Modernity and social media attack marriage institutions
It has been observed that the institution of marriage in Ghana is under attack due to modernity and highway information made available to people on social media and other internet platforms.
Dr Abubakar Mohammed Marzuq Azindoo, the personal assistant to the National Chief Imam, and Ms Annie Emefa Fiawoo, a private lawyer, said this and called for safeguards including legal support to individuals especially before the wedding.
They said it was important for people to be counseled on the legal and social nuances of marriage and for them to understand that it takes “a lot of sacrifice and love” to live in harmony as a couple, as a family and as a couple. society.
This would ensure that the institution of marriage is protected and sustained, with people having the peace of mind to build strong families and contribute to social cohesion and national development.
Dr Azindoo said: “Today the institution of marriage has become the worst victim of attack due to the information highway, made possible by the internet and social media.”
He said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of Marriage Link Consult (M-Link Consult), a one-stop marriage consulting and event company, in Accra.
He encouraged institutions, including religious organizations and counseling support units, to help individuals achieve lasting and enjoyable marriages and advised people to embrace love and sympathy in their married life.
Dr Azindoo congratulated M-Link Consult for this initiative and said: “It is a very good initiative, and I must say that making it a non-denominational entity is what makes it more special, because it will make it easier for everyone, regardless. their religion or beliefs, to enter and be served.
Ms Fiawoo also noted that modernity and social media have made everything extremely fast with the institution of marriage, while lamenting the high divorce rate in the country.
She explained that any registered marriage cannot be dissolved in Ghana within two years “except in extreme circumstances” – something she said many people do not know.
“Many people have filed for divorce within two years of getting married, and they are shocked when we tell them that they cannot divorce for two years. This tells us that people are rushing into marriages and not looking for adequate legal information about the marriage before registration,” she said.
She added that when people had to undergo periodic counseling before and after marriage as well as engage in casual activities to spice up their union, marriages would be maintained and warned against domestic violence.
Mr. Sylvanus Tettey-Tamaklo, former Ghanaian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, recommended forgiveness and tolerance as a cornerstone of their marriages for the couples.
He said: “The issue of forgiveness is very important in every marriage or relationship. Marriage Link must process it. I also want you to treat intestacy law and sickle tests as subjects. They are very important.
Mr. Dickson Antwi, Managing Director of the society, called for concerted efforts to counter the threat to the institution of marriage by promoting social harmony and peace in homes.
Among other things, M-Link Consult would provide marriage partner identification and matching services, as well as pre-marital counseling for faith-based and non-faith people to adequately prepare them for marriage.
They also reportedly offer custom wedding event planning to help couples plan a stress-free ceremony within the wedding ceremony budget, as well as “juice up” services for couples facing challenges in their marriage. .