Sunday, 2 December 2007

Oh! That Wedding! ~*(^_^)*~

So I walked into the reception hall and just like magic, the wide grin that was on my face as I strolled from the car was replaced with a look of shock and sheer disappointment. Why did I even bother? I began to regret how I spent the past two hours of my life.

Rewind to 2pm; I woke up from my precious afternoon nap; the one that I imposed on myself to prevent me from eating lunch because I was saving my stomach for the precious wedding food.

A Sierra Leonean family friend’s daughter was going to get married today and since I have all this free time, I would be crazy to pass an opportunity to dress glam and better still, dress glam in traditional clothes! I had already apologized that I wouldn’t be attending the church ceremony, but I promised to be at the reception.

After the usual rub a dub dub, I got out my favorite traditional outfit; a black and maroon Swiss lace that I suffered to bargain for at Kurmi Market in Kano. I got out my pretty red mules that have been dying to leave my flat to match my sweet red bag. To top it up, I decided to wear the nice red gele or goggoro or skentele (whatever-you-call-it, I just stick to goggoro) anyway, I got it as asoebi from a friends wedding in August and it matched my outfit today so I guess it wouldn’t hurt.

Bottom Line: I spent approx:

10 mins doing my hair
15 mins in the shower
8 mins ironing my clothes
15 mins on make up
5 mins picking out accessories
5 mins trying to find the correct shawl
2 mins shining my shoes
A whopping 35 mins tying my goggoro!
5 mins staring at the mirror
10 mins taking vain mug shots and self portraits
20 minutes to get to the venue

I ended up looking like I was going to a correct Owambe, all that was missing was some $$ to spray (which I would have invested in had I not been broke).

You can imagine how majestically I walked into the hall expecting everyone to look all dressed up like I was. Only for me to get there and see people dressed up like it’s a lazy Saturday morning and they can't be bothered! It is a wedding for godness sake!

I almost sunk into the ground. If I could physically blush, my face would have turned a bright scarlet in embarrassment. Its official, today I became the Overdressed Notice-me attention seeker lady. The one that people point at during weddings, the one that makes aunties hold on to their husbands; the one that all the other ladies are eyeing.

In my mind I was like “Na wa for these Sierra Leonean people o!” Even the bride seemed to not have pt n some effort. If this was a Naija wedding I bet I wouldn’t even stand out. In fact in a Naija setting I would have been almost underdressed! There were only 7 people in trad (I counted) and I was the only person with a goggoro. You should have seen the effort I used on it too! In fact, at a point I resorted to youtube to teach me how to tie it properly! I no go lie, shame really catch me today o.

To make it worse, my brother had the time of his life laughing at me! (Remind me to pour salt in his sugar canister!)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

eyyaaaaa.LOL

Moody Crab said...

lmao!!! After all that effort? Je suis desole. I bet if it was some naija wedding no one will even look your side. I'm sure you made lasting impression(s)

PS: Nice blog btw

Uzo said...

Well....lol...I find that Nigerians make more of an effort than other africans....

Ugo Daniels said...

Now, that's not even funny. I can imagine how embarassed you'd looked. Not to wory, at least you got your 15 mins of fame ;)

PS: do yu mind telling me or linking me wit your cuz here, just crious, you know! Should have sent you email but i didn't see any on ya page. My email's on mine! WIA

onydchic said...

Oh MAAAAN, as someone that hates most kinds of attention, i think i would have almost entered the ground!!!

Fo said...

lol...atleast u enjoyed it when it last..hows u??

samush said...

ROFLMAO!!!! sori fateez buh i gotta laff its sooo hilarious wallahi...send me d pix sha i wanna c how stunnin u looked *wink*

ladi said...

Something similar hapened to me just the other way round- I was to underdressed.

I just started reading your blog and it's an awesome read!

I am also a northerner who just started blogging- ga blog di na.

http://missladidi.blogspot.com/

Don Allah, in kin yarda, ki sa a profile page naki.

Na gode!

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