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Marriages: “joint properties” cripples the economy




Tapand Ivo Tanku, Cameroon social and political activist has called on those getting into marriages to avoid joint properties. He said they should go more for separate properties. He outlined his reasons in a Facebook post.

Why I opt for “separate properties” and not “joint properties” in marriage

Take a cursory look at most advanced economies across the world. Both the men and women are no only self-reliant, but independent when compared to their folks living in the less developed economies.

Most of them choose a pertinent option marriage — separate properties.

“Separate properties’ clause” encourages lazy men and ladies to sit up, and not over depend on the other partner’s pockets. Most couples who sign for separate properties work very hard, and that translates to a functional and vibrant economy, unlike in economies where most often, one partner takes the lead.

I have seen women drive lorries and buses in the West. In Cameroon, my country, I can count with my fingers how many women do drive commercial buses in a population of 24 million, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Most often, single ladies likewise a few lazy men, would not push their limits, but wait for a golden opportunity to marry a wealthy partner for his wealth and if luck favors that partner, for “love.” They would go to all lengths to ensure that they sign for “joint properties,” and control what comes in and goes out.

Did they work for it?

In my opinion, “joint properties” cripples the economy, widens gender inequality, and reduces marriages to material goals and not love goals.

If Cameroon seeks to emerge by 2035, we could seek to put a strain on “joint properties” in marriages. If your partner is not of your economic status, I suggest you could encourage that partner to work hard for his/her own money, while holding tight to a separate property clause.

This would make Cameroonians sit up, be self-reliant and independent, and work hard for themselves and the nation’s economy, I think.

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