Readers Say Nkeiru's Family Should Return Her Bride Price

Readers Say Nkeiru's Family Should Return Her Bride Price Readers Say Nkeiru's Family Should Return Her Bride Price

Nkeiru is still mourning husband who died only six months ago but her in-laws want her to get married to her late husband's elder brother.

But De Nduka is one man she has no feelings for as he is not only a loafer wasting his life in the village but a known womanizer whose love for widows in legendary.

Read her story here.

"My name is Nkeiru, a 28-year-old mother of two. I am in deep trouble at the moment because just six months after my husband, Charles, died in a ghastly motor accident, his family wants me to marry his older brother.

I got married to Charles five years ago and we had two daughters before his untimely demise and while I am still mourning my husband, his family came up with the nastiest thing anyone can ever imagine.

They want me to get married to De Nduka, a man old enough to be my father so that I will give birth to male children who will keep Charles lineage in the family.

De Nduka, I must say, is one loafer who stays in the village and all he does is drink and chase after widows.

When my husband was alive, he was the bread winner of the family as he had a thriving business in Lagos as was the one responsible for the whole family even though he was the last child and the second son.

While De Nduka roamed the village, constituting a nuisance, Charles was the enterprising one. My late husband was the one who took care of De Nduka's family. He paid the school fees for his seven children, gave him money to take care of his own family and was practically the head of the family.

Charles was on his way to Onitsha to supply his customers with goods when the vehicle he boarded ran into a trailer, killing everyone on board.

After his burial, the family insisted I stayed back at home for the mandatory one year mourning period not minding that I also had my business to attend to while my children also had to go back to school.

I was still coming to terms with that when the threw me that devastating bomb: that they had concluded plans for me to marry De Nduka since I had no male child for my late husband.

I was shocked at the pronouncement, especially seeing that I was still in mourning. I told them plainly that I would never get married to De Nduka but they told me that it was the family's decision and I had no say in it since their culture demands such.

I have vowed to dare them this time around even though they have told me to make life a hell for me even if I go ahead to marry another man.

I don't know how to get myself out of their grip because I was married in the traditional way. I just hope they would not harm me and my children.


The teaser for the day was:

Do you advise Nkeiru to get married to Charles elder brother?

How Nigeria voted:

Yes, she should go ahead to marry the brother as culture demands - 12%

No, she should not allow such culture to tie her down - 32%

She should file for a divorce immediately - 11%

Her family should wade in and return her bride price - 45%

How would you vote on this issue?

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