Foluso Adebisi writes from Lagos.
DNA is a Medical term which the full meaning is DEOXYRIBO NUCLEIC ACID and it is a medical process that can be, and are used to determine the paternity of a child. It is a modern medical invention that confirms the fatherhood or motherhood of a Child.
However, DNA is perhaps the most controversial medical invention of the century that caused and is causing trauma, suicide, pain, anguish and sadness to many marriages, homes and families.
DNA tests are now trending in Africa causing destruction to the age long African tradition and custom that refuses to question the paternity of a Child. African traditions recognize all children, either legitimate or illegitimate as children.
In Africa and Nigeria, a child literally belongs to the father of a subsisting Marriage even if the Mother has strayed and commits adultery.
In a tribe in Kogi State and Benue State and many parts of Nigeria, a Child is a Child irrespective of the adultery of a woman, the Husband counts the Child as his own and performs his responsibility on the Child. There are no illegitimate children.
In Yoruba land, there are lots of Children raised by their Step fathers and some will even change their surnames to that of their step fathers and move on with their lives. African tradition cherishes children and abhor discrimination or even DNA.
DNA and the western culture is gradually destroying African Culture, African homes and families. Today, a marriage that produces only one child is suspected by the society as the Man may be considered infertile and not the real father of the child.
The advent of DNA is putting pressure on fathers to check the resemblance on their children and I pity the career women that work directly with Male Bosses – the Personal Secretaries, the female Personal Assistants to Church Pastors, the Nurses that works night duties with Male Doctors, etc.
Definitely, this is the season of suspicion, this is the season of affirmation of trust in a matrimony, the season of self assurance and the season of the doubting Thomases.
Dear fathers, is/are your child or children really yours?
Folk, are you really the Son or Daughter of your claimed father?
But should we continue to allow a medical invention of the western world to destroy the age long tradition, custom, unity and peace of the African society?
We must protect the African Heritage, let us protect our society, there are no illegitimate children in Africa.
Foluso Adebisi, 2021
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