Senior Psychologist at the University of Ghana, Professor Joseph Osafo has kicked against the culture where men have to spend money to wed their fiancées.
In Ghana, it is a custom that men take up the responsibility of covering the cost of organizing wedding ceremonies as well as paying the bride price of their beloved.
Some spouses prefer a lavish wedding whereas others prefer what some would describe as a low budget wedding.
However, in both situations, men spend on their girlfriends to make them their wives.
But to Prof. Joseph Osafo, spending money on weddings, particularly men doing so, results in mental slavery.
Giving his psychological perspective of the recent spate of murder incidents, especially involving married couples, Prof. Osafo stressed; ”That mindset that you have paid money to wed woman is a slavery mentality. It gives the impression that when someone marries a woman, he has bought her.”
He noted that whenever a male spouse spends on his partner, there is a possibility of him thinking he owns the woman and this mentality pushes him to take impulsive and regretful actions when something goes wrong in the marriage or relationship.
”When you marry a woman, she’s not your property. There is a contract but she is not your property,” he advised men.
Prof. Osafo also advised women to be measured in their demands on their partners stressing “money is blood”.
He made these comments during a panel discussion on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’.