Five Wedding Meals in Nigeria

The Nigerian Wedding Starter Pack; 5 Must-Meals at a Nigerian Wedding

Umu Nigeria, kwenu!

I love Nigeria. It is a land filled with diverse cultures and delicious meals. It is also a land filled with people who love to show off in the midst of poverty and party like it is 1999. Perhaps, it is only in this country that you will see a couple with less than a hundred thousand naira in their individual accounts borrowing to plan a Bellanaija wedding. Oh, don’t forget the pre-wedding, post wedding, marriage, post marriage, pregnancy and post pregnancy pictures. The Nigerian ‘Bellanaija bride’ must take all these pictures to #pepperdem!

If there is a thing Nigerians don’t joke with at a wedding, it is food. Nigerians have a loving relationship with food. There are “must serves” in any Nigerian wedding, whether rich or poor. No matter how broke you are or no matter how ‘boxed” people think you are, if you do not serve these meals at your wedding that means you will stay till the end of that wedding reception alone. Nobody has time for hunger, abeg! So before you plan that wedding, be sure to include these meals in your wedding menu to avoid seeing these kind of headlines: “Outrage as Nigerian couple weds without jollof rice”

A word is enough for the wise. Ngwa, let me show you the way:

Small chops

This is a MUST have at any Nigerian wedding. Small chops consist of finger foods like puff puff, samosa, dodo puffs (ogede mossa), gizzard and turkey (optional). Who says finger food isn’t filling? They obviously haven’t eaten small chops at a Nigerian wedding! With the amount of puff puff contained in those small packs, all you need to do is make sure you get a pack, though it is highly unusual that the aunty who attends every wedding with a big bag would be content with one. Wash the contents down with any soft drink of your choice and wait for round two. After all, they called you to come and eat.

Jollof and Fried Rice

Jollof rice is the ever present visitor at occasions. Fried rice is also called jollof rice with masters. There is something about the lemon color of fried rice that causes people to go crazy at weddings. You can be pardoned for removing the turkey in the pack of small chops but removing jollof or fried rice from your menu is unforgivable. Make sure your fried rice is properly garnished with liver and sweet corn and your jollof rice smells like party rice.

Bitter leaf soup and Semo

Ah…food for strong men and women.

Am I the only one who fantasizes about the layers and sub layers of pomo and beef in properly cooked bitter leaf soup? Or the tantalizing obstructions called stockfish? See eh, if you want a peaceful wedding; without fights, hitches or glitches, bitter leaf soup is a MUST and a proud member of the Nigerian wedding food starter pack.

Pepper Soup and Eko

This one is for rich men. You know those potbellied men they call to the high table with fifteen titles before they finally call their names? Something like “Let’s welcome to the high table; High Chief Prof Dr. Mr. Chief Mazi Okenwa Okonkwo, gburugburu 1 of ebeniile…” This pepper soup and eko (agidi) is what you bring out for them after the gbogboero people must have used small chops to stuff their bags.  Whether it is goat meat pepper soup or cow meat pepper soup, you are in for a treat with this tasty meal.


Asaro is also known as yam porridge.  This is optional but in most Yoruba weddings, it is beginning to become a constant. Asaro is highly nutritious and delicious if well prepared. While some cooks have been known to spice theirs with tomatoes, its core ingredients are yam, pepper, palm oil and any fish of your choice. Serve this at your wedding and watch people talk about it for days. This meal is not for those who bring empty envelops to weddings, sha.

Who else thinks that the gifts should determine the size of meat at weddings? Don’t crucify me but I do.

With these meals, you can’t go wrong. You can be forgiven if you skip one but skipping two or more is not advisable because there is anger in the land.

I have said my own!


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