Located in the southern part of Cross River State in Nigeria, the Efik bride sometimes goes through a fattening room where she is pampered and fed to ensure she looks good for her groom.
During the ceremony, items such as drinks and cash are presented by the groom to the bride’s family to indicate their intentions and appreciation. The marriage takes place the whole day with friends and families celebrating the new union.
The Efiks have a traditional wedding attire that is so unique from other cultures. The bride first wears Ofong Ukod Anwang, an attire which includes a knee length skirt, blouse (usually covering only the bust) with decorated beads.
The second attire is the Onyonyo, a big long flowing gown as shown in the photo above.
She also wears over the top hairpins and carries a decorated staff. The groom wears a white shirt with colourful wrappers known as the Usobo. He also puts on a beaded jacket, beaded shoes and a hat. He must not forget to hang a long piece of cloth (the Okpomkpomon) around his neck.