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Chimamanda can’t deal with the idea of bride price as a commercial transaction. She said this at a gathering themed, “An Evening with Chimamanda”, which focused on her two most recent books, “We Should All Be Feminists” and Dear Ijeawele.”
According to Chimamanda, her own father just took something “symbolic” during her traditional wedding.
“So what was done was that they dropped one kobo… Sorry 10 kobo… I think we should get rid of the whole idea of money in marriage, we are not selling anybody.”
“If you go back in history, the idea of marriage is different from what it is today. Yes, t. was bride price w. fundamentally you sort of give things to the bride’s family, but t. was also an exchange of gifts… and it was a bit more fluid.
“Now t. is commercialism to the whole idea that I really find disgusting. At the same time I’m a person who has a lot of respect for my culture. T.’s a lot about African culture that I find very beautiful.
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“I think it ruins things. Not just with the husband, but with the husband’s family; this feeling that ahn ahn, we paid now.”
We all know that the subject of bride price has been controversial for a while so we’re not surprised that Chimamanda Adichie is shaking that table. Do you agree with her?
Meanwhile, still on the topic of bride price, this is all you need to know about the Igbo bride price ceremony