Many women dream of having a big wedding and making that grand entrance with friends and relatives ululating and putting zambia cloths (kanga) for you to step on. You will be the centre of attention on that special day and everyone will be dancing and celebrating the day with you.
My name is Naume Mubure Ndlovu. Lobola (dowry) was paid for me and wedding dates were set for me and my love to tie the knot.
The corona virus was all over the news, though it was in the western countries killing hundreds of people a day. I never thought that it would ever come to my beloved country Zimbabwe.
When the pandemic came to our neighbouring country South Africa, fear gripped us and chances of it spreading to Zimbabwe were now very high. This did not stop us from preparing for the wedding.
In March, one case of a COVID-19 positive patient was reported in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and the president of our country announced a 21-day total lockdown. Borders were closed, and we could not buy things for the wedding which were cheaper in South Africa.
Friends and relatives had pledged to assist in the wedding preparations, but everyone was now at home and not going to work. After 21 days of lockdown, 14 days were added and another 14 days. Gatherings were limited to 50 people, and for a moment, I lost all hope in ever tying the knot.
Since it was the first wedding in my family, every member was so excited about it, but because of the corona virus, the excitement was no longer there. Most friends and relatives advised us to postpone and have a wedding later when COVID-19 has completely disappeared.
I almost considered postponing, but my husband would tell me that God is in control. I remember having some arguments with family when they tried to convince me to postpone and I was now confused. People came through with different advice which resulted in more confusion.
My wedding was planned in exactly three days, and the outcome was so beautiful. We had to change the venue because the place we had initially booked told us to set another date since they had not yet renovated due to the lockdown.
One God-sent man, Mr. Tarubinga, offered us his homestead to have a small wedding with less than 50 people. The wedding committee members assisted with their money for the wedding to be a success. It was a very small and intimate wedding. There was social distancing and sanitizers at the gate and on tables.
The wedding made me realize that a wedding should not always be big. As long as God is in it, everything works out for the good. We tied the knot on the set date with a few family members and friends.
Now I am Mrs. Ndlovu, married to a great man of God, Pastor Ndlovu. We should always work with the little that we have and trust that it will be beautiful as long as God is in it.