Kio Global

Countries in The Wedding Week: Nigeria
Google NG's 55th Nigeria Independence Day Graphic
On this, the 55th Nigerian Independence Day, let me share three reasons why The Wedding Week celebrates this nation's cultures among all the world's wedding traditions represented in the book.

Nigerian Yoruba wedding in The Wedding Week by Chimaechi Allan illustrated in collage
1. The CMYK Factor
The multi-coloured Nigerian wedding is becoming as iconic to our imaginations as the Chinese or Indian red weddings, and the English white wedding. In a picture book like The Wedding Week, any excuse to turn up the colour is fantastic! This presented collage illustrator Amber Cooper-Davies with an exciting brief to find patterned and textured papers of all colours to cut and layer for each scene and outfit.

2. Reflection Perfection

 Nigeria was the country in which Kio Global was born. In a pristine children's bookshop in busy commercial Lagos, Chimaechi Allan found zero books that reflected the local children and languages. Further, she found so many teachers who wanted more for their students, and would want to see their culture reflected in the curriculum. The Wedding Week was developed in partnership with teachers in Lagos, Nigeria and London, England, to 'marry' culture and the curriculum for a world-class classroom.

3. Rural and Urban
Concept art from The Wedding Week by Amber Cooper-Davies - Lagos cityscape

Like many cultures, the traditional Nigerian wedding often takes place in a rural setting. Drawing both rural and urban landscapes in The Wedding Week presented another great opportunity for the illustrator to create different backdrops, for children to see a variety of settings, and for rural readers to see their environment reflected. We couldn't pass up an opportunity to show the rich red of the untarmacked earth of Africa, and Lagos's new suspension bridge. What colour is the background where you are (green, grey, gold, red)? How many Lagos landmarks can you find in the story?

Many cultures and nations are represented in The Wedding Week - it's great to see Nigeria among them.

Written by Chimaechi Ochei — October 01, 2015

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