The Bride Price

  • Title: The Bride Price
  • Author: Buchi Emecheta
  • ISBN: 9780807609514
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bride Price A Nigerian girl is allowed to finish her education because a diploma will enhance her bride price but she then rebels against traditional marriage customs
    A Nigerian girl is allowed to finish her education because a diploma will enhance her bride price, but she then rebels against traditional marriage customs.

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    About Buchi Emecheta


    1. Buchi Emecheta OBE was a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second Class Citizen 1974 , The Bride Price 1976 , The Slave Girl 1977 and The Joys of Motherhood 1979 Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education have won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the British Empire in 2005 Emecheta once described her stories as stories of the world where women face the universal problems of poverty and oppression, and the longer they stay, no matter where they have come from originally, the the problems become identical From 1965 to 1969, Emecheta worked as a library officer for the British Museum in London From 1969 to 1976 she was a youth worker and sociologist for the Inner London Education Authority, and from 1976 to 1978 she was a community worker.Following her success as an author, Emecheta travelled widely as a visiting professor and lecturer From 1972 to 1979 she visited several American universities, including Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.From 1980 to 1981, she was senior resident fellow and visiting professor of English, University of Calabar, Nigeria In 1982 she lectured at Yale University, and the University of London, as well as holding a fellowship at the University of London in 1986.From 1982 to 1983 Buchi Emecheta, together with her journalist son Sylvester, ran the Ogwugwu Afor Publishing Company from


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    1. This is my second from Emecheta, after her The Joys of Motherhood having left an unfortunate taste in my mouth; chamomile, not Earl=Grey. But this was already on my shelf, and short, so I thought I'd give it a go. Expecting to leave off after 30 or 50 pages. But it turns out that it worked well for an enjoyable afternoon reading ; not for it's content of course, harrowing as that is, but just the right book for the right mood. Still far too much explaining going on for my preferences, leaving me [...]

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    2. Aku-nna's father dies when she is thirteen-years-old. Her mother, Ma Blackie, is forced by economic circumstances to leave their close community of supportive relatives in Lagos, and move back to her village in Ibuza with Aku-nna and eleven-year-old Nna-nndo. Following tradition, Ma Blackie becomes the fourth wife of her deceased husband's brother, Okonkwo. Ma Blackie has some money set aside for Aku-nna to finish her schooling, and Okonkwo agrees, only because an educated girl will fetch a high [...]

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    3. Aku-nna knew that she was too insignificant to be regarded as a blessing to this unfortunate marriage. Not only was she a girl but she was much too thin for the approval of her parents, who would rather have a strong and plump little girl for a daughter. Aku-nna just would not put on weight, and this made her look as if she was being starved; but she simply had not the kind of healthy appetite her brother Nna-nndo had. And that was not the end off the disgrace she was showering on her family. If [...]

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    4. Had I not been chosen to read this book for Global Literature, I don't think I would've picked up this book and read it. However, I'm glad that I got the chance to read this book to inform myself of Nigerian tradition and to change my perspective of Africa. This book starts off with the protagonist Aku-nna, and her brother Nna-ndo who face the death of their father. Because of tradition, they are forced to move with their mother, Ma Blackie, to Lagos in order for her mother to remarry the uncle. [...]

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    5. 3.5 stars if I could give half stars and I liked it enough to grab another book of hers called Double Yoke I saw at my library today. I like to go back into the past to a place I've never been but can see in my minds eye. Ibuza, a village of Ibo people with their customs and ways with many of their youth moving at that time to Lagos looking for work. I like to hear about the old customs and their new ways, how their worship of the ancestors mixes with Christianity to create a new altogether bril [...]

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    6. I look forward to reading more of Buchi Emecheta's works in the future even though this novel had some difficult and disturbing episodes.When The Bride Price begins, Aku-nna the character which the story centers around, is a pretty, young, and fragile school girl living in Lagos, Nigeria with her parents and younger brother. It's the 1950s and things are changing in the city where people are blending both Western culture and their own traditions together. After her father's sudden death, Aku-nna [...]

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    7. The book is very interesting with various views of female power in a traditional society in particular, but if you have the edition with Marie Umeh's foreword, it really should be an afterword - it summarises the entire plot including the very ending.

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    8. Having a daughter marry someone for a price is almost the same as selling her. According to the book, The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta, Aku-nna, a young teenager, was forced to marry someone of her uncle, Okonkwo’s choice. Aku-nna fights fate and cultural customs to be with the one she desires. This story shows how females in a society must feel as if they are under the men. The readers learn about how in the African society, the males use women to benefit themselves, traditions play a big pa [...]

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    9. Review originally written for my blogSo, this is the second of Buchi Emecheta’s books that I’ve now read and this one was also fantastic. It’s set during the 50’s in Nigeria starting in Lagos then moving to Ibuza and looks at the customs surrounding marriage.The book starts with the death of Aku-nna’s father due to an foot injury he sustained during the war. This means that his family can no longer afford to live in Lagos and so they all return to Ibuza to life with her uncle. Aku-nna [...]

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    10. This book is a about a traditional young ibo girl named Aku-nna living in Nigeria. Her family is very traditional so she follows all rituals and beliefs. Unfortuanetly this young girl faced the tragedy of losing her father who is the head of the family at a young age. She was very close with him and thsi was a traumatizing experience for her because she was forced to move out of the town she has lived in her whole life to live with her cousins. Her mother is forced to marry her uncle because it [...]

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    11. The Bride Price the protagonist, Aku-nna who lives in this period of time followed these old traditions and wasn’t able to make her own decision on her own marriage. “Aku-nna on her part was determined not to let her father down. She was going to marry well, a rich man of whom her father would approve and who wouldn’t be able to afford an expensive bride price” (Emecheta, 10). This quote clearly explains that young women are determined to marry someone rich, so they can afford expensive [...]

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    12. I first read Buchi's work a couple years ago in a lit class ("The Family"). I loved that novel and I loved this one."The Bride Price" focuses on how cultural traditions of treating women as property harm not only the women in question, but the entire society. The story is about Aku-nna, a young girl who falls in love with a man her uncle (and designated male guardian) will not accept. The story is tragic and sobering because along the way we learn of all the ways in which Nigerian women can be m [...]

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    13. africanbookaddict.wordpressI enjoyed it more towards the end! Great, great novel. Sad. But very great.

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    14. This story is one of my personal favorite. From this story, I learn about African culture and many others.

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    15. Buchi Emecheta is a mother figure to a substantial group of African women who are currently writing the most interesting and powerful fiction in English--and possibly several other languages. The Bride Price is a jump into the deep end of Igbo culture and beliefs, especially around women and marriage. There are many, many layers: the split between rural village life and city life (specifically, Lagos); the split between the educated and illiterate; very odd class distinctions (descendants of sla [...]

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    16. I so enjoy book about another culture! At some point I could even identify with some of the customs described here. This book reminded me of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives which made me laugh out loud.The Bride Price cracked me a few laughs too. I was definitely cracking up with the scene at the funeral!Full of superstitions this is another book that takes inside the world of Nigerian culture. At 15, Aku-nna is waiting to be given in marriage to the man who pays the higher bride price. Th [...]

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    17. This is a hauntingly beautiful love story set in the late colonial period in Nigeria. Emecheta’s simple yet elegant writing style makes this text easily accessible to any reader. She also aids the non-African reader with explanations of cultural nuances. It moves fast and will keep the reader engaged. If you’ve read her more famous novel The Joys of Motherhood, I highly recommend this one.

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    18. I think this was a very interesting book because it showcases the customs of Nigerian people within this girl's life. You learn so much aboug what's like to be a girl in that region and how difficult it must be to live under all of these unknown traditionsI found the finale a little bit sad but it's a great book specially if you want to learn more about other cultures in a very simple way.

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    19. Written for a non-Nigerian audience so there is a lot of explaining (justifying?) of how things in Emecheta's culture work rather than just telling the story and allowing the cultural aspects to show through. I really enjoyed the story and cultural insights but found the writing style tiresome.

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    20. So adorable book

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    21. "Always remember that you are mine." - Ezekiel Odia to his kids; Aku-nna and Nna-nndo

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    22. Her writing is clear, poetic, compelling. History and culture through a woman's eyes.

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    23. What a sad ending to a beautiful love story, this story really touched my heart the way the young man loved this girl and circumstances worked against them. Sad that she had to die in childbirth

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    24. I was assigned to read this book for class. It is a coming of age story that is very eye opening to different cultures.

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    25. This is also a heart breaking story from Buchi Emecheta, actually from her own experience of agony she faced and she expected her own life to be happy but it was not. In first place she wrote the story with happy ending but after her husband burned her story, she wrote again with a heart breaking epilogue. I really cried in the last chapter. It is odd that it ends like this. Of course, Aku-nna died because of malnutrition while giving childbirth. But her story was spread as superstitions to fetc [...]

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    26. 'The Bride Pride' by Buchi Emecheta was a book that actually sparked my interest from the first page all the was until the last and held it by using unexpected details to the story that were minor yet could change the whole story. In this book, the author uses Aku-nna and her life as a way to portrait Nigerian customs and values. This definitely helped keep me very interested throughout the whole book because I learned so much about a way of life that is so completely different from mine. For ex [...]

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    27. Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price tells not only a beautiful yet tragic love story but also provides a strong lesson about straying from the beaten path, or in this case, cultural norms. The Bride Price is a well written compelling novel whose pages hold everything from poverty, caste, love, and cruelty to jaw dropping traditions and customs. Emecheta’s careful word choice used to describe characters and their actions provided a deeper meaning to the book than what may meet the eye. She tells [...]

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    28. Alternative title: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Eating a Crap Ton of Yams. This is a young adult novel about a Nigerian teenage girl Aku-Nna, whose A-hole uncle won’t let her marry the guy she really likes. *SPOILER ALERT: She marries him anyways, then dies because she births a child when she was malnourished and anemic. This is what comes of eating, like, nothing but yams. Add to that the fact that her A-hole uncle was casting evil spirits against her, and you don’t stand no cha [...]

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    29. Another book read in global literature class, for out Africa Unit, we learn about stereotypes and biases especially in the society of Africa. Finding out where those stereotypes come from was one of the main focus of our unit because it help answer our essentail question of the year, which is what is the role and responsiblity of an individual in a society? As we read this book in our groups, from this book we find the theme of tradition vs. modernization. The protagonist, Akunna, strives to bre [...]

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    30. Q4- I would like to change Aku-nna's life if I had any chance to change. Because of that, Aku-nna who is main character in the story has very hard life after her father passed away. she gave birth although she is not strong. In the end of story she is going to die. If I were writer, I can save her life and the story might end happier. maybe she could not gave birth. She can ask her brother in law who is a doctor than she can escape her disease.Q15- In "The Bridge Price" which was written by Buch [...]

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