How would you like to remember your wedding day? Across Africa, there’s an abundance of traditions and ceremonies to mark nuptials. In Kenya, one of the most mystical is the Masaai wedding. CCTV’s Robert Nagila managed to secure an invite.
It’s early morning, on the biggest day of Nasisia’s life. She’s just 17, but by the time the sun goes down she’ll take a new place in her community.
Masaai weddings remain a Kenyan traditionHow would you like to remember your wedding day? Across Africa, there's an abundance of traditions and ceremonies to mark nuptials. In Kenya, one of the most mystical is the Masaai wedding. CCTV's Robert Nagila managed to secure an invite.
It’s a bittersweet day. There are tears for the family she must leave behind. And Nasisia doesn’t yet know who is to be her partner in life. Her family has agreed who’ll she marry and the price of her hand, the dowry, in livestock.
There’s no doubt on her part, or her family’s. They’re following a tradition that stretches back long into history.
As with wedding ceremonies across Africa, the emphasis is on what the community can see. On the ritual of the newlyweds being together rather than just signing a document.
Here, the bride and groom arrive at the marital home to be welcomed with a traditional rite.
They come together, for the communal meal, a high point of traditional law.
It’s a long day. For the couple though, it’s unforgettable.
The ritual’s not over yet though. The groom’s friends will gather late in the night, to choose a new name for Nasisia.
And the bride will spend the next two nights with other girls before the couple are left together as man and wife.
An astonishing and unusual marriage ceremony, ensuring the Maasai tradition, stretching back centuries, lives on.