Edward Onoriode has quite a lot to say when it comes to inter-tribal marriages in Nigeria. The Delta state indigene went against all odds to marry a woman outside his tribe and revealed all that he went through in the process.
In his chat with Legit.ng, Onoriode spoke widely on intertribal marriages in Nigeria and how parents have pushed their wards into making wrong choices simply because they do not want them to marry outside the tribe. The young man who has been married to his wife, a Yoruba woman, for eight years explained why it is sometimes necessary to step outside one’s shores and find a life partner.
Onoriode who hails from Isoko local government area of Delta state is a bomb expert who works with the Nigerian police force. He shared his marital journey with Legit.ng from the comfort of his home explaining the intricate part of marriage and why a commitment as serious as that should not be done with ethnic sentiments.
The happily married man said that he thinks marriage should not be based on ethnicity or religious preferences, rather, choices should be made based on the attributes of the individuals involved. He also urged men out there to treat women equally since he is an advocate of gender equality.
Onoriode studied economics at the University of Lagos and graduated in the year 2010. His marriage to his beautiful wife has been blessed with three children with the third child barely three months old. Before the interview, the father of three had shared a post on Twitter where he talked about Nigerians being quick to put blames on tribes when problems arise.
In that post, he stated his position as a Delta state man who has enjoyed all the benefits opened to people in Yoruba land. He mentioned that his wife is Yoruba and her tribe has accommodated him so well. According to him, he doubts if the same arm of courtesy can ever be extended to Yorubas dwelling in other ethnic regions.
The interview he had with Legit.ng made us know that his step mother stood against his marital plans to his wife, a native of Ondo state. However, he stood his ground and made sure he got married to the woman after his heart. He mentioned that a friend of his once yielded to a wrong advice and ended up not enjoying his marriage.
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Onoriode sang the praise of Yoruba people while he reiterated how accommodating they are. He made reference to what happened during the 2019 general election in Lagos as Igbo people felt the Yorubas did not want them to cast their votes in some areas. He said politics should be treated as a separate entity without dragging the issue of ethnicity into it.
Politics should be restricted to political parties without Nigerians turning their backs on one another. He admonished Nigerians to embrace themselves and not hate anyone for belonging to a political party or ethnic group.
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