Sunday, December 1st 2013 – At 6 pm, we were at the Felix Houphouet Boigny International Airport of Abidjan, struggling to make sure that we would not exceed the 40Kgs luggage weight allowed on the Senegal Airlines flight n° DN 052 to Dakar. This was my second trip to the land of the Teranga and I was looking forward to have a more amazing experience. The series of posts on my Senegalese experiences are found here.
I was traveling to Dakar to meet Irène’s parents for a special rendez-vous known as knock-door in most African cultures. The first of a series of events. You will understand why. Read on.
After flying for 2h45mn, the flight arrived and at the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport of Dakar. On the spot, I obtained my entry visa in less than 30mn. I found the visa facilities awesome as it is faster to obtain the entry document there compared to applying though a consulate.
On Thursday, December 5 at 6:30pm, my family and I were at the door step of Irene’s house. Her mom opened and welcomed us in. We were a delegation of 3 men. After presentations and sipping of drinks, we landed and revealed the reason of our presence. We were highly welcomed in a typical African context. However, since we couldn’t ravel with it, palm wine was the missing piece of the convivial meeting we had.
I remember her family asked me if I know the person I was looking for. My reply was without a drop of doubt. She’s the one who captured my attention. How can I not know her?
At her parent’s call, she came to the living room. While standing, she confirmed knowing me, my intention and most of all, she confirmed our wish to get engaged.
Now the door was widely and warmly opened, and Irène’s “yes” unlocked the way to the next stage of the entire #alpha2.18/24 project. In due time, more about the traditional wedding will be on this site.
We gave thanks and we continue to give thanks to God for what He’s doing and for what He will do in our life. To the Almighty God be the glory forever in Jesus’ name.
More about kola nuts
Kola nuts play an important role in African weddings. The nut, which is used for medicinal purposes in Africa, represents the couple’s (and their families’) willingness to always help heal each other. In Nigeria, the ceremony is not complete until a kola nut is shared between the couple and their parents. Among African Muslims the nut is also a symbol of fertility, and is exchanged with family members during the engagement celebration. Many African-American couples incorporate the sharing of a kola nut into their ceremonies, and then keep the nut in their home afterwards as a reminder to always work at healing any problems they encounter.