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In this blog post, we bring you the beautiful cultural wedding ceremony (kwanjula) of Efraim Kalinda and Hamidah Nabakka Shamilah which took place at Hamidah’s parents’ residence in Mukono.
Right after their arrival, Efraim and a select few of his entourage went right into Hamidah’s parents’ house for the basic session of kwanula: to be accepted and born into this home.
Once that important session was done, the guests were served a scrumptious cultural meal of luwombo as were all the other guests. This is always a good gesture from the hosts as it calms the visitors’ anxiety and puts a smile on their faces.
Right after lunch, Senga (Hamidah’s aunt) led Efraim and his team out of the house to join the rest of the guests and proceed with celebrations.
As guests settled in, various members of Hamidah’s family including her siblings, aunts, and friends proceeded to entertained guests as she prepared for her grand appearance.
They say your first appearance creates a lasting impression. For her first, the excited bride indeed created a lasting impression. She wore a unique blue gomesi with golden embroidery and placed it with a matching golden sash and just the right accessories. Efraim and his best man wore matching white kanzus and grey jackets.
Hamidah’s choice of color beautifully matched with her reception décor of purple and lilac.
She was later joined by one of Uganda’s leading musicians, Maureen Nantume, who got the crowd fired up as she led her to her groom’s seat and later to her gazebo. Nantume gave Hamidah a run for her money with a great job entertaining the guests and leading Hamidah through her first appearance session.
As Hamidah went to change for the gifts session, Efraim’s team started ferrying the hundreds of gifts they had brought for her parents. Hamidah definitely has a fantastic sense of style. She returned in yet another beautiful and unique grey layered gomesi with pearl and silver embroidery and placed it with a stylish white sash. This is one of those unique nude colors that many brides fear to wear yet they are currently some of the most trending bridal wear colors.
For the ring session, Hamidah changed into a dusty rose layered gomesi with a white sash.
All her gomesis were designed by Kushona designs, one of Kampala’s top gomesi designers.
To cut the cake, she spiced things up by changing into a long mermaid red dress with golden embroidery.
However, she was not through with her traditional attire, she again changed into a black shimmery gomesi with a red sash for the kabbo kamuwala session. This is the session in which the bride thanks her fiancée for accepting to be introduced to her parents. She then gives him a goodbye gift (kabbo kamuwala) until he comes back for her – which will be the official white wedding.