When did you and your hus­band meet?
N: I meet my hus­band through a friend/colleague in 2010. She had invit­ed me for a con­cert at her church. But since I did not have a means to go there and get back home (the venue was far from my place), she called a friend who lived in my neigh­bor­hood and who also went to her church to kind­ly pick me from home and take me back after the con­cert that day. The friend/church mem­ber picked me up and we hit it from there. We became good friends and by 2011 we dat­ed. In July 2012 he pro­posed.

When and where did you get mar­ried?
N: Dec 21st, 2012. Got mar­ried in Lagos, Nige­ria.

How was your big day?
N: It was a week­day wed­ding, the Fri­day before the Christ­mas week. We had three events to do that day: tra­di­tion­al wed­ding, church wed­ding & the wed­ding recep­tion, so it was a very busy day. I thank God it went well. Though it was a work day loads of peo­ple showed up and bright­ened the day for us. It was a sim­ple, ener­get­ic & col­or­ful wed­ding.


What was your process of decid­ing how to style your hair?
N: I want­ed some­thing dif­fer­ent from the “nor­mal bridal look”. I want­ed a cre­ative but sim­ple & classy look. So I thought it would be great to go nat­u­ral for my wed­ding day. Kept the ‘secret’ from a lot of peo­ple because I knew they’d try to dis­cour­age me. How­ev­er, my biggest fans and moral sup­port­ers were my hus­band (who LOVES my nat­u­ral hair), my sis­ter (who was my beau­ti­ful MOH) and my very good friend/sister, Chi­wun­ma aka Chewy (who was my nat­u­ral hair dresser). I didn’t have an idea of what I’d do that day but I trust­ed Chewy to do a good job, which she did!

How did you wear your hair?
N: The night before the wed­ding, Chewy con­di­tioned my hair with may­on­naise hair con­di­tion­er, braid­ed the side of my hair then twist­ed the remain­ing part. Then she added orig­i­nal coconut oil (real coconut oil extract­ed from coconut. No addi­tives) and left my hair to air dry over the night. The next day she loos­ened the twists and just packed it in a nice sim­ple style.

How did your family/husband/guests receive your hair at the wed­ding?
N: Well, when I hint­ed my mum about it she was a bit skep­ti­cal. But know­ing her daugh­ter, she just let me do my thing. Till date, I get peo­ple say­ing they loved my hair and that they had not seen any bride do some­thing like that. At the end of the day my fam­i­ly and guests received it with pos­i­tive “oohs” and “ahhhs”. Best of all, my hus­band LOVED it!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N: Check out my blog: peridotlady.blogspot.com

Pho­to Cred­it: God­win Abulele of  D-Xtreme Stu­dio

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You look great in short hair! I get the urge every cou­ple of years to go short then hate my life for like a year. I just don’t have the fereuats for it. My faves are Feb, May (cute shot) and now. You look great as a blonde and a red­head. It’s no fair!


Up Nai­ja! I absolute­ly love your style! I’m also going to style my nat­u­ral hair for my wed­ding and I want it huge.… as in step back…a lit­tle back…there kind of mas­sive! LOL!
I admire your courage to leave out your nat­u­ral hair. Nige­ri­ans believe nat­u­ral hair should not be seen but can be talked about.… when all top­ics has been exhaust­ed… smh!

Jo Somebody

Ok! Woah there with your gor­geous­ness! I love the mir­ror pic and the lady with the braid­ed high bun doing your hair, man, I love that bun!


I“m get­ting mar­ried soon and I don’t want to wear twists but that’s because I’m in the mil­i­tary and ALWAYS wear twists so I want to wear it out for once! LOL but any­ways, my point is that’s what Nnen­naya chose to wear for HER wed­ding day and might I say that she wore it beau­ti­ful­ly! Beau­ti­ful cou­ple, I love the hair, the col­ors, every­thing! Hell, AND I don’t think your hus­band has any prob­lems with his eye­sight, ya’ll look so hap­py. Stay blessed!


You look absolute­ly gor­geous, I am wear­ing my hair nat­u­ral, I flat iron often to keep it con­di­tioned, but go back to my nat­u­ral hair. I want to wear my hair nat­u­ral when I mar­ry. I love the corals and blue schemed col­ors, beau­ti­ful. May God bless you and your hus­band for life!


What a beau­ti­ful hair­style! I also love the turquoise & orange col­or scheme!


LOVELY!!! and you have a won­der­ful personality,you go girl!


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You looked good girl. Its inspi­ra­tional aha espe­cial­ly since I just did my big chop and am going nat­u­ral . Love Love Love your style


Oh, I want to see pic­tures of the tra­di­tion­al wed­ding and attire please. :)


Beau­ti­ful! Bless­ings to the new cou­ple.


Beau­ti­ful Bride and you have beau­ti­ful skin. May God bless you both and your union!


THE WHOLE WEDDING PARTY WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL! I real­ly like see­ing all those beau­ti­ful nat­u­rals! Her hair is just beau­ti­ful and ele­gant. So many ways to dress up nat­u­ral hair and show off its ver­sa­til­i­ty!
@vero77 your com­ments speak to your own lim­it­ed view of beau­ty. IF this is not for you then fine, but don’t put some­one down because you can’t see the beau­ty in this sim­ply ele­gant style. You real­ly should have kept that one to your­self!


yikes!! nah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dont like it!! i have nat­u­ral hair — but doing twists for my wed­ding!! is a no no — no way… 

not a flat­ter­ing look.…. its hor­rid — luck­i­ly her hus­band did­nt mind!! but his prob­a­bly blind!! 

mmmm ouch!!

just wan­na let every­one know do not copy this!!


Crawl back to where ever you are from. I have nev­er worn weaves before and have been con­sid­er­ing what to do when the “D” day comes. And I am absolute­ly doing this! I may­be be sev­en­teen but this is my choice of what to do and you can­not con­demn some­one else’s choice. Keep your mouth shut if you do not like it. No arti­fi­cial hair is bet­ter than a real African hair


you real­ize you come across as a com­plete ass­hole, right? But at least you got to share com­plete­ly use­less and non­con­struc­tive com­ment anony­mous­ly on the inter­net!


Shut up lulu…

This is MY con­struc­tive crit­i­cism — this is my view — Last time I looked I was enti­tled to give my own opin­ion now that includes my crit­i­cism should I feel it nec­es­sary. Now if you don’t like it — that’s your busi­ness — yeh. You also are hid­ing — trolling with­out your pic on the inter­net. Don’t come here and call me an arse hole — or I’m gonna find and you can kiss my arse- Aright!


No, this is not crit­i­cism. It is the bit­ter­ness of some­one that has nev­er been mar­ried. How can you call a new­ly wed’s hus­band blind. You are either psy­cho, suf­fer­ing from extreme jeal­ousy or sim­ply a bored and frus­trat­ed hater. take your bit­ter­ness else where she is not the cause of your sor­rows… may­be your atti­tude is mtcheeeew


this post was feb…??

i have moved on…

I dare u call me a psy­cho to my face … u lit­tle shit..
i’m gonna knock you out it wont be beau­ty in your eyes its gonna be stars!!


Hah. Tell me, if you were face to face with this wom­an and you were a car­ing friend, would you saw what you say EXACTLY what you said in your orig­i­nal com­ment? That it’s hor­rid hair­syle, that her husband’s prob­a­bly blind..etc? What if some­one said that to you when you were show­ing them your wed­ding pic­tures? See how you earned the a-hole title? Well, you prob­a­bly don’t want to because you think you can spout your opin­ions any­how with­out it not reveal­ing the type of spir­it you have and with­out hav­ing peo­ple react neg­a­tive­ly. Wel­come to real­i­ty.


Obvi­ous­ly a troller. Let’s do what every­one else is con­tin­u­ing to do.….IGNORE.….


Beau­ti­ful!!! You’ve inspired me to have an Sier­ra Leonean/Nigerian wed­ding! God bless you and your hus­band on your union!


Beau­ti­ful cou­ple and great hair!


pret­ty style! i wish you all the best


Wow, it’s very good to see a fel­low Nige­ri­an show­ing off her nat­u­ral hair! Very beau­ti­ful!




You look absolute­ly beau­ti­ful and have a cer­tain glow


Let me be the first…
…Beau­ti­ful! :)
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