Lobola (loh-boh-lah) – this is the bride dowry/price in southern African culture. It is traditionally paid with cattle or equivalent monetary value. The average price can range from 11 cows up to 15, and more, for royal blood. It is considered a token of appreciation to the bride’s family for raising her and allowing her to help build the man’s home.
This tradition comes after “ukucela” - asking for her hand in marriage – the first introduction of the man to the woman’s family. This is where he announces his intentions and is advised on the requirements for the bride price.
Read further: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobolo