REVEALED: 3 Tribes With The Most Expensive Bride Price In Ghana
In one of my recent articles, I took you through the journey to find out the best Ghanaian tribe who cooks best. This time around since marriage is more not the rise now, I believe this is the best time to speak on all that goes on in our marriage ceremonies in Ghana.
So in Ghana, our legalized marriage process or ceremony is our traditional marriage which is mostly known as engagement.
Traditional marriage under the law is a complete marriage ceremony, this is so because marriage goes through the legal process which is through the court also known as the customary marriage in Ghana.
Here in Ghana it is not compulsory have all the three types of marriages in Ghana namely; the traditional marriage, the customary marriage, and church marriage.
Whatever type of marriage that takes place is decided by the couple however the traditional marriage is the complete action that is backed by law and traditions.
So every marriage has a bride price, bride wealth, or bride token to be paid. The bride price is money, property, or other form of wealth paid by a groom or his family to the family of the woman he will be married to or is just about to marry.
And paying the bride price is a part of the marriage ceremony that cannot be escaped. The bride price of some tribes is what causes some men to prolong their marriage dates because some are too expensive that they need to work harder in order to pay.
In this article, I will be revealing to you, the Ghanaian tribe with the most expensive bride price or marriage list. This is to help both the woman and man to brace themselves for the marriage journey.
As said earlier, every tribe has a set of items that they include in the marriage list which the man would present on the day of the traditional marriage.
EWE MARRIAGE LIST
In a typical Ewe setting, the couple both have some obligations to perform, and among these are procedures that come with the traditional engagement list presentation. The list differs depending on the particular tribe and family from which the lady comes. A list of items is usually given to the groom-to-be. Marrying from an ewe family, the man has to pay for the bride price and this usually comes with a list. This list is commonly made up of, but not limited to the following
- Schnapps 2 Bottles (Foreign One)
- Gin 1 Bottle
- Soft drinks 1 crate
- Cash GH ¢100 Ghana
- Engagement Ring and Holy Bible
- 6 Half pieces of Cloth (Real Wax)
- 6 pieces of Headgear (Scarf)
- 2 Pair of Sandals and 2 Pair of Shoes (with Bag each) Echolac bag (Big One)
- 2 sets of jewellery and wrist watches
- 12 underwear
- 6 night wears
- 6 Brassiere Lady waist beads and 1 traditional pant(Very Important)
- 1 Catholic hymnal
- GH¢ 600 Drinks 2 Bottles of schnapps (Foreign One)
- 1 Bottle of Dry Gin
- 1 Bottle of Dubonnet
- 1 Bottle of whisky 1 Bottle of Akpeteshie
- 1 Pot of Palm wine or GH¢ 30
- 2 Cartons of Beer 2 Crates of Soft drinks
- 2 Crates of Malt
Father In-Law GH¢ 250
Brother-In-Laws GH¢100 Half a piece of Cloth (Real Wax) for Mother-In-Law (with Headgear and Sandals)
1 Full Piece of Cloth (Real Wax) for Father-In-Law (with 1 Sandals)
Thank You GH¢ 50
GA/ GA- ADANGBE MARRIAGE LIST
The Ga-Adangbe people of Ghana do not joke with marriage at all, take this from me because I am a Ga. They take it as winning a football trophy as they see it as the fulfillment of their cultural and religious practices. Among other requirements that a man must meet is the provision of the items on the engagement list given to him. This Ghanaian engagement list contains peculiar items that indicate the seriousness of the ceremony. These are some of them below.
- Shiwo (a fee given to notify the bride’s parents of the groom’s intention) this must be presented with a wine
- Kplemo ( acceptance fee given by the groom to the bride’s parents as an indication of him receiving the engagement list)
- Dry gin (Schnapps)
- Tuomo dan or Too shibimo (an amount of money given to the bride to set up a business or support an existing one)
- Soft drinks for the bride
- Ga (engagement drink)
- Yooshi Bimor (suitcase filled with beautiful fabrics, makeup, accessories,bible and hymn book)
- A piece of red cloth used as a sanitary towel
- Kitchen utensils
- Shika ni tele jatsu (a money given to the bride to sew or buy her white wedding dress with)
- Cash gifts for the parents (Nihamo)
- Fabric and Ahenema (monetary gift) for the father of the bride
- Money and fabric for the mother of the bride
- Dhabi (monetary gift for the brothers of the bride)
- Thanksgiving gifts for the bride’s family (either monetary gift or a crate of alcoholic drinks)
AKAN MARRIAGE LIST
While families may adjust the list based on their discretion, in most Akan marriage list, you will find some of the following items in it:
- The dowry/ bride price
- Head drink, usually a whiskey or wine
- A new suitcase containing some shoes, lady wears, headpieces and some other gifts that the bride would need
- The father of the bride gets a bottle of whiskey and some money
- The mother of the bride also gets some money and a pair of sandals
- A minimum of 6 pieces of wax clothes bought for the bride. The clothes are expected to be traditional wax print
- Some money would be made available for the bride to start a business with
- An engagement ring
- An engagement Bible
- Some money for the bride’s brothers. However, if she does not have any brother, then it will be given to her male cousins
- Cooking utensils which the bride would need for her home
- Exotic jewellery for the bride
- Enough food and drinks for the guests who would be present at the occasion.