With my tagline #Theversatileemcee, I seek to explore more opportunities and embrace new challenges in events hosting, but little did I know that my versatility would soon be put to a test through an encounter with my latest couple, Sadiq and Najat.
Their Love Story: In 2014, Sadiq Abubakar Seidu, a young professional and graduate of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), met his lovely bride, Najat Yusif, then a student of the University of Ghana through a mutual friend. That was the begining of a beautiful friendship which has resulted in marriage after 3 years.
The Test: I had attended an Islamic marriage reception only once in 2013 and did not pay much attention to the proceedings.
But here I was, hired to officiate one on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Top Venue, Adenta. The couple initially prefered a Hausa-speaking MC and their planner had earlier called to ask if I could speak Hausa and it was a BIG NO. I knew that gig was not for me and I made attempts to recommend any colleague MC well versed in the language. However, after a phone conversation with the bride and a meeting with the groom and planner on Friday evening to finalize photography and video arrangements (https://www.facebook.com/PinholeXpressions/), I left the meeting grounds as a Co-MC for the big day. Then on Saturday night, the groom calls and says, “Raj you’re handling the show alone.” Wow! I don’t know what informed their decision; perhaps, the actualization of Steve Martin’s “be so good they can’t ignore you.”
It was a mixed feeling- I was excited because I had another opportunity to serve and do what I’m passionate about but I also thought of it as a challenge, considering that I was going to address a different kind of audience, the majority whose language I could not speak nor understand. I also had less than 24hours to get myself ready. But I was not puturbed. I said to myself “this is a test of your versatility….. Mz Raj, be yourself and give it your best shot!” Besides, “The will of God will never lead you to where His Grace cannot keep you”.
The day was finally here and interestingly, my perceived challenge was not insurmountable. I rocked the mic in confidence and style and it got easier and more fun working with a wonderful couple and audience who were very accommodating and easily moved with the flow. English and Akan (Twi) carried the day, but not without “As-Salaam-Alaikum” in my opening sentence. 😉
The beautiful thing about the reception was that, it had all the features of a standard wedding reception with a fusion of Islamic wedding traditions such as the frequent change of outfits accompanied by several dance moments by the couple. It was a learning experience for me; there was a lot of merrymaking and the sudden change in whether did not deter the couple, the guests and myself from turning up.
At the end of the day, it was very clear that indeed I had been put to a test, but I passed and resolved that I have not met my greatest challenge yet. By Grace, I get better everyday!
Photo Credit : Pinhole_Xpressions