Reggae star, Orits Wiliki recently celebrated his 30 years-on-stage as a musician in Lagos. And in a new interview has unveiled the secret of his 20-year marriage to popular actress and singer, Becky. Orits told PUNCH:
“I married my kid sister – my mother’s last born. We are as close siblings can be. That is why we have stayed together for this long.”
Ok, this is how I saw it on Laila's blog. I'm dumbfounded. Are there parts of Nigeria that Incest is acceptable? What's the take on incest in your tradition?
I just called my dad on the phone and I was like "daddy, what's the punishment for incest in our village?"
My father was taken aback and hesitated for a while. I could hear him think 'Jesu! What has this girl done now?'
Then he asked me carefully "ehn, did 'they' know 'they' were committing incest? Was it intentional?"
At this point I decided to put him out of his misery. "Yes, intentional, I'm doing research for something. So..."
I'm sure he was relieved. LOL. He said incest is a taboo and if it's intentional ... (he began to mumble, I'm not sure he knows, he wasn't expecting this kind of question this morning). But if it was a mistake then some things will need to be done to appease the gods...
Now let me tell you the interesting thing about this last part of the sentence. As my father got to the "appease the gods" part, he slowed down. That's because my dad is very spiritual, prayer warrior number 1. I'm sure even he was shocked that those words came out of his mouth. He then said he would call me back. (I think he needed to take time out to berate himself and evaluate his spirituality seeing as appeasing gods was his automatic response to that question, then to give this some thought; obviously a novel issue to him).
I know in some places the offenders are banished, in some places they're paraded round the village naked, in some places they go to some shrine and make some sacrifices. Where are you from and how is incest perceived in your home town? Do you know the punishment for incest in your village?
And while we're on the topic, where and how does Christianity/Religion come into play in all of this? Say for instance a pair has committed incest and they're asked to come and appease some god in their village, can someone say "No, that's demonic, that's idol-worship, it shouldn't be done" ?.
photo source; www.blackfistblog.blogspot.com