The Kano State government carried out a mass wedding of 500 people. It held a a mass wedding ceremony for hundreds of divorcees, widows and young unmarried girls. Its aim was to encourage marriage, reduce the number of divorcees and widows, and help those who cannot afford a wedding ceremony by themselves.
Divorce rates in northern Nigeria are among the highest in West Africa. Al Jazeera claims that one in three marriages fail within three years.
The weddings were supervised and organised by Kano State’s Hisbah Board (Islamic authority) which tested the couples for HIV, gave them food, bedding, furniture and clothing, and gave each bride 20,000 Naira.
Great report on Senator Ahmed Yerima’s marriage to a 13 year old Egyptian girl. This has been generating much controversy in Nigeria. Apparently the girl is the daughter of Yerima’s driver. Yerima is 50 years old and is a former Governor of Zamfara State.
This is a very touchy issue pitting religious law/conviction against Nigeria’s secular law. It is illegal in Egypt and Nigeria to marry anyone aged under 18. However many northern states (including Yerima’s state of Zamfara) rejected the prohibition on marrying under 18s.
Yerima said he rejects the law, “my people rejected it so also other states in the North because it is against their religion.” Watch the video above to see Yerima defend his marriage to the girl.