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Bridesmaids and groomsmen in Lagos, Nigeria  
Bridesmaids and groomsmen in Lagos, Nigeria

Best of 2014: Party like there's no tomorrow

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Africans love a big party. Whether it’s a birth, a graduation, an initiation, a new home, a wedding, a chief’s inauguration, or an engagement: for most of us these things call for a big celebration. Nigerians, in particular, like to go the full distance when it comes to ceremonies - sometimes even when the expenses will likely leave them bankrupt. In Yoruba, a local West African language, there’s a saying that ‘you’ll go into debt on the back of your guest.’ Do people throw these big parties just to show off their wealth? Or is there more to it?

In this week's edition of Speak UP! event managers analyse past events, and young Nigerians reflect on the choices that make peeople go the extra mile to organise a ceremony that will forever linger in people’s memories.

Speak UP! is an audio show in which young Africans discuss thorny social issues without pulling any punches. It is created by a selection of young hosts and producers in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, working in partnership with local media organizations and RNW. Each edition of Speak UP! provides YOU with a chance to express yourself – because everybody wants to be heard.

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