By Nikko Tanui
“The woman you can call your own is the woman you have in the house,” men of the yore used to say.
But even before paying a single emaciated goat as bride price, there are guys out there who act as if they already own their girlfriends.
For instance, one of my friends met this cool chick in some funky club in town.
Somehow, the young man managed to chat her up and by the end of the night, he had miraculously gotten her phone number and even fixed a coffee date.
When the D-day came, my friend dialed her number without high expectation; because it’s not every day you meet a fly chick who remembers your name the next morning.
But to my friend’s joy and surprise, the young woman picked up the phone almost on the second ring. They went out for coffee to plan how to take things to the next level.
But when my friend was beginning to dream of disappearing to the Coast with the pretty young thing, he was stopped in his tracks when some fellow called, warning him to stop trying to mess up with his chick or his body would be dumped in Nairobi River.
He went about it in such a callous manner that my friend decided to nail the girl just to spite the fool. I can report, with glee, that he accomplished his mission.
Imagining you can keep a woman by beating up rivals is stupid. You might think you are going to beat up your rival only to end up with bloodied nose instead.
In any case, your girlfriend has the right to stay with you or move on to a better option, especially if you go around fighting your rivals. That is how wife batterers are made.
As for married men, just because you paid some pitiful animals to some old man doesn’t mean you own your wife. If she wants to, she can leave your sorry behind.
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