A Fairy Tale Wedding Across The Ocean

Emma Bowman, Guest Writer

Walking down the crowded street, loud music is playing as a car races by,and people are trying
to sell you things.This is what it’s like walking down a street in Lagos,Nigeria; a freshman at
LCN named Kaosarat Moshood got to experience this first-hand this past summer.
This past August, Moshood visited Lagos, Nigeria to meet her family and stand up in her
uncle’s wedding. Moshood explains that Lagos isn’t that different from Detroit, although she
says, “It seems like it’s always a party!”
They have American fast food places like KFC, Dominos, and Pizza Hut. They also show
American movies in their theaters like “Hobbs and Shaw’’ and “Spiderman: Far From Home”.
Even though Lagos is one of the richer areas, Moshood explains the road are super bad, so
most cars are lifted to be higher off the ground. The roads are a little bit better on the islands of
Banana and Victoria. Most people live in the city, but the more wealthy people live on the
islands.
When Moshood was in Lagos, she got to experience a lot of new things, but her uncle’s
wedding was the most exciting. There are three main tribes where Moshood’s family is from:
Yoruba, Hausa, and Igboo. Moshood’s family is from Yoruba, and one of the ceremonies they
do during weddings is when the groom has to lay face down in front of the bride’s family to ask
for her hand in marriage again. The family also has to give the bride and the groom whatever
they want that whole day. Even though they do weddings a little differently, they still do the ring
ceremony, and the couple and their guests end up partying all night after.
“The clothes were beautiful!” Moshood explained. During the wedding the bride’s side of the
family wore yellow, while the grooms side wore blue; they wore these colors to represent the
bride and groom, although the bride and groom wore pink and gray. All of their clothes are
completely unique; they send in patterns they like to a tailor a few months before the wedding.
One thing they do during the engagement party is, the bride and groom write each other notes
and have one of their loved ones read it out to everyone. During this and the after party they
wear more traditional African clothes.Walking down the crowded street, loud music is playing as a car races by,and people are trying
to sell you things.This is what it’s like walking down a street in Lagos,Nigeria; a freshman at
LCN named Kaosarat Moshood got to experience this first-hand this past summer.
This past August, Moshood visited Lagos, Nigeria to meet her family and stand up in her
uncle’s wedding. Moshood explains that Lagos isn’t that different from Detroit, although she
says, “It seems like it’s always a party!”
They have American fast food places like KFC, Dominos, and Pizza Hut. They also show
American movies in their theaters like “Hobbs and Shaw’’ and “Spiderman: Far From Home”.
Even though Lagos is one of the richer areas, Moshood explains the road are super bad, so
most cars are lifted to be higher off the ground. The roads are a little bit better on the islands of
Banana and Victoria. Most people live in the city, but the more wealthy people live on the
islands.
When Moshood was in Lagos, she got to experience a lot of new things, but her uncle’s
wedding was the most exciting. There are three main tribes where Moshood’s family is from:
Yoruba, Hausa, and Igboo. Moshood’s family is from Yoruba, and one of the ceremonies they
do during weddings is when the groom has to lay face down in front of the bride’s family to ask
for her hand in marriage again. The family also has to give the bride and the groom whatever
they want that whole day. Even though they do weddings a little differently, they still do the ring
ceremony, and the couple and their guests end up partying all night after.
“The clothes were beautiful!” Moshood explained. During the wedding the bride’s side of the
family wore yellow, while the grooms side wore blue; they wore these colors to represent the
bride and groom, although the bride and groom wore pink and gray. All of their clothes are
completely unique; they send in patterns they like to a tailor a few months before the wedding.
One thing they do during the engagement party is, the bride and groom write each other notes
and have one of their loved ones read it out to everyone. During this and the after party they
wear more traditional African clothes.