Elsie Uzoma, the ex-wife of Nigerian comedian Bright Okpocha, widely known as Basketmouth, has urged Nigerians to stop putting pressure on women to marry.
The mother of two, whose marriage to Basketmouth ended recently, took to Instagram to share a video in which she discussed how women are constantly shamed for not marrying at a certain age.
People should understand that if a woman is single or unmarried, it is most likely because she is taking her time or hasn’t met the right person yet.
She claimed that marriage requires a lot of work and that if people are forced to marry before they are ready, they may eventually leave the union.
In her words, “I feel like it’s only in this part of the world that people make a big fuss about a woman not being married at a certain age.” You hear questions like, “Aunty, why are you not married?”
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“Is she going to marry herself? Some even go so far as to ask, “Se you no go go born one? We need to understand that when a woman isn’t married, it is because she is taking time or hasn’t found the right one.”
On Thursday, December 22, the father of four made the announcement via his verified Instagram page, promising to peacefully co-parent their children with his wife Elsie, now the marriage chancellor.
Speaking objectively, it’s difficult to encourage single ladies or those who are still in marriage to take advice from a divorcee unless the divorcee had walked away from the marriage on the basis of abuse.