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The Top 5 Reasons Divorce Rate is Low in Africa

With Valentine’s day having been just last week, we’d thought it’d be appropriate to share with you guys the top 5 reasons why the divorce rate is low in Africa in comparison to other continents.

Overall, marriages are coordinated in ritualistic procedures. “African weddings are a spiritual and social family affair that involve the combining of two lives, two families, and even two communities,” quoted by the African Holocaust. In other words, marriage is not only between a man and a woman, but rather it’s a commencement of the conjoining two families: the man’s family and the woman’s family. Maybe you’re more of a Kim Kardashian and just recently ended your 72-day marriage; maybe you’re even the Brittney Spears type who and think it’s appropriate to casually end a 55-hour marriage; or maybe you’re just someone wanting to know why divorce rate is so low on the continent of Africa. Either way, whoever you are or whatever type you believe yourself to be, read this post and feel free share your what you feel about it.
1. The bride is bought for a price

Pre Marriage: Whenever a man is interested in marrying a woman, he along with his family, will gather at the father of the bride’s home, and there they discuss the bride price of the bride. A bride price consists usually of money, in some instances land, animals such as cows and goats, etc. The father of the bride determines, by negotiation, what he will desire in order for him to give his daughter up for marriage.

2. A manual background check is made

Pre Marriage: The crucial decision of making certain that the woman is fit for the man to marry goes as far as an act espionage taken by a relative on the man’s behalf. The relative watches over the bride-to-be’s compound carefully in order to ensure that she comes from a good place. The results eventually travel back to the father of the groom.

3. There are usually two weddings

Before the white wedding takes place, there’s a traditional wedding. By the time these two weddings are completed, both families will create a closer bond with each other and a spiritual covenant has been established.

4. The community helps resolve the conflict

If there is a problem in a marriage, it is discussed by both of the couple’s families. The conflict is often resolved through the guidance of others and solutions are suggested. Extended families and residents from the community also assist in resolving conflicts to try to preserve the marriage.

5. The spouse know their roles

Most African women were taught that no matter how high they are in status, they are to submit to their husbands. Most African men are taught to love their wives and provide for the family. This is the main secret for keeping a marriage. Usually when the roles are switched, it leads to divorce in an African home.

Do you agree or disagree with the Top 5 reasons that we’ve listed for divorce being low in African nations? Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear you out.

-Ugo

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Marriage

  1. You guys should read about the divorce rates in Southern African countries , especially South Africa and then maybe review your article…

    Posted by Busi | February 19, 2012, 9:27 AM
    • Well of course the divorce rate is going to be high in South Africa, that’s where all the white people scurried to after their attempt to colonize all of Africa. And whites are much less likely to respect the sanctity of marriage, do I need to bring statistics into this? It’s kind of common knowledge, they just don’t respect it The title should have been “Top 5 Reasons Divorce Rate is Low in Africa (Everywhere but South Africa)” Then there wouldn’t be this room for criticism. I’m kind of being sarcastic but I honestly do believe that is why the divorce rate is high in South Africa. South Africa has the highest concentration of whites. I’d like to see the divorce rate of South Africa compared to that of other African nations. I’m sure South Africa’s high rates are monstrous compared to others. And even then, I’m sure the rate doesn’t compare to other rates across the globe.

      Posted by julian | February 19, 2012, 9:49 AM
      • Sarcasm aside you may be right , although in South Africa divorces are higher amongst the (indigenous, because white people in South Africa are “African” , in case you didn’t know , haha)African population but I suppose its the “inheritence” of the mining industry.

        Posted by Busi | February 19, 2012, 12:27 PM
        • Sarcasm aside this is an interesting discussion because now I’m wondering if the high rates of South Africa skew the average of all other African nations. Never before have I known Africans to divorce at rates as high as those of Europe and parts of North America. Honestly I have never known another ethnicity other than Caucasians to divorce so frivolously. Even in he country of the Unities States of America where divorce is so high, I wonder amongst what race and/or ethnicities these divorces are taking place. Not to sound racist but I feel as though most minorities have a great sense of family. Casually getting a divorce would rip the family apart as well as dissolve a new family (the new bond of the man and woman’s family) that took so long to create and so much trust to establish. But this is all research enthused and I’m not interested in research. Great point though Busi! Although I didn’t really understand the mining industry reference. Haha.. don’t know much about South African history because it’s repulsive. And I don’t mean that in a demeaning way to South Africa, I share the same disgust when looking into America’s history reading about the treatment of enslaved people.

          Posted by julian | February 19, 2012, 12:43 PM

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