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.
I know this is a not a “lifestyle” blog, but I thought you would be interested in this story sweeping the UK newspapers and media about a black Nigerian couple of Igbo ancestry who just welcome a new baby girl (Nmachi) into their life. The baby is blonde haired, blue eyed and white.
Benjamin and Angela Ihegboro vow that they are Christians and that they have been faithful to each other. Both their parents are also black. They have noknowledge of white ancestry in their family and the baby is not an albino. Benjamin and Angela already have 2 children (both of whom are black). Doctors are totally flummoxed as to how a white baby was born to black parents. They suspect it might be an unknown genetic mutation and are going to run DNA tests to find out more.
Benjamin Ihegboro said their son was more confused about his white sister than his parents: “Our boy keeps coming to look at his sister and sits down looking puzzled. We are a black family. Suddenly he has a white sister. But all that matters is that she is healthy and that we love her.”