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Akwa Ibom Traditional Marriage Requirement

Located in the South eastern part of Nigeria with Ibibio as the most ancient ethnic group. Akwa Ibom is a home of tourist attractions. Norms, taboo, customs and traditions are the same.

Marriage plays a very important role in the Ibibio society, there are elaborate ceremonies on it before, during, and after the formal handing over of a girl or woman to her suitor. The bride price practice of giving out a ‘long and rich’ list, has been in existence for a very long time.

The processes include:

  • Ndidiong Ufok (know her house):  The groom to be visits the bride’s family with wine. He will state intentions to marry her. If the bride’s family accepts his proposal, a second meeting will be arranged.
  • Ukong Udok(knocking of door): This is the second stage of the marriage rites in which the man shows his readiness to marry the bride to be.
  • Uno Mkpo: Gifts are delivered to the brides family. Gifts are ways of compensating the family of the lady by the family members of the groom’ for talking away a member of their family
  • Usoro Ndo: This is the most significant part of the ceremony which is also the traditional marriage. And it is also  not different from the igbo traditional marriage.

Haven’t seen the igbo marriage list? Click here to read

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