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lobola

Syllabification: lo·bo·la
Pronunciation: /lōbələ
 
/
(also lobolo /ləˈbōlō/)

Definition of lobola in English:

noun

1(Among southern African peoples) a bride price, especially one paid with cattle.
Example sentences
  • Xolani abducted her and took her to this home, made an instalment payment on the lobola to Nokwanda's mother, and then went to work at a factory in Johannesburg to earn the money to pay the remainder of the five cows debt.
  • Marriage rates have plunged in southern Africa since the 1970s, partly because young men cannot afford the lobola, or bride price, required in cattle.
  • This lobola traditionally involves cattle or other livestock, but in modern times money settlements have been accepted.
1.1The practice of paying a bride price.
Example sentences
  • Nomakhuze Solwandle of the Masonwabisane Women's Support Group said her organisation supported the custom of lobola and would welcome any suggestion to curb corruption within the practice.
  • Is the old Xhosa tradition of lobola going to be forgotten, and is the head of the kraal going to be two people in future?
  • That custom lacks the quaintness of lobola and in my world, it would be called kidnapping.

Origin

Zulu and Xhosa.

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