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Understanding Same-sex Marriage Traditions in Igbo Culture: Perspectives and Practices

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In Igbo land, there are intriguing marriage customs that might seem unusual to outsiders. One such tradition permits a woman to pay dowry for another woman and call her ‘wife.’ However, this same tradition strictly forbids a man from marrying another man.

Igbo tribe are groups of people with unique cultures and traditions. In this setup, men are considered the heads, and women are expected to be submissive. Despite the exposure of women, certain restrictions exist within Igbo culture. Let’s explore these aspects.

In Igbo culture, men generally have more freedom compared to women. There’s a unique rule allowing women to marry each other, which raises questions about why such a practice exists. Unlike men, who face restrictions on marrying their fellow men, women can legally marry each other, referring to their partner as their ‘husband.’

The reason behind this distinction lies in the Igbo belief that every man represents a head or captain (Obi). Men are expected to continue their lineage independently. Marrying a fellow man would disrupt this lineage structure, as two captains cannot be on the same ship.

Moreover, many Igbo communities do not recognize children born outside wedlock, emphasizing the importance of a man paying a bride price to claim his offspring. Since men cannot bear children, marrying them would serve no purpose in continuing the family line.

On the other hand, women marrying women has a specific purpose in Igbo culture. One significant reason is the need for procreation. If a woman fails to bear children for her husband before his death, Igbo tradition permits her to marry another woman. This new wife is expected to bear children in the name of the late husband, ensuring the continuity of the family lineage.

Another scenario involves a woman designated to bear children in her father’s name. If she fails to conceive or give birth to male children, she is allowed to marry a woman who will fulfill this role.

The responsibility for procreation in woman-to-woman marriage is determined through mutual agreement. Both women involved decide who will be responsible for fathering the children, either choosing from the husband’s kindred or from outside.

While this practice has advantages like ensuring lineage continuity, it has drawbacks. Woman-to-woman marriages are believed to contribute to promiscuity, sometimes leading to the neglect of the main family. Issues such as the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and the potential exploitation of vulnerable women also arise.

Importantly, woman-to-woman marriage in Igbo culture is distinct from lesbianism. In Igbo tradition, it does not involve a sexual relationship between the women; instead, they seek male partners outside the marriage for such purposes. Understanding these cultural practices sheds light on the complexities and nuances within Igbo marriage traditions.

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‘Why I love Bobrisky’ – Tolani Baj

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‘Why I love Bobrisky’ – Tolani Baj

Big Brother Naija reality star and disc jockey, Tolani Baj, has expressed her admiration for embattled cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, aka Bobrisky.

She said she loves Bobrisky because he chooses whatever gender he wants to play at any point in time.

The reality star spoke in the teaser of the upcoming episode of the Bahd and Boujee Podcast, co-hosted by her and actress Moet Abebe.

“This is why I love Bobrisky, right? Bobrisky wakes up and plays a character; he, she, baby, whatever pronoun he likes,” she said.

Bobrisky, a self-proclaimed transwoman, admitted to being a man in court on Friday during his sentence for naira abuse and mutilation.

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People Claiming I Am The Father Of Mohbad’s Son Are Trying To Tarnish My Image – Oba Elegushi

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The Elegushi of the Ikate, Elegushi Kingdom, Lagos State, Oba Saheed Elegushi, has denied allegations claiming he is the father of Late Mohbad’s son, Liam Aloba.

Speaking via a statement by his media consultant, Deyemi Saka, the monarch described the rumors as a desperate attempt to tarnish his reputation by dragging him into the paternity dispute of Liam.

reports that following the passing of Mohbad, the paternity of his son has been called into question.

Mohbad’s father, Joseph Aloba, insisted on a paternity test to ascertain if the late singer was indeed the father of his grandson.

Among the reactions to the paternity dispute was the allegation that Oba Elegushi could have fathered Mohbad’s son.

A TikToker by the name Oloriebimusicproduction2, made several posts on his TikTok page, alleging that the monarch might be implicated in the death of the late Mohbad.

It was also claimed that the monarch was leveraging his influence to obstruct justice for the late singer.

Reacting to the allegation, the monarch insisted that they were baseless accusations aimed at soiling him image.

Oba Elegushi also disclosed that a petition has been filed against individuals propagating these allegations.

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South Sudan’s first female pilot Aluel Bol Aluenge has risen to the position of captain with a major American airline company Delta AirLines after working with Ethiopian Airlines and FlyDubai.

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South Sudan’s first female pilot Aluel Bol Aluenge has risen to the position of captain with a major American airline company Delta AirLines after working with Ethiopian Airlines and FlyDubai.

Your hard work and perseverance have paid off. Congratulations to you sister, your brain is taking you far!

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