Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie has vehemently debunked rumors that he maltreats his wife and physically abuses her.
Clearing the air in a latest interview, Mr Edochie stated that for the 52 years he married his wife, he has never laid a hand on her and neither has any of his four sons maltreated their wives.
“I don’t like seeing women crying because it hurts me deeply. But it is the fault of the woman herself a lot of times.”
“To be honest, the understanding of women is low. I’m not a misogynist, but I’ve associated with them a lot, even at work. Feminism has no place in our culture. We don’t worship women as the whites do,” he added.
“In the west, women could join forces and accuse a male colleague of assault. The man resigns. This can’t happen in our culture. As a young woman, if pedestrians don’t admire you, you’d weep for fear of not being beautiful.
“I’m a strong adherent of culture. Kneeling to put a ring on a woman’s hands is not our culture. Any man who does that transfers the headship of his family to that woman. Until my dad died at 96, he never knelt to propose.
“It’s just like kneeling down on entering a church because there’s a higher being to whom you’re paying respect. Men climb trees to tap palm wine. How does it look if women do the same? Today women dictate to me.
“It wasn’t like that in our days. How women talk to men nowadays isn’t how we were raised. My mother was never beaten. My wife and I have been married for 52 years. I never beat her. My five married sons don’t beat their wives.”he concluded.