Like every other African Tradition – the Jukun people are a custodian of African culture and its beauty. Jukun marriage traditions and requirements are unique in such a way that it gives room for people to showcase their belief and customs.
In jukun marriage tradition, everyone is welcome to contribute their quota to the success of the wedding. Traditional jukun marriages are filled with fun, glamour and richly embedded in the culture of the people.
The Jukuns are the direct descendant of the people from the ancient Kwararafa Kingdom. Before the coming of Christianity and Islam, the Jukun’s are predominantly traditional worshipers.
While those in the hinterland in Plateau, Adamawa, Gombe and Northwestern part of Cameroon are fabric makers (tie and dye clothing). Their marriage rites are similar to the traditional jukun marriage in Taraba State.
Jukun Marriage Traditions
When marring a lady or girl from jukun tribe you are assured of a pocket-friendly traditional wedding. It has been proven that jukun marriage and wedding requirements are the cheapest in Taraba state. Sincerely, this statement is true!
This has made many Jukun men come back home to pick a wife in order to retain the rich cultural heritage of the Jukun people. However, that does not mean an inter-religious or cross-cultural marriage is not encouraged.
The Jukun are polygamous, aside from those who practice Christianity. Jukun marriage and requirements are less stressful and one of the most colorful events in the entire Taraba State.
The Jukun detest divorce and go out of their way to see that their marriages work. When all efforts and negotiation fails divorce may take place, and if the following happens – impotence/bareness, when the insanity of a spouse is lost, adultery and leaving spouse for more than 12 months for no genuine reasons.
Jukun Marriage Tradition and Requirements (Bride price)
The minimum age for marriage for a Jukun girl is 18 years. The Jukun marriage is only biding when the father or guardian of the girl gives their consent.
The marriage contract can only take place when the bride price is presented and payment of customary gift to the father or guardian of the bride. Therefore, marriage is only recognized in Jukun tradition when the intending husband fulfills all necessary marriage rites and requirement.
During courtship with a jukun lady; the traditional marriage requirements and bride price must be attained. As the man is expected to give the woman a certain amount of money as her entitlement or as betrothed money called Abegya – N 200.
The bride price in Jukun traditional marriage is relatively small. They are as follows;
- Abeben (Brideprice) N600
- Andu (handbag & handkerchief) for the woman
- Ane-Vyo (going to farm) – for father-in-law (N600) & Mother-in law (N500)
- Greeting of in-laws – any amount
- Abewagaben (Solemnization money) – N100 , this can only take place when requirement (i – iv) has been meet.
- Upyotvyo (money for roofing father in-law’s house) – N300
- Sitting on in law’s mat – N500
- Bride’s Paternal grandmother – N100
- Bag of maize
- Bag of guinea corn
- 30ft of Zana (Woven grass) for fencing his father in-law compound
- 18 sticks for the fencing of father in-law’s compound.
Before the wedding day
In jukun land there are few items the groom needs to present as the discussion of wedding rite is been deliberated upon, and this is what makes the traditional marriage requirements and bride price of jukun stand out. The items presented before the wedding day is as follows;
- Groom pays N100,
- 12 calabashes of Kola nuts,
- Gallon of Kerosene
On the wedding day, all the traditional marriage requirements and bride price must have been met or more than half of the items on the list paid before the ceremony can proceed.
- The groom pays N50
- bride cousins –N50
- N50 to groom’s younger relations(Mouth opening)
- 4 basins of Burukutu (local liquor)
- 3 basins of Kununzaki (Local guinea corn juice).
After the wedding
After all merriment and celebrations, they are some things the groom needs to fulfill in the Jukun marriage requirements and pride price. Some of such items, the Groom should present to the bride’s family are;
- 2 basins of the local liquor
- 1 basin of Kunu
- 2 gallon of palm oil.
With this information, I believe you are well informed about Jukun marriage traditions, requirements and bride price.
Happy married life!!
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