Afrobeat singer explains why Nigerian marriages no longer last

One of the sons of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has given reasons why Nigerian marriages no longer last, based on his own point of view.

It's an open secret that Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, does not buy the idea of marriage, and he has on several occassions said that he would not get married.

In a recent interview with Encomium magazine, the artiste who is also a songwriter and saxophonist, is of the opinion that Nigerian marriages no longer last because people are getting married for the wrong reasons.

Seun who is one of the sons of late Afrobeat legend, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, also believes one of the causes of this marital decline, is that women are not submissive anymore, especially the working ones.

Read excerpts from the interview below:

"I don't believe in marriage. The truth is, the marriage institution in Nigeria has collapsed. Nobody is getting married for long anymore. On the average, it's within a year. Although they still marry, they separate. The thing responsible for it is that people get married for the wrong reasons. As a matter of fact, the institution of marriage is fading away in the traditional sense of marriage - for love; for better or worse; and all sort. It's fading because women are no longer submissive.

"For you to live together with someone for life, someone must be submissive. That is easier when women are not working, and they depend on their husband. But now, its becoming difficult because they are working; making more money even more than the men. The situation is terrible. Even if you as a man is not looking outside, your wife will look."

He added: "I've made a decision and my partner already agreed. In fact there was a wedding we went attended in Ibadan, the couple broke up at the reception. Because of picture, the bride's father wanted to take first, the groom's father said No and they started quarreling. The couple broke up at the reception. How about that?"

Concerning his late father's polygamous marriage, Seun said: "About my father marrying 27 wives, if you look deep, you will discover that in 1986 my father divorced all his wives. People seem to forget this fact. It also goes to buttress my point that says marriage is becoming a fading institution. Fela was the epitome of marriage. First, he married one woman, then he married 26 at once. He has experienced both, and later he came out to say marriage is bad. What about that?"

What about that indeed!Well, what do you guys have to say about this? Do you agree with the singer's perspective or not? What are your own views on the topic?

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