Veteran actor Pete Edochie has blamed feminism for the increasing cases of domestic violence in the African contemporary society.
Speaking to BBC Igbo, the actor said women are at fault in most of the incidents of domestic violence, lamenting that today’s women don’t know how to do the basic things women ought to do to keep their husbands happy.
He said, “Feminism isn’t something black people are known for. Once a woman leaves her parents to meet her husband and take his surname, she is to be submissive to him. If she wasn’t married, she can do whatever she wants.
“Our women now plunge into feminism nowadays.
“They can’t even keep their husbands anymore. Is that a good thing? These women are schooled but a lot of wives now can’t even cook — one thing that a woman should be good in so as to be able to keep her husband.
“Today, our wives can’t even cook anymore. Women who can’t cook aren’t supposed to call themselves women.”
On how feminism is responsible for domestic violence, he said, “…Feminism is what causes women to be beaten up in marriages. You complain to a woman and she retorts.
“It becomes unbearable, so you stretch your arm and deal her a slap. Domestic violence starts. I don’t like seeing women crying because it hurts me deeply. But it is the fault of the woman herself a lot of times.”
The septuagenarian also reiterated that kneeling to propose to a woman is ‘unAfrican’.
“I’m a strong adherent of culture. Kneeling to put a ring on a woman’s hands is not our culture. Any man who does that transfers the headship of his family to that woman.
“It’s just like kneeling down on entering a church because there’s a higher being to whom you’re paying respect,” he said.
Edochie recently caused a stir on social media when he revealed how his 40-year-old father had married his 15-year-old mother and how she had remained shy even after giving birth to many children.