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Bride price reduction: See list of items man asked to bring before marriage in Benue (PHOTO)

Written By Idoma Television on Friday, July 28, 2017 | 3:00:00 AM

By Linus Hagher

Just last week, the issue of moderating or regulating the expenses on dowry and traditional marriage in Tivland came up and as usual, it generated mixed reactions.

Now, a young graduate who teaches in a private secondary school wants to marry from one community in Zone "A". His monthly salary is #75,000.
The prospective in-laws told him to bring five jerry cans of palm oil, one goat, two cartons of beer, two crates of soft drinks and eight thousand naira before he would be given the list of items to buy and pay for.

He obliged and they have given him a list of one point five million naira. This excludes other logistic and miscellaneous expenses he may incur during the traditional marriage. We are even yet to talk about Church wedding which some ladies insist on before stepping their feet in a man's house.

Even the guy's entire salary for thirty months cannot foot the bills before him. They must continue with their life after marriage. Funny enough, this lady is a student.

I deliberately refused to mention the name of the man, lady and families involved because it is not really about them. It is about us. We have to condemn such developments in Tiv land. You may say "or maa wan na ior mbera ga". But life is a circle. Today it is that poor young man. Tomorrow, it will definitely not be him.

"Shin kem gema been ken tar Tiv ase"? Shi mde ve.


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