Nyalong Ngong Deng is a Dinka Awerial, Yirol – South Sudan. She is Africa’s expensive girl to be married in competitive marriage of six rich men.
After attracting six suitors, all tycoons, 17-year-old South Sudanese virgin from the Awerial area Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, is finally off the shelf.
Nyalong brought an end to the long extraordinary journey in search of an appropriate suitor on Friday when she exchanged vows with businessman Kok Alat in a flamboyant wedding in Juba.
The competition for her hand in marriage was ‘won’ by Mr Kok Alat after he outshone five other men, including a Deputy Governor, by paying 530 cows, three Land cruiser V8 cars and $10,000 for Mary Dinka girl making her arguably the foremost expensive bride by African standards.
Well, most of the South Sudan marriages are seen as fairs where families trade their daughters for cows, Nyalong’s case is an unusual one by virtue of being the foremost lavish. aside from Kok Alat, the opposite suitors had equally tabled humongous offers including Deputy Governor Hon David Mayom Riak’s 353 cows with bonuses including ‘first class’ land.
According to Dinka customary laws, the utmost dowry is merely 70 to 250 cows which suggests just in case of a divorce, the person will get back but what he gave because of children.
In the Dinka culture, men willing to marry got to convince the girl’s family that they have the desired qualities and are ready to take excellent care of their daughter, and this is often portrayed through the power to satisfy dowry terms.
It is from here that contestants are allowed to battle it out and therefore the best son-in-law ‘selected.’ In Kok Alat’s case, his competitors were unable to match his offer. Therefore, Nyalong’s family members made the choice which will see her cross the River Nile to be the wife of the multimillionaire.
In fact, her immediate community was so pleased with her that on Saturday 3rd November 2018, they held a historic sent offer celebration for her characterized by dances, songs and ululations from fellow girls and ladies as they congratulated and bid her goodbye.