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‘A financially Unstable Woman should not consider Marriage’ – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde narrates how she became a millionaire at 18

Veteran actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, is of the opinion that any lady who is financially unstable should not consider getting married because she is automatically preparing herself to be imprisoned in the union.

In a recent interview with BBC Yoruba, the actress spoke about getting married to her husband, Captain Matthew Ekeinde, when she was 18. 

Omotola was asked if she would allow any of her children to marry at the age of 18 as she did, and she responded by saying that she was ready for marriage and was already a millionaire at 18 when she married. She said she won’t let her 18-year-old child get married because he does not have money of his own yet and that goes for women too as “One should not marry a man when one is not financially stable “, she said. 

She had this to say in the interview: “I was at the age of consent when I got married and above all, I was mature when I met my husband. Currently, I have only one child that is 18 years old, so the question is late. He is a boy and peradventure, he says he wants to get married, I will not allow it because he does not have his own money now.

One must apply wisdom or common sense in everything one does. People cannot say that because I married at 18, therefore they can also do it. The question is, ‘are you ready for marriage’? When I was at that age, I was ready. I had been working since I was 15-years-old and I had become a millionaire at the age of 18. That is a fact that a lot of people don’t know.

I had my own money. I was not dependent on any man. Moreover, my father died early, so I was already responsible for my younger siblings. I was like their mother at that time, so I was very mature and financially prepared. One should not marry a man when one is not financially stable.

If one does that, one would be going into slavery or better still, prison. If any of my children, after considering all these factors, say they are ready for marriage, we (parents) would meet the person and if we like them, we would give them our blessings.”

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