“Not For Sale”: Nigerian Father Returns Bride’s Dowry to Groom, Says He Gave Her Away with Love

“Not For Sale”: Nigerian Father Returns Bride’s Dowry to Groom, Says He Gave Her Away with Love

  • A viral TikTok video captured a Nigerian father giving back the dowry to the groom's family
  • The father explained that it was a Yoruba custom to return the bride's dowry, as he did not sell his daughter
  • He also blessed the groom with prosperity and wished him well in taking care of the bride

One of the most trending videos on TikTok recently featured a Nigerian father who surprised the groom's family by giving back the dowry money they had paid for his daughter.

The father, who belonged to the Yoruba ethnic group, explained that it was a customary practice in his culture to return the bride's dowry, as a sign of respect and appreciation.

Photo of father dowry
The father held the dowry. Photo credit: @preciousbee_alaga/TikTok
Source: TikTok

He said that he did not sell his daughter, but rather gave her away with love and joy. He then prayed for the groom to have a prosperous and successful life, and to treat his daughter well.

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In the video @preciousbee_alaga, the groom's family, who were touched by the father's gesture, gratefully accepted the dowry money and thanked him for his generosity and kindness.

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Legit.ng compiled some of the reactions below:

EmJ said:

“Many of you in the comment section do not know the difference between brideprice and dowry.”

Nemanltreats wrote:

“It means her family is not selling her,if the her,she can come home without fear of anything.”


“Bride price shuld be abolished really.it's sale weather ppl admit it or not.”

Pecky Empire:

“My bride price was returned and a dowry of 200 was taken from the money.. in my fathers words "l am not selling my only daughter.”


“That's because if anything happens to the girl, her body should be brought back to the father.”

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Seyi Funmi606:

“Yinmu If na billion dollar dem no Go ever return am dey play no b Africa parents?”

Linda Holley:

“Please explain someone the CUstoms. Dowry? Bride Price? Etc. I'm ADOS, many don't know. Thank you.”


“It means there daughter is not for sale.”


“My wife is Ondo and the use dis against me when it was time.”


“When they marry in America they don't pay bride price.”


“Dowry, the money. goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband or his family in marriage.”

Lilly Beauty:

“You don't return dowry rather if you feel it's much just take the little amount there and return the rest thats how igbos do.”

Lady gets pregnant just 1 month after dowry payment

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian lady has flaunted her baby bump on TikTok after getting pregnant just one month after her husband paid her bride price.

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The lady identified as @king__barbie on TikTok, jokingly stated that she never got to enjoy her marriage.

According to the lady, she got pregnant just one month after her husband paid her bride price. While flaunting her baby bump, the lady lamented that her husband never allowed her to enjoy the marriage before putting a baby in her womb.

Source: Legit.ng

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