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Should africans consider marriage

love, marriage, education, cohabitation.

“The grasshopper is caught in the morning and finding marriage
is while you are still young (teen).”

It is a trustworthy saying when our ancestors emphasized the importance of marriage in our African society. Yes, catching the grasshopper is done in the morning while its wings are covered with dew and finding the marriage is while you are still young (when you are still a teenager hood). Suffice to say that African ladies are a mine of beauty. Since it is during the teenager hood when a young girl reaches puberty stage, a lot of teachings concerning marriage were inculcated in the mind of young girls especially during initiation ceremonies to mark the start of adulthood. Nowadays young ladies don’t rush into getting married because of wanting to obtain higher education. However, that does not stop them from having sex or even getting into cohabitation in their places of learning. My concern, nevertheless, is not whether or not people should get married while young, but it is about the alarming numbers of young girls who are HIV/AIDS positive today. My goodness! Statistics show that girls are at a high risk of contracting the disease because their sexual organs are still small and when involved in sex. They can sustain bruises which makes thaw entrance of the HIV virus very easy into the body of the person concerned. Should we catch the grasshopper in the morning, in the afternoon or we should not try to catch the grasshopper at all. May those who are contemplating on wanting to get married never forget to do themselves a favor by not going for V.C.T because if the ignore that death will be knocking on their doors soon .




Published: 2007-01-12
Author: philemon chiswamo

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What is true love if one may ask? Is it only about kissing each other in public places, is it holding each other’s hand when walking, is it about opening doors of the car to each other, is it about sitting next to each other and patting each other’s back (even if you are in church where you are required to concentrate on God!), is it all about expressing one’s feelings by giving flowers and those cards full words that one hardly means (in a long term relationship at least)? Should we limit true love to these things only?





No! Of course not. Though some of these things earlier mentioned may be some expressions of love, true love resides in the heart of an individual. My argument is if you check the divorce rate for these countries where the so called “true love” is, you will be shocked to learn that there is no love at all. Marriages are contracts not permanent institutions any longer. Some may argue that African women don’t enjoy marriage life but they just endure in there (shipikisha club). Whichever the case could be, for them (African women) to endure in those marriages, it means they have learned over the years good conflict resolution skills.



However, let us look at the HIV/AIDS situation in marriages. Should couples file in for divorce because his/her spouse is HIV/AIDS positive or they should continue living together when we know that the risk of contracting HIC virus even by using the condom is quite high? It is interesting to note that many Africans especially women have hanged in there on the basis of “for better for worse vow”. Yes, lovers ought to share a Nsole in all situations

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