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The bride price paid by a prospective husband among certain peoples in southern Africa.

[Zulu -lóbólà, dowry, give a dowry.]
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(lɔːˈbɔːlə; ləˈbəʊ-) or


(Anthropology & Ethnology) (in southern Africa) an African custom by which a bridegroom's family makes a payment in cattle or cash to the bride's family shortly before the marriage
[from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price]
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noun (S. African) dowry, portion, marriage settlement, dot (archaic) Following the tradition of lobola, the king's family paid 40 head of cattle for his new wife.
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In addition, livestock, especially cattle, was not merely a source of food but also a form of social capital important for negotiations, such as lobola and social investment for many communities.
"Interdire le mariage des mineurs, c'est-a-dire des garcons et des filles ages de moins de 18 ans, abolir l'exigence selon laquelle les femmes adultes doivent avoir le consentement de leurs tuteurs de droit coutumier avant de pouvoir se marier, abolir l'exigence selon laquelle une roora ou une lobola (prix de la mariee) doit etre payee pour qu'un mariage de droit coutumier soit valide[Le projet de loi n'interdira pas le paiement des roora ou lobola, mais stipulera simplement que le mariage sera valide meme s'il est non paye].
The topic of bogadi, or brideprice (often called lobola, as elsewhere in Southern Africa), came up frequently among the Legae family, with whom I conducted my fieldwork in a rural village in south-eastern Botswana.
They laughed when I told them that I don't even remember where we were: he simply asked what the lobola process was in my family.
Because it's Our Culture!' (Re)negotiating the Meaning of Lobola in Southern African Secondary Schools.
In his article entitled "Paying lobola when my wife dies: an African pastoral study about the practice of forcing people to pay lobola after their wives passed away," Baloyi (2014) indicates the dangers and challenges that such informal unions bring to the husbands and families in times of grief.
They were not considered worth of any wages from their village duties because all proceeds belonged to their husbands since they were part of men's property by virtue of the lobola paid for them (Gordon, 2003).
The payment of lobola (roora) in the Shona culture is viewed positively as a reinforcement that binds families, as a consequence getting previously unrelated families into relationship.
Socio-cultural functions of cattle include their use as bride price (lobola) and to settle disputes (as fine) in smallholder areas [26,19].
[36] argue that livestock, particularly cattle, form a fundamental part of the lives of rural people's lifestyle in South Africa, as cattle are often used in paying lobola (bride's worth) and other social activities.
In South Africa, marriage has often been described as a process that unfolds over time and is typically formalized through the payment of lobola (bridewealth) by the husband to the wife's family.
"Nongqawuse" is verkeerd gespel as "Nonquase" (57) en dit is onduidelik waarom "lobola" verafrikaans is terwyl bogadi kursief geskryf word (verkeerd gespel as "boghadi").