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"Don't misunderstand her gesture, 'Choggu' is a fascinating ritual among Dagombas" - Blogger Jibriel Suliah

Managing Editor of Yenkasatv, Jibriel Suliah has thrown more light on 'choggu', a fascinating ritual which is being held during traditional marriage ceremonies among the Dagomba people of Northern Ghana.

Mr. Suliah took to his Instagram handle to make the explanation after some scores of netizens misunderstood a gesture exhibited by a young lady in a viral wedding video which happened over the weekend.

Jibriel explained that the tradition is particularly prominent among the Dagomba people, where it serves as a dramatic and symbolic representation of the family dynamics in polygamous households.

During the marriage ceremony, the groom's existing wives, along with other influential female relatives such as grandmothers and young women believed to be reincarnations of past family members, take center stage.

These women, he noted physically block the groom’s path to the site where the marriage rites are to be performed.

This act is not merely a playful obstruction but a significant demonstration of their status and influence within the family.

Jibriel noted that the groom is then required to negotiate with these women to gain their permission to proceed with the marriage.

This negotiation, he added often involves the giving of gifts or money, serving as a token of appreciation and respect for their position.

The ritual of 'choggu' underscores the importance of harmony and mutual respect among the co-wives and within the extended family unit.

It is a vivid reminder of the delicate balance of power and respect that characterizes polygamous family structures.

'Choggu' is more than just a ceremonial hurdle; it reflects the broader cultural values of the Dagomba people. It highlights respect, negotiation, and the intricate dynamics of family life.

This tradition ensures that new relationships are integrated smoothly into the existing family framework, promoting unity and understanding among all members.

In essence, 'choggu' ceremonies provide a rich tapestry of cultural heritage, emphasizing the importance of familial harmony and respect in the vibrant social fabric of the Dagomba people.

This practice, while deeply rooted in tradition, offers a fascinating glimpse into the enduring values and complex social structures of Northern Ghanaian communities.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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