This youth corper likes to 'catch girls young'

Of all the things to worry about, it's weather a teenager is ready for marriage he chooses to worry about.

Guys, meet Immanuel Ifediata. He's 26 years old, teaches English Teacher at Federal Science & Technical College, Awka, Anambra State.

He studied English at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, one of the oldest and best universities in Nigeria. There's he most likely learned the importance of things like context in grammar and everything else it is that English students learn to save them from ridiculous blunders.

Which brings us to why we're here.

Immanuel made some pretty disturbing statements on Facebook that is driving the Internet crazy. He shared on his Facebook page:

To summarise what he said;

He implied that there are not enough good women to settle down with. He implied that girls are obsessed with money.

Here's the disturbing part:

"Last week, one girl I like in the Unity College where I teach approached me after their WASSCE exam and told me she was hungry. So I told her to go to the tuck shop and take anything she wants to eat. I expected her to consume, at least N500 but by the time I came to pay the bill, the sales girl said it's N100. I burst into laughter.

Go and catch them young. Leave the old cargoes for those who willingly decide to be their maga."

What is Immanuel's business 'liking' a girl he should be teaching?

The problem with Immanuel is that the kids he should see as students, he sees them as potential partners. Where he should be looking at them and seeing future leaders, and successful people, he sees potential wives. This is one problem with Immanuel's statement.

Even more disturbing is how he refers to secondary school girls as more "loyal and naive".

Naive (adjective): (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement. Innocent.

What safety does a female student have when a male teacher sees her in this light?

Immanuel is part of a bigger Nigerian problem.

Immanuel went on to apologise in another Facebook post where he said:

"...I have been misunderstood largely because of my choice of words. I apologize for the controversy and mixed reactions that trailed the message. Maybe it failed to convey the message in the right way. I am sorry for the confusion it might have caused."

But in truth, Immanuel is a part of a bigger Nigerian problem, where a woman is only rated by how good she'll become as a wife. Not including how much she can contribute to the society as a a doctor, or as an engineer, or even as a president.

It's why no matter how successful a woman gets, you'll still see questions like "Do you still cook for you husband?" or "Do you wash your husband's clothes"?

The question is, aren't there bigger issues to be worrying about?


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