Dating congolese man
The Luba are both patrilineal, in that descent, the inheritance of property rights, and the acquisition of citizenship are determined through the father's line, and "patrilocal," in that a man and his wife settle among the members of the husband's paternal lineage.The Luba practice polygamy, and "the first wife occupies a position of pre-eminence in respect to her co-wives" (Mukenge spring 2010, 21, 22, 26).In the past, the goat was not given to the bride's family if the woman was not a virgin, but nowadays this is not usually practiced.It is up to the family to decide what the accessories will be, but they always include oil and salt.After the delivery of the dowry, the celebration begins and the families get to know each other.
They also communicate her engagement to the entire neighbourhood so other men do not consider her for marriage (ibid.).
In a 26 April 2014 correspondence with the Research Directorate, a representative of Les anges du ciel, an NGO based in Kinshasa that advocates for the rights of minors and women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (n.d), provided the information in the following paragraph regarding marriage customs among the Luba.
When a woman accepts a marriage proposal, she invites the man to meet her parents and pay the dowry.
The parents of the woman invite all close and extended family members from both families to meet on an arranged date.
On that day, the father of the woman asks her if she consents to the marriage. The man and his family present the dowry, which usually consists of a sum of money (the actual dowry), clothing and footwear for the bride's parents, two goats (one of which is given to her mother for the virginity of the daughter), drink, and accessories.