The Afropop Queen Addresses Family Expectations and Urges Caution in Rushing into Marriage Amidst Economic Realities
In a recent interview with Cool FM, renowned Afropop sensation Yemi Alade candidly shared her thoughts on the persistent pressures she faces from family and close friends to tie the knot and start a family. While subtly dismissing rumors of her reported marriage to her manager, the artist delved into the challenges of navigating societal expectations surrounding marriage and child-rearing.
Yemi Alade acknowledged that the pressure intensifies, especially towards the end of the year, but asserted her resilience in managing the expectations. She emphasized the importance of choosing the right life partner and planning for the responsibilities that come with raising a family. In her own words, she stated, “People get married every year, especially towards the end of the year, it gets even crazier. I’m under no pressure, honey. Nobody should be. When it’s time, it’s time.”
The artist went on to discuss the difficulty of shaking off family pressure, noting that it’s challenging when respected individuals insist on marriage. However, she expressed her belief that if they genuinely care, they will be patient. “Because it’s more important to have the right partner than to just get married,” she affirmed.
Yemi Alade also highlighted the economic realities that couples face, drawing attention to the financial responsibilities of raising children. She cautioned against rushing into decisions and urged individuals to consider whether they are ready for the financial obligations that come with parenting. She humorously remarked, “Have you guys checked how much Pampers is? Look, these babies are gifts, but when they’re born, they need things. Let’s stop birthing children to come and suffer.”
The artist urged society to normalize asking important questions about financial preparedness before succumbing to external pressures. “Let’s have questions to ask these people that have opinions, that are watching the womb on when we should,” she added.
In a final note, Yemi Alade highlighted the current economic challenges, urging everyone to refrain from unnecessary pressure. “Have you seen the economy? Calm down! For this economy, we no dey play like that oh,” she concluded, echoing a sentiment that resonates with many facing societal expectations in today’s challenging times.
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