“We Marry For Children, Not Love In Africa” – Senator Utazi

Senator Chukwuka Utazi, representing Enugu north, has said Africans only marry for children and not for love.

He said this on Tuesday, while speaking on a bill seeking to prevent, control and manage sickle cell anaemia in Nigeria

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In his words; “it is painful to realise that an individual cannot marry his or her choice because of blood group.

This bill is taking me down the memory lane because I’m an AS carrier and when I was about getting married I moved into this orbit and I know what I went through because I was in love.

“I knew the trauma. After that incident, for five years I didn’t come out of it. So I am speaking from experience and I know how it pains that you have made a choice and you discover that the choice can’t work. Because in Africa, we marry for children, we don’t marry for love.”

He continued;
In the developed world, particulars of a child’s blood group is given at birth. A test is done to show the blood group, the genotype before leaving. In the birth certificate of the child, all those things are put in place.
”We should not be waiting for when people want to go and marry, that is when they will start checking their genotype and their blood group, it shouldn’t be.”
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