Nigeria Meets Liberia : A Story of Two Western African Countries

"True Love knows no boundaries."
Photo credit : Wisdom Nunya Kwashie of Momento photographs

Hey, guys, now I remembered promising you all that I was gonna share some wedding photos/story about a lovely Liberian-Nigerian couple that recently got married. I also mentioned that their wedding was a mixture of two unique cultures. I love everything about their wedding. A few days (August 24) ago I shared a photo of this couple on IG (@liberian_stars_views) like I’ve always done. I instantaneously fell in admirations when I saw the title that stated “Liberian Nigerian Wedding”. I was like hmm… this is something you normally don’t see often, why? that will be a blog post for another day.

Now the reason why I’m sharing this is to encourage my brothers and sisters to love our culture. I’ve seen a lot of Liberians weddings and I sometimes wonder whether we choose to ignore our culture or we just do not know anything about our culture. I’ve seen Liberian couples in Nigerians, Ghanaian traditional attires at their wedding like I said, it makes me wonder if we are rejecting our culture or we just simply love other people’s culture more than ours?

Rochelle Thompson sends me a message and told me about how she saw her wedding photo on IG and that she will like to share more photos with us. Oh lord, how excited I was to see more photos of their beautiful wedding. Rochelle and Olumide’s wedding was a beautiful and seamless blend of culture (Liberia Grebo/Kissi) and his culture (Nigeria Yoruba). His family honored her parents by making their way to Liberia and they welcomed her husband’s people with an explosion of Liberian (Grebo/Kissi) culture.

Check out these photos :

THE COUPLE

Rochelle rocking her country plaits and beads.

Rochelle rocking her country plaits and beads.

Rochelle Getting Her Blessing

Rochelle Getting Her Blessing

Rochelle & Olumide

Rochelle & Olumide

THE YORUBA FAMILY

 Groom arriving with the Yoruba drummers and his family.

Groom arriving with the Yoruba drummers and his family.

The groom and his friend prostrating as a sign of honor for  her family in Yoruba and pleading for her hand. YORUBA CUSTOM

The groom and his friend prostrating as a sign of honor for her family in Yoruba and pleading for her hand. YORUBA CUSTOM

Mother of the Groom "Spraying" (showering with money) the Bride as is Nigerian Custom

Mother of the Groom “Spraying” (showering with money) the Bride as is Nigerian Custom

The groom spraying the instrumentalist as they usher him in

The groom spraying the instrumentalist as they usher him in

The Oba (King) Yoruba of Liberia graced the occasion as witness of this beautiful intercultural union.

The Oba (King) Yoruba of Liberia graced the occasion as witness of this beautiful intercultural union.

THE GREBO/KISSI FAMILY

Kissi Sassa Women singing their songs as they ushered Rochelle in

Kissi Sassa Women singing their songs as they ushered Rochelle in

Mother of the Bride Throwing Rice at the Bride as a Symbol of Blessing, Prosperity and Fertility Raining on Her Marriage.

Mother of the Bride Throwing Rice at the Bride as a Symbol of Blessing, Prosperity and Fertility Raining on Her Marriage.

Traditional Grebo welcome of the groom's family with Kola nuts, coconut, pepper and spirits.

Traditional Grebo welcome of the groom’s family with Kola nuts, coconut, pepper and spirits.

Now I know some of you are wondering where she got her inspirations from. She gathered all her inspirations from our very own culture. The beads Rochelle wore is a traditional Grebo/Kru way of wearing the beads which go back a looooonngg… time ago when culture was the ways of our people.

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Kru women are know for wearing many beautiful jewelries.

Kru women are know for wearing many beautiful jewelries.

Rochelle hairstyle she also tried to honor the tradition by sticking with the country plaits and beads in her hair as seen in the photos we posted above.

Rochelle hairstyle she also tried to honor the tradition by sticking with the country plaits and beads in her hair as seen in the photos we posted above.

The Kru People: They Rufused to Be Captured into Enslavement.

The Kru People: They Rufused to Be Captured into Enslavement.

In conclusion to my article, culture is important for a number of reasons because it influences an individual’s life in a variety of ways, including values, views, desires, fears, and worries. In addition, belonging to a culture provides people with a sense of identity, purpose, and belonging. There are many different cultures around the world, some of which are mixed while others are not. Most cultures have been maintained for thousands of years, helping to connect communities and individuals through material and non-material goods. Belonging to a culture can provide individuals with an easy way to connect with others who share the same mindset and values. From small villages to larger cities, cultures offer a chance to connect and share one’s history and beliefs.

I will like to congratulate Rochelle and Olumide on their union. I pray that God bless your marriage abundantly. May you have as many children as you desire. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful part of your life with us.

Rochelle & Olumide

Rochelle & Olumide

All photos credit : Wisdom Nunya Kwashie & Daniel Kingsford Osabutey #MomentoCapturingSpecialMo

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