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Too Many Unmarried Youths: Imo State Might Introduce Uniform Bride Price!



Following what they have described as an increase in the number of unmarried youths in their community, the Traditional Parliament in Imo State is currently looking at a motion which seeks to harmonize the fee to be paid as bride price in all communities in the state.

The motion, which is entitled, “Motion on the Harmonization of the Marriage Institution in Imo”, was moved by Eze Duru Okwudor and Eze Obi II of Okwudor in Njaba Local Government Area alongside other traditional rulers, and the Traditional Parliament, in Owerri, has passed its first resolution on it.

According to Okwudor, high pride price and difficulties involved in the process of traditional marriage are some of the reasons for a change in the system. He also noted that the behaviour of some parents and community leaders on the issue of bride price during marriage was a source of worry to young adults. In his words, “What obtains in the marriage institution today leaves much to be desired. It is as if the parents want to sell their daughters. If this is allowed to continue it will translate into a big problem to our youths who want to marry.”

While the motion has been seconded by some of his colleagues such as Eze Ekperechukwu of Obowo, others, like Eze Ekwueme Ekwueme, the Ochia of Ohaji Ebgema, opposed the motion and urged the parliament to allow communities to decide on the bride price. His reason: it would be out of place for the traditional rulers to decide for parents, who had spent much in training their daughters, on how much to collect for bride price.

Well, whatever they decide, a lot of non-indigenes are interested to know if the new bride price – if introduced – will be applicable to brides that will be married off to non-indigenes as well!

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  1. Uchenna Kalume

    August 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    This is a welcome development. The issue of astronomical bride price in lgbo land has been a major dent in our culture. Imo state is undoubtedly setting a pace for other lgbo states to follow. Eze Ekwueme who opposes this laudable motion can go ahead selling her daughters to the highest bidders.If he thinks that parents spend so much training their daughters, he must also realise that so much is equally spent training sons. And sons-inlaws in most cases continue training their wives where their parents stop

  2. Nevo Daniel

    August 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I de laugh imo state woman. dem never see someting. people has no der secret

  3. Obi Nnamdi

    August 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Its not just reducing the bride price,they should admonish their parents to give their kids good training so that they will be saleable products.investigation has proved that Imo girls indulge most in promiscuity like coquetry etc

  4. Obi Nnamdi

    August 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Its not just reducing the bride price,they should admonish their parents to give their kids good training so that they will be saleable products.investigation has proved that Imo girls indulge most in promiscuity; like coquetry etc

  5. Nzei Areth

    August 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Is tru let d parents teach dia daughter gud character, mostly places like, mbaise,mbaitolu, owerri main town and ngor okpala, they are gud in deceiving men dat they will marry them after dia sku dey will start lukin for excuse, forgettin dat nemesis will catch up with them in future.

  6. Ibo gials from imo like isialambano yard have wide totos that’s y the bride praise r high. Let them reduct d praise du to d poor qualiti of their toto which is not sweet like gials from anambra ad enugu states.

  7. peter

    August 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    The sender of dis msg is not nomal.

  8. Parousiah

    August 18, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Let them keep selling their daughters for money.In a society where girls don’t even have the desired character to be called wife.I feel sorry for this generation with the way they look for money,they sell people (daughters) in exchange for money,trader by barter in highest order.When you see all these girls they are so empty in their being,after uselessing themselves in school,during their service year they will come out to say they want to marry,and they still make them expensive.How can you make a worthless girl,without proper character expensive? Conclusively,train your girls not to love money excessively,most of them when they marry you they marry you because of your money.

  9. goody

    August 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

    @kalume uchenna I tink u r not normal… D post is 4 imo state and nt ibo land so b4 u comment reason well..let me remind u dat its only imo state dat has such mess so dnt say deyr setting a pace cos it is no pace but dey r looling 4 solution 2 dia problems. Find out dia history based on bride price den compare it 2 oda ibo states

  10. Emmanuel Adindu

    August 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This is a welcome development wic must be embraze. Dis issue of bride price in imo state has gotten at of of hand expecially in mbaise, it is very very outragious dat if u come for a gal hand in marriage the list dat will be presented to u will chase u away. They now av list for the ansestor. They av to luk at the way Enugu state marriage list is and emulate. Pls dis motion must be pasted and a comittee set up to luk at this issue before i reach ma menopulse sori womanopulse

  11. Sarah

    November 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Parents of the bride should remember that there is lyf after marriage..and after collectn heavy bride price,wil they still demand 4 assistance 4rm dia son inlaw?

  12. okorie victor c

    January 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

    If a girl has d qualities one needed in a woman includin education den u go for it wht is d complain 4. At least dt wll alwaz remaind u dt u didn’t jst pick d woman and in d orda hands u dialogue wt d family 4 dm 2 cut down on d bride price if u can nt afford d money rather dan cllin 4 a fix price ova bride price. 10k u

  13. rosita nkwo

    January 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

    All of u that are talking agaist ur girls, don’t have money, go huzzle like ur mates u wil not, after u wil want 2 marry credit stupid & hopeless pple. Osho free.e.e. Somebody that can not feed himself how can u marry. If u don’t have money go & look 4 ur type.

  14. Obyno

    February 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

    @rosita: i just hope ur father has a plot of land to give so u can live with him. Cos guys are wise now. We don’t marry liabilities anymore. So if u don’t have anything doing, i’ll advise u go look for work. Cos that’s the basic and minimum requirement for a gal to be marriagable .

  15. Kelly

    October 17, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Ma people the funny thing about this matter is that IMO people are like dogs, their culture is nothing to write about, during traditional rites the mother will demand, when she put to bed she will demand, some of them will give list as if u want to build house let me tell ibos DT have culture they are corrupt and seek nothing but money and they can go to any lenght to achieve it.

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector



BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the new Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).

The appointment was announced in a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and signed by Omolase Yejide, Head Public Affairs on Monday.

Also Read: Sanwo-Olu Moves To Scrap Pension For Ex-Lagos Governors, Deputies

Mr. Olaleye was earlier interviewed by the Institution’s Governing Council and subsequently recommended.

He is to serve five years single tenure will take effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.

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