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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He, however, is the victim of another caste structure: The story is about Aku-nna, a young girl who falls in love with a man her uncle and designated male guardian will not accept. All the way to the very last paragraph of the book.

She knows that since she is without a husband, she cannot remain in Lagos and prepares her children for their return to Ibuza.

On her wedding night, she lies and tells Okoboshi that she is not a virgin and has slept with Chike; he refuses to touch her. June 1, at 7: At some points in the writing, the style pprice pace seemed to become plain and slow down as well as ask a lot of questions to the reader.

Apr 22, Lefty Kalaitzis rated it really liked it. Just prior to the s, Nnamd Azikiwe, an Ibo man, joined Herbert Macaulay called the father of modern Nigerian nationalism to establish the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons.

Even today, African literature is dominated by male writers who have tended to depict female characters as being completely satisfied with their lives and their subjugation to African men. On January 11,Biafra surrendered to government officials in Lagos.

Perhaps to give credence to the power of the cultural beliefs. Jan 25, Sophia rated it it was amazing Shelves: While he had his marriage blessed in the Anglican Church and served in a local Christian organization, he still sent his wife to the traditional gods of his people in order to increase her fertility, so she could give him another son. No room for heavy books for prcie bit longer. Although I liked Chike because he loved her purely, I hate him because he gave her the death during childbirth.


Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

Once the tears are dry, Aku-nna again silently questions pricr role in her society. She also aids the non-African reader with explanations of cultural nuances.

For Marcus and Fischer, when we attempt to understand across cultures, the ethnographer functions for us “as mediator between distinct sets of categories and cultural conceptions that interact in different ways at different points. Life is very different for Aku-nna in her hometown: Aku-nna’s father, Ezekiel Odia, is physically present only in the first few pages of the story. It is, therefore, associated, like the epic, with the authority of the past and treated like “the word of the fathers….

I really cried in the last chapter. Authoritative discourse originates externally in religion, politics, and morality. Slavery in Africa consisted of one tribe kidnapping people from another tribe, then holding them captive and forcing them to work. After gaining independence from the British inthese ethnic, as well as economical and educational, regional divisions caused very serious problems for Nigeria.

It is prjce only ignorance eecheta also shyness that makes the transition hard for Aku-nna. But rmecheta, indeed, Aku-nna must die, we expect at least the narrator to be sorrowful over this necessity. Nna-nndo is the only person in the Ibuza village that understands and respects his sister’s relationship with Chike. The last two chapters of the book find Aku-nna and Chike living outside of the village. In this case, it is pricf outside powers that have set themselves up as the norm.

Nov 26, Sincerae rated it really emeccheta it Shelves: Ezekiel, the father; Ma Blackie, the mother; Nna-nndo, the son; and Aku-nna, the daughter and protagonist of this story. Aku-nna bchi fate and cultural customs to be with the one she desires.

Under colonial rule, the slaves were released but their descendents were considered inferior and not true members of the village.

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

Chike is by birth socially predefined as an outcast. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And that was not the end off the disgrace she was showering on her family. 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. Peice gets to choose while she must follow his orders.


Because of tradition, they are forced to move with their mother, Ma Blackie, to Lagos in order for her mother to remarry the uncle. Shortly after, Emecheta gave birth to her second child and then departed for London to join her husband, who had gone there to study. You need to read this book, Trisha. In disgust, Okoboshi stops trying to have sex with Aku-nna briide 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.

This is a hauntingly beautiful love story set in the late colonial period in Nigeria. Trivia About The Bride Price. 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.

It becomes apparent that he is much sicker than he let his children know, and he dies three weeks later. That freedom, despite the high cost, is not, however, totally unhindered. A baby girl is born healthy, but Aku-nna perishes due to extreme anemia, according to her doctor. It comes to her in small steps and bolts out of emeccheta in fits of fear or embarrassment. Chike is her teacher in more ways than just at the missionary school that Aku-nna attends, and she falls in love with him.

When she expresses no sorrow, she challenges us to rethink the genre we have been using to understand the novel. This scene between Okoboshi and Aku-nna is a pivotal point in the ptice. The novel, on the other hand, “is determined by experience, knowledge and practice the future. Emecheta’s “work has been and continues to be a catalyst for passionate debate over issues concerning the role of African women within their societies, cross-cultural experiences of gender and identity-formation, African ‘patriarchy,’ the responsibilities of the artist to her nation and culture and even what constitutes the canon of African literature: