So once again, Nollywood legend, Pete Edochie has provoked the ire of feminists after he rained insults on men who kneel down while proposing to their beloved.
In case you missed out on the gist here is it
Pete Edochie had this to say about men who kneel down to propose to their women.pic.twitter.com/olgxdf3GWh
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) February 20, 2020
This latest video wreaked havoc on social media as people spoke for and against Pete Edochie’s points.
In no time, Pete Edochie became a trending topic on Twitter.
When the wife you knelt down to propose to tells you to order Uber Eats tonight cause she’s too tired to cook.
Pete Edochie: pic.twitter.com/Fk9vE7E6Tq
— Wole (@Kingwole) February 21, 2020
Pete Edochie prefaced his comments on marriage proposal with a caveat that he isa firm believer and advocate of the “sacrocance” of the “essence” of Igbo culture. Now,to my fellow Igbos,show me the aspect of our culture that permits you to kneel when you propose?I want to learn.
— Mazi Gburugburu (@Mazigburugburu1) February 21, 2020
I'd listen to a Pete Edochie who's been married for going on 50 years for ideas. and then decide what to do, not you with your 2-year old teething one.
Please go and take several seats.
You people think marriage is telemundo.
— Ikenna Ronald Nzimora (@ronaldnzimora) February 21, 2020
Pete Edochie no get range sha. You’ll think Oga was acting, meanwhile all that time, he was just being himself lol!
— Bruce Bateman Esq (@sugabillionaire) February 21, 2020
So this is what Pete Edochie meant when he said we shouldn’t be kneeling down. Who else is taking notes? 📝🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/xKaNRTE8d3
— DemoLa (@Demo__UK) February 21, 2020
Insulting Pete Edochie is pointless. Lol.
1. He's old and has lived all his life submerged in patriarchy
2. He's igbo
3. He's igbo.
— Nkoli (@TheUnscripted_) February 21, 2020
Papa Adeboye (who has been married for 53 years) and Pete Edochie (who has been married for 51 years) shared their views on marriage and relationship, you're bashing them.
You that can't even keep a relationship for 6 months forming woke on Twitter with your cheap data. Radarada!
— Ajayi Taiwo 🔴 (@tayelolu_LordB) February 20, 2020
When you really get into the mindset of older Nigerians, you'd understand why we are where we are.
The older generation has nothing progressive to offer us and they show it every day.
Pete Edochie didn't make any sense here, his mindset on this subject is just horrible. https://t.co/Xx7MVgxBuh
— Mayowa (@Mayoveli) February 20, 2020
I’m sure she told Pete Edochie to kneel down when proposing😂pic.twitter.com/YKk59uLCRr
— Samuel Mbah (@__Mbah) February 20, 2020
After I kneel down to propose to my fiancée
Me to Pete Edochie: pic.twitter.com/QKVJOxeTno
— Jollof Daddy • Educated Marlian (@partyjollof_) February 20, 2020
Twitter user: I won't kneel for my husband on my traditional wedding day.
Feminist: Yaaas girl. Preaaaach.. As it should be. Why should we kneel?
Pete Edochie: It is very wrong for a man to kneel before his wife in the name of proposing.
Feminists: Release the Kraken!!!!!!
— Ogechukwu Onye Life (@kingsleynovich) February 20, 2020
Why didn’t he say this earlier? pic.twitter.com/01MtOV1mzs
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) February 21, 2020
So as you can see, everybody wanted to have a go at the topic and it was very interesting to watch.
Before you start telling us your point of view, let us put a few facts into perspective.
AFRICAN TRADITIONS ARE MOSTLY PATRIARCHAL
Except a pockets of exceptions, the majority of cultures and traditions in African societies are not user-friendly for modern-day feminists and we have to accept that. Men have been seen as the center-point of the society and women relegated to the sole role of care-givers and managers of the homestead.
With this in mind, we must remember that in the course of the video, Pete Edochie reiterated his subscription to his culture.
He is an Igbo man, this writer is an Igbo man and he can tell you for certain that there’s nothing feminist about most Igbo traditions. For example, where I am from, women do not inherit anything when family property is being shared.
Have you been to an Igbo traditional wedding? Like a proper Igba Nkwu Nwanyi? You’d notice that the only kneeling done during the ceremony is by the wife to the husband and she even has to serve him palmwine while at it.
So if Pete Edochie’s words are taken on the premise of the fact that he is a staunch believer and follower of the Igbo tradition, kneeling down to propose is a silent abomination.
In modern Western traditions, when a couple separates, more often than not, the properties of the man are shared with as much as about half of it going to the woman. Can we honestly try this in African cultures? I laugh in omenana!
So while a lot of people, this writer inclusive, subscribe to the concept of equality, we have to understand that it is what it is and we would have to wait for a long minute before the rest of our people get to the place where our minds are regarding these things.