Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie says the popular act of going down on one knee to propose to a lady should not be encouraged.
He added that it was alien to Igbo culture and lifestyle, describing it as a “dissident tradition”.
According to Edochie, who spoke in a taped interview, kneeling for a lady in Igbo tradition means handing over authority to her.
“She becomes the head of the family,” the veteran actor said.
He added, “Marriage in Igbo tradition is when a lady gives her husband-to-be wine while kneeling down.
“What does it signify? That the man has been accepted as the husband of the lady.
“It is a lady who kneels before the husband, not vice versa.”
The 72-year-old disclosed that it was the duty of elders like him to correct “the children of this generation”.
“I have lived with my wife for 50 years. No one has ever settled a dispute for us, but I didn’t propose to her kneeling down.
“I just proposed my interest to her and she yielded after assessment.”
Comparing Igbo tradition to foreign ones, Edochie said, “Our brothers who travelled abroad with their wives come home empty-handed because the law over there support women and dispossess men of their properties.
“We cannot practise such in Igbo land.”
Kneeling down to propose to a lady is madness and not an Igbo tradition. – Pete Edochie. 😊 pic.twitter.com/N7bSSAL7I5
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