Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2016)
African Indigenous people Culture, literature andrnArts with special reference to Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price, The Slave Girlrnand The Joys of Motherhood
Author(s): G. Sankar, K. Jaya, Dr. Neha Jain
Abstract: The social institution of marriage and thernculture of paying bride price are interlinked and form an important part in thernlives of African men and women. Like other communities, the African society hasrnits own series of events that takes place before and after marriage such as thernhunting of bride by going to the prospective bride’s hut before marriage andrnthe inheritance of a widow and her family by the brother-in-law after the deathrnof the husband. The traditional society of Africa strictly follows the culturernof paying “bride price” by the groom’s family failing to which consequentlyrnlead to the death of the bride in her first childbirth. The African men andrnwomen strongly hold this belief no matter how modern the society has become inrnorder to avoid death. In the light of these social practices and taboosrnprevalent in the African society, the paper is an attempt to analyse thernreflection of the African system of marriage and the very culture of payingrnbride price in Buchi Emecheta’s novel The Bride Price, The Slave Girl andrnThe Joys of Motherhood.