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First Visit - traditionally known as Ikuaka n'uzo

A suitor shall make the customary first visit to his prospective in-law accompanied by not more than four relatives and/or friends with not more than one gallon of palm wine.

A violation of this provision shall upon proof thereof render the suitor liable to a penalty of N100.00 (One hundred Naira) payable to the Oraifite Improvement Union (OIU).

Second Visit

On the second customary visit the suitor accompanied by not more than five persons shall present to his proposed in-law not more than two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu Enu), four gallons of raffia palm wine (Ngwo), one carton of beer, one crate of soft drinks and one bottle of gin where upon the host shall on this occasion present some food and entertainment to his guests.

An infringement of this provision shall on proof thereof attract a penalty of N200.00 (Two hundred Naira) payable to the Oraifite Improvement Union by the Suitor.

Third Visit

On the customary third visit, the suitor shall be accompanied by nine persons and he shall on this occasion present to the family of the prospective bribe not more than two gallons of palm wine (Nkwu Enu), four gallons of raffia palm wine (Ngwo), two cartons of beer, two crates of soft drinks and one bottle of choice spirit or hot drink.

The visitors or guests shall on this occasion be presented some food and entertainment.

A violation of this provision shall on proof thereof attract a penalty of N300.00 (Three hundred Naira) payable by the offender to the Oraifite Improvement Union.

Bride Price - traditionally known as Ime ego nwanyi

Bride price shall be in strict conformity with the provisions of Limitation of Dowry Law, Cap. 76, Laws of Eastern Nigeria, 1963, so however that the maximum bride price payable shall not exceed the sum of N60.00 (Sixty Naira).

Ima Ogodo

Not more than ten persons shall accompany the suitor on this occasion during which he shall present to the bride's family not more than the following items:

  • One native goat (Ewu Igbo)
  • Ten big yams
  • Ten big coco yams
  • One bunch of plaintains
  • One bunch of bananas
  • Two gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)
  • Eight Kola nuts and
  • One bottle of spirit (hot drink)

To the youths (Umu Okolobia) of the bride's family, kindred or village the suitor shall present on this occasion:

  • Two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu Enu) and
  • Four gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)

To the maidens (Umu Agboghobia) of the bride's family, kindred or village the suitor shall present on this occasion:

  • Two gallons of raffia palm wine (Ngwo) and
  • Two crates of soft drinks

To the bride's mother the suitor shall on this occasion present:

  • Four gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)
  • Two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu Enu) and
  • Two crates of soft drinks

To the married female members (Umu Okpu) of the bride's family, kindred or village the suitor shall on this occasion present:

  • Two gallons of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)
  • One gallons of palm wine (Nkwu Enu)
  • One crate of soft drinks and
  • the sum of N5.00 (Five Naira)

On this occasion all phonographic records, tapes, gifts of money and/or cartons of beer or other alcoholic beverages, except as herein above provided, are prohibited.

Any violation of the provisions of this sub-heads shall upon proof thereof attract a penalty of N500.00 (Five hundred Naira) payable by the suitor to the Oraifite Improvement Union (OIU).

Bachelor's Eve Celebrations

All forms of bachelor's eve and/or bride's send-off celebrations are hereby prohibited.

An infringement of this provision shall upon proof thereof make the suitor liable to a penalty of N1,000.00 (one thousand Naira) payable to the OIU.

Idu Uno

The bride's father may present to the bride the usual tradition and/or customary gifts.

The bride's father is prohibited from giving to the bride gifts of motor car, motorcycle, refrigerator, radio receiving set, television, real property (i.e. land or building, bed or cookers.

An infringement of this provision hereunder attracts a penalty of N1,000.00 (one thousand Naira) payable by the bride's father to the OIU.

IKPOLU UNO

Not more than ten persons shall accompany the bride's family to the suitor's home.

On this occasion the suitor's family shall present the bride's family with:

  • One native goat (Ewu Igbo)
  • Food and entertainment
  • A sum not exceeding N20.00 (Twenty Naira) to the bride's father and
  • A sum not exceeding N10.00 (Ten Naira) to the bride's mother

An infringement of this provisions hereunder attracts a penalty of N100.00 (one hundred Naira) payable by the culprit to the Oraifite Improvement Union.

Amalum Uzo Ogo

Only three persons, viz, the brode's father, mother and the middleman (witness to the customary marriage) shall visit the suitor's home for the purose of this customary occasion.

Igbu Ewu Nwa (presentation of Children to their Maternal Family)

This incident of customary marriage shall be retained but only twenty persons from the husband's family are allowed to attend.

Items of customary presents to the wife's family during this ceremony are limited and restricted to:

  • One native goat (Ewu Igbo) for a male child
  • One hen for a female child
  • Two gallions of palm wine (Nkwu-Enu)
  • Eight gallions of raffia palm wine (Ngwo)
  • Eight Kola nuts
  • Four cartons of beer
  • Four crates of soft drinks
  • One bottle of spirit (hot-drink) and
  • One bowl of food

Any gifts to the child or children of the marriage shall moderately consist of yams, cocoyams, plantains, coconut and money.

Any person who violates any of the provisions hereunder shall upon proof therof be liable to a penalty of N500.00 (Five hundred Naira) payable to the Oraifite Improvement Union.

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