Pete Edochie is a legendary Nollywood actor who is known for acting epic roles in movies for over 4 decades. All through his prime until recent time, he is not known for controversies as both an actor and as an elder state-man.
But a viral video retrieved on Thursday, January 23, 2020, projected the 72-year-old actor in a different light. In the viral video, the movie icon said it is wrong for a man to kneel before a woman in the name of he wants to propose marriage to her.
It has become a universal norm for a man to go down on his knees to ask a lady for her hand in marriage. The trend which started in the western world – America and western Europe, has gradually taken over the process of getting a woman to say “Yes” in modern-day Nigeria. They say it signifies how much you value the heart of the lady.
On the contrary, Pete Edochie who spoke in an interview using the Igbo language said such a display is not acceptable in the Igbo culture.
While trying to justify his point, the veteran actor said when a man kneels before a woman in order to propose marriage to her, the man has handed over the authority of the marriage to the woman.
In his definition of marriage in Igbo culture, the actor used the scenario of an Igbo Traditional wedding to justify his point. According to him, during a traditional Igbo wedding ceremony, a lady would kneel down to offer a man wine which signifies that she has accepted the man as her husband.
Pete Edochie said: “Kneeling down to propose to a woman is totally wrong, it is not our lifestyle. Kneeling before a girl in Igbo tradition means you are handing over the authority to her. She becomes the head of the family.
“Marriage in Igbo tradition is when a lady gives her husband wine while kneeling down. What does it signify? That the man has been accepted as the husband of the lady. It is the lady who knees before the husband, not vice versa.”