Thursday, June 6, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Solange Knowles for Brooklyn Magazine

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Solange Knowles was on the cover of the Summer 2013 issue of Brooklyn Magazine where she talks about her life, family and career. In the photoshoot accompanying the cover, she poses with other friends and models. I love the retro feel and styling of the picture and it is showcased for #tbt.

Can a Nigerian Man be a House Husband?

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I have to confess that even I don't expect the first answer from a man when asked this question to be a yes. But in the spirit of freedom of choice for both women AND men, I understand that all a man who wants to be a househusband has to do is find a wife who will accept him just like that. Being a fan of Wife Swap, I can testify to having seen many real life examples of what a house husband looks like. And it can work.

Cue your random man on a Lagos street and the question, can you be a househusband? Most say no. Some back pedal and state that if they lose their job and the wife is still earning a lot, they will partner with her and work out a way to manage the home. A lot are adamant. Either their religion or Nigerian culture forbids such a thing, they say. Only one man wouldn't really mind if that is the curve life throws at him. One is already a part time house husband by the nature of his job.

In my opinion, I think from their answers, that if the men are able to at least earn a little, and have their egos massaged as the head of their home by their higher earning wife, I think if these two conditions are met, I think a lot of the men may be more amenable to working from home and helping out with chores.

From what I hear, this may be happening even more than we think already.