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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In addition, cheap goods from Japan and Europe were imported, thus diminishing the demand for local craft work that had, before colonization, been another source of income for the Prkce women. Despite this radical shift in subject matter, The Bride Price is a logical development of her writing.

As the relatives are burying the father, they turn to Nna-nndo, the “man” whom his father Ezekiel has left behind, asking Nna-nndo to decide if Ezekiel is to go to buchhi as a Christian or go down into the earth to the Ibuza god. The novel ends when Aku-nna dies giving birth to a daughter whom Chike names Joy.

Shortly after Ma Blackie’s marriage, the community school teacher falls in love with Aku-nna and begins to court her. The fathers fail to silence the heroine’s internal discourse Aku-nna never does go homeand the heroine fails pricf overthrow the fathers.

She exits the story in a mix of cultural confusion, paying a witch doctor to counter her second husband’s curse and then praying to the God of the Christians to help buhi through the delivery of her new child. Her wanting Chike is the first time that Aku-nna has admitted that she has a self. And both of them pray to God every night to help them through Aku-nna’s subsequent pregnancy. Emeccheta his part, Chike makes a perfect Western hero.


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

And that was not the end off the disgrace she was showering on her family. 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.

A caste system exists where a villager could not marry a descendent of a slave, no matter how educated or successful they were. But what price do they pay for freedom?

The story is about a girl named Aku-nna who lived a fairly comfortable life in the city of Lagos, Nigeria with her family. The Portuguese maintained control over the city until when the British took control and eventually abolished the trade. Are we to mourn Aku-nna and pity her for her foolishness?

Far better to tell her friends, she thinks, than to risk being treated forever “as an outcast leper. A typical village might include as many as five thousand people who could, in some way, trace their lineage back to the founder of the village. Aku-nna accepts the knowledge that her father favored sons.

Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

The story was serialized in the New Statesman and was responsible for launching her writing career. In this book, the author uses Aku-nna and her life as a way to portrait Nigerian customs and values.

I really cried in the last chapter. The epic he associates with the “absolute past” and the power of tradition because it pride in the monologic voice of unquestioned authority. These are small discretions, but nonetheless they are Aku-nna’s first steps toward asserting her opinions. The first strong voice, although it is described as “faint and whispery,” comes out of Aku-nna when Chike brings her things to help her through her first time of menstruation. Her mind is connected to the group mind.


With these thoughts stirring in her head, Aku-nna accepts her fate and leaves Lagos and her former life and returns to her parents’ ancestral village.

There is nothing we can do about it. Then, with the help of her brother and Chike, Aku-nna escapes from Okoboshi’s family. Dmecheta is asking Chike to speak for her. By the time Aku-nna turns fifteen, she has grown accustomed to things in the Ibuza village.


This book starts off with the protagonist Aku-nna, and her brother Nna-ndo who face the death of their father. This book provided an in depth comparison of cultures and norms but at emechtea same time provided hope for the two lovers that their troubles may fade. Although these are errors which ruin the ‘mood’ that is created by the book, I also enjoy them because to me, it shows the authenticity and shows that the author is really from Nigeria because English is somewhat noticeably her second language.

This is Achebe’s first novel about Nigerian tribal life, and buchl takes place during Nigeria’s fight for independence. For example the narrator tries to say “furthermore” but fails in spelling it correct and instead writes, “for the more” Emecheta Emecheta is also speaking into huchi silence, in some regards, as the audience for whom she most wants to write—African women—often do not have access to her books.

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