In the past two months, I have received three invitations to attend a traditional marriage of an Igbo man and woman here at Abuja. I missed the other two but attended the one today at a hotel hall. It looks like a wedding reception. Everything went on fine and the items on the lists were monetized. I asked the brother to the bride their reasons for choosing Abuja , he told me that their area in Anambra was under a seige of the unknown gun men.

He bitterly complained that twice that they tried the traditional marriage, they aborted because UGM demanded 5 million from them. It has been confirmed by many now that in some parts of Imo and Anambra states, that you will pay “the boys in the forest ” heavy levy before you can bury someone or have any social event.
Indeed, we live in an interesting time as Igbos

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