The Bride Price tells the poignant love story of Aku-nna, a young Igbo girl, and Chike, the son of a prosperous former slave. They are drawn. Complete summary of Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Bride Price. First published in , this great literary classic follows a young Nigerian woman who rejects the patriarchal traditions of her culture to find love and happiness.

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So when she rewrote the story, she created emechetta girl who purposely picked “her own husband because she was ‘modern’ but was not quite emeheta enough to shake off all the tradition and taboos. The more valuable a daughter is whether in appearance or family statusthe higher the bride price. Full of superstitions this is another book that takes inside the world of Nigerian culture.

But Chike wins her with his kindness, deep love and concern for her well-being. But as Aku-nna approaches womanhood her ambitious uncle makes plans to marry her emedheta for a high bride price.

Buchu disgust, Okoboshi stops trying to have sex with Aku-nna and beats her savagely, vowing to keep her as his wife in name only but then marry other women, whom Aku-nna would have to serve.

She is on a quest for answers. What is unclear in this sentence is whose point of view the italicized part represents. Prie she lectured at Yale University, and the University of London, as well as holding a fellowship at the University of London in Published May 17th by George Braziller Inc.

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May Learn how and when to remove this template message. But Aku-nna knows that if she has to stay with her kidnappers, she will not live long since no one violates “the laws of the land and survives.

She is, after all, only a girl.


Ma Blackie often uses a harsh tone of voice with her daughter, as Aku-nna attempts to free herself from the subjugation imposed by the Ibuza tribe. I was definitely cracking up with the scene at the funeral!

The vile story that she creates is a lie, but the lie represents the epitome of her defiance. I used to read it mainly at night with kerosene lantern because we did not have electricity but it was fun.

Anyway… such is life. First published by Allison and Busby in When Aku-nna is kidnapped, it looks for a while as if she just might have the will to speak such a language.

Any distraught Western parent might say the same thing. Nna-nndo brings a note to her from Chike Aku-nna’s future pice. Though we in the West are horrified that Aku-nna must die to reaffirm her people’s tradition, the narrative suggests that the emrcheta of this individual rebel is necessary for the well-being of the community. Female writer Professor Osayimwense Osa, for instance, in a essay published in Research in African Literatures declares that The Bride Price is emcheta “masterpiece of African children’s and youth literature that sophisticated younger readers will find as satisfying reading.

THE BRIDE PRICE – Buchi Emecheta

They were tolerated, but there were strict taboos on how far relationships with these outsiders could go. She could run away.

They must die young, because their friends in the other world call them back. Her parents both died when Emecheta emmecheta very young. Okoboshi, in this respect, represents everything that Aku-nna finds repugnant about her traditionally male-dominated culture.


In this novel, the authoritarian, closed language of the fathers custom, tradition, taboo is continually being challenged by the unofficial, open language of the daughters—a challenge seen buchhi most of Emecheta’s other novels. Once their emwcheta has died, one of Aku-nna’s aunts points out that it is a pity that Aku-nna’s relatives will marry her off as soon as possible in order to pay for Nna-nndo’s schooling. Emecheta foreshadows many of the issues that she will eventually present in the body of the story.

Each village had a chief who was, on the whole, left alone to rule his village in a traditional manner.

Despite several generous attempts by Chike’s father, Aku-nna’s stepfather refuses to accept a bride price. It is a lie that overturns reality by challenging the legitimacy of the fathers’ discourse. It was the right of all Ibuza’s sons and daughters to come to have themselves bdide by the river whenever they found themselves in difficulties.

The Bride Price: A Novel

Because these traditions can be quite flexible, Ward argues that it is not necessary for Aku-nna to accept them blindly. As an outsider with a bit of pricd understanding after living there, it was fun to catch certain references and nod knowingly. The characters were enjoyable and the plot interesting.