Tribe’s historical K98,000 bride price payment

It was history in the making for the Nakanai tribe of West New Britain Province when they paid K98,000 in cash as bride price.

The tribe recently took part in a bride price ceremony at Gavuone village in the Abau district of Central Province, paying for Captain Steward Kadiko’s wife.

After months of planning and preparation, Captain Kadiko has decided to finally pay bride price for his wife as a sign of chieftaincy in his tribe.

Raised in a Nakanai culture, Capt Kadiko always kept his traditional values close to heart.

Last Thursday, he flew in 70 of his tribesmen from Hoskins in West New Britain to witness the occasion.

The Nakanai tribe is known for its famous ‘Rai’ dance, performed by both women and men.

Captain Kadiko took part in this special dance to bring the bride price to his wife’s family.

The captain is currently flying Air Niugini’s F100 aircraft while his father, Captain Emmanuel Kadiko, was previously attached to Travel Air.

Captain Kadiko’s younger brother, Damien, is also an aviator. He is employed by Air Niugini as a civil aviation engineer.





Freddy Mou