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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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Little by little, the warm joy she had felt only minutes before seeped away. Her story was written in a passionate tone filled with several twists and turns to the plot. When most of these women gave birth to girls, it was believed that the river goddess had replaced “the ones she had taken.

The Bride Price: A Novel

But hers is an ill-fated rebellion, soon silenced by the Voice of Tradition. Ezekiel’s funeral is a more extensive example of heteroglossia, as its components are created out of a melange of the old and the new.

It is the narrator’s voice that must inform vride reader about certain facts concerning the culture that Aku-nna herself has not yet learned. Due to this there is a great deal of information imparted, prcie it feels heavy handed. The story is about a girl named Aku-nna who lived a fairly comfortable life in the city of Lagos, Nigeria with her family.

The Bride Price – Wikipedia

This is reminiscent of rape culture, which the West often sanctions. The road to independence was a long, torturous journey for Emecheta.

Ma Blackie is not the only wife of this brother, but she gratefully takes her place in his family, eventually becoming pregnant with the brother’s child. Lists with This Book.


This is a very elaborated review.

The Bride Price

This mode, according to Frye, is orice centered on “an erotic intrigue between a young man and a young woman which is blocked by some kind of opposition, usually paternal, and resolved by a twist in the plot. After kidnapping her, Okoboshi tries to “devirgin” Aku-nna. In the following essay excerpt, Fishburn examines narrative intention in The Bride Price and how a Western reading of the text could result in an incomplete understanding of the novel.

Furthermore, it is a lie that insults Okoboshi’s manhood. Meanwhile, she has begun to fall for her teacher Chike, who in turn has developed a passion for her.

The first generation of female authors did little more than mimic the writing of their male African predecessors. This edition published in Reason for reading: You learn so much aboug what’s like to be a girl in that region and how difficult it must be to live under all of these unknown traditions I found the finale a little meecheta sad but it’s a great book specially if you want to learn more about other cultures in a very simple way.

As the relatives are burying the father, they turn to Nna-nndo, the “man” whom his father Ezekiel has left behind, asking Nna-nndo to decide if Ezekiel is to go to heaven as a Christian or go down into the earth to the Ibuza god.

Not only has she taken away from Okoboshi the privilege of “devirgining” her, she has insulted him and his family by claiming that she lost her virginity to Chike. The discrepancy goes so far, in some instances, that the criticism becomes lost in a void of silence. The scene where the girls wear their hair short to prevent poor youth from cutting away locks of their hair and therefore making them their wives without having to pay a bride price is worthy of particular analysis because it beautifully portrays the wider, even global culture of misogyny.


It troubles us, in other words, because the beliefs it is based on are embedded in a tradition alien to our own.

Because Chike is a descendent of slaves, it would bring shame on Okonkwo’s family if Aku-nna married Chike. Horan rated it really liked it.

Moreover, have the attitudes of Igbos themselves toward their own river goddesses changed significantly over the years? Chike, for his part, is almost willing to forget about Aku-nna.

Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

The Bride Pricealthough fictional, is somewhat autobiographical. Okoboshi is the young man with a limp who fights with Chike Aku-nna’s future husband over Aku-nna. The author does this in moderation though, not too much description to bore you but enough to make you see what the author emscheta you to see. Her parents both died when Emecheta was very young. She marries her lover, Chike.

Her books, which are published in several countries, have helped to enlighten readers about the role of women in Nigerian culture. To return, then, to the practice in question, Ma Blackie’s visit to a river goddess.