February 26, 2017

A menstruating nine-year old is matured and ready for marriage – Senator Yerima (Video)

The media has been accused at every turn of misrepresenting the facts when it comes to issue of child marriage in Nigeria, and of making a villain of Senator Sani Yerima of Zamfara State, who is a firm supporter of underage marriage. But it is rather hard to misrepresent his recent comments on Channels Television. The former governor of Zamfara State championed underage marriage in his interview saying: “As far as Islamic law is concerned, once you have attained puberty, you are matured.” The reporter interrupted, asking that he clarify what he means by attaining puberty. “Puberty is defined by, ...

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#ChildNotBride: Stephanie Okereke’s new movie “Dry” tackles Nigeria’s controversial topic (WATCH)

I will preface this post by saying a big JOB VERY WELL DONE to Nollywood actress and producer, Stephanie Okereke, who is using her skill to shed light on the hot and controversial issue of child brides in Nigeria. Steph has just released the trailer for her new movie “Dry”, which tackles the dirty topic of Vesico Vaginal Fistula, a disease common among child brides. VVF is an occurrence of an abnormal hole between the bladder or Rectum and the Vagina, characterized by continuous and uncontrollable leakage of urine. A recent report from the National Demographic Health Survey revealed this ...

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#ChildNotBride: “A nation of perverts and paedophiles” – Femi Fani Kayode

Former FCT Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned Nigeria as a “nation of perverts and paedophiles” after the country’s senators left in place a clause that legalizes child brides. The politician, in his lengthy opinion piece condemned the Nigerian Senate for failing to remove clause 4b of Section 29 that determines a woman is of “full age” if she is married, be she 18 or younger. While the section of the constitution deals with the age at which a Nigerian can denounce citizenship, this clause makes it acceptable for young girls to be given away in marriage. The Senate had moved ...

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#ChildNotBride: Petition to stop underage marriage in Nigeria has over 12,000 signatures; sign up!

A petition calling on the United Nations to “stop the Nigerian Senate from making underage marriage The Law” has so far received over 12,500 signatures and is looking for nearly 3,000 more. It was organized by an Eme Awa in Hyatsville in the United States and is ongoing on the website Change.org. The petition reads: The petition followed last Tuesday’s debacle in the House of Representatives – lawmakers had voted to removed a clause in Section 29 of the constitution that determines the “full age” to be 18 years, but adds that women who are married, be they 18 or ...

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