you never thought the dollar could affect since the inflation got worse? Aso ebi packages now go for prices equal to your nephew’s school fees. Your make-up artist has hiked her price and you are wondering if the makeup will be on your face forever, considering the cost.  Not to mention the cost of having a wedding planner; Deejay, ushers or hostesses; small chops (without which the Nigerian party isn’t complete), your dream wedding dress, marquee reception venue e.t.c



Gone are the days of free buffet, Jollof rice is now served in moderation.


Even party souvenirs which were already progressing to Gold-plated iPhones, Air fryers and designer handbags  have sharply gone back to mugs, Indomie and matches. You can’t even gatecrash weddings anymore because the strictly by invitation era is in full swing. Na wa o!

2. You want to spray the couple? EFCC is coming for you

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There were times when you saw brides dancing like they were auditioning for ‘Britain’s got talent’ while grooms stepped like they were on the cast of a hip-hop dance movie. I know that like me, you refused to be fooled by the suggestion that it was entirely because they were happy to be spending the rest of their lives together. The better they danced, the more people sprayed them money; and the better their chances of recovering the money they spent entertaining you at a lavish reception.

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However, since, the war against corruption started, I’ve noticed that people suddenly have started adhering to the Central Bank’s ‘No Spraying of the Naira policy’. BIG LIE!!! People are hiding seriously from EFCC.

These days if one sprays money lavishly at a party on Saturday, you are likely to hear that he has been invited for questioning at the EFFC office on Monday morning; He must have gotten a credit alert from Dasuki last year. Hian! Bad market!

Even Musicians and Comedians are complaining…


Because of the funny situation of things, this is what you now see at weddings…

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On the flip side, Nigerians still love their owambe parties. Even if dollar becomes one million naira to one dollar or Pharoah becomes president, people will still get married every Saturday. There will still be aso ebi. Puff puff can still pretend to be small chops, Jollof rice will still feature and life will still go on.

At all at all na im bad pass!


    • Agboola, you are wrong. Let’s call a spade a spade, our leaders have all failed us. President Buhari inclusive. He is annoyingly failing us now. I am yet to see a politician I can support. I pray Buhari doesn’t fail till the end.

    • Please y’all should stop the blame game. I love my friends ; Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba the same. Infact my best friend is an Igbo boy and I am a full blooded Yoruba.

    • @rinola…I like ur approach Aldo all I said is dat de igbos are always hating on #change cuz jona lost…all de against talk is always from de igbos

      • That’s a lie. Get your findings well. And why must ethnicity be brought to this ground. You guyz can cause wahala oooooo

    • there is nothing like change in Nigeria…..APC campaign as if they will perform miracle but they are yet to do anything all they do is talk

    • @Agboola, this tribal sentiment is a regional issue dat should be condemed. If u will be honest da yorubas and hausas where at da forefront of criticizing GEJ and now da Igbos are at it bcos dey feel excluded in da present govt. But da question is, do the politicians fight and hate ova da interest of da common man? I’m Igbo, lived all my life in da North. My father lived all his life in da west cos he was born in Abiokuta in Ogun state. My full name is Kingsley Bamidele Mbonu. I do not have a Yoruba blood but my grand mother named her first son, lead me home safely in yoruba. In conclussion i do not believe there is any particular tribe that is bad, what we have is bad people cut across all tribes, bad politicians who believes da only way dey can succeed is by pitching da poor masses against themselves. Lets be wise.

  1. If u think Buhari is not working ask PDP Chieftains like Metuh, FFK, Haliru. If u think Buhari is too slow ask Shekau If u think Buhari too waka ask Dikko Inde If u think Buhari is not a Democrat ask NASS If u think Buhari is not educated ask Directors in Budget office If u think Buhari is not firm ask Sambo Dasuki If u think Buhari can not deliver ask Ogoni people If u think Buhari can’t move Nigeria forward watch him among world Heads of States If u think Buhari has not given the desired change….pls check yourself

  2. If u think buhari is not working, check the value of Naira to dollar. If u think buhari is not working, check the new price of rice, pure water, meat,fish,beans,orange etc, if u think buhari is not working ask the presidential jet pilot if he is not tired of weekly international trips with buhari, ask our estacode purse how far, ask our electricity output,ask our petrol station. If u are sincere, ask urself whether you are progressing.

    • Buhari is a bad business to all those that have little love for this country. Love him, hate him, he’s man ahead of his generation.

  3. Dos sentimental Islamic fools should go and sleep. U guys are quick to changing topics..wat are we saying wen u guys don’t see anything wrong in selling ur kids to slavery in the name of almajiris why won’t u be satisfied with ur God father’s reign. it not dis change is hell

  4. Some time it is more economical not to call self a Nigerian but who I mine not to? Whether U like it hausa, Igbo, Yoruba Nigerian we all most stay and safe…. Rather than publicizing ur ill-eduction on social platforms’ Newpaper pages e.t.c, respect our differences and thank God u’re not in syria, Iraq, Libya or far east-Nigeria. Stop been an educated illiterate fellow Nigerians!!! I stand for Nigeria, what about You?

  5. D country just need the right push towards the right direction not stagnation n dollar crying pls PMB wake up n fulfill ur promises

  6. How did Nigerian wedding owanbe turn to all this gej/buhari political rants u all r doing. Pls lets enjoy somtym away from all ds political brouhaha. I suppose the post was meant to entertain.


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