One of Africa’s most exciting customs is her wedding traditions. Our weddings are uniquely fashioned to suit the life of those that relate to such customs.
Ewe traditional wedding is filled with so much joy and laughter, lots of Delicious foods & drinks, and beautiful dancing styles are not left out either.
Most traditional weddings in Ghana are similar in one way or the other but with some variations depending on the tribe.
The EWES are mostly found in Ghana (Volta Region), a few of them have also found in Togo and Southern Benin republic. They speak EWE language; the EWES are essentially patrilineal and they are also accommodating and very friendly people.
Today we will be looking into the Ewe traditional wedding custom in Ghana. Everything you need to know is here.
Ewe Traditional Wedding Custom
Marriages among the EWE people are patrilocal. When a man finds a woman to marry, he informs his people about his intention. The groom’s father will send his sister or the groom’s mother’s sister to the girl’s parent to arrange and ask for her hand in marriage.
After listening to what their prospective in-laws got to say, the girl’s father will ask for time for him to speak with his daughter about the issue and also inform his people/kindred.
During this time the bride’s family inquiries about the man (groom) and his family, to see if there are any questionable traits or character associated with them.
When the bride’s parent are satisfied with the outcome of the investigation and the girl, in her part has agreed to the proposal, words are sent out to the groom’s representatives informing them of the positive result (the bride’s family have agreed to go ahead with the traditional wedding plan).
A date is set for a second coming – two bottles of gin or whiskey are offered by the groom’s representatives, this payment is known as door knocking.
The Wedding Process
The wedding procedures kick off immediately, both families sent words to their far relatives informing them of their children’s traditional wedding.
Sometimes Ewe traditional wedding requirements or bride-price maybe too much for the groom to bear, so the groom and family can join forces to raise funds to take care of the bride-price the entire requirement.
When the bride-price payment is ready, the groom’s parent and his maternal aunties go-to girl’s home to pay for her hand in marriage and also settle other requirements (finalizing the marriage agreements).
This signified the formal handing of the bride to her new home. After that, the two families fix a date for the Ewe traditional wedding ceremony.
The Traditional Wedding Ceremony
Most Ewe traditional wedding ceremonies do take place in the groom’s family home. The event most time kicks off in the evening when all must have been back from the farm, market or fishing.
The bride is accompanied to her husband’s home by her mother’s sister, father’s sister, her friends, and little girls. They present a bundle of marriage cloth. The groom’s father received the bride and give thanks to the messengers.
Prayers and libations are offered for a fruitful union; both parents will take turn to advise the new couple.
The ceremony is marked with an elaborate celebration, dancing, and merriment. Entertainment and performance by local artiste are not left out.
Assorted traditional foods and drinks are served to guest. Everyone goes home happy after the celebration.
Items needed for Knocking
- Schnapps 2 Bottles (Foreign brand)
- Gin 1 Bottle
- Minerals 1 crate
- Cash GH ¢100
Traditional Marriage List Bride-Price/Dowry
- Engagement Ring and Holy Bible
- 6 Half pieces of Cloth (Real Wax)
- 6 pieces of Head Gear (Scarf)
- 2 Pair of Sandals and 2 Pair of Shoes (with Bag each)
- Ecolac Box (Big One)
- 2 set of Jewelry and Watch
- 12 Panties or Under wears
- 6 Night Wears
- 6 Brassiere
- Lady’ Waist Beads and 1 Traditional Pant(Very Important)
- 1 Catholic Hymnal
- GH¢ 600
- 2 Bottles of schnapps (Foreign One)
- 2 Bottle of Dry Gin
- 1 Bottle of whisky
- 1 Keg of Palm wine
- 2 Cartons of Beer
- 2 Crates of Minerals
- 2 Crate of Malt
- 1 Keg of home-brewed alcoholic drink (akpeteshie)
Money Given to In-Laws
- Father In- Law GH¢ 300
- Mother In Law GH¢ 180
- Brother In Laws GH¢ 100
- Half Piece of African print (Real Wax) for Mother In Law with Head Gear and Shoes
- 1 Full Piece of African print (Real Wax) for Father In Law (with 1 Sandals)
- Extended Family GH¢ 150
- Thank You money GH¢ 80
- A Plot of land
What children inherit from their parents is determined on the patrilineal ground. Land, houses, farmlands can become linage properties and are expected to remain in the linage.
Even though, many lineage lands are being broken up and sold to non-members. The Ewe traditional wedding is geared to help to continue the people’s ethnic and cultural believes to the coming generations.
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