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Ndi Igbo, Is This What A Typical Traditional Bride Price List LooksLike?

So I just saw this list on Myne Whitman's blog Romancemeetslife  and showed my colleagues and of 
course an argument ensued. Three of us ladies are from Anambra (hot chics. Lol) and we beg to differ 
but the other people at the office seem to agree with the list. A few say this is a typical Owerri/Imo 
state Bride Price list, others say this is actually what the typical Bride Price list of the Igbos look 
like generally, as did the person who originally shared this. 

See the list below..


Ego maternity -N- 1,000
Body cream: lux soap; big towel, 1 each
Ego ogo cherem – 50,000
Yams 20 tubers
Snails 20
Okporoko (stockfish) 1 big tray
For the ngwa efere
Yams 40 pieces
Okporoko – 2
Ukwa anu ewu – 2
Morning rose powder – 24
Pomade – 20
Sugar – 10 packets
Ovaltine – 2 big size
Bar soap – 1 carton
Tablet soap – 1 carton
Tin milk – 1 carton
Bread – 24 loaves
Salt – 2 bags
Rice – 1 bag
Tomatoes tin – 1 carton
Red (palm)oil – 1 tin
Groundnut oil – 1 rubber
Kerosene – 1 tin
Maltina drink – 2 cartons
Soft drink – 6 crates
Onions – 40 bulbs
Ego ala abo – -N- 10,000
Ego nfotu ite – -N- 1000
Big basin – 2
Big umbrella – 2
George material – 2 pieces
Hollandis material – 2 pieces
Blouse material – 2 pieces
Head ties – 2
Wrist watch – 1
shoes – 2 pairs
Big box – 1
Lamp – 1
Hand bag – 1
Nigerian wax – 1 piece
Gold necklace and ear ring – 1 piece


Section A

8 Kola nuts or cost price

8 Gallons of palm wine or cash equivalent
8 heads of tobacco with potash
1 Goat for umunna
2 Crates of minerals
1 Carton of maltina
2 Cartons of star beer
1 Carton of Guinness small stout
8 Packets of Benson and Hedges
2 Bottles of Ground snuff
Lump sum (ogwe ego) – -N- 2,000
2 Bottles of seaman’s schnapps

Section B

Kola nuts or cash equivalent

20 Gallons of palm wine or cash equivalent
2 Crates of minerals
2 cartons of maltina
2 cartons of Guinness small stout
10 cartons of star beer
One roll of Benson and Hedges
12 Heads of tobacco with potash
4 bottles of seaman’s schnapps
4 bottles of ground snuff
Ego ala ezi – -N-1,500
Officers money – -N-1,000


32 kola nuts or cost price

30 gallons of palmwine or cost price
2 crates of minerals
2 cartons of maltina
2 cartons of Guinness small stout
10 crates of Star beer
Two rolls of Benson and Hedges
32 Heads of tobacco with potash
4 bottles of seaman’s schnapps
Umunna Ahuna Ego
Toasting of wine
1 bottle of seaman’s schnapps with 500 naira for Onye Eze (Village chief)
Ego Umuama -N- 1000
Ego mpatu Anya (Jealousy money) -N- 1,200
Ikpo Onu Aku Nwanyi (Bride price) – Negotiable

Btw the bride in the picture above is my good friend and blogger Nneka of


  1. Going through the list is stressful, and going through the shopping?! Mehn just tell me the total

  2. Lol @ section A, B and C. You go fear. When they say Igbos like money people will get angry but it's the truth.

  3. MBA am from orlu in IMO state and my bride price wasn't even half of this oh! My mother sent me off with more than 4x my bride price not including presents from my siblings. I think its relative orlu men are generally proud and don't take much from the boys family. Remember during my trad,the women s list was 2 crates of malt and 2k!

  4. I can't even laugh!!! I read only section A & B... Chei, this is a first for me- seeing such a list for an Igbo Trado (cos all my paternal cousins are Igbo & all married Igbos).

    But this is nothing compared to the Kalabari Traditional list. For starters they have not 1 but 3 Traditional marriages!!! LOL

  5. I'm from IMO state. Mine wasn't bad atall even my In-laws were surprised.

  6. Exxageration. This is is false biko


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