Love

A Nige­rian-Zim­bab­wean cou­ple kicks off the spring­time wed­ding sea­son and ties the knot in SA

CityPress - - News - LEON SADIKI leon.sadiki@city­press.co.za

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.”

PHOTOS: LEON SADIKI

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

or­gan­i­sa­tion

FAVOURITE

FOOD A Nige­rian dish called Jollof rice is

pre­pared

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