Dowry And Bushibukombe

by Moses Kaluba
(Solwezi, Zambia)

Paying dowry is a an African custom that cannot be substituted by anything else. Traditions must be preserved for our future generations. Bashibukombe plays a big role in every marriage arrangement. However, I don't think it's logical for any person to engage his grandfather as Shibukombe because he's an interested party. A shibukombe is a neutral person who relays information between the family of a man and that of a woman. In some cases between the families and bana Chimbusa (Marriage Counselors).


Shibukombe's role as his name "Shibukombe", derived from "Inkombe", meaning "Messenger", states, is just there to relay information from one party to the other. Bembas have a saying about Inkombe. A messenger does not alter the meaning and content of the message. He relays information objectively without taking personal interest. This is difficulty for a grandfather to do because of the existing relationship with the grandson.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Paying Dowry.




Please Book with Us...

Did you enjoy our site? We would love your support. Simply book your next trip anywhere (not only to Zambia) with the search box below or with any of the hotel links on the website...

Booking.com

Recent Posts

  1. Top Zambia Hotels, Lodges And Guesthouses - Best Prices Guaranteed!

    Looking for Zambia hotels, lodges and guesthouses? This is the right place for you!

    Read More

  2. AMB Apartments For Self-Catering Accommodation

    AMB Apartments offers the most comfortable self-catering fully furnished luxury accommodation for both long-term and short-term stay.

    Read More

  3. Cairo Apartments In Lusaka

    Cairo Apartments, centrally located in a great location in the city of Lusaka, offers air-conditioned accommodation.

    Read More