Are you planning an ibo wedding? Do you have questions regarding the igbo traditional wedding processes or any stage of the customary marriage ceremony? We’ve got the answers here. Sometimes, confused grooms, ask for clarification from their non-igbo friends and are told a mix of myths and opinions about the igbo traditional wedding. So, in this post, you will find answers to some of the questions in your mind. You will also see a video illustration of an ‘igba nkwu’ ceremony. Read on.
By the way, this is part 4, and the final stage of the series “Stages & Process Involved in Igbo Traditional Marriage Ceremony” – you can find part 3 by clicking here.
Common Questions Grooms Ask About Igbo Traditional Weddings
Here are answers to common questions that grooms and even some igbo bride-to-be ask about the igba nkwu marriage procedure:
#1. So, At What Point Is the Wedding Complete?
By igbo customs and tradition, the igba nkwu ceremony is the traditional marriage solemnization ceremony. During the ceremony, the bride and groom are officially declared man and wife, and groom can take his bride home.
#2. How Many Visits in Total is the Groom Required to Make Before the Igba Nkwu?
How many times would a groom make official introductory visits before the traditional wedding/ igba nkwu? Here’s an important note about visits for the 3rd and 4th Igbo traditional marriage rites, the ime ego and the igba nkwu nwanyi respectively: both may be done in one day, if you (the groom) can, and prefers – but with prior discussion with your inlaws.
- Visit #1: Iku aka – you come to inquire from your fiance’s parents: ‘am I permitted to marry your daughter’. If you receive a ‘yes’, then you would be visiting again for the ime ego stage.
- Visit #2: Consent from the bride’s kindred/ extended family
- Visit #3: Ime Ego (bride price payment).
- Visit #4: Igba Nkwu (traditional marriage ceremony and reception) –
You (the groom) may want to do a total of three visits (instead of four), by doing the ‘ime ego’ plus the igba nkwu on the same day. UK and USA grooms prefer doing their traditional engagement this way; however, most men like to go save up and come back for the igba nkwu.
TRENDS: We usually see grooms who live far away doing everything in one single visit, and we also see a lot of couples breaking the ceremony into two separate days. Both ways are fine. Another trend that we’re seeing is some grooms who live far away doing some of the pre-igba nkwu process in absentia, with their parents and close family members representing him – so that he only comes home for the igba nkwu or for the iku aka and igba nkwu stages respectively.
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