Engagement List Among the Fantes

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Fante’s are among the Akan people located in the Central and Western Coastal regions in Ghana.

Engagement list ffor Fantes

The Fante people are the third-largest ethnic group in Ghana apart from the Ashantis and Akuapem. Fantes have have their culture and traditional way of doing things just like other ethnic groups.

Traditional marriage rites are similar among all the Akan tribes. Fantes are one of the tribes among the Akans that do not joke with their marriage rite.

Due to this, they make sure the family of the groom-to-be met all the marriage requirements before proceeding with the ceremony.

The basic requirement includes the presentation of the engagement list to the family of the husband-to-be.

This post contains a list of items required from the groom-to-be.

Traditional marriage list for the Fantes

What are the items needed for engagement list? These items are to be provided:

  • Head drink: This is referred to as “tiri nsa” among the Akans. It is usually wine or whiskey.
  • Bottle of schnapps or whiskey
  • Traditional wax print: six pieces of traditional print is to be given to the bride.
  • Bride price: this includes some money and items to be given to the bride’s family. The items are determined by the taste of the family and the personal preference of the bride.
  • Money and a pair of sandals for the bride’s mother.
  • Bottle of whiskey for the bride’s father: some include money and a piece of cloth
  • Akontaseka: this is the money to be given to the bothers of the bride or her cousins if she has no brother.
Engagement list for Fantes
  • Suitcase: the suitcase is supposed to contain gifts for the bride-to-be. It contains items such as shoes, jewelry, headwear, lady wears, and other gifts
  • Money for the bride: this money is to be used by the bride to start a business or support an already existing business.
  • Exotic jewelry for the bride
  • Engagement ring
  • Engagement Bible
  • Cooking utensils
  • Food and drinks to be served to guests

What is a Ghanaian knocking? The knocking ceremony in Ghana is when the groom to be together with his family go and accept the lady’s hand in marriage. It is during this stage that the man reveals his plans of marrying their daughter.

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