The Luba practice polygamy, and "the first wife occupies a position of pre-eminence in respect to her co-wives" (Mukenge spring 2010, 21, 22, 26).
In a 26 April 2014 correspondence with the Research Directorate, a representative of Les anges du ciel, an NGO based in Kinshasa that advocates for the rights of minors and women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (n.d), provided the information in the following paragraph regarding marriage customs among the Luba.
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With a population of over 80 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated officially Francophone country, the fourth most-populated nation in Africa and the eighteenth most populated country in the world.
The territory of the DR Congo was first settled by humans around 90,000 years ago.
The family is a source of legitimacy, social recognition, status, acceptability, and identity, and determines an individual's rights and privileges in society.