Spending the Bride cost: the African tradition of spending lobola

Spending the Bride cost: the African tradition of spending lobola

For hundreds of years, the Nguni tribes of Southern Africa have actually practiced lobola — spending a bride cost to make sure a union between two tribes, like the dowry’s of Western Civilization. With one exclusion — lobola is compensated in cows, and it is paid into the bride’s family members.

Historically, this enabled the 2 tribes become allied in marriage, ensuring help and security. Continue reading “Spending the Bride cost: the African tradition of spending lobola”