Here are photos from the virgin girl ceremony held in Ogu town, Rivers state on Saturday, December 3. Iria ceremony is a Wakirike tradition where a teenager must go through before giving out for marriage.
According to reports, the tradition has been practiced ever since, before ever a girl child is given out, this is a task that her parents will do then as a grown-up girl, she can then be free for any man to have her in marriage. The Chiefs will bless them and give them gift during this event for encouragement.
They elders critically screened the girls as culture demands; the correct traditional dressing, moving style in steps, height, skin appearance, hair style etc… but be in line with the tradition.