What is the importance of the bride price in "The Lion and the Jewel" by Wole Soyinka?

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The bride price is a dowry that has to be paid in order for Lakunle to be allowed to marry Sidi. Sidi, like most people in her community, takes the bride price very seriously. To her, it is what determines her worth. Lakunle, on the other hand, being educated and obsessed with the abandoning of Africa's more regressive traditions, refuses to pay the bride price because he considers it to be barbaric and antiquated. We eventually learn, of course, that Lakunle is far more interested in the financial...

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