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I’ve been to a palace. But not to a palace any: the Ilorin Emir Palace. And not in a day any: the day his daughter was married. With some students I’ve been admitted to the ceremony of reading the Koran.

At the second floor, between the jokes of her friends in the women area, in the company of ladies who count – judges, ministers, lawyers, scholars – the future princess waited for the procession of the powerful visiting the father being run. Each coming prostrated himself to the Emir and took place at a distance descending importance, the political right, religious and cultural authorities  left.

When the princess came down, a perfect silence came over the assembly: the bride had to read the Koran in the presence of the highest authorities. Once finished this first part, they all went to the Central Mosque, that is a few hundred meters, the genuine marriage being held the next day with a grand reception.

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