Morning Teaser Must a woman take her husband's name after marriage?

Is there anything wrong if a married woman refuses to use her husband's name?

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Must a woman use her husband's name?

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In a divorce case currently ongoing at a Lagos High Court, the husband is urging the court to either compel his wife to take his start using his name or to leave his house.

He is not happy that his wife is still using her father's name on all her documents including her personal profiles, bank accounts and driver's licence.

To the husband, the wife he got married with his hard earned money is his property and as such, all former documents that has to do with her should be transferred to his name.

But the wife's argument is that even before she got married to him, she had been running her documents in her father's name and she saw no need to change the name. She says that is no reason for her husband to think she does not belong to him.

This issue of not taking a husband's name has caused rifts in several homes and was even thrown up for debate when world renowned writer, Chimamanda Adiche came out to say that though she has been married for years, she has never used her husband's name.

The practice is prevalent in the entertainment industry where most actresses keep their fathers' names even when they are married.

Many are of the view that there is nothing really in a name but on Morning Teaser today, we ask: is there anything wrong in a married woman refusing to add her husband's name to hers?

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