On a humid and hazy morning, guests had arrived Nnewi, the globally acclaimed industrious city of Eastern Nigeria. The destination was the palatial home of Chief Dr. Theo Okeke, FNSE, PEng, PMP (Okunenyeife Nnewi) and Lolo Lady Uche Okeke, (Nmasinachi) of Umudimnkwa-Umudim, Nnewi.
The occasion was the traditional marriage of their children, Chidubem Adanna Okeke (Dubby) and Chieloka Jachimma Okonkwo (Eloka). The groom, Eloka, had arrived with his entourage including his parents, Dr. Prosper and Mrs. Ifeoma Okonkwo of Okpuno-Nnewichi, Nnewi.
While family members, well-wishers and guests arrived to a warm and colorful ambiance of the Okeke’s compound, the event planners, caterers, decorators, media and designated host kept busy putting finishing touches to what would eventually become a full-day cultural event encapsulating aspects such as family introduction, presentation of gifts, presentation of wine, couples dance, and much more.
On December 28, 2020, and in a season enveloped by uncertainty, the bride’s father, Chief Theo Okeke kept resolute for more than twelve months of the event planning. In a brief chat, he attributed the success of the event to the ‘Glory of God’.
Portraying an unusual calmness mixed with elements of exciting anxiety, Dubby was up early to be attended by a team of makeup artists, videographers and photographers including Dallas based Trendy Africa Magazine, who all arrived to capture and beautify the elements of the historic day.
Eloka had arrived early accompanied by close friends and family, and a large consignment of gifts in tow. He sat patiently with great confidence and outlook towards a successful proceeding.
Eventually, Dubby, a pharmacist and Eloka, a business analyst, were presented to the guests as the latest couple in town just as they cut their customary celebration cake to the delight of all. Guests who had already commenced enjoying much of the entertainment, got more from the DJ, live music band, the overflow of cuisine, fine wine, and spirits.
Tosan Aduayi writes from Mansfield, Texas – firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Trendy Africa in Nigeria