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lobola

, lobolo
(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
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If a man cannot afford lobola when the couple moves in together, payments may proceed over months or even years; in such cases, nonmarital partnerships may eventually make the transition to marriages.
Secondly, there is a connection between Lobola and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV and Aids.
Understanding the dynamics of lobola is useful for investigating contemporary issues of sexual and reproductive choice, potentially illuminating perceptions of abortion.
Feeling betrayed not only by her community but also by her own parents, whose concern is for the 13 head of cattle and the horse that they will receive as lobola for her, Nokulunga fiercely resists her young husband-to-be, Xolani, when he tries to take her by force.
High levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa mean that some men cannot afford to pay inhlawulo (damages for impregnating a girl) or lobola (Richter et al.
Although the particular requirements for lobola and the name given to the practice differ among ethnic groups, there are some similarities across communities.
Many parents now consider lobola to be reimbursement for expenses they incurred in raising and educating a daughter (Chikovore et al.
Table 1: Zulu culture and health beliefs Zulu vocabulary amaZulu Zulu race/nation izangoma divine healers izingcabo traditional incisions KwaZulu 'place of Heaven' lobola custom of groom dowry muti traditional medicines ukusoma 'thigh sex' umhlanga virginity testing Zulu 'Heaven'
Preparations before the African wedding involve extensive negotiations between the respective extended families in order to agree on payment, lobola, with the actual wedding being a grand community celebration.
Examples of works in which this occurs are Mpe's Welcome to Our Hillbrow, Nape a Motana's Fanie Fourie's Lobola (2007) and Siphiwo Mahala's When a Man Cries (2007), as well of course as The Cry of Winnie Mandela.