Controversial remarks have been stirred by Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo, a well-known Nigerian clergyman.
During a recent event, the relationship coach and counselor delved into the topic of early marriage for men, suggesting that tying the knot by the age of 24 is ideal.
He drew attention to the fact that in many developed nations, individuals as young as 18 are already living independently and bearing substantial responsibilities.
Pastor Okonkwo pointed to examples from Silicon Valley, where teenagers have achieved billionaire status and are actively engaged in revolutionary innovations.
In contrast, he highlighted the situation in Nigeria, where it’s not uncommon for a man to remain in his parental home until the age of 28, often being engaged in trivial tasks.
He expressed his bewilderment at the idea that men should reach the age of 23 or 24 without getting married, particularly when animals in the wild have already become grandparents by then.
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Furthermore, he underscored that young adults in developed countries have typically left their parents’ households by 18, facilitating a swift transition to shouldering responsibilities.
Pastor Okonkwo’s argument extended to Nigeria’s context, where he humorously depicted a scenario of a 28-year-old man still dependent on his mother, contrasting it with the accomplishments of Silicon Valley counterparts.
He emphasized the contrast between these young adults who are already shaping the world with groundbreaking innovations.