The Efik tribe can be found in Cross River and Akwa Ibom States of Nigeria.
Idara sat quietly under the blazing sun, his hand on his chin, contemplating. For a brief moment he was alone in the world, alone with his thoughts as he considered the life-changing journey he was about to undertake. The magnificent beads on his wrist and neck hardly made a sound as he shifted position and sighed again as he waited for his partner who would embark on this journey with him. It had been two hours already, where was she for goodness sake? For a fleeting moment he considered that something might have happened to her and his heart skipped a beat at the prospect.
Uduak sat still in the cool room bustling with activity as women hurried in and out. In the past two hours she had been bathed, massaged with special herbs, dressed with expensive and exotic beads and fed with rich food twice. Her maternal auntie looked at her in apprehension.
When Uduak finally came out of the fattening house Idara’s jaw dropped in awe at the dazzling beauty. Skin as smooth and shiny as a new born baby’s, hips and waist so fat and supple, she was the epitome of beauty itself. Her full cheeks spread apart in a hypnotizing and contagious smile that revealed pure white teeth. Each movement of her rotund form displayed supple oscillating flesh that made Idara’s cheeks burn with desire. He knew she would add a lot of weight in the fattening house but he could never have imagined how beautiful her rotund form would be to him. All his doubts and fears melted away.
Here at last was his partner for his life’s journey. Here at last was his beautiful bride.