Welcome to a Yòrubá Engagement

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Rain fell. Not hard but just enough to give us a few minutes to collect ourselves and observe the world through tinted windows. A few feet away uninvited cameramen stand in the light rain waiting for the bride and her sisters to emerge. The photographers are a tradition at these ceremonies. They take pictures of people, which they then develop within minutes, and then try to sell back to the unsuspecting party. There is already a frenzy of activity: women in colorful traditional attires called “asookes” mill around. Their head scarves, or...

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