Most people believe celebrity weddings are packing up every minute. Check any news feed right now and you’re likely to read of one that’s just hit the rocks.
Three years ago, we ran a strong editorial, asking: ‘Who will save celeb marriages?‘
‘At a time when global moral values are on a rapid decline, it is not surprising that the nuclear family structure, and the conventional marriage institution, is greatly endangered. Marriages appear to be breaking up more than ever before. Single parenting is on a steady rise while the number of young people who are developing a phobia for marriage is alarming. For those who get married, and indeed, the marriages that seem to ‘survive’, stories of trouble abound: Married couples now cheat on each other with reckless abandon; the rate of spousal abuse is on the high; some of those who stay on do so for reasons other than those for which the marriage was contracted.’
But the truth is this: We’re only hearing more of celeb marriages going under because we hear more of celebs anyway. Look around you. Your friends from school, your colleagues, your cousins and friends; even your siblings. Most of us can point to family and friends having bad marriages or walking out of what was once heaven on earth. Marriage is a lot of work. You never stop putting in work until either partner drops dead. And because marriage, especially in an environment like Nigeria, is to many, what English and Mathematics are to college students, most young people feel obliged to take the plunge, even when they’re sure the circumstances are not right. Continue reading…