Love brings Africa to Jozi

2015-08-26 11:10

Springtime is wedding time all over the world, and in Jozi, Nigerian shop owner Patrick Uchehara and his gorgeous bride, Zimbabwean Hollygirl Ncube, were one of the first of the season to tie the knot, thanks to a community effort.

Nigerian residents of Orange Grove used the day to show unity with the couple and give them a party to remember.

Tailor Owa Solomon, president of the Nigerian Community Orange Grove organisation, designed their outfits. Their afterparty was hosted by a local Nigerian-owned nightclub, and neighbours and businesspeople gave cash to the newlyweds as gifts in the Nigerian tradition.

Uchehara and Ncube, a hairdresser, met nine years ago when she went to buy sugar at his grocery store, next door to the salon where she works.

Solomon said this wedding, like many aspects of Nigerian life in South Africa, was a community effort. “Because most don’t have families in South Africa, we form communities everywhere. We donate books to Orange Grove Primary School; we help each other.

“Most of us are married to South African women. Patrick came to Johannesburg for work and found love as well.”

Nigerian Patrick Uchehara and his wife, Zimbabwean Hollygirl Ncube, wore traditional Nigerian wedding outfits for their wedding at Maryvale Catholic Church, off Louis Botha Avenue, in Orange Grove. The outfits were designed by Owa Solomon, a Nigerian tailor and president of the Nigerian Community Orange Grove organisation. PHOTOs: Leon Sadiki

A Nigerian dish called Jollof rice is
                                                             Ifeanyi Ihiono and his friend Frank M Njoku 

A silhouette, of a family friend preparing food

Members of the Nigerian Community Orange Grove organisation outside Dorcas Salon, where they met to discuss wedding gifts for their friend Patrick. Each member gave between R500 and R5 000

R100 and R20 notes on the floor at Patrick and Hollygirl’s wedding. Nigerians believe in giving money rather than presents to a wedded

Artistic representations (from left) of SA musicians Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Brenda Fassie and Lucky Dube at Club Vibes in Yeoville, the venue for the wedding’s afterparty

Guests danced the night away at Club Vibes in Yeoville

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