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Title:The nature and function of marriage-gifts in a customary African marriage
Author:Nsereko, D.D.
Year:1973
Periodical:Eastern Africa Law Review
Volume:6
Issue:2
Pages:89-112
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subject:bridewealth
Abstract:In a great many indigenous African societies, it is customary, as a preliminary to marriage, for some property to be given or delivered, by or on behalf of a prospective bride-groom to the relatives of the prospective bride. Because none of the English terms (brideprice, bride-wealth e.a.) give the true meaning of this custom, the author uses the term 'marriage-gifts'. This article is a legal analysis of the custom generally and, in particular, its legal significance in a customary African marriage; it also discusses the social and philosophical basis and raises questions as to the justification of its existence in the present-day world. Sections: Definition - Quantum of the gifts - Factors influencing quantum - Legislative limitations - Return of the gifts - How much is returnable? - Legal and extra-legal functions of marriage gifts - Concluding remarks. Notes.
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