Nigerian fashion model and television Zainab Balogun recently shared a series of tweets challenging the notion of public marriage proposals. She makes a lot of sense. Read on and let us know what you think:
“I don’t understand the excitement and desire for public proposals. The hype and inconvenience for others is overwhelming for me personally.
I remember sitting through a public proposal at the cinema with @LAkintobi. My face the whole time…
We sat waiting 4 the movie to start only for pics of Tolu (bride 2 be) & her bobo flying across the screen. They had video cameras & lights
We sat right behind the babe so I was all up in their proposal video looking miffed. I just wanted 2 watch my movie.I didn’t pay for extra
Then their proposal finished and the movie started. Poor girl could no longer admire her ring. She had to keep quiet for 2hrs.
I’m just saying don’t interrupt my movie, my food or shopping when you’re proposing to your babe. We’re happy for you o. We just want peace
Let’s talk about the friends who scream and ring your ears during proposals. Can’t you people just pretend to be cool and calm?
In the midst of the madness you forget who the person being proposed to is with all her screaming mates. “I Kant beelive it. Am dead”
You’re dead because Bose is engaged? Then come the aunties. “Kunle ti gage Bose” They’ve what?
Public wedding and proposal is not by force. The further away it is and low-key, the better.
My wedding invitation list is very small. My mothers list is another thing. I personally know like 30 people.
If I don’t know your full government name and DOB, I’m sorry, you can’t come to my wedding.
If I can’t call you at 2am to cry and ask for help, I’m sorry, you can’t come to my wedding.
When I say “my wedding” I mean the white because you know the trad is property of my parents
Just because you invited me 2 your wedding doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll come to mine.I don’t like pressure.I still like you so we’re cool
These are my preferences o. I just don’t want anyone to be shocked when the time comes.”
Photo credit: Zainab Balogun FB Fan page
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