​At a traditional Nigerian wedding in St. John's, I finally saw my vibrant culture in my new home

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Esther Aina, second from right, was one of the traditional bridesmaids, also known as aso ebi ladies, for her friend’s Nigerian wedding ceremony in St. John’s. (John Gaudi/CBC)

This First Person column is written by Esther Aina, a linguist and educator living in St. John’s. For more information about CBC’s First Person stories, please see the FAQ. 

After spending over six years in Canada, I was recently transported back home to Nigeria as I took in the vibrant tapestry of my culture at a traditional Nigerian wedding in St. John’s.

It was a Saturday, and as a popular saying in Nigeria goes, “Saturdays are for

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