Citing the increase in the number of the unmarried youths in their communities, the Traditional Parliament in Nigeria’s eastern state of Imo, Owerri, passed its first resolution on the harmonization of bride price in all communities in the state.
The motion, entitled, “Motion on the Harmonization of the Marriage Institution in Imo”, was moved by Eze Duru Okwudor and Eze Obi II of Okwudor in Njaba Local Government Area alongside other traditional rulers.
Okwudor identified high pride price and difficulties involved in the process of traditional marriage as some of the reasons for a change in the system.
He noted that the behaviour of some parents and community leaders on the issue of bride price during marriage was a source of worry to young adults.
“What obtains in the marriage institution today leaves much to be desired. It is as if the parents want to sell their daughters. If this is allowed to continue it will translate into a big problem to our youths who want to marry,” he said.
Okwudor, therefore, listed the process by which marriage would be made less cumbersome and cheaper to both the family of the would-be bride and the bridegroom. The motion was seconded by Eze Ekperechukwu of Obowo.
However, Eze Ekwueme Ekwueme, the Ochia of Ohaji Ebgema, opposed the motion and urged the parliament to allow communities to decide on the bride price.
He said it would be out of place for the traditional rulers to decide for parents, who had spent much in training their daughters, on how much to collect for bride price.
Another motion tabled before the parliament was the motion on “The Presentation and Sharing of Kola nuts in Imo.”
The motion was introduced by Eze Okwara Echi from Nkwere Local Government Area and supported by three other traditional rulers.
Then the issue of speaking of Igbo Language compulsory in the state schools was raised.
Reacting, the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri, noted that the motion on kola nuts would be deliberated upon by a committee that would be formed by the parliament while that on the speaking of Igbo Language would be reintroduced.
The highpoint of the parliament sitting was the formalization and conferment of the title of Owelle Gburugburu of Igbo land (Traditional Prime Minister of NdiIgbo) on Gov. Rochas Okorocha.
The motion for the conferment of the title was moved by Eze Obiefula, Ezedibia of Nekede, and seconded by Eze Onwuchiribeya Mmerenni of Umudibia in Owerri West Local Government Area.
They noted that the governor deserved the title considering his leadership qualities and achievements in the state in his one year in office.
Responding, the Governor thanked the traditional rulers for the award, saying that the title signified “a big journey that has just started.”
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BB | 8/20/2012 2:27:01 AM
Someome should go ??? tell them that girls are not investment ??? therefore not for sale. ??? the ladies should also let them ?? that they are not for sale.r*****h Reply this thread
Lalaland | 8/20/2012 9:13:42 AM |
Anyways my lolo is PRICELESS!!!
Ideato | 8/20/2012 9:33:10 AM |
These trad rulers are idle useless people, who are encouraging boys to be lazy.
If a man cannot afford to pay bride price, how will he take care of his wife and children that will come out of the union.
Rather than talk about bride price, they should encourage lazy young men walking abt aimlessly in the village to get busy.
They should also tell those wicked anties and uncles who have used charm and other diabolic means to prevent young girls from marrying to set them free.
Many girls are not married bcos one wicked anty or uncle have decided to tie her back in the spiritual. Those frm Ideato know what I am saying.
MEE | 8/20/2012 10:06:13 AM |
Heeeeeee!!! Please, please and please, Ideato , this is 2012 dude. Primitive concepts such as the one in your comment above have absolutely nothing to do with marriage disappointment among young lads, and so should not be promoted and boosted on the public forum like this. What has witches and wizards got to do with girls/boys not been able to get married? Abeggggi, nna, biko, save us this crap about all these primitive, backward thinking/notions. You absolutely need to grow up, trust MEE.
Mercy | 8/24/2012 6:23:04 AM |
stop pretending as if u dont know what ideato is talking about.so u want to tell me there is no more spiritual wickedness, face the fact.u should also know that its the spiritual that controls the physical so stop pretending.
MADAM | 8/20/2012 6:28:44 PM |
Priceless good, but still give us an estimated value of what you paid either in soft currency or hard currency ? Because i know say papa & mama Lolo, no go ever dash you a whole international Igbo girl for free.
Lalaland | 8/21/2012 2:02:35 AM |
Longest time o....you sabi appear then dissappear....hope you are rocking n rolling sha....This dearest dear lolo is worth more than Catherine Middleton sef! Honest o!
MADAM | 8/21/2012 6:07:01 PM |
How una dey for una end ? them don on una air conditioning system yet ? Because our own don dey blow small, small o.
Sly | 8/20/2012 12:10:35 PM |
Maybe my corporate self can eventually go home and marry a corporate homegirl.Presently bride price can be used in seeing someone through Cambridge University. That's why my corporate self is still single.
MADAM | 8/20/2012 6:23:39 PM |
Why ? when you can always marry on credit and pay small, small. I beg go and make the first down payment and let us commence the show, so that you too can have some good garden to plant your viable seeds and pluck good fruit.
Sly | 8/20/2012 9:29:03 PM |
Marry on credit, are you kidding me? Why would anyone want to marry on credit? Please tell me this is only a joke.No wonder Igbo dudes are going for Yoruba babes,i hear they pay little or no dowry which is just great!
Lalaland | 8/21/2012 2:05:12 AM |
You sound like MR SCROOGE!! Tight fisted ediot! So you want to marry a "FREE" wife abi? Listen here you the question is that which woman would wanna marry a STINGY monkey?!? Stop deluding ya long tailed sef! No woman want ya! Ahahahahahaaaa!!! If my sisters had brought a man like you home to marry, we her brothers would have used cutlass to chop off ya monkey legs! Stingy ediot!
Sly | 8/21/2012 9:24:24 AM |
If i shake your sister's hand,she won't wash that hand lailai,i swear! Why should i waste money by marrying the expensive way?
MADAM | 8/21/2012 6:04:36 PM |
True, the Yoruba parents would collect small thing at the point of wedding, but when you enter the marriage proper you will pay the balance forever, via endless Aso Ebi for endless parties.
So for me, i am still down with the Igbo style where you pay once and for all.
Myke | 8/20/2012 2:42:53 AM
I wnt 2 thank Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha 4 this God givn n native intelligent he's displayin 2 help youth n citizens of Imo State 2 live a better life. Sir, evn tho i'm nt 4rm Imo, i really admire ur style of leadershp mayb i shld cm 2 Imo 2 pick sum1. Wen a gud Man mount a mantle of leadershp d ppl rejoices, i culd feel wat ppl of Imo State ar feelin n i wish this cn be transferd 2 ma State. GOD bless u 4 this kind hrt espcialy d gud thot u sent 2 our young Men n Women 2 get hook up. Times ar hard 4 ppl tightd their belt up2 d spinal cord... Reply this thread
Praise | 8/20/2012 9:44:05 AM |
Praise singer. Tell Rochas to pay teachers gratuity. The more you look, the less u see. That is Richas admin for u.
Ifucasca | 8/20/2012 2:45:23 AM
Beta 4 dem.wot makes them tink they re special to increase d prize of there marriage.no,they shdnt decrease it let them nna ga-alu. Reply this thread
Johnbethel Onyeche | 8/20/2012 6:15:39 AM
My own comment is that it will do us good (ie) the Imolite to amiliorate the issue of bride price becouse other states had been commenting about it, some even where scared of marrying in our state. So let's sit-up. Reply this thread
Taiwo Idowu NY | 8/20/2012 6:25:02 AM
I thought all these marrying for money not love has been eradicated a long time ago.Some people are now realizing that asking for any money for their daughters to marry a man sometimes they never met and does not know nothing about himis not the best way to go.Now men are wising up or just don't have the cash to pay to marry in their home town.They either marry away from their hometown or remain single.For every single man,you have four single women this is fact.For a parent to train their daughter and put her on the markek for sale after schooling is like a prostitution in disguise.Yes i said it.This topic is good because it is being adressed and it is a start.Next meeting or confrence,they should eliminate all bride price and let the women choose their men for themselves.Moreover,the man and the woman could use that money to start their own lives instead of giving the money to the bride family afterall,they are newlywed.Look,i am not trying to knock someone tradition,but this is the 21st century.Some things are oudated and it shuold be abolished because it is causing young women of marriage to remain single due to high bride price to be paid.As the global economy is in downturn and there is no imrovement in sight,guess what?it is going to get worse.The cash is not avialable.So give these men a break and stop charging all this price and you,i,and everybody else will see the results.The ball is in the parents court.Love is suppose to be the first criteria,not money. Reply this thread
Lalaland | 8/20/2012 9:14:38 AM |
You said it and i support ya!
Taiwo Idowu NY | 8/20/2012 12:07:41 PM |
What's up man?.Long time no hear from you.Hope all is well.I will be on vacation this week going to Former president Bush hometown of Texas.Holler at you when i get back.Stay cool in Aussie.
Lalaland | 8/21/2012 5:30:26 AM |
Aussie is cool as always. Sounds like you are enjoying o touring the whole of the US of A! Mehn you are living a dream! Enjoy my amingo....enjoy....
Sly | 8/20/2012 12:14:20 PM |
Abeg,shut da 4k up!!
Lalaland | 8/21/2012 2:01:33 AM |
Shioooo wetin i do you nah? Hence your name....dancing monkey....anyways come bite my yansh!
IJANG | 8/20/2012 8:51:44 AM
dis pics are from tinsil soap how do there concernd imo state?? Reply this thread
Jman | 8/20/2012 2:19:26 PM
In fact must young guys will be happy for dis cause is very worrisome for young guys to get married just because of d high price they are demanding. Reply this thread
NIGERIA IS USELESS | 8/21/2012 12:38:09 AM
NAIJA MEN ARE ABOUT 3 MILLION OR MORE IN GHANA AND MOST OF THEM ARE MARRIED TO THE GHANA WOMEN, BECAUSE THE GHANA WOMEN ARE ALL AFTER MARRIAGE NOT THE MONEY, AND THEN ALL THE NIGERIANS GIRLS IN GHANA ARE ALL p********e, WHAT A SHAME. SO YOU SEE OUR NIJA GUYS COME TO GHANA MARRY GHANAIANS GIVES BIRTH TO GHANAIAN CHILDREN WHILE OUR OWN LADIES ARE STANDING AT CIRCLE, LAPAZ, OSU, SPINTEX ROAD DOING AKUNA, HAHAHAHA. NIGERIANS ARE USELESS PEOPLE FOR ME I AM MARRIED TO MY SWEET EWE BABY AND SHE HAD GIVE ME TWO SWEET KIDS, NIGERIAN WOMEN WILL GROW OLD SIGNLE HAHAHA LIKE GENEVIEVE, HAHAHA. MEN ARE WISE NOW, MORE OVER THERE IS NO SECURITY IN NIGERIA SO THE WHOLE YOUNG MEN HAVE ALL RAN AWAY HAHAHA. NIGERIA IS A USELESS COUNTRY TRUE OR FALSE???? Reply this thread
Chichi | 10/24/2012 2:42:28 AM |
Life is nt all about getting married but 2 b happy in d marriage 4 ever.
NEVER MIND | 8/21/2012 9:44:00 AM
i***t SEEKING TO BE NOTICED, FHUCK OF AND GO AND EAT UR SMELLY KENKE GHANA f**l Reply this thread
Amarachi | 9/9/2012 9:57:06 PM
D govrment shud realy luk into d matter of high bride price. If its d brides imediate family dat is d mean concern d prblm wnt be bulky, but those uncles and kinsmen dat has nvr bother abt ur future, they use it as an oportunity 2 reap whr they didn't sow, d funiest part of it iz dat when d suitor complains of the high price, they ask him if he kws hw much they spent on their daughters welfare. Reply this thread
Alexavier | 1/14/2013 2:43:12 AM
Whoever edits and publishes these atrciles really knows what they're doing. Reply this thread