Imo State Bride Price List (Picture)

Marriage rites for men seeking to marry women from Imo State in Nigeria can be expensive, as the bride price there is among the highest in the country. While some parents may be flexible, many people still adhere to traditional customs and expect proper compensation for their daughters.

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The bride price system in Imo State is characterized by its division into different components, resulting in a lengthy and intimidating list. Obligations must be fulfilled towards the bride’s mother, as well as other segments of the family and community.

Interestingly, Imo State is known for its emphasis on education, which influences the marriage requirements for educated women. In some cases, these requirements can become so burdensome that some women defy their parents and choose to be with their partners even if the men cannot afford the demanded bride price.

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Overall, marital requirements in the eastern part of Nigeria, including Imo State, tend to be higher compared to other tribes with varying cultural practices.

Traditional Marriage List for the Family:

1.Ego maternityN1000
2.Ego body cream, Lux soap, and a big towel
3.Ego ogo cheremN50,000
4.20 tubers of yam
5.20 sizable snails
6.Okporoko (stock fish, one big tray)


Ibu or Ngwa Efere Nwanyi (Load for Bride’s Mother):

1.Forty tubers of yam
2.A tin of red oil (palm oil)
3.Two dried thighs of a goat (Ukwu and Ewu)
4.Morning rose powder
5.25 bottles of pomade
6.Ten packets of sugar
7.Ovaltine – 2 big-size tins
8.Bar soap – 1 carton
9.Tablet soap – 1 carton
10.Tin milk – carton
11.Twenty-four loaves of bread
12.A bag of rice
13.A bag of tin tomatoes
14.Five to ten pieces of okporoko (stock fish)
15.Two pieces of Hollandis wrapper
16.25 liters of kerosene
17.2 bags of salt
18.Six crates of soft drink
19.40 bulbs of sizable onions
20.Ego ala aboN10,000
21.Ego nfotu iteN1,000
22.Two big basins
23.Two family-size umbrellas
24.George material – 2 pieces
25.One rubber of groundnut oil (25 liters)
26.Blouse material – 2 pieces
27.Two head ties of high quality
28.A wristwatch
29.Two pairs of shoes
30.A big box
31.A lamp
32.A handbag (one or more pieces)
33.One or more pieces of Nigerian wax
34.Gold necklace and earring


For Men (the Kindred):

1.32 kola nuts or the cost price
2.30 gallons of palm wine or the cost price
3.3 crates of minerals
4.2 cartons of Guinness – small stout
5.2 cartons of Maltina
6.10 crates of Star beer
7.Two rolls of Benson and Hedges
8.32 heads of tobacco with potash
9.4 bottles of Seaman’s Schnapps
10.Ego Mpatu Anya (Jealousy money, N1,200)
11.Ego Mkpotu (Noise money, N1,400)
12.Ikpo Onu Aku Nwany (Bride price, negotiable)


List for First Daughters in the Family (Umuada):

1.2 bottles of Seaman’s schnapps
2.8 packets of Benson and Hedges
3.8 heads of tobacco with potash
4.1 goat for Umunna (the kindred)
5.2 crates of minerals
6.1 carton of Maltina
7.2 cartons of Star beer
8.1 carton of Guinness – small stout
9.Gallons of palm wine or cash equivalent
10.2 bottles of ground snuff
11.Lump sum (Ogbe Ego) N2,000
12.8 kola nuts or the monetary equivalent


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