celebration Meet Alimamy and M’balu A s the saying goes particularly among journalists, a ‘picture paints a thousand words’. That is certainly true of the photographs you have been looking at, each of which captures a specific moment in time which is then literally frozen for ever. Those images of the happiest day of a couple’s life never grow old. The great thing about wedding photographs is that they capture the pomp, the pageantry, the posturing but above all the joy and happiness which mark that great day for posterity. 80 | Calabash Magazine | issue nine As a young boy growing up in Freetown and before the days when ‘tap to me-ism ‘became widely accepted, it was interesting to hear the remark by the older women when the groom was driving away with his new bride late in the evening of their wedding day; in Krio, this went something like: ‘di weddin don don, na now di mared bigin’ . This implies that the pomp and ceremony are over and the hard reality of living together as husband and wife commences.