Cultural differences a bond for this couple, not a barrier

NEW TRADITIONS: Janine is  fed 'ntsonyama' by her father in-law Nimrod Mqulwana -
NEW TRADITIONS: Janine is fed ‘ntsonyama’ by her father in-law Nimrod Mqulwana –

Janine proud to be fully-fledged Xhosa bride

THEY say opposites attract, and in the case of Janine Hambury and Phumzile Mqulwana, their differences – she a coloured woman and he a Xhosa man – have bonded them for life.

When media practitioner Janine, 35, married trade developer Phumzile, 35, she knew she would be challenged, and on the second day of her traditional wedding in December, she realised she was now a fully-fledged Xhosa bride.

“Every relationship is different and before ours is an intercultural union, it is a union of two people who see love and fulfillment in each other, who have learnt from each other and marvelled at each other’s strengths, weaknesses and vulnerabilities,” Janine said.

“I participated in the traditional customs required of a new bride, being introduced to the Mqulwana family and ancestors, eating ‘nstonyama’ (part of a goat covered in gall and given only to the bride) and drank ‘amasi’ (sour milk). It wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined because the meat tasted like braaivleis and the amasi like dip,” Janine said.

-Nomazima Nkosi 

The happy couple share an imitate moment while the festivities of the day proceed
The happy couple share an imitate moment while the festivities of the day proceed
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