Ghanaian actress and television presenter, Vicky Zugah has words of advice for parents.
She raised serious concerns about how marriage has been portrayed as a trophy for most African women.
She said they should teach them that marriage is only part of life which is a whole journey.
She wrote: “A lot of Africans especially women, have been raised to see marriage as “trophy”.
Most Africans make it look like when one isn’t married after a certain age then it is a taboo, a sin or something must definitely be wrong with the person. This is the reason victims get depressed, suffer and die in abusive marriages.
“Dear parents, We can change this narrative. Let us teach our daughters especially,
that life is a whole journey and marriage is only a PART of that journey. That marriage is a beautiful thing but then again a failed marriage isn’t a failed life and it is better to return home alive if it doesn’t work than to endure and return in a casket. Teach them to choose “Miss” over “The late Mrs”.
“Warn them never to threaten an abusive partner with divorce. They must first leave unannounced then seek divorce from afar. Let us teach them how to be financially independent and not solely depend on their partners for things they can do for themselves. Etc Etc Etc YES WE CAN!…”