CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
GOSPEL singer Ephraim Mutalange aka Son of Africa has proposed holding seminars for couples as a way of helping in building strong marriages in the country.
His proposal comes against the background of the country recording high numbers of divorce cases and gender based violence cases among young couples.
Over 28,000 divorce cases were recorded countrywide in 2016 mainly because of infidelity between spouses.
Barely two months into 2018, over four gender-based violence cases among couples have been reported most of which are linked to infidelity.
Ephraim feels retreats for couples can help build stable marriages.
“Looking at what’s happening around with many young couples. We need to start having couples seminars and retreats to help each build stable marriages,” Ephraim, who is married and has three children, posted on his Facebook page.
So, in month of Love, the Mwebamushilo singer has organised a young couple’s worship dinner to be held next Friday at Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka.
“We’re doing a young couples worship dinner. Who’s coming? Come we have fun, eat, play and pray and worship,” he wrote.
Ephraim is expected to co-host the banquet dubbed “Kings and Queens Couple’s Dinner” with fellow gospel artiste Chileshe Bwalya.
The event is set to start at 19:00 hours with each couple paying K400 as entrance.
And in an interview with the Weekend Mail, Ephraim said the dinner will have several lessons such as “getting back to the basics of marriage”.
Bishop Edgar Ng’ambi will be the guest speaker.
“With so much gender based violence and other issues threatening marriages, we thought a couple’s worship dinner is timely,” he said.
But some singles who reacted to his Facebook post felt left out.
“You’re making it only for married couples, don’t you think that the people simply dating need it more as a way to bond through worship as we know marriage is brought together by God. Why not help those [dating] couples be under the Lords guidance by also being part of this?” Jeff Musinga wrote.