The Bride Price is a kind of payment in the form of money, property, or other valuable asset that is made by or on behalf of a prospective husband to the bride’s family in certain cultures or societies before other marriage procedure takes place.
Some tribe in Africa collect cash as bride price like yoruba, Igbo in Nigeria etc, while other take cattle in replacement of cash like Kim Chakanetsa in Zimbabwe pays in cattle in replacement of cash and so many other means. . .
However, Igbos in Nigeria which many people allegedly regarded as one of the tribe in Nigeria that has the most expensive bride price due to the kind of expenses they make during their traditional wedding in the past and currently in some few villages in Igbo land. But generally Igbos bride price aren’t expensive as people thought, it’s just a misconception of others.
The rich Igbos like do their traditional wedding in expensive way, in the sense that many people always thought that their prices is as high as what is being displayed during traditional wedding.
However, Igbo bride price differs. In some villages, parents decides how much to collect from the groom less than the normal traditional price list. Example Some demands $1 I. e ₦380 or ₦100, while other Igbo family will refuse totally to collect any cash from the groom, saying that their daughter isn’t for sale or whatever.
While other thousand tribes in Africa still maintain their traditional lites in Nigeria which their bride price is about ₦5, 000 with other expenses bills from mother’s and father’s side, cash for the bringing and unveiling of the bride, cash for engagement listopening etc. Example, tribe like Pumza Fihlani in South Africa which their bride price is known as”lobola” where the groom’s family presents either money or cows or both to the bride’s family as a gesture of his willingness to marry her. So many other Africa tribes.
In clear sense Igbos bride price is even more affordable than other tribes in Africa in some part of Igbo states where you can simply marry without making too much expenses in buying or paying a compulsory dowry demanded before taking their daughter as your wife.