~ Positive Atmosphere for the Youths of Upata Kingdom of Ekpeye ethnic
groups in Ahoada-East LGA, Rivers State as a Marriage Bye-law enacted
2018 is now fully operational.
By this new written law, every
family intending to give their daughters out in marriage are mandated to
follow the adopted marriage list, which clearly spells out every dime
suitors are to spend throughout the traditional marriage rite.
to this Bye-law, marriage list had become so expensive in Ekpeye land
that only oil company workers could afford to clear all stages and
receive their wives.
Many families extorted as high as Two
Million naira from prospective sons-in-law. This led to unwanted
pregnancies, moral decadence, youth restiveness and what have you.
who wish to marry from Upata can do so with a flattering sum of N30,000
bride price and a maximum of N177,000 to clear the list, including
excursion of the bride to her new home.
There is a committee
set-up by Igbu Upata Traditional Council to monitor strict compliance
against relatives who would still want to “sell” their daughters in the
name of marriage.
This has been made possible by His Majesty, Eze
Felix Enene Otuwarikpo (PhD, AP, JP, FNIPR), Regent Ekpeye Logbo, Eze
Igbu Upata III.
Ibe O. Ibe,