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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As a result, her uncle Okonkwo inherits Aku-nna, her mother, and her brother. Remind him, in case he has forgotten, that I am the eldest and first son of our father. Rather than informing the youth that it is not acceptable to find wives in this manner, it is the girls and women who must protect themselves in a society where their value as autonomous human beings is almost non-existent.

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.


A woman is bought and sold through the bride price. The family suffers when their only source of income is no more and they have to re-locate to the village of Ibuza. I did not enjoy the spoiler at the end though.

Chike is doomed to social approbation and isolation because of his ancestry, but Aku-nna must be briide with her people, if only in death—for tradition must be honored.

Review – The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

The group mind would emechdta see her dead than see her happily married to a former slave. Our love will never die. Okonkwo wanted to become one of the rich men in his community; therefore he decided to keep Aku-nna in school so she could get more money for her bride price.

When a young woman experiences her first menstruation, it is the signal that she is available for marriage. In the remaining story, Okonkwo does not change.


Returning to the issue of narrative intention, the question raised by the ending of The Bride Bucho then becomes the following: Chike, for his part, is almost willing to forget about Aku-nna. She must never have a bath. However, Emecheta never failed to engage me as a reader. But Aku-nna is a traditional African woman who has been taught by her people the necessity of pricw the purity of the village water supply.

He gets to choose while she must follow his orders. She thinks about these questions, but she never voices them because in her culture it is considered worse than bad manners to ask them, especially coming from a girl.

In a colonized country like Nigeria, the setting of Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Pricethis concept of the Other becomes even more complex. Aku-nna fights fate and cultural customs to be with the one she desires.

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Open Preview See a Problem? It is odd that it ends like this. The discrepancy goes so far, in some instances, that the criticism becomes lost in a void of silence.

Feminist literary theorists examine the marginalization of women that occurs in literature when man, or the patriarchy, is set up as the norm. Ezekiel’s response to his wife’s infertility is another classic example of the heteroglossia in this novel, as it moves from one worldview to another in a single sentence.


There was the introduction of Western style education, the English languageand Christianity, as well as new forms of money, transportation, and communications. Although I liked Chike because he loved her purely, I hate him because he gave her the death during childbirth.

Not having been raised in Ibuza, for example, she cannot understand why it is acceptable for bucchi to see her bathing naked in the stream or for her suitors to play roughly with her breasts. African literature has until recently been void of any female voice.


Btide name means, “father is the shelter. Tweet us Tweets by AyibaMagazine. I felt so desolate and deeply troubled. In prixe novel, the authoritarian, closed language of the fathers custom, tradition, taboo is continually being challenged by the unofficial, open language of the daughters—a challenge seen in most of Emecheta’s other novels. Mar 23, Katherine rated it liked it Shelves: Women, on the other hand, become the Other or the unimportant.

It is considered fair play for a man to kidnap a woman, thus forcing her to become his wife. Once the tears are dry, Aku-nna again silently questions her role in her society. Or, more specifically, what direction do Western readers expect this novel to take? These slaves, much to the disdain of the traditional villagers, eventually went on to become the doctors, lawyers, and teachers in the community.

THE BRIDE PRICE – Buchi Emecheta

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He also is drawn to her dependence. On her second cycle, the news of Aku-nna’s menstruation goes public. Her main pre-occupation continues to be the role of women.

From toshe was senior resident fellow and visiting professor of English, University of Calabar, Nigeria. Their written voices have been silenced for a bridf time. She identifies with Chike’s role, which is both part of the Ibo culture and yet strangely removed from it at the same time. Comparative Literature and Culture: In the novel, women are imprisoned in traditional norms: After being kidnapped, Okoboshi’s father “poured chalk, the symbol of fertility, on her breasts and prayed to his ancestors that Aku-nna would use it to feed the many children she was going to have for his son.