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#WeareWan17: Cynthia Kamalu is getting Married!



EbonyLife TV presenter Cynthia Kamalu is getting traditionally hitched this Saturday!

The bride to be shared her pre-wedding photos on her Instagram page, announcing her Igba Nkwu (Igbo, for wedding ceremony).

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Photo Credit: Instagram – @cynthiakamalu


  1. Asa

    October 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Igba Nkwu is not Igbo for wedding ceremony. Igba Nkwu means wine carrying ceremony aka Traditional Marriage. Congratulations Cynthia!

    • Igbo tradition

      October 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Yes, Igba nkwu means wine carrying ceremony.
      But it doesn’t mean traditional marriage.

      It is done merely to show the community that a man and woman are married. It is optional in Igbo tradition.

      The real traditional wedding ceremony in Igbo land is the ‘Ime ego’ (payment of bride price).
      Once a woman’s bride price has been paid by a man, they are married according to Igbo tradition, whether or not they do a wine carrying ceremony.

      A wine carrying ceremony cannot be done if the bride price has not been paid. Some people do it on the same day as the Ime ego (Ime ego in the morning, igbankwu in the afternoon) , some people do it months or years after the ime ego.

      The wine carrying ceremony is mere formality and is done by people who have money to spend.

    • Ada

      October 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks so much for the education Igbo Tradition!

  2. MercyI

    October 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Congratulations Dearies, Happy Married Life In Advance, Wishing You More Of God’s Grace, Blessings

  3. kkay

    October 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Congrats lovely couple.
    @ Igbo tradition you got it right until where you said wine carrying is mere formality.
    It differs from place to place – for some, there are other marriage rites attached to Igba Nkwu (wine carrying) especially to the bride’s father and kinsmen. It must not necessarily be ostentatious.

    In certain places those rites are done after bride price when the bride has gone to visit her prospective/new home. If the bride comes back with any objection to the marriage, her father and kinsmen would return the dowry/bride price annulling the marriage.
    There are places where bride price alone suffices.

    I have a friend who had to wait for her Dad to first do her mother’s wine carrying before hers could be done. It was flamboyant but the rites associated with wine carrying or honoring the lady’s father is what confers the right of ‘ownership’ of my friend and her siblings to her own father. Otherwise, they belong to her maternal grandfather and her own Dad could not give her away in marriage.
    That’s just their tradition. Nothing complicated about the rites just her Dad and his kinsmen going back to honour her mom’s father with a little feast pledging oneness and loyalty.

    • kkay

      October 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      It was *not* flamboyant.

    • Igbo tradition

      October 25, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      it is not the ‘wine carrying’ itself that signifies the validity of a marriage in Igbo land but the BRIDE PRICE. Bride price is king.

      you’re also contradicting yourself in your above statement. saying that if the woman went to her husband’s house after the payment of the bride price and is no longer interested in the marriage, the bride price is returned. This further proves that the bride price is the legal tender in Igbo marriages. Returning of the bride price is divorce in Igbo land.

      Also remember that bride price payment is what makes a man the legal father of a woman’s children in Igbo land. IE if a man impregnates a woman and fails to pay her bride price, the child officially belongs to the woman’s family.

      For people who don’t wish to do a huge igbankwu ceremony, the father of the bride still blesses the bride and groom during the ime ego ceremony.

      this is not a matter of google, Pls ask any well versed Igbo elder.

      congrats to Nnenna and Obi.

    • Lol

      October 25, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Those rites you’re talking about must have been part of the bride price. The bride price involves a very long list of money, clothes, animals, drinks and foodstuff. You have to settle the bride’s father, mother and each one of the kinsmen. Some places have ostentatious bride price, some places keep it simple.
      most likely your friend’s father did not pay it completely., that’s why he couldn’t claim the children and not necessarily because if the igbankwu proper.

  4. Olori

    October 25, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    She’s one of the more reserved “TV gals”. Don’t see her in events. They look so in love. God bless your union. HML. Congrats!!!

  5. Mamamia

    October 25, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Can we just congratulate this girl and move on up! One explanation of Igbo nkwu is enough please. Congrats Cynthia you seem like a great person.

    • Lol

      October 25, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      madam, if you don’t want to learn you can ignore the comments.

      When you see a misconception about your culture, it’s very important to correct it.

    • Mahka

      October 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      As in eh….all these over sabi people derailing the post…
      Congratulations Cynthia *friend in my head*…
      Igbo kwen nu, wu nu, zu nu….???

    • Osa

      October 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Mamamia.
      They have turned this thread to IGB 332. (Igbo marriage tradition). One comment by “igbo tradition” sufficed to edicate non igbos here.
      Congrats Cynthia and fiance.


    October 25, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    They’re a very cute couple. Cynthia has a good aura ☺. Congrats to them ?

  7. Angel

    October 25, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    congrats to the lovely couple…to those of us believing God., it shall happen quickly by His grace. Amen.

  8. Angel

    October 25, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    on another note. guys please I recently join the natural hair hair is very thick and voluminous. can anyone recommend good products to soften the hair and retain moisture. thanks for your help

    • Onika

      October 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      You jus dey start…thick and volumnious….my kind of hair….am just waiting till i hammer so i can visit natual hair salons…..thick hair….try wash and gos???…..i wish u all the best!

    • fabulous

      October 26, 2017 at 7:05 am

      I use Cantu shea butter for my thick & voluminous hair.

    • Damilola

      October 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Try shea butter, coconut, olive and castor oil. Don’t forget to use a bit of water too. Jamaican castor oil definitely helps to make your hair less frizzy and gives a smooth shine.
      If you want to try local Asian beauty store products, you can try the organic root stimulator brand especially the olive oil lotion.
      The thing is, what works for me doesn’t apply to everyone.

  9. Mahka

    October 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    As in eh….all these over sabi people derailing the post…one is enough
    Congratulations Cynthia *friend in my head*…
    Igbo kwen nu, wu nu, zu nu….???

  10. Elizabeth

    October 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I wish them nothing but happiness.

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