The Igbo traditional marriage

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The Igbo people are an ethnic group native to the present-day south-central and southeastern Nigeria. There has been much speculation about the origins of the Igbo people, as it is unknown how exactly the group came to form.

There is a lot to talk about the Igbo’s, but in this article i will only be talking about the Igbo marriage. There is these general belief in Nigeria that if you want to drink in excess, go to a Yoruna wedding. but there is more to a igbo wedding than just food and were going to learn more about that in these article.

The process of marrying usually involves asking the young woman’s consent, introducing the woman to the man’s family and the same for the man to the woman’s family, testing the bride’s character, checking the woman’s family background, and paying the brides’ wealth.

According to the Ndigbo traditions and customs, the Igbo traditional wedding/ marriage involves 4 stages:

  1. Marriage Introduction
  2. Consent From Her Umunna/ Extended Family
  3. Bride Price Payment
  4. Wine-Carrying Ceremony (Igba Nkwu Nwanyi)

Marriages were sometimes arranged from birth through negotiation of the two families. However, after a series of interviews conducted in the 1990s with 250 Igbo women, it was found that 94.4% of that sample population disapproved of arranged marriages.

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