Pete Edochie, veteran Nollywood actor, has provoked a heated dispute on social media over comments he made concerning men who kneel down to propose to women.


In a video that surfaced on the internet on Thursday, the actor said any Nigerian man who kneels down to propose to a woman is an idiot.

Edochie was airing his views on the practice that has become a signature of many Nigerian marriage proposals.

“Any young man who gets on his knees to propose to a girl is not just an idiot, he’s a bloody fool, a compound buffoon,” he had said.


His comment has since sparked arguments on social media platforms especially Twitter where users are registering their differing opinions.

“Kneeling is symbolic. When pple kneel to pray, or when Knights kneel to kings, it’s to pledge loyalty & devotion. Men do it during proposals for the same reason. But Pete Edochie thinks it means the lady takes over d family. Maybe he’s only wise in movies like they said,” a Twitter user wrote.

“Pete Edochie prefaced his comments on marriage proposal with a caveat that he is a firm believer and advocate of the “sacrocance” of the “essence” of Igbo culture. Now, to my fellow Igbos, show me the aspect of our culture that permits you to kneel when you propose? I want to learn,” said another user.


Here’s what some Nigerians had to say:

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