From the Kundiawa News 50 years ago today
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Bride Price


Bride Price, a tradition in every society
Involving money, pigs, goods
Bridging one family with another
Connecting from one person to another
Moving from one village to another

Bride Price calls for monies
Bride Price hunts for pigs
Bride Price searches for food
Bride Price requires resource
All make up the Bride Price

Father contributes money
Mother gives the pigs
Uncle donates the food
Aunty shares the resource
Family gives of time and labour

Bride Price defines a bridegroom
Bride Price ascribes the bride
Bride Price purchases a bride
Bride Price transforms a girl
Bride Price finally becomes a woman

Bride Price speaks for the boy
It engages with the girl
It assists form the relationship
Makes love
And results in father and mother

Bride Price unites two beings
The two form a couple
A loving couple raising kids
Bride Price binds two for infinity
Bride Price provides a nuclear family


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