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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She creates an image of fish caught in a net, referring to Aku-nna and Nna-nndo as. True love runs its course—they elope under dramatic circumstances, get married, and settle down to a good life, supported by the oil boom, education, and Western values, but tradition takes its revenge. The fathers fail to silence the heroine’s internal discourse Aku-nna never does go homeand the heroine fails to overthrow the fathers.

Although this sets up her ultimate escape to freedom, this is not the end of the story. Okoboshi is the young man with a limp who fights with Chike Aku-nna’s future husband over Aku-nna.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Europeans, at one time, encouraged slavery in Africa, but “suddenly stopped buying slaves and turned into missionaries instead. She would marry well to a man who could afford an expensive bride price. Emecheta, however, reminds the reader that contrary to this interpretation of the metaphor of Aku-nna’s death, the villagers used it differently.

Review – The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

This outcome, justifiable as it might appear to Emecheta, troubles most Western bridr, however, because of our predisposition to side with these two lovers, who have become social outcasts.

This shift cannot help but remind us that much of what we read is truly alien to our Western experience and not easily accommodated within our own horizons. I think Buchi Emecheta did an extremely exceptional job writing this piece and I would highly recommend it to other readers in search of a powerful story that they will never forget. Ezekiel was called to do his duty in the European war, during which he performed menial and dangerous tasks that the Europeans “could not bear.


I recommend this book to almost anyone if they are looking for a new book to read.

There are more complex factors involved. Despite several generous bridde by Chike’s father, Aku-nna’s stepfather refuses to accept a bride price. Two year pass between Aku-nna’s arrival at the village and the next chapter in the story.

At that time it was the most interesting, captivating, impressive and heart-breaking novel I had read. If a child at the other end of Akinwunmi Street had chicken-pox, Aku-nna was bound to catch it; if someone else at the bottom of the yard had malaria, Aku-nna would have her share too.

Custom and tradition play an amazingly significant role in the lives of Nigerians living away from the European influence of big cities. Early in the story, Aku-nna is referred to as an ogbanjeor living dead.

As she walks down the dusty road toward her village, a cousin tells her stories about village life, realizing that Aku-nna knew little bchi the customs of her people. We’re talking inter-tribal slavery here, not the New World slave trade. Her desire to continue school is frowned upon but accepted, as educated girls fetch higher bride prices.

THE BRIDE PRICE – Buchi Emecheta

It comes to her in small steps and bolts out of her in fits of fear or embarrassment. The author’s own experiences from her early life are obviously influencing her writing, and many of her books deal with feminine oppression and poverty. When Aku-nna asks Chike why the ants are following one another, Chike responds: Keenly disappointed by the fact that he has only one son, he reminds Ma Rbide how unfair it is since once he had “paid this heavy bride price [,] he had had their marriage sanctified by Anglicanism ” emphases added.

With a topic such as domestic violence which is an issue covered in this bookone hopes for an outlet for the character who encounters it. He is an ambitious man who covets the title of Obi, which he can claim if he has sufficient money.

Thanks so much, Alice. Chike is the only one she can turn to. In Nigeria, one tribe would kidnap people of another tribe and force them into slavery. Because of tradition, they are forced to move with their mother, Ma Blackie, to Lagos in order for her mother to remarry the uncle.

When Aku-nna begins menstruating — the sign that she is now old enough to get married — she at first conceals it in order to stave off the inevitable confrontation. He has his eyes on the red cap, the symbol of having achieved the high position of Obi, a place of honor among the Ibo people.


Though objective and subjective reality can be characterized as basically “symmetrical,” on Bridr and Luckmann’s view, there is always more objective reality than an individual can internalize.

Although gride village was traditionally ruled by men, the people believed in common deities that included both gods and goddesses.

Nna-nndo is the only person in the Ibuza village that understands and respects his sister’s relationship with Chike. This is a very elaborated review. After kidnapping her, Okoboshi tries to “devirgin” Aku-nna. Despite the fact that her new husband divorces her because of the shame Aku-nna has brought on his family, Ma Blackie attempts to counter the curse that this husband has placed on her daughter’s life.

Having a daughter marry someone for a price is almost the same as selling her. Then she would bring wealth to her husband’s family in the form of children, preferably all males.

If their bride price is not paid, it means she still belongs to the uncle and the man the uncles want her to get married with. This is reminiscent of rape culture, which the West often sanctions. The novel ends when Aku-nna dies giving birth to a daughter whom Chike names Joy.

As such, the novel is almost by definition a progressive genre. Commentary While this novel is a work of fiction, it provides excellent insight into how the status of women in a particular culture is manifested through many different outlets. She must never have a bath. How important are community values and community support as opposed to individual values and free will?

They have lived under colonial rule for many generations, and now they must decide what will become the new norm: You are commenting using your Facebook account. But to say that her relationship with Chike is her final undoing may be too simple. Her parents both died when Emecheta was very young. When Aku-nna is kidnapped, it looks for a while as if she just might have the will to speak such a language.