Welcome to Vol 93 of The Spread!

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Exactly a week ago, I found myself basking in the glorious 35-degree sunshine of Houston, Texas, all dressed up for a family wedding. It was a dazzling display of Nigerian wedding traditions, seamlessly integrated into a contemporary celebration of love.

It was like watching a vibrant mosaic of cultures coming alive, making it an eye-opener for guests of different cultures. As I soaked in the joy and the colour, it struck me how vital it is to keep our cultural heritage alive and kicking for the generations to come. Just thought-provoking stuff amidst all the beautiful celebration! - A Note from Tola Alade, Founder

PS: Scroll to the bottom for a sneak preview of the wedding.

Now, on to the real peel...

⏳ Trivia Time

What is the name of the traditional Nigerian head tie worn by women, known for its elaborate and stylish appearance?

A) Dashiki
B) Gele
C) Buba

Scroll to the very bottom for the answer.

🧭 A Marmalade Guide To...

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5 Afrocentric Alcohol Brands You Should Know and Try

Are you tired of the same old boring drinks? Do you want to really switch up your cocktail game and give your taste buds the true African experience? Then look no further! We have handpicked 5 of the best Afrocentric alcohol brands that you need to know about. Whether you are looking for something new and different or just want to explore the flavours of Africa, these alcohol brands offer something for every kind of drinker. They each have their own unique style and flavour, guaranteed to elevate your drinking experience. So don't miss out on the opportunity to try something truly unique and enriching - explore the African alcohol brands and give your taste buds a truly unforgettable experience!

What We're...

📰 Reading: Asa's GQ Feature. With a compelling presence on stage and a Wide-ranging repertoire, Aṣa’s artistry embodies a diverse range of experiences, stemming from her multicultural heritage: Nigerian and French.

📺 Watching: Namaste Wahala on Netflix. A Nigerian cross-cultural romantic comedy film hailed as the first major collaboration between Bollywood and Nollywood.

🎧 Listening to: Afrobeats Songs Reimagined with AI. You won't believe what AI did to these Afrobeats songs. Which of the new versions did you like?

🎟️ Booking: COMMON GROUND 'A Pan-African Experience' - a celebration of African culture with amazing art, music, and insightful conversations.

👀 Eyeing: Kente Gentlemen on FRTWN. A clothing brand, with each piece tailored in unique style and contemporary design. The first name in Kente Gentlemen praises the Kente cloth, a landmark textile and cultural icon of Africa, originating from the Ashanti Kingdom, land of our forefathers.

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Trivia Answer: B) Gele
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