African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Article in Press

Codification of African customary marriage into statutory marriage law in Zimbabwe, 1890-1964: At what point should an African couple be considered married?

Ngundu Onesimus A.

  •  Received: 07 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 07 June 2018
The article is about the codification of African marriage into statutory marriage law in colonial Zimbabwe. The process resulted in less anticipated and not-yet resolved social and moral dilemmas that have ever since confronted African couples at marriage due to the co-existence of African traditional marriage practice and the imposed European tradition of civil marriage. A new paradigm which integrates the two systems is proposed as a workable answer to the question: At what point should an African couple be considered married?

Keywords: Customary marriage – valid and legitimate African marriage- solemnisation of African marriage –social and moral dilemmas- new marriage paradigm