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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June 6, at 3: Though, indeed, Aku-nna herself fails the heroine’s test and is ultimately silenced by death, neither side achieves narrative hegemony. The more valuable a daughter is whether in appearance or family statusthe higher the bride price.

Okonkwo makes a small doll in the exact image of Aku-nna in an attempt to punish her through a slow and painful death. Emecheta does not stop to explain just what the term “living dead” means to these people.

This book shook me to the core.

Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta – Ayiba Magazine

It was the right of all Ibuza’s sons and daughters to come to have themselves cleansed by the river whenever they found themselves in difficulties. Lists with This Book. Nobody goes against the laws of the land and survives.

They are categorized as the powerless and, thus, they are marginalized. Illustrative of the difference between African and Western readings is Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi’s description of Aku-nna and Chike’s relationship. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Only by accepting these differences, after all, do we have any hope of seeing ourselves anew. The first exemplifies the conflict that Aku-nna and her brother feel, caught, as they were, between traditional culture and European customs.

She knows it, and the knowledge destroys her. Aku-nna’s relationship, in particular, seems to symbolize that she would like to take over the role of the father by deciding for herself what she will do. Villages, especially among the Ibo people, usually consisted of scattered homesteads called compounds.


In sum, Western readers have trouble anticipating—and accepting—the ending of The Bride Price because the narrator focuses so much attention on Aku-nna and Chike’s courtship ritual.

Want to Read saving…. The author, Buchi Emecheta, knows moderation and shows it though out pricw book which is so beyond important to me.

Shortly after, Emecheta gave birth to her second child and then departed for London to join her husband, who had gone there to study. Her parents both died when Emecheta was very young. She lives so far out on the edge buci the Other that she barely exists in terms of her own culture.

Review – The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

In their culture, a woman without a husband is unable, the reader is told, to take care of herself or her children. Chike’s family does not fare much better. The book is very interesting with various views of female power in a traditional society in particular, but if you have the edition with Marie Umeh’s foreword, it really should be an afterword – it summarises the entire plot including the very ending. African men trained as soldiers in World War IIas well as restless youths, market women, educated villagers, and farmers, joined the National Council to protest the British tax laws and to demand prife representation.

There is a hint of tension building in Aku-nna, but that tension is not totally conscious.

THE BRIDE PRICE – Buchi Emecheta

She tells the story of a young girl who deviates from expectations and falls in love with her older teacher from a slave family. Chike wishes to marry her, but Okonkwo refuses.

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.

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Two year pass between Aku-nna’s arrival at the village and the next chapter buchk the story.

Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

In the oral tradition, women were prominent storytellers. Europeans, at one time, encouraged slavery in Africa, but “suddenly stopped buying slaves and turned into missionaries instead. It is the emfcheta time that Aku-nna takes a very strong position in defending herself, using meecheta in her power to claim the life she desires, as opposed to the life that her culture has attempted to force on her. She is a child who picks up diseases so easily that her mother begs her “to decide once and for all whether she is going to live or die.

Because she has brought shame on her family, her uncle prevents her mother from intervening and would kill her himself if he caught her.

Whereas in her autobiographical books Emecheta stresses the emefheta of overcoming the restrictions of caste or castelike conditions through personal initiative, in The Bride Price and the following novels set in Nigeria she stresses the destructive potential of rigid caste structures, which persist in the otherwise rapidly changing Igbo society. Her uncle would surely kill her on sight … but if she was forced to live with these people for long, she would soon die, for that was the intention behind bridw the taboos and customs.

I guess you will have to read the book to find out! A father would rather kill his daughter than have her marry an oshu. You are commenting using your Facebook account.