Thursday, September 17, 2009

Same gender marriage in Igboland

Interesting article on pre-colonial traditions of same-sex marriage amongst the Igbos here. Can anyone recognise the lady on the right with the yellow gele?

16 comments:

Loomnie 10:39 am  

The link doesn't work.

Jeremy 11:19 am  

its sorted now.

Loomnie 11:34 am  

I saw the article some months ago.... I recently wrote a column in which I presented some cases that were documented by anthropologists. Still thinking of writing one on homosexuality.

Emi,  12:19 pm  

Ndidi Nwuneli

Anonymous,  5:07 pm  

Mr. Jeremy, has it occurred to you that the ladies in the picture may object to the use of their images on your blog?

Anonymous,  5:10 pm  

The pictures were published on the BBC Website some time ago: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4717608.stm

Sugarking 6:22 pm  

Who she be?

Anonymous,  7:18 pm  

Some Naija Chicago folks got married and decided to have the Nigerian Owambe somewhere in the East. Cant recall her name? Why are you interested? Aint you married? or you get someone wey dey interested?

Omosi T 7:49 pm  

Context is a big thing when reading articles like this. The main point of these marriages was to provide children in case the first wife was unable to have kids or to carry on a family name. It really had nothing to do with sexuality. IMO, this type of marriage is disrespectful to women. The woman is just there to provide children and nothing else, like a broodmare. Using something like this to gain more rights or freedoms is does not help anyone's case at all.

Anonymous,  10:55 pm  

my friend in Belgium recommended this blog to me so I was really excited. first of all the lady is Ndidi, founder of LEAP africa and youngest person to receive the Nigerian Honourary awards OON. I know this because she was one of my teachers, as I graduated from the LEAP institue. secondly am i getting something wrong or is the blogger of this blog a white person. And how did u get away with that been white and blogging about Nigeria or are you Nigerian or something. its all confusing is all i can say for now.

Anonymous,  12:54 am  

so what the blogger is white. He lives in Nigeria, so he is allowed to blog about Nigeria or anywhere for that matter. Does his whiteness offends you? or disturbs you enjoyment of the blog?

Anonymous,  12:20 am  

No his whiteness does not disturb me or offend me!!! Mr Anon, I dont even know why you are sounding upset in the first place. I seemly wanted to know because it was my friend who sent it to me and she is not African either, so I wanted to know why my friend had a particular interest in this nigerian blog. well I know now becos she was in a similar situation like the blogger. what is it sef?! is it a crime for somebody to ask question again! Anyways atleast you've given me what I wanted which was an answer. the blog is nice sha, white or no white but me-o! I am emailing the story to the lady in the picture at least make she no say she be superstar here!!!!!

Anonymous,  8:12 pm  

BULLSHIT! SAME GENDER MARRAIGE IN AMONG THE IGBO'S IS NOTHING SEXUAL. IT IS EVEN EXTREMELY WRONG TO EVEN LOOK AT IT AS SAME GENDER MARRIAGE AS THE DOWRY ARE PAID ON BEHALF OF A DEAD SON OR A WOMAN WITHOUT A CHILD. AND THE PURPOSE IS SOLELY FOR HER TO PRODUCE HEIRS. SO I DISAGREE WITH THE HUNGRY AUTHOR TRYNA GET SOME MEDIA ATTENTION. lesbianism is not part of the igbo community abeg!

Anonymous,  8:12 pm  

BULLSHIT! SAME GENDER MARRAIGE IN AMONG THE IGBO'S IS NOTHING SEXUAL. IT IS EVEN EXTREMELY WRONG TO EVEN LOOK AT IT AS SAME GENDER MARRIAGE AS THE DOWRY ARE PAID ON BEHALF OF A DEAD SON OR A WOMAN WITHOUT A CHILD. AND THE PURPOSE IS SOLELY FOR HER TO PRODUCE HEIRS. SO I DISAGREE WITH THE HUNGRY AUTHOR TRYNA GET SOME MEDIA ATTENTION. lesbianism is not part of the igbo community abeg!

Anonymous,  8:58 am  

Ok, so you got the picture from a public website but that doesnt mean you should include it with a post that may be controversial to a lot of people. And it would seem that you are linking her with the article even tho' you may just have been using the picture in reference to capture 'igbo weddings'

And then for emphasis, u pointedly ask a question about her....

Lanre 2:49 pm  

Mr Man, Great website. First time reader. However, it is irresponsible journalism (if you can call blogging journalism) to include a photo a dear friend of mine in chicago on an article about women marrying women (mind you both women are sisters). Suffice to say, you make no mention that the photo has nothing to do with the article until you were called out by people commenting....Just a thought...

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