“Our parents failed in raising the male child” – Djinee reacts to the rape and murder of Uwa Omozuwa

Singer Djinee has said parents need to do better in raising their sons after 22-year-old UNIBEN student, Uwa Omozuwa, was brutalized, raped, and murdered while reading inside a church.

_Our parents failed in raising the male child_ - Djinee reacts to the rape and murder of Uwa Omozuwa


The 22-year-old victim was said to have been raped on Friday 29th May near Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, at her church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

According to reports gathered, the deceased had gone to the church to read as she prepared for the possible school resumption after months of staying at home as a result of the lockdown order.

The perpetrators were said to have attacked her at the RCCG Ohovbe road branch, raped and smashed her head with a fire extinguisher, leaving her for dead.

Uwa’s assault in Benin has been condemned by Nigerians all over the country. With the hashtag, #JusticeForUwa, Nigerians are calling for Uwa’s attackers, who are still walking free, to be found and prosecuted.

Reacting to Uwa’s death, Ego singer, Djinee wrote:

“Uwa’s story breaks me. We all have to admit that our parents have failed woefully in the raising of the male child. Concentrating too much on the conduct of the female child when it’s actually the males who have the higher propensity to do evil! #JusticeForUwa

When rape happens especially when it is as vicious as this, I ask myself that how has parenting/upbringing played its part to encourage the act?

We have to understand how a system (be it parenting, legal, cultural or societal) increases the TENDENCY of a crime happening to a particular gender, race, ethnicity or religious belief more than the other(s). Most times you’ll find your root cause there.

I’m sorry. I have sisters and cousins and I fear for them daily. One of my sisters was the reason I moved to a secure gated community after an incident, costing me ×5 in expenses. Even at that, I still worry.

Today it is Uwa. Y’day it was someone else. 2moro it might be som1 we know. A friend who was gangraped in the past is living with HIV today. There is no way Uwa’s sad incident won’t bring up the fact that our women are an endangered gender. You cant isolate crime from culture.

The whistles, cat calls & groping in some cases. We saw this even as teenagers in secondary schools. Boys just being boys. Let’s be honest we weren’t told to rape. Majority of us weren’t told “DO NOT GROPE, MAKE CAT CALLS LET ALONE RAPE”.”

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