In Africa, marriages are seen as an important milestone. It comes with fanfare, celebrations and even more.
Away from that, there are also some demands that either side of the family needs to fulfill. Some of these are considered part of the bride price, but others are seen as an independent demand, usually from the bride’s family.
Recently, a Twitter user by the name @_noHANDLE posted a series of demands a prospective bride’s family listed for the grooms family.
The list comes with items in different categories including consultation gifts, items specified for the marriage proper with gifts for the father, mother and for other family members, gifts for royal princess rites, gifts for women who would create roadblocks for the groom’s entry, and gift items for the youth and children.
And these are just for the traditional wedding.
So my sister’s fiancé’s friend is getting married, she’s from Akwa Ibom
Here is a list of demands from her family, I’m still crying for him 😂😂😂😂😭😭 pic.twitter.com/26UFVRS1S9
— Bàbá Èléwà (@_noHANDLE) August 3, 2018
Many thought this list was too long and the demands outrageous. Here are some reactions:
Lol. I honestly do not believe in this list thing. The man should be free to gift the family whatever he can afford. This bride price list thing is a form of slavery in my opinion.
— HRM Opeyemi Afolabi (@OloriYemie) August 3, 2018
The girl parents should better help negotiate. If I am to marry from that village without the parents helping to beat down the price, hmm. You won't receive any help from me nor see your grandchildren for the next 5 years.
— Alex ivory (@I_alexivory) August 3, 2018
But the moment I manage to pay all this things,they should just know that am using there daughter for money ritual because they have sold her to me!!😂😂
Yoruba still remain the best!! With 200k you are done with all this stuff!! Let me just stick with my Yoruba girl jejely 😁
— Samson Olaonipekun (@OfficialSamkayz) August 3, 2018
Most of them just want to use their in-laws to get rich
— Miriam Ebie (@JoulesBella) August 3, 2018
This is outrageous… In this 21st century.. I'm. Waiting for who'd bring this type of list on my head
— Chef_janie🍛 (@janie_kingsley) August 3, 2018
The girl, Her family, The list…all of them are very mad pic.twitter.com/H4Mv49TDDL
— ® מלך זמיר (@blaze_vivi) August 3, 2018
Literally. She better be miss Nigeria or miss world. Half of d brides with this ridiculous lists are not even all dt!
— Geisha (@jumiliciouz) August 3, 2018
This one is much oooo pic.twitter.com/qJbTEqzcRL
— Aditufabrics (@aditu_fabrics) August 3, 2018
What's the girl's mother gon do with wheelbarrow
— Adenusi 'MuyIII (@amMuyIX) August 3, 2018
Lmao I died when I saw 1 pack of chewing gum
— Mz_eddy 🇳🇬 (@Mz_eddys) August 3, 2018
That's my aunty marriage list.
To be held November.
Still negotiable. Am single sha. Delta 😂😂😂😂😂😂🚶🚶🚶🚶🚶🚶🚶 pic.twitter.com/zFKPdsoTsC
— 👑Tracy👑🇳🇬 (@TracyShuga) August 3, 2018
"Fifa approved football with pump"? 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4lv5OQrLFR
— Ewomazino (@The_Igzample) August 3, 2018
SMH. This is extortion! After someone will open mouth and say "they don't use money to marry". No, it's tissue paper they use in marrying.
— Chionye Anene (@SeanCeezle) August 3, 2018