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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Emecheta is also speaking into a silence, in some regards, rpice the audience for whom she most wants to write—African women—often do not have access to her books. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Aku-nna eventually learns to disregard their admonitions, relegating them to a substandard of “everyday trivia.

Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

This book started out with so much potential. I can feel the heat, the sun, can see the sun setting over the village and it’s yam and cassava crops whilst I feel the crisp cool night air and the earth beneath my feet. With each turn of the page Emecheta left me in suspense with a thrilling feeling begging me to learn the next happening.

Women, on the other hand, become the Other or the unimportant. Female writer Professor Osayimwense Osa, for instance, in a essay published in Research in African Literatures declares that The Bride Price is a “masterpiece of African children’s and youth literature that sophisticated younger readers will find as satisfying reading. On January 11,Biafra surrendered to government officials in Lagos. Coming from this state of mind, this long-held tradition, it is very difficult for Okonkwo to adjust to Aku-nna’s rebellion.

Brixe you love reading literary works that challenge and criticize African cultural, social, and gender roles When Aku-nna is sixteen, she finishes her schooling and learns that she has passed an examination that qualifies her to be a schoolteacher. Chike is drawn to Aku-nna’s innocence and intelligence. They tell their children what they can bucchi cannot do without giving them much explanation.


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Her mother, Ma Blackie, is forced by economic circumstances to leave their close community of supportive relatives in Lagos, and move back to her village in Ibuza with Aku-nna and eleven-year-old Nna-nndo. A fatherless family is a family without a head … a non-existing family. In the beginning, Aku-nna is very silent. When she expresses no sorrow, she challenges us to rethink the genre we have been using to understand the novel.

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 Though we in the West are horrified that Aku-nna must die to reaffirm her people’s tradition, the narrative suggests that the sacrifice of this individual rebel is necessary for the well-being of the community.

Emechtea we be glad for her society that its emechsta were upheld?

Review – The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

Although there were a few mistakes through out, I was not bothered by them especially because of how well the actual book was. Ezekiel, after all, had paid a high bride price for his wife, and he believed he had a right to more sons. Tweet us Tweets by AyibaMagazine.

She must either obey or bring shame and destruction on her people. The only difference is that this book demonstrates how a society treats an African woman when they are about to get married. So it is in The Bride Price.

The latter portion of the book is more focused on Aku-nna’s story, and is considerably the stronger portion of the book. If Aku-nna knew that she was too insignificant to be regarded as a blessing to this unfortunate marriage. According to Barthes, a emecheha plurality reveals itself in our inability to decide who is speaking—in fact, the “more indeterminate the origin of the statement, the more plural the text.


Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Pages to import rbide to Wikidata. After trying to make a life for herself, she realizes that she can live only within the community that raised her. Ma Blackie often uses a harsh tone of voice guchi her daughter, as Aku-nna attempts to free herself from the subjugation imposed by the Ibuza tribe.

Overall this is a strong solid book, though weighed down by an over abundance of didactic cultural explanations, the overall whole is both moving and enlightening. Defiance of the rigid rules of society rises slowly in this novel through the character of Aku-nna.

From the outset of this story, Aku-nna is still steeped in wmecheta traditional role. They live in a nice home, they buy buxhi furniture, they find jobs and are very happy. It does not mean what Westerners mean by it. I felt so desolate and deeply troubled. If Aku-nna rebels and marries Chike, her life could be in danger, because her acting father must accept her bride price.

She also portrays women, in a sense, as slaves to men. She was engaged at age eleven, and married at age sixteen. A year later, Emecheta gave birth to her first child.