Participants at the Enugu State launch of a research document on societal expectations of men and women, a Department for International Development, DfID, funded programme, have expressed worry over the high cost of funeral and marriage ceremonies in Igbo land.
They noted that such social responsibilities have remained a serious burden on the men folk in Igbo land, adding that the consequence of the overbearing pressure on them often amounts to deteriorating health conditions capable of shortening the life span of the men.
The development, according to the participants, has also led to increasing number of widows in the land.
In his remarks at the launch of the document titled: “The Landmark Research Report: Being a Man in Nigeria- Perceptions and Realities, packaged by Voices-4-Change organisation, immediate past Vice Chancellor, VC, University of Nigeria, UNN, Professor Bartho Okolo, stated that some of the unfriendly cultures have really done serious harm to men in the land.
Also speaking, Rev. Father and professor, Hyacinth Ichoku of the University of Nigeria, disclosed that recent research findings place the average life span of Nigerian men at 50 years, which is one of the worst in Africa, noting that such phenomenon may be linked to societal stress on the men folk.
He, however, regretted that some Igbo cultures and tradition had remained static instead of being dynamic, even in the 21st century.
Participants at the event were drawn from various sectors, including Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, civil society groups, religious and traditional institutions, amongst others.