Although Nigeria is, once again, passing through one of its regular trauma, society must still continue to endorse marriages or risk its own reproduction and continuity of life.
And so, all roads are leading to Kuru-Lah near Jos in Plateau State where Dr. Wang Sha and Miss Sandra Pam are tying the nuptial knot. All other things being equal, especially if the process is not held back by ‘African time’, the twosome would have become husband and wife before midday today.
With a Professor father on the side of the bridegroom and senior citizens on the part of the bride, it is bound to end up a society wedding even though Prof Pam Dung Sha, the father of the groom, is not given to offensive affluence. So, society wedding here is to the extent that many would be there for the sake of the parents on both sides. And the couple to be who are professionals in their own right!
The only problem with this marriage is if the Chinese were to come around laying claims to the bridegroom, insisting that the name Wang makes him one of theirs, Nigeria might have little to enter in her defense. Dr Wang’s name which must have a different meaning in his culture from the Chinese meaning of it shows the oneness of humanity in the last instance.
But, if today is the day for professors, academics, comrades and doctors or those in the medical field around Jos, November 14th, 2020 will be for journalists, labour and civil servants, (the father of the bride who is a retired Director of the Federal Civil service and a community development activist). That is when Benson Upah Jnr takes Joyce Ene Agbo as wife. It will be taking place in Abuja, featuring diverse attendees.
It would not be mischievous to say that the marriage would appear on the Och’Idoma’s cultural radar. A marriage to an Idoma daughter by an Igede son cannot but attract royal attention, what with rising Igede nationalism within the Idoma nationality. That secession dies even before take off with this type of marriage.
It is thus one of the criss-crossing beauty observable everywhere across Nigeria, involving especially the youth who are daily critiquing the manipulation of cultural differences by power seekers when they cross boundaries and break the false cultural barriers.
Unfortunately, Intervention is only able to take interest in a few of the weddings at a time in order not to turn the platform into a wedding bulletin. Otherwise, great fusions are taking place across the country everyday. Wishing all newly married great luck!