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By Oluwatobi  Opusunju

Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda has revealed that women are often times the cause of domestic violence.

She said this while speaking recently as a guest on The Other News, a satirical show hosted by comic-actor Okey Bakassi on Channels Television.

According to Monalisa, women need to stop “provoking” their husbands or instigating violence by being the first to throw punches.

She said, “As much as I detest all forms of violence against women and men, women should quit provoking their man by beating, punches and slaps.

“I’m a domestic violence [enthusiast]. I always research when I hear fresh stories about domestic violence. Half the time, it is the women. God just gave us this running Okra mouth. Women, don’t fight with people who are stronger than you.”

Speaking further, she revealed that actresses are most of the time quiet about issues of sexual harassments going on in the Nigerian movie industry due to the fear of stigmatisation and the negative ripple effect it will have on their career.

She however, clarified that she has never been a victim.

“It’s a bit uncomfortable for someone to come out and say I was cornered to sleep with a producer because of a role. They keep quiet about it because of their careers. Apart from that, the society stigmatises these women. So you just swallow your pride.

“When you are outside the shores of Africa, women are heroes for coming out to speak about sexual abuse, but here (it is different),” she said.

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