Feature on marriages between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Such marriages are actually common and used to be uncontroversial. However politics and wider controversies in society have suddenly put such marriages on edge.
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 not a”lifestyle” website, but the key figures ARE political so here goes:
I must have been living under a rock (or more likely I just don’t care about such things), but Hilary and Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea is getting married. The lucky man (her fiance) is 31 year old Goldman Sachs investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. Mezvinsky’s dad is former Iowa congressman Edward Mezvinsky and his mother is former NBC reporter Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky. His dad was jailed in 2001 after pleading guilty to multiple counts of fraud. He was released from prison in 2008.
The wedding will allegedly be on July 31, and oh…..the current President Barack Obama has not been invited. I guess that would make too many Presidents in the kitchen.
My first reaction was “what the?”….I didn’t realise Chelsea was even of marrying age! Time has apparently been passing me by very quickly because she is 30 years old! I was simply shocked when I read she was that old. I still have images of her in my head as a braces wearing school girl. How did she grow up/that old so fast!
My sincerest best wishes to the happy couple. May they live happily ever after.
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.