Reasons why divorce is rare in traditional African communities

  • Marriage is permanent/highly valued
  • There is investigation concerning the families to be involved in the marriages/courtship allowed in some communities
  • Many people are involved in marriage negotiations
  • The wife belongs to both the husband and the wider community
  • Payment of dowry/getting children seal the marriage.
  • Elaborate marriage procedures/ritual make it difficult for one to divorce
  • Fear of paying fines/returning bride wealth in case of divorce/lose of dignity
  • Marriage disputes are handled by the parents /elders
  • In case of bareness/impotence an alternative is sought e.g polygamy
  • Boys/girls are taught about sex family life
  • Gender roles are clearly observed.
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