A Nigerian-Zimbabwean couple kicks off the springtime wedding season and ties the knot in SA
Springtime is wedding time all over the world, and in Jozi, Nigerian shop owner Patrick Uchehara and his gorgeous bride, Zimbabwean Hollygirl Ncube, were one of the first of the season to tie the knot, thanks to a community effort.
Nigerian residents of Orange Grove used the day to show unity with the couple and give them a party to remember.
Tailor Owa Solomon, president of the Nigerian Community Orange Grove organisation, designed their outfits. Their afterparty was hosted by a local Nigerianowned nightclub, and neighbours and businesspeople gave cash to the newlyweds as gifts in the Nigerian tradition.
Uchehara and Ncube, a hairdresser, met nine years ago when she went to buy sugar at his grocery store, next door to the salon where she works.
Solomon said this wedding, like many aspects of Nigerian life in South Africa, was a community effort. “Because most don’t have families in South Africa, we form communities everywhere. We donate books to Orange Grove Primary School; we help each other.
“Most of us are married to South African women. Patrick came to Johannesburg for work and found love as well.”
TRUE BLUE Nigerian
Patrick Uchehara and
his wife, Zimbabwean
Hollygirl Ncube, wore traditional Nigerian wedding outfits for their wedding at Maryvale
Catholic Church, off Louis Botha
Avenue, in Orange Grove. The outfits
were designed by Owa Solomon, a Nigerian tailor and president of the Nigerian Community Orange Grove
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