The real question that begs to be asked is if Lagosians, that is, the real Bling Lagosians; the “1 per cent of the 1 per cent” and all the other per cents can handle living without weekly Owambe?
I want to say no to this question with ginger. But to be honest; it is only a matter of time before Alhaja starts to advertise Quarantine Asoebi Lace 50k for six yards. Even me with all my health consciousness and secret anti-social tendencies might attend one just to feel alive again.
We can’t have it naw. Owambe must come back somehow.
However, a sobering reality is how hard this pandemic has hit the leisure industry. Ushers receiving pocket money from weekend gigs, catering services, event decorators, DJs and other players in the business; are really getting it rough. In 2017, a mobile toilet start-up company reported that weddings accounted for 40% of its revenue. It is anybody’s wonder what is happening to them now.
Couples that want to get married this year are choosing to go the virtual route.
It was in April that Pastor Bolaji Idowu, the lead pastor of Harvesters International Christian Centre; posted a picture of a marriage ceremony he officiated over Zoom. It was the first virtual wedding in the history of the church and in fact; the first of many. My close friend is getting married this weekend via the same Zoom. I can’t forgive him or the universe for denying me hot party Jollof.
Although Bisola Borha, the founder and creative director of Trendy Bee Elite Events says that things in the events industry have become very trying, there is a bright side.
Couples planning to get married can still have their ceremony but at moderate costs. Also, they can celebrate their special day with the people that truly matter the most. Vendors are available to make private fantasies come true. And party Jollof can even be delivered to whoever wants to join the party.
So it is a win-win, even without the accompanying Owambe.
As soon as international travel normalises, I expect that honeymoon destinations will enjoy a huge stream of guests. Because after saving good money from not hosting a Feed Nigeria project; couples can afford to take trips and to enjoy themselves before reality kicks in.
But after this bright side, there is nothing there again. The bottom line is Owambe must come back before something will spoil.