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To kneel or not to kneel – The YNaija Cover | 21st February 2020

To kneel or not to kneel – The YNaija Cover | 21st February 2020

Veteran actor, Pete Edochie has drawn backlash from young Nigerians on social media following his remarks as contained in a viral video that first surfaced online on Thursday.

In the said video, Chief Edochie emphasized supposed ills associated with a Nigerian man kneeling while proposing to his fiancée, describing it as idiotic and unbefitting of any man who knows his onions. He further buttressed his argument with the point that such practice is alien to African culture and is only permissible in the ‘West’ where women are more powerful (to do and undo) in legal unions, while reiterating that doing so for African woman amounted to surrendering one’s destiny to her. ‘Okonkwo’ as he is prominently known, also insisted that he is in the best position to give such advice, having succeeded in marriage for 51 years without scandals.

In a series of reactions that started on Thursday and entered into late Friday, most Millenials and Gen Z did not found everything wrong with his statement, as many insisted that he was too old to know what should work in a generation like this.

Our Take:

Love and Marriage are very sensitive issues with no ‘one-size-fits-all’ principle deemed as being the most effective. While a number of variables (including background, exposure, culture, etc.) determines the attitude of would-be couples, parents and grandparents, obviously not of the aforementioned generation must realize that the world is evolving daily and new knowledge is consistently being churned out, thus influencing behavioural patterns in societal endeavours inclusive of marriage. In the end, each man should practise what works for him. Shikenah!

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