Nollywood actress Rita Dominic wedded her sweetheart, Fidelis Anosike on 19 April this year in front numerous notable celebrities and guests in Owerri, Imo State.
The Imo native married an Anambra native with full blown Igbo tradition in force.
According to Premium Times NG, the couple met at the 2017 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). They have since kept it extremely low key until making their engagement announcement on 5th April, barely two weeks before their wedding.
The couple are said to be wedding amid speculation that the actress may be pregnant with her first child.
The 46 year old beauty in true bride fashion, getting her make-up and attire ready.
In true traditional Igbo style, Rita was dress in body fitted lace material that had skin coloured bodice for well fitted figure eight look. The dress was accessorised with authentic coral beads on the waist, neck, wrist, head and hair, and carries a horse tail.
Her brides maids were dress in green mix off shoulder dress with beads around their waist, wrist, neck and heads.
Arrival of the groom
While the bride got ready and took pictures, the groom, Fidelis and his family arrive to Rita Dominic’s compound (house).
The groom is dressed in white agbada with the infamous red Igbo cap, and majority of his family matches him in white.
The groom makes his entrance in grand style with his family, letting the bride’s family know that he has arrived. At this point, the bride is indoors (likely taking pictures and waiting eagerly to meet her new hubby).
Arrival of the bride
Once the groom has been received by the bride’s family, the bride, Rita, is called out. She and her entourage dances into the compound’s grounds.
Bride carries wine to find her husband
Following her arrival, Rita conducts the final ceremony rites which the Igbos call Igba Nkwu or “wine carrying”.
Rita is poured a drink by the elders which she must cover with her hand so flies or dust do not enter. She carries the wine to find her future husband, when she does, she gives him the drink, he drinks some and offers her the rest.
The couple are prayed for by the elders and they go off together greeting family members and guests.
On completion of this ritual, the afterparty (reception) begins and there is a change of outfit.
With all ritual concluded in Rita compound, guests are now waiting at the reception hall for her arrival in their ashoebi – a uniformed outfit usually selected as dress or colour of the ceremony.
Rita arrives to a welcoming hall in her second outfit of the day.
She is wearing silver laced in bead inspired orange garment accessories. One arm is beaded off-shoulder while the other has an exaggerated beautiful design. She matches her outfit with a hand fan, orange head-tie and jewelleries.
The couple have their first dance together.
They cut the cake
And the full blown party commences. It was dance, dance, dance
After the party, the bride is escorted from her family’s house to her husband’s house – usually the next day. Traditionally, she will be given pots, plates etc, all the equipment she will need to have as a wife in her husband’s house.
Rita is seen being escorted to her husband Fidelis’ house.