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It’s high time we stop neglecting the boy child

By Okun Oliech | April 29th 2016

There is a problem, a genuine concern for my fellow boy child. How? You might wonder. As I'm merely walking around the streets of my humble home I see a number of them idling around letting their lives pass by in the form of alcohol and drugs abuse. Some can't tell yesterday from tomorrow, some have nothing to offer, even morals.

There is also another baffling concern. Most men deep in their forties and thirties still live in their parents’ homes, others have the nerve to bring their new wives to the same household.

Why? You may ask. It’s because they feel neglected, they feel as though they have a point to prove when in actual sense all they need to do is live their lives.

Even at a tender age you hear parents say, "No money for you, you're a man you will figure it out." While a girl child of the same age is given extra because apparently she is weak and must be protected.

What that does, is portray a picture for them that they are all alone in this world, it makes them feel like in a world full of roses, they are thorns that must be pricked.

Equality is not equity and I dare say that we have lost it. In a quest to be better for the girl child we have long forgotten the male child, the man of the future, the man expected to bear all costs while the girl child is given the first priority. After all they have good appearance both inwards and outwards; a preconceived concept that we are animals yet they are angels on earth.

I say and I quote that we need change. The boy child needs nurturing just like the girl child. That should not be a sign that he will grow up soft but a sign of growth.

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