- A new trend is showing that some women don't mind paying for their own lobola
- Experts believe that it's the younger generation of women who are pushing for this change
- Others believe that this trend is a mockery of culture
Women seem to be giving into the pressures of society as more and more are considering paying for their own lobola.
In most African tribes, lobola is bridal price payable in cash or cows, which the prospective husband gives to the family of a prospective wife in order to begin the process of marriage.
Lately, those cultural norms have been challenged by women who are either impatient to get married or feel sorry for their partners who can't afford lobola.
According to SowetanLive, many women have taken to social media to admit that they would assist their men with lobola money. However, a sociologist argues that women might be into the trend because lobola has been viewed like a bride price and felt that they were being bought.
Speaking to the popular publication, sociologist Shafinaaz Hassim said that the younger generation of women don't appreciate the idea of being bought. Some therefore reason to pay the dowry themselves. This prevents the feeling of being sold but also keeps the elders happy.
Founder of Izimbali Zesizwe Organisation, Sylvia Manqele, strongly criticised this recent trend. He warned that this practice is against cultural norms. He says that women who pay their own lobola are targets of mockery from the rest of the family.
Founder of Izimbali Zesizwe Organisation, Sylvia Manqele, strongly criticised this recent trend. He warned that this practice is against cultural norms. He says that women who pay their own lobola are targets of mockery from the rest of the family. er. Briefly.co.za gathered she explained her sister used her tuition money to pay her own lobola.
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