The timeline of the traditional wedding
2:45. Igbo traditional marriage rites commences with negotiation of bride price. (Paul Okoye is from Ifite Dunu Akwa in Dunukofia LGA of Anambra state while the bride hails from Ogwuma, Oguta, Imo State).
3:28. Introduction of guests by the MC, Julius Agwu. Julius’ co-anchor was Nze Ugboma Gerald.
3:29. Bride steps in with traditional dance.
3:35. Bride searches for her husband.
3:39. Finds the groom.
3:57. KCee performs.
4:40. More introduction of guests.
4:42. Anita gives Paul wine to conclude the first stage of the traditional marriage rites.
4:44. Groom’s uncle advices the bride and groom and prays for them.
5:09. Music. music and music
5:38. The official band ends performances.
4:51. Couple’s first dance.
5:42. Last dance of the couple. Band performs Flavour’s Ada Ada as bride kneels to feed groom.
5:48. Couple back to dancing floor with Ada Ada.
Solid star kicks off back to back performances by more music stars.
5:55. Paul performs.
6:00. Toast proposed by Keke Ogungbe.
6:15. Bride’s age grade on stage with bride.
6:15. Pop musical duo, Bracket continued more performance.
6:15. D’Banj still in charge.
6:24. P-Square thrill with all their popular songs, including their yet- to-be released love song, Sari Sari. They are later joined by other music stars.
6:27. Phyno sets the stage on fire.
6:38. Sound Sultan takes over with popular song, Natural Something.
6:48. J.Martins performing with vigour.
6:56. Koko master, D’Banj lights up the stage.
7:02. R n B king, Banky W entertains.
7:40. Julius Agwu introduces comedian Okey Bakassi who is happy that entertainers are now being accorded their due respect. He says, it wasn’t like that about 20 years ago.
7:45. Her Excellency, Mrs. Obioma Imoke pleads with P-Square to perform Onyinye for the bride and they oblige.
8:05. DJ Stramborella takes over as P-Square and their artiste friends entertain for an hour to round off the traditional wedding party at about 9pm.
-STORIES AND INTERVIEWS BY UCHE OLEHI AND RASHEED ABUBAKAR,PICTURES BY GODWIN ONYEMAECHI