IMPORTANCE OF PAYING DOWRY IN TRADITIONAL AFRICAN SOCIETY
1. Dowry unified the communities of the man and the wife.
2. When young women were married, their parents lost their labor, Dowry payments compensated for this loss.
3. Men paid dowry as a sign of commitment to their wife and parents.
4. Women whose dowry was paid, were exempted from getting remarried. Dowry therefore signified that the woman was in a permanent marriage relationship. It was a sign of assurance therefore for the woman that she was lawfully married to whomever paid the dowry.
5. Dowry was used to empower the bride's family economically and more often such as the Kisii community, it was used to empower the bride's young brothers with resources to marry.
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