The Bride Price - section 1


1. ‘My father has [[inherited]] everything your father owned, and he has [["inherited"]] your mother too’.(2)
2. 'That woman was [[inherited]] by her husband's brother. He is a chief - an obi.
3. 'I'm glad I [[inherited]] Ma Blackie,' he thought. 'Now the girl's bride price will come to me.
4. He had already [[inherited]] his brother's wife and everything his brother owned, and now he was looking forward to getting a good bride price for his brother's daughter.


1. Some people are such good [[mourners]] that they are paid to [[mourn (v.)]] for complete strangers.
2. Aku-nna and Nna-nndo were the chief [[mourners]].
3. Aku-nna did not stop, even when the other [[mourners]] became tired
4. Then, gradually, the [[mourners]] became tired, and the singing and dancing and crying stopped.
5. Akinwunmi Street in Lagos had never seen such a long line of [[mourners]] on their way to the graveyard.
6. She had to stay there for nine full moons and [[mourn]] for her dead husband.(v.)
7. In Nigeria [[mourning]] is an art. (n.)
8. As soon as family and friends in Lagos heard of Ezekiel's death, the [[mourning]] began.(n.)
9. It became a day of [[mourning]] for Okonkwo's brother, Ezekiel Odia.(n.)
10. According to these traditions, Ma Blackie spent nine months in her special [[mourning]] hut.(adj.)

SWOLLEN (adj.)

1. Uzo looked troubled, and Aku-nna noticed for the first time that her eyes were red and [[swollen]].
2. Suddenly Aku-nna understood the reason for the sudden visitors, their red, [[swollen]] eyes and the uncomfortable silences.
3. They gave her some cooked yam, but she could not eat it because her mouth was too sore and [[swollen]].
4. Gently he rubbed her tight, [[swollen]] stomach, which looked so huge beside her thin little arms and legs.
5. Now it had begun to trouble Ezekiel again, and the other foot was starting to [[swell]] too.(v.)
6. They want to find out why his feet are [[swelling]] like that.(v.)
7. Her father never talked about it, but his wounded foot often [[swelled]] up, particularly during the rainy season.(v.)
8. The factory doctor did his best, and the native doctors asked the spirits to make the foot well again, but still it sometimes [[swelled]] up.(v.)


1. 'My father was a good [[provider]].
2. 'Who bought rich gifts for his children? Who was a good [[provider]]?' On and on they went.
3. 'Aku-nna's bride price will [[provide]] that money. She will marry a rich man, and make us rich too.(v.)
4. ''How clever of my brother,' thought Okonkwo, 'to [[provide]] for his son in this way. Why didn't I think of that for my sons?'(v.)


1. Dick laughed at Aku-nna, but today he seemed kind and [[sympathetic]]. She wondered why.
2. Ma Blackie called out to them and they hurried to welcome the Odia family. They were kind and [[sympathetic]].
3. He became very ill, but the medicine men were [[unsympathetic]].(adj.)
4. But on this burning-hot day Aku-nna forgot all about her bride price and felt a new [[sympathy]] towards her father.(n.)


1. She moved nearer to him, sharing his [[anxiety]].
2. But the [[anxiety]] was still there. Something was very wrong, and she knew it.
3. 'Leave? Where are you going?' The [[anxiety]] in her voice showed how much she cared.
4. He'll be back for his evening meal. So why is he looking so [[anxious]], so disturbed?'(adj.)
5. Aku-nna could not answer. She just looked up at his [[anxious]] face, then down at his neat white shoes. (adj.)
6. But now Chike was [[anxious]]. Aku-nna seemed so frightened and worried.(adj.)
7. Chike remained gentle and loving with her, but his eyes were large and [[anxious]].(adj.)
8. There he stood, [[anxiously]] turning his old hat over and over in his hands. Aku-nna came nearer to him.(adv.)
9. Uncle Joseph looked at her a little [[anxiously]]. 'I'm thirsty,'he said.(adv.)
10. 'What will he do next?' she thought [[anxiously]].(adv.)

SORE (adj.)

1. She looked up at Uncle Uche, and she saw for the first time that his eyes looked red and [[sore]].
2. Her eyes were red and [[sore]] from the smoke and her chest felt tight and painful.
3. She could not answer; her throat was still too [[sore]].
4. Come on, let's get some bananas for your [[sore]] throat. Mine is [[sore]] too, after all that crying.'(2X)
5. Ngbeke shouted until her throat was [[sore]].
6. Her whole face was stiff and [[sore]] and she moved like an old woman.
7. They gave her some cooked yam, but she could not eat it because her mouth was too [[sore]] and swollen.


1. She sat on the [[veranda]] outside the house, watching and waiting for her father.(2X)
2. 'Father has been away exactly three weeks,' thought Aku-nna as she sat on the [[veranda]].
3. Each new arrival looked at the two children, listened for a moment to Aku-nna's crying, then went out onto the [[veranda]] and started to cry too.
4. They welcomed Chike and Aku-nna kindly and showed them the hut with its three large rooms and its wide, airy [[veranda]].


1. Akinwunmi Street in Lagos had never seen such a long line of mourners on their way to the [[graveyard]].
2. Aku-nna took her brother's hand and they walked together out of the [[graveyard]].
3. Ezekiel's body was lowered into the [[grave]].(n.)
4. Aku-nna watched her brother pouring a handful of sand into the [[grave]].(n.)
5. The [[gravediggers]] were impatient to finish the job.(n.)


1. When they were bleeding like this, women were 'unclean' and for those few days each month, there were a lot of things they were not [[allowed]] to do.
2. The people of Ibuza never forgave him for this and never, for example, [[allowed]] him to become a chief.
3. No nice girl from a good family is [[allowed]] to talk to him.'
4. During that time she was not [[allowed]] to leave her hut, or have a bath, or cut or comb her hair.
5. She's not [[allowed]] to play rough games in the moonlight, or to join in the dancing at Christmas.
6. Now that she was a woman, the young men of the village were [[allowed]] to visit her.
7. Two young people fall in love, but the custom of their people will not [[allow]] them to marry.
8. But in the eyes of his own people Chike still belonged to a family who had once been slaves, and no free man would [[allow]] a slave to marry his daughter.
9. According to native tradition, the river god did not [[allow]] unclean women in his river.