Is Age Just A Number

In our part of the world, age is an important factor in marriage.
It is a generally accepted rule if the man is older than the woman.
This gives credence to the myth that the man is stronger, older, wiser and the breadwinner. It is viewed as an aberration if the woman is older. The myth is that an older woman is dangerous, manipulative and domineering.


It is believed that the man has to shine his eye in choosing a partner.
This is necessary to ensure that he is three to five years the woman’s senior.
It is also generally believed that, a gap is needed as, women age faster than men.


Modern realities, especially in the western world has proved that, age is just a number. The important factor being desire or Love. Older women are taking on younger men as their husbands instead of gigolos.


An example is the marriage of French President Macron to a woman almost three decades his senior. A lady who taught him in high school, whose children are older than him. The Macrons have settled down well despite the age difference an early opposition


In Nigeria, the sociocultural norms, ethics and religion, are still major barriers to older women marrying younger men.
Ageism is a strong factor in determining relationships.

Emmanuel Oribhabor