When the news about 19 year old teenage actress, Regina Daniels who married a 59 year old Barrister, politician and businessman, broke, there were lots of mixed feelings about her decision.
Even though her father publicly denied having knowledge of how his daughter ended up with an older man, her mother, Rita Daniels, has since thrown her weight behind her daughter’s decision to marry the 59-year-old lawyer. She said that When it comes to finding love, there is no boundary, no age barrier whatsoever.
Regina is not the only one who is caught in this web. There are many stories about things like this and no one seems to be complaining. We have heard of situations where older men marry teenagers and ladies within age bracket of 20 and 21 years old. In this category, there is veteran actress Shan George, who revealed how she was given out at a tender age in marriage against her will.
A private school owner in Lagos once revealed how she was terribly treated by her husband who was much older and how she was made to do this against her wish. None of the relatives complained about this development- rather, they all advised her to endure. With six children whom she solely finances, things have been very tough.
People believe that an older man can marry a younger lady and nobody will question it but when it comes to an older lady marrying a younger man, it becomes a problem. Subject to this, a young man of 27 years who decided to break off a relationship with his supposed wife-to-be because she was a year older than he was.
Research also revealed that many homes including those celebrities who are seen as role models for some have been broken because the wife is older.
Among those were, Soul E and Queen Ure. Before their breakup, they were said to be in love. But for Benjamin Ugbana, “A love relationship is about love. It’s about two people who understand that coming together as husband and wife is to build something that would last.
“Age is not in the equation until either of the partners begins to remind the other of seniority when submission is demanded”. Ugbana, who confirmed that he dated an older lady before, said, “Younger men tend to be more active”.
However, the issue of wide age gap between a woman and man is less important in the western world. French President Emmanuel Macron, 39, has a wife, Brigitte, who is 24 years, his senior, while supermodel Heidi Klum, 43, had been dating Art dealer Vito Schnabel, 30, for more than three years. Actress Gabrielle Union, 44, and her husband, Chicago Bulls player Dwyane Wade, 35, are often lauded as a power couple.