Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, has opened up on why she got married at the age of 18.
She disclosed this in a recent interview with BBC Yoruba.
According to her, she got married to her husband, Matthew Ekeinde at age 18 when she had become a millionaire.
Speaking on why she got married at age 18, she said:
“I was at the age of consent when I got married and above all, I was mature when I met my husband.”
Omotola furthered explain that he will not allow his son to marry at age 18 because he does not have his own money yet.
“Currently, I have only one child that is 18 years old, so the question is late. He is a boy and peradventure, he says he wants to get married, I will not allow it because he does not have his own money now.”
When asked if she would allow any of her children to marry at the age of 18 like she did, she said:
“One must apply wisdom or common sense in everything one does. People cannot say that because I married at 18, therefore they can also do it. The question is, ‘are you ready for marriage’? When I was at that age, I was ready. I had been working since I was 15-years-old and I had become a millionaire at the age of 18. That is a fact that a lot of people don’t know,” she told BBC Yoruba.
“I had my own money. I was not dependent on any man. Moreover, my father died early, so I was already responsible for my younger siblings. I was like their mother at that time, so I was very mature and financially prepared. One should not marry a man when one is not financially stable.”
Omotola added that she would consider some factors before allowing her child to get married.
“If one does that, one would be going into slavery or better still, prison. If any of my children, after considering all these factors, say they are ready for marriage, we (parents) would meet the person and if we like them, we would give them our blessings.”
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