Throughout Africa, couples can not marry unless some form of gift or other material goods have been given to the parents and family of the bride.This is exactly what Meshack Nkosi from Graveville in Emjindini did to marry Bongiwe Mnisi. He paid lobola to the Mnisi family on Saturday.
This is exactly what Meshack Nkosi from Graveville in Emjindini did to marry Bongiwe Mnisi. He paid lobola to the Mnisi family on Saturday.
The cultural ceremony took place at Msimango Street at Spearville in Emjindini.
Family members from both the Nkosis and Mnisis as well as friends and relatives gathered to celebrate the union.
Barberton Times was there to witness the occasion.
Speaking to this publication, Nkosi said he first met his “lovely wife” at a soccer match at Mbombela Stadium.
“My eyes, followed by my heart, stuck to her like glue. Since that day my conscious told me that this is the woman I’m prepared to spend the rest of my life with. This culminated in today’s events,” said Nkosi.
Lobola, in Swazi culture, is a token of gratitude on the part of the bridegroom’s family to those of the bride for their care given to her and for allowing her to become his wife.
It is a demonstration of how much the girl is valued by both sides. It denotes respectability, worthiness and appreciation.
As a valued person in marriage, she is not stolen, but given away under mutual agreement between the two families. The gift elevates the value attached to her both as a person and as a wife.