- A 64-year-old man has stunned the world after a photo of him emerged online helping his wife in the kitchen
- Mba Osman Bawa has been cooking in the house to help tackle negative stereotypes about gender roles
- The 64-year-old Muslim cleric has also been using his platform to help people unlearn toxic narratives about women and children
For most people living in poor rural communities, it is a rare sight to see a man cooking to help their wives because of the cultural machinery that drives the primitive narrative that men don’t belong to the kitchen.
However, 64-year-old Mba Osaman Bawa, is helping to change this narrative by supporting his hard working wife with household chores.
The married father of two, lives with his family in the Dangbe community in the Nanumba North District and works as a religious leader and an advocate of shared responsibilities in the performance of care work.
After 20 year of marriage, Mba Bawa, has joined in the campaign to highlight Unpaid Care Work (UCW); which refers to the domestic workload placed on women such as cooking, washing, fetching water, taking care of children and sick family members.
The devoted Muslim cleric has been helping with house chores to demystify the idea that men do not belong in the kitchen.
“I have been in darkness for the past twenty years. Ever since I and my wife got married, I use not to support her in household chores. But things have changed now,’’ Mba Osman Bawa disclosed.
He continued: ‘‘I now cook, fetch water and fuelwood even when my wife is in the house. This has helped with her getting time to do her business. She also gets enough rest and we have peace in the house.’’
Mba Osman Bawa, often goes shopping at the market and returns to prepare meals as part of helping to educate people, especially men about gender roles and unlearning toxic narratives about stereotypes about men, women and children.
Meanwhile, a young couple have tied the knot in a beautiful and simple marriage ceremony which saw a few family members and friends present to grace their marriage.
While a lot of people have been dating for years but can’t marry because marriage has now become synonymous to money, the two defied social expectations and married without spending much on their special day.
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