How much is reasonable bride price? Lessons from Tana River man’s Sh7

An African bride leads the groom into the compound on her traditional wedding day flanked by dancing maidens. From a gender perspective, bride-price is a patriarchal relic that subjugates women. 

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What you need to know:

  • When Hussein Charo from Tana River County asked for only Sh7 as bride price in December last year, he did not only baffle his guests,  he also scaled national news.
  • From a gender perspective, bride-price is a patriarchal relic that subjugates women.
  • In some communities, women are subjected to insults insinuating that their level of intelligence is equal to that of the animals paid for them!

When Hussein Charo from Tana River County asked for only Sh7 as bride price in December last year, he did not only baffle his guests, he also scaled national news because the action defied popular practice of turning such occasions into income-generating activities.

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