Bimbo Akintola has very different views when it comes to marriages and single motherhood and they are bound to leave Nigerians scandalised!
The veteran actress believes that things are changing in the world and in Nigeria even with its staunch traditions.
In a recent interview with Punch, the actress said that women who have been waiting to find a husband can go ahead and have kids if they choose to, putting the biological clock into consideration.
When asked if she could be a single mom especially in our society, she said:
"Of course, I can. Definitely I can do it because I don’t see anything wrong with it. Things are changing in the world at large. If you look around, you would find a lot of women are having babies and taking care of themselves. It’s everywhere.
"There are women who are not actors but are single mothers, and for a lot of people I think it’s about their biological clock. Instead of waiting for manna from heaven and you know there is no manna, and you feel the need to have children, then do it."
Considering the issue from the Yoruba traditional point of view, seeing as they believe a woman is incomplete without a man, Akintola had this to say.
"We have to change our thinking, due to the time. You can’t be rooted in the past when the present and future are a totally different place. If you look at what is going on now, there are women looking for husband but can’t find.
"So would you now say because of that they shouldn’t have children? That’s unnecessary and it’s like making them suffer twice. I think for anybody that wants to have children, as long as you know you are capable of taking care of them financially and emotionally, why not."
On the pressure for women to get married, placed on them by society, she said, "I guess these questions arise because of the country we live in and the kind of people we are. It’s also something I think we need to look at critically, because it seems we are creating more trouble for people, as marriages are now crashing within six months or even less. This is partly because the society puts a lot of pressure on people to get married. Shouldn’t we take a step backward and ask ourselves what we are doing wrong.
"It’s not about how soon, but how well? I think it’s time we realised that marriage is such a serious thing. Shouldn’t we allow people make their choices by themselves, without pressure? Parents should stop putting pressure on their children.
"Many women are divorced now and in some cases, there is serious fight and both of them would be fighting over the custody of the child. We need to start changing the way we look at marriage. It’s important we get married but marry at your own time."
Bimbo Akintola has been in the movie industry for as long as we can remember and has played remarkable roles in all those years.
She has never been married and is yet to have any kids but who knows? That might be changing sooner than we think.