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What you need to know about Igbo traditional marriage

Igbo Traditonal Marriage

In Nigerian weddings, marriage is very important in Igbo (Ibo) culture and the traditional rites attached to the union aren’t taken lightly by families involved.

Conventional relational unions of these individuals from the southeast portion of Nigeria are considered exceptionally happy, colorful and are partitioned into four primary parts.


The four main parts of the traditional marriage

1. Marriage inquiry is known as ‘Iku aka’ or ‘Iju ese’

2. Seeking consent from the bride-to-be’s extended family known traditionally as ‘Umunna’


3. Bride price negotiation and payment is known as ‘Ime ego’

4. Wine-carrying ceremony by the bride known as ‘Igba Nkwu Nwanyi’ and ‘Idu Uno’


All these must be completed and the bride’s individuals must be fulfilled sometime recently the prep can take absent his modern spouse domestic.

1. Marriage inquiry known as ‘Iku aka’ or ‘Iju ese’

Tragically, convention doesn’t recognize the present-day kind of proposition where the man gets down on one knee and proposes to his sweetheart.


The primary step of the Igbo conventional wedding ceremonies is the prep going to the bride’s quick family went with by his father or the eldest part of his family in case his father perishes.

More often than not, they are implied to appear up purge given since ‘Iku aka’ or ‘Iju ese’ essentially implies ‘coming to thump or inquire’ but prep and his family are free to require a few hot drinks and kola nut as goodwill.


The groom’s father does the talking; he presents himself to the bride’s guardians or gatekeeper and clarifies the reason for his visit the authoritatively reports his son’s intrigued in the wedding of their girl.

The bride-to-be is at that point called out by her guardians and inquired in the event that she knows her suitor and would need to wed.


Her reaction at that point decides on the off chance that they would continue to tell the expanded family and the bride cost negotiation.

2. Seeking consent from the bride-to-be’s extended family known traditionally as Umunna

After the primary visit, the bride’s family starts examination on the groom’s family, they check their foundation and history (genetic ailments, terrible behaviors, separate, richness, etc. are all checked).


This examination decides the advance of the following assembly between both families as the bride’s individuals will at that point decide if the groom-to-be is sweet sufficient to require care of their girl and their future children.

It is additionally accepted that the groom’s family must have carried out a comparable examination earlier to the primary visit.


The following assembly will be between the groom’s family (they can be as many as 20 individuals) and the bride’s amplified family prevalently known as Umunna.

This assembly is vital since the groom’s individuals got to rehash they’re intrigued in the wedding from their family, they to begin with need to deliver the prep their assent and the bride gives the ultimate assent, dates for the conventional wedding will be set and bride cost list will be sent out. In Igboland, convention states


3. Bride price negotiation and payment known as ‘Ime ego’

After the moment visit and assent has been given by the bride’s expanded family, the groom’s family can presently continue with the bride cost arrangement and installment known customarily as ‘Ime self-image, the groom’s family inquire for the engagement blessings list, this contrasts somewhat from put to put in Igboland.

The cash paid for the bride’s cost is essentially little and can go for as moo as N30, it isn’t a sign of the bride’s worth. The additional blessings to be brought make up the bigger portion of the bride’s cost. The groom’s family at that point presents all they’ve bought to the bride’s family on a concurred date or on the day of the wine-carrying ceremony.


Ime’s inner self can be a frenzied handle between both families with a part of asking from the groom’s side and a part of bragging from the bride’s side. The bride’s family begins to list their daughter’s achievements and what the groom-to-be will pick up by wedding her. There are planning to be parcels of back and forward between both families till a set sum is come to.

4. Wine-carrying ceremony by the bride known as Igba Nkwu Nwanyi and Idu Uno

Usually the final and last ceremony done by the groom’s family.


After the date for the official wine carrying has been set, the ceremony is done at the bride’s domestic and her family plans a huge devour (depending on their pockets) for the groom’s family coming and welcomed visitors.

they moreover enlist a live band and possibly conventional artists to create the ceremony interesting.


Usually, the bride-to-be is dressed within the conventional Igbo wedding clothing which incorporate a pullover, a twofold wrapper, a ruddy coral dot accessory and a enormous head tie known as ‘Ichafu’ or a dot circular her head.

The groom is expected to be accompanied by a larger party this time (friends included) and bring along with him the bride price list. He must present the list along with the required gifts to the Umunna before the ceremony begins.


The highlight of Igba Nkwu Nwanyi is when the bride in public points out the man she wants to marry.

The bride’s father or eldest uncle (if her dad is deceased) prays traditionally for the bride, blessing her marriage in future, then he gives her a cup of palm wine (it is usually placed in a gourd) to find the man she intends to spend the rest of her life with.



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