Ways through which a marriage partner is chosen in traditional African communities.

Ways through which a marriage partner is chosen in traditional African communities.

  • A relative/mediator/identifies a girl from  a family and suggested to the of the family of the young man.
  • Parents make the decision for children when still young.
  • Parents of the boy visits the parents of a girl to ask for her hand in marriage.
  • The young people could court and choose who to marry
  • The first wife chooses a girl for her husband.
  • The young man and his age-mates waylay a girl and take her away for marriage.
  • Bride-price could be paid to a family well in advance
  • A young girl can be given as gift to another family
  • Some exchange the girls from the two families.
  • One could inherit a brother’s wife
  • A young girl could be given a way of settling a dispute/replace one who had died/setting debts.

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