Ace actress, Patience Ozokwor, has expressed worry about the divorce culture in contemporary marriages, saying she fears for what the younger generation are learning from their parents.
The 62-year-old mother-of-four made this known in an interview on Rubbin Minds Show with Bolanle Olukanni which aired on Channels Television, when asked:
What are your thoughts on the way marriages are appearing to seem, do you feel like there is a room for change or you prefer this new generation where people have their own agencies to pick and choose how they marry?
”That is not Marriage for me, that is just relationship that could be broken anytime. For me, Marriage is forever until death do us part and that’s the way I brought up my children and that’s what I’m looking out for. By God’s grace with prayers it’s working out for me.
What we have today baffles me, and I feel for their children because I don’t know how they would learn something better from their parents.
We are praying for this generation and the generations to come, that is our duties as good mothers, because without our prayers what you see today is a child’s play in the future. It will be worst and that is what I don’t want to hear. I don’t want my generation yet to come to have such problems so I start today to pray for it.”
The grandma fondly called ‘Mama G’ made a comparison with her time when marriages were arranged by parents and relatives while couples are left with no choice adding that she never divorced her own husband even when he was battling a terminal illness. She shared further:
“When you find that the man is already sick with a terminal disease, you have to battle with training the children and helping him out. He’s your husband. You can’t deny it and you must do your duty as a wife.
“Coming from a Christian background, we are not allowed to divorce. That gave me the courage to really do what I could. I remember the first time he went into a coma.
“When he recovered and came back, he said he wouldn’t believe it if anyone told him I would be able to take care of him like that. Everyone thought I was going to burst out and say I’m done with this but I couldn’t.”