20 Jun A Jewish wedding in Nigeria
Recently, the unique community of Lagos received guests from all over Nigeria who came to share in the simcha of the wedding of Eri Ben Avraham and Tamar Bat Eri. The Jewish community that the newlyweds belong to is the biggest one in the country and includes some 100 families that are only part of almost 4000 people of Nigeria, a minority within the Igbo ethnicity, who define themselves as the descendants of a lost tribe of Israel, yet not recognized by the Jewish state.
The wedding ceremony was held by one of the local leaders, the head of the Lagos community, and attracted guests from Abuja, Port Hercourt, Enugu, Imo, Abe, Anambra, Ebony, Dalata and other places. There are about 70 Jewish communities in Nigeria, founded at different times and under various circumstances, but this first Jewish community in Lagos has existed for more than 20 years. Most often, these places have at least one place of study or synagogue where they gather for daily and Shabbat services.
Shavei Israel congratulates the newlyweds and wishes them best of luck in building their home and enriching their Jewish identity.