In Nigeria, the biggest party fail anyone could ever conjure is to host a family celebration without Asoebi. In fact, any occasion, be it wedding party, birthday, graduation, Christening, house-warming or Owambe, without Asoebi is dead. Partying without Asoebi is akin to committing social hara-kiri; the party isn’t worth the I.V it is printed on. The shame is enough to make you skip town because you’re sure to be ostracized for life. That's how seriously Nigerians take our Asoebi tradition.

As fantastic as the idea of attending the typical party in Nigeria aka Owambe sounds, things could get from really great to bust real quick because there are far too many snafus (usually beyond the celebrant or party planner's control) to ruin things. No thanks to the quality of social amenities like erratic power that we're dubiously blessed with in these parts, our parties can't be perfect anytime soon, so we might do just well fool proofing ourselves against the many snafus trying to yank the fun out of the party experience for us.