by Dolapo Adelana
Nollywood actress Bimbo Akintola has said the time has come for society to change the way it discusses marriage.
Akintola, who said this in an interview with The Punch added thatshe sees nothing wrong in being a babymama.
On the issue of marriage, she said, “It’s also something I think we need to look at critically, because it seems we are creating more trouble for people, as marriages are now crashing within six months or even less. This is partly because the society puts a lot of pressure on people to get married. Shouldn’t we take a step backward and ask ourselves what we are doing wrong. It’s not about how soon, but how well? I think it’s time we realised that marriage is such a serious thing. Shouldn’t we allow people make their choices by themselves, without pressure? Parents should stop putting pressure on their children. Many women are divorced now and in some cases, there is serious fight and both of them would be fighting over the custody of the child. We need to start changing the way we look at marriage. It’s important we get married but marry at your own time.”
Akintola said she had no issues with having kids outside wedlock as the world we live in now is one where things are changing.
“Of course, I can. Definitely I can do it because I don’t see anything wrong with it. Things are changing in the world at large. If you look around, you would find a lot of women are having babies and taking care of themselves. It’s everywhere. There are women who are not actors but are single mothers, and for a lot of people I think it’s about their biological clock. Instead of waiting for manna from heaven and you know there is no manna, and you feel the need to have children, then do it.”
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.