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

When Aku-nna begins menstruating — the sign that she is now old enough to get married — she at first conceals it in order to stave off the inevitable confrontation. Comparative Literature and Culture: Aku-nna senses that something dreadful has happened to her father, but she neither is told directly by her relatives, who suddenly appear at her doorstep, nor does she ask direct questions.

She is asking Chike to speak for her. Nevertheless, this was a great novel and I loved learning about the roles of Nigerian women and the traditions of the people in Ibuza during the pre-independence era. At the same time, an obverse reading to the one just proposed—that Akunna fails her people by violating tradition—seems equally questionable since for most of the novel the narrator is extremely sympathetic to this rebellious heroine.

Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

The book has some serious themes such as tradition, the caste system, feminism, and superstition. But as Aku-nna approaches womanhood her ambitious uncle makes plans to marry her off for a high bride price.

The father of Aku-nna which means “father’s treasure”–a reference as much to the bride price she’ll being as to parental love dies when she is The opening scenes, for example, seem calculated to pull on our heartstrings, as we witness first the unusually close relationship between father and daughter—and then see this bond torn apart by the father’s unexpected death.


Emecheta’s books, if not totally ignored or overlooked by African male critics—who dominate that country’s writing—are criticized, in general, with a negatively charged tone. I used to read it mainly at night with kerosene lantern because we did not have electricity but it was fun.

When one of her children breaks any of the norms of village life, Ma Blackie is quick to publicly humiliate them.

Okoboshi attempts to force Aku-nna into having sex with him. Our sympathy only intensifies when it becomes clear that Chike and Aku-nna will not be allowed to marry because his ancestors were slaves.

In other words, man is what is defined as important. And it is the group mind that sentences her to death. Caught in a web of tradition, lust and greed, Aku-nna falls for the one young man she is forbidden to brde.

Shortly after, Emecheta gave birth to her second child and then departed for Ejecheta to join her husband, who had gone there to study. 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.

Wole Soyinkaa Nobel laureate, tells the story of Nigeria’s struggle for independence and the consequences of the brutal dictatorship of General Abacha. Women, on the other hand, become the Other or the unimportant.

THE BRIDE PRICE – Buchi Emecheta

The Bride Price demonstrates the idea of men being of a higher status than females, customs will continue to be passed on, and disagreement on traditions will have an effect on the future—whether it is negative or positive.

With this in mind, she used the story of her struggles, her failed marriage, and subsequent hardships of raising a family on her own to write her first book, In the Ditch In The Bride PriceAku-nna and Chike defy the old customs to make a life for themselves away from the superstition and disapproval of their many relatives He falls for her because “he had never seen a girl so dependent, so unsure of herself, so afraid of her own people. She creates an image of fish caught in a net, referring to Aku-nna and Nna-nndo as.


However, she bows to tradition in the custom of allowing young suitors to fondle her breasts. Just like your poetry it flows.

A baby girl is born healthy, but Aku-nna perishes due to extreme anemia, according to her doctor. Although the village was traditionally ruled by men, the people believed in common deities that included both gods and goddesses.

Her young teacher Chike is very kind and protective of her, and soon they fall in love. It is, therefore, associated, like the epic, with the authority of the past and treated like “the word of the fathers…. Therefore, when it came time to putting stories down in print, it was the men who were first published. I could be generalizing of course, but form my own experience, I would agree wit you that yes women do not stand up for fellow bucbi.

It is the third book that Emecheta has published, but it is the first one in which Emecheta offers a hint of hope that both the African woman as well as the descendents of slaves might overcome the potentially debilitating restrictions of their cul-ture.

I really cried in the last chapter. But we cannot tell whether the narrator joins them. As the relatives are burying the father, they turn to Nna-nndo, the “man” whom his father Buchk has left behind, asking Nna-nndo to decide if Ezekiel is to go to heaven as a Christian or go down into the earth to the Ibuza god.