Its our wedding day, great expectations…
All roads lead to us, our own unique moment.
All hail the groom, decked out in his best!
All hail the bride, decked out ….
Wait a minute. Where is my Egwu Eji*, my Amaria*?
Who, perchance art thou, lady in white?
Is that you, my love? What happened to your face?
Decked you are all right, but is that you behind the mask?
Yes, I know it is called ‘make up’ now, but…
Is that the nose I still tickled last week?
Mba*, mba, mba! Ko je je be* now!
Ok. Where is the mouth I used to, you know…
Why is so pout? Blotting out your winsome smile?
Ha ha. Am I dreaming like Alfa Sule*?
What color is your skin again? Chai*! Te mi ba mi*!
To be continued ….
*Egwu Eji – Igbo language for ‘outstanding beauty’
*Amaria – Hausa language for ‘new wife’
*Mba – Igbo language for ‘No’
*Ko je je be – Yoruba language for ‘It cannot be’
*Alfa Sule – A local comic.
*Chai – Wow.
*Te mi ba mi – I am in trouble.
This is a literary work. No offense is meant to any specific gender, please.
Photo Credit: Boscoe Holder.
© 14th March 2017. Adewale Adeniji