As a lover of African Prints, it was inevitable that I would fall in love with this pink print fabric the minute I saw it. I got this fabric while in Namanga early this year in preparation for my friend’s Ayie Ceremony. In a nutshell, Ayie is basically one of the traditional ceremonies in the Luo Culture where the groom-to-be accompanied by his family and friends (all male) visit the girl’s home to ask for her hand in marriage. This request is made to the most special person of this ceremony, i.e. the girl’s mother. She has to “yie” which means “to accept” and when she does so, the groom-to-be is now given the go-ahead to bring the dowry in a separate function called the “nyombo“. As I write this, this is yet to happen in my relationship but I definitely look forward to how this will go. I’d love to know how you do it in your culture, mind sharing? 

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