White Wedding in Itsoseng #1: Intro

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Santeri and Tsholofelo
Santeri and Tsholofelo

On January 17, Santeri Armas Potticary, a Finnish American who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tsholofelo Gladness Molale, of Itsoseng, North West, South Africa, celebrated their marriage in the home town of the bride, following the Tswana customs as currently practiced.

As long time close friends of the family, we were invited.  We saw it as a unique opportunity, and enthusiastically accepted.  Since Santeri’s uncle was unable to get off from teaching school during that time, I got the opportunity to serve as honorary uncle, representing the family in the Magadi (more about that later).

Only the groom was white, but people in Itsoseng called it the “white wedding”.  It was the first such wedding celebrated in this black township, which had been established during Apartheid. Symbolically, it was an important event for many in the community.

For us, it was a unique opportunity to encounter…

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