Socio-economic Contributions of Bride Price Payment and its Implications on Women’s Access to, and Ownership of Land in Wa West District, Ghana

Authors

  • Samuel Ziem Bonye
  • David Wuollah-Dire
  • Frederick Der Bebelleh

Keywords:

bride price payment implications, access and ownership, agricultural land, socioeconomic, women

Abstract

While scholarly literature exists on bride price payment as a cultural practice and women access and ownership to agricultural land, there is limited research on the relationship between bride price payment and women’s access to, and ownership of land in Ghana. This paper examines the relationship between bride price payment and women’s access to, and ownership of land among the Dagara, Waala and Brifor people in the Wa West District, Ghana. Using a qualitative approach, 21 In-depth Interviews and 10 Focus Group Discussions were held with men and women, Chiefs, Clan heads and Tendana or Tengansob to ascertain their perspectives on the socioeconomic benefits of bride price payment and how it affects women’s access to, and ownership of land. Through thematic analysis, the study finds that, bride price payment has both social and economic benefits, and that women’s access to, and ownership of land is hinged on their marital status and relationships with other male family members. The study further reveals that, land ownership was by the patrilineal system of inheritance along male members. The paper recommends the need for the Custodians of the customs to develop local legislation, and undertake some cultural reorganization where possible to allow women more access to, and ownership of land

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Published

2020-12-31

How to Cite

Bonye, S. Z., Wuollah-Dire, D., & Bebelleh, F. D. (2020). Socio-economic Contributions of Bride Price Payment and its Implications on Women’s Access to, and Ownership of Land in Wa West District, Ghana. ADRRI Journal (Multidisciplinary), 29(1(6), 143-166. Retrieved from https://journals.adrri.org/index.php/adrrij/article/view/597