TVC’s Tope Mark-Odigie has defended the man who removed his wife’s womb with the help of a doctor without his wife’s consent. A Nigerian doctor had shared the story online saying the man didn’t want to have more kids after agreeing with his wife that they would only have 3 and they now have 5, and so connived with the doctor to remove her womb after their 5th child arrived.
Now speaking this morning, one of the hosts of TVC’s show, The View, took sides with the man saying he owns her. Her words;
”We cannot behave like the western world. We are in Nigeria and we are in Africa. We are a people that will tell a man to prostrate for hundred times to marry one woman. We are the one that will ask a man to bring a million Naira, to bring a goat, to buy everything possible because you are giving over that woman unto the man to take care of her, to make decisions for her, as long as you own her. As long as we still live within that rule, we cannot begin to form westernized. We cannot begin to form modernity. We cannot begin to form feminism. Except we want to expunge traditional marriage.
So, we are going to do legal wedding which means that I am bound only by the laws of this marriage. Then if my husband does anything contrary to my legal rights, of which we have shared everything in the marriage 50-50. If you want to do culture, do culture. If you want to do modern 21st century family setting, then you focus on that. But you cannot eat your cake and have it. In our country, we have prioritized culture more than any other thing. A man has a right to decide how a woman should look. If he wants her to be slim or be fat he would say add weight. He would tell her I have bought you. I own you. So I tell you how to look. I tell you how I want your body to look. I control your life.”