Marriage plays a big role in the lives of the Chewa people. When a Chewa man and woman agree to marry, the man informs his uncle (Mwini Mbumba) or any head of the family.
The uncle will then meet the woman’s uncle to make the man’s intentions known and make formal negotiations. During such meetings, the uncle of the man gives the woman’s uncle some money, household items or clothes. These gifts, known as “Chikole”, can be returned in case the marriage is terminated.