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Hausa weddings traditionally last three days. They start with the “kamu” which is a ceremony of “initiation” into the rights of marriage. The bride and her friends adorn their hands with lalle or henna.

The second day is for Yini – which is a traditional gathering of family, friends and well-wishers at the brode’s family home.

Finally comes the “daurin aure” or wedding Fatiha. Here the groom’s family pay dowry for the bride. Special Islamic prayers are said. This is followed by Walima or Party. The rest, as they say, is history!

Credit: Leena, the bride