The Edo people are the ancient kwa language Benin-speaking ethnic groups who occupy South/Midwestern Nigeria now called the Edo state.
They are the descendants of the people who founded the ancient and mighty Benin Empire. The generic term ‘Edo’ therefore refers to these people who have shared historical origins as well as political and cultural similarities. These people are called the Edoid people.
However these days the Esan, the Afemai and others see themselves as the distinct ethnic group though they are all Edoif origin.
The Edo people pride themselves on their wealth of history and civilization. The arts of the Benin kingdom are a global brand. Benin artifacts are among the most exquisite and coveted in the world’s history which represents the earliest of civilization among blacks, specifically Africans
The Benin kingdom is the fourth earliest known civilization recorded by historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. The Edo people are not left out in their attire, especially when it comes to traditional attires, especially for marriage.
The rich culture of Edo state is evident in the beautiful, elaborate attire of the Edo bride. She is a showstopper, generously decked in coral beads on a backdrop of fabric. …The Edo bride is a queen who must have her crown- an intricately beaded piece of art called Okuku.
One of the key elements of the bride’s Edo dressing style is the beaded headpiece called the Okuku. Traditionally, the beads were sewn directly into the bride’s wedding updo, but today the Edo bride can accessorize her wedding look with a ready-made Okuku.
Edo traditional wedding beads are also included into nearly every element of the Edo traditional dressing for the bride: the beautiful bride wears bead as a bracelet, earrings, cape, clutch, anklets, and waist beads. That is why it’s impossible to overdo it with African beads when preparing the Edo attire for your wedding.
Edo male traditional attire is another important element of the ceremony: with the help of his Edo state traditional attire, the groom should demonstrate his unity with the bride. That is why, no matter which wedding style the groom goes for, his Edo male traditional attire should include coral beads, which are usually worn around the neck, on the hat, and as a bracelet.
Edo grooms also often accessorize their wedding looks with walking sticks that highlight their status. When it comes to preparing the Edo attire for their wedding, it is impossible to overdo it with African beads.
Article Written By Oluwakemi Kuforiji