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This book was a story about a Nigerian family and the tradition of the bride price Part of the story takes place in Lagos where Aku-nna the protagonist grew up After her father dies she is forced to move to Ibuza to live with her fathers brother in a whole different culture from her own Her mother Ma-Blackie married her husbands brother Okonkwo making him Aku-nnas step-father This entitled him to her bride price which was expected to be exorbitant amount Okonkwo needed this bride price to gain his Eze title Unfortunately for him Aku-nna fell in love with Chike the school teacher But because he was a son of a slave the Ibos wouldnt give their approval of a marriage It is an Ibo tradition superstition that if a woman is married without the bride price being paid that she will die with the birth of her first child Aku-nna and Chike ran away from a man that Aku-nna was forced to marry and they got married When Chikes father tried to pay a large bride price to Okonkwo he would not accept wishing death upon his stepdaughter In the end Aku-nna was pregnant and she died in childbirth This book taught me more about African culture I think that the bride price and the superstition behind it are interesting concepts The idea that you can die because a certain amount is not paid to your father is a little absurd This book basically ended up being a folk tale about the bride price because at the end the author says that because she died it was thought that this superstition was true and now the Ibos believe it as fact The end of the book reminded of Farewell to Arms The way in which Aku-nna died the scene with rain it was very closely related to the scene in which Catherine dies Yet the baby lives in The Bride Price and the
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